It does appear that I am pretty useless at this blogging caper. However this really reflects the fact that, to my shame, I have not fished an awful lot over the last year as my rugby has become a year round pursuit. I think I managed one very brief grayling trip over the winter, curtailed by terminally leaking waders. The Monnow Social was as much fun as I had remembered but the fishing was tough. I was not alone in this conclusion, pretty much everyone struggled. An awful lot of work for not a lot of action. Strangely though there were nice hatches of upwinged flies but no reaction from the fish. Perhaps, after a harsh tail end to the winter, we were just too early this year. Not a bad weekend to reflect that fishing should be more than just about the fish with old friendships rekindled and new ones made.
Back on home waters I fished Durnford on the Avon last week and the Wey this week in anticipation of some Mayfly action. Durnford was tough with little evidence of rising fish and I fished the beat only casting to rising fish and ended up with a couple of Grayling and a solitary WBT, with a couple of ‘interested’ swirls. A very few Mayfly in evidence but I had success on a size 16 emerger pattern.
The Wey was a little more accommodating with more actively feeding fish at the surface. More Mayfly in evidence this time but again ignored by the trout. I ended up bringing five WBT to hand, again an emerger was the pattern of choice, in size 14 this time.
All pictures from the Wey...