Matching the hatch

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:

Afternoon fly fishing

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:

Playing a trout

This trout put up a serious scrap, surging away with considerable elan several times:

Trout takes line

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:

Tim with a trout

After despatching it, we checked the stomach contents. It contained several still-alive buzzer pupae. We seemed to have matched the hatch quite closely:

Buzzers - real and artificial