Wednesday 14 March 2012 River North Esk
I was on the river by 07:00 hrs…nice mild day…no serious rain for weeks now it seems and the river is very low but at least it clear. I brought the 12’ Yamame with me this time...by mistake really…I thought I was packing the Iwana….never mind maybe the change in rod will bring me luck.
I left the squash landing net in the garage and brought the net made from an old wooden badminton racket…it’s a bit bigger….I’m having really positive thoughts….I’ve got a couple of weeks to go and 4 grayling to catch if I want to equal my internal target of 6 caught before I concentrate on the brownies.
I change to a clear level line #4 about the same size as the rod, at the end of the level line I have attached a ‘thingmabobber’ indicator with a single size 16 GRHE at the end of 3’ of 7x tippet.
I’m fishing a 20 metre run starting at the head and working my way downstream….after only 4 casts or so my indicator dives…I strike and a fish is on….a nice ½ lb. grayling. It’s only ten past seven and I have one in the net…magic. I take a quick photo but the little critter is camera shy and squirming about….I get the hook out quickly and give him a few moments to recover….then he’s off…nice one.
That’s me halfway there with my target…3 down 3 to go.
It’s one of these special days…the indicator dives again and I’m into another one…slightly bigger this time and safely in the net… another quick photo…this one’s not so camera shy…and quickly back in the river….4 down 2 to go.
it’s only 07:30 hrs…I’m as happy as Larry. Well I give it another 10 minutes fishing this run and with no more takes the wanderlust takes over and I move downstream.
I cover a run then a pool then I find myself back to my favourite run where I caught my first grayling in Dalkeith Country Park. Working its way downstream I spot a mink on the prowl. It’s on the opposite bank from me….I take a photo of it and will let the Park Rangers see it. A couple of minutes after the excitement with the mink my indicator stops mid-stream….I strike and another grayling is on….and now it’s off…I could see it flash midstream and felt the connection for a second…not to worry I’ve still got 30 minutes fishing time left. I work my way up to the fallen tree…I few photos have already been posted earlier on this report….after a few casts beside the tree the indicator dives and I’m into a grayling….a nice one….this is about a 1 lb….there’s a good bend on the Yamame….I reach down to land it and it takes a final run and the next thing I’m aware of is slack line and its off….the hook as well…that damn Davy Knot…I swore I wouldn’t use it again…but because it’s so easy to tie I haven’t got out of the habit yet….I will from now on.
I fish on till 09:00hrs then call time up and head to the office.
It’s the start of the brown trout season tomorrow….I better get a permit for the Water of Leith (although the season there is from 1April – 30 September) and the River Tyne.