5 May 2012

Late Lunch

We arrived  down to the river an hour earlier than last week and sure enough there was a fly or two sailing downstream, despite a threat of the odd snowflake   we sat and waited and waited  chatted about nonsense  too  kill time.
Camouflage and concealment
 Still nothing stirred, so we walked upstream , then back down again , and on the way back up  Brian  managed a wee trout, but it just wasn't happening generally, so we left for another stretch it was now 3:30pm , walking upstream we noticed the flies were coming down now in droves, Two  fish were rising , i got myself in position stuck a klink over the bigger of the two but he didn't seem to like it, i think i put them down in the end. Brian ventured upstream but there were other anglers on the water so we decided to go elsewhere.

Brian decided to try a bit a few miles upstream , and i went downstream, and arranged to meet up again at 5:45pm. it was just after 4pm.
A pool on Brians stretch

 I couldn't believe my luck a few fish rising one in particular a bit more mobile than the other two and making a  bit more displacement. I covered the area a dozen times with a klink but he wasn't having any of it , the surface of the water now was peppered with what i think were medium olives, yet it was obvious the fish were feeding on the emerger rather than the duns , so i put on a CDC complete with a shuck and a few casts later , i hooked him. After a really good   scrap i managed to net him.

Quite a long slightly lean trout that went a shade over 2lb. I bumped into a few other fish some wee ones i landed a few missed , but notably one monster ,  which i should have done better with he was going steady but nerves got the better of me. Time was getting on now so to meet Brian at 5:45pm i decided to go back up the beat, and on my way found another riser , in what was still a very good hatch. This one didn't mess around  and took my shucked emerger first time.
1lb 12oz
I then met Brian back at his car.We briefly compared notes and despite a good hatch on his stretch not a single fin stirred . Heading down the road we had a look off a bridge spotted a few sporadic rises so Brian got the waders on again and  we went to look for a steady riser.
he got a brace before calling it a night a lot later than planned at 8:15pm .
 A strange day maybe the night  fishing has started or maybe the cold start delayed the hatch, whatever it seems  a hard one to call. A wee session on the vice is needed for next time  .

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