Simple fantastic! Numerous little golden bars of butter caught, and some huge grayling. Fantastic! Can I go on the waiting list please?!!! Wonderful day, thank you. All fish returned.
Well it was advertised to be shown this evening, but I guess that’s show business!!
The River Frome is the star of tomorrow nights show 20:00 BBC2 – make sure you watch because Simon King was guided by our very own Riverkeeper John Aplin…! BBC Springwatch website
Escaped for a couple of hours this evening and fished my usual stretch, covered very little water owing to a good number of fish of all sizes rising freely to Mayfly with a few aerial displays thrown in from the smaller fish.
Mayfly imitation worked well and landed two fish pretty smartly. Had great satisfaction in winkleing out a 15” wild fish, all spots and steely sheen with a PTN just as the light was going as it was hoovering up ascending nymphs. River looked great, and a pretty decent flow considering the lack of rain.
Met fellow member Nick who had similar experience of fish sucking the fly but not being pricked, perhaps greater strike rate with a mayfly nymph would work – or is this too sacrilegious…
all best wishes
Great memories made yesterday afternoon , rod sharing with my 16 year old son – teaching him ,( or was it the other way round ), the arts of Mayfly fishing on the upper water. He escaping from GCSE revision and me from the office . A steady hatch , an upstream wind (mostly) and fish everywhere ,crashing into the flies and rocking the banks with the waves of their rises.
We caught a few really good ones and my son rounded off the evening with a whopper from the Wrackle . What weight it was I can only guess , but it measured around 19 inches and took us 50 yards upstream. The sort of fish that made me regret that I never bother with a net- a wader full of water was a small price to pay for landing it.
My son has asked whether he can go on the waiting list -I am not surprised after a day like that ! I think I ought to take him on a hard day in april next year to give him some perspective !
All the best Andrew