Wed 7th June 18
Another beutiful day took me to Gamallt, It was very warm first thing with blue sky's and light airs of wind, Almost immediately I saw fish rising and took it to be the Cog. How wrong I was, I covered fish after fish to no avail just a few nudges of my fly, so frustrating not being able to hook up just to spoon and find out what they were on, for whatever it was they were well into it. I still dont know but it was pretty small thats for sure.
The trout were somersaulting to get those insects that managed to hatch and leave the waters surface.
It was two and a half hours before I caught my 1st fish, not a big one about 10 onz, boy was I pleased. The Cog was truly out by this time and a fine hatch it was. That was not the end of the frustration for they were not easy to fool in these bright brassy conditions. I changed down from a size 16 to 18 Cog and fially got into some very nice trout indeed.
5 more in an hour and a half ranging from 1 1/4 pounds to the best at 2 pounds. Another great day at the office.
I am guiding on Friday so will update on that outing at the weekend .
Wed 30th May 2018
A gorgeous day took me up to Gamallt, Light airs wind wise with the occasional gust which worked a treat just to blow the Cog`s onto the water.
I started in the small lake still not convinced the big lake had come to life yet.
I had one trout on the Dry Cog even though they weren`t out that early.
But following that I had the most frustrating hour and a half in a long time. The trout were feeding frantically on some minute midge and they were taking it as it emerged, I changed down to size 24s but they were not having any of it, could not catch one to spoon it and hatch finished at 11.00 am.
I took myself over to the big lake only to find one of the best hatches of Cog that I have seen in years, thousands of them.
3rd cast to a riser and I was into a lovely pounder that tore line off my reel, I thought this is easy compared to what I had just left.
It was short lived, for their was so many Cog floating out like sailing ships the fish new exactly what they wanted. I managed 6 of which 3 were over a pound but it was not easy, a good sound dry pattern fished with confidence and choosing the right fish to present it too was the key, probably a ration of 30 casts to one taker.
The rise fizzled out at 2.30 pm and you would swear there wasn`t a fish in the lake. I just love days like this when you have to work for your fish.