Bubba Gump Shrimp

I love a good coincidence story. When i started my Salmon quest back in September the water levels on the Ribble were high. I lost more than a few flying C's on my first couple of trips but always had a hunch that i might be able to recover them. I'm happy to tell you that when the water levels dropped i picked up at least 6 flying c's at least 3 of which belonged to me.
Whilst searching for my lost flying c's I also had the good fortune to pick up a superbly tied Salmon/Sea trout fly which was embedded in a weed bed which only became visible when water levels were low. This fly (above) i considered to be an absolute cracker and wondered if it had been bought or tied at home. Sometimes you just have to look at a fly for it to instill you with a sense of inner confidence that it will work.

Yesterday Phil-K told me that one of our fishing friends Matt-S had started blogging. Matt is a cracking angler who thinks deeply about the way he approaches his fishing. So i took a look at his blog and had the shock of my life when i saw that he was the designer and tyer of the fly which i had found.

Well Matts blog looks as though its going to be a cracker, and another one that will be worth reading whenever its updated, so heres a link http://www.afishingblog.blogspot.com
My weekends fishing exploits were limited to a couple of biteless hours on the Irwell in Manchester City Centre. Even though river conditions were far from ideal, the lack of roach is becoming a concern. Last years 40lb bags of roach are nothing but a distant memory. Whilst cormorants may be responsible for splitting the large shoals, it seems as though theres hardly a fish in the river, maybe the fish have found new favoured areas to spend the winter, so i will have a few casts in different spots over Christmas.
Lastly, well done Phil-K for catching your first fish on a fly you tied yourself. I am saving this particular pleasure for the spring when the fly fishing season on rivers opens.