The view upstream with no snow in sight but a cold downstream wind blowing hard.
It wasnt too long until I found a bit of shelter and put the nymphs to work and almost immediately the indicator stopped dead and I lifted into the first fish of the day, a small trout, on the carrot nymph, success for the nymph on the first trip out.
Before long the 1st grayling of the day was in the net, again on the carrot nymph.
A deformity to its lip like a clevis lip but a healthy fish and a welcome bonus.
The next hour went by with 6 more small fighting fit trout falling to the carrot and my dropper but there was a severe lack of Grayling, A lot of anglers have discussed recently how the Grayling haven't really been on the flies or bait this year with the river levels going up and down and for some the season has been a wash out, hopefully as the season starts to come to an end on some rivers the fish will make an appearance for the anglers persevering to get a break in the weather and get out on the bank.
Before too long I was into a better fish and again the carrot had done the business,
As I made my way upstream I stumbled across the first snowdrops I've seen this year, making an appearance on the bank.
The wind and rain was coming down hard making things hard to see through my glasses, the downside to fishing in the wind but wouldn't fish without them.
I managed another couple of trout the various nymphs, this being the best of the day, a quick snap before being released to give sport in another month or so.
With the weather conditions worsening and the river rising I decided to call it and head home earlier than normal but happy in the knowledge that the flies worked and I managed to get out the house for a few hours, which might not be the case next weekend....here's hoping!