Behind all that vegetation and underneath all that fallen timber is a river . Its a lovely river full of wild brown trout and grayling . It has a very large head of fish and no stocking . The population level of fish in it at the moment is very good . Its been rising again over the last few years . I say again because a few years ago the Environment agency came in during the winter and pulled nearly everything out . The following year the fish numbers crashed . All the dead stuff in the river had gone and many overhanging bushes and their accompanying tree roots had been dug out . So the fish had nowhere to live..
This section of the river is of course nearly impossible for a fly fisher , perhaps a something dapped may work but there plenty of more open lengths. But what a nursery it is for fish fry .
A few yards below that the river looks like , Wadeable along the inside and very deep on the outside. I had three from under the fallen tree in the middle , casting left handed from behind the bend left handed casting is something I have been trying more and more was quite satisfying to be able to use it.
he fish are small but the six foot 2 wt Winston I use is perfectly matched to the river and the fish . There are bigger fish my best are a 13inch brownie and a 14 inch Grayling . The Grayling fishing is particularly fine for a small stream.
It was good to see the small grayling rising to dries . I only fished the fast runs I will return in the Autumns and search the deeper runs with a nymph . I don't want to be fishing
the deep runs with a nymph on my tiny 2 weight its a sweet magic wand of a thing but built for tiny dries not weighted stuff .
There small sections where the river is open enough to get a decent cast are there to, On the day though they seemed pretty empty . The low water and clear river was keeping the fish in the trees...
Strange but on these tiny streams the rises often drop of at the end of the evening . At a time when larger rivers come alive..