Rainbow Trout Brace at Ladybower!

Fly fishing is a tough old game, it requires stealth and cunning in equal abundance. Traits which I, admittedly, possess little of in equal measure. I like to think of it as the hardest form of fishing. The difficultly starts before you have even left the shop, flies, tippets, leaders, line, reel and rod need to be perfectly balanced in order for the line, leader and tippet to unfurl gently onto the waters surface. That’s if you can even cast well, which I cannot. A 6 metre cast is a monster in my humble books.

So assuming you have selected the correct gear, by fluke if nothing else then you need to select a suitable fly; which by the way is an innuendo minefield. So having selected the flies with the funniest names, dog knobblers and boobies, combined with your perfectly balanced gear, you are ready to go fly fishing.

Excellent! Let the trout catching commence!

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Not so I’m afraid it took me 6 attempts before I caught my first trout. Although I did catch a monster perch on my previous trip seen here: Ladybower Troutfishing.

In took me so long in fact that I was beginning to lose faith in the method.

What do you do when your struggling to catch on the local stream chasing humble wildies with unbalanced kit?

Go to a reservoir that is packed full of rainbows and hire a boat, so being shit at casting isn’t such a handicap. Also, I invested in a brilliant AirFlo Starter kit which contains all you need to go trout fishing (all for a mere 50 english pounds).

Ladybower was the place for me and my bald headed Carillion accomplice Jamie. Another noob in the trout fishing world.

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With Jamie at the helm of the boat. We headed out onto the beautiful reservoir. Ladybower is extremely deep with an average depth I believe of around 75 foot, with this in mind we set sail for the margins.

– “Stocked trout are stupid” –

frankly excellent Mat Hayes quote. I am inclined to agree with Mr Hayes on this one mainly due to the fly the trout were succumbing to. Shown below is an orange blob, a fly that the purist would scoff at but I can hardly cast so I wouldn’t really place myself in the purist class.

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The theory behind blobs is the flutter and colour of a bright blob drawn quickly through the water will induce a territorial trout to strike. It is not without its critics, as seen here:

Yobs with Blobs – Admittedly, a strange thing to report in a newspaper but what the hell better than the usual rubbish.

On the day I fished a variety of different blobs starting low and working my way up the water layers. This sound strategy is not one of my own, but the one of the brilliant fisheries staff who are very quick to offer advice even to the novice like myself.  Before approaching any new venue I like to do a bit of research, Ladybower is discussed in detail by local pro on this website http://www.myanglinglife.com/ a well written and very informative read.

After completing a few drifts up the Derwent Reservoir arm of the Reservoir I finally hooked into my first fly fished trout. We had been drifting along the bank with the wind, I was casting about 2 foot from the bank. As soon as the fly hit the water I started to tighten up to the fly, suddenly the line went tight, I knew I was on and struck into the fish.  Line started flying through my fingers as I initially stuggled to get the trout under control. The power of my first rainbow trout was immense and the fish made several lunges for freedom, but keeping the rod tip high and using my arm as an extra shock absorber I managed to land my first “proper” fly caught fish.

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Catching my first trout on the fly was a brilliant experience, and I went on to catch a further 2 in quick succession; on the same drift in fact. When we returned to shore with the other boat anglers, I had hadthe most productive day on the fly by far, with the highest average stamp of fish and the largest quantity. To the other anglers that failed that day…..

To catch a fish you have to become the fish, it was a bright sunny day so we fished in the margins right next to the trees which were providing shelter from the glaring sun, I retieved the blob very fast stripping line off the reel as fast as possible to induce a take from an otherwise lazy trout monging around in the sun and we kept moving all day and it was only in one spot that we found a very large shoal of feeding trout. Of course I am talking rubbish, and it was almost definitely blind luck rather than judgement by who cares. NorthernCoarse/GameAngler Out!

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The fruits of my labour.

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