After a long break from the river and cabin fever had well and truly set in, we managed several hours on our club water on the Welsh Dee. Its been a long while since we were last out mainly due to the high levels and I had to endure a four week holiday in Australia!!. Ah well that does seem a long time ago, but back to reality and with the temperature just above freezing we were both itching to get out.
The several hours fishing were just awesome, Grayling taking spiders and various nymph patterns fished with a variety of methods. The stresses of returning to work after a long break were soon forgotten as I hit into my first fish, I had initially set up with a French Leader and a couple of nymphs as always topped with a Tungsten bead, but changing the size of fly as the level dictated. Eventually towards the end of the day I put on the heavy metal to try and winkle out the bigger Lady's fished Czech style.
No such "modern" methods for the old chap, as he chose to fish through the runs with several spider patterns, the classic Partridge & Orange, Water Hen Bloa proved there worth. "Spiderman" as he was known for the day had taken inspiration from a recent book purchase. 'A Guide to North Country Flies & How to tie them' by Mike Harding. Its a great guide in how to tie over 100 classic spider patterns.
A great day! , it was good to go fishing again.