The wind drove me downstream it was now getting difficult to cast and getting the leader to turnover even with a heavy nymph was impossible. This stretch of beck holds quite a few grayling and a few chub which provide a welcome winter distraction when the trout are out of season.
So I went downstream to a stretch that should have been a litte more sheltered. The extent of damage to the banks in this section is a worry The bank below used to have a 4ft wide path level with the base of the bushes now there was a virtually nothing left. All that has been caused by this winters spates.
These little fellows made me smile, first ones I have seen this year and where making the most of a sheltered sunny spot. Even though it was blowing a gale I couldnt help but come away with a smile knowing spring is coming.
About 50yds downstream you can see a nice pool opposite the trees on the left bank. I fished pretty much every square yard of it with the nymphs but nothing at all stirred. If I was fishing a strange water I would swear the river was empty but on the beck I know the fish are there there just holding fast and watching me struggle. So first trip of the year ended with not a sniff of a fish. But there will be more trips and in a couple of months we will have the new trout season and warmer weather , bring it on....