As it’s fathers day tomorrow, and I have a day of surprises planned by my wife and kids, I thought I’d play it safe and get a couple of hours on the river tonight, tomorrow sounds too full of bike rides, picnics and football for squeezing any fishing in!
I headed off to Lintzford 4:30pm, tackled up and on the river for just before 5. River was looking pretty good – height was perfect, perhaps a little colour but nothing serious.
A few fish were rising, but nothing of note. Lots of midge flying around, sometimes huge clouds of them billowing up stream, paired up doing their thing. A good midge pattern is the Griffiths Gnat, I’m giving five away free, did you know?
I moved up the river, avoiding a couple of dog walkers chucking tree trunks in from the other side of the river, first a belly flopping Chocolate Labrador, then a very highly strung Boxer dog. Oh and dear dog walkers, please don’t skim stones along the river right into my swim please – you might be impressed you finally got it to bounce more than once, I’m not.
I found enough rising fish to make dry fly an easy choice, as the evening wore on more fish started looking up and the sport really kicked off.
I walked all the way through the wooded section, down to the S bend at the bottom of the open stretch. Next time, I’m going to keep going a bit further, if the heavens hadn’t opened on me, I would have done that this time.
New dry fly creation
This morning I spent an hour or so tying flies for the Five Free Fly Friday comp, and to stock up my fly box. I had a little play about and came up with this:
I saw something similar on Jonathan Barnes site, Onstream Guide (whilst you’re at it, take a look at Jonathan’s videos over on YouTube, some are filmed on the Derwent and all are very informative). I made my own variation though.
Hook: Partridge Captain Hamilton Wet size 16
Body: Olive Goose Biot
Tail: Brown Cock Hackle
Hackle: Grizzle Cock and Olive Partidge
Tread: Brown Cobweb
Tying is as you’d expect, except after tying on the grizzle hackle I trim off all the bottom fibres. I then tie in and wind round the Partridge hackle (leaving the fibres on the bottom) and whip finish.
By trimming the bottom of the grizzle hackle I’m allowing the fly to ride lower in the water, as the partridge hackle won’t float I hope they’ll dangle below the surface film enticingly.
I gave them a try this evening, and I’m happily report they work like a charm! Of the seven fish landed, five where to the new concoction.
Greylon Tapered Leader – trial didn’t go well
What didn’t go so well was the Greys tapered leader I was trying for the first time. I really like the stuff Hardy and Greys are doing at the moment, and thought I’d give their leaders a go in favour of the Orvis SuperStrong I usually use.
It might be me, my knots or my casting, but I really didn’t get on with the Greylon Leaders. I lost several flies when striking into (not big) fish, I also had a number of really bad birds nest tangles from casting big-ish dries – I can’t remember the last time either of these two things happened with the Orvis line. I found it really tricky to tie flies on as the light started to go too – though this could be due to me getting old and my eyes packing in.
I’ll be ordering a new batch of SuperStrong tapered leaders on Monday…
Dirty, scruffy, mucky b@5tards!!
A few weeks ago, on the bank holiday weekend, I had a couple of hours down at Lintzford only to find it more like a camp site than the quiet river it usually is. There were at least 5 different sets of people camping in the woods. Some with actual tents, most with tarpaulin thrown over a rope strung between two trees. At the time I hoped they’d take there rubbish away with them, tonight I found out they didn’t.
The filthy buggers left all their rubbish right where it fell. No attempt made to tidy up at all.
What makes it worse is where they parked their cars, 400 yards from their ‘camp site’, is a big bin. They carried all the stuff from the car to the river, surely it wouldn’t be too much to expect them to carry it back to the car and stack it up by the bin? Yep, it would.
Next time I go down there (hopefully sometime this week) I’m going to take a couple of bin bags and get rid of the mess. I think I’ll keep a bag in my vest from now on too – I shouldn’t have to, but I hate to see the riverbank left like that.