We’ve had a highly regarded August and starting of September down right here within the South East so the one fishing I’ve accomplished is a trip to Farmoor with Beardy Neil a number of weeks in the past. I went to my native lake twice in early August and blanked each instances. My solely 2 blanks of the 12 months up to now and completely anticipated given the water temps and sunny days. First journey the fish had been there however not . Second journey there wasn’t a single signal of any fish in any respect. So I left it for a number of weeks till the temps dropped.
On Friday 23rd Sept I visited the lake for a number of hours to see if issues had modified. The water temps had been all the way down to 19˚C, fish had been displaying and vigorous and it had been restocked a number of days earlier. After our go to to Farmoor and the thrilling day we had on fry patterns I assumed I’d attempt the identical ways. I had completely different degrease of success with completely different sized fry patterns. Sure patterns received loads of follows and grabs however no good hookups. Different smaller patterns received slammed into and swirled round however once more no good hookups. I attempted pulling quick and gradual. When the fish hit the fry I attempted nonetheless pulling and in addition letting the fly lie nonetheless as if it had been surprised. However nothing resulted in a great clear hook up. I by no means know whats finest to do in these scenario; stick with it pulling or cease? Any recommendation welcomed!
In the long run I ditched the basic fry patterns for flies that had been so much smaller and extra suggestive and tried to focus on fish I may see. This appeared to work higher and I caught 2 good rainbows, one on a cormorant and one on a pearly wickhams. Each flies may simply have been taken for a small fry so possibly measurement was an element. And possibly the fish weren’t fairly able to feed correctly and it was simply the contemporary stockies chasing my fry patterns. Nonetheless, good to be again up there with some good motion though solely 2 received to the web.
Hopefully over the following few weeks the temps will drop much more and the motion will actually begin!