I have to say this season's Brown trout season got off to a bit of a slow start with constant catches of Grayling but then after a trip up the Dale and hooking into this beauty things took a turn for the better.
Not the 1st trout of the season but the second, what a way to finally get the season off & started
This season I concentrated on my spider fishing and virtually took all other flies out my jacket apart from the nymphs and the spiders, something I wanted to concentrate more on which was the upstream spider fishing and I have to say it did pay dividends, I managed to capture not one personal best but two personal bests this season for oddly enough species that should never have been in the river in the first place, the first one being this River caught Rainbow Trout, not my biggest rainbow trout but certainly a new personal best river rainbow, and in immaculate condition, so obviously had been in the river for some time as there was no sign of any fin damage or anything that would link it back to a stocked fish.
The 2nd being this river caught Blue trout, which I firstly mistook as a sea trout when I saw how fast it ripped the line off the reel once hooked, I have to say it gave a great fight like the ones found in stillwaters but right or wrong it shouldn't have been there, and like the rainbow was taken for the pot, something I haven't done in a very long time.
I try & fish in places which have not been stocked and this year done just that fishing in places where the clubs I belong to have not stocked & the condition of the wild trout I have caught have been impressive, seeing as most come from typical northern freestone rivers.
Another thing which has caught my eye this year is the abundance of natural flowers adorning the banks, I was stunned at the sheer beauty of some.
I have to say this year although slow to start and being out the game for 10 weeks with my knee operation, I really cant complain as the spiders and dries have produced the goods for me this season and if I have other seasons in the future like this one just finished then you certainly wont hear me complain.