While all you suckers were out working last week I took the day off and ended up with a mid week belter of a session on the Clyde – overcast and warm conditions (the river was also a little high and coloured) meant I caught around 2 dozen trout on the dry fly between 1000 and 1500.
All my trout came to comparaduns with only a few disasters.
1. My tippet went bad in my pocket and was totally ruined.
2. I realised that the hook had snapped just below the tail of my fly (took a half hour to work that little gem out)
3. I forgot my net (not good when a nice trout is going bananas in the pool in front of you)
4. I jammed my foot in a rock and could not get it out (ok, yes eventually I did)
5. I have lost my lucky hat so have to wear my light coloured Orvis one (it is too bright and feels like a beacon on my head on hot days.
The hidden disaster of course is that we are now on the home stretch towards Autumn and the close season – Mid Summer is the year in the prime of its life – Autumn old age and the inevitable long cold sleep of Winter.
The trout above was the average - around the half pound mark - It was just one of those days that I could do no wrong – if I seen a trout rise (and there was not many) it would take my fly as long as my presentation was fine. Like I say sure I seen the odd trout rise however most of my trout were caught purely speculating – so I would look at a riffle and reckon a trout would be sitting in their somewhere (fancy people call this reading the water) and then cast – more often than not my judgement would be correct.
It did not mater if it was long pools or pocket water – all the trout were fair game.
I did see flies on the water – there was no matching the hatch or more accurately matching the size – during the course of the day I went through three flies – only because the first hook broke and the 2nd became so waterlogged that it was become difficult to float.
I suspect they were Small Dark Olives however I am happy to be corrected – I know you guys know more about this than I do!
Their was several trout nudging past the pound point – taking pictures of the bigger trout was difficult due to lack of net!
All the trout fought like demons on fire – jumping out the water and trying to dive under rocks and into weed – they were obviously so vigerous due to the extra oxygen in the water.
In 2008 my last trip out for trout was at the start of August - it was great – that trip has always stuck with me – after that trip I started to target Pike instead of trout and I had a whale of a time. I could not help but feel things are not dissimilar this year – I suppose the one major difference is that this year I have fished probably a tenth of the amount of previous years however that is to be expected with a child.
Anyway – from this point on I have two new goals to work on with my limited time:
1. I want to catch a Salmon from the Kelvin.
2. I want to catch an enormous Pike.
Wish me luck!