As a young boy I was told that you would always find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, turns out all you'll find is a bearded man in a beige sweatshirt...... And maybe a few trout🤣.
There is certainly no shortage of rainbows both in the sky and in the water at the moment. The weather has been all over the show the last few days with bright sun and rain showers constantly passing through. The river remains low and clear at 24.7m3/sec but it seems the fish's patience has finally worn thin, and they have packed into the river despite the low flows. As to be expected later in the winter there is a mixture of coloured and fresh fish in the river, but the majority of fish are in great condition!
The team was out in full force yesterday afternoon utilising a manner of methods to get the results. I picked up the euro nymphing set for the first time in a long time and found plenty of fish in the pockets and swift flowing riffles. The Always Borderline fly range was doing the damage, but the day really gained momentum once I tied on the Always Borderline Bacon! safe to say that fly is a new personal favourite.
Rosie and AB soon joined the party and had an absolute ball swinging small olive woolly buggers on the end of a Rio Fathom 6ips sinking line. The riffles and broken water are prime areas to target in these low river conditions firstly because they get a lot less attention and secondly the broken water provides cover for the trout which allows them to feel more comfortable and willing to take your fly. If you're finding things tough, I would advise switching things up and hit the runs and pockets in between pools and the results will follow!
The fishing is finally ramping up and it's a great time to be on the plateau as the days get longer the fishing options grow. There's some awesome quality fish in the system at present. There's a decent weather bomb due to hit early next week so that could be the factor that makes our already good fishing great! Rain has been hard to come by the past few months and the rivers could all do with a decent clean so hopefully the weatherman has his ducks in a row. Johnny Gummer is in the shop for a couple weeks; I would really appreciate it if some customers can come keep him occupied so I don't have to put up with his yarns 😴😉