No. 2 – Fishing Tips

26 May 2015 | Paul Procter

Patience Is a Virtue
In truth, few fly fishers relish the thought of casting into the wind, especially when employing dry-fly tactics. Worst of all, though, is a whistling downstream gale, which instantly lifts emerging flies clear of danger, leaving the trout scratching their heads as to where lunch has gone. In a bid to find shelter, I headed well up the Dale where trees provided something in the way of comfort. Here, refuge could be sought on a narrow stream that twisted and turned to every compass point.

A few Olive Uprights put on a brave face, and hard on their heels came rising fish. Many flies were being ushered into foam lanes, tight to the margins. Blown over and partially swamped, they became easy pickings for trout, which patrolled the slack edges, picking off these unfortunate naturals. 

For my part, the usual cat-and-mouse antics followed, as I waited for a fish to present itself. This always seems longer with numb hands and a dewdrop on the end of your snout! Yet, you can’t go rushing in for fear of alarming trout. Instead, it’s wise to sit back, wait, and pick your moment. Success is never guaranteed, but I strike when a fish shows a couple of times in quick succession, so you have a pretty good idea of its whereabouts and direction of travel.   

Naturally there were a few bundled casts, yet enough found their mark for me to tangle with some notable trout. Best of all, I managed to christen my new 8-foot Superfine Carbon rod. Granted, it would not be your first choice for flinging flies into a keen nor’easter, but few can fault this full-flexed wand when it comes to levering a defiant fish out of a tight spot!

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