Bright conditions, a cool north wind, very low and clear water, not the sort of conditions that you would organise for a day’s fishing, even if you could. But sometimes when you arrive at a water, having seen that scenario many times before and had the experience of what the day is to bring, it is not always so.

aStuart, a complete novice in fly fishing, joined me today on the middle river to give it a go. After some initial casting techniques learned, it was not long before Stuart was in action.

1Fishing a single size 16 snipe and purple on a long leader had the desired effect.

2It is always a little embarrassing when a statement is made, “that these are not the ideal conditions for good fishing today, but we’ll give it a go”! A trout just over a pound (maybe it is just a one off).

3 Closely followed by another, (maybe not just a one off).

5Then another…(I’ll keep it shut in future!).

4Well done Stuart (another non-fly fisherman brought over to the dark side) and I enjoyed your company, a good day out and a great result, five nice trout in superb surroundings, but do not think it is always that easy every time!