A few weeks back I contacted Chas burns in York as I fancied one of his wee 6ft 2/3 weight fly rods which he builds on Harrison blanks, Ive been so excited about this rod and today was the day, chestnut brown blank, pistachio reel seat with some of the whippings tipped in copper, I also picked up a nice orvis battenkill reel on sale to complement the rod so was keen to try it all out.
I soon made up my mind where to go and found myself on the burn with bigger than average trout to give it a good test.
a rod is born!
a good hatch of dark olives today and a few risers to go for, some of them were a bit fussy, the klink, curved cdc, and col's shuck cdc all took fish.
pound and a quarter
the burns rod feels like a fast wee rod, it was a joy to use today especially with the upstream wind, good in tight situations and had a plenty of power to bully big trout out of any snags, it made me smile, not an easy task!
1lb 10oz on the brown wire nymph
another on the nymph from the same pool
I ventured up to the tributary of the burn that col lost a big fish in on a few days ago, i saw only one riser which I hooked, looked like a nice golden yella fella too but the fly sprung back at me, definitely not the big fish col lost, but still a nice one.Walking back downstream on the main burn i spotted a couple of stragglers on the fin which kept me occupied, I brought one of them to hand to end a good afternoon.
a good first outing for my new rod and temperatures are on the up for the weekend!