Summer’s Coming

Friday afternoon saw a quick visit to ‘The Home Stream’, complete with rolled up shirt sleeves, sunny skies and warm temperatures. I could’ve closed my eyes and thought it was summer.

Sadly, our trouty inhabitants are yet to play ball with the same reckless abandon which becomes second nature in a mere few months from now, however, they are starting to waking up, albeit, a little slowly. Still a little thin from their wintry sexual shenanigans, they are starting to feed much easier in comparison to last year’s long and bitterly cold winter. No rises throughout the day to any natural, although I did manage a rise a few to my artificial dries.

Evidence that this wild, upland fishery is teeming with life can easily be seen by picking up the odd rock or two; caddis in their millions, as well as baetis and stone-clingers are all in abundance, and the trout are starting to pay close attention. We’ve not had a decent amount of rain for the last few months, however, I feel that when we do, it’ll be just the refresher we’ve been waiting for.

A lack of foliage, yes, but boy did it feel like summer…
A lack of foliage, yes, but boy did it feel like summer...

…the trout are still lean, and are a little bruised after spawning…
...the trout are still lean, and are a little bruised after spawning...

The light may fade, but we cling on to hope of rising fish…
The light may fade, but we cling on to hope of rising fish...

Stone-clingers everywhere; a hatch of Brook Duns is just around the corner…
Stone-clingers everywhere; a hatch of Brook Duns is just around the corner...

One of the early season flowers – The Primrose (Primula Vulgata)
One of the early season flowers - The Primrose (Primula Vulgata)

The fish are still a little spread out, but one favourite run still produces…
The fish are still a little spread out, but one favourite run still produces...

…fooled by a thing of fur and feather.
...fooled by a thing of fur and feather.

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