If July Was difficult August is more so, Insect hatches are few and varied during the day and the trout are targeting certain hatching insects but for short periods of time, an hour or so tops before changing to something else. The main go to fly has been a size 16 Cinnamon Sedge, which they come to but can either take it with a bang or just drown the fly only to take it underwater as long as they have not felt it at all on the initial take.
The Bongoch (Heather Fly) is putting in an appearance and has been attracting some big fish, I was broken once last week and rose two other monsters in the 4 to 5 lb bracket, which are huge fish for our mountain lakes.
My last visit was yesterday (Mon 12th Aug) and what a fab day in more ways than fishing.
Driving along the track to the parking area I noticed a bird swooping into the heather, I stopped and watched as a Merlin was swooping down trying to get a Skylark to take flight, the Skylark popped up after every swoop the Merlin made only to land quickly in a new position. I watched for 5 mins until the wee bird lifted at the wrong time only for the Merlin to hit it and fly away with it. What a start to my day. Then around 2.30pm three peregrine`s making a right racket flew above, the mother flying high in the sky and dropping what looked pigeon sized pray for the young Falcon to catch below her. Time and time again this went on, and when the youngster missed the pray the mother caught it again, absolutely amazing sight. Now the fishing, although I managed 7 nice Brownies to a variation of fly`s fell into insignificance after all this, low and behold on my way back to my vehicle I saw a Dipper pop up from the small outlet stream. I have not spotted a Dipper in this Stream in 55 years. What a day, just shows there is more to fishing than just catching fish. A day to remember.
Tight Lines all
Brian, Fish Snowdonia/Eryri