With the river continuing to fall, albeit slowly, hopes were high for my morning trip to the river yesterday. It was a perfect height at 1.35m to fish the fly without any weed issues. I tackled up with a 13# 8 weight and a medium sinking head on the multi tip line. The fly of choice was a small Snaelda tube with a tungsten cone head. Amazingly as I lifted off to re cast after my first cast a fish swirled at my feet.
I covered the spot again and it was taken by a small but very fresh Sea Trout. A good start to the day and it was just gone six am. As I worked my way down river i approached the spot where we expect to find a Sea Trout or two. I was not to be disappointed, as the fly swung over the pool tail it stopped, then the fish took off and launched itself high in the air shaking its head frantically, it looked like a nice fish. After a few minutes of tearing around and more airborne antics i managed to land a nice Sea Trout of about 4 1/2 lb. After releasing the fish i worked over the pool tail again but there were no further offers.
I worked down to the next pool where I would expect to find a fish. There is an overhanging willow on the inside of the bend with a very deep but small pocket underneath it. It always looks fishy but I haven't seen a fish in there for a couple of years.
Once the fish slowed down i tightened the drag. As my passage to follow the fish was blocked by the willow I proceeded to 'walk' the fish back upstream where I had a better chance of landing it. At this point Poppy who had had her fair share of excitement already was looking really excited. Because of the sheer power and weight of the fish and the lack of aerobatics I assumed it was a Salmon. Once in the main run above the pool I got to see the fish briefly and realised it was a large Sea Trout.
After a couple more high octane runs runs and much charging around the pool I finally managed to net a stunning Sea Trout. My I'm not sure of the wight but it was my personal best and at a guess I imagine it was approaching the magical 10lb Mark. I put it in my diary as 9lb.
We had a small Sea Trout apiece and then I had to leave to get to work. As the river was in such good ply I was gutted to gave to leave but was sure Tony would have a good day. Whilst stuck at work I saw i had a missed call from Tony and a text with a picture of a lovely deep hen fish of 34" a cracking fish! It gave a very good account of itself and made Tony's day, I think he left the river a happy man!