Contributed by Richard (05.07.2012)
What changeable weather we have on our wee island! Sunday 27th May saw a trip to Eden with baking temperatures well in to the 70's. Fish however could be found feeding on Aphids and I picked up several throughout the day with the biggest at 1lb 10oz.
I bumped into a couple of anglers around 6pm who complained that the river was too low and that they saw plenty of trout but I don't think they had any luck connecting with them and were packing up for the day.
Why sweat your pants off and then go home before the best part-strange! I hung about waiting for the wind to drop and was pleased to see many spinners in the air which I took to be those of the Oliver Upright. The wind did drop eventually and I was treated to the sight of many fish sipping in a favourite pool but time and again I covered them..to be point blank refused. It was evident they were not taking duns as there were very few on the surface and I did not see any nebs breaking the river. After changing my paradun to a bent bodied spinner one fish was grateful enough to nail this and it was with relief that I slipped the net under a 2lb 1oz trout in the (rapidly) fading light. I could have kicked myself after-99 times out of 100, given that we will get an evening rise if conditions are correct, we will get a hatch of duns as well as a fall of spinners(which are far more difficult to see) and a paradun of the correct size will do the trick. But not this time...lesson learned!!
Sunday 3rd June was very different in contract to the week before…cold and very windy and I regretted not packing my heavyweight fleece. Due to my mate having some work to do we only got to the river at 1pm and both tackled up and went for a long walk to warm up-it was like fishing in early April-bloody cold! We both scanned the pools and with careful observation were able to spot the odd rise here and there so were able to pick up a fish or two-nowt special but given the circumstances, very welcome. At about 3pm the odd OU began to appear and I spotted what I thought to be a good fish taking these. After getting into position, I was not confident as there was deep water between me and the fish so this necessitated a longer cast than I would normally like. Coupled with the strong wind I was anxious not to make a hash of this (what I thought would be) solitary opportunity. However the cast was good and a big neb broke the surface to engulf the Olive Upright Emerger. After a couple of minutes I was relieved to slip the net under a trout that went 18.5" and weighed 2lb 12oz. Between 3:45 and 6pm when we left we were treated to the best Small Dark Olive (Baetis scambus) emergence I have seen since I used to fish the Ure at Masham many years ago. They were simply littering the surface and I commented to my mate that you would normally have to travel abroad to see hatches this dense. Of course the fish duly responded with so much food available and I think in the end became satiated. I switched to a size 18 pink wing paradun. We ended up with 20 trout for the day with 6 over 2lbs and they were 2lb 1oz, 2lb 2oz, 2lb 6oz, 2lb 10oz, 2lb 12oz and 2lb 13oz. It was way better than the Queen's Jubilee
I have included shots of the two largest.