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Welcome to Wildflies.com, and i hope you enjoy the site!

Everything here is my own, the words, images and video, all taken by myself whilst out fishing or spending time in wild places, which is what it's all about in my view! Get out there and enjoy it, or grab a cup of tea, sit down and i'll go for you!...

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Sunday, 15 May 2011

Monster Mash!...


You just cant beat the highs and lows of fishing, can you? As per yesterday's post i headed back to "land of the giants" today, what with the sun in the sky this morning i fully expected a glorious early summer day, i picked up Adam on the way and by 11am the car was in the lay by next to the stream. The sky was now grey, the wind was cold, and after climbing over the fence we walked a long way before we saw any sign of a fish!

Eventually we came to a small weir where the flow runs into a deep pool flanked by a slack of two depths, having had a couple of enquiries here last time i gently waded into the pool and began to cast. I was using a slim damsel-esque nymph tied with a black tungsten bead head, it's a pattern that's taken a LOT of fish for me over the years, and not just Trout. I cast it across the flow into the slack, let it sink to about 3/4 depth then started a short jerky retrieve, within 5 seconds there was a tap then the line tightened, shortly after a small and greedy Brownie came to hand, and we'd opened our account!


I slipped him back and widened my across the flow, the nymph was only moving for a second or two before i felt a tap, then another after which everything went solid into a weightier fish, only it wasn't trout?! Expecting a turn of pace and a leap i was amazed to feel a rather familiar jag jag, then confirmation rose from the depths to reveal a beautiful silver flank etched in blue with blood red fins and a lovely Roach of almost a pound came to hand! I've caught plenty of Roach on the fly, but none on a fly 2ins long!...


We moved further upstream to where it narrows and becomes more overgrown, Adam spotted a nicely marked fish and promptly extracted it from it's lie beneath an overhanging bramble bush, i nearly fell in whilst netting it for him, lying flat on my stomach for maximum reach left me unable to get up again without a lift...




As we walked the bank through the now long grass and nettles something caught my eye, fluttering in amongst the prickly leaves...


By now it was really quite cold(the water freakishly so!), not what you'd expect in May that's for sure! Or is it?! I managed to fluff a fish that did me last weekend, unfinished business that i look forward to reconvening! We came across some small fish rising steadily before one took my fly soon to spit it again, and it even began to rain a little, but things didn't stay dank for long...

We moved into one of the last pools where there was a fish again rising steadily, we stood behind him trying to crack the code as to what he was taking, i was sure he was taking olives but after changing my fly half a dozen times i was beginning to loose faith! We could clearly see the fish moving from side to side picking of his chosen meal, he was in the slightest bit concerned about my various patterns going over his head, which was bloody lucky!

As my tippet grew shorter and shorter i tried one last pattern, a more sparse olive that sat very low in the film, and this...............he liked! After a cracking battle a superb fish graced my net, long, lean and twice as mean...



Within 30 seconds of my fish sliding away below the reflections another fish rose just below some trailing brambles, Adam stepped up with a small spent olive pattern, made the cast and was rewarded with the most amazing fish for such a small stream! The fish lept a few times, ran upstream, ran downstream as well as doing it's damnedest to break Adam off in the trailing brambles! A few pictures as he came to the net...





I cant tell you how big our smiles were once he was finally in the net, a very impressive fish, a brute in every way!...



This place just seems to get better and better, full of surprises, i cant wait for the Mays to start, couple that with a calm warm overcast day and i think it's going to be hard to beat!

The week ahead may be a slightly damp one, the streams could do with some water, not too much though eh?

Cheers,


Graham

Saturday, 14 May 2011

It's that time again!...

I had a quick trip to the local stream this afternoon, i managed five fish on the dry, all taking a 14's Adams. I didn't take any pictures of the fish as they were mostly smaller residents, the only ones rising and i didn't fancy prospecting with the Nymph, i did however take a picture of the first Mayfly of the year!


I counted a dozen or so newly hatched and only a couple of spinners, i have a little more time on my hands tomorrow so I'll hopefully be heading back to the same stream i fished with Adam last weekend, i think I'll call it "land of the giants!"...

Maybe I'm being a little optimistic but i couldn't help tie a couple of Mays up tonight, just in case you understand, one can only hope!...

A quick snap:-


A couple of 12's and a couple 8's, i seem to have run out of 10's(and brown thread for that matter!). So here's hoping the weather stays kind tomorrow, if so I'll report back in the next couple of days!

Cheers,


Graham

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Early may madness!...


I know it's been a while since i've updated, and thanks to those readers who mailed me to make sure i was still breathing!

