After the big freeze its great to be back on the water again with clients and catching fish and what a great day to begin the new season. Experienced pole fishermen Andrew had very kindly been bought by his good lady an excellent Greys outfit and was keen to start his fly fishing career with a lesson or two. We decided on Kilnsey Park as our venue and after meeting up and loading up lines on reels etc we got cracking.
The great thing about teaching coarse anglers is their water craft is generally already in place and it became clear that once we got the casting going that Andrew would be into fish fairly quickly.
Despite being early season a decent midge hatch kicked off about 12.00, so on went the dry flies and with the excellent water clarity we could see rainbows drifting upto the fly at which point they would turn away. Now Andrews turnover of the fly was impro-
ving he was raising fish steadily away and a change to a smaller size 16 parachute resulted in his first trout on the fly. With Andrews dinner now secured we went for a quick brew to warm up and then back to the water where we switched to a small black buzzer. Just as Andrew took the rod a big fish cruised into view maybe 45 feet from us. Line was pulled quickly from the reel and Andrew nailed a perfect cast and dropped the fly a foot ahead of the fish. I screamed "STRIKE" and Andrew bent the rod into a big Golden Trout, which posed for the camera before being slipped back. Great job Andrew and remember keep firing that backcast high!