I haven’t fished on the River Wylie for quite sometime and Sundays fishing proved that I really should explore it more! I was fishing by invitation although my own club also has stretches. The Mayflies are still hatching but waning on the Avon. If I go to the Wylie on the other hand, I can continue fishing the hatch. We fished two stretches during the day. The first one was about half way up the valley, the river itself was not that wide, 6 -10 metres perhaps at most. Off course every river has to have a wreck of a bridge, in fact, I’m thinking of starting a calender showing wrecks of bridges (nothing can beat the one I found in Slovenia) and today I found another, a farm crossing.
A short distance above this bridge was a fenced of area to allow cattle access to the river. I have heard that these areas can be good fishing and have proved this to be correct on a number of occasions. This cattle watering spot looked just the place as, although the wire went some way into the river, there was some depth quite close in which helped towards providing some cover for any browns…
At the time I came to this spot there was no proper hatch, in fact, there was very little hatching so I blind cast to the area in the bottom right corner and this came up and took the fly with confidence…
As I made my way upstream I caught and released a number of its smaller brethren and the only fly that I seemed to catch was the Roadkill wulff, other flies had some interest but this fly was the one they wanted…
In the afternoon I moved further up stream to a much narrower section of the river, no wider than 3 metres at most. The fish here average 8 to 12 inches with a few much bigger, especially the Grayling. By about 4 the big Mayflies had started to hatch but the fish still only wanted the Roadkill Wulff, by this time I had found that the fish preferred a smaller version of the fly (size 14). Because these fish were wild fish, unlike the earlier one in the picture, the colouration was that much more special.
I’ll be going back to this river in the near future…if I get the chance.
I managed to get out again this past Sunday, another day on River Avon by invitation this time. Each year I get an invite to fish on another stretch of this lovely river that doesn’t belong to my club. Separated by a simple bridge, with one small section shared by both clubs, the only difference is the numbers that fish. Anyway, the fishing was still difficult with fish seemingly going for the duns although I was suspecting they were going for the emergers and later in the day, the spinners. The river was still some what cloudy, not due to silt but a phosphate bloom caused by the heavy use of fertilizers on the surrounding farm land.
The mayfly hatch (E.Dancia) was about the same as the previous week until about 4-4.30 when it became much heavier, shortly followed by the spinners….lots of them. At the end of the day I looked across a field and there were thousands.
I only managed one grayling of about 3/4lb and a smallish Brown Trout until the last cast of the day when I took a nice Brown (grown on stocky). I decided to keep this fish has it took my Road Kill Wulff deep, it would also help provide the answer to the mystery of why they were so difficult.The answer was in the stomach contents, which was somewhat sparse but did so what the fish were eating. I was proved partly right. The contents were mostly very mature nymphs with a couple of spinners. It was noticed that the nymphs had prominent black wing buds indicating their maturity. It is likely that these were what the other fish were taking as most of the rises were similar to emerger forms. Indeed, I had a lot of interest (read interest), in emerger patterns but there was still something missing possibly that the nymphs were the target ant the emergers. I have a feeling that the unusual slight chill in the wind may have also been having an effect on the trouts feeding.
I know it feels like I haven’t posted for some time but I’ve been kind of busy with work and stuff. I finally can now gladly say that the neglect is at an end…
I have new tying ideas to try and I have been fishing (finally!). I have a couple of days arranged with a friend this month but I managed to get away last night to a club stretch of the Avon and found I can get there in just over an hour. With the added bonus that I may have found I can fish a river even closer.
When I arrived at the I found that it had indeed suffered alot because of the floods late last year and during the winter but it seems to be settling down and with time will repair it self. The section of river in the picture has water at the top of the bank, when I fished there last year the water was a foot below the current level. The river is still slightly murky and running the fastest I’ve seen it in a long while.
With winter and its coldness somewhat lingering this year everything in nature seems somewhat delayed and the Mayfly hatch is no exception. It normally starts around the 20th May but it is only now getting going and the fish aren’t very keyed onto these large tasty morsels. It wasn’t until late in the evening that the trout woke up and started taking the mayfly better than when I first got to the river just after 5pm. The actual numbers of fly hatching appeared to be better than last year. The low sunlight in the photograph seems to show up the mayflies well enough to give an idea of numbers.
I missed several fish along with some ignored drifts of the fly but did get one on the roadkill wulff. I did try a number of flies which I have mentioned before but these produced very little interest. I did get some fairly good interest using a new upside fly which I tied to try and beat the weed. I thought that there would be some weed that was the result of weed cutting but there wasn’t that much. However, weed growth seems alot better this year and the flies design certainly seemed to deal well with that.