A great weekend was had, starting on Saturday with talks from Simon Johnson Director of the Eden Trust and Paul Proctor, guide, angling consultant & writer, followed by a demonstration from Jeremy Lucas on his leader-to-hand technique (a relative of French nymphing), down on the river Eden.
|A glimpse into Jeremy fly box!|
Next morning saw by bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, and up at the Warcop beat on the Eden for a days nymphing for the 'ladies'. I was joined by Jim and 3 others and we spread ourselves about the beat. I'd tackled up with my 10' #3 weight Streamflex, with a furled silk leader, level Stroft tippet and 2 nymphs, a weighted shrimp on the point and copper-bead PNT on the dropper. I went upstream and was into a small out-of-season brownie on the PTN almost immediately.
In the morning I picked up a further brown (to a #16 PTN) and a one grayling. In the afternoon I went downstream, and had another couple of grayling all to the weighted shrimp.
I fished on to dusk, and returning to the car met Jim tackling-down, telling me that he had too many grayling, including 1 of 43cm and 1 of 45cm, and 6 or 7 broons!! Well he is an expert, and he was using the French leader nymph technique. I must try this I thought.
Back home I've done my research and made up my own 12m leader set up to try out next week on the River Derwent , in Tyne & Wear.