My brother and I had an excellent day sharing a rod a week ago on the Lower Water. The grannom were hatching in large numbers although the trout as usual were reluctant to show themselves this early in the season. However, in bright sunshine and clear water we managed to pick up close to a dozen fish with several to the dry fly, making this our best April start in a few years. We also missed a few but that is always the way with the first trip. Best flies were my brother’s CDC & Elk grannom and the usual nymphs, small PTN in particular.
Attached few shots to brighten the blog.
All the best,
I had a speculative stroll along the upper water last Thursday, and saw only one or two grannom and no fish – but plenty of heartening Spring wildlife: chiffchaffs, willow warbler, kingfisher, brimstones.
However I was entranced by the lovely new stiles and general river work. Well done blokes! And thank you.
In almost constant drizzle, or steady rain, things felt a bit grim on Thursday. But an hour on the river seemed worth a bit of discomfort and with some grannom about a suitable pattern soon delivered this feisty fish. Another better one followed, but sadly it came adrift, leaving a mangled fly and by now a pretty wet fisherman. Nice to have made a start at least.
I noticed that there were a good few Members out today enjoying the sun, but also enduring the strong downstream wind!! I thought I was in for a good day when a small trout rose and took my fly on the River Cerne beat. But it was the only fish that I could find that was hungry for my dry fly!!
I did spot a few grannom hatching and this early display of Celandines, both hint to warmer times 🙂