Just a quick post from my trip on Monday.
The missus treated me to a few quids-worth of fishing videos on Vimeo for Christmas, so I'd spent the last couple of days watching HD videos of 50cm+ NZ brownies and trophy grayling - so was pumped to get out on my own little slice of river and see whether I could tempt a few tiddlers from the shopping-trolley/traffic cone-strewn waters
The stretch I fished consists of a series of pools, with some strong riffles in between. I started off high-sticking with two nymphs, targeting slack water amongst the faster riffles, and through the tails of pools in waist-deep water. I picked up a few decent size fish, usually one from each pool - so the going felt fairly slow. I was trying to 'lead' the flies a little more than usual, (following recent discussions on this thread) which i think helped pick up a couple of fish that I might otherwise have missed.
To be honest I was a little surprised that I wasn't contacting more fish in some of the slower, deeper water, so changed tactics a little to finish off the day. It felt like maybe the fish were occupying slightly different water than I'd been assuming. The wind had picked up a bit too, so I switched to the duo and fished through a shallower stretch of riffles and pools. It turned out to be a good move, and I had another 15 or so fish - all to a 2.5mm metallic pink-beaded dark GRHE nymph, under a poly-yarn caddis that I usually use for the duo. There were loads of fish sat in the shallowish (knee deep) riffles, especially as they dropped off into pools with clean gravel.
Couple pics here:
So this is another thumbs up for the duo - proof that you dont always need to be high sticking with heavy tungsten to find fish at this time of year. The duo also picked up a number of fish in the really slow, swirling tail end of a weir pool that I'd already failed to catch in with 2 nymphs. I'll remember that.
**edit - forgot to add that i also got a fish to the dry! One very confused brownie who smashed the caddis despite it being 2deg C**