Today I was meeting up with Mark, an excellent angler, and the person who had first introduced me to a favourite (and very much visited) stretch of river. My turn perhaps to pay back the favour as I introduced him to some techniques to get the most out of the season's back end and the joy that is the grayling season.
Before he arrived, I couldn't help but get to work running the nymphs through some very good looking water. Despite careful wading, my first sighting of a fish was darting for cover amongst a plume of silt. A reminder that the river is at its lowest since May (now there's a sentence I didn't think I'd write!).
Not long though, and the first trout came bouncing to hand.
|A small, but welcome brown trout|
Working my way through the likely runs and seams, a better brownie took a nymph with gusto and put up a spirited fight before gracing the net.
|A better fish, fighting much more than its size suggested|
I was also really pleased to make contact with a grayling. Not a big fish, but the rumours are that they are showing themselves which is a good sign for the coming winter. They have been elusive this Summer.
|A grayling from some slower, deeper water|
Every trip, you learn something new or experience something new. Now, I don't know what this is... On a fence post was a huge gathering of black ants (big ones too!) and they were all dead and apparently stuck together. Anyone have any ideas? My only thoughts were that, perhaps they had been attracted to the new post's sap and had met a rather sticky end? Well it sounds plausible to me...
|The Black Ant mystery...|
Mark worked his way through some very productive water and really got to grips with some new techniques. I love fishing, but thoroughly enjoy watching others. The joy of guiding I suppose is watching others make contact with fish and really enjoying their fishing too.
|Mark, running the nymphs skillfully along a foam line|
|Mark unhooks a fish that fell to the nymph|
The wind picked up and made good presentation a little more challenging. No worries though; job done.
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