This weekend I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to fish with a couple of the England ladies. Sheena Goode and Lisa Isles at Carsington Water in Derbyshire. We stayed at the knockerdown pub which is just up the road from the water. A lovely place to stay if you are planning a visit!
Carsington water is situated in Derbyshire near the towns of Matlock and Ashbourne. Also near by is Bakewell where you can find the huge brown and rainbow trout in the river.
Tonight saw a short session on my local river, the river Calder. as soon as I set eyes on the river there were fish everywhere, and I mean everywhere, up stream, down stream and under my feet! was I in for a good night?
as I set up my rod looking up at every splash, I used a leader about as long as my rod (8ft) with one of my home tied jig nymphs on the end. the weather was my only concern today with it being quite bright and sunny at 8:30pm I thought I might of had to wait a while for any real action. however after a couple of casts I was into a fish. to say it was only a small one, but very pretty at that! he put up a good fight!!
this week I fished with Anne Woodcock at Cow Green reservoir, Cow Green is surrounded by the north Pennine grouse moors. even if you don’t go to fish you will be in for a treat just for the views and some of the wildlife that lives in and around the moors.
the trout that you will find at cow green are all wild having lived in the streams that surround the reservoir before the it was built. another thing you will find when you fish here is that you will know when you have a fish on. the trout here like to give you a good fight!
Today I had a morning on the river, when I arrived it had dropped considerably since my previous visit earlier in the week. upon arrival there were plenty of fish showing so I decided to tie a size 18 parachute dunn onto my leader, half an hour had passes and nothing had happened, there was plenty of fly life around but they didn’t want my fly. So I put on a tungsten bead nymph which has been very successful for me in the past few weeks when the river has been high and coloured.