Family time was my priority this weekend. Yesterday was spent walking around the Lune Estuary, and this morning watching Matthew playing rugby. This left me only an hour and a half to fish this afternoon.
The stream near Tonys house is virtually guaranteed to provide some sport, no matter what the weather so this is where i found myself at three o'clock this afternoon. Despite a gusting northerly wind i was hopeful that now i was beginning to master the "method" for this piece of water i might beat the weather and catch a few fish.
As i was tackling up, Tony and his two youngsters came walking by and its wasn't too difficult to persuade Tony to have a few casts with my gear. He took a lovely roach of about 12oz before i cajoled his seven year old son Logan into having a go. Once Logan had caught a fish there was no stopping him, like father like son "one more cast dad please please just one more" then after that " another one dad, just one more".
It really made me laugh, even though he was freezing cold he wanted to stay and fish. I think if it wasnt for the fact that little Scarlet was freezing cold, they would have both stayed til dark. Definately Tonys mini me.
After they left i caught four more nice fish in quick succession, but then lost a cracking roach which straightened out my fine wire hook (a B511). I saw the fish in the water as i had it close to the net when the hook pinged out - it was well over the lb mark which is an amazing fish for such a small stream.
Loosing this fish must have spooked the shoal, as i didnt get another bite for the next half hour or so. As the light was fading, i searched up and down the pool to see if i could locate fish, but had no joy.
The discovery of this stream has been something of a fishing revalation - if you look at Tonys blog, the fish he catches here are amazing considering the size of the river.
Phil-k spent this morning at Pendle View Fishery and caught 14 fish on flies he has tied himself - well done Phil. I am going to go next week with him, and will have to spend some time at the vice over the next few days creating some of my own!