|A typical river Ure Brown Trout|
Rods in the 7ft to 8wt are the perfect range for me for the local streams and already have a fair collection but these days I do seem to be fishing with lighter gear and it looked like a nice addition to the armoury. Incidentally moving to lighter set ups over the last few years has not been all about lighter lines but longer leaders and finer tippets . Even toying with french leaders and leader to hand which both have been great on their day.
Anyway the rod arrived and paired with a little Orvis BBS2 and the supplied cortland line I wanted to give it a try. As it happened we had seen some rain over the last couple of days and the rivers were mostly up and coloured, so the only place fishable with dries was the little section of the Dove. A 8ft is a bit tight on there but just about manageable .
The rod was a delight it really impressed as my first venture in to 2 wt territory. The action I would describe as an easy middle tip, not as all through as my Hardy featherweight but a lovely action for a small stream rod.
It had enough flex to work with virtually no line out and yet could cast surprisingly tight loops . Yes the liitle cult impressed me it has won a permanent place in the rack and two weight? well on a summers evening on a tight stream it will be great fun.
The recent largely dry spell has lead to many rivers running very low, that was how I found the Ure one evening after work. It was very low perhaps half of normal levels. When rivers are like this not only tactics need to change but in a sense the river has changed to. Normal holding places are empty and the fish are holed up in new pots and runs you have to find them . But low levels can work to your advantage too. Runs to deep to wade can now be approached and lies fished that perhaps are normally out of reach. A couple of stretches normally full of fish. Are totally empty when the river is this low.
This run up the side of the trees is usually almost impossible to fish due to the depth for wading but when the river is this low its perfect, the deeper water can be waded but still offers fish overhanging trees for shade and protection. Today this run of about 70m offered me two hours of slow wading and fishing and accounted for eight or ten fish both Grayling and Trout.
A few of these came from the run. All on the little CDC . The longer rod allowed me to roll cast and control the fly nicely.
I was intending to fish leader to hand as it has proved its worth as a tactic when water levels have been very low. Today the stiff breeze seemed to always be blowing in my face so I swapped pretty quick and fished my 10ft 3 wt with a long leader. Just a plug here for Barrio fly lines , I have tried a few of these now and have found the DT Mallard and the GT90 both to be superb lines and equal to lines of two and three times the price.
Later on I headed of to a river section that I have found produces in all water levels, Several Grayling came first then a smaller trout . The last fish of the day is pictured below . I cast to it thinking it was a small fish it seemed to be sipping flies of the surface. Under a overhanging branch. A gentle rise and a tightening of the rod lead to all hell breaking loose,
it launched itself from the water and momentarily the line was in the branches amazingly it came loose and the fish shot right across the river luckily the long light rod and line allowed my to hold the rod high and keep the line of the water and after a bit of time playing chase around boulders and tree roots the fish and I decided I was the winner. The fish looked like a stockie but the big full tail told me it had been in the river a long time. It was released to play with another angler.