20th June 2016
I have coached my fair share of people from different countries, but this week was a first. I had Nick fishing on the Coquet, he was born and lives in Bermuda.
Nick has fished in many areas of the world and caught some very big fish. However he wanted to fly fish in a river in Northumberland. I took him to a lovely stretch where there was different types of water, some fast flowing, some slow and other areas where there were some deeper pools. I say deeper but in reality the river was running so low even the deeper pools wee quite shallow. It was a lovely day but not so good for fishing. The sun was high, bright and hot.
Nick could cast a nice line and the presentation of the fly on the water was good. Nick fished a single north country spider pattern and caught some beautifully spotted wild brown trout. Even the smaller trout know how to use the current in the river to try and make their escape. The light four weight rod was bent well with the trout swimming in the faster current.
The next day I was at Chatton fishery coaching George and Finlay who had vouchers bought for their birthdays. Their dad brought them down from the upper reaches of the Tweed. Both young lads did well with their casting, but the buzzer and pheasant tail flies did not attract any attention. A few trout began to rise and feed on the insects floating on the surface. I replaced the youngsters flies with floating CDC F Flies. These flies float on the surface before eventually getting soaked and sink just below the surface. Finlay was the first to shout his line had something on. He played the fish firmly and Finlay netted the Rainbow trout for him. That was tea sorted, I was informed. Shortly after that excitement, Finlay shouted he had a trout on. This was a bigger fish and it took some line off the reel. Eventually the trout got tired and came near the surface. It was then that I saw it was a superb three pound brown trout, and Finlay’s joy changed to disappointment as the fishery rules state all brown trout must be returned to the lakes. We took some quick photographs and the brown trout swam back to the depths of Ross Lake.
The youngsters had other trout on, but unfortunately they got off before they could be netted.i fished on after the tuition session for a short period and catching was difficult. I managed to catch a fully finned Rainbow around two pounds on another dry fly. It is always good to see the trout come up and gobble your fly and the resulting tight line with the trout hooked.
Chatton has lots of news this week. One guy visiting from Yorkshire, third cast caught and landed a stunning thirteen pound twelve ounce Rainbow. What made it more impressive was he was using a light thin four weight fly rod. The successful fly was a Damsel Nymph apparently.
Saturday saw all three lakes booked for a fund raising competition organised by Jim and Tracey Tuck in aid of Bernardos. I called in to see how it was going around lunch time. There were around fifty competitors and conditions were far from perfect. One guy had recorded eight trout to the net before lunchtime. Another guy had netted two trout using dry flies, but one of them was nine pounds. Everyone was ready for their lunch and tactics for the afternoon session were being discussed between close friends only!!! The competition was eventually won with a bag of fourteen trout, but the real winner was Bernardos who were given £1200. Credit and congratulations to Jim and Tracey who give up their time so willingly for such a good cause.
On Saturday June 25th, Chatton is hosting an all night fishing experience. Anglers will be able to fish throughout the night and booking is not required, just turn up, it should be fun. The following day , Chatton Ladies Club is meeting on the 26th at 9.30 everyone is welcome to come along and give fly fishing a try. Their are qualified coaches in the club and they are always willing to help newcomers.
Today I had Brian and his two sons for a session, they were staying in Morpeth and were on holiday from the U.S.A. They fish a lot back home but not fly fishing so much. The sun was hot and very bright so I knew catching was going to prove difficult. The main aim was to get everyone to cast a line out so they could fly fish themselves when they got back home.casting proved to be a challenge but the kids enjoyed themselves trying to improve their technique. Brian did fine and even had a couple of enquiries at his dry fly. After lunch we tried for an hour and dad got a solid take in Chatton lake. The boys dropped everything grabbed the net and encouraged their dad to bring the trout to the net. Eventually the trout came over the net, which was quickly lifted and one Rainbow Trout was going back to Morpeth for tea! Photographs taken as evidence to show friends back in the USA.