Raindance Successful!I always knew I was a lovely mover (in his dreams, says Jessica)
I suppose that with the one day cricket underway and Wimbledon not far away there was always a chance that the weather would take a turn for the worse - or is that better?! As they say, it's an ill wind.... and rising river levels could be just the tonic salmon fishers need after a prolonged spell of dry weather. For the trout angler, wind, rain and cooler conditions could also liven things up nicely - although I'm glad I'm not out in boat today! As always we have all the flies you need to put fish in the net - whatever the conditions.
News from the Pro TeamGlobetrotters Matt Harris and Marina Gibson have been busy - and successful! - in far flung and fantastic fishing destinations. Although much of their time is spent hosting their groups they do manage to squeeze in just a little fishing of their own.
Marina picked up a few air miles by visiting Christmas Island (aka Kiritimati, rather than the other, Australian, Christmas Island) This one is the largest coral atoll in the world and lies 1,300 miles south of Honolulu in the Pacific Ocean. With the International Date Line not being a straight one it is the world's farthest forward time zone, 14 hours ahead of GMT (so if you're ever there on New Year's Eve you will be one of the first to celebrate!) Here's Marina's report:
BonefishIt has been known for a long time that Christmas Island is one of the most prolific bonefish fisheries on the planet with many world championship competitions taking place on the island since the early 90's. What we experienced was large numbers of good sized bonefish on all the flats we waded - they were not in large schools but singles to small schools (4/5 fish). We did not specifically target them as we were so focused on other species which we had not previously encountered!
Giant Trevally (GT)
Matt sent this over just before the rugby began this morning.Martin,
Here's your newsletter report!!!
Our annual trip to Jardinas de la Reina provided lots of fun and games as always. We caught plenty of tarpon, and drank even more Mojitos, but the highlight was seeing my old friend Chris Dayer Smith catching his second Grand Slam in two years. I also managed my eleventh Grand Slam with young guide Tonito, who was thrilled. I'm proud to say that I have now managed at least one slam every year since 2009. The Selectafly Avalon Shrimp was again responsible for both permit, and I am confident that it is the most important fly in the box when targeting these elusive fish.
Three of our group went on to Casa Vieja in Guatemala, where we all caught sailfish on fly. The most exciting moments were seeing two 300lb+ marlin come to the teasers, one of which came right to the back of the boat before refusing the fly at the last moment.
Now gearing up for salmon-fishing in Russia and Norway, but have been sneaking in a few trips to Draycote Water, which has provided some really excellent nymph and dry-fly fishing. Best dry flies have been the Shipmans and Crippled Claret Midge, but when they are not showing, a Hover line and a washing line of buzzers and crunchers has been catching lots of fish. The Biscuit FAB has been deadly on the point, but a new discovery has been the Booby Damsel. There are a lot of adult damsels showing at Draycote now, and the Selectafly small eyed Booby Damsel is perfect for holding up a washing line set-up. After a slow day in hot sun last week, the fish came alive in the evening, and the booby damsel caught 13 out of my 22 fish for the day.
The fish have been of a really excellent quality, with many big, grown-on fish of 4 and even 5lbs, and even the stockies have been in really excellent condition. My good friend John Bresnihan caught this beautiful overwintered 5lb brownie drifting across Toft.
If, like Matt, you're one of the lucky few headed for the northern rivers of the Kola Peninsula don't forget that we have some great flies like the Kola Golden Gunn (aka the famous Bobby Clarkson Special) and the Super Snaelda designed specifically for these rivers, plus some seriously heavy Seaguar - 35 and even 44lbs B.S. needed to deal with big fish, big water and big rocks!
Right now, have a look at the new Eggstasy flies, tied with the latest hot new material from our friends at Flybox, where we source much of our synthetic material and - coming soon - look out for a hugely versatile and productive hopper pattern, incorporating just enough cleverly shaped foam to keep it in the surface film and - for the 'destination fishing' brigade - a couple of saltwater patterns, including a deadly Spawning Shrimp pattern that bonefish and other flats fish can't resist! When out on 'research and development' work at Farmoor 1 recently the hopper accounted for several superb fish, two of which ran so far that I was checking how much backing I had left on the reel!
Prospects for June
Trout - on both rivers and stillwaters the recent rain and cooler conditions should liven things up a bit and the fishing can be great. Some people are put off by wind and rain - and it can certainly make for an uncomfortable day if you're not properly kitted out - but I rather like it when things get stirred up and believe that these can be the days for a big fish!
If and when the weather turns warm and bright again do make the most of the early morning and evening periods as well as exploring deep water options, maybe with a weighted Apps Bloodworm or an Oily Worm, and the surface, perhaps with a Yellow Owl Shuttlecock, a Hopper, or at the end of the day, a Stimulator sedge pattern.
Bass and Mullet - this is the time of year when the UK saltwater scene really gets underway and we're starting to sell these flies again now. The Mullet Top 10 selection of Colin Macleod's great flies has been very popular and is currently sold out but new stock will arrive next week so not too long to wait. If you're targeting bass, why not pick up a few of my own favourites, which have accounted for - literally - hundreds of fish, the Hi Viz Sandeel and the Los Roques Minnow (a long way from its name I know - but it works!)
FinallyAs my Swedish friends say 'even a blind pig finds an acorn occasionally'. Here's a fish from a recent flying visit to the Highlands, taken on a Red Frances conehead.
My fishing gear, including wet waders and boots are expected to be delivered by Parcelforce today after 11 days in transit, and many worried phonecalls. Unpacking that lot should be interesting!
Tight Lines from us both when you do!
Martin and Jessica
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