THE weather’s been a bit all over the place. It’s gone from shorts and T-shirt back to scraping the car in the morning and flurries of snow to start the week.
The general rise in pressure and temperatures should make it a good weekend for fishing even if it’s a bit damp, though.
I’m going to try to get out on the lake this weekend so I’ve been checking in on the boatyard webcam and the lake blog for a heads-up on conditions and catches.
The mild conditions at the end of March and higher water temps seem to be helping to get the fish more active, with surface- feeding trout being picked up on the dries and good numbers of reported fish being caught on the washing line method, showing that they are higher up in the water.
While the lake is a big bit of water and fish are being caught all over, one set of anglers said they were spotting birds swooping and targeting those areas.
If you’ve ever been out on a boat trip at sea, you know the skipper will use the gulls to track bait fish and hopefully the shoals below them.
On big waters trout anglers can do the same by following flocks of house martins picking off hatching insects.
Fingers crossed the fish are feeding too.
The washing line is a great way of targeting fish high up in the water column, normally by using two boobies or buoyant foam patterns as posts that you hang imitative nymphs or buzzers in between, which keeps them in the taking zone longer.
My casting isn’t really up to fishing four flies. I’ll tend to use a single foam pattern on the point and the tip of my floating line as the other post.
As you retrieve the line you also raise the dropper patterns towards the surface, mimicking a hatching insect.
I’ve had fish appear from nowhere to nail the dropper as I’ve started to move them. My go-tos are a popper hopper or a white cat booby, fished fairly static with occasional slow draws or sharp pulls to pop the top pattern to draw fish in and raise the dropper patterns.
It can be an absolutely deadly method on the right day.
I struggle to fish static nymphs or the bung from a boat, but watching the point pattern like a dry stops me putting off the trout by being too active.
Weather or not, I’ll be out, waterproofs on, flask full and hopefully a fish or two hung out on the line.
Fish of the week
This week’s Fish of the Week winner is Kenny sichi with his sparkling spey salmon. it took a small black and yellow monkey tube fly then ran up
and down the pool for 25 minutes before the ghillie managed to net it. A new PB caught and safely returned. Kenny said: “The fight was fantastic and i’ll never forget that first take. Everything about the fish was perfect.”
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