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A good pound and a half

Saturday, 30 March 2019 at 17:55

A cracker This one took at the beginning of our second day and was all of a pound and a half. In truth the average size of the fish was remarkable: of the five brace we released, one was a good 2lb., several were 1-4 to 1-10 and there were only a couple under the pound. Spiders (particularly the Orange Partridge) worked well, as did the ECH nymph, but Lord Rhodes showed how The Quality do it by getting his fish on a deer-hair emerger.

Upstream wet

Saturday, 30 March 2019 at 17:52

French nymphing And here's Lord Rhodes doing some of what he does best. He was French nymphing when this shot was taken - a tricky method when a cold wind blows straight downriver. As it happens, even on the first of our two days - a bitterly cold affair - we managed to winkle out a fish or two to spiders fished upstream-and-across.

Angler's lunch

Saturday, 30 March 2019 at 17:48

Pork pie Well, you've got to, haven't you? No first day of the trout season would be complete without a pork pie. The mystery dessert turned out to be a Yorkshire Curd Tart, which surely counts as one of the necessary Five a Day.

Ready? Er...

Sunday, 24 March 2019 at 09:43

Preparations March is an odd month, a time of changeover from the last of the coarse fishing to the first of the trout fishing. Some gear is cleaned, oiled, put away; other gear is exhumed, greased and cleaned. Normally I conduct the relevant chores throughout March but this year I've been so hard-pressed at work that I've had no weekend, nor yet an evening, to spare for the jobs. It was only yesterday that I began the process of pimping old fly-lines, checking splices and servicing the reels ready for (God willing) another trout season. This process has become a mighty labour, largely because I use reels and lines for river trout fishing, stillwater trout, sea trout, saltwater; add different densities of lines (particularly for stillwater fishing) and you're looking at a couple of dozen separate tasks. The days when I carried one much-used floater and one equally serviceable intermediate are long gone. Perhaps I should revert to that simplicity.

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