It seems like the weather is starting to settle with warmer temps and more stable conditions. I am never one to moan BUT it would cool if things were like the Caribbean and we had a bit of rain overnight just to freshen things up and keep the river at a nice level. That having been said the low water has concentrated fish into areas where you would more expect to find them. The places that have worked best for us have still been tails and bellies of pools rather than faster runs and the weapon of choice has been the dry fly. It has been great to see the larger fish make an appearance at the surface and yesterday was a small landmark as I was guiding Anne who managed to hook and land our first fish of the season on a mayfly pattern.
Mayfly have been coming off for just over a week but the fish are only just starting to take notice of them and seeing and hearing fish taking to the air or making an angry slash at a newly emerged dun is pretty exciting stuff. The other good thing is that fish are starting to feed later into the day now rather than a swift 5 o’clock finish.
There is just a sniff of a few of the larger sea trout on the hotel water which is great news and now the evenings are warmer it is a great time to be on the water!