Unlike the past few years, the streams are higher and colder, meaning the trout are not looking up yet. The insects are waiting for the warmer weather before venturing out, and the trout are aware: they are still operating on gentlemen’s hours, 11 – 3pm , or 10 – 2pm now that daylight savings has started. Those that are feeding , are not yet out in numbers, most being tucked up in under the banks and snags, with only the odd fish out in the open actively feeding.
The one’s under the bank can sometimes be tempted out with a juicy looking worm pattern, a big nymph or a swung wet – a style of fishing that is out of fashion. I like little wets with colour, flash or movement.
October is now upon us, and the mayflies and caddis will soon be hatching in numbers, and the fish starting to look up. Reports are already starting to trickle in about the odd fish taking of the top. I have been fishing the nymph mostly, but had the odd chance on a small royal wulff. I am eally looking forward to the months ahead when I can fish the whole day with just a dry fly; my favourite addiction.
Tight lines !