Thanks a million for that advice, what on earth was i doing, thinking a knot was needed
well i have a habit of trying to assemble things without need for the instructions
Usually taking twice as long as i need to
Very caught for time so its a quick trip to nearest bridge and walk upstream looking for rises. None seen but start on dry fly, Klinkhammer. The flow is still very fast and maybe 8 inches high, and the water hasnt reduced in colour since yesterday, however the river felt very...fishable. You know you get those days when you just feel it in your bones that its going to be eventful.....and sometimes your bones just got it totally wrong! On this visit I had no take to a variety of dry flies fished in every likely spot, even reverting to wet for 5 minutes in my dash back to office. To add insult to injury two trout leaped a foot clear of the water in one pool just after i fished it, just to tease me...funny when the they leap up like that! However, it was good practice casting dry with the Ayu rod, and boy did i surprise myself by getting the fly casting into the most impossible angles under bushes through little gaps, and never once a snag. What was especially nice was being able to cast overhead despite the 6 foot shrubs and grasses and thistles directly behind me, without ever touching them, on a stretch that is most unforgiving and a snag means climbing up a bank to find the fly embedded in the most terrible mess around a thistle...ooh ooh ahh ahh, as you try your best to extract it. Now if only the trout would start taking these beautifully presented flies on the water! Helps build up anticipation for a good rise in the next few days though!
photo below was of a lovely looking run, much deeper and wider than normal, but still very fishy, and not a trout with the faintest interest!