Damsels and Brownies

I wasn’t expecting much from my morning session today. With the river low and clear I thought the trout would be difficult and easily spooked, and they certainly were. Although they were easy to spot all I managed to do in the first hour was send every fish bolting into cover. I found some otter spraints on a rock, and the banks were alive with seemingly thousands of damselflies which defied almost every attempt to photograph them.

Then I spotted a fish that seemed preoccupied, and appeared to be chasing nymphs. Up went a little Baetis nymph to test it, and a beautiful brownie had it and stayed on. A quick photo and away it went. Within the next hour five more followed, although all were smaller, and all took the same nymph – quite a nice tally for me on a hot July morning.

Will Bown