20 September 2012
Had to make the next trip a trout one what with only a couple of weeks left of the season. So i headed North to a highland stream. What was noticable today was how cold it was this morning. just the usual NZ searching set up as there was nor fish nor fin showing. The fish were distributed in wee groups you would get 3-4 fish then nothing even in promising looking lies for the next 100 m of river or so. It was though fish from the start , mainly sport with small dark fish , then a nicely spotted one of 1 1/4lb.
Last pool of the day i was covering a rise (there were not many all day ) and a big yellow trout came out the depths between me and the rise form rudely interupting and taking the dry , i struck and it was on, the rod soaked up the strike and two lunges then just as i was starting to see flashing images of success (always a dangerous thing) the fly popped out, i was absolutely gutted , it would have been a good send off so close to the end of the season , i guestimate the fish at a lean 4lb+ but a long scottish slimmers fish for that . Bugger!