Had a short session on the Ure late afternoon. Unusually for me didnt fish a dry once. For two reasons . Firstly nowt was rising and secondly as I had recently invested in a days coaching on nymphing techniques with Stuart Minnekin which was the first proper fishing instruction this old goat has ever had. Furthermore I have to say I enjoyed it immensely . I decided that I didnt need to try the dry there was another way....
I have always known that my preoccupation with fishing dries was costing me fish but the days coaching changed my mind on one thing , that nymph fishing is more effective and a damn sight more entertaining than I had previously imagined . Today I caught 7 or 8 brownies all on the upstream nymph . In water that I must confess would have been fished rather badly by me before . Perhaps I fished it badly today but three and a half hours fishing yielded a decent result when the river was low , clear and with virtually no surface activity. Previously, I could chuck a nymph about and yes I even caught fish on them at times but the whole process didnt have a huge degree of commitment. Something which is now rectified.
The day also confirmed that my casting needs a bit of smartening up. So thats the next thing thats going to get some attention .
I find my self in the position these days of having access to as much good fishing as I could reasonably ever want . I have cupboards full of gear , So have decided somewhat late in life its time I really go to grip with how to make the most of it all.
I saw only a couple of rising fish in four hours fishing . and those were only small fish splashing in the shallows.