Friday, 8 October 2010
End of season River Chew
Thought I'd return to my favourite little River Chew for an end of season fish in the hope of some Grayling and maybe the odd Brownie. The river was coloured which surprised me as the levels weren't high and we hadn't had a huge amount of rain. I could only deduce that work or a disturbance upstream was causing the clay to discolour the water. I fished below the bridge which early in the year holds a small shoal of Grayling. No Grayling but a small Brownie fell to the nymph right in the rapids where I was expecting the Grayling to now be taking position. Next stop a pool I often miss but thought I would try. Not a big pool but a deep drop off from a shallow sandy riffle. Its easily accessible and therefore I normally ignore it. Anyway heavy nymph cast into the riffle and let drop into the cloudy pool. As I retrieve it from the bottom a solid resistance is felt and my best Brownie from Chew that season comes to the net after quite a struggle. I move downstream and fish a great glide canopied in Alder from one of the deep pools where I know the Grayling will be. After loosing a decent Grayling, the first Grayling that comes to hand is tiny but shows the fish are thriving here. This is followed by couple more Grayling each around 6-8 inches in length. I finally end with a nice little Brownie on the nymph from a deep pool on my way back upstream. A couple of fish were rising but I couldn't tempt them with the dry. All fish today came to various weighted Goldheads.