It’s been a slow start to my trout season this year. My local river just about recovered from the floods over the winter, but over the past couple of weeks I’ve managed to get out and tempt a few trout which have been in tip top condition!
My first couple of outings saw very little fly life coming off the water but now the weather has warmed up that little bit (for now) there’s been some flurries of hatches however not substantial enough to get the trout feeding on the top of the water.
The river was carrying some colour from some recent rain on a recent trip so I opted for the French leader and two nymphs with some flash in them. On the point I had my favourite river nymph, the olive jig (3.0) with orange tag and above that I had a lighter 2.5 PTN jig with a hint of shimmer dubbed in with the thorax.
It wasn’t long before I had my first brownie of the 2016 season in the net. Nothing too big but still a beautiful wild brown trout! This one took my olive jig!
Things really seem to be getting back to “normal” and on my most recent trip I caught a lovely resident trout. As we all know trout love bubbly water, I worked my nymphs keeping in contact with them as the swam down the outside seam of the pool watching my indicator like a hawk, it stopped, I lifted my rod and was into a good fish. It took me all over the pool I was fishing but was soon in my net.
I’m looking forward to exploring new water this season and also getting some boat fishing in on the reservoirs, I hope to see some of you out on the water soon!