I always seem to go down to the lake in the evenings or afternoons. I had a few full days early season but no mornings for a long time. The past few afternoon sessions have been tough but looking in the returns book there have been some good catches in the mornings so today I decided to go down early (ish).
There were plenty of fish charging around but most of them were out towards the middle of the lake out of casting range so after an hour or trying to fling a line out as far as possible I decided to take out the club boat for a trial run. I’ve thought about taking the boat out a few times before but never actually got round to it. Today, with a good few hours in front of me I decided to give it a try. Apart from having to drag it across the grass from its storage shed and pull it up and down the bank it was a lovely morning bobbing about on the water.
I tied up to a buoy near to a lot of fish activity, tied on a fry pattern and a black/red buzzer and enjoyed a very active few hours fishing. Fish were just below the surface cruising round and going for shoals of fry. I saw a huge group of trout go past the boat a few times, there must have been at least 20 or so in the group! Action was pretty frantic with fish going for the fry when pulled fast and taking the buzzer and fry pattern when fished very slowly. I missed a LOT of takes and grabs and had 4 fish come off, one of which was a huge lump that broke my line when it got tangled in some weed.
In the end I had 7 fish to the boat and a lot of fun with the fry chasers. It’s nice to finally see the lake come back into action and I’ll definitely be doing some more mornings over the coming weeks. It was also nice to talk to a few more members. Normally I only see 1 or 2 people but there were a fair few down there this morning.
General conditions – Cloudy with occasional sun.
Wind direction – Eastery
Flies that worked – Black buzzer, fry patterns – Cats Whisker, floating fry.