Slow Start – First Trout!

It has been a slow start to the season – I was full of enthusiasm on Sunday when I hit the Kelvin as I fully expected to see a major March Brown hatch (possibly) however I learned later that all the fly action had pretty much ceased – it turned out the trout did not even look at the flies sailing over their heads.

I kidded myself on for an hour with a single dry and then started using the duo – I had absolutely no takes. It was only when I came to a deep pool that something tried to sip down my indicator dry.

Deep Pool

Within a few casts I finally had a trout – it took the nymph..

A Trout

Ok – it was a tiny trout – but it was my first trout of the new season and saved the day – it filled me full of hope – suddenly that wee pool seemed full of fish as my indicator was yanked down every other cast – I was never quick enough and only managed another one around half the size of the first.

The water was still cold, I did not see any flies – I suspect we will need to wait another couple of weeks yet before the trout actually start looking up for their food.

It is the same every year though – suddenly I will get emails from folk saying they had great sessions down the river.

Usually when I am stuck at work!


  1. Jim Burns · April 19, 2010

    Did you not see the BIG dark olive duns sailing down the river the trout were sipping them down and giving themselves away. Maybe just out at the wrong time.

    Seek and you will find

    There out there

  2. Alistair · April 19, 2010

    I was out at around 4pm Jim – I think I missed all the action by that point.

    What time did you see the flies?

  3. Jim Burns · April 19, 2010

    Alistair if I remember right it was between 12 and 1pm.

  4. Alistair · April 19, 2010

    Slap bang right when I was unable to fish!

  5. Emanuele · April 19, 2010

    I had a great opener last week…in my wee stream in Yorkshire.
    several fish caught, trout and grayling,
    LDOs and midges were about with the fish responding well

    I also received a Bamboo rod from the States….it’s a beauty!

    I will call you

  6. Alistair · April 19, 2010

    Emanuele – a bamboo rod? we need to talk 🙂

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