I knew it was going to be low as we haven't seen any rain we can really speak of but when I seen the river my first thoughts were who pulled the plug!
Even the grass has had time to root and grow its been that low for so long. I immediately thought of very small flies so tackled up with a size 20 dry olive. I scanned all the pool for some sign of movement but all that seemed to be moving were very small fish and the odd grayling with the telltale slurping flies off the surface.
I had taken my new wading stick that I got last week, and after a few additional coats of marine varnish during the week it got its inaugural outing today as my knees are murder at the moment and I didn't want to have an early bath.
After a few casts at a rising fish in some moving water they weren't interested in small flies at all, it didnt even take a second look at my fly. There wasnt any hatch on the river to speak of so I took a chance and stuck on a size 16 Jingler, if they didn't want small then they might take a look at something bigger, first cast over and up it came, fish on.
A nice fighting fit Grayling which gave an excellent account of itself and was in mint condition, after a quick shot photo she was gone.
Within 2 casts I was in to her mate from the same pool. Another quick picture and it was away.
The grayling were both fighting fit and by the looks of things have already spawned.
The change to a larger fly seemed to have worked as another two smaller grayling took the fly in quick succession so I decided to move away from the Grayling and hopefully track down some feeding trout.
Making my way upstream I didn't see anything move at all and soon was into the woods where the fragrance of the wild flowers instantly hit your nostrils. The blue bells are just coming into bloom apart from the ones at the edge of the wood which are in direct sunlight.
The primroses stretching their necks towards the sunlight.
the floor of the wood an array of colours from all the wild flowers coming into bloom and the fragrances hang heavy in the still wood, It was lovely just to stand there and take all the smells and sounds in for a few moments.