The exploits of a group of local fishermen and women exploring the art of river fishing on the River Wye, Herefordshire.
The trees are greening up by the moment. Always so lucky with the weather. The day was cloudy. It felt warm at 7am, with the temp around 11C but then the wind picked up slightly wo hours later and there was a chill in the air. The river depth was just under 1m and the water was crystal clear. Using a new fishing "tool", Chris measured the water temperature which registerd 15C. Just perfect for Wet Flies for Fly Fishing.
Despite all of the elements going for us, no fish were caught on the day. Both Panda and Chris lost a lure / wet fly to hungry fish. Sandy joined us around 10.30am with his lighter-than-air Orvis Fly Rod to join the fun. Arthur stopped by en route to do a bit of salmon fishing. He confirmed that if there were any salmon in the river that day, that Sarah would have caught them based on her line-in-the-water percentage. She was using a wooden toby (a.k.a. devon minnow) given to them by Mike. You've got to love the way the little lure glides thru the water.
All retired to the Red Lion Pub where a good time was had by all.
Great Sunday on the river, Beat 3 above (towards Beat 2) Cox Comb. The weather was mild with a slight breeze. Light rain had been predicted from 9am onwards but as luck would have it there was a little drizzle for only 30 minutes. That was it. The river was clear, 1m in depth.
Rob arrived on the river just before us. It was great to have a quick chat before selecting our respective beats.
We all tried fly fishing, both single and double-handed rods. Chris tested some new flies that he bought. A March Spider and Olive Dun Fly. He hooked three 4-inch trout.
Panda lost a "big one" with the double-handed rod.
Sarah went back to using a lure after exhausting myself with the double-handed rod and caught an 8-ounce trout on a lure. The Kingfisher pin is back to Sarah. Chris' turn next week.
Always fish into the wind as the saying goes. We decided to fish the ponds because the river came up 1 metre over night to a height of 2.5m. It was muddy and fast, not good for fishing at all. We collectively decided to fish the ponds and were pleased to see groups of six to eight good-sized carp pairing up for spawning. They were moving so gently but suddenly disappeared into the deeper water when someone, who will remain nameless, stretched her arms out to describe the size several of the fish.
We did fish into the wind but did not catch a "sausage". The day was overcast, with no wind and a warmth in the air.
Bacon sarnies with out first cup of coffee made us all smile as we agreed we were in "paradise".
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!