Two things are standing out this autumn: amazing dun hatches (more like the best spring hatches), and the size and condition of the trout. I know that sounds like ‘guide talk’ but it seems the cool summer and good lake levels, have kept the trout growing and thriving through summer; whereas in a hot summer, they can seem to hibernate. So, the word for autumn 2021 is ‘bust-offs’. Despite employing everything from 12lb tippet, to pre-fish trout-landing courses, to deliberately avoiding big fish lakes (not easy!) the carnage has been terrible. On occasion, the bust-off count has reached 8 or 10 fish a day, and Philip has just had his first ‘bust-off free’ guiding day since the start of autumn. Anyone know where we can buy some trout growth suppressant?
(PS: As the pics show, the women have been killing it!)