As the trout fishing picks up the carp fishing tends to tail off. Things have been getting slightly harder already, but this I think is due to familiarity (on the part of the fish) rather than the weather at this point. On our last trip we found lots of carp basking in the heat of the afternoon sun, this would normally result in us catching lots of them (they find a deer hair fly cast close to their noses hard to resist). This time, however, we caught two before the fish completely disappeared. We then moved to another part of the lake and repeated this, a couple of fish then nothing. This set the pattern for the session; I suspect that after a summer of being chased by the two of us (I believe we’re the only fly-anglers who fish there) the carp are wising up to our tactics. We still ended up with ten between us though whilst the bait fisherman present slept undisturbed by their bite alarms.
At the weekend Tracy and I were also fortunate enough to be invited to fish on board a friend of ours boat out of Southampton. We met John through casting, he’s currently working towards an instructor’s certificate. John’s boat is perfect for fly fishing; it has a central console with two flat areas either side for casting from. It’s also very stable with a shallow draft - we were comfortably drifting in 3 feet of water at one point. John knows the waters around Southampton extremely well (I get the impression he’s a meticulous note-taker, as are we when we’re flat’s fishing), and he put us on to bass straight away. After catching a quite a few each on Clousers (‘if in doubt, chuck a Clouser’ should be the moto for saltwater fly fishers) and surf candies an un-forecast breeze built that meant we were being pushed off the most productive mark too quickly. However with John’sknowledge of the area he managed to find us fish elsewhere, so we continued to catch albeit not at the frenetic rate at which the day started. Bass and mackerel on fly tackle are great fun and well worth trying if you get the opportunity.
Have a great weekend, James.