Stood at the Kitchen Sink washing the dishes from my evening Meal I couldn’t help notice the clouds of Flies in the back garden, the Sun was shining, the earlier Rain showers had passed through and the strong winds had eased a little. Should I get the Fishing rod out for the first time this year?
Although not particularly warm the Wind was at least coming from a South Westerly direction which is usually good for fishing so I decided to give it a go but opted to stay local and try a new venue for me in Donaldsons Trout Fishery in the Holywood hills.
A short drive and soon I was tackled up and ready to pit my wits at a new to me venue not really knowing what to expect.
The chill in the air and the swirling wind was not ideal conditions for consistently feeding fish at surface level none-the-less there were sporadic Trout rising to take the hatching Buzzers in the surface film giving me hope of a fish or two.
The fishing was not easy but after about an hour I plucked a couple of fish with neither hooking up but shortly after I made proper contact with what felt like a good Trout and after a good hard fight I slipped the net under a fin perfect, nicely coloured, over-wintered fish before unhooking it and releasing it back in to the lake unharmed.
All evening the fishing was slow but I persevered and managed