I had expected to have been out a few times in the past couple of weeks but due to the need to look after a poorly 94yr old grandma a week off work saw me wet a line just the once, dont worry, i'll make up for it, and She's much better cheers for asking;)...

Since the last update i managed to get back to my favourite tiny overgrown stream, and joined by good friend Chris we decided to take the one rod between us, take it in turns with the rod/camera and hopefully get some nice shots and footage. To say it was hard work would be the understatement of the year, and it wasn't until the very last pool we got the chance of a trout that Chris tempted, i'd caught one earlier but he slipped the hook before his portrait could be taken!

It was a great day spent in fine company and wonderful suroundings, here's some photos:-









My next outing was back to the same stream accompanied by Adam, but that was a day of shooting video so no stills i'm afraid, just lots of great footage to go towards a project that's under development;)

And finally to Sunday the 8th of May, last sunday, a day i wont forget in a hurry...

Adam called me to see if i would be free to fish this weekend, we checked the weather and decided on saturday being the best day, saturday came, and so did the thunder storms! We held off till sunday which turned out to be a good thing, we checked the EA site for river levels which looked a little "up and down", but by late morning were on our way anyway, "we can always fish streamers if it's too couloured" i smiled to Adam like the heathen i am!

We parked up in the layby and both ran to look off the bridge, the sight that greeted us was not an expected one, beautiful, swift, gin clear H2O??!!! We tried to make sense of it while we donned the waders but both decided it was down to Isaak, who had obviously pulled out ALL the stops to ensure we could have some sport!

We skipped the fence and started walking upstream, although i've fished this river a few times i've not seen this stretch before, set in farmland it meaders it's way purposefully from a small town through rolling countryside all the way to where it spills into a larger, slower river, it's simply mouth watering, and on a day like sunday, which ok ok was breezy but warm and bright made for an anglers dream come true, waders on, clear water, bird song and a good fishing buddy, all was good in the world!...

We turned the second corner we came to only to find two fish rising under the boughs of a mature tree, "you can have the first one" i nodded to Adam, and after takling up for the swim the fish disappeared, "your go". I guessed they'd be taking olives as i'd seen plenty about, i tied a small adams on and on the second cast it vanished into a large swirl, "fish on!" preceeded one helluva scrap before a serious wild brown Trout slipped into the net, Adam assured me that this fish was around the general size for the stretch, i was just gobsmacked! On my other small overgrown stream this would've been a PB, WOW!...


To be honest the rest of the day it a little blurred, it was perfect really, fish were risen, some landed, some lost and some spooked, the scenery was just poetic, almost polerised, it would take someone much better with words than i to do it any kind of justice, and the fish, they just blew my mind, three days after the event i write this and i'm still drifting off staring into space as my mind recalls another large handful of wild brown trout coming towards the net...

As i remember we made our way upstream stopping for any fish we saw feeding or otherwise, some smaller fish were taken and many more much larger were spotted before melting away...







It was now late afternoon and we were but 50yrds from the top end from the waters end, here we saw more trout than imaginable, small, large, they were all there. At one point i was casting a dry to a tricky fish lying close into some brambles while Adam pestered some small fish under his rod tip with a heavy nymph, THEN...... out of knowhere appears a good fish that's got a good sized worm in it's mouth and is doing it's level best to rip it to pieces! It then decides to drop the worm and nail Adams nymph, all of which we saw with our own eyes, under our rod tips!(i think it was the fish above)...

After putting the bramble fish down i moved up to a fish feeding very happily a little further upstream, it wasn't clear what exactly the fish were sipping but it didn't look twice at my vowel fly, (all in one = A I O hence the name) Its a bit Black gnat, a bit Hawthorn etc, whatever the fish took it for i'm gld it did. A good fish shot downstream after i'd hooked it, at this point i really didn't think it was as big as it was, then i tried to eased the fish off the bottom and towards the net, i just couldnt! I was using my 6ft 6ins 4wt with a leader down to a 4lb point and there was no way i was going to hurry this fish, after several strong runs and a leap or two i finally had him in the net, we weighed him, One and a half pounds and chunky, almost too chunky for his head! After taking a couple of shots of him he slipped back, straight under the undercut bank. It was at this point i checked the fly, close call......







We fished the last pool and took another good fish along with some smaller ones, you wouldn't believe the bend these little chaps can put in your rod, incredible little things!...




I'm having sleepless nights thinking about the place, i really cant wait to get back there, hopefully this weekend, PLease, please PLEEEZ!!!!!!!




Cheers,


Graham