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Tales from the chalk stream..

Feedback on my first day this season on the chalk streams.

The river looked good, clear, quite low for this time of year and not as much rununculus as normal as I think you said Simon on your pre-season briefing. However it fished well.

Lots of eager fish waiting for their spring lunch.

It was a hot day more like May/June and it was only when I looked at the lack of leaves on the trees that I realised how early in the season it still is.

In the weir pool where I started off (beaded nymph to get my eye in) I made my first cast using my very delicate cane rod and within short order was presented with a big fish – a rainbow!! So an escapee from the lake gave my rod a fair old challenge.

I can’t say it was on successive casts but in pretty close order I caught a wild brown trout, a fair sized grayling (I think a male as the fin was longer than normal) and another wbt. Amazing to get so many different species in one place.

Good start.

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I saw an olive come off and switched to dry fly and caught one more Brown trout on a Klink.

Up the river and I had a fabulous day catching on Kite’s Imperials, my own large dark olive (it’ got a normal hackle and then a sparse second partridge hackle running through it and no tail) I even got another grayling that snatched my parachute Adams!

The grayling were much more active than usual and all told I caught three of them – by far the greatest number on the Lambourn in one day for me.

Lots of missed fish of course and some that totally ignored my efforts but a great day all the same.

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