Mind the nesting swans

I was given the opportunity to fish the Upper water on Saturday 24th., Gusty Southerly wind and quite bright with a bit of a cool edge to the wind.

Put up a dry Adams to start with above the by-pass bridge hoping to see some fish rising – no such luck. (Saw only two fish move all day) Very little fly on show so switched to a Pheasant tail nymph, lightly weighted, and moved on up searching likely looking spots.

By the time I got to the railway bridge with not so much as a sniff I started to worry! After more of the same I got to Fishermans Hut and decided to change fly to a Hare’s ear, bead head – and instant success followed. Lovely 14″ brownie and then two grayling of around 2lbs or so each plus some smaller trout – all returned. Was it the fly? Who knows, but, the results were instant and dramatic.

Interesting to see how the water has changed so much since I last visited – very strong weed growth in evidence right through. Large group of House Martins feeding strongly in the lee of tall trees – lovely to see them back.

Mind the nesting swans near fishermans hut!