So here we are then nearly a quarter through 2021 , a year that has a bit of a George Orwell feel to it what with Covid , Social distancing, mass inoculation on top of all the usual troubles and rumblings that go on in society . Brexit which was forecast to be either nirvana and the road to the promised land or a slippery slope to hell. Has as to be expected has turned out to be like bad tempered divorce with both sides claiming the better deal. But really has passed almost seeming inconsequential compared to the Covid impact.. For the Americans that read this blog and I know there are a good few of you , Brexit ( or our leaving the EU ) is turning out to be a bit like that time when you have to go to your annoying neighbour and ask for your lawn mower back , and the ladders , the socket set and then say I have no problem lending them to you again but we need a whole raft of rules in place which actually make the whole process almost not worth the bother. You are quite happy to live next to your neighbour but am also happy to see a bit less of them . Anyway enough about illness and politics here are a few pics from my first trip of the season . With my first fish of the season a little sea trout smolt that snaffled my nymph.
Looking forward . At the start of every new year I sit and get out all the fly boxes and look at whats left after the carnage , generally my view is if there a corner of flies that look like they havent been used I probably wont bother for next season. Over the last few years CDC has played a bigger role and traditional dry hackled flies have receded , also tiny Deer hair sedge patterns have seen lots of success and use. So there are more of them for this season. I am forming an opinion that flies that essentially sit in the film like CDC F Flies and emergers are less prone to drag I suppose it obvious that having an anchor in the surface film is bound to make a difference, I know Micro drag sounds terribly high brow , but I have come to the conclusion that even microscopic amounts of drag will make enough difference .better anglers than me have been saying it for years it just takes a while for an average angler like me to catch on. Also I have had more success on very small streams with spider patterns , generally fished directly upstream and on very short drifts , previously this was a technique I saved for bigger rivers . Only if there was a very strong rise happening to up wings would I use a hackled dry . First choice would be a CDC IOBO.
Also my angling approach is changing , I have now got an increasing collection of cane rods, traditional reels and silk lines. the silk lines are a revelation . They roll cast superbly and due to the lower diameter they cut through the wind delightfully and land so delicately I haven`t looked at any of my two weight rods all last year. I have silk lines from three different makers , Terenzio , these are superb and work beautifully straight from the box . I have a Thebault level line which was the first silk line I bought and excellent line for faster water . I have also bought a couple of Mr Moxons excellent lines , these seem to require a short period of breaking in much in the way your new leather walking boots need a bit of a beating before they feel part of you . But I have DT 3 silk from Mr Moxon I have used it three of four times now it is still a little noisy through the rings but it casts very nicely and love the taper on them . These are available from my Good friend Richard at :https://www.barbless-flies.co.uk/products/ian-moxon-silk-fly-lines-made-in-sheffield-uk
I did flirt with the Wulff bamboo fly line and although it worked well enough I prefer the silk, I suppose largely influenced by the fact I see bamboo and Silk as a dry fly tool. To be used on Spring days and Summer evenings . If I intend to fish the nymph to a great extent then I will get a carbon rod out of the car boot.
there is a lot to look forward to this year , starting this Saturday when I feel that a trip to the Ure is on the cards .