Cracking conditions for a bit of autumnal top of the water fishing… mild, overcast, light wind. Ed Green and I set out, both tackled up with dries. We started up the top end, and worked our way down the water. Action was very slow, however, with just the occasional offer, and the rainbows among them were all, to borrow a cricket term, ‘playing and missing’. The wild brownies were a little more cooperative, though all undersized. We were seeing very little in the way of insect life to get the fish excited.
Finally, Ed stuck to a rainbow on a foam daddy, and I stuck to one on a deer-hair emerger, only for the fly to come off in one of those unexplained knot failure type puzzles. And that was it for our boat. I gave a slow glass and damsel set-up a go, but it did nothing.
Our low catch was repeated across the rest of the club, with nothings and ones for everyone, except for Dougie Skedd, who had 2 on black and red dries, and star of the day, Gary Heseltine, who had 3 on boobies and sinking line at the dam.
The club’s 12 rods landed 11 rainbows.