- Apr 1, 2013
With the prospect of a post Christmas lockdown to look forward to and having a few hours to spare yesterday afternoon I thought I would take my chance to grab a few hours on the river bank. Given the amount of rain we have had over the last few days I figured that the Wye would be well up and going through like an express train , in these conditions the fish can often move out of the main river and into the feeder rivers so with this in mind I headed for the Monnow just upstream of Monmouth. After a wet walk over a couple of fields I found the Monnow also to be pretty swollen but the chosen stretch does have a few areas of slack water in these conditions so my plan was to concentrate on these. With this in mind I set up a stick float rod to fish the crease on these slack areas and a lead rod with a small maggot feeder attached. To cut a long story short I worked pretty hard for 3 hours on 3 areas of slack water and had not had so much as nibble never mind a bite. By this time it was starting to get a lot darker and the sky looked heavy with rain so I made my way back to the car with the intention of giving the 1st area I fished nearest the car a few casts in the last half hour or so. First run through with the float saw it bury shortly after hitting the water this definitely caught me by surprise and I consequently missed the bite, striking about 30 seconds to late..! Two more white maggots on the hook and quickly recast, this time I would be ready..........nothing happened, the same the next cast and the next cast, by now I had resigned myself to blanking and was making my last cast, half way down the run the float seemed to slow slightly then dip a little and a little more and finally it disappeared , the Nanolith swept up to be meet with a resistance there was defiantly something live on the other end but it didn't feel like a big fish after a short fight a fin perfect brightly spotted brown trout of about 1lb lay in my landing net....not what I was hoping for but it saved me from a blank. I released the fish and collected my kit together and headed back to the car fairly happy, I had been out on the river bank in stunning surroundings and in the end caught a fish.....It was with a bit of a heavy heart that I headed back to the car as it is a very realistic possibility that it might have been my last session on running water until June given that we are going into lockdown for an as yet undisclosed period of time and if recent weather conditions are anything to go by then the end of Febuary up until the end of the season are highly likely to be washed out.