Sunday, 7 February 2010

New Water

Today was going to be the day that
I got back onto a river or so I thought!
I had to put some wall paper up. Logan
is having is bedroom decorated so
Saturday after rugby training I gave
my Dad a ring.
"Give me a lift" I said.
Having fished for years my dad was
soon at the house helping. I thought
that;s it free day Sunday.
I looked at the phone "1 message"
kick off 11 am . My lad had a game.
With luck I would be back at dinner.
We had to wait Logan won a trophy.
Very few things are worth me missing
time by the river but the look on his
face meant this was one for sure!!
It was later and again my phone had a
message it was Pete.
"Fancy exploring @~~@+ upstream"
Literally saved by the bell.

We got the map out 10 to 15 minutes we were
looking at some nice water and quite close to home.
A few of out of season Trout means this water
will be visited with the fly come spring.
A couple of Chub made us wonder what surprises
the river may hold.
Not a bad day at all in the end.

Spot The Fish

Spent an afternoon on the upper river.
Conditions may of been hard but the
hope of a fish or two was high.
I set up with two little nymphs suspended
under a dry. The way I have been intending
to fish for a while is to go small. So the little 1.5
tungsten headed PTN's tied on a SLD 18's
was I hoped going to do the trick. The dry
was a sort of Klink with a large foam post,
I had also tied a small loop of mono on to the
fly and it fished a treat. Well what I mean is
it floated and cast well!! the fish paid little

I was busy with this trio while Rob was
doing the same but with just a duo.
We fished the first run hard and it
looked good water but not a touch.
After wading across and almost not
making it I decided to fish a little Red
Tag tungsten head nymph, again tied
on a Partridge SLD only slightly bigger
on a 16's. This was teamed up with the
same fly with a yellow tag my little plays
on very traditional Grayling flies. It did
the trick half way down the pool the line
tightened into a fish and we were both glad
to see a sign of life.
The fishing was hard so we moved down stream
to a area we have had success before. I fished
a team of nymphs Czech style without a touch
in several pools with very good water.
What I did see was two Goosander and a few
Comorants. This seems to be very common
and the Grayling, Dace and other fish also
are just not in the same numbers. It's very


"Life is but a dream?"

"... 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."

-Random Phrump

''A Thought''

A simple philosophy I have adopted over the years has been tested and re-enforced in the past few weeks. It is to celebrate those good and pleasing things encountered in daily life, no matter how small, with at least the same vigour as I bemoan the bad or merely vexing.
-Steve Dobson

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