Into these unrelenting conditions came the stoic crew from Southern Fly fishers. In fact, more than stoic – the crew were keen to get out into whatever nature could throw. Fortunately, trout are a cold water species and no matter how bad the weather, they can be caught. Thanks to their willingness to brave the elements, every one of the five fishers caught trout, and there were even a couple of significant captures. Ian caught his largest-ever trout, an 8 pound rainbow caught fishing deep and slow on a flashback nymph. Meanwhile, Rob caught his very first trout on fly while searching the flooded flats with a bead-head nymph. Apparently, he’d spent many months pre Millbrook trying to break the duck, so this fish was a most significant achievement.
All up, the boys landed about a dozen, an even mix of browns and rainbows. There was even some twilight midge action when the wind died to a mere gale.
Over the next week or so, it looks like spring will make a welcome return. However when the inevitable ‘bracing’ weather returns, the Southern Fly Fishers visit will be another reminder that trout can still be caught.