14 May 2015

When the Hawthorns appear

A day off today and an opportunity to go fishing. Was keen to go for trout today been a while since I have done being hampered by less than ideal conditions. Today an easterly blew and when i arrived at the river at the back of 12 pm very little was happening , what was evident though was the masses of hawthorn in the undergrowth.
Hawthorn fly
The fishing was slow and when i arrived at the pool i was really looking forward to i was moved on by two guys who had been waiting for the hatch to materialise i left them the pool and  headed further upstream. For about the next hour i didn't see much but once the olives finally put in a appearance the odd trout started to show  i started picking them off on shucked cdc's , and it was nice to see a few nice fish put in a appearance.
shucked cdc

Continuing upstream through some brambly terrain i came to a nice looking slow pool and near its tail a fish was rising under a tree.
 I eventually fooled the fish in to taking the shucked cdc , at first i didn't realise its size until I laid eyes on him , he behaved himself mostly just jagging away left and right , that's until he caught sight of me with a out stretched arm and a net , then he woke up and went ballistic taking line , and taking to the air , eventually though he tired and i managed to scoop him up.

He went 2 1/2 lb in the weigh net.

I was pleased to land such a fine fish. It had been a fine day to cast a fly. Now  I've really got to spend some time at the vice as stocks are getting low, might do a few hawthorn imitations too im sure its just a matter of time before the trout start picking  them off.

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