Good afternoon guys,
Fly-fishing is a magic way to recapture the rapture of solitude without the pangs of loneliness;
John D Voelker
It's time, the water temperature is on the up, a warm night, with a very light sw wind, giving me the chance to bring out the fly rod.
My track record hasn't been to great, but if anything , after each session I would have learnt a little more and put me on a fish at some point, accepting a blank gladly.
Low water was at 02:20 ish, and being just after neaps I was not to hopeful, but just the fact of wading in the water , rod in hand, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the night is good enough for me. The one time I can really feel at peace with the world.
Arrived at the mark 00:40am, My intention was to fish till low then home. As I made my approach, not a fish was sturring. Peeling off some line I started making blind casts just to get a feel for the rod again, but ever so slowly increasing my distance and pushing to find fish.
Just nothing was happening, altered my retrieve, nothing........ changed fly...... zip, zero.
A mate joined me later, who was fishing with lures, and not long after he arrived, he had a fish on............ ok, they are there but why I cant get a follow, then another fish he had.
40 mins to low, time was ticking, So I changed my fly, same as this but more black and red, lost my only one to the sea on the last forced cast lol, slightly heavier, and decided not to retrieve at all but to dead drift the fly........oh no........... stuck again, hang on....... literally, as this snag took off. Landing 50 bass. Well I never....... two simple things changed everything.
Next cast, same again, another 50 cm bass. well things are really looking up.
didnt take any photos after the first fish. being night setting up light and the comotion of coming out of the water, as I am 40byards ish away from the shore, mindful of the amount of time the fish being out of the water, I passed on the photos. Will try to figure out a way.
So releasing the fish, next cast a slightly smaller fish. Omg have I just done something that I though could be possible in my infancey of fly fishing.
Low was upon us, and 2 more fish graced the net. Before it went totally dead and i began to foam up the water with frantic casts, but then realizing that I have been blessed with five fish, and stopped.
Making my way home a very happy man, such a brilliant night/morning.
Thank you for reading, and wish you very tight lines if your out fishing.
The two best times to fish, is when its raining and when it ain't.
Patrick. F. McManus