A lovely morning at Chalk Springs

4 nice fish all on different fly on what turned out to be a lovely Sunday morning despite gloomy weather reports.

The first fish (a nice 3.5lb brown) took a dry hopper from the North Lake. The other Rainbows took Daiwl Bachs, red and green plus onother on a PT nymph.

Mullet on the fly

And yet another tonight. This one took a “polar fly” on the third cast of the evening. The fish took the fly, I struck and he was on. It then shot out of the river, up in the air and landed on the bank. I walked over to pick it up and it flipped its way back in the water and shot off. Luckily I was still holding the rod and managed to play it back to the net after about 5 mins and here is the very fish.  You just never know what is going to happen when you hook a Grey Mullet but a scrap is almost certainly on the cards.

A nice three pounder

Where are the Bass? It looks so good


Another blank on the Adur this morning. This was my third fly fishing outing in a week. At this time year we should be picking up schoolies at least. The season as still to kick off inside the estuary as far as the fly fishing concerned. In spite of temperatures rising and continued settled weather the bass are just not there in there numbers. The low tides of last week seemed hopeful but only produced a few schoolies after many hours fishing. Has anyone else had any luck?

Tight lines Howie  


Bass fly fishing on th River Adur Estuary

  The very cold winter has kept the water temperatures down and so the fish have stayed well off shaw in the deeper warmer layers. Even the boat fishermen have been struggling.  It was the last evening of the last day in May till I caught my first  Bass on the fly. What a cracking fish to kick off the season.  It weighed in at 3.7lbs and what a scrap.  It was my 15th last cast of the evening and I had almost given up. Then the line tightened. I instinctively strip-striked and felt it was a decent fish and raised the rod and he was on.  The fish took an "Howie’s eel" one of my home tied sand eel patterns.