All the fish taken today were taken on a hawthorn pattern as although there was Olives and gnats and even the odd sedge the hawthorns were the fly that was moving the fish. I like to tie my hawthorns on a size 16 emerger hook with a built up body of thread behind the legs and hackles . I think this encourages the fly to sit in the surface film rather than to float on it. perhaps only a small difference to many patterns you see but I have a lot of faith in tying the fly like this . Also the size I often see patterns quoted as using sizes 14 and even 12 . The hawthorns must be a hell of a lot bigger in other parts of the country but around here I find a size 16 is about right. It certainly worked today. Apologies for my scruffy tying .
Exact counting isnt really something i do but I ended the day with between 12 and 15 fish. The best fish would have been just over 2 lb. have to confess I put down one that was much bigger and lost a good fish in the weed beds . But otherwise a brilliant day and a real lesson too. Being able to watch the trouts reaction with such clarity is a real change and so different to the spate streams I have fished for the last 40 years .