Evening Stats…


Trout Rising: (est) 23

Number of total casts: (est) 150

Number of casts to individual fish:  8

Fly changes:  4

Smallest fly used : size 20

Trout caught : 1

Sweary words: 6

Salmon seen:  1

Call to Alan Atkins to tell him about Salmon: 1

Number of Trootsies spooked: 0 (note: they ignored everything)

Random angler met in car park and then dragged along river bank “for a fish and chat” : 1

Nosey questions asked:  7

Cold wind:  1

Man met in bushes:  1

Flies given away to random people:  8

Jim Burns met:   1 (Phoographic evidence below)

Exclamations of “cant get these troosiest to take anything” : 18

Wet leg:   0.5

Bats Seen:   100+

Appendix: Jim Burns Photo

Evening Rating:   10/10


  1. northernfly · July 27, 2011

    Great report. Some might say it is a tad verbose but I like it 😉

  2. willie yeomans · July 27, 2011

    Nice picture of Jim – he looks almost distinguished!

  3. Alistair · July 27, 2011

    Funny you should say that – I made that comment too – he should have been wearing a tie!

  4. Jim Burns · July 27, 2011

    Thank you gentlemen, was felling a bit under dressed left my deer stalker hat in the car.lol

  5. Alistair · July 27, 2011

    At one point there were three fly anglers together on the river.

    It was an abomination!

  6. willie yeomans · July 27, 2011

    Is “abomination” the collective noun for fly anglers then? Obviously it’s a “scum” of biologists….

  7. Alistair · July 27, 2011

    You said that – not me!

    However, I approve and it shall be used!

  8. willie yeomans · July 27, 2011

    This comes from personal experience! Years ago, when I worked on the Thames we had some serious droughts (about 1990-1992) and one of my colleagues used a very neat technique to determine the effects of reduced flow on the river. He can examine the casts of chironomids which are left floating on the river once the adults have emerged and tell what sort of community there is living on the bottom. To get to the shucks, he uses a very fine net attached to the end of a roach pole to sample the floating debris which backs up behind weirs, fallen trees, etc. He once presented a poster with a photo of himself sampling the crud with the title “Scum sampling”! You can’t argue with that! The educational bit of this post is: Google something called “CPET” or “The Chironomid Pupal Exuvial Technique” and prepare to be amazed.

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