If you haven't fished
Ardleigh this season, and you're on not the other
side of the world, then I should tell you it's worth
a visit. The fish this season are bigger (almost 2
lbs average) and in excellent condition. Fishing's
good with top-of-the-water action with buzzers and
hawthorn patterns. The buzzers are size 12 and 14 in
dark olive and black. The hawthorn are numerous and
when we get the perfect hawthorn day, the fishing
should be great (although in my experience the
perfect hawthorn days are well spread out - in memory
I've experienced one - they are sunny and windy
(sunny to encourage the hawthorn flies to engage in a
bit of aerial sex and windy enough to dump them on
the water) with periods of cloudy calmness (to
encourage the trout to eat them)).
Good places to fish
right now are Noah's Arc car park and the point at
the end of the Northern Narrows through to the first
sluice, and when the wind's right for it: Connells
Bay. Lost? Good. My fishing's safe then.
Expect good dry fly
fishing during May around first and last light.
You might find me
around last light, but probably not during the
mornings as all my time then is taken up training for
this Triathlon desire I got into last November.
Basically I realised I wasn't as fit as I would like
to be, and so gave up the weed and got into fitness.
All fitness people need to have a goal. Mine was, and
is, to do the Ironman (all eight or so of them) and
not having been running for ten years and not owning
a cycle and not being able to swim, only made me more
Still the evening
rises are pretty good.
Last month I offered
you a booby article to read and so not surprisingly
the fish have all been close to the surface and the
only tactic worth fishing involves floating lines.
Therefore this month I offer you no article, partly
because I'd only tempt fate and partly because I
don't have one handy.
Any questions? Drop me