Sunday, 17 May 2009

Calder Surprise

I joined acclaimed artist Liam Spencer on his local river the Lancashire Calder last week. Like many industrial waterways the Calder has made a strong comeback in recent years and boasts good fly hatches these days. Although the cruel easterly kept fly life at bay there was plenty of nymphs present beneath mossy stones. This huge stoneclinger (Large Brook Dun) would make a welcome mouthful for any trout. Several modest fish fell to our nymphs throughout the day. However, just as we were about to give it best, a hatch of medium olives kicked off. Not far behind them were some hardy trout. We ended the session taking a handful of fish on carefully presented dries. Our biggest problem was spotting subtle rise forms amidst turbulent water, whisked up by that relentless wind...........


Saturday, 16 May 2009

In the Air

A healthy 2-pounder takes to the air on a recent trip to Scotland. It's amazing how many people bang on about the athletic prowess of rainbow trout. Yet, wild browns literally knock the spots of them when it comes to getting airborne. Surprisingly, it's the larger specimens that exhibit this trait and whilst these are always tentative moments, we can take stock that leaping trout burn up precious energy. In doing so, hopefully they tire quickly and come to hand that bit sooner.


Thursday, 14 May 2009

Gently Does It.......
World renowned double-handed caster Eion Fairgrieve demonstrating the prescribed "hammer tap" during the forward stroke of a spey cast at the recent Tweed Angling Fair. If I remember correctly, the unfortunate post splintered following this blow. Perhaps Eion should heed his own advice of "gently does it"...........

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Safely in the net

Feeding close to the margins in extremely shallow water this 5lb wild brown fell to a size 14CdC F fly. Proof that large, wily trout will lie close to the bank if undisturbed.

Saturday, 9 May 2009

Large Brook Duns

I clocked this brace of Large Brook Duns recovering on a mossy boulder. No doubt, the chilly easterly breeze quartering upstream made them lethargic. Contrary to what many think, Large Brook Duns are readily taken by trout. In fact, it's a species we keep an eye out for on the Eden where trout really do relish them. As for an imitation, and outsized march brown pattern will do. That said, a size 10 tan Klinkhamer can be dynamite!