Its been a tough April. Very low levels, cold water and cold winds combined with little insect life has meant that catching trout has been hard work. The grayling which are out of season have been rising freely and feeding well whilst the trout have been hiding , The last few days have seen the temperatures rising. This weekend as it is now May I thought I would mark the occasion by going to a local favourite stream armed with bamboo and silk . I apologise for using the American "Bamboo " rather than the traditional English term "cane " It is not because I have been reading to much Gierach it as a survivor of the English boarding schools system enough to say I have several painful memories of the Cane. So for me " Bamboo " it is. I am not a die hard bamboo fan as most of my fishing is done with Carbon rods . But over the last few years the appeal of the traditional Bamboo and silk has grown on me.