Today I finally got round to taking my dad to a localish still-water; this trip has been long over due, in fact it was originally talked about last season.
We fished at Earith trout lakes. The water in this 12 acre gravel pit is clear with extensive weed-beds lining the bottom. Arriving at one O'clock there was a pleasant westerly breeze forming a nice ripple. I could see fish rising and jumping all over the lake. I had plans to creep around the edges trying to stalk fish. I figured a lot of the flies in my fly-box - although river patterns - should do well enough for stalking. I had tied up a few buzzers as it would be foolish to fish a still-water without them. I saw many pond/lake olives, sedges and chironomids hatching, the odd trout were close enough for me to see them chasing and taking hatching flies.
|Not sure whether this is a lake or pond olive|
|My first blue trout|
|The DHE that caught all my fish today|
|The largest fish of the day|
The occasionally heavy down pour, one accompanied by lightening and thunder saw me retreat under the old mans umbrella, but otherwise a pleasant afternoon, especially catching all my fish off the surface.
|It rained hard at times|
I tied these ones on Daiichi 1167 Klinkhamer hooks and used Nature's Spirit Comparadun hair. I tied these as Rob Denson described in his T&S article, even without Rob's article I would have tied down the deer hair butts and covered them, it looks neater. You can find the Daiichi hooks here and the comparadun hair here, my only criticism of the comparadun hair is the light tips, there is a dyed medium dun available which may be more what I'd prefer.