Saturday, March 24, 2012

Out in the sunshine

Early reports suggest decent hatches of Large Dark Olives (Baetis rhodani) and good numbers of March Browns (Rhithrogena germanica) for those that have been out in favourable conditions, the latter has been rarely seen on our local waters for a number of years now so it would be great to see them back on a regular basis.
Unfortunately for me... on my two outings of the season so far the conditions have been far from perfect and these two early season upwings have been quite elusive or non-existent in the case of the March Brown.

Today (Thursday) there wasn't a cloud in the sky when I ventured out, I saw one large dark olive dun and no rising fish, our spring olives are not sun lovers and those that do show face are off the water in a flash giving the fish no chance of an afternoon snack on newly emerged duns.
Luckily for me, fish were willing to feed sub-surface and a pair of beaded nymphs pitched upstream into any likely looking areas produced a few out of season Grayling and a number of Trout with the best (shown below) measuring 18 1/4 inches (46.5cm). I'm afraid it's not the best of photos, soon after hooking this fish I realised I'd forgot my net so I was forced to play it longer than I like and beach it, so it was a quick photo, a quick measure and a quick release.

The couple of bead head nymphs....

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