Saturday, 10 December 2011

Frosty trip to the River Chew

Met up with Red and fished the Chew this morning. Lovely crisp morning probably the coldest we have had this year really made us wonder what we were doing getting togged up to tackle the river. Even had problems with the rings freezing. Flow a bit higher than in the summer with a slight colour. I fished the first stretch and after about a dozen casts heard a splash and instinctively lifted into medium sized Grayling on the Klink. It took the fly in a turbulent riffle in an area where it was near on impossible to see the post of the fly.

First fish to the dry

For some reason my casting wasn't coming together!

After trying a few other faster runs where I'd caught Grayling before I ended up catching another five Grayling in one confined run just a couple metre square. The fish were clearly shoaled up in specific areas and it was just a case of locating a shoal. The best fish taking the dry while smaller to medium sized ones taking the nymph. Another fisherman, James, on the bank today and also met Rich Denning and Jon from the committee on the return to the car. Glad I made the effort to get out again and great to be on the river after a bit of  lay off.

Best Grayling of the day to the dry

Nothing better to beat the winter blues.

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