What a great weekend.
It was great to see so many ladies at Game Fishing Supplies, Morpeth open day on Saturday, travelling from as far as the Scottish Borders to support Ian and Vicky’s first shop open day. Paul Little demonstrated woven flies, dry flies, spiders, hairwing salmon flies and the star of the show, a fully dressed Silver Wilkinson. These flies were raffled off and the winning ticket was pulled out of the hat by Paul at the end of the day, the winner has kindly donated them to the online auction, Paul’s flies and his tablets of wax raised £126.00 for The Grace House North East’s Children’s Hospice.
Cliff was entertaining us all outside with a casting demonstration on the river Wansbeck, including helping us all with improving our casting techniques. Whilst waiting for Cliff to help us all, myself and Sarah chatted to a gentleman visiting from Aberdeen, whose daughter is a salmon fisher lady on the Dee. Alistair is off to Mexico in March with Orvis Consultant and instructor Ben Dixon, we hope you have a lovely time and catch a Grand Slam of Tarpon, Permit, Snook and Bonefish.
Cliff also ran entomology sessions during the day on the river Wansbeck and the comment made by most people was how small the nymphs are, and the flies that they were using were far too big.
The most common insects with upright wings were the large Brook dun (ecdyonurus torrentis). Large Dark Olive (baetis rhodani). They were of different sizes, not all the same generation and some were ready to hatch. The pale watery Dun (baetis fuscatus). Large number of tipulidae, a relative of tipula-maxima daddy long legs. Cliff commented “the river is a good healthy river”
I am lucky to be Cliff’s partner on the Wear River Fly Project, i will be the one kick sampling, who said fishing is not great exercise !
Sunday was spent casting single and double handed rods on the Wear with Paul and Cliff, i have finally got the right line for my Hardy Angel, including a Hardy TE reel, instead of the demon reel and its casting dream like, its so important the reel balances with the rod paul commented “its a very tidy setup, nice line for the rod too” and what a difference its makes, it now casts beautiful.
I’m now looking forward to Saturday so i can try my set up with the girls Grayling fishing, thank you Trish for organising the Grayling day.