Large river stones make an excellent wind break for these delicate insects.
Deep water, a weighty trout and a small net = "The run-around."
On a double nymph rig this fish took the top fly - my swimming mayfly pattern.
Enjoying the muggy spring light northerly rain, heaps of insects around, a few sporadic hatches of mayflies and stoneflies. The swimming mayfly pattern is proving to be unstoppable. All fish I have caught have been taken on it. I will post the tying instructions soon as I have now photographed the tying steps. I have a new mayfly dryfly which worked well today which I will share soon too. Great to be on the water again with me old mate Jack.
Trout love to eat swimming mayflies especially as they are emerging to hatch. They are usually quite large and have a hunched appearance. I have found it difficult to get the shape of these right as the legs, head and wingcase are located up the front of the insect.
Tail: Hare mask guard hairs with the stripe between the black and gold colour.
Body: Latex strip.
Gills: Flat nylon thread looped and tied under the latex.
When I was out on the river, splashing in the distance caught my eye as a Red Stag was galloping full steam across the river towards me. He stopped mid river and stared at me, then turned back and continued up the far bank. It's not so common to see these guys when your fishing, but in April during the roar anything is possible. What a sight!