The area recently cleared by Kit and his team did mean that I had no worries about my backcast catching a branch. The gentle south or southeast breeze put a ripple on the surface although the sun was bright for most of the day. The water level was still high and only a foot or so below the sill on the dam.
I hooked five trout but landed just two. Both were stockies which went 1lb 4oz each. Hardly any trout were rising but I did try a few casts with my favourite dry fly - an alder. Nothing doing so it was a change to sub-surface nymphs. The Daiwl Bach took the first fish soon after and I persevered with it for most of the day. A slow retrieve on a floating line gave me at least two dozen tugs which I failed to convert to a fish. I wondered if small brownies were responsible. Several times the line was jerked back through the rings and I could not believe that they were'nt hooked!
I packed up around 7pm and only saw one other angler over on the west bank - not a BFF member - who had a rainbow first cast the other side of a clump of willow from where I was fishing.
|Two stockies of 1lb 4oz each|
|The water was about a foot below the sill|
|Another brew looking across towards Longstone|
|The volcano effect!|
|The boat slip|