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A Traditional Day

Well the weather forecast was terrible for today, but when I meet Charles at the river it was rather cold but dry, Charles was happy to have a go and see what the fishing was going to be like and also for a very pleasant change we would be fishing with split cane, a Sharpes Scottie it would have been even better if we were on dries. but the sudden drop in temp meant nothing could be seen rising so nymphs it is.

I set Charles with a couple of small nymphs and we started working up a lovely looking run and within a handful of cast and lovely grayling had taken a little black caddis pattern, then a nice trout around 3/4 of a pound, the way the forecast was I thought the day wasn’t going to be as bad as I first thought, a short while later Charles missed a couple of fish and then lost what looked like a very nice fish, so now it was time for a move, we walked along the river and decided to fish a nice looking pool as Charles fished his way up the pool and hooked into the best fish of the day a trout around 1 3/4 Lbs + and certainly did make the old cane bend, by now I could see the odd fish moving on the surface but nothing in the air and nothing on the water surface, so we tried emergers, nothing looked at them but the odd fish would still rise, I looked and looked and still couldn’t see any insects, so as a last-ditch effort to get a fish on the dry I thought I would put a very small black gnat type fly on and bingo a grayling came up from the depths and the cane was bent over again, the only problem we had now was the wind and rain poor old Charles was freezing and had enough for one day.