The fact i live close to the rivers is a blessing, The evening rise probably starts at 9.45pm and lasts for about an hour. So i can leave my house at 8.30pm and be home before 11.30pm. Plus no engine, no big tackle box etc etc. A rod, floating
line, three spools of line to make a tapered leader, 1 box of flys, scissors, floatant and sinkant is all you need. Of course a pair of waders, a trout friendly net and a torch to find your way home is always a good idea.
Often when you arrive the river
is dead with an odd small fish rising here and there. But to see how the river comes to life over the next 2 plus hours is definitely nature at its best.
After coming fourth in the last club comp i wanted to explore the river a bit more as i rarely
get time to fish the river in the early season. Each year the river changes and new mini pools within pools are made during the winter floods. A trout of 30 plus centimetres is a very good fish from my local water. There is of course bigger fish and
they do get caught and are mostly returned during the season. The first night I went out after the competiton was a disaster as it was very cold and wet. Eill it ever stop raining and When oh when will the sun shine !!!!!!
The second night was no better
but i did get to find a few bigger fish, as you can see below my camera skills are not just right yet at night. I also lost a number of good quality fish aswell.
That evening the fish began rising on reed smuts, then they were on olive spinners,
then two maybe three different olives hatched and the trout fed on them well. The yellow may dun was on the water all evening , but in small numbers. The fish then went on small sedges and PREDICTABLY went mad for 5 minutes on larger sedges before the fish
stopped rising. The fly life has been better this year on the river and that has probably been due to the lack of intense heat that we had last yearr.
It was geat fun trying to work out what the fish were taking in the early evening.
i had a pair of swans that kept a 15 yard distance from me at 45 degrees all along the stretch i fished. If i went up the river they followed , if i went down river they followed. I even got out of the river and crept downstream and they came looking for me.
Interestingly enough the larger trout were not holding in the same positions that they have done in the past . I know the river was high, as its always raining these days. I covered what i thought were small fish two or three times and i was
met with solid resistance from much larger fish.
I do love my river fishing, its not all about the fish. Nature itself unfolding in front of your eyes most evening, Flys hatching and trout, birds and bats feeding on them. The swifts darting to and fro
catching insects on the wing, kingfishers thundering as fast as light past you up and down the river. Dippers doing what they do in the riffles and of course the mink and otters occasssionally paying you a visit. Its a privelege being able to see into
this world that very few ever see. As i said its not all about the fish and what you catch. It is just nice to be there.
Next week i will be going through some of the patterns i use at various stages of the rise, none are mind blowing, i will also go
through leader set ups and other bits and bobs. Hopefully the weather will pick up and i can leave my fleece, neck warmer, woolly hat and rain jacket at home . We will see what happens in the best 3 weeks of the year on the river.
Tight lines and be
safe out there