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Friday, 6 April 2018 at 17:45

CDC Buzzer It was a day of firsts down at the rainbow lake: Henry saw the first swallow of the year; he caught his first trout on a fly he tied himself (a Cove PTN); and I caught and released the first trout of the year on dry flies (see image - a film-fished CDC Shipman's). We shared a grand day and saw plenty of action, most on fairly deeply sunk nymphs and lures, but with some little action on buzzer-suggesting artificials and even those dry flies. I was astonished that the fish would move to floating patterns but there was an hour around lunchtime when a few small black buzzers were in the air and some patient work with CDC and Suspender buzzers brought four offers and two fish in the net. That said, an intermediate tip, a longish leader and a weighted pattern on the point (Damsel, Nomad) worked rather better, especially when cast across the ripple and allowed to fish round slowly and deeply.

Er....

Friday, 6 April 2018 at 17:41

5lb. This was the best of them, a fat and fit rainbow of 21 inches (about 5lb., we thought). It was much chunkier and heavier-set than the Grafham brown of 22 inches that I released towards the end of March. Blue Flash Damsel on the point. I released a number of other fish 3-3½lb. so it was a prolific little session. Such a change to be fishing in mild weather and hazy sunshine after what has been a bitter winter and early spring.

Gusty Grafham

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 at 16:45

3lb-er Hard work this morning in a gusty wind. Grafham was at its most unsettled and forbidding and a few hours before lunch saw only one offer - and one fish, a splendid rainbow which I estimated at around 3lb. Pitsford Pea on a DI-3. I packed up after a late (and still gusty) lunchtime, though by then the air was - would you believe it? - warmer and spring seemed to arrive as I watched. Still: I Must Try Harder.

Chrome

Sunday, 1 April 2018 at 15:59

1 April rainbow 1st April and a chap simply has to fish. To the rainbow lake, where I released a leash of very fit rainbows and one blue trout. Best two were 3-3½lb., with the rest running from 1½lb. upwards, so it was a prolific little session despite the chill. Several of the fish were so fit and silvery that they were chrome. There was no general rise to buzzers but that will come as soon as the water warms up a touch. Roll on, spring.

Mud, buzzers and bloodworms

Sunday, 1 April 2018 at 15:53

Spring flies Cold water (7C), cold air; fish near the bottom, browsing on bloodworms.... I thought I had it all worked out. I didn't. Here are the flies I tried, all much-tested. In the event every fish bar one took the lime/white Nomad (bottom), which I fished as slowly as possible. One other (only) took the Blue Flash Damsel. Some rainbows took on the drop, others when the fly was havering over the bottom. I had other offers with which I signally failed to connect, so it was a few hours full of activity despie the fact that winter doesn't quite seem to have left us yet.

Tight lines, all

Friday, 23 March 2018 at 16:32

Lures And so another trout season is underway. I wish tight lines to all - may we have the joy of it. I'd planned to take a boat today but the weather was so blustery that no single-manned boats were being allowed out on Grafham this morning. I pottered about along the dam instead. It was hard work in the wind but eventually I released a biggish brown (c.4lb., snapshot below) and a lovely overwintered rainbow (c.2.5lb.) for good measure. There was next to nothing moving - it's maybe a week or two early for any mass movement of fish to little black buzzers - so it was a question of fishing lures at different depths. I'd had enough by lunchtime.

I don't know quite why I carry so many lures, since I only use two or three - the Pitsford Pea, some Minkies or Suspender Minkies in the later part of the season, and some Boobies and FABs as attractors. Still, they look cheerful.


22 inches

Friday, 23 March 2018 at 16:27

Grafham brown Only had time to take a quick snapshot before release but....22.5 inches and a shock to the system. I estimated this fish at c.4lb. A 20-inch brown trout I caught years ago weighed 4lb. so I think I've been honest (and if anything, conservative in the estimate). Pitsford Pea, south end of Grafham dam.

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