River Elders tips (two former River Managers)

John Hamilton: – “There I was, fishing, and the Queen Mother waved to me”

Beat 5   
Pool A stream at the top from left bank (hellish wading, big boulders, take a wading stick!) wet fly, long line (I use a 11′ 3″  #8 switch rod)
Pool B Seatrout Run  from as high as you can get and fish from the LB – the main flow is at the RB and the deepest; try not to wade until the gravel spit as there are many DEEP holes – wading is good below the spit, from halfway down from the spit there are deep boulders RB and to centre where the Seatrout lie, best into the darkening for Seatrout.
Beat 4   
Pools 37/38 Trout run into Farm pool, LB used to be able to fish to the trees at the foot of the farm pool, but bank is too unstable below the chairs.
 Pool 43 Long pool , from halfway down to the tail LB long line fish close to the RB and allow the line to swing downstream.  
Favoured Flies: Salmon, #8 to #12 double long shank hair wing orange, red or black overall colour, preferably small jungle cock and always GP-Topping tail
Seatrout,  Connemara Black, Silver Invicta, Dunkeld, Blae and Black, Kate McLaren and Stoat’s Tail (Silver)

Alan Ayre: “The Master”

Beat 4 pools 24, 36, 37, 43, and 45

Beat 5 pools B, C, D and E

Beat 3 pools D, H, and K . 
I take time to watch and spot a fish dimpling. By fishing upstream and wading quietly its surprising how close you can get to a fish so casting a long line is rarely required. I find a wading stick essential. 
I usually fish upstream dry fly with a #16 general olive pattern such as Adams or Grey Dister, which I like to tie with a fairly long tail and a white or grey wing so I can see them.  A #18 Goddard’s Super Grizzly can also make the day when trout are taking something small.  On summer evenings just before the light goes a #12 sedge pattern such as Moser’s Balloon Caddis (MBC) can fetch fish up when cast upstream, and if fished down and across in the dark trout will hammer it and it may also tempt a seatrout.  I sometimes use a spider pattern such as an Iron Blue or Black Spider, though I  find more often than not rising fish will come as well if not better to a dry fly.  When the river is dropping after a spate a #12 Black Pennel can do the business fished across and down.  

Brian releasing a cracking trout.