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  1. I was out fishing on a warm Saturday afternoon recently with my son. He is not a Fisherman and we spent part of the morning with a casting session. Now, I am not a qualified coach, so it was not a casting lesson as such. But I think I know enough to show him the rudiments of casting. He seemed to pick up enough tips so that he could cast a fairly long line on grass and when we progressed to the river, he managed quite well. The line landed quite softly and not with a splash.

    We moved to a large lake in the afternoon. As we approached our preferred position, we could see some fish moving in the ripple. Unfortunately, we were casting into the wind and I was concerned that might affect our casting. I prefer to fish into the wind, because that pushes the food into the bank, hence the fish follow the food source.

    On an early cast I connected to a very fit Rainbow, with a fly I had only tied that morning (long green nymph). It jumped a couple of times, took an unhealthy interest in the fly and decided to keep it, as it swam off towards the middle of the lake. That was the only solid contact either of us had. We had some more tentative takes on a variety of patterns, that favourite green nymph, a black lure (tadpole like), black PTN and orange blob, well on the bottom.

    It had been an enjoyable afternoon and we both enjoyed it. He enjoyed it, especially, as his casting improved as the session went on , he'd made some contact with fish and he's looking forward to a repeat visit, later in the summer.

  2. Have you noticed the warm summer we are having at the moment?

    Well, I'm still waiting for the warm days to re-appear. I have seen a few Mayflies on the wing, but not sufficient to get the fish energised. In fact, the Trout appear to be ignoring the large flies on the surface. Instead, they are still preoccupied with sub-surface nymphs, which is good news as I enjoy taking them just under the surface. I saw a fish follow a black PTN the other day, take it momentarily, then eject it!

    Roll on summer and surface fishing. Maybe I will have to wait until Autumn and the Crane flies to arrive.

  3. I fished my other 'Club' fishery recently and this was an entirely different matter to earlier in the month. This water is a large (25 acre) former gravel pit that has been attractively managed with fly catching trees and rushes fringing the daffodil strewn banks. The water is relatively clear (there are some resident carp) and the bottom is clearly seen at the edges of the lake. The wind had been blowing quite steadily all day and when I arrived, it was fairly breezy along one bank. But, I decided to start here, reckoning that the wind would blow any food in this direction. I was correct in that assumption!

    Fish were moving in the ripple. It was difficult to tempt them to take any fly. I learnt later that buzzers were successful, but not for me.

    It was later in the afternoon, that I moved over to the far bank and fishing calmer water that I encountered some activity. Earlier I had seen Alder fy on the bank and my CdC Daddy looked remarkably like an adult Alder when sitting on the water. As I retrieved the fly, I saw a great big nose come up and attack the fly. I struck, but there was nothing there. So, either the fish was short sighted, or annoyed by this large presence and wanted to frighten it away, or I reacted too soon.

    I know it sounds far fetched! but casting again in the same general area elicited no further response. It was raining, getting windier so time to pack up and plan the next foray.

  4. Well, I started my fishing this year on April Fool's Day! I don't usually start on the first day of the normal season, but I was fishing a new venue this year and eager to get out. This venue comprises two small lakes (~1-1.5 acres each) and one much larger lake (several acres). I started on the larger of the small lakes and standing on a high bank, could see fish milling about under the surface. I could not distinguish the shapes of them but they were there, advertising their presence by swirls under the surface. I cast out one of my 'new' black pheasant tail nymphs (12) and on the second cast was rewarded with a take. But the fish took an exceptional liking to the fly and decided to keep it and we parted company, albeit too quickly for my liking.

    However, a new fly tied on, this time a more conventional PTN, and cast into the same area rewarded my perseverance with a very fit Rainbow. A second and third fish fish followed soon after, to similar flies and I ended my first visit with a creditable catch of three very fit and plump rainbows.