I love a good coincidence story. When i started my Salmon quest back in September the water levels on the Ribble were high. I lost more than a few flying C’s on my first couple of trips but always had a hunch that i might be able to recover them. I’m happy to tell you that when the water levels dropped i picked up at least 6 flying c’s at least 3 of which belonged to me.
Whilst searching for my lost flying c’s I also had the good fortune to pick up a superbly tied Salmon/Sea trout fly which was embedded in a weed bed which only became visible when water levels were low. This fly (above) i considered to be an absolute cracker and wondered if it had been bought or tied at home. Sometimes you just have to look at a fly for it to instill you with a sense of inner confidence that it will work.
Well Matts blog looks as though its going to be a cracker, and another one that will be worth reading whenever its updated, so heres a link http://www.afishingblog.blogspot.com
My weekends fishing exploits were limited to a couple of biteless hours on the Irwell in Manchester City Centre. Even though river conditions were far from ideal, the lack of roach is becoming a concern. Last years 40lb bags of roach are nothing but a distant memory. Whilst cormorants may be responsible for splitting the large shoals, it seems as though theres hardly a fish in the river, maybe the fish have found new favoured areas to spend the winter, so i will have a few casts in different spots over Christmas.
Lastly, well done Phil-K for catching your first fish on a fly you tied yourself. I am saving this particular pleasure for the spring when the fly fishing season on rivers opens.
Thats some nice comments Mike. Thanks very much. Hope the fly brings you some luck. Merry Christmas!!
Yes great looking fly has a 20lb Salmon written all over it !!! Was looking on flebay for a spey rod mike spotted a very interesting one which went for just over £30 with postage 15ft 10/11# 4 section job may well be tempted will be getting some new Salmon hooks and whipping a few up nice n ready .
Looks like Im busy at work so may not see you before Christmas if not ”all the very best ”
Mike Duddy says
Yes, Matts fly looks so good it gets you dreaming, though i am going to stick to spinning for a while yet. Now i’ve gone and bought a big avon style rod, i can see myself ledgering lobworms on a sleeper rod, whilst i’m trotting for smaller stuff.
I am out tomorrow and either Friday or Saturday – i hope you can make it even if its just for an hour or two. I would love to take you on a little stream i know near my house.
Matthew Eastham says
Saw your mugshot in the T&S. My Dad still can't get over the size of your brownie…….
Great writing this past few months Mike, please keep it up.
Happy new year"