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    Default Streams and rivers - 2019

    Although the season has been open for a week now (Anglia), I only got an opportunity to fish for the first time today.

    Even then it was unexpected, so I had to rummage through my boot and throw some kit together.

    So off I set with a 4# 7' rod, 7# line (sink tip) and 6lb leader with a #16 klinkhammer on the end. Not my ideal set up.

    With only 20 minutes before I had to go back to the office, I wasted no time in heading to a spot that had been prolific for small fish early last season.

    From the first cast it was apparent the the odds were not in my favour. Funnily enough my uneven set up was difficult to cast, and the fly presentation was a shambles.

    I eventually got to a point where about one cast in three landed the fly in the vicinity of a rising fish, but by this point my thrashing about had put all the decent fish down.

    All considered, I consider the fact I caught anything at all an absolute win.

    Streams and rivers - 2019-dry-jpg

    The season can only improve, right?

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    Default Re: Streams and rivers - 2019

    Love the suit sleeve in the pic, not something you see everyday.

    Do you catch many course fish on the dry jerry, also do you get many biggies?

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    Default Re: Streams and rivers - 2019

    Quote Originally Posted by black and silver View Post
    Love the suit sleeve in the pic, not something you see everyday.

    Do you catch many course fish on the dry jerry, also do you get many biggies?
    I tend to fish on my lunch hour (hence the suit), which only gives me a short time on the water. Because of this I tend to cast to a shoal of smaller fish and move on if I spook them.

    You can catch larger fish, mainly Chub (on beetle patterns), but it involves slow stalking through undergrowth, and one false move can ruin a whole lunchtimes fishing.

    If the Chub aren't on the surface, and I fancy trying for something bigger, I can put on a woolly ****** and trawl the depths (Chub, Perch, jack Pike). Personally though, In the summer I prefer picking small Dace, Chub and even Bleak of the surface using tiny flies.

    On a good day, I get about 40 minutes on the water, and can catch 4 or 5 fish. towards the autumn, when I've worked out where the fish are, and what flies they want it could be more like 7 or 8. 1 fish for every 5 minutes, but all small.

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    Default Re: Streams and rivers - 2019

    Today was another snatched few minutes on the water.

    To try and maximize my lunchtime sessions I have bought a bike to store at work.
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    but actually this means I go further away, to explore new beats, and still end up with only about 20 minutes fishing.

    The problem with this is there are no time with such niceties as 'matching the hatch'. I carry the rod, ready set up, with whatever fly was on from the previous session. Even if conditions have changed dramatically.

    This meant I started today with an olive Klinkhammer (#16 I think). In the clear water I could see fish following it, but not taking. I had time for one quick fly change. I had seen some fish feeding midwater, so I went for a PTN. Once again the fish followed but did not take.
    In desperation I moved about 200 yards downstream. Conditions looked the same, but frustratingly, the fish here were definitely surface feeding.
    With only 5 minutes to go I added floatant to the PTN and leader, and sure enough....
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    I got two little ones and was only a few minutes late back to my desk.

    What have I learnt?
    Change flies if they are not working, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures.

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