Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Big wild brown trout for simon.

On Friday 18th i had the pleasure of guiding two guy's both named Simon on cumbria's river Eden.
A productive day with a first Grayling and numerous trout being caught, one fantastic wild brown Trout weighing in at exactly 3lb and a length of 19 and a half inches caught by Simon Hollis. Fish of this size are fish of a lifetime for some so seriously, well done Simon.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of entries to my blog of late. Fishing has taken up, both, day and night recently and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day!

Most of my days & evenings, so far this month, have been taken up with guiding, teaching and loads of fishing. One evening was spent on The Eden with Sam & his son Matthew - a young man who impressed me with his care and consideration to all living things in, and around, the river being so gentle when returning the fish he caught to the water as well as his fascination with the large mayfly which rested on his hand for a while.

One Saturday was spent at Fox Houses Lake for Pat Stevens, from Flytec, & members where myself and good friend Jim Fearn were representing guide fly fishing and offering demonstrations and casting tuition. This is the second year we have participated in this event and, once again, it was a great success. Jim is a salmon fishing fanatic so, with Scottish rivers having decent levels & local rivers being extremely low, a lot of his time, of late, is spent in Scotland however, after a lot of persuasion at The Fox Houses day I managed to talk Jim into an evenings trout fishing on a local river (which he used to do an awful lot of). After watching Jim catch some 'cracking' trout on the dry fly I'm sure he was left just a little bit inspired.

On Sunday myself and Jim were at Knottallow tarn holding a Guide fly fishing day for Ulverston anglers, again, offering advice, tuition and casting demonstrations and despite some heavy rain showers everybody seemed to enjoy the day.

Myself offering advice on products from guide fly fishing.

Casting Tuition

Jim teaching with the Salmon Rod

Jim and I run days sponsored by Guide Fly Fishing regularly up and down the country. Any clubs interested in holding a day sponsored by Guide Fly Fishing should please contact me for further information.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

A great week.

Last week saw me on my way up to Dumfries and Galloway to spend four days assisting the guys from Borderlines in providing a very successful Angling for knowledge scheme to children from schools all across the district. It really was a pleasure to work with these kids, watching the excitement on there face as they made there first cast and caught there first fish, also getting them to catch and see the various invertebrates that live in our waters. For more info on Borderlines and the services they provide visit there web site at http://www.borderlines.org.uk/index.html.

After each day with the children i just could not get myself to drive past Cumbria's river Lune where i had some fantastic sport fishing the evening rise. As far as hatches go Monday was by far the best, with various upwings hatching masses of olive upright spinners in the air, some big Stoneflys crawling up the rocks to hatch and various terrestrials about the trout had a good menu to chose from and i enjoyed a very good evenings dry fly fishing.

Large Stonefly shucks on one of the boulders

On Tuesday evening i was joined by Paul Proctor hoping to see a repeat performance.
However as light faded and the temperature dropped it soon became evident it wasn't to be, but even with no where near the same amount of invertebrates we still had a good evenings fishing and as ever its always a pleasure to fish with Paul.

Light fading on a very low river.

On Wednesday there had been some rain and i stopped by the river really just to check the level.
Looking over a bridge the river was still very low but up in the neck of the pool i saw what looked like an average size trout rise, i thought before tackling up I'll just check the pool round the corner where, mid pool in the foam line a big trout ate a newly emerged dun. That was that, swiftly back to the car tackled up and headed back to where I'd seen the big fish rise, literally seconds later it tilted and sipped in a dun. Then a few rain drops turned into a heavy shower and the fish was gone. Who knows maybe this was a sign from the river god's telling me not to over indulge.

Another cool evening and showers on Thursday saw me fish for just over an hour and only a few small trout were caught.

Saturday and Sunday i spent two great days teaching on local stillwaters but by Monday i was itching to get back on the river.
Again as light faded the temperature dropped and myself, Tony Bell and Paul Proctor spent another tough but enjoyable evening's fishing. The river is very low and clear at the moment and the fish really are very spooky, but still, looking forward to next time.

A nice 2lb 12oz brown trout
doing a better job of posing for the camera than me.