Wednesday 16 March 2011

My Birthday treat conitinued and a bit more

better than kissing a woman
Dave Percys Face after i told him i had poached his river for ten years!!

After putting all the pictures on of my previous outing i thought i shall do the write up on such a top day..
JT had invited me to join a few of the lads on my birthday on the holy river Wye on the cressbrook and litton stretch lower section..
I met JT in Rowsley and had a breakfast around 10 and we both chatted about getting onto the Wye for the grayling on the last day of the season..we both hoped for a hatch and one on the dry too..
I have not fished the Wye for Grayling over the winter and looked forward to some action here, my membership saw me on the Peacock at Rowsley in the trout season but a divorce sent my head wayward for the winter months and i started Grayling fish too late for the Wye..well women and fishing dont mix as most know!!
Divorce sent me on my arse and i fought to get my money together for the Peacock again for the forthcoming season but in the end i could not scrape the money together so missed out on the deadline, was hard to take as i met some sound lads on there including Jan Hobat (river keeper) who has become a good friend, my Sundays saw loads of locals coming out to see me, i learnt so much there and improved my dry fly no end.. i hope to join again in the future but for now a day ticket here and there will sort me out.. like my famous qoute on my fly forum page ' the true riches are found in a anglers soul and not his wallet!! ' could not be more true as i am chomping at the bit to get out back on the dry....

We pulled onto the car park and met up with John Pearson, Dave Percival and Chris Prior, been a while since i had met up with Chris and Dave and there was some rate good piss take thrown in as normal, Dave checking me over to see if i was clean shaven enough and wearing the right gear lol!!! Well the usual 'Fuck offs were made and we all set on our way to get on the Grayling... I stood and watched John Pearson for a while and its obvious the lad is right on his game, he is always thinking of ways to improve and he kindly gave me a few bits of kit that were very impressive which i will review in a future post...
JT and JP were hitting the grayling and catching in good numbers, i was happy to just be there and had the crack with Percy..i just wondered about looking for that hatch...well nothing happened so i had a few chucks in a pool with the bugs and was rewarded with 4 lovely Wye Grayling...the Wye Grayling are plentiful but i have never seen something in there to really get my heart pounding,  its full of them but compared to the Dove i see no comparison to size..maybe its the ammount of fish in there that stops them growing so big, i am unsure but the Dove does produce the biggies..
Towards the back end of the day i saw a rise at the back of a pool....was it a trout or Grayling? it looked Grayling..i starred at Grayling rises for a solid week in Poland and i can now see a big difference..
I selected a jt stripped quil emerger as there were trickles of ldo coming off.. first cast into the flow saw the cdc tuft just sticking out the surface.. i had the old heart pound that i have not felt for a few months due to no dry fly action!!! if you love your dry fly you will know the feeling i am talking about...if you dont its just like you stripped a bird down to her knickers and you know what coming next!!! lol
Wallop that grayling swirl where you never see the fish... i struck late out of time but hooked up to the fish i knew straight away it was a grayling and JT and Prior were cheering for me...God i landed it and had the biggest smile on my face ever....That was it for me, how could it get any better.. i packed my rod up and just went taking pictures..the last day of the graling season and i take one on the dry...winner..
So we all went back to Dave Percy's local for a pint and some snappin, full of shit kickers and inbreds but great food and great company..
Thanks for the pressie JT and thanks to the cress n litt boys
Nice one


  1. Glen, you'll never win the Pulitzer prize for literature but Hemingway couldn't have better described the anticipation when dry fly fishing "like when you get a bird stripped down to her knickers, you know what's coming next " BRILLIANT
    Tight lines and tighter fannies

  2. Quality Chris!
    That's just what I was thinking!

  3. LOL made me chuckle thank you.

    New to fly fishing here.