Join Date: Nov 2009
So, went yesterday afternoon/evening on my club water.Was getting on for summer level, but clear.A boiling hot day, bright sun, no cloud and I intend reccying the pools and fishing hard last light into dark especially for the Sea Trout.Being so low I chose my 6 weight Airflo switch,Mastery reel and 7 weight Airflo 40+,the shiny new Cascapedia would have to wait for some water in the river before its inaugural wetting!.
Now I'd tied some 1/2" Temple dogs up on plaggy tubing, gave them a swim and looked amazing in the water, but had far too much presence in the low water, so on with a 1/4" plaggy black n orange tube and size 14 terrible
Eventually Salar popped its head up in a pool tail and I slowly worked down towards it.Amazing how we notice the casts that go well innit?, well this one shot out perfik right on the mark not as much as a ripple in the flat calm pool tail.Within seconds I saw the water displace right under the flee, the line drew tight and pulled steadily and hard, there was a boil like a table top and I was left dreaming!.Now here in Blighty we have a different structure to swearing than you do Stateside, different words, but with equally venomous meanings!, suffice to say I voiced my feelings!.
So onwards, as the session went on my reel was getting ratty on me, sounded like grit or muck in it some where, but despite cleaning it was getting worse.As the light fell away I found my pod of Sea Trout in a pool tail splashing about, so on with a Sliver Stoats tail tube of 3/8ths to a 12 terrible and on with it.3rd cast, big boil then all hell broke loose!, a fish of 4 to 5lb cart wheeled every where and it was then the reel decided not to play.It would neither reel in nor give line out!,lets just say I lost that fish bigee stylee!- more swearing.Now the reel wasn't working, I'd spares in the car but that was 1 mile away and the light had gone so headed home!.
Had a rummage this morning and it was the spindle that had come loose!-easy fix.I'd have been gutted to loose that reel as they're no longer made(haven't been for some time!) and everything about it is perfik for my switch rod and I love it to bits.As its a Hardy made reel, there's a chance they might fettle it, but for the moment it's a case of normal service.
So there you have it, one more foot on the road of Salmon fishing.
Tight lines Dudes,Yorkie.