Merseylea Report 14/3/2014
Oh well, it was onto the next stretch of river that was a little wider and deeper. The second cast upstream and I had an instant hook up, but it too was gone as quick as it took the lure. This can't be happening I thought as I have a lure on that has two sets of trebles on it and these fish are just not staying on. I decided to change to a Rapala F3 in a brown trout pattern to see if this may make a difference to having a fish staying on. The very first cast with it and I had another brown take the lure and this one made it to the net. Yahoo! At last one made it to the net. When I looked in the net to release the lure from the fish it had already popped away from the fish. Photographed the brown and sent it on it's way without even having to handle it.
I was thinking of calling it a day but decided to try a small section of fast water that was divided from the main stream and ran along under the willows. This small fast water was only 6-8 feet wide and so I flicked the Rapala up and under a willow and let it drift with the flow and it was quickly taken by a nice solid (610gm) brown. It wasn't long and this beautiful golden flanked brown was in the net, and it too tossed the lure as soon as it was netted. Lady Luck had finally showed up and given me a hand. The colours of this fish were just unreal with its deep golden coloured body and bright red spots made it all worth while having a go in this small run of fast water. After a quick photo it too was released.
I was now at the top end of this small run, I cast into it and had a medium sized brown take the lure. Well, Lady Luck had left me already as this fish managed to toss the lure too and so that was it for me, I called it quits. I had fished for just on two and a half hours in what was a frustrating session in some ways, but still a rewarding one in another. I did have enough hook ups to keep the session interesting, and had they all stayed on this article would have had a very different title.