There are obviously plenty of the sea runners around at the moment - they noisily made their presence felt in numerous pools - but I didn't expect to come into contact with them whilst nymphing for trout in broad daylight. So when I tightened into a sideways dart of the leader midway up the second pool, to be greeted by a heavy fish kiting strongly in the current, I assumed I was into a good brownie.
With my abysmal recent record of losing the better fish I've hooked, I was very eager to avoid any mishap. A tense five minute battle ensued, but eventually the fish was in the net. Not a brownie at all, but a sea trout of 2lb! Amazingly, another followed a few casts later - a bright school fish of 1lb 4oz (above). Both fish found a size 14 gold caddis to their liking.....and left me scratching my head.
The rest of the evening was pleasant enough although the sport was hardly scintillating. With buddy Rob accompanying me, we gave the water a thorough going over with dries, nymphs and wets, for little return until last light.
The water was about spot on - 11" up and carrying a slight beery tinge and early on the nymphs proved most effective. I had a couple of nice trout and a brace of 10" grayling interspersed with numerous sprots.
Rob's persistance with the Griffith's gnat came to fruition late on when 4 good fish were plundered from a nice looking foam line on the edge of darkness.
In between, he managed to add a forth species to our tally. Pulling a sedge back across a back-eddy, a large swirl halted the flies progress and Rob was suddenly attached to a decent fish. Brief thoughts of another sea trout were soon dispelled though, when the fight petered out and a large pair of lips appeared gasping at the surface - the culprit was a pristine chub.
Very little insect activity tonight - a few b-wo spinners late on, but not enough to really inspire a rise. This seems to be a common theme this summer. After good early hatches of large dark olives hereabouts, co-ordinated hatches have been decidedly thin on the ground.