|Pheasant tail variant|
The most memorable fish was the brown below that shot out from under a bush and launched himself a meter out of the water smashing my fly.He also gave me the best fight I have ever had for a brown trout.
I lost another good brown later in the morning but all the rest of the fish were Rainbows ranging from about 8 to 16 inches. Normally the fish in this particular stream would be in the fast water but today they were sitting in the slow flowing pools which made it a interesting exercise casting to them and not spooking them. There were six fish rising occasionally in the pool below and I managed to fool 4 of them into taking my dry. The other two I spooked with sloppy presentation. I also had to put lots of pressure on every fish when it took the dry to prevent him from screaming of upstream to spook the next fish.
Normally at this time of the year the water levels are pretty low and the water temperature heats up quite quickly, but at the moment the streams are just perfect, the fish are in great condition and its a absolute pleasure just being out on the rivers. I spend a great deal of the morning just sitting on a rock with my feet in the cool mountain water contemplating life.
If Douglas Adams was a fly fisher I am pretty sure he would have come up with a different answer than 42.
Well Monday its back to the daily grind. On a more hopefull note: The Lotto tonight is R15 mil, I have a ticket in my pocket and with the right amount of luck I would be able to spend lots more time sitting on a rock getting the correct answer to the meaning of life for all of you.