I’m often asked what flys to use early season .
The obvious old favorites come to mind , hares ears , phesent tailed nymph and the hawthorn fly.
The hawthorn fly is a curious choice as it has nothing to do with the water but with a slight breeze it is blown on the river in its droves and trout soon switch on and take the dry vigorously. When fishing this fly I try not to use floatent as its meant to look waterlogged and disheveled.
Don’t forget to put mends in your fly line as to much drag ruins the presentation. You can read books all day on how to slow drift to be the same pace as the current but nothing beats practice and allow your self time to add your mends before your fly covers the rising trout.
As May fades away Brook Dunns will appear especially on the lower stretches i.e. Linz ford and above.
These wonderful flys look like small May flys and tend to hatch mid day for an hour or so.
Then depending on the weather we end May and enter June when the May fly hatches start.
Ian the membership secretary swears that trout take at least a week to switch on to these floating lunches but once they do its not uncommon to have trout rise to nearly every cast.

The last weeks rain has freshened the river up and the river fishes best with a touch of colour in it. If the rain stays with us and the river continues to rise , head upstream below the reservoir as that’s nearly always fishable when the rest of the river is out of fettle.

You park in the lay-by just before Eddys bridge by the chicken farm and fish down stream crossing over before the water gauge onto the left hand bank looking down stream. You cross over again as you reach Bells wood then tend to stay on the left hand bank to crooked oak. The best way is to just go and fish it with a mate as breaking an ankle up their on your own is not recommended.

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tight lines, Alan


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