Powdermill Reservoir by Andy Lush

Mayflies and Powdermill go together like "toast and jam", but the sweet taste lasts longer when you sample what Powdermill has to offer.

I recently visited the reservoir for my first visit there this season and was transfixed by its beauty. Spring is my favourite season and this year we are being blessed with a gradual warming period giving ample opportunity to fish floating lines with nymphs or dries, just how I like it.

Andy Playing a Fiesty Rainbow
Andy Playing a Fiesty Rainbow
The Friendly Fisherman (He's the one on the right)
The Friendly Fisherman (He's the one on the right)

As usual my fishing buddy was James Gardner, the Doc, we tackled up in anticipation, with the overcast conditions there was only one choice for me it had to be dries but would there any Mayflies hatching? While James set up a team of small Daiwl Bach nymphs with a lightly weighted point fly, this creates enough angle in his leader to ensure that each fly is searching a different level.

My team of dries was a bit of a fudge, as I was not seeing any hatching Mayflies but with cloud cover and the occasional sippy rise to encourage me, it had to be dries. Top dropper was a Claret Shipman's Buzzer, middle dropper a Black CDC Hopper, just in case there were any Hawthorne and point fly was a size 14 Parachute Greenwell's.

First drift saw James hook into a fish on his top dropper, showing the fish were shallow. As our drift neared an end my Greenwell's was picked off by a marauding Rainbow on the fringe of the overhanging bushes. Within the hour I started to hear splashy rises which indicated to me that Mayfly were hatching somewhere nearby and what's more they were being feasted upon.

A quick change of dries was in order if I was going to exploit this opportunity, off came the "A team" and on went the Mayflies. I upped the diameter of my leader to 3X to stop leader twist and also reduced its length to 10' to aid quick turnover, my team was now just 2 flies a Grey Wulff and a Mosely May.

Caught on Bob Holland Special - Hatching Mayfly
Caught on Bob Holland Special - Hatching Mayfly
James Gardner
James Gardner

The action was "fast and furious", so James quickly switched to dries, my first take was one that with last in my memory all year if not a lifetime. The trout shot out of the water like a 'Polaris' missile taking my Mayfly as it exploded through the surface, two feet in the air, both James and I watched in amazement.

James also had a "Kodak" moment, he alerted me to watch his fly, underneath it maybe 2' down I saw a Trout slowly emerge from the depths, the water so clear that we both were able to marvel as it staked his Mayfly and engulfed it as it rolled through the surface! After that we managed to catch in other areas around the lake but to be fair the rest of the day is a bit of a blur and over far too soon.

What a brilliant day, we must do that again, soon.

Tight lines
Andy Lush
www.thefriendlyfisherman.co.uk

Powdermill Reservoir

Powdermill Reservoir
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