Monday, 24 November 2008

Saturday 22nd November

Decided to have an hour fishing below Baslow Old Bridge in the afternoon even though it was bitterly cold. River about 9" up and peaty but not too cold! Wind downstream and biting. Decided on a large klinkhammer with a red tag nymph with pink bead off the bend. Fished the usual runs but nothing. Remembered Stuart Crofts presentation at the Chatsworth evening about caddis hatching most of the year and where he brought some live examples in that he had caught on his way that evening. So decide to replace the klink with a caddis green sedge pupa, second cast and a nice 12" grayling from a run about 9" deep on the sedge pupa, excellent. Fished on for another 10 minutes then returned to the opposite bank and managed another 10" grayling on the red tag nymph. Two good grayling when I really was not expecting to catch anything due to the conditions. Nothing else before feet got too cold apart from a bar of silver out of season rainbow about 18" which was quickly returned.

Overall glad I went out to wet my line!

Friday, 14 November 2008

I went to the Salmon & Trout Ass. meeting on Wednesday in the Rutland Hotel Bakewell. It was a presentation from Don Stazicker called "Mayflies Top to Bottom". There were excellent shots of fish rising and numerous mayflies (not just Danica) together with a few vid sequences. It was a really excellent presentation.

Not managed to get fishing for grayling yet, maybe sometime on Saturday. Checked the Derwent at Baslow at lunchtime and it was up by about 12" and peaty so hopefully it may be ok tomorrow.

On another note, I notice from the Derwent Pollution Forum that there was meeting in Bakewell but nothing seems to have come about it. I received a mail from the EA after I queried the cleanup process and how far they were going to proceed down river. It did look encouraging but unfortunately in the real world its not as good as they think with levels up to 40 times the acceptable level. Some one will probably put me right and say thats not quite right but until that happens thats my view. I certainly won't be taking any fish from the Derwent but then I haven't since the incident. I suppose it will encourage some people to return all the fish they catch!