Contributed by John Garner, Secretary (07.05.2007)
Due to the pressures of work (not mine) I managed to escape for at least part of all three days over the bank holiday weekend.
On Saturday afternoon I spent 4 hours above Warcop Bridge. At about 1pm the first upwings of several species to hatch through the afternoon began to appear. The relatively warm weather may have had something to do with the number of fish that rose to take advantage of the feast.
By the time I reached the island above the bridge I’d caught and released 4 fish between 11.5 and 16.5 inches. I’d missed several more. The smallest carried the matching V on both flanks as evidence of a previous encounter with a cormorant. Luckily for the fish, my plans for it were slightly less terminal than the cormorants.
After crossing the river a few hundred yards upstream I spotted 3 fish working a streamy section of water. After much creeping to get into a position where I could cast to it, I managed to extract fish number 5. At 16 inches, this was considerably smaller than the other 2 (which promptly departed in a downstream direction) but still a good fish.
End result – 5 good fish in 4 hours fishing. The killing fly a size 14 Klink.
Sunday afternoon was different again. Showery and cooler. Back at Warcop with no sign of a hatch, I fished for 2.5 hours with a pair of nymphs. Total for the afternoon – 2 fish of 6.5 and 7 inches. Slightly less good than yesterday's effort but pleasant all the same.
Monday was warmer but still with a fair breeze blowing. Fancying a change of scenery, I spent 3.5 hours above Musgrave Bridge. A trickle of flies coming off throughout the afternoon brought fish to the surface again. While I managed to catch (and return) 4 fish between 10 and 12 inches, the number that I rose and missed or dropped off was embarrassing. If I’d caught them all I’d have had at least 30. The killing fly again – the old faithful Klink.
Total result for the weekend – 11 fish in 9 hours fishing. Roll on next week end.