A break in the rain…

If you live in the UK I don’t need to tell you that this winter has been pretty wet. In fact I’ve only been able to get out on our local river a couple of times since last October due to the high, dirty and fast water. 

It was with great relief then, that after a week of dry (ish) weather I arrived at the river to find some clear water! 

Clear water

Sunny, clear and rather inviting.

I only had an hour or so to throw some flies around so headed for a run I’d had success in the past. Armed with various copper, black and pink tungsten bead headed nymphs I worked my way upstream and bar one small grayling turning away as my nymph approached the surface I’d had no interest. 

Time for a change

I’d almost given up when I thought I’d move locations to a faster section I’d not fished for a year or more. First cast a palm sized Grayling came to hand. 

small grayling

A small but very welcome fish

The next dozen casts produced two or three more of these little beauties and as the sun was setting the temperature dropped rapidly. Just time for one more cast… I put on my favourite pink nymph and cast into the fastest part of the pool. 

‘No fail’ pinky!

The line slowed and I struck into what I could instantly tell was a better fish. It stayed deep, bent the bamboo and fought well in the fast water until I finally had it in my net. Not a monster by any means, but well above average for the river and very welcome on a cold evening after the winter we’ve had!


A nice way to end.



Adam Rawson
Dad, husband, maker of split cane fishing rods and lover of the great outdoors.

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