A day on the egg fly – Arnfield Fly Fishery

To my mind nothing beats a day on a boat. Waves gently slapping against the bow, rain gently drizzling on your face, hale stones pinging off your glasses. Hands frozen to the gunnel’s. Port starboards and silly words. Drowning a constant threat due to poor weather and ineptitude. Yup nothing beats a day on the water.

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This day on the water was particularly memorable; fish made an appearance as well. These days a some what rare occurrence. It was a cold hungover Sunday at Arnfield Fly Fishery. Situated near Glossop the gateway to the Peak District, from the West. It’s a particularly good fishery, with particularly helpful owners and a cracking shop with pasty’s and teas.

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The egg fly would be the weapon of choice on this day, fished on a simple dry fly set up, through a 7-8 weight rod. The egg is fished static or near to it. Fished from a boat it is a beautiful method to drift around a reservoir; feet up perfection.

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Takes on the day were brutal and favourably regular. Few bites were missed, and many fish were landed. The final tally for the days sport ended with an 8 fish haul for Jamie and an altogether more humble 4 fish for me. The fish were plump for winter and full of fight, it was a truly cracking day to be out chucking the fluff.

jamie pb

Jamie took a fish of around 5lb. A new PB set with a truly monster sized trout. I myself took a beautiful fish, of around 3lb. It put up a spirited, wrist straining fight. Luckily, throughout my teens, my wrist was subjected to a long, brutal training regime and proved more than a capable opponent for this fish.

3lb Rainbow Trout

3lb Rainbow Trout

Exceptional sport and a coming of age to end Jamie and mines first season in the gentleman’s club.

 N.B

This article was originally going to be titled Egg Flied Wice (frankly a brilliant bit of wordplay) but as one of the patrons of this fishery is of the Asian persuasion, I have decided to moderate myself. In a bid to be PC and also to be allowed back to this great fishery. And they say I’m an offensive monster……

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