My son suggested last week that we might go up the hills for an explore down the burn we found, and have a spot of fishing on Sunday (Fathers Day). So with the prospect of a nice day out with my son and some potentially decent weather, we set out on the short drive to the head of the burn.
The weather was odd, grey and occasionally blustery but very mild. The burn was running in torrents, hardly surprising given the two days of rain, and I was a bit concerned fishing might be a no no. I need not have worried, the pools, though a lot higher than normal were full of fish, and some sections that I would normally pass by were surprisingly fishable.
We stopped at the first major pool on the burn and set up as I wanted my son to have a bit of a practice before we headed on down to the hotspot I found a few weeks ago. If his casting was good he was sure to catch down there but I did not want it getting thrashed to a foam of bad casts before we got over a fish.
In the top pool, I went downstream a little beyond where I would expect to catch and showed him how to fish the dry fly on moving water. Would you beleive it I hooked a fish that came off as I brought it near the net!
Once he was ready he set about a few casts. He was getting fish after fish taking the fly but he was waaaay to slow and he was missing them all. It was really funny- he wasnt spotting the takes at all. After a we while of this and at least 4 missed fish I had a we go myself and managed to hook (and lose) at least 2.
We moved on down to the hotspot, and had lunch watching the fish rising in the burn. TIme to start, he had a couple of cast and immediately caught a fish! Just a small one but they all count. We were taking turn about so I cast now and landed one too. Him again, and this time he struck at a fish and it came flying out the water landing on the grass. A tiny wee Brown Trout, I popped back in safely.
Me again and another small fish and then him and this time he caught a good fish, a little shy of half a pound in my estimation but a good fish for the burn and safely hooked, netted and released, though not before a picture was taken of the fish dude with his fish!
We covered a few more pools and had mixed success, I managed to lose what felt like a decent fish, he struggled with the wind in our faces and missed a few more. Onthe walk back up we stopped to fish few unexplored setions and I managed to get another couple- very small fish but I don’t really care- on the Klinkhammer by now which is better in the riffles. We had a final stop at the top pool again onthe way back and he managed to miss another couple but all in all we had great fun and a good day out with about 8-10 fish between us in all.