Well ladies and Gents let me introduce you to a very special fish. After nearly 7 months of gales, floods , snow and freezing temperatures loosely described as the 2012/ 13 close season this leviathan was my first brown trout of the 2013 season. Magnificent ? perhaps not . But oh was I glad to catch it. A brief hatch of Olives persuaded it to rise. In fact I was less than sure that it was a trout. I was half expecting yet another grayling. But for all its diminutive size a trout has not looked as good for a long time. As although a couple of bigger trout followed this one as we men are constantly told size really doesnt matter and today it certainly didnt matter to me.
However with next week forecasting gales and floods it seems things will once again go on hold for a few days . But soon the first real hatches will arrive: hawthorns will blunder about and crash land in the river. The grannom will be making there ungainly flights. Surely the warmer days are close now we can only wait and see.