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Big wets work

Gavin Wicks
There is no better sight in fly-fishing than seeing your dry fly taken off the surface. Seeing a fish rise up from the depths, then its mouth close over the fly is truly magical. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes other methods have to be used to fool our target species. When conditions are bleak and cold, early or late in the season, then sometimes we have to resort to blind fishing big wet flies. Some fisherman like to refer to it as blind flogging, but I don’t think that gives enough credit to it, so we will stick to blind fishing.

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Leven River - 30/11/11

With humid conditions I was undecided where to fish today, so tossed a coin heads will go to the Leven River and tails to the Meander River. Heads it was. On arriving at the Leven my usual area I fish was flowing very fast and having to cross it there was too risky, so I moved further upstream to another of my favourite fishing zones.

The river here is mainly fast water but it was wade-able and I could also get to the other side where the river has more access. Using a Mepps #0 Black Fury gold with black face and yellow dots I managed 3 nice plump little browns ( 320gms) in the first 20m of river, a great start to the day. Into the next section of river and 2 hook-ups for one small brown ( 210gms) and a few hit and misses to go with it.
The section of river ahead had quite a few long deep sections in it and was the colour of black coffee from the weekends rain, so fished the full length of these sections to no avail, not a touch. I tried several different types and colours and still nothing until the next stretch of fast water where I finally hooked 7 browns but only landed 2 of these, not a good strike rate I know. I caught one more small brown in the next run of river and then called it a day after fishing around 2 kms of river. This was not one of my better days, but still good to be on the river and catch a few in tough conditions.

 

 

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