Saturday 4 February - River North Esk
The forecast was for snow mid morning so I set the alarm to get up early and get a couple hours fishing in before it snows. I was on the river at 8am still trying for the elusive grayling. I wanted to do a bit of experimenting today anyway as I just purchased a pair of breathable scierra waist waders and wanted to check them out. I also tried colouring my fluorocarbon level lines with OHP permanent ink markers. I made two tapered lines about 14ft long and coloured them red. I also used a green pen for a standard level line to differentiate. Well the coloured lines worked a treat...the pen is easy to apply and dries almost immediately you apply it...cuts down on the mess. I'm going to colour another level line black to match my Yamame rod
I'm fishing today with some sakasu kabaris that I tied myself weighted down with a small split shot. I'm travelling real light this morning as I am only fishing for 2 hours...I left the landing net in the garage before I set off.
The river is in perfect condition..it is crystal clear and must only be around 6 inches or so above summer levels....it's been dry for a week now with no melting snow from the hills to worry about.
Floating mid stream down the river is this sliver shape...I initially thought it must be a discarded plastic bag that someone has irresponsibly thrown into the river...but when it passes me I clearly see that it is a dead grayling of just under a pound. I didn't have my landing net some I couldn't scoop it out of the river I follow it downstream hoping that it would lay up in shallow water..but it eventially came to rest in about 4 feet of water at the next pool downstream. That's me goosed..I can't get it out of the water to examine it..I reckon that a heron must have got it then it escaped... but who knows
My two hour session has come and gone very quickly...it's just starting to sleet as I make my way back to the car. Scotland's playing England at rugby this afternoon. The game's at Murrayfield in Edinburgh so looking for a home win