Day off today and afternoon session on Lower Chew. Summer in full swing walking through the fields of corn and barley. A couple of Yellowhammer sing from some overhead cables and two young Buzzards screach in the bankside trees. The orchard meadow is full of Meadow Cranesbill and Meadowsweet. Butterflies are out in good numbers - Common Blue, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Green Veined, Ringlet, Small Skipper, Red Admiral and Gatekeeper.
First deep pool a medium Grayling and average Brownie on weighted nymph. After battling stingers, persistant horseflies and Himalayan Balsam I connect with some lovely Brown Trout, the largest just about a 1lb and a nice Chub of about 1lb. Some on the dry some on the nymph. All in one run under an overhanging Alder. Three fish in three casts. Finished off with some Dace - again some on the dry, although incredibly hard to hook, and some on the nymph.
|Chub on the dry|
|Best Dace of the day|