The river had rose during the night as was expected but it was just inside the fishable level so I left home and it was a clear but slightly breezy morning, that didn't last long! I had only gone up the dale a matter of a few miles and the mist was hanging heavy and the rain was on and off, light to start with but getting heavier as I got higher up.
I arrived to heavy rain and a river the colour of drinking chocolate, I contemplated going straight home but the fisherman in me said otherwise so I tackled up with a long leader and a nymph set up and started off heading downstream, walking to a point where I was hopeful of getting a fish, just as I was about to take the photograph the rain eased and the sun sneaked out for a brief few moments.
A couple of casts through and the indicator stopped dead and fish on.
A lovely little wild brown trout which had just made my day and I felt contented that I had chose the option to fish.
A few more casts and as I was lifting the nymphs out to start again another fish took the bottom fly but after a quick somersault was gone.
Crossing over I stumbled into a red currant bush laden heavily in berries. I must have walked passed this bush hundreds of times and never noticed it until now, so a quick collection of the ripe berries which were so sweet and succulent to taste and I was on my way again.
Moving downstream I seen a few small fish rise close to the far bank so decided to cast in their general direction and after a few casts the indicator shot upstream and another fish on, another lovely small wild trout which I never tire of catching, miniature perfection.
Another couple of small fish followed but released themselves at range before a better size of fish decided it took a liking to my nymphs.
By now the rain was constantly on & off every few moments with some heavy downpours so I decided I wasnt chancing going any further on the wrong bank so crossed over the river whilst I still could manage it and had a walk along the riverbank before heading back to the car.
The array of wild flowers so varied
Not sure on this but think they could be wild helleborine