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Monday, 23 January 2012

Mercury rising...

Once again i fished with Adam this weekend, and what a change 7 days can make! Instead of the freezing temps that greeted us the week before, once the sun was up the river was bathed in sunshine and we waded slowly and comfortably, the only problem was the lack of fish.......

We fished the first spot for an hour or so, it's a large crease in the flow, with a drop-off just below a weir that more often than not throws up a fish, but not this time, the river had a touch more colour in than last week but the level was slightly lower, it still looked good but there was nobody home...

Ten minutes in the car brought us to the second stretch. I'd tied a fly the night before that i was dying to swim, very similar to the successful one used last weekend(why change it?!) but slightly deeper and a little longer, I'll post a picture soon! While dodging sunken branches and large boulders we waded waist deep into the best spot to present the fly across the slacks at a nice angle to the flow, after stripping some line from the reel i put the fly out to the eddy on the right, i let the intermediate sink it a little then started to retrieve, strip........strip.........Bang! I answered the question with a strip-strike and lifted the rod, which hooped heavily for a second or two before the line went slack, hurrumph......

I carried on with the retrieve and just as the tip on the fly line came into view i started a slow hang, the fly was just below the surface when a Greeny-yellowy shape with black bars appeared and engulfed it! A good perch had just managed to get an 8ins Pike fly tied on a 6/0 in it's mouth, both Adam and i giggled while he thrashed about until the fly flew from his more than considerable cake hole.......

"He was big" i said to Adam, who replied "I'm not surprised eating fish that size!"

We saw him once more follow the fly, but he wasn't fooled twice.



After a slight move and Adam covering another area unsuccessfully we waded downstream to the slack that produced two fish for Adam last weekend, obviously it was my turn so i got myself into position, just upstream of and to the side that met with the main flow. I put the fly expectantly to one end of the slack but retrieved the fly without enquiry, and after half a dozen casts i thought i was facing a blank. "One more" i said as i dropped the fly an inch(ok 6) from the bank, one strip........ the was a flash, a boil and the rod was bent!

This short video taken by Adam shows what happened next...

Only an average fish of 7 or 8lbs but a spirited one, AND the blank was beaten! No stills of the fish as he leaped from my hand before Adam could take aim with the camera.....

We half heartedley tried a few more spots but the levels are proving tricky right now for a lot of the better areas, too much flow and not enough clarity, or depth. Difficult.

Its amazing the difference in temperature from last weekend, from -3 to +15! So whats it going to be next weekend? Rain is forecast this week, hopefully it wont dirty the river up, just top it up nicely, here's praying for a steady gentle pitter patter............


Cheers,


Graham

3 comments:

  1. Sounds a great way to catch pike Graham, i used to love catching jacks on lures, great fun.

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  2. Lovely report Graham, beautiful photography and excellent youtube videos...look forward to more.

    Mick.

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    1. Cheers Mick, looking forward to the river being in better shape this weekend after the recent rain, might be a tad chilly though, thermals at the ready!;)

      Cheers,


      Graham

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