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Big wets work

Gavin Wicks
There is no better sight in fly-fishing than seeing your dry fly taken off the surface. Seeing a fish rise up from the depths, then its mouth close over the fly is truly magical. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes other methods have to be used to fool our target species. When conditions are bleak and cold, early or late in the season, then sometimes we have to resort to blind fishing big wet flies. Some fisherman like to refer to it as blind flogging, but I don’t think that gives enough credit to it, so we will stick to blind fishing.

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2016 04 28 Mepps gold black fury Mersey River brown

Low cloud and light rain had me setting off to the Mersey River again this morning in what were ideal conditions for trout fishing. This time I was fishing at the top bridge which is around three kilometers upstream from where I fished yesterday. It wasn't one bit cold this morning, probably because it was 10.00am before I was in the river. Today I'm using the #00 gold black fury, only because it's the spinner that's already set up on the rod I'm using today. I'll change it if need be.


After ten minutes of working my way upstream and concentrating on flicking the spinner into the flat water on the opposite river bank under the willows I had my first brown trout on for the session. It was soon in the net, quick pic and back in the river. Twenty meters further up I picked up another nice brown in the tail end of a long slow flowing section of river. After releasing that nice brown I hopped out of the river and bypassed the long stretch of water to get back fishing another stretch of fast water. I managed to catch another two browns here from three hook ups as well as having two hit and misses. I had only been fishing for one & a half hours when I called it a day. I wasn't feeling all that good between the shoulder blades again today so I didn't want to aggravate it too much with three days of the season left after today. I still want to have a few more days fishing if I can. In all, it wasn't a bad session on the Mersey River, no doubt had I fished on I'm sure I would have caught a few more fish.


Nice size brown caught here Mersey River

2016 04 28 Nice size brown caught here Mersey River


Dull conditions Mersey River

2016 04 28 Dull conditions Mersey River


Very nice Mersey River brown

2016 04 28 Very nice Mersey River brown


Mepps gold black fury Mersey River brown

2016 04 28 Mepps gold black fury Mersey River brown

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