I had a lousy night's sleep as the neighbours child is teething and from the moment I went to bed until the moment I got up he had been crying and of course they just leave him, how they can sleep through it I just dont know, I certainly didn't!
Anyway arrived up the Dale and the moon was just out in no more....
Thats the moon middle right, the small white dot, it was definitely not, a braw bricht moonlicht nicht last nicht, and for my English friends...It was not a bright moonlight night last night...lol
As I walked through the dark down to the river a lone goose flew overhead making a racket as it went and along the hedgerow I could make out some movement but couldn't quite see what it was, probably a rabbit.
It's invigorating sitting by the river as its starts to get light and you see what awaits you and as I set up I hear a salmon slap itself against the water as it made its way upstream. It was not cold at all which was surprising as the temperature on the car dash read 2*C but it certainly didn't feel like it.
The first fish of the day came just after it got light, this time it was a grayling.
A nice fish to open today's account and for the next hour I continued to take Grayling from that run amounting to 18 fish and still no fishing partner.
I started making my way upstream keeping a watchful eye open for my friend, taking fish from runs as i moved upstream.
Again this week I've had problems with the auto focus on the camera, some pictures have came out where others are totally out of focus so much so when you look at them, they make your eyes water.
I thought it may have been the lens fogging up but the camera is kept in a dry pack all day and is only taken out when taking pictures so why the autofocus works sometimes when other times it doesn't is beyond me, I think Santa Claus may have to get a note.
The morning was starting to wear on and in one pool I managed to land a lovely grayling which I estimated to be in the 2lbs bracket, so I unhooked her and placed her in the net at my feet whilst I got the scales & camera out, only to watch her flip out the net, slide between my feet and slip away into the depths, ah well obviously didn't want her picture to be taken or to know her weight!
I started making my way up stream when I came across a tree fungi which was still alive, even after all the cold spells as most have now turned to black and are in the dying off process.
We made our way back downstream again and as soon as I split from Graham I started catching again, Now I definitely know he is a jinxed, but he did make it on time to witness the biggest fish of the day a lovely grayling of 2lbs 14oz.
The stamp of fish from a few runs I fished last week had declined and the bigger ladies didn't show it was left to the smaller ones to make most of today's sport, the river was clearer than last week and had dropped a couple of inches also so wether the ladies had moved already into the deeper water who knows.