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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!...

If you have any questions, queries, comments or would just like to get in touch, feel free to email me at: wildflies1@gmail.com or "follow" me twitter:@Wildflies

Cheers,


Graham

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Robert Zimmerman....

....Better known as Bob Dylan sang "the times, they are a changin'", and while this applies to many things on this planet at the moment it's the fishing I'm talking about!

The 8wt has been cleaned and put away in a dark corner, no more toothy Pike, it's awaiting sea temperatures to rise a little more and bring numbers of silvery, spikey Bass within casting distance...

It's all about spots now, some of my favourite ones that I've not seen since autumn and of course the red and black ones found on Brown trout. The last week of march was a scorcher, records broken more than once for different parts of the country and the rivers and streams looking more and more a shadow of their usual "full and flowing" state for this time of year, more "fragile and frail"......

ANYWAY, I've fished 4 times since the start of the season, opening day on a stream a little further afield but a big favourite and the local stream since then, 15mins down the road, perfect for an after work "cleanse"....

Opening day was tough but eventually Adam and i starting getting back into the swing of things, tiny nymphs and short cane rods are quite a departure after months of chucking budgies on the 8wt! Tight loops between trees were not instantly available but came after losing a few lovingly tied "deadlies" to hungry boughs, and by the end of the day we'd taken a dozen or so, ,ore than enough to kick things off!

The local "dribble" has been a real surprise this last week, not lots of fish caught but fish of a really good average size, and some way beyond! We started taking fish on tiny midge patterns and the odd ascending Grannom but now the fish are taking all stages of Grannom plus midge, Baetis nymphs and olive duns, it's all go!...

So here's a few pictures to get things up to date, starting with a couple of trips, one before and one on March 14th, by this time i'd got fed up with the Pike and had Perch on the brain, which were huge fun on the 7ft glass rod(plus the odd small Pike). Then the Trout took over...

















This one will take some beating on the local stream!....





Another surprise...........


So there we are, a long overdue update, i promise to pull my finger out and up the frequency of posts this year, you how it is;)

Oh and before i forget here's a link for a short vid of a fish going back from last night, i recently bought a Gopro camera after flogging much stuff on eBay and making a few quid. I must admit to being a little disappointed with the focus underwater but after a team modding session yesterday I'm much more comfortable with the quality, this is 720p at 60fps, I'm sure it'll be used a fair amount this year and looking forward to it....

Cheers,


Graham

Thanks to my brother Adam(Rawson&perrin) for many of the above photos, and the rod that tamed all of the Trout!

2 comments:

  1. Hi Graham, nice post - and great pics too. You're very lucky to have such an accomplished photographer going along with you. Clicked through to the rod building site - what a great little business, hope its doing well. I've never fished with a cane rod, though I'm told the action is similar to my Hardy Jet six footer. Oh well, bit more than 140 characters there! ;)

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  2. Hi Andrew and welcome!

    It works quite well with us both being fairly handy with a camera, it doesn't matter who catches the fish we always end up with a half decent picture between us:)

    Cheers,

    Graham

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