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Mayfly fishing at its best

 

 

 

 

 

MAYFLY FISHING AT ITS BEST

 

 

 

 

The Cotswolds is not generaly regarded as the premier river trout fishery in the country but at the moment , with the rain having brought the water levels up and the Maytfly coming off it is making a strong case for itself

 

Yesterday I had the good fortune with a friend of mine to be able to fish 3 rivers

 

The Windrush, the Coln and the Bristol Avon at Charlton Park

 

All with there different characteristics

 

The Windrush was not in the best form with an intermittent hatch and no trout coming up

 

It had the air of a fishery where the trout were full but something might happen later in the day

 

I had the good fortune to take 3 small wild fish before fishing a wild peice of water beyond and over an old barb wire fence

 

Here a few fish were moving and my friend had first go but missed the rises

 

The water was left for a while before I went back more in hope than expectation

 

This was soon raised as a huge fish chased my skating Dry wulf under the surface but it didnt take

 

Eventually I saw it move again and had to cast down stream and across to reach it giving the line a mend

 

A huge head instantly appeared and follwed the fly down stream  ages before slowly putting it in its mouth

 

This was a difficult position to be in as a strike would tear the hook away from the fish so I just let the line tighten

and she was on

 

The water was deep but narrow and fast with trees across the water below me and I was in no position to follow

 

Stalemate between the monster and my 3 weight ensued for ages

 

It felt like I had hooked the bottom but it was slowly moving

 

Up and down it went for 5 minutes before it rolled on the surface and then shot down stream like a rocket into the tree

 

Giving it slack it stopped and slowly came back up

 

Coming close to edge and with the fish not at all tired I managed to get its head up and as it turned back down it swam into the waiting net

 

it measued 52 cm or 23 inches and I reckon around 5 to 6 lb

 

Pictures are here but there was only a phone camera it it was very quickly returned to the river in the net to recover as who wants to harm such a specimen

 

 

 

The fishing slowed down after that and a move to the Coln  showed fish moving all over the place to Mayfly

 

But could you catch one?

 

As soon as your fly landed they were gone

 

an hour of struggling and one fish later it was time to fish the evening at Charlton Park Fishery

 

A fish on the first cast soon confirmed we had made the right decision

 

These are all wild fish but several went 1 and half pounds and put up epic struggles in the small river, still flowing clear and fast

 

 

It was time for a beer at the end of a great day.

 

 

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