Monday, 7 March 2011

One word 'was like a babies arm youth'

Had a meet up today with syndicate member phil (tyhmilis) at Dovedale
Phil had been on the car park since 8 in the morning and was buzzing to get going, due to commitments i strolled up at 11.30 and made my way up to see the manc lad 2..
Phil looked shattered and had said he had been through many a pool with nothing doing..We took a stroll and with him being new to this river i told him to chill out and wait for it to warm up as it had being fishing poor in the day..we went back out of the valley into the sunshine and decided to fish together with a single rod between us, this is something i do quite often now with JT and i find it a great crack as watching someone can be very rewarding, picking up tips and having a good crack.

Well Phil being another manc lad like Jt there is always going to be some piss take along the way and Phil is right 'mad far it' lol

 showed Phil another pool that is rarely fished and new we might find a fish or two..i worked down the pool with the typical 2 bug set up and had nothing for my efforts..Phil picked the rod up first cast and bumped into a small war battered grayling..he was happy as mustard and i got a right buzz from seeing his spirits lifted..
The sun was out and the Large Dark Olives started to come off more than i have ever seen for the time of year.. nothing was rising but a great site to see, these ldo's seem to be huge this year and very dark brown almost black, i would say a size 17 tiemco!!
We walked around pools together and started to take the odd Grayling out here and there but never more than one fish per pool..
Fishing with one rod can take the pressure off the river too and this is something Jt and myself are working on to keep our own beat in good condition..
Phil hooked a absolute superb Grayling around a pound and half in a pool i have never seen a fish come from, nice to see someone who does not know the river and will pick a pool i never fish, this is a lesson for me as we are all victims of fishing the pools we know produce fish..

Towards the end of the day i led my nymphs through a pool and the line stopped dead, i lifted to feel the horrible feeling of being stuck on the bottom...I started to lift and the snag moved up slowly.. i was waiting to see a huge Branch being dragged up when the line started to move upstream at the slowest pace i have ever seen..i realised i was into a fish and \phil could not believe his eyes when it started to take line of upstream...this was no trout, more like a big carp at the end of its turned into the current and took me down stream right past Phils feet and we could not get a sight of the fish, it was bottom hugging and i could not lift its one point i saw my top fly come out of the water so i knew it had taken the jt flasback..
Phils kept saying 'your in something a bit special here arr kid' this is when my heart started to pound...the fish come right into the back eddie and all i saw was the biggest dorsall fin i have ever seen, it was dark black with no red which i found strange, i did think for a instance that i was into a land locked Salmon but the big dorsal fin was a huge giveaway...i know knew i was into a fish of a liftime and got my head on....the fish was starting to come off the bottom and i was winning the battle until the most strangest thing in fishing happened to me...
The fish was wallowing around on the other bank and then the rod lifted up in the air but with a fish on still....a thrashy trout appeared on the surface and i found myself retrieving a small trout of around half a pound!!!! oh my god, the trout had taken the other dropper and this in turn made the point fly unhook itself from the Grayling??? We could not believe it, i was absolutely gutted and Phil looked the same...the worst part was it being a old tatty thick stockie!! thank god the two clubs do not stock with these poor fish anymore because i dont think a wild fish would of done that !!

Well shaking and gutted Phil and myself had one of my Kelly Kettles brew and we sat going over what had just happened...i had just hooked a fish that i would not even dare say the weight or lenght but thats fishing and hopefully i will get it again one day..

I rang JT later telling him the crack and he just said ' only huge fish do what i had explained to him '
Well 'was like a babies arm youth'
(i dont know)
Nice one



  1. A great day cheers Glen, more of the same very soon mate.
    LTD.....Ouch that was a big lady that got away, but we know where she learks ;-)!!

  2. I know mate always gutted when u lose a biggy lets hope we get her in the net next time..
    Lovely day manc lad
    nice one