Saturday, 17 March 2018

New Season Opens 15 March 2018

Started the season on Thursday 15th, cold, wet and windy,  the rain eased in the afternoon but not the wind. Went to Bradshaw Brook, a bit were I knew it would be quiet and mostly out of the wind.

7 foot 4/5 weight with one of my trusty old Young's Beaudex reels. Started with one of Dave Bendles drys which has a ring on the shaft for adding a dropper shrimp, in line. No sign of fish as I started until I got half way up when I saw one jump down stream of me.

Tried a few casts down to it nothing doing. Decided to change to last years favourite fly, Adams parachute which got me a couple looks without getting a touch. 

Carried on up stream into a valley where my luck changed and I caught the one below.
An OK fish just over 8" but quite slim after a hard winter. Turned out to be my only one of the day, never mind it's a start.
Very drab at the moment but spring is on it's way soon.

Saturday 17th

Very very cold with a biting wind and snow flurry's. Same tackle as Thursday with Adams again.
Fished a part of the Tonge that is very hard to get down to and even harder to get out off, that's now. When the Balsam, Knotweed and Hogweed are up it can be a no go area. The effort was in vein, looked OK but nothing doing.

Couldn't go home blank, tried bit of Bradshaw Brook on the way. Only one fish again but very very pleased with it.

    14 " which is a very nice fish for Bradshaw. Like the one on Thursday a bit on the slim side. It did not come to the net easy and had to keep it out of the brambles a couple of times.
I will be very very pleased if I get anything as big again in the brook this season.
This happened while I was typing the blog, not a lot I know but I had thought we had finished with snow for this year.
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