Sunday, April 19, 2009

Grannom and best to date

The good weather (maybe not so good for us fishermen at a time when we should be getting some of our best daytime sport) is certainly suiting the Grannom (Brachycentrus Subnubilus), they were coming off in their thousands today - I'd of liked to be about when this lot started egg-laying.

Another sunny, cloudless day meant that I decided to delay my visit to the river until teatime for an evening session.
A few Grannom had hit the water but the egg-layers were not out in force - there was the odd one on the flats producing sporadic rises from a few Grayling, but as they are out of season at the moment and no sign of any Brownies showing an interest, I decided to concentrate on the runs and riffles with my favourite method - the upstream nymph.

My first fish of the evening was this beauty, at 20.5 inches and weighing two pounds fifteen ounces it is my best of the season so far.
After a quick measure, weigh and photos it was safely returned.
A few more came to the nymph - mainly Grayling, before a sparse hatch of olives at about 8pm and a few rising trout prompted a change to the spiders. The rise was short and sweet, only lasting about half an hour, but a few more fish were caught, missed and dropped before all went quiet.


flyfishertc said...

Beautiful fish. And congrats on your AAPGAI advanced.

Off to fish Corrib next week and then to the upper reaches of The Clyde.

Tight Lines

Geoff Johnston said...

Cheers Tony

Good luck on Corrib, I was supposed to be going this month but had to pull out, when we were there last year there was plenty of Mayfly about but everyone said the trout hadn't turned on to them, we got our fish on epoxy buzzers and intermediate lines, counting down and varying retrieve rate or static dries - various mayfly patterns in a wave, I did quite well with large klinkhammers (Kamasan B100 sizes 8 and 10) or grey dusters and hares ear bits when cast to rising fish in a light ripple or when it was flat,