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Beautiful wild fish, a bit on the thin side, but taken on the top I see. With the warmer weather this week, I'd hoped for a few rises yesterday afternoon, but apart from a couple of dace on an emerger, didn't see a trout.

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Got one! Thames trout, on the dry fly!          

I was out for a late evening session, back on my urban mid Thames tributary on Wednesday. I'd missed the main mayfly rise, but still managed to find some more beautifully marked and very fat wild brow

Months of floods have altered many of the feature pools on my small Hampshire river and only allowed members a couple of brief working parties to drag out some of the fallen trees before open day on A

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Thanks! I didn't take many dries, I wasn't expecting them to be up top, but they were rising regularly. I did have another, and lost one, on a peeping caddis.

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The trout seem a bit slow to get going on my little river, the few that have been out, have blanked, or caught dace so far. Beginner's luck for me last week I think. More warm weather this week should improve things. I might give my urban river a try this week, running through a town the water is warmer.

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I took my first wild trout on the surface this week, having concentrated on the nymph, but a few rising fish made me swap to an emerger, as there were no apparent flies going airborne.

 

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Many of the wild browns in the river have this blue/silver sheen to them.

 

The following day I had a larger, 13 inch trout also taken on an elk hair emerger.

 

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This was a more traditional coloured brownie and was quite lean, but was just as energetic.

This was my latest blog. http://www.urbanfieldsportsman.com/index.php/small-river-brown-trout-begin-to-take-the-fly/

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Well done mate

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We are not putting it back it is a lump now put that curry down and go and get the scales

have I told you abouit the cruise control on my Volvo ,,,,,,,bla bla bla Barder rod has it come yet?? and don`t even start me on Chris Lythe :bleh::icecream:

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Look at all that clean gravel mate! I am getting quite excited about trying for a Thames barbel after the season opens. Haven't spotted any, only chub, but then I haven't spotted any trout yet either but I've caught one.

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Well done Steve! A fat healthy brown from a clean river. My little river rises from chalk, but runs through nitrate rich farmland, the gravel being coated with brown gunge by the time it reaches us ten miles downstream. Great pics.

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Thanks, it was a nicely conditioned little fish, and well patterned. The Thames is quite clean here, the big problem is low summer flows.

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Hi Steve,

I fished an urban tributary of the Thames yesterday evening, less than a mile up from the main river near Maidenhead and had this fin perfect wild brown among the factories. It took an unweighted gold ribbed hares ear fished just below the surface.

 

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Difficult fishing, but worth the effort, when you get one like this.

 

This was my blog. http://www.urbanfieldsportsman.com/index.php/evening-trout-rise-on-urban-river/

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