As i walked to peg 8 i could feel the warmth of the sun for the first time that day. I was tired( I finished a 13 hour shift at 7.20 am that morning) , hungry and really i just wanted my bed. But with 9 fish on the card and a chance of doing well in
the competition regarding points i wasnt going to give up.
Th lure and bung rod would have to take back seat on this peg as in the past i have done well on Nymphs there. Darius had bagged up on his last peg and rumours were that others had bagged
up on pegs during the day. But according to the fishing telegraph Darius was well in the lead with 13 fish. I cast out the floating line and let the flies come back to me with the wind. The line tightened half way back and a silver rainbow fell to a diawl.
The wind kept switching direction , which made it hard to find fish on nymphs , as depth and retrieve is critcical when nymph fishing. Fortuntely the wind started to blow again and in 5 casts i hooked 5 and landed one. Oh the pain of it. Then the wind
died, it was like a nail in my coffin. No matter what i did. fishing the flies higher, deeper,slow, fast, they did not want to know and i left peg 8 with just 2 on the card.
That was all she wrote for me as on the last peg i blanked, i did not
even get a pull. But i was happy enough returning 11 on the day. I knew Darius had won as he had taken 2 more fish on his last peg.
Many thanks to Dermot for the use of the fishery .
I was lucky enough to come second and Mark Driver was
third with 8. Darius had won with 13, i thought he had more. Just goes to show you if i didnt drop those fish during the day. Oh well its Southern County for the next round, a completely different lake, with totally different tactics to employ. I am looking
forward to it.
Most of the flies i used on Rathcon apart from the chewing Gum worm which is fnf can be bought on the Fario website. Till next time take care and tight lines.