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  1. #631
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    Default Re: New 2018 Brown trout thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    Had a day on the upper part of the river. Met a guy with spinning setup so had a chat. He said he'd caught 4 trout from a weir pool. I then informed him that the river here is fly only and you need club membership with river/fly only ticket that's extra. In his defence he said there are no signs. I informed him that there are 2 signs. One just up from where we were standing, the second on the lower half of the river. You do need to know where they are and they are also well faded. We chatted for about 20 mins. I told him that I would be disappointed if I didn't catch 2 dozen fish today due to low and clear water.
    Fishing: 7ft 3# rod and duo with size 18 parachute dry and size 20 jig with 2mm bead grey nymph. Leader totalled about 9ft. First cats and fish on, then off to the nymph. Only small, in skinny water but it was looking hopeful. I targeted faster water that looked a bit deeper, it paid off and I picked a few fish up steadily on the nymph before getting one on the dry. Things then picked up even more and I started missing and losing offers. I then spotted a riser, it took the nymph. Spotted a second, that too took the nymph but a third took the dry (that I didn't see rise before I cast ).
    I continued to catch, lose and miss as I worked up river. I then got to the weir pool where the had caught spinning, should I give it a go? Yes as I saw a riser. I caught 7 fish, lost 6 and missed another 5, 3 missed to the dry. Only 2 caught out of the 7 on the dry. It was then time for a break, I had managed 22 fish in 2 hours of fishing. Sat watching the weir pool and saw a few more fish top, left them be.
    Above the weir the wind had picked up and made casting a little hard work with the light setup, also it was slow water so took my time. First fish came up for the dry and was so far best fish of the day at about 1lb mark, 10/11 inch and well fed. Took another 2 fish to the nymph before the trees closed in. Saw a few riser between the gap between the trees and bank that I had to wade up. 2 of these took the nymph but casting was tight and difficult with a strong down stream wind. I now ran out of decent water depth. Moved on up but not much happened, very quiet for a while.
    Next bit of decent water produced 8 fish, only 1 to the dry but had 2 better fish, both about 10 inch. This was the order of the afternoon, picked several fish at a time apart from another weir pool, only 1 fish on the nymph but this pool is very torrid and it isn't often that I fish it. Above it is nearly dry as the water is going down one part only in a corner. Again very slow water that again goes under trees, picked up 3 fish before the trees, all to the nymph with 1 going 12 inch and ended best of the day. In-between the trees I manged 3 on the nymph then spotted a nice chub that actually swam towards me, it was a good 2.5 to 3lb. I didn't know there were chub in this top half of the river. I picked up one more fish on the nymph at the very top of this section in skinny water than had to move on to find better water again. This time it didn't work, nothing at home including a nice pool that I normally catch in. Now the light was bad, very silvery and reflecting of the surface. Despite having my Polaroids on I couldn't see my dry. Moved up to a darker section and started getting into fish again, mainly on the nymph. Again started getting quite a few fish from pools and sections, one point I had a double hook up and landed both, the bigger took the dry. |By the time I decided to stop I had managed 6 dozen fish plus a few more ......... 75 in total with only 11 to the dry. If I had managed to land those I lost, then it could have been triple figures.

    Sounds like an action packed day. You seem to change around a bit, ie, from dry fly to nymph and visa versa. This is obviously a sensible course of action to see which is more effective on the day.
    I am pretty lazy in this respect, as I usually stick to one method for the complete session. I'm sure that it reflected in my often poor returns.

    Your comments about signage rings a bell with me. I was told exactly the same thing by a wormer, when I challenged him. He was correct. On the stream that I am referring to, there is only one sign at the start of the beat, hidden away in a corner on the bridge. I think I will bring this up with the association at the end of the year.

    Even although somebody knows that they shouldn't be fishing, the 'No Sign' thing is the default excuse.



    Douglas

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    Default Re: New 2018 Brown trout thread.

    Well done Ged , just goes to show you can have decent days on the river despite the lack of rain , hoping to get out myself after the World Cup . 75 fish is a very impressive .

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    Default Re: New 2018 Brown trout thread.

    Douglas, I fished duo all day and didn't even change a fly. That's lazy fishing. A few spots I did think about putting on an heavier nymph but resisted.
    Some people are just chancers, even signs doesn't stop them as some think the river is stocked. My mate gets this problem on a brook that he fishes.
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    Default Re: New 2018 Brown trout thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by wobbly face View Post
    Douglas, I fished duo all day and didn't even change a fly. That's lazy fishing. A few spots I did think about putting on an heavier nymph but resisted.
    Some people are just chancers, even signs doesn't stop them as some think the river is stocked. My mate gets this problem on a brook that he fishes.
    Sorry, my fault, didn't read your post correctly.


    Douglas

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    Default Re: New 2018 Brown trout thread.

    First time ive been out for a couple of weeks decided to take my 10ft #7 i no a bit over powered for trout fishing but ive struggled to reach with the 9ft #5 weight across the river to under the trees where ive seen fish rising my last few trips out

    Decided on a black terrestrial and went under the over hanging trees first cast a take and with in seconds a snapped leaded i didn't even have time to raise the rod i was using 3.2lb hardy . Time to set up again and the same set up cast into the same place and bang another rise fish this time i t made it to the net
    small but very nicely colored

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    The tree from where he came from
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    ad a few other chances on nymphs but none made it to the net story of my life

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