Monday, September 29, 2014

The end is nigh...

I read somewhere recently that we're heading for the driest September since 1959. But despite this prolonged spell of dry weather and the rivers down to their bones, the fishing has been good in the final month of the 2014 trout season.
The month started well with two very productive afternoon sessions on the 1st and 2nd in middle Eden. I had a few nice fish in each session - like the ones above and below -  and an awful lot of smaller fish, which bodes very well for next year, if a decent amount survive the winter and the inevitable predation from the ever increasing numbers of Cormorants and Goosanders etc.

A few of 'The Eden Angler' clients did well too. Jason (above) had his personal best plus a few more during a good session on what should have been a tough day in very bright conditions.
Doug had a good session on the spiders
Rising fish have been short supply this month, the warm weather meant that the fly were on the wing as soon as they left the nymphal shuck and the fish weren't getting a chance at them. A few clients commented on the amount of fly in the air - which was good to see - but that's not where us fishermen want them....
So apart from trying tiny imitations on the occasional fish that were on midge, most of our efforts were concentrated on sub-surface feeders.

Mike did well to tempt a nice fish on his first visit to Eden

David had success on his first go with North Country spiders

Harry had a good session on the nymph
So, The End is Nigh.... as I write this there's two more days left of the trout season. My plan at the moment is to fish one of them - or maybe both.
It's sad that this season is nearly over but 'all good things must come to an end' and I'm already starting to look forward to hunting Grayling....

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