The Spring was a long time coming, it lasted long enough to kick start the growing process…………….and now it’s gone again!
The cold weather and east winds that preceded the three days of sunshine we had in early May held back the normal springtime growth and so for the first time for many years we have daffodils, snowdrops and bluebells all out together.
The water temperature is at last rising but very slowly and the current rains, which are needed as the rivers were approaching summer level, are accompanied by a cold wind from the SE and fishing on a lot of the reservoirs is still very slow. The rise in water that will hopefully occur tonight and tomorrow will bring salmon up into the rivers from the estuaries but the water temperature needs to continue to rise to encourage them upstream.
There is a decided lack of fly life still to encourage the trout up to the top of the water and the mayfly will undoubtedly be late as we haven’t even seen any Hawthorne fly as I write this in the second week of May!!
All the above makes deciding tactics for any kind of fly fishing rather tricky plus of course one has to take spare layers as the weather can go from warm to cold and back again at the drop of a hat.
Assuming things now take a turn for the better and more normal service is resumed then the end of May will see the mayfly finally appearing on our rivers and the olive hatches strengthening. The large sea-trout that come in before the peal should arrive before month’s end too. In June we should start to see the evenings liven up with sedge hatches and sea-trout numbers increasing, with the school peal starting to feature in catches more readily.
Bank fishers on the reservoirs will start to score and floating line tactics will become the norm.
Tight lines to all that venture west and any queries drop us a line.