Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Flying Start

You may be thinking why the picture of my daughter?
well the story starts with a small explanation of why
after the Trout season started Sunday it's Wednesday
before I managed to post.
Scarlett looks like butter would not melt, but she is
''Oh so much a little lady'' Strong willed, intelligent,
loving, funny and well the list goes on and on.
Give her a ''Pandora's box'' though and she can not help
herself, on this occasion it was my camera.
For hours I searched but it was only when I asked
Logan did the mystery unravel, ''well dad it's strange
but they asked at school today was this anyone's
camera ?'' so I popped into the school office before
I dropped the kids off , and there it was ,but how?...
.........Scarlett..... she looked at me like a cat caught in
the headlights '' it floated off dad'' it got in Mummy's
car Dad'' a string of excuses before a little tear.
It's funny now but at the time!! her Mums not helped
my hair line over the years she will finish it off without
doubt. All that said I love her more and more each
day if thats possible.
Any how back to the fishing we met up at the river,
it was Pete's first outing with the fly rod. I had been
telling him about the good Trout, so when we arrived
and looked over the wall to see Mike landing a fish
at nearly 3lb it was great.

We left Mike and Phil at the first pool and made our way
to an area that would require a short cast and also give Pete
a good chance of a fish. I made a cast to see how the water was
and to show how too fish the line, as I did the line twitched and
my first Trout was on and lost in a few seconds . Pete now tied
the old favourite for this water the ''peeping caddis''
A few casts later and the line tightened and Pete was playing
his firs fly caught Brown Trout ......well done!!! I was well happy
the feeling of sharing moments like these is fantastic, I know Pete
was happy with the smile on his face .
I had spotted a few fish rising and could not resist
trying for my first dry fly fish of the year in fact my
first fish, they seemed spooked very easily but a fish
lower down was still rising quite a few casts later
and I managed to fool it .
Plenty of LDO's came off Phil had one or two in
a bottle no doubt he will be tying one or two up
A fish on the dry can not be bettered in my opinion
not too bad for the first day.
I took another fish on the wet before we moved on.
Phil was fishing fast water but it was hard going
I had little else for the rest of the day a odd little
bang but that was it . As always I worry a little
when conditions are seem good but the fishing is a
little slow. Still it was the first day and we had
seven fish between us a couple lost so not too
bad, if anything the water may have been a
little low and clear .
Pete was now tuning in to nature above the fast
riffles .
Petes first trout above was typical of the fish we caught last
year in great condition and quite silver .
I also have a new pattern of the caddis to try I may
give it a longer go soon if it does the business I will
post a picture, I like the looks of it hope the fish
think the same .


Steve Dobson said...

Nice post and the usual great photography.
Not long until we start the season here. Can't wait.


Mike Duddy said...

As ever a good day out in great company. I'm looking forwards to many more this season.



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"... on a good day of fishing, the job, the noise and clutter ... fade away until there is only water and the rhythm of the rod and, now and then, a fish."

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