Kirkby Stephen and District Angling Association

A double figure afternoon

Contributed by John Garner, Secretary (03.09.2007)

river eden trout

No I’ve not emigrated or anything like that.  What with the weather, the dog and inconsiderate women that get sick at inconvenient times I haven’t spent anywhere near the same amount of time on the river as I would normally in the summer.  I may have had half a dozen evenings and most of them have been pretty uneventful.

However, after sorting all the jobs out on Saturday morning, I managed get fishing above Warcop by 2:30.

The first ¾ hour was a bit of a write off – three fish hooked & three fish lost.  After bumping into Stephen Tinkler a few days earlier, I’d decided to have (another) go at making fish stick when Czech nymphing.  You’re right Stephen – it sorts the better fish out in the right places but getting them in the net is a different matter!

I realised the error of my ways and went back to the surface even though, at first, there was very little showing.  And that’s when it started.  The next 3 ½ hours or so produced 9 trout and 3 grayling from not much more than half a mile of river.  The best trout a good 15 inches and the best grayling 11.

The killing fly?  You guessed it – a Klink.  Size 16 and black.

Just how the fish manage to take that for the pale wateries that were coming off for most of the afternoon I don’t know.  The important thing is it worked wonders.  12 fish in 4 ½ hours will do nicely.

An important lesson from the day – don’t cross the river before first putting a fly through the place you intend to cross at.  It’s worked for me the last three times I’ve fished up from Warcop.

And by the way, if anyone has the answer to the Czech nymph problem I’d be pleased to hear from you!!