It’s still early in the year for evening fishing, but beggars can’t be choosers and my best chance of getting on to the water at the moment is after work on a Friday. Nevertheless a fine evening’s sport was had and I managed to get some good photos which would have been nice, if I hadn’t just accidentally erased them from my camera……
I wasn’t expecting a rise tonight and I didn’t get one - any activity would have ceased before I arrived at the river. There was however, a huge emergence of grannom sedge after 7pm. My wader legs were covered in them as I stood in shin deep water and as I watched closely, I could see that they were egg-bearing females; one by one they crawled down my legs and into the water to deposit their loads on the river bed. I was pleased to see them - they seem to me to have become more scarce in these parts over the last few years.
That was about it for insect activity. A few dark olive spinners were in evidence and an odd olive upright dun floated down past me, but my efforts for the evening would be concentrated on fishing a pair of nymphs up through the likely looking pools.
The Eden has had a lift this week after overnight rain on Wednesday and Thursday and was running a few inches up and with a nice peaty tinge. I immediately felt confident I would be able to odge out a few fish; and so it proved, although the majority were out of season grayling with the best a spawned out cock of around a pound and a half.
I finished up 3 fish to 6 in favour of the grayling - slightly surprising for a beat where I have rarely encountered them in the past. The fox squirrel nymph was the successful fly, with couple late on to spiders.