- I am reasonably good at spotting fish but Andreas was better. I think the fact that his Polaroid sun glasses had side shades gave him an advantage. I have never bothered to fit mine side shades but I will now.
- He knew the river far better than me and where the fish's favourite feeding locations were.
- He prioritised the nearest fish, crouched forward and really focused on them and what they were doing.
- If fish were not seen to be actively feeding he left them after a few casts and moved on.
- He used a longer leader than I, say around 12 feet.
- He used smaller flies than I, sixteens and eighteens.
- He was constantly watching the fly life around, both above and on the water.
- If there was no top of the water activity he switched to nymphing.
- When the sedge were hatching he used F- flies, little V shaped CDC flies in brown or black.
- As the evening drew to a close and activity on the deeper water slowed down he moved us to the faster riffles where there was lots of surface activity.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Chalk Stream Fly Fishing Masterclass
Yours truely on the chalk
Because I do so many different kinds of fly fishing I tend to be a "Jack of all and master of none". Now I am retired I am keen to improve my chalk stream performance because being a member of the Salisbury and District Angling Club (SADAC) I have, for a reasonable annual subscription, access to a lot of lovely water and beautiful fish. Acknowledging that local knowledge is king and having not fished the club waters for several months I decided to pay a visit to the office and seek the guidance of the Fishery Manager, Andreas. After we had swapped a few stories and discussed ways of avoiding backache while fishing he advised me where to fish adding that he would be there later himself.
So later that afternoon I got to fish with Andreas and it turned out to be a master class on how to outwit the fish and catch. Here is a summary of the key things I learnt:-
It was a privilege to have fished with an expert who so willingly shared his knowledge.
The reward a pretty brown
Searching for bigger fish under the trees
A stripped and twisted willow twig makes a handy fish carrying handle!