Monday, 5 May 2008

A Day On The Ribble

Time on the river is always special , even more so for me
when the river is the Ribble . I have spent so much of my
time from being a young lad both fishing and learning by
her side .
Even though I'm a little older every time a trip is planed
I'm filled with a child like excitement , I find it hard to
sleep the night before an early start , unlike a work day
getting out of bed is so easy.
Mike was picking me up at 8am I was up and ready by
7am and found my self watching ''Essential skills'' with
Oliver Edwards .
Mike arrived with Adam , who is a member of the Hungarian
Fly Fishing Team so I was looking forward to the day .

I have been having a lot of fish on Caddis , so I decided to
fish this from the start , the river was up and tinged with
colour so this was ideal , I put a Sparkle Bug on the dropper
and was quite confident .
After watching Adam and Mike fish the first glide I walked
a little downstream , a bolder 8m from the bank caught my
eye and I dropped into the water and fished down past it .
First run and a fish hit without me making contact , this
continued very annoying but at the same time encouraging .
Mike and Adam had little luck and moved on down stream,
I stuck to fishing down river as far as I could on the same glide.
Finally my persistence payed off a little hand sized Brownie ,
these were probably responsible for all the small pulls and
bumps I was missing , although I had bumped a decent fish
which tore off before the hook pulled.
Another small Brownie followed before the line tightened
into a better fish a nice buttery Brown trout around 11in

While fishing I had noticed a few flies of several kinds one
or two fish spasmodically rose but one fish seemed to be
rising regularly enough to target I tied on a small F-fly
and was soon playing a nice fish , it turned out to be a
Grayling .

After a brief walk I found Adam he had now caught a couple
of Brownies and was enjoying the day . A little further down
steam Mike was getting a few takes and as I had a drink he
took his first fish only small but he was pleased.

I then had another little Grayling and a similar sized Trout
before a return to frustration !
The next fish was a good one only problem the hook pulled
after a minute , this was followed by a few more good bangs
but no hook ups .
Adam and I walked back we had both had a few fish we found
Mike who pointed out a rising fish, on went the F-fly and
moments later I was into a good Grayling , it was on a while
but my skill and the angling gods let me down with another
hook pull .
We had a good day on a river I love , a lost fish is not the end
of the world if you are losing the odd one you are doing
something rite and if anything it makes you want more.


vanckirby said...

was looking over your blog and enjoyed it. would you mind if i added it to my links on fladuckdays?

vanckirby said...

tony, i put up a link on my blog. i will keep checking in. keep up the good fishing! thanks!

Random Phrump said...

Hi Tony:

Found your blog today and it is very interesting. You have some unusual fish that we don't see here in Nova Scotia. May I post a link to your site on my blog?


Sergio said...

Nice blog.
Regards from Spain.
My name is Sergio.
My webpage is
My blog is

Jorge said...

Nice trouts! Your blog is very good too.


Anonymous said...

Tony!!! finally I have time to re-enter to your blog.

I like it very much, and like you I take my time to read it, my English it isn´t good.

Have you tried my flies in your rivers? How was it?


P.S.: I add your blog to my blogroll list.

Tony said...

Hola Oldsmuggler I will do like wise and add your blog , it's my birthday Friday and I will be getting a new vice also some new materials , I will then tie some patterns up and post on here what they look like and how I go on .
I use a translator from a site you are linked on that way I see what you have wrote in English .

All the best from England

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Tony!!!

A huge from Argentina!!!


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