So things are gradually returning to normal, or should I say things are settling into the new normal . There is this new thing called Social Distancing . Well its new to some folk . Personally have never been a lover of crowds and given that casting a fly on a secluded stream is probably near the polar opposite of being in a crowd . Anyway apart from that given how Society normally works there are some pretty fundamental changes to how we live heading our way. In a lot of ways not a bad thing I guess .
Anyway this last week or so has seen me get back to my local streams a couple of times , The streams are very very low . We have had no rain of any consequence now for several months . But at last we are allowed out to play . The rivers although low are full of lovely free rising trout. Even Grayling appear to be free rising at the moment .
I always feel immensely privileged when I fish my local streams . We still have several that are relatively unspoilt and no longer stocked . Sadly there are still many clubs and syndicates that stock quite heavily. This impacts on both the Native Trout and also the Grayling . It is also becoming more apparent that it impacts on peoples desire to fish them . The club that I am Chairman of has seen a noticable change in what people are looking for. .Increasingly people are enquiring if the club waters are stocked or wild , with a preference for the latter .Also do they contain Grayling . I really believe that there are enough put and take fisheries stuffed with willing stockies and people are looking for something a bit different . Quality over Quantity I suspect.
Anyway for now the sun is shining the rivers are buzzing the Mayfly are starting to hatch and I have a trip planned for the weekend to one of the Classic Dales rivers. So for now all is well with the world .
Well a little bit of a late addendum . The weekend trip to the Dales didnt happen due to the ultra low water levels there . Also hearing some bad reports of the area been overun by visitors . So as the Mayfly were starting to do there stuff and the local streams are always quiet it was another weekend spent locally. So the pictures below are all from a couple of trips on another local stream.
Just to confirm what I said about the Grayling I was surprised to catch this on a dry fly the other day . Out of season as well. The fish was lifted very briefly from the stream and I could not resist a photo and to briefly reflect on what a beautiful fish they are . Interestingly on both these local streams the Grayling grow to a better size than the native browns do.
In places the fishing is very tight . Roll casts and short rods are the name of the Game .
The fish are small but free rising and fight harder than there size would have you expect.
On this stream and those like it this is may favourite outfit . A very light 7ft 3 wt .
The lack of any rain for many months have left the streams very low ...
And left them very clear.....