What with the Covid restrictions, it’s not looking like I’ll be escaping to warmer climes this winter. So ( plan B ) I just joined one of my local course fishing clubs. Mainly to open up my wild fishing opportunities and explore some different waters of Sussex. On expedition 3 – out walking another stretch of my local river took me to a overgrown and challenging section of the upper Adur. Firstly, I walked the whole stretch as a reccie then dropped in for a cast wherever I could get in. After a few hours of no bites, follows or fish movement, I scrambled down a steep bank to make a final (hero’s) cast downstream to a likely lie. I mended the line and on my first strip back of the fly all hell broke loose and an almighty scrap began on a piece of river maybe 2m wide. After heart stopping jumps, powerful runs (this is the fish by the way not me) a beautiful 14lb pike slid into my net. Took ages for me to stop shaking after an encounter I’ll never forget. The fly I used was a Flashtail Whistler tied onto about 2m of 25lb fluorocarbon leader and a clear intermediate fly line on my #8 saltwater rod. I find this setup not only stealthy but easier to turnover large, heavy flies. You can find tying instructions on YouTube. Great looking fly and nice to tie. Make it as big as you are able to throw.
Had a quick session on the Adur last night for Mullet. I fished with 2 flies. A Romeys Shrimp on the point and a Mud Shrimp Pattern as a dropper. With lots of Thick Lip Mullet to cast at I soon had a take. After a long hard scrap I landed a nice 3lb fish then hooked but lost another. Interesting, both fish took the Mud Shrimp
Lucky to get this hard fighting fish on the 2nd cast using a Red Tag Shrimp fly. One of Colin Macleods successful patterns for Grey Mullet.
When the summer heat really hits and the trout don’t want to play then there is always carp on the fly to fall back on. They are fantastically powerful. And to see a fish take your fly off the surface and if you get the timing right with the strike you are in for a fight to remember. Went to Newdigate farm lakes this (very hot) morning with an old buddy Paul Slawson. A new venue for us but we managed to get a few fish in spite of the heat. My best fish below. 🙂
Luckily I can step out my back door onto the Adur estuary to enjoy and keep an eye on the river. In spite of lots of paddles boarders and kayaks I still managed to land one fish and dropped a couple more.
Incredible morning’s fishing in the middle of a damsel hatch. Very picky fish only wanting hatching damsel nymphs. Until I found the right fly, right line, right depth to fish the fly. Then it was none stop action with mainly brown trout coming to the net. But managed a nice rainbow trout which I intend to smoke for dinner later.
From Wednesday 13th May the government are allowing most angling to resume and to get back out there and enjoy our sport. Most fisheries are reopening this week but we must adhere to their rules and distancing measures. As you will know, If safe, one can also return to work so I am pleased to announce that Fly Fishing Sussex.Com will resume business from 1st June. With that, I am ready and taking bookings for fly fishing tuition. Also guiding at some fisheries that are allowing guests. For those who have already paid for a session or purchased a voucher for someone please get in touch to make a reservation, But obviously with safe distancing and please supply your own mask if you wish? I will be supplying cleaned equipment as usual but please feel free to bring your own. Email for booking or inquiries
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A welcome break in the weather today so I managed to get back to my lakes after being away for some time. With lots of rain of late it as been virtually unfishable anyway. The wash of the off the Downs had clouded the water somewhat so decided to give the trout something highly visible. I tied on a bright blob to get attention followed by a flashy wooly bugger. The hi-viz team worked almost straight away and landed a nice brown. Within a couple of hours, 2 more larger browns and a really hard fighting blue trout came to the net.
A cold but dry Sunday morn allowed a couple of hours on the water to wet a line. Lots of shy takes to begin with before locking onto a couple of good browns. Best fish, 3lbs