Today was spent at Cheshire Fishing, once more practicing my fly fishing casting, tangling and swearing techniques as well as my “buying stuff from the tackle shop” tactics. (On the satellite photo above the “EFF’s” show the trout pools.) I’m happy to report that I actually caught two more trout on the fly although one of them was so deformed it looked like a spotted boomerang. Later in the afternoon I popped over to Lionel’s Tackle Shop to look at the MAP TKS 101 13M 2G Pole. More about that later.
To the fly fishing: I sort of wish I’d gone coarse fishing today simply because the weather ended up being outstandingly great, especially for early January. There was hardly a breath of wind and apart from the odd barely-felt sprinkle it stayed dry all day. But, I’d promised myself a 2nd day of practicing my fly casting and I also wanted to make sure that the one trout I caught a couple of days ago wasn’t a complete fluke.
Here’s the weird Boomerang Trout I caught today:
Apart from the weird shape it was in reasonable condition and obviously still feeding so I returned it to the water. One wonders how it got into that state in the first place. The other fish was a nicely conditioned rainbow, about 1.5lbs so not terribly large but when you’re still in single figures when it comes to Catching On The Fly any fish is a good one.This is his reaction to just having the hook removed. He was a lot happier when I returned him to the water.
Tomorrow I’m going to visit a fishery in North Wales, the beautiful-looking Llandegla Fishery.
Like Cheshire Fishing they give you the choice of Coarse or Fly Fishing. I might actually do both in one day if the weather is good enough. I will have all of my gear with me…that’s the 100lb of coarse gear and bait and the 3lb of fly rod and reel and accessories. Unlike Cheshire Fishing there is a highly rated cafe on site and I have a feeling that lunch there would give me the perfect natural break to switch from coarse to fly or vice-versa. The weather forecast (which I should learn never to trust) is set fair with no rain, some sunshine and light winds.