Thursday, 30 September 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
~A quick coffee before hitting the water~
We arrived safely in Poland to find balmy weather. And following a good hours drive from the airport, a strong coffee set us up for some evening sport. The boys fared well with everyone catching fish on our first outing. Grant Breckell took the hounors for the largest fish-a cracking 2lb San Brown Trout. Better still, there was evidence of BWO spinners and I managed a couple of fish on my para-spinner. Though, as we left the river that evening, heavy rain clouds filtered down the valley, let's hope it doesn't come to much.............
Friday, 24 September 2010
Up and Down:
Cumbria has suffered its fair share of rainfall this last week and consequently river levels have constantly fluctuated, making it tough to pin down a day. Albeit high and carrying colour, a few hours on the Eden one afternoon saw a handful of trout come to hand. Although a nymph was perhaps the better choice, I searched out pool tails where the odd rising trout could be found. a size 14 CdC dry did me proud and most of my catch consisted of trout rather than grayling. Judging by the signs, otters have been active of late, preying on crayfish. Poland beckons once more and with my trusty laptop, updates should be posted throughout the trip. Fingers crossed, we won't experience snow this year..........
~The remains of an otter kill, our native white clawed crayfish~
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
Bosnia in the Mist (part 4):
I'd like to report that on our final day we were up with the lark and down by the Ribnik at first light. However, since upwinged flies didn't start emerging until a tad after 10am there really wasn't any need to rush. Better still the hatch we experienced was simply one of the best I've seen. And, with a thick blanket of duns drifting past, our biggest hurdle was maintaining focus to target individual rise forms. I can't remember how many fish we caught that final day, all I know is everybody had a great time and we eventually dragged ourselves from the water just before 5pm. Weary, yet extremely happy, we popped into a riverside cafe to discuss the events over a beer, we're already planning a return visit for September 2011. Anyone who is interested should contact myself or Mat McHugh: http://www.flyodyssey.co.uk/
~We had a great taxi service back to the lodge-after a beer or three!~
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
~Peter Legge casting to rising fish in crystal clear water~
Bosnia in the Mist (part 3):
As I was saying, despite foul weather (we didn't see any sunshine for 3 days) the Ribnik was treating us to some truly amazing fly hatches. And once you'd rid yourself of "buck fever" (casting randomly), it was possible to start connecting with some notable wild fish. Generally speaking, small CdC flies were the order of the day with size 18 patterns dominating our campaign. In fact, so dense were the fly hatches they lasted from 10am right through until 5pm when chilly air descending from the surrounding mountains brought an abrupt end to the days events.
~Grayling like this featured daily~
~Steve Grimes sets loose a nice Brown Trout~
~Steve Grimes checks his knots before making those initial casts~
~Mike steers another Ribnik Brown Trout to hand~
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Bosnia in the Mist (part 1):
Arriving in the Ribnik valley of deepest Bosnia recently, it was fair weather that greeted us. However, a low pressure system saw conditions quickly deteriorate and cold air hanging in the bottom of valleys resulted in mist lingering over the water for hours at a time. Undeterred and keen to get at them, over coffee (strong stuff......) we discussed tactics for our adventure.
Sunday, 5 September 2010
Jim Williams and Ian May made the long trek north to spend a few days in Cumbria with Tony Riley and myself. Naturally, when four AAPGAI instructors get together the main talking point will always be casting and teaching methods. A great way to develop, is spending time flexing carbon with friends, which definitely helps iron out any wee niggles or faults. And if the weather happens to be sunny then so much the better.
Saturday, 4 September 2010
Finally, a spell of weather resembling summer has arrived in Cumbria and whilst day time trout fishing has suffered the carp are going bonkers. Feeding them hard, it's possible to have several fish on the go at once. My son Andrew was even dragged away for his Xbox.........and out into the fresh air.