Most of you will be aware that we English like to discuss our weather. It's a safe topic of conversation when strangers, or only slight acquaintances, meet. We nearly always agree with each other about the weather. Believe me, you would not find it hard to meet folk in England today who would agree that the weather has been unseasonally wet!
The river outside my garden door is once more the colour of oxtail soup. I wanted to fish for fish I could see this afternoon so used the car to drive a few miles to a local river that is almost entirely spring-fed. The car was chosen instead of the bike because Henry wanted to come and I wanted him to be there too. He cannot ride on the bicycle so the car it was...
We met Warren just before we started. Henry was made to sit and wait before he was allowed to run to Warren for a cuddle and some love. I'm hoping that these constant tests of Henry's obedience will help him to behave well on the shoots this coming winter. His enthusiasm and affection are awe inspiring but they have to be channelled safely. So far so good.
Nondescript Sedge (NDS) was chosen to start proceedings, as it was easy for both fish and angler to see. This is the very fly and if you look closely you will see that the trouts' teeth have already cut the tying thread rib and it won't be long before this fly is defunct.
One day I'll get a nice shot of a trout swimming away from the net having been safely released...
Footprints left by trout that are too quick for my feeble timing of the shutter are all I seem to get at the moment. Here's one to illustrate the frustrating problem!
As we reached the top of the beat our arrival coincided with a change on the water. The trout were feeding much more frequently and it was clear by their "head-dorsal fin-tail" rises that they were eating spinners. Looking against the light, the sky was getting crowded by dancing spinners, so off with the NDS ...
Poly Prop Sherry (PPS)
It was getting a bit too easy and this is a small river where restraint should always be at the forefront of the angler's mind, so we packed up. I collected about a pound of gooseberries from a couple of feral gooseberry bushes on the way back to the car and that was going to be that.
The mobile 'phone went, with the news that a couple of friends from Hampshire were actually fishing on the next beat up from me. An opportunity not to be missed! "Let's go and see them Henry!" A few minutes later and we were shaking hands (and agreeing on the weather)!
They had to go early, to attend a singing concert in Haddon Hall, which I thought was a pity as the very best fishing time was just getting underway, but it was explained to me that, sometimes, sacrifices have to be made for the sake of family harmony. A point, which this Englishman believes is like the weather, we can all agree upon it.