Wednesday, 30 July 2008
Went for another go on the dove at ellastone after a great night i had on the monday,
When i arrived i met up with squire (dave) off the forum, who was just setting up, he fished the top section and i started by the bridge,
There were plenty of rises showing but most looked like grayling which were fast takes, I caught one wild brownie early on that fell to a ballon caddis.
Squire caught one small trout early on and things were quite until the last hour when we both fished the middle section and squire hooked a decent brownie of around a pound and a half, after a good fight we got a couple of photos (see pics) and realeased it back.
I started to get lots of takes from grayling and caught a good size one of around a pound, this fish went mad when it saw the net and caused me a few problems.
At the end of the night me and squire had around 8 fish between us which proved a good night with a couple of decent sized fish.
It was nice to see one of the lads off the forum and have a good old natter, will see you soon dave.
Monday, 28 July 2008
First time i have fished this strech on the derby railway licence, I had to book in the night with the secretary,
The fishing rights are only 100 metres so only 2 rods are allowed all day,
The river has it all in the short strech, starting from the bridge upto a fast rifle,
The opposite bank is norbury licence which runs below the bridge and stock the water with good size rainbow,
I arrived around half four to and peered over the bridge to watch many trout mostly small rising occasionly, I spoted a good fish so tackled up and had a go but could not get any responce from the fish,
Working upstream i took a coulple of 5 inch trout on a grey duster, the good size fish were showning but not taking my fly until i switched to a black klinkhammer, i hooked a good trout from under a overhanging tree which hugged deep and fought very hard, i even thought i was going to lose it as it come around me down stream and was shooting for every snag it could see, i was only fishing a 2lb tippet so was very careful,
After ten minuites i landed a perfect brownie of 14 inches long with a thick body (sounds like my penis!!)
This was around 2lbs and was the biggest ever trout for me!! See pictures
When the light was fading i walked back to the bride and hooked another brownie of nearly 2lb again, the colours on this fish were unbeleiveable, (see picture with flash)
With spirits so high i got ready to pack up but casts one more fly and hooked another good fish, After a great fight with tail walking i landed a rainbow of nearly 3lbs, I had no photo of this due to battery failure on camera.
I had the best night fishing ever and it has proberly spoilt me a bit!
Thursday, 24 July 2008
I have joined derby railway after seeing the fish mick martin and his bro have been taking from some of there streches,
Mick sent me some directions and some great tips of where to fish/flys ect (thanks mick)
When i turned up at the river i noticed it looked very much like the dove at scropton, River was quite wide with deep holes,
Canoeists were everywhere when i got there causing mayhem but 5 mins after they had gone i started to see rises.
I jumped in and started to fish a small grey duster around the rises but fish were not interested, i went trough quite a few flys but still no fish were taking my fly, rises we very violent and the fish looked to be of a good size,
I moved further upstream to a faster run and put on a black klinkhammer which took my first fish of the day! A 8 inch trout which put a great fight for the size.
After catching on the klinkhammer i moved back to where i started where the rises were constant, I soon took another 8 inch trout, The klinkhamer was doing the trick and I was rewarded with a great take from under a tree which caught me a nice brownie of around a pound, the fish took me a good 5 mins to land making lots of runs, The condition of the fish here are great, a yellow tinge which i have never seen.
I am really keen on this strech and will be back soon for another go.
(thanks for the advice again mick, its much appreciated)
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Sunday, 6 July 2008
Went to westlow mere in congleton with a mate due the rivers being up, I am not a big fan of reservoirs but went to get a bend in the rod,
Caught a rainbow of 1 lb 6 oz on a dry,
The water seems to be very well run and the guides were very helpful,
This type of fishing is nowhere near as good as river fishing in my view, though i enjoyed it and will go again when the rivers are in flood.
Friday, 4 July 2008
Went to sutton brook on the fenton licence tonight,
I have heard of hatches going on but there were loads of fly life, lots of brown/black moth looking flys hovering over the water, also quite a few mayfly.
Walking upstream there were fish rising everywhere,
What i did not realise was these were roach, i took 6 roach all to a adams, they were leaping out of the water taking flys!!
Further on upstream i went to the catle crossing where i have seen huge chub, as no trout were showning i put on a massive sedge and bang i hooked into a 2 lb chub!
The fight was good but nowhere near as good as a trout would be in the same weight, I then hooked and landed another 2 lber in the shoul of chub.
Near dusk i took another chub to dry fly again near the bridge section by the road, this one scrapped its head off, after landing it weighed 3 lb 4oz,
The pictures show 2 chub, the 3 lber the one in the grass and also the head shot,
Well driving back i was a little dissheartened not to have any trout but hey most course anglers would of been over the moon!
The trout seemed to be nowhere, well i will be back for another go soon.