Despite staying way too late at the Point to Point we were on the river by 7am, fishing per usual. It was tranquil. Panda caught a Shad and lost several. Sandy has been joining us regularly to fly fish. Doreen then comes along. Plus Arthur. It was quite a social morning.
We are so lucky with the weather and the river. River depth was .6m above normal. The water was clear but cold @ 13C. Last week the river temp was warmer @ 16C. Full sun with a little bit of cloud around noon and light breeze.
We fished the lower end of beat 3, towards beat 4. Panda is getting quite good at fishing with the double-handed fly rod. Chris and Sandy are looking good with the lighter weight fly rod, using a March Brown. Sarah used Devon Minnow lures.
Panda lost two fish. Sarah caught a nice little Shad, beautiful. It weighted about 1.5 pounds. Beautiful colour. Photo attached. Sorry about the fingers. That increases her different species of fish caught on the River Wye to 13. Amazing! Sarah gets to keep the Kingfisher badge for another week.
Panda did a recce up the river to Beat 2 and viewed a clutch of barbel idling in the clear water of the river bank with one lovely salmon nearby. A perfect cast between the barbel and salmon caused Mr Salmon to inspect but not take the lure. Exciting to see such beautiful fish from a distance.
Doreen now comes to the river with Jan. Paul stopped down too for coffee and then Rob stopped by for a chat and to report that he caught a lovely 12-pound salmon on a fly. We are going to have to buy a Kingfisher-bus to transport our "fans".
New favourite hobby is fishing on the River Wye. Caught 10 species in my first fishing season; ranging from barbel, chub, dace, eel, gudgeon, grayling, salmon, trout on the River Wye and extending to common carp and mirror carp on Oakchurch ponds. We three Kingfishers go fishing every Sunday morning, starting at 6am in the summer and now 7am in the winter. The weather has been dry, sunny and calm except for one rainy Sunday in September and then the snow on December 10th 2017, which was very challenging with 10" of snow on the ground at 5am and still coming down. We persevered to get to the river and then fished for our normal five hours before retiring to the Red Lion Pub to everyone's amazement that we braved the elements. I managed to catch two lovely graylings which made it all worth while. We do have fun!