Never mind that though, this is mayfly time. Early on in the day there were some spent mayfly spinners (the "Spent Gnat") still left over from the previous day. It made sense to put on a suitable fake, the Poly Prop Spent Gnat (PPSG) and catch one or two of the early risers. Later, there were solitary mayfly spinners coming back and laying their eggs on the surface. These kept some of the trout interested and those interested trout kept your blogger from changing his fly. It turned out to be a one fly only day, all day.
|Poly Prop Spent Gnat|
The trick is to seek cover and preferably find cover near places where the fish have cover too. Here is a place that for decades has been one such very useful place. Not anymore, the elm, which used to provide cover for many fine fish, has died. Dutch Elm disease seems to kill our elms just as they are about to change from shrubs to trees. The British Isles have no biosecurity worth a damn. It seems any invasive species is made welcome here by this lack. The beautiful elms featured in the landscape paintings of John Constable are long gone, and there is little chance we will ever get them back...
|The Elm's Aerial cover has gone for ever|