Tim did my fly fishing course, which consists of casting tuition on grass followed by rainbow trout fishing at a later date (together with a casting refresher). This approach allows time for the student to absorb the casting lesson, and get a bit of practice in, before trying to catch a trout.
The first session went well, and we finished off by practising how to land a trout once it is hooked. A key point here, as with casting, is to maintain line tension. After the lesson, I sent Tim some video clips of his casting, together with suggestions for practice.
A few days later we were back at Rib Valley. Tim had indeed been practising his casting, and I am sure this is why his progress this time was rapid. After 45 mins he was putting out a decent length of line, so we moved down to the lake:
Earlier on, fish had been rising to buzzers, but now in the late afternoon with the sun high, not much was moving. We got to work anyway with a black lure, while working on new skills such as getting line and fly cleanly onto the water to start with, and roll casting.
As a cloud passed in front of the sun, fish started rising in front of us, then stopped as soon as the sun came out again. This prompted a change of fly to black buzzer. Not long after that, Tim was into a fish:
This trout put up a serious scrap, surging away with considerable elan several times:
I remember at one point seeing the line cutting into the water in one direction while the trout went airborne yards away on a completely different heading. We were both glad to see this one on the bank:
After despatching it, we checked the stomach contents. It contained several still-alive buzzer pupae. We seemed to have matched the hatch quite closely: