Tuesday, 2 March 2010
I decided to visit the River Test at Timsbury, where three miles of main river and carriers are available on a day ticket. As this was my first visit I planned to travel light and explore the fishery hoping for some decent grayling and maybe a bonus sea trout for the species hunt.
I had learnt a lot from my maiden visit to the River Test and booked a return visit on Thursday.
On Thursday once again I had to de-ice the car before setting off for Timsbury. I decided to set out my stall for a sea trout and fished the swim that produced the big sea trout earlier in the week. I set up two light quivertip rods with the new Drennan vari-weight block end feeders and two foot fluorocarbon hooklengths to a size 14 barbless hook. I planned to draw fish to me. One rod was fished about a rod length out well downstream and the other slightly further out. Despite the bright sunshine during the morning I had half a dozen small grayling and a couple of brown trout to about four pounds. Then it went dead until late afternoon where in a five minute spell I missed three bites. It must have been a difficult day because everyone else had gone home. These were indeed testing times, however I was lucky enough to see a water rail emerge from the bankside reeds, these are extremely shy birds!