1st of March and the need to fish as much flowing water as possible before the Close grows stronger. Hence my decision to forgo a sunny spot on the Ressie for a muddy perch from which to drip feed my 2 pints of reds. After I had to pack everything away and return for the box with the hooks, shot, hook-tie and rubbers. never mind.
So, it was gone 11.30 before I started again. River lower and clearer, and in hindsight,my decision to fish the pin today wasn't great. Though it give much more control the fish wanted the bait tighter to the cover and that wasn't an easy swing out distance. Not a bite a trot today.
The dace were smaller in general and a pike was being quite selective in picking off the better ones I was hurrying in.
Did get one from the swim, on a half herring but really should have set up a paternostererd lively.
Had a chinwag with Rob the Plasterer and managed the best dace whilst he was there. Pigeon chested with a distinct blue sheen. Also lost either a chub or brownie that shot off across the top but the hooklink parted though I was never really in control.
Moved the other side of the stile to get a better trot close in but not a bite. Looked nice though.
One more pike on the upstream rod made the move worthwhile though.
Last 15 minutes and tempted the dace snatcher with a twitched half herring.It did throw the bait in the end but interesting watching it trying to pick the bait up off the riverbed by butting and twisting to try to flip it up. That must be what the knocks and twitches on the float indicate.
A look over the bridge on the way back to the car did reveal the bigger dace and roach on the gravels so perhaps a re-think next time.