The Dove has been a saviour for me this season recovering quickly after rain and fishing well every time I visit it a truly lovely river, today there was very little hatching but the breeze and surrounding fields inspired me to start with a daddy long legs pattern , it was an inspired choice and successful from the start. This little run yielded up two fish.
The fish are not large this is fishing in lilliput land, A 12" Trout is a good one and the grayling are perhaps a little larger. The fish are all wild and dont give themselves up . They will take freely but do not tolerate heavy footfalls or a splashy cast.
After years of flirting with the short at 7ft and even ultra short 6ft and even a 5ft , I have decided that 7ft 6" is the shortest rod I ever need to employ, It is for me the perfect combination of being short enough to get under just about anything whilst being just long enough to be able to combat drag and have some use in holding line of the water. Its been a long haul getting there and many rods have come and gone but I think I am happy now.
The Grayling were up for playing today I think they are truly the most beautiful of fish they were certainly in the mood for feeding they to had a taste for the daddies, I ended the day with six of these all perfect .