No. 4 – Fishing Tips

June 26 2015 | Paul Procter

Burning the Candle:
As summer’s longest days are here, our evening fishing should technically be in full swing.  Yet, thanks to a late spring, we’re suffering from chilly winds that see evening temperatures drop well into single figures.  For fly fishers it’s a tough call whether to go at it hammer and tongs during the day, or conserve your energy for the much-anticipated evening rise? 

Rainbow Trout - River Wye

Low light levels and caddis hatches often attract those larger specimens.

Loading my car with tent, sleeping bag, and a few provisions, last weekend I embarked on a 48-hour concerted effort…a “fishathon” if you like!  The plan was to set up camp by a likely river, hopefully to get some sort of handle on when fish might be most active. With my stall laid out, it was now a waiting game.

Starting at midday, the first afternoon yielded little, as neither fly nor trout cared to stir. Yet that evening around 9pm a few fish ventured out. This activity got cut short, as a strengthening breeze brought a dollop of rain that knocked back the few B-WO duns which had started trickling off. Net result, two wee trout of no more than 8 oz.

The dawn chorus had me up a fraction after 4 am.  A dewdrop on my snout told me nothing was likely to happen, so scrutinizing the water from beneath my canvas seemed wise, cuppa in hand of course!  It turned out to be a long day as, bar an odd fish rising, little occurred until the following evening, when some welcome warmth eventually encouraged caddis to emerge—and what a hatch! Thankfully the trout went bonkers, treating me to a spell of exciting dry-fly fishing with some spanking fish in the offing. And whilst it had been long overdue, the wait was well worth it. 

Day 2: Nothing much to report until the evening time again when once more, trout literally bent over backwards to gobble down caddis and what fish. In a nutshell then, burning the candle at either end appears a futile exercise. After all, trout only feed for short periods.  The six-million dollar question, though, is when are these key times likely to occur? But then again, that’s the whole point of going fishing, isn’t it? 

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