The Wye is still stained with colour, but dropping clearing and looks fishable today. A fair number of small grey midges around, plus some very tiny ones indeed, more like motes of dust ,with wings.
A solitary up winged fly, pale grey in general impression, fluttering in a small eddy right under the bankside vegetation, seemed to be swimming round in small circles, inches away from a trailing twig, possibly stuck in its own shuck. I have felt a bit like that myself, on odd occasions.
There’s lots I don’t know about insects, and fishing too and you can soon get into the unknown unknowns thing if not careful. I do know a couple of proper experts however, and they are very modest and indeed hesitant about insect ID, they need to capture one and examine its privy parts to be sure, so if you are just dipping a toe in the water with fly fishing, please don’t be put of by the technicalities of it all.
If you can make a reasonable presentation with a reasonable fly, then you are in with a chance about 70% of the time, maybe more.
I sometimes tell my clients, If “Og” the cave person saw a fish taking little black flies, Og probably tied a little black fly to the line. Its Latin species description would not be a necessity.
Casting skills to get a drag free presentation are worth learning however, and are relatively easy to acquire. It only takes a decade or so!
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Not always easy! One day on Barlow the water and surrounding grassland were alive with (I think) a type of reed smut , and far from easy to match them. The late season mystery hatch on Ladybower a couple of days later may have been the same thing. Surrounded by rising fish… and so difficult to deceive…
The cooler weather may make the Grayling shoal up, they have been scattered all over the pools, and again not easy to catch. Anglers who tie their own flies have been using tiny greenfly and some traditional flies have caught though. A friend had a 2 lb fish on a trad dry.
More anglers are fishing for Grayling now, and modern nymphing techniques certainly catch good fish, and in some numbers.
French leaders, Euro nymphing, call it what you will, there some good anglers out there.
Maybe I could ask for restraint to be used though…. hammering a shoal does not make for a lasting relationship with the river spirit.
Enough rambling, my casting clients (especially pleased with today’s) and my fishy client