I’m sure the odd brave sole who has ventured onto the river early season may have caught that first elusive trout but it’s far to cold for me. I will wait a couple of weeks for spring to kick in before wetting a line, mind you looking at the weather forecast it may be sometime.
It appears global warming has passed the River Derwent by, but I’m sure as soon as that temperature gauge starts rising so will the trout and the season will kick off .
All is not lost as I’ve been tying flies by the dozen, mostly traditional patterns and some with a few modern twists. TRIGGER points seem to be the in thing at present, a bead or a hot spot a touch of flash or a fluorescent tail I’ve tied the lot. But to be honest the best wet river fly is called the (bed bug) named after its creator Ian Colborne our current membership secretary . How does he make it , I haven’t a clue, ask him when you see him on the river but don’t be disappointed if all you get in reply is a smile and the shake of his head, he will offer you the fly out of his box but not the recipe as some secrets are worth keeping.
For me the best dry fly is the olive Jingler, a scotish fly that was a big secret for many years but a close second is the F fly an old favourite of mine. Once the fish have moved out of the deep water into the more oxygenated faster flows nothing beats the duo method.
This method fishes well in pocket water and last season I watched Ian fishing this thin water on the duo down stream of the new foot bridge at Shotley grove. In a hundred and fifty yards he hooked over twenty trout and grayling in water 99% of fisherman simply walk by, it was a joy to watch and that’s the day he got the nickname the fish whisperer. A joke between two friends (of course) and we laugh about it still but watching Ian that day he was definitely doing something right.