Another day finds me out on the water and its back to the River Wylie. As is happening this season another new stretch is found and fished. I’m slowing making my way around the waters I’ve been trying to get to and now need to get to know them better. It really wasn’t that hard to find as it was on the other side of the road from the last time I fished this river. The clubs that run the fishing on the Wylie have got together with the aim of running it has a wild water with catch and release as the rule. There is no stocking and I hope that this spreads to the rest of the chalkstreams as it appears to improve the fishing. Although I fear that it won’t happen in some places due to impracticalities and some traditionalists who like to kill everything. The fishing on the Wylie centres on its population of Brown Trout and Grayling (for some reason these are larger than those on the Avon).
On arrival I found that the river had cleared a lot since the last visit and was running semi clear making fish spotting much easier. This stretch has only just opened due to the club waiting for the banks to settle after the winter floods which reduces any further damage being done. After a somewhat chilly start, the day soon warmed up and bugs were flying around in fairly large numbers, sedges, olive crane flies and little black bugs. A few fish were seen rising or finning but once 12.30 was hit, the fish really started to move. Considering that it was clear and the fish wild and so called spooky there was no stopping them from attacking the Hawthorn fly from yesterday (lucky I tied a few more last night). Some fish were seen to move a couple of feet to take the fly but what I cann’t understand was why? Why were they so keen on the fly when the naturals were no where to be seen (although they are supposed to be hatching now). All the fish ranged from 4 to 12 inches and had fantastic colouring including a white edging to the fins.