I've been unable to get out at all to take advantage of some great conditions and good offers of fishing as, at the moment, it's nose up against the working grindstone
Soon to be rectified, but not for the seatrout!
"Be you most gentle with your fishing, and even gentler with those you are fortunate enough to capture, as, for a fleeting moment, you will be handling the future parent of the fish that you would wish to cast a fly at tomorrow..."
Had a night fishing session on the Conwy last night, first in a while.
I was fishing a noted holding pool known as Tyn y Cae, where the Lledr and Conwy meet. The pool has a classic tail with fast rapids and falls leading down to a massive pool called Beaver Pool. A great spot when the fish are running, but they are usually knackered after running up!
The area is known as Fairy Glen, but is more noted for fierce midges than fairies.
Seemed to be a few fish in the pool, caught fish of 2lb, 1lb & 1lb fairly early on and also had quite a few pulls to a Squirrel Blue & Silver on a size 7 silver salar (lovely hook for sea trout flies).
Then about midnight a big moon emerged from behind the clouds and shone down the pool. It was like daylight - I could see the face of an angler on the opposite bank - or was it a big fairy? ;D
Things went very quiet. Before packing in, i put on a 2" surface lure and a 3lb+ fish exploded from the water and took it. Had it on for a minute until the hooks pulled.
I wouldn't normally try a surface lure in bright moonlight, but that fish obviously hasn't read Falkus. ;D
I'm sure I've read somewhere of sea trout foul hooking themselves. Or maybe I'm just going barmy.
Anyway, I managed a peal of a pound or so last night that fought like a tiger. As I drew it into the net I could see why. The poor fella was hooked firmly just in front of the tail. The "take" felt legitimate enough, I was fishing close to the tail of a weir pool on the Dart with a slow figure of eight.
Two casts later I hooked and played a monster for several minutes, intent on heading back to sea over the weir. I managed to keep the fish in the pool, but had to walk it back upstream 20 yards to my net, and ping. Gone. I expect it was easily double figures . Either that or a grilse hooked in the tail.
I had one of those nights last night that Falkus mentions in his book.
I was fortunate to find a pool that was holding a decent shoal of fish, but catching them was another matter. The fish were nipping the fly but not staying on. Tried small flies, secret weapons, big flies, surface lure etc - it was the smaller flies getting the pulls, but they weren't sticking.
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