Fly Fishing Shropshire Brooks

Fishtec blogger Stuart Smitham fishes a brook in Shropshire with a brand new fly line.

My spouse phoned me and stated, why don’t you come and get the automobile from me at work and go to the river for a number of hours? I don’t get too many probabilities like that, so having the automobile means time to tangle with some brook fish. We’re fairly spoilt in Shropshire as these little waterways are just about in all places, so this afternoon I’m off to my favorite hang-out – a small brook deep within the native countryside.

A Shropshire brook.

Sort out and clothes for the day

With zero choices on moist wading, due to nettles, I’m carrying breathable Airweld waders and boots and a small chest pack, for my fly bins and different equipment with a Streamtec web on a leash and magnetic clip. As for my rod it’s a 7ft 9in Atomsix Celestial rod and excellent little Atomsix fly reel blended with Airflo’s New Forge #Three fly line, prepared for it’s first outing.

My strategy

I’m a dry fly addict on the brooks, so I’ll  often stroll down stream and begin on the decrease finish of the boundary. As with most streams right here about, the width of swimming pools fluctuate from just some toes to round 12 toes. Depth is one thing completely different, with some swimming pools a couple of foot deep then dropping to round waist top.

A lot of the bankside foliage is tall nettles and brambles, with reeds and tree branches on pool edges. The place a pool is confined by undergrowth, the tail finish can typically open out behind the duvet providing some nice trying spots. Drop-offs on the banks are the norm, so it’s a must to watch your footing and take nothing with no consideration. I’ve completed this a number of occasions now and ended up attempting to know the vegetation round me to halt my fall, solely to search out me grabbing nettles and getting stung to hell.

Overgrown banks can be a challenge!

Overgrown banks could be a problem!

At all times watch when coming into a pool and ensure you look into the pool first earlier than stepping in. The time while you haven’t checked, is while you’ll see a bow wave heading upstream. Very uncool and doubtless a fish that might have graced your web. A lot of the species you’ll encounter in Shropshire brooks are dace, chub, grayling and native brown trout.

Into the motion

As I attain the pinnacle of the primary pool I can see an extended weed waving within the present. Then I spot a fish. A butter yellow brownie a couple of pound and a half hanging again about Three-Four inches from the weed finish. It’s feeding confidently, sticking his head out and taking one thing with a sipping rise.Then an olive crawls down the weed and simply sits there, proper on the tip. Wonderful while you see fly life like this rising within the solar. It dries it wings and makes a flutter, that’s when the brownie strikes in. Discuss ringing the dinner bell.

Shifting again into the present I make a brief solid and gauge the place my fly is and what it seems to be like. I tie on a quill dun with orange polish quill within the stomach and a cdc wing with brown hackle. Ginking him up and lowering the chief I pull off about 15 toes of fly line. Making the preliminary solid I’m approach too far proper and no the place close to the brownie. I don’t wish to spook it, so taking the time to elongate the road out my second solid seems to be prefer it landed a foot or so proper once more. I begin to collect line and should have moved the fly and my rod tip bounces. I raise and watch this class brownie come at me and go below the weed. Pulling line in like loopy and the fish is gone, leaving me hooked up to weed. Discuss gutted.

Shifting on quietly, I head to a different spot that has been productive previously. With lengthy weed at my toes, I make brief casts of round Eight-10 toes. The quill dun seems to be nice within the present. I see a flash and simply raise right into a small grayling, that heads for the far financial institution and the weed. After a fast combat he’s safely within the web. It should be stated grayling are actually beautiful trying fish, I might catch all of them day lengthy.

Grayling in the net!

Grayling within the web!

Strolling up and skipping a pool attributable to fallen bushes within the water, I peek over the nettles on a bend and spot an increase. I’m round 5 toes above the floor and nonetheless in deep cowl. The olives are gone, however there are nonetheless some iron blues coming off. The place the brook runs around the bend, there’s a clump of weed within the run. Deep water on the left and shallower water on the suitable. This fish is correct on the seam between each. Altering flies to a iron blue with a purple butt, I gink it up and degrease, able to solid.

Because the fly drifts the present seam, I simply catch a glimpse of one thing shifting. Extra out of intuition than anything I line strike and raise the little rod up. The rod tip goes over arduous, that’s after I see the yellow stomach and the unmistakable markings of a really good trout. With ideas on how the hell I’m going to land this? I do know I can’t attain down and get it into my hand web. Taking over all of the slack and attending to the financial institution edge, I make the leap of religion! As I land, the fish is attempting to go upstream, and I nonetheless have it on. The little reel is singing and the fly line is tight – it’s a correct adrenaline crammed battle alright! I drop the web below and eventually draw the fish into it….

The prize - a wild Shropshire trout

The prize – a wild Shropshire trout.

Taking a look at this fish within the web and what a cracking brownie. Wild as they arrive and simply fantastically marked. Blood purple spots haloed by white and black charcoal spots in all places.

Time to maneuver on to the massive boy, that’s been hounding my thoughts for some eight weeks now. Pricked it’s huge mouth twice and cursed my stupidity each occasions. As I battle by the 5 foot nettles, I simply emerge onto the silver topped pool. An increase ring types on the bend and I do know it’s him? Daring and brass and little doubt ready for me to fluff it once more? Effectively let’s see eh?

Fishing with the Forge

Effectively, what did I consider my new Three weight fly line? The Airflo Forge is a grand fly line for brief correct casts below the bushes and although small gaps. There’s a pleasant compact head on this line for fast loading, plus it has an excellent small manufacturing unit welded micro loop on the tip, which is extraordinarily buoyant. With a refined olive entrance taper and yellow operating line, it sums up what I want for brook fishing. It floats excessive, with minimal reminiscence, and at the moment I managed to land fairly a number of good fish utilizing it.

A lovely little brownie captured with the WF3 Forge line

A stunning little brownie captured with the WF3 Forge line.

For a line that’s below £30 with all of the Tremendous-Dri trimmings thrown in, cut price is the phrase that springs to thoughts. Above all Airflo’s polyurethane building means this line can be powerful sufficient to resist the worst abuse that these overgrown streams can throw at it, season after season.

Large because of Ceri and Gareth at Airflo, for some nice phrases of knowledge on tippet recommendation, after I was feeling down. Assist like that’s simply encouraging.

Greatest regards


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