|Best fish of the day|
|A typical Ure brownie|
After parking and having a cuppa I inspected the river it looked beautiful with an abundant mayfly hatch in progress. I fished for about 5 hours and landed many fish . They were rising to the mayfly and seemed to be taking anything. There were fish leaping out of the river taking the spinners and others were just lazily mopping up the spent fly in the back eddies, The mayfly hatch is well under way now and now the wind has dropped the fish are taking them instead of them been blown across the fields.
|The river is at its summer level now|
Surely it is simply not measured by the size of the bag?, There are days when I hanker for the free rising fish that the mayfly brings but to have such abundance all the time? I think it would ruin us. To me a good day is a few fish , but the fish must have come from endeavour and outwitting them.. Perhaps that is why I Love the challenge that river fishing for wild trout gives us.. Anyway it was a beautiful day and it gave me some lovely fish , Lets hope my next trip out is as good.
|The fly that did the deed looking well chewed|
Most of the fish that I caught were taking spinners , however the big battle scarred fish was taking spent flies tight under the bank. Its fascinating studying the rise forms of feeding fish. Its something that I have taken much more notice of in the last few years. Well the big brownie in the top picture was positioned in a little back eddy tight under the bank and he was taking spent flies that were drifting into the eddy. The disturbance he made was very small but you could definately see his big old neb just breaking the surface. A book I picked up a while ago has been a fascinating read on this very subject and can recomend it. " in the ring of the rise " by Marinaro..
|Today was a day when everyone wanted a bit of action|