12th October 2015
This last week has been like the height of summer with temperatures reaching twenty. Not only was it hot and very sunny there was little or no wind. I coached and fished four days at Chatton, Thrunton and Whinney Loch. The other day was spent on the Coquet at Felton with a guy from Cambridgeshire.
The morning on the Coquet concentrated on casting and different fishing techniques. It was a lovely morning and the first time I had been on the river since the end of the trout season. The gentleman was very keen and wants to return and spend more time with me on the Coquet fishing for trout next year. The sunlight flashing off the Kingfisher as it flew downstream never ceases to amaze me.
Chatton was very busy on Saturday as competition anglers were practicing for the England Qualifier on Dunnydeer lake the next day. All the qualifiers will be able to enter the final of the competition which will be held at Fairmoor Reservoir down south.With the sun shining brightly and the lakes not having a ripple on them at times fishing was quite challenging. Some anglers were doing fine using sinking Di3 lines and Damsel flies, but there were trout rising on Chatton Lake. I thought I would try a floating dry fly on the surface and it proved to be very effective. The trout kept coming up and taking the fly confidently. By three o’ clock I had netted and returned ten trout. None of them were heavier than three pound but they all fought hard. It was a super session and I came away very pleased with the result.
Another day I went to Whinney Loch and saw my good friend Ted Wise. Ted had just returned from a fishing trip in Florida. He fly fished out in the ocean for several consecutive days as the weather was so kind. A variety of species had fallen to the flies that Ted had tied himself before leaving on the trip. The Loch was flat as glass but trout were rising and taking very small insects from the surface. Jimmy was fishing with me and he had a couple of fish to the net before I began catching on my dry flies. Once I discovered what pattern the fish wanted a steady stream of trout came to the net. I bagged up with twelve fish while hooking and loosing several others.
I was supposed to fish the Coquet earlier in the week but the river was so low I ended up having some time to myself. I went to Thrunton for four hours and it took a while to solve the puzzle of what the trout wanted! Sometimes fly fishing can be so frustrating you think the trout are deliberately teasing you. However, I managed to net seven fish on a variety of flies which included green buzzers,black and peacock spiders, a Grayling bug and a black buzzer. A satisfying four hour session in the heat!
My final coaching session was at a Thrunton on Sunday and once again the weather was sunny and warm with little or no wind. I was coaching three brothers who live fairly locally. They were very keen and we were soon on the water, Coe Crag.they did not find it easy to cast the fly line out straight, but there was a steady improvement as the session progressed. Two of the brothers managed to hook, play and land a trout each to their obvious delight. The third brother learnt how to net the trout properly. The fish were taken home for lunch.
Caistron fishery reports that anglers are averaging almost five trout per angler. Buzzer patterns are doing rather well in tempting the fish along with fry pattern flies. The Caistron beat of the Coquet is still running low although salmon and sea trout have been seen jumping in the pools. They are difficult to tempt, but a sea trout was hooked and brought to the net this week.
Today, as I write this the weather has changed. It has been much colder and the wind has increased as the day developed. More rain and wind is forecast as this week progresses, which hopefully will improve the river fishing for salmon in all our local rivers.
Two days coaching on the rivers and two days coaching at Chatton are booked for this coming week. The main day though will be updating www.bobsmithflyfishing.co.uk my website. I always look forward to this day, updating the text and selecting all new photographs from the sixteen hundred fishing ones I have taken over the last twelve months. Results of this consultation with the experts should be able to be seen before my next newspaper article is published, fingers crossed!!