|A good Sea Trout|
|Nick's first time on the Double Hander|
It was good to see some total beginners coming for lessons this month, as well as being able to catch up with a few regulars who have been to me several times now and have really moved on with their casting. After all these years, it still gives me a real buzz to witness these improvements in people and to know that I have been instrumental in this process. Nick on the left did a great job getting to grips with the Double Hander for the first time and Jeff below, who is a regular visitor, is now becoming very proficient with his casting and fishing techniques.
|Some nice casts from Jeff|
It has to be said though, that although the ultimate goal is to catch fish, it is also nice to be able to finish your day's fishing knowing that your casting and fishing techniques were not only on song, but were also very enjoyable, regardless of the outcome. "That's what fishing is all about".
I visited N. Ireland again this month for our annual trip to the Irish International Fly Fair (held in Killyleagh) as part of the AAPGAI demonstration team in association with APGAI Ireland. The show is not only attended by avid fly fishers, but also by a variety of excellent fly dressers from all around the world, many of whom (strangely enough) also happen to fly fish. A great show, and one worth visiting if you get the chance, oh, and the odd pint of Guinness may be consumed in the evenings too.
|David Playing a trout in the fading light|
Back home on the Eden the trout fishing remained steady and continued to produce better results later in the evenings as the light began to fade. If you are prepared to go out during these periods then good sport can be had. That said, we have also had some good results throughout the day when conditions are overcast, although it is generally during the calmer spells when the wind decides to drop from time to time that this occurs, when once again the dry fly has come into it's own.
Spiders continue to prove less effective, only producing the odd fish here and there. However, given the opportunity when conditions are right, there is nothing more satisfying than watching a dry fly on the surface, as the light begins to fade, and your concentration is at it's peak, trying to focus on your dry as it disappears into the darkness, often striking at the "shlup" noise as a trout takes a "real" fly in the general area where you think your artificial may be. Eventually you have to accept the fact that it is simply too dark to carry on!
Gold and silver headed nymphs have also produced in the pocket waters of the faster runs, as Pam found out, (pictured Left) as she proceeded to catch her very first Brown Trout on a Pheasant Tailed Nymph (PTN). Pam also lost a better fish prior to this and had a few chances too, not bad for a first attempt, especially as this was on very low water with intermittent bright conditions. "Nice one Pam". I should add that she did all of this whilst successfully executing the circle cast for the very first time too.
|Returning an Evening Brown|
|"Nice one Pam"|
|Steve playing his first Rainbow|
|The End Result|
Borderlines days for youngsters continued in July with another successful day, this time out on the West coast of Cumbria during the School holidays in the form of a have a go session for youngsters of all ages, and they caught a few fish too.
|CAA Member's Session|