I had a 'quick' amend to an illustration this morning so I postponed my trip to the Wye until tomorrow. And as it turned out it was a quick amend - about 10 seconds - so I grabbed a tin of sweetcorn and headed off in search of a floodwater chub.
Trying a few swims it was about an hour before I had a bite, the rod ripped round and a fish shot downstream against a tight drag, and just as I convinced myself it was a barbel it jumped! A surprise brown trout, my first one ever on sweetcorn, a real beauty and at 3lb 11oz it would have been a PB if it was in season.
With the swim trashed I moved a short distance downstream and it wasn't long before I had another bite, target species this time and it looked well over 4lb as it dashed around in front of me - until the hook pulled - agghh!
Half an hour or so later another ripping bite, great fight and another sweetcorn trout, a long thin fish that went 3lb 4oz - where were they in the summer? Oh yeah, I hardly fished!
I continued my trip downstream as I fished into the sunset, but only got the odd knock here and there, the chub weren't on the feed today... But it was nice to catch a couple of fish in less than ideal conditions.
The trout were handled with the greatest of care and spent less than 30 seconds out of the water - I couldn't resist a photo.
Note to self: Explore this water thoroughly with fly-gear and polaroids in the summer!!