Over the course of the last week the lack of sunlight and lower temperatures renewed my faith in my own ability to catch Rainbow Trout on the fly. Armed with a selection of flies carefully selected after reading the angling reports in â€˜Trout Fishermanâ€™ I embarked on three fishing trips across the north of England.
After stocking up with ample supplies of Black Buzzerâ€™s, Catâ€™s Whiskers, Daddy Longlegs, Orange Fritz, Sedges and Damselâ€™s I thought I couldnâ€™t fail. I got a few tips from Sport Fishing at FinTalk.com. After all, ninety percent of the successful fly fisherman over the past month seemed to have used one of these patterns with success. Whereas the ten pound monster that I crave may remain elusive I was confident that this colourful portfolio of fly fishing patterns would at the very least return a brace pre venue, and maybe just one bag limit.
The three venues for the week were the two highly regarded Northumberland fly fishing venues of Sweethope Loughs, Langley Dam plus the compact Clay Lane Farm Fishery in Cheshire. Each three trips went in exactly the same way:
Firstly, upon checking the catch returns at each fishery the last few days had proved successful for almost all anglers. Most anglers had got lucky with a Catâ€™s Whisker retrieved slowly below the surface, a Black Buzzer left static or a Daddy Longlegs with a frequent injection of life.
All three sessions covered the afternoon until dusk fishing sessions. All three sessions had different wind conditions. All three sessions had ideal conditions with a slight ripple on the water and the occasional plentiful rise. In all three instances I tried everything from an Adams to a Zulu fishing fly. In all three occasions anglers around me were pulling in many fish, the best of which was seven pounds plus at Sweethope Loughs. In each of the three occasions I caught nothing.
I am devastated. Over the past week I have spent the equivalent of a whole day thrashing the water. I have travelled hundreds of miles, spent over fifty pounds and caught bugger all. Self doubt has since crept in and I am beginning to wonder what I need to do to catch Rainbow Trout on the fly?
Rather than blame the fishery, as many a fly fisherman is prone to do, I laid the blame firmly at my own soggy feet.
Iâ€™ve asked my mates who assure me that my casting, varied retrieves and patterns selection are fine. I Even though of sending an email to Silvey’s Fly Fishing Service. They were no use. Whether out of politeness or a due to a confidence that only a friend can understand when they know they are better than their mate at their favourite pastime, they didnâ€™t give me any help, hope or meanigful advice.
With nowhere else to turn, and an increasing sense of desperation, I turn to you. What are your tips, what can you suggest to turn around the worst barren spell since I first picked up a fly fishing rod twenty years ago?