Yearly we go away for three days on an epic fishing marathon. Final yr we went to Eyebrook and liked it a lot we determined to return. The climate was trying nearly good (final time we practically froze to loss of life within the tent) and the catch experiences spoke of fine buzzer and nymph motion. The earlier yr we’d had a unbelievable day on the boat buzzer fishing so we have been anticipating good issues once more.
On the Friday we had half a day on boat booked. The climate was trying good with solely a small bathe forecast and winds that have been simply on the robust facet of breezy. Nearly good. We headed out to a couple good trying spots however didn’t get a lot motion. Unusual actually as trying round on the water and the situations you’d have stated it was supreme. Whereas drifting throughout the center of the water the skies darkened and we thought we have been in for the fast bathe that was forecast. If solely it had been a fast bathe. For the subsequent few hours we have been battered by a torrent of rain, received soaked to the pores and skin and had 2 inches of water sloshing round within the backside of the boat. We nearly felt like calling it a day however we determined to motor up the highest North finish have been fish had been caught over the last few days. There have been a couple of boats up there so we tucked in a tried a couple of drifts. The water was a bit cloudy right here, most likely as a result of wind and waves chopping issues up, however we carried on and Beardy Neil managed to hook into a pleasant fish on a buzzer. Lastly, we thought we’d discovered the fish. Over the subsequent few hours and into the night we caught effectively on buzzers and FABs and dries in a while when a superb few fish began rising. Then all of it went very quiet. Not the attractive night rise we have been hoping for. Nonetheless, we had some wonderful sport, particularly on the FAB, and a few fish on dries. 18 fish to the boat for a day wasn’t a nasty begin.
On Saturday we have been again at Eyebrook for a full day on the boat. Situations seemed a bit higher, fortunately with no rain forecast! We set off and tried a couple of completely different spots with out a lot luck. Every thing seemed good, loads of fly life round however nothing we placed on would tempt them. We tried buzzers in all colors and sizes, crunchers, Diawl Bachs, a great deal of completely different nymphs, hoppers and dries…nothing. So, in a effort to maintain my flies up within the water and realizing it had executed effectively yesterday I put my pink and yellow FAB again on the purpose and we headed as much as the North finish once more. The very high finish the place we’d been yesterday had actually clouded up with a variety of particles within the water so we tried additional down in clearer water. We nonetheless struggled to search out and join with any huge numbers of fish however Beardy Neil managed to pluck out 2 good rainbows on varied buzzers over the afternoon and I managed 14 fish on the FAB. For no matter cause they couldn’t resist it though I had all kinds of different flies on the road on the identical time. It was a really arduous day ultimately. Not the buzzer fishing bonanza we have been hoping for. Speaking to different anglers on the finish of the day informed us the identical story with boats coming in after catching only some fish. So to catch 14 on the FAB was very pleasing.
After a couple of beers across the fireplace we lastly determined to forego one other morning at Eyebrook for someplace completely different. We had an fascinating morning at Elinor the earlier yr so we determined to offer that one other attempt. The morning was sunny and fairly heat with fairly a tough breeze. As we have been financial institution fishing we had a little bit of strolling to do to search out a great spot however finally we settled in on a financial institution with the wind coming over our left shoulder. The water was crystal clear and fairly shallow so I received the waders on to assist get a bit additional out. I don’t get to get within the water like this fairly often however once I do I adore it. There’s one thing particular about being within the water and feeling linked to the setting extra. So, after its earlier 2 days fish depend I made a decision to not put the FAB on once more and went for a straight buzzer method. We may see the odd particular person catch however not lots. Situations seemed good once more however once more it was proving tough. We’d talked to the ranger who’d stated it had been fishing okay however talked about how humorous the feeding had been and the way the fish hadn’t been taking what you’d anticipate at the moment of yr. Possibly the nice and cozy winter has an impact on fly life cycles. So after a couple of hours making an attempt on varied flies and with 1 fish within the bag by Beardy Neil I made a decision it was time to attempt the FAB once more. Nearly immediately I used to be right into a fish. Then over the subsequent few hours I had one other 9! Once more I attempted varied different flies on the droppers however the pink FAB cleaned up. Beardy Neil caught one other good fish on a dry however nothing extra. Sorry Beardy Neil, however the FAB actually did clear up!
So, it wasn’t the frantic nymphing journey we’d hoped for however we had a unbelievable time. One yr we’ll get the timing proper and have three days of continuous buzzer motion. Some day! Although the weekend usually was a bit tough the FAB clearly attracted fish that weren’t eager about different flies. I’ve had a variety of success with it this yr on my native lake as effectively and its change into my go-to fly for laundry line type fishing. Lets hope it carries on catching fish. With 35 fish over the weekend, most of them on the FAB, it proved to be an actual winner.