Catch and release is something I’ve always done on the river’s and it does work for sure!
Many of times Ive caught the same fish over the years and even in the same day.
I know quite a few that knock trout on the head for the pot and it’s up to them, but myself I like to have my fun and then release them to fight another day! C&R is the way forward to save are wonderful trout for the future and securing are great sport!
Well the Brook duns are out in force and about time to!
I manged to get out on the river for a few hours in the week after a bonkers morning so rang the boss and had the day off and after sorting a load of stuff out i hit the river for a few hours.
I knew one of my mates was on the river that day so i made a quick call and met up with him and his butty. when i met them up around 11.30 the flies started to hatch and the day looked quit promising. Finally we caught sight of the brook duns taking off on the stones as we walked the river. In the night we had a fair amount of rain making the river quit cloudy but we knew it would clear over time and i always love fishing the river with a slight colour to it, it can be the best time to look for the larger fish on the move around and with good amounts of brook duns coming down the chances were in are favour :).
As the hatch was well under way the trout started to go nuts and even the grayling got in on the action. Rob and Adrian were having a right ball taking fish left right and centre in a long pool. I held back just watching and spotting fish but my eye was set on something else. I just knew it would’nt be long and i would here that noise that makes the heart jump and the hand shake. GULP!!! 🙂 took me a bit of time to pin point the bugger because there were a few fish rising on the far bank tight. i waited and watched and then i seen the bugger, i watched a brook dun come down and then that spotty nose pocket through the film of the water and that gulp noise and it was the end of the brook dun. I got myself into a good casting position and made the cast. as the fly went down it went all in slow motion and bang fish on,, cracking fight and what a lovely fish to catch. It was a lovely 4lb 8oz brown 🙂
As the fishing was going nuts i sat there just watching Rob and Adrian catching fish and having great time, we headed up river just using the dries, was plenty of bugging water but bit sick of chucking tungsten and with so many fish rising it was just pointless anyway!. Rob and Adrian took many fish around the 2lb mark.. I didn’t have much time left after that so i had 2 head home to pick my son up from school so the boys followed and all in all it was a wild few hours fishing and was great to see a cracking Brook duns hatch for ones 🙂 Rob below with some of the lovely browns he had!
Last week i bought myself a video camera planning to make a few short videos on fish rising and hopefully a few other catching fish on the dries and nymphs.
For the last few days ive been walking the banks looking for big fish rising and i finally found what i was looking 🙂 check out the video below and see this beast taking brookduns one after anther
After taking the video above watching this fine large brown trout feeding i turned the camera off and made my way to the spot where the fish was. The rod wasnt even set up so that was done in no time still watching the trout rising, but when it came to leader and tipped extra care was taken with trying the knots! didn’t want to hook it and have knot slip or anything so it was ll down to me to get the cast right and to land the fish,, Well i manged to get the right cast and the trout took the fly sweet as a nut and what a ride it took me on. after a while the trout come to the net i made anther short video just before release,, cracking fish and what a lovely wild fish it was 🙂
video of the fish landed just before release 🙂 Hog!
Well at the moment the large dark olives are on the trout menu because that’s all that’s bloody hatching at the moment with these wild winds and mad cold weather that has stuck with us. Please give us a break and move on winter weather, its spring for god sake!
The hatches have been starting around half 12 and going on for an hour to an hour and half at most, so be ready because it’s over before you now it!
These are patterns that ive been using for the last few weeks on the river and they have been very successful.
Olive dun below.
Check out a few trout that have been enticed by these patterns in the last few weeks.
Over the last few months i’ve been using almost exclusively Airflo fly fishing tackle and there are a few reasons for this…
I’ve always used ‘cheap fishing tackle’ and ended up buying more than once, something which is said time and time again between anglers and is true buying of products these days. The kit i’ve been shown by Kieron is great stuff, great build quality and preforms to the max. Most of the fly fishing tackle I’ve had is ideal for what I want and is just as good as anything I’ve seen by other, more expensive fishing tackle dealers.
I’ve now become part of their bloggers scheme where I received an email this morning describing that I’ve been lucky enough to have my blog featured under Fishtecs most favourite! Happy days 😀
Teaming up with Total Flyfisher magazine, we’ve been able to offer one lucky person an Airflo Ridge Clear fly line worth £59.99. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is go onto facebook and make a few clicks.
By offering this prize Fishtec and Total Flyfisher are hoping to increase Facebook followers, which will enable us to offer more gear and prizes.
As soon as both pages hit the 1000 members mark we’ll pick out a winner, so don’t be shy in spreading the word, tell your mates, tell you mate’s mates – the sooner we hit 1000, the sooner you might win.
Designed for fishing, clear venues with easily spooked inhabitance, the Airflo Ridge Clear Fly line will make a valuable addition to anyone’s arsenal. And the lucky Facebook fan will get to choose the weight and density of the line they win.
Check out the video below to see what you could be winning – and don’t forget to get liking over on Facebook. Good luck.
Guest post courtesy of Fishtec fishing tackle store.