At the moment it’s all a bit surreal, the new trout season is upon us. the weather is sort of like springtime. Well, it’s cold enough with regular morning frosts but we have nearly finished the month and the April showers have been pretty much non-existent. As I start this post today it is the 27th of April and last night was the first time for many weeks, I have heard rain on the roof. Fairly short lived but rain none the less. At the weekend the rivers were as low as you would expect in August at the end of a long hot summer. So, we need rain and a fair bit of it.
At the weekend I had my first day when I saw a reasonable number of rising fish, Well thats sort of true its the first time I managed to catch because actually about 10 days ago I had a trip over to the Yorkshire dales with my Son. We saw rising fish, but I managed to drop 5 on the bounce releasing them at distance not the example I wanted to set him. He has fished before, but he is still a beginner and struggling somewhat with casting and I am a rotten teacher, I have also explained that he is probably learning to fly fish the hardest way. Small unstocked wild streams, difficult casting, spooky fish and under very difficult conditions but he is enjoying the experience he is already an outdoors fan. So, trying to instil the whole holistic fly-fishing bum thing isn’t really an issue. I reckon he was born an angler I just need to help him develop the skills. Apart from that the places I fish are so pretty I can’t think of a better place to struggle to learn new skills.
When I have been fishing then the bamboo rods are getting a workout, I apologise I should have used the English term"split cane" I am reading Gierach at the moment and I guess I am been Americanised . I have a few Cane rods now, a pretty mixed bunch but all very enjoyable, one thing I have realised is that for a long time I sort of dismissed cane/bamboo as a bit of a nostalgic exercise and not really a serious fishing tool. But after fishing them for a while now. especially with silk lines I see them as a serious alternative and not just some sort of romantic throw back. Over the last few years, I have sought out and fished with rods that aid delicate presentation and good close-range casting, rods like the Orvis superfine series and the delightful vision cults, using them sometimes at 2 wt. These rods are sometimes stated to offer a classic traditional action but with the benefits of up-to-date materials. The truth has dawned on me that they do some of that but not nearly as well as the real thing. For sure if I am down the river at night after sea trout or putting out longish lines on big rivers with a 9 or 10 ft rod, I will be sticking to Carbon. But on small streams I am rapidly being converted to cane, it seems to me that the sweet spot for them is from 6ft through to 7ft 6inch in the 3 to 5 wt range.
Alongside that the silk lines have been a revelation I have bought a few but the Terenzio and Phoenix are superb. brilliant straight from the box. I hadn`t realised just how good they are for roll casting until I started using them they are better both in terms of casting efficiency but also much less water surface disturbance the fact that silk lines repel water due to their coatings and therefore sit on the surface film and are also smaller diameter, whereas the thicker plastic lines use displacement as old dear Archimedes. For overhead casting they cut through the wind far more effectively. The downside is that they are more expensive and need a little more care but will last for very many years. Although after seeing the price of the new Rio lines the price difference is not that huge anymore. They have created an additional problem though. I have a modest collection of carbon rods that I have honed and perfected covering just about every option I need. In the past I have tended to move on a rod every time I got something new. This is now complicated by Son and Daughter needing gear but also the newly arriving cane rods are duplicating Carbon but offering something different. I guess I just need to get better at hiding rods from the Mrs .