Monday, 16 May 2011

The Perils of Not Taking a Spare Rod With You

I went fishing on Saturday with my son Adam. The prospects were not looking good as it was very windy and lots of showers so I was not confident. We went down to the works as I expected it would be out of the wind a bit but unfortunatley as it was gusting there was nowhere to get out of it. On the way down I caught my rod in a tree branch and before I knew it I now had a 5 piece rod, brilliant! I had not taken a spare with me so persevered with an 8' 6" instead. Anyway Adam started at the sycamore pool and I started a bit below we were both using fox squirrel nymphs in olive and natural. It wasn't long before I could see Adam into a fish, result! I was soon into a nice brown too. Adam worked his way up the pool but I was stuck as were I got in it was very limiting due to the depth. I could see he was soon into other fish so I was at least glad he was making progress as he doesn't come with me regularly so its good to see him connect. He was working his way up so I moved and followed him up before I had taken a few more. There was only the odd fish rising and nothing regularly so switching to a dry was not worth it until I got to reach the trees were I decided to try a foam beetle. I covered the odd fish and hey-presto up they came a took the beetle. I ended up with 7 fish by lunchtime and Adam ended with 6 so a good few hours to start.
After lunch we went doen to the Willow pool and Adam immediately started hitting the fish, he had changed to a myfly nymph as I had spotted a couple of mayflies and John the bailiff had said earlier that there was a good amount of mayfly nymphs been seen moving about recently. I had also switched to a maylfy nymph and started to pick up the odd brown and rainbow, some up to 3lbs. I could see Adam had hit a few good fish but they came unstuck until he eventually landed a real cracker knocking on 4lb. We continued up the pool and back down into the pool below. Adam was picking up fish here and there, a good mix of browns, rainbows and grayling. By 4pm the weather was decidedly inclement and so we slunck off to the hut for a quick cuppa before the heavens opened. We stayed there until it stopped raining and I could see he was eager to have a last 30 mins. He picked up a few more including this cracker which went to 4-14.

 We ended the day at 5 both getting well into double figures, I was glad that he had had a really good day. Me well I now had a 5 piece rod and to cap it all my new waders had started leaking!


Trout Magee said...

Sorry to hear about your pole and wader malfunction. Glad you were able to save the day by laying into some nice looking fish.

Sanders said...

Sorry to hear about the waders and the rod...not fun. sounds like a great day with your son. Glad you were able to have that time on the water together. good looking fish!

Mick Martin said...

Sod the tackle, I can't wait to fish with my son above everything else, glad you both caught and didn't tip the hut over while lunching.

Baslowfisher said...

Hi Mick,
Don't get me wrong it was a great day with Adam, he doesn't come fishing enough with me as he would sooner be trying to get a small white ball into a hole 18 times in a field! Days fishing with your son are great and you will always remember the first fish your son catches too down to the minutest detail!
Take care,

Baslowfisher said...

Hi Guys,
Hopefully Sage and Orvis will come good. I have sent the tip back to Sage UK so fingers crossed it will be here early next week. Orvis will be visited at the weekend so hopefully they will also be positive.

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