Geordie, son, and father Alastair, on far bank, were an interesting and delightful workshop challenge. Geordie had seldom fished, let alone fly fished and Alastair last used a heavy (# 7wt he thought) cane rod back about 25 years ago!
By lunchtime, not only had they caught their first fish each, but wanted to prove their ‘hunter/gatherer’ skills back home by providing next day’s lunch!
This was definitely the ‘hook-up’ triumph of the day. Alastair had sighted this fish feeding in the shallows, stalked it, presented the unweighted ‘Wooley bugger’ right in its path, and as the guide took a photograph — the strike happened.
Alastair brings the same fish above to hand. It was a perfect day for so late in the season — sunny, warm afternoon, light winds and best of all, both anglers tasted success.
A great way to end the 2017/18 season on the water.
Josh, onto his first for the day, was keen to learn as much as he could about small stream craft and presentation. This wild brown took a bead-head nymph using a variable depth technique under a strike indicator.
Meanwhile dad, David, was acting as scout early on to spot any movement up ahead.
Josh got this one on a ‘hopper pattern. Good presentation to an earlier noted feeding fish’s position paid off!
Nice one Josh! It is always a pleasure to pass on knowledge to young (and new fly fishers). Trust Josh has decades of pleasure and continual learning to come following his passion for the fly.