Good to see so many out enjoying the wonderful February weather and making the most of the last weekend’s grayling fishing. Trev found a very old brass Salter spring balance that weighs up to 8lbs at “Deadmans”, please contact John Aplin who is looking after it.
The 2012 Membership is complete and welcome to all the new Members (the waiting list has also been refreshed) New Members day is to be held on Saturday 31st March meet at 10am outside the Poet Laureate Pub, Pummery Square, New Poundbury. After introductions, Members will be shown around the Club’s water. Please bring wellington boots, maps etc. If you wish to attend, please contact the Honorary Secretary.
There will also be a Members picnic evening (family, friends and those on the Waiting List are all welcome to attend), the date is Friday 22nd June (backup date 29th June). The plan is to meet at 18:00 down at Lower Bockhampton. Please bring your own food & drink (we do hope to have a BBQ on the go). More I’m sure in the coming months.
Whilst standing on the bridge trying to decide which colour of polaroid lenses would be best for the light conditions I was entertained by a treecreeper working its way up the trunk of a nearby tree. I decided to pay a bit more attention than usual to the water immediately above the bridge and after about half an hour managed to tempt a decent 36 cm grayling from a corner pool on a single peacock quill nymph.
( Peacock quill nymph dressing: A very small black or gunmetal tungsten bead head followed by a slightly larger gold head bead on a size 16 klinkhammer hook, Tail – grizzle cock hackle fibres, body – peacock eye stripped quill then varnished, thorax – peacock herl green, thorax cover – bronze mallard flank) Various combinations of bead sizes and materials can be used to produce a range of sink rates.
I then spent an hour moving upstream without further fish so I changed to a pink hot spot shrimp (tungsten bead hotspot) plus a small grey UV ice dub nymph on a short dropper. I felt a brief contact with a fish having changed my tactics so I moved on to fish through a nice streamy run between the Metal Bridge and Dairy Pool and missed one good take before hooking and returning a lively and pretty wild brown which must have been 20cm in length.
The pink hot shot shrimp did the business.
As I was walking back to the bottom of the run for a quick snack John A and Elliott appeared in the trusty landrover to check on my progress. Amongst a variety of subjects we talked about were a couple of salmon kelts that I had seen, one very slim, alert and in good condition, whilst a second one looked very ragged having lost many scales and was much more lethargic in its movement. Strange how two fish of similar size travelling to similar parts of the river for the same purpose can suffer different fortunes which can mean the difference between life and death.
Once John and Elliott had departed I fished through the run again and for a second time missed a postive take from a very good grayling which I saw swim off downstream. My mood was soon lightened as I continued fishing when I hooked and landed a 39cm grayling which fought hard all the way to the net. A quick
photograph and measure against the scale on my rod then back into the water to swim away strongly after a short recovery period.
I continued upstream and had my third grayling 32cm, from a pool below Deadmans before moving up to fish a run below Crab Orchard where I had two sprod grayling and a fiesty brown trout of about 33cm. The Shrimp pattern was the most successful acounting for two good grayling plus two brown trout whilst the nymph dropper only interested the smaller fish which I guess were lying higher in the water column. The shrimp photo is of the actual fly used.
On my return journey back to the car the combination of cloud, patches of blue sky and a setting sun produced some really magical light which is hard to capture with a camera but I hope the photos give some idea of what it was like.
Sorry for late reminder, but please try and pop along to tomorrows work party on our Wofleton Water – best to park in the Withy Bed gates.
Friday 17th February – 9am – Wolften – tree clearing
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I hadn’t been out fishing for weeks, it was never quite right – too windy, too cold, too lazy!! Today I was going even if it was snowing!!
I started fishing with two small nymphs and quickly lost them stuck on an underwater rock, this provided me with the pleasure of re-tackling with numb hands – great fun! I fished this small pool and again I lost my flies… So this time I just tied on one larger heavier fly and off I went again. First drift down and I had a fish on, netted it and looked and couldn’t believe what I was looking at – my single fly had tangled with one of my previously lost flies and the grayling was attached to the other fly – result, flies retrieved and a grayling as well.
I had a few more on the single nymph and hands & feet had gone into the numb stage when there at the head of the pool was a splashy rise! There was a very mini hatch happening, large dark olives hatching in the lunchtime gloom! A Jenny Wren was also enjoying the hatching flies.
Switching to a dry fly meant removing my nymph leader replacing it with my dry fly leader, was it worth it I thought. But when three fish rose at the same time I was soon ferreting in my bag!
I tied on a CDC plume and to my surprise I was quickly catching grayling on a dry fly in February!!