As mentioned in my last post, I thought that the currently available March Browns available are a bit on the dark side. It was with this thought that I sat at the vice and came up with something that I was happy with.
The fly that I was previously using had a body of Hares Mask blended fur which I considered to dark after watching the hatch on my last visit ti the River Usk so I rummaged around the skins that I had and found what I was looking for on the edge of a Possum skin. The fly was tied on size 12 and 14 wet fly hooks (I would prefer straight eyed hooks but didn’t have any that were suitable). The tail is woodduck fibres, the body is dubbed possum with a oval gold rib. The hackle is brown partridge from the lower back, it really doesn’t matter if its got the brown bar.
I think it looks better shade wise, hopefully I will get to try it out sometime.
After yesterdays information that the March Browns were hatching on River Usk and in the best numbers in years, I made the trip across the bridge to Wales. The town of Usk is roughly just under an hours drive down the motorway and as a couple of miles of river available on day ticket. There is a rule of no chest waders, thigh waders only so once again I had to borrow some. If I make this trip again then I will have to buy some. Off course I forgot I wasn’t in my chesties and promptly left the cold wet river dripping down my leg. Jean in Sweets tackle shop told me I wasn’t the first and not the last. I made my way to the lower stretch and parked by the boarded up hotel and found the little footpath to the river, for a bit of town water this looks nice.
On arrival at 10.30ish I saw no fly life but that changed when at 11 ish the first march browns were seen, and being taken by trout. I should have guessed something was about to happen because I had a brown a few minutes before along with a missed take. This activity continued off and on in spurts as is the case with these big flies until 2-3.30ish when the flies failed to appear for a good 45 minutes and the fish had stopped rising. I had been able to take another fish plus lost of missed a few others during this hatch on a Grizzled mink. Hares ears had worked so well and no wonder. Although the over all colour of these flies match the hares ear in colour there is one fundamental fact missing and that is the colour of the flies belly, its a lot lighter. As the wind was a strong down river blow I had to cast across or slightly down stream and wets would have suited best. I had a few but not light enough in body colour. Tying time will be needed!
I wouldn’t be surprised if I make the trip next week!
Here I sit at the end of March having just got back from my first days fishing of the season. I could have gone weeks ago but work as been really busy and leg injury put paid to anything. Today though was good, it put me back into the fishing seat with tickets purchased for the season and one or two other trips planned. I didn’t get the tying done that I wanted during the Winter, mostly due to tiredness and being busy. So once again it will be tying through the season but I might be mostly covered. There again that is unlikely, already my plans have changed, a phone call to the town of Usk as revealed that the March Brown hatch is the best in years so I am planning to have a day or two on that river.
Today I made the drive to Bideford stream, I fished there last year and this year found the stream a little lower and clear but the fish were hungry, a lot more rises than last year. I tried a couple of new flies out of the pictured box but the fish weren’t interested. They wanted a good old fashion Grizzle Mink size 16. There were a few Large Olive about which this fly imitated well. The little trout seemed happy to eat this including five from the same pool. I am sure that a few of the trout that I saw rising were going for midges so I think I had better get a few more of those tied up.
The little 3weight rod which was looking for a new home on ebay during the winter performed well and so I am very happy with it (should be for a ten quid). The battenkill fits nicely so no need to buy another reel, plus I already had the 3 weight line to match it.Ashley