Car loaded and on the road by 1.00pm.
At Limply Stoke, at 2.00pm, I had my second choice of swim
below the weir.
Low clear and slow
was the order of the day,
with bright sunshine and light down stream breeze.
Well that was a poor choice as it turned out
lovely setting but a hook killer.
I used up 10 hooks in total, out of
around 20 casts.
The river bottom must have had
a lot of rocks and stones
which blunted the hooks.
So at 4.45pm I decided to move around a mile down stream.
Here there was a continuous hatch of various
midges and other aquatic winged bugs.
So settling in for the evening, I cast one rod to the far bank
and the other down the near side bank.
So with no signs of fishy movements
I was surprised when the near bank rod pulled round slowly.
This produced a 3lb perfect Chub, quite
plump compared to the the early season
Chub last year.
At around 10 to 8 the far bank rod
bent round and the bait runner reel
peeled off a load of line.
This 4lb 1oz Chub had signs that it had already
been caught or spawning damage.
Whilst I was sorting the Chub
my other rod started nodding.
This produced this little Brown Trout
on pellet and worm cocktail.
Then around 10 to nine
this 2lb 15oz Chub took a liking to
a boillie on the far bank.
That was the end of the fishy business for the evening.
However the wild life was great.
With a Mink grabbing a duckling
and the Mum pecked it a couple of times,
the Mink dropped the duckling
and ran off.
Mum swam off with her three little ducklings safe for now.
A Wren flew across the river with 3 little ones following,
they are tiny.
Plus the usual Kingfishers, Buzzards and many other birds
it was a great start to the 2015 / 2016 river season.