18 April 2014

Gale force trout

It was blowing a hoolie today , wasn't  sure what river to fish  but settled on my local as i thought it would be more sheltered. First thing to do was walk my dog , and thats when i get my first glance of the river it was looking at a good height though the wind was hitting it , the wood pecker was busy drumming on the telegraph pole , looking to attract a mate.

  It wasn't to bad down in the river valley , i walked downstream a while doing so could not help myself  having a shot at the odd riser .

The main hatch has been getting underway of late till about 2pm  so i waited till then and fished my way back upstream . Surprisingly it was a fairly sparse hatch today though it wasn't as warm day  and perhaps the wind worked against me but i managed around a dozen trout , and a even a few after the brief hatch on the nymph  ,its niceto see some trout starting to look "mint" condition.

starting to feel things are getting there now , and im sure it will only be a few weeks away before we get a much longer day fishing , which is nice , usually find a few fish as early as 11am  with even the prospect of finding a few evening risers.

13 April 2014

the wind, the rain and the trout

After a disappointing day on a river further afield on Saturday I was keen to get out again this afternoon to try and redeem myself, this time fishing a local burn. Like yesterday the downstream wind was proving to be a total nuisance, I was having great difficulty getting my cast to land where I intended it too, getting caught up on overhanging branches etc in the process, to make matters worse the rain decided to team up with the wind,  momentarily i thought i might have been better off staying in the house listening to the football instead!

despite this the burn had decent clarity and was running at a good height,  as i made my way upstream i started to pick up a few trout in between the bad casts, all falling to the good old brown wire nymph with one or two having a go at the dirty polly on the surface.

blue ting on the gill cover
  this pounder put up a great scrap on the six footer, careering about the pool,  jumping several times before i got him in the net.

next pool up produced another nice trout

not that i knew much about him, he was on when i lifted off at the end of a cast

he was the last fish of the afternoon before i went home, contented having found a few trout. 

4 April 2014

headwaters in the high water

After work this afternoon i was keen to get my fishing fix, only trouble was the rain this week had left my local river not only high but dirty too,  i didn't think the burns would be fairing much better to be honest but thought it would be worth having a look at the upper reaches of one that  might be ok. I parked up the car and went down for a wee look, pleasingly it looked good, it was running high and peaty but definitely worth a try!

My intention was to walk downstream a bit before fishing my way back up, but i couldn't resist having a cast in this pool first.

after a few casts the glister bug worked its magic in the peaty water,  still a little thin but most welcome.

  downstream this pool was red hot with several trout coming to both the nymph and the klinky.

i don't  think ive fished this stretch in at least twenty years, some of it never!

by the time i had fished my way back to the car i had managed to bring a fair few trout to hand, on a day that was looking hopeless elsewhere. There's a lot more of this stretch to be discovered, i'll keep it up my sleeve for  a rainy day.

28 March 2014

Trout in the Tails

Just a   brief  summary really:
my second week off has been hot and cold as far as fishing go's . Ive spent my time equally on two local rivers .The usual early season tactics  sitting waiting for the hatch to commence , then seeking out rising fish  has been the game plan , the fishing though has been temperamental ,  the best days being the cloudy days when good numbers of fish were caught. I was finding the majority of trout tight to the tails  of the pools which made for slightly tricky drag free presentation at times , but  generally the trout have been  keen takers , most falling to the shucked cdc and the rest to klinkhammers.

some pictures:
Railway viaduct

Great condition
Spring lambs

Rain drops

side stream

Large dark olive

Spring trout
Lesser celandine

Big shoulders

23 March 2014

an afternoon on the Boag burn

The burn I cut my teeth on as a boy is known locally as the Boag,  here many a happy hour was spent after school and at the weekends fishing for it's pretty little brownies, firstly with the worm before progressing to the fly rod. These days I all to often overlook it's charms in favour of other waters with bigger trout and today was going to be no different. I intended to spend the afternoon on another burn in the area but found it running quite high with questionable clarity, after trying a few its normally productive pools without a touch decided to up sticks and head for the Boag instead.

   i was pleased to see the water clarity was good on the Boag as i was a little worried it might still be murky after last weeks rain.

its always a good confidence booster to when that first trout is landed, this one took a glister bug.

 the journey upstream took me through a tunnel

i picked up a few trout on the brown wire nymph

 a public footpath follows much of the burn upstream, a lot of dog walkers today, i was about to fish this pool before i was joined by two golden retrievers who bounded through it to see what i was up too!

the most public stretch of the burn wasn't that productive to be honest so i made haste through it until i was away from the path. 

a nice pool away from the path

 sport picked up again with another couple of trout to end an enjoyable afternoon on my old stomping ground, think next time i'll avoid the most public stretch altogether and get of the beaten track further upstream.

19 March 2014

The Wind and the Willows

I'm on holiday just now so been keen to get in some early season fishing. Fortunately so far it has coincided with a spell of relatively dry weather , on the other hand it has been rather blustery, and as i type  30mph winds are battering off my windows.

behind the willows
On Monday the 17th i headed to the big river , a chance to break out the 9fter for the first time this season , i arrived just after 12pm and found my first riser in the lee of the wind behind some overhanging willows as i walked downstream.He was a steady riser , and took my klink first drift over , and while i was playing him his pal gave himself away , pretty much peas in a pod.

carrying on downstream i repeated the same feat , another brace, before walking back upstream . some great pools but not a fin stirred , the hatch in truth wasn't great only the odd olive promptly caught by the wind and blown off the water. I only managed one further fish before deciding that was it for the day.

The Tuesday i went to my local water, got down for back of 12pm , it wasn't long before some olives came off , and i promptly took a small trout which gave himself away only yards from where i was sitting waiting for the drama of the hatch in my banker pool to unfold. But despite a few flies coming down a slow typical good bet for early season pool nothing seemed to show interest so i moved up to the next banker pool, i was really expecting something to show as the olives trickled down in ones or twos , but nowt.

I carried on a mile or so upstream finally to find another dimple riser , strangely though the hatch seemed to get stronger , and i cant help but wonder if i should have sat it out in those "banker spots" i guess ill never know. Slow going but putting in in perspective we are only days into the new season. 

Somethings not so slow though is the bankside flora . The wood anemone was fit to burst and a few lesser celandine's were starting to show. I don't know whats in store the rest of the week looks like dropping temperatures and heavy rain tomorrow, hope it doesn't effect the rivers too much?

16 March 2014

back on the burns

With the blustery conditions on opening day I didn't fancy battling against the wind on the main river so opted for a local burn and a bit of shelter instead. The burn I chose can be moody and isn't particularly attractive in places  but it does have the attraction of  bigger than average trout from time to time.

 With no fly life on the water I set up with the usual dirty polly/glister bug combo and began to work my way upstream searching likely pools and runs. I wasn't expecting the first fish which took the dry behind some overhanging branches near the tail of a pool, a nice fish to start of the season with.

upstream in a pool which is usually reliable for a fish i missed one on the dry, a couple of casts later in the same spot he took the glister nymph.

 after that i fished through a lot of water but only managed one more wee trout before heading back to the car, pleased to get of the mark for the new season.

    today i opted for a burn again, one of my favorites, but things didn't go according to plan

 started of ok taking a lovely wee trout but then i noticed another angler upstream so decided to head back to the car and try another burn a few miles away.

 i picked up a few trout from the second burn but in truth it was hard work, perhaps not switched on yet?

i love the sight of primulas at the start of the season

 still it was good to be out on the burns again, its that great time of the year where its all to look forward too.