Wild Trout and Grayling fishing 2021.

lavo85

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Well weather wasnt too bad today, wind was light, bit of cool sun so decided to head out before tomorrows deluge.

Got to the river and a few small rises, water was lowish and clear, tried nymphing first but very little interest, continued to see some small splashy rises but no idea what they were taking, so set up a team of spiders.

Ended up with about 40 odd trout, mostly tiddlers but was great just being on the river catching again.
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bibio1st

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Decided to try my luck this evening on a trout only stretch of river, first time I’d been on this season with the lack of water and it generally doesn’t produce until May at the best of times, a bit concerned that the level was rising again this morning but a lower stretch I looked at on the way home from work looked ok but pushing through a bit.
Had a new rod to try and christen, the water very cold with a touch of colour, nothing showing though there were a few upwing flies coming off, a couple of beaded nymphs to start, nothing from the first two runs I tried then lost a small one at the third, things picked up after that and had trout steadily in most of the runs and pools, lost 6-7, bumped a few but ended with about a dozen to the net, mostly small but had one about 12oz, good for this stretch,
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This one about half the size but an absolute stunner,

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The new rod, 7ft 3# wychwood drift was a joy to use also.

Steve
 

Mrtrout

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Started the day with a visit from John Tyzac and Nick Behan, they called in for a coffee in the garden in warm sunshine.
After putting the world to rights they headed off to fish the Eamont.
I met up with two friends on the Appleby AA water, in the time it takes to get your waders on it chucked it down including hailstone.
Twenty mins later the sun came out and we ventured down to a favourite pool of ours.
Within ten minutes we noticed a few LDOs coming off and saw two fish rising, this was 1pm, it gradually improved and more fish started taking them. My friend caught a beautiful Wildie around the 2lb mark in stunning condition, then five mins later a 3lb fish.
my other friend had two very similar fish and a small grayling.
By this point I’d only managed to bring one fish up and missed it.
They both went on to have another couple of 2lbers.
Frustration for me was setting in fast then I hooked and immediately lost a lovely fish!! One friend hooked into a corker which shot upstream and smashed him, it was some fish.
I hooked and quickly lost two more then finally landed one not much more than a pound but the fight was simply incredibly.
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Another heavy shower saw us all sheltering under a nearby tree.
The water was incredibly cold, my legs were literally shaking, good to see a proper hatch for once and so many hard fighting fish in perfect condition.
Odd fish were still rising at 5pm.
A couple of pics of two lovely trout.
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GraylingFin

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I was simply going by 'Brown Trout Weight Length Conversion' chart.

Unless you actually weigh a fish it is really all a bit of guesswork.

Grayling are the hardest fish to judge, when going by length.

A cracking fish irrespective!



Douglas
I just had a look at the chart, good piece of information to have an idea.
Thanks
Alex
 

mebu

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I know this is not the right thread, but as the river is out of action I went to the local trout lake, and boy was that fish wild when the tasty morsel bit him in the lip and dragged him towards the bank. His antics showed he was really wild.
Also off topic, tried my new (s/h) Sage Pulse, lovely casting rod but pinged a few off, not sure because of stiff rod of my ineptitude.

Better say no more, the thread police are watching...

Peter
 

Mr Notherone

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I know this is not the right thread, but as the river is out of action I went to the local trout lake, and boy was that fish wild when the tasty morsel bit him in the lip and dragged him towards the bank. His antics showed he was really wild.
Also off topic, tried my new (s/h) Sage Pulse, lovely casting rod but pinged a few off, not sure because of stiff rod of my ineptitude.

Better say no more, the thread police are watching...

Peter
You were lucky, had that been me he would probably have been just a bit upset...
 

icaughtafishonce

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Been out on the vyrnwy and banwy a few times but nothing doing, water very low and cold so have to admit defeat until conditions change, it was the same in the Elan valley 10 days back thought I would give it a go but should have stayed by the logburner lol
I'm glad it wasn't just me. I was up in the Elan valley last week and I didn't see a sniff of any fish anywhere. Felt like it was too cold. Glad to hear that I was right.
 

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Went down to the reservoir today. It was blowing a gale. That was o.k. but it was the sudden gusts of wind. I was nearly blown over on a few occasions.

Three fish - no monsters, all modest size. I was happy with that. Caught the two different strains which inhabit Talla.

Fished with a peter ross on the point and an olive dabbler on the dropper.

Some pics.


Douglas





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eddleston123

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When people say reservoirs I always imaging big concrete bowls.
Thats nothing like one Douglas.:D
S.
Yes, it's a beautiful place S. I rarely see another angler. I think they must fish at the weekends whereas I tend to fish weekdays.

I always take pictures every visit, as the reservoir always has a different look to it depending on the light, cloud etc.

I would agree that it probably looks more like a highland loch than a reservoir. The trout are modest size, but they are plentiful (when the conditions are right) and they fight like the devil.

I consider myself lucky.



Douglas
 

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A parcel arrived. Rod and reel and line - bought from the classifieds on here for my daughter. Dad had to test it. It is a great little set-up. Rod from our contentious Chinese supplier, reel one of those nice little Hardy-a-likes 👍
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There was a great hatch on (LDO's, Yellow Sallies, Grannom)
And the fish were thriwing caution to the wind. These 10"ers are good for this river where the only big trout are migratory.
 
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