I’ve not written on here for a while! But here I am, I’m back! It’s been a busy last couple of months. At the beginning of June I was away at Grafham Water with the England ladies competing in this years international. As it was my first international, I didn’t know what to expect but as the week progressed I was learning new things and meeting new people, who share the same passion for fly fishing as me! It was a great week and lots of memories were made! We came third in the competition, Scotland 1st, Wales 2nd and Ireland 4th.
Since then I’ve had a some great evenings on the river, my most successful method has been the same as last year, the duo. It’s my favourite method for river fishing, watching for that dry to pop under the surface and striking into a fish. My Duo set up is a CDC sedge and a beaded nymph, I use a 3.5lb tapered leader with about 2 ft of extra tippet attatched below. I’ve also been getting some good sport using other various dry fly patterns such as parachute flies and spinners.
Along with the typical Calder trout, there is also an abundance of grayling coming through the system, with the Calder being an urban river there is always the high chance of pollution, as like any other urban river. Worrying indeed, but to see the river producing new fish each season is great to say it wasn’t that long ago that it suffered a big setback.
Along with some river fishing I’ve had a couple of days out the reservoirs, with a day at Ladybower in Derbyshire, and my most recent trip to Eyebrook in Leicestershire, where the fishing was tough to say the least, but enjoyable, isn’t that what fishing is all about?
I’m looking forward to the next few weeks, a day at the CLA game fair and some fishing at Bewl water in Kent, at the end of August I’ll be back at Eyebrook for the ladies national qualifier!