Another Saturday ….another day on the Blyth.
After my last trip out the previous week , I decided to get out a little later as early morning seemed to be sleepy time for the fish last week, so 10 bells I arrived on the river, it was definitely milder at about 8°C and bright sunshine although there had been a localised frost on the fields just outside the farm which was slowly thawing by the look of it on the longer grass.
The river looked in great nick, after a dry-ish week it had dropped to what looked like Summer levels and was running pretty clear too.. happy days
I was set up with an orange hotspot GRHE on the point (weighted) and cochybhondu on the dropper. Second cast in at the streamy run at the farm and I had a pull but he was missed. I worked right through the farm stretch over the next 40 minutes or so and all was very quiet, no fish rising either.
Time to get upstream so out I climbed and walked up and above the viaduct. Fishing the nice wide pool where the big grayling are (I think) still no takes so I decided to fish the far side of this run, “high-sticking” the weighted flies on a very short line (no fly line on the water). Watching the end of the fly line for bites I noticed the line pull upstream, I lifted in to a fish, a nice grayling on the hotspot , a fish of about 8” or so. Not my favourite method of fishing but got the job done!!
I continued down through this run and the following pool and not a bite to be had. So I decided to change up and put a unweighted Cochybhondu on the point and a red tag on the dropper; feeling that the fish were sitting a bit high in the water.
Now in to the bush pool I took another couple of smaller Grayling on the Red Tag, this seemed to be doing the trick with a few more bites coming as well, seemingly the fish were indeed sitting a little bit higher in the water maybe with it being slightly warmer?
Now I was just 500 yards or so above the farm in the pool that has the nice run on the far side of the river this really is a cracking looking pool but generally one that I don’t do too well in, , running these flies through the eddying water on the far bank I took a nice grayling of about 7” on the Cochybhondu. Shortly after this I had a very solid take towards the end of this run, which I duly missed, so I decided to stick around on this run and was rewarded with another solid thump and a hook up this time.
I could tell instantly that this was a much better fish, he bore deep and held his own mid stream, I was sure that he was a big Grayling but as I got him closer to the net, I was astonished to see he was actually, a monster brownie….. well not quite a monster brownie but certainly a decent one of about 14” and maybe over a pound or so, really not sure if it was a stockie or a wild fish but his markings were beautiful, a quick snap taken of him in the net then off he went to fight another day
I fished back down to the farm taking another smallish grayling on a cochybhondu in the deep pool before the rapids and that was me for the day.
It was a fairly difficult day all in all, maybe I persevered too long with weighted flies when getting no action and should have changed up earlier, I must have ended up with 5 Grayling or so and that very nice brownie. And must have missed a similar amount of bites on my way downstream to the farm.. true to form!
Cochybhondu, Red Tag were the go to flies today , in fact red seemed to be the preferred colour of choice today in the clearer water