This week the river trout season comes to a close on our local rivers. However, that doesn’t mean the end of flyfishing for the year. Many stillwaters are still open and fishing well. Salford Trout Lakes have been in good form recently with trout rising freely to emerging midges, lake olives, daddy-long-legs and even adult damsel flies. It is a thrill seeing two-pound trout leaping clean out of the water to intercept a passing damsel fly. There is a good stock of fish and the water is lovely and clear for the last month of the season at what is one of the most peaceful and secluded fisheries in the Cotswolds.
The grayling on the River Coln are beginning to feed more regularly and while bugs and heavy nymphs will be the tactic of choice as we move into winter, these beautiful fish are keen to rise to a dry fly at the moment. There are still good hatches of pale watery duns on the Coln at Fairford so try an F fly or Griffiths Gnat on a size 18 hook.
There is even a tiny chance that we might see a few days of decent salmon fishing conditions on the Wye before the season closes on the 17th of October. We will need quite a bit more rain to flush out the river after such an extended period of low flows and algal blooms but the forecast looks more promising than it has for months.
And if conditions aren’t right for fishing, there is still much to look forward during the last quarter of the year. The fly boxes need filling, the river banks need maintaining and we can practice our casting on grass, untroubled by the distractions of rising trout.
If you want to book a last hurrah or just brush up on your casting technique, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the autumn!