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At last some rain!
I've been out on the river the last couple of days and the levels have been as low as I've ever seen them. The client I was with yesterday couldn't believe how warm the water felt.
There were a few sea trout visible in the deep pools but they've been there for some time and were in a fugue. The small wild browns were still up for some sport though!
I've been expecting rain all day and there have been a few drops but nothing more, but finally, at last, some serious rain. It started about an hour ago with an orchestra of thunder and a lightning spectacular, it's now settled to just good heavy rain that will soon be finding its way into lakes and tributaries and from there into the rivers.
I can visualise the local anglers getting their gear ready to get out onto the water tomorrow, and I'll be there too! If this keeps up the migratories will start to move again.
It's forecast to be dry tomorrow and Tuesday and then more rain on Wednesday and Thursday, here's hoping it's enough to fill the lakes and rivers!
I've had these waders for some time and really put them through some tough treatment both in the UK and abroad.
The verdict so far is very favourable, they have performed brilliantly in very hot conditions and some biting cold weather. They have stood up well to bramble, blackthorn, heat, cold and travel.
The Ikon Waders come with and without a zip front. I choose to use the ones without, but often roll the top down and use the shoulder straps as an additional waist belt. They have a good sized front chest pocket with waterproof zip on the outside and a inner zipped net pouch pocket. They are comfortable with plenty of room in them, robust and durable and good value.
Another good day on the river today. The water is barely a few inches deep in places but that is not stopping the fish taking full advantage of the plentiful food, clouds of sedge, gnat and the ubiquitous Caenis before retreating to the deeper pools.
I had fears earlier in the year that the rivers would struggle to recover from the dreadful winter and spring which saw extended periods of freezing conditions and frequent floods that moved physical structures and gravel beds. I'm pleased to say my fears were unfounded. The rivers are looking really good, crystal clear with plenty of Ranunculus offering all important cover.
Just a few weeks ago I was whinging about the weather. Well we've had 2 weeks of unending clear skies and temperatures in the mid to high 20s, brilliant! The great thing about this region is that there is almost always a breeze so we don't get the stuffy, energy sapping humidity that is often found elsewhere.
The river levels are at the bottom end of their normal range, but that and the heat has not stopped the fish from feeding. There is plenty, veritable clouds, of insect life, both aquatic and terrestrial and the fish have not been slow in mopping up as they can.
I had a few hours on the river this afternoon and caught a couple of stunning wild brownies, and missed a few more.
So all in all I'm enjoying myself at the moment. Long may it continue!
A cracking day at Dwarchen for this client as he bends his rod into yet another wild brownie bring the total to 4 fish in 3 hours, and obviously another one or two got away!
What a difference a day makes! Yesterday I spent a very pleasant afternoon at Fort Belan helping a client with saltwater casts (and could he put a bend in a rod!). It was a sunny day with a slight onshore wind, a very nice day.
Today the weather was shocking. The temperature barely got into double figures, it's been lashing down (but the rivers needed the water) and the wind could knock a bulldozer over!
The small amount of rain we had a couple of days ago has passed through the system and the water levels have dropped back. Not great for the sea trout fishing but good for the wild brownies.
Tides are low with the neap in a couple of days time.
Today's forecast is for a dry but cool, breezy day. Personally I think we could see a little rain on the mountains.
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A well know fly fishing guide and instructor John can often be found fishing or guiding on the Welsh Dee or passing his knowledge to others at game fairs and country shows.
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