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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

More Chevins...

I managed to get to the river once again at the weekend for some more fun with the Chub, I'm not sure how many i took but stopped counting once I'd got to a dozen. I wanted to fish just one fly all morning and just change the approach and the way the fly was fished, it was a good plan!

The river is still very low due to the lack of rain recently, skin and bones plus plenty of weed for the fly line to tangle in! I fished two main lengths of the same stretch, the upper being fast and shallow with the lower being mostly waist deep and steadier in pace. I fished the FB exclusively and took half a dozen fish in quick succession from a shallow plateau in a slack amongst the streamer fronds, most of them taking the fly as soon as it touched down...



I moved a little further upstream and stumbled onto a couple of fish somewhere they don't normally lie, just when you think you know fish they change! I did manage to fool one though, the playing of which spooked the others which weren't seen again...


I took a few similar sized fish from an area of boulders where the river narrows and gets faster, i spotted a small Pike sat in a shallow slack, sunning himself surrounded by minnows...

I climbed out of the water and made the short walk down to the lower stretch, my first view once through the undergrowth was a pleasant one...


I took two of these fish dead drifting the fly before they sank away tight under the trees, a tight loop put the fly an inch or two from the roots and a twitch later brought the third of the group to hand after another good scrap.

Walking slowly along the bank and spotting fish was made easy by the trees behind and above me, i could walk comfortably without worrying about my silhouette on the skyline, i took a few more fish plopping the fly in gaps between the weeds and reeds...




I took a couple more from under a big tree on the far bank, casting was difficult so i waded across the river downstream of the fish and stalked my way back up to them, it was tricky wading with the rocks and boulders under foot so i left the camera on the back, safe!

The last fish of the day came from a deep slack , it was cruising around just sub-surface checking out leaves or anything above him. I knew he was a certainty but it's always nice when a fish sips the fly in confidently and unhurried, he fought strongly in the deeper water and almost had me under a fallen tree but eventually i had him to hand, he was perfect...

By midday the river started to get busy queuing my walk back to the car, it was a great morning with very few fish refusing the FB, i might tie some slightly smaller to try on the fish that refuse the normal 8's, just to see...

To finish off this post, i know it's not fly fishing but on Thursday evening I'm going back to a small overgrown lake that i first met only last week, i fished with like minded friends who like myself enjoy using "cane and pins" and we had a wonderful evening taking a few Tench, i look forward to bending some cane and seeing the float dance among the Lillie's again...


Cheers,


Graham

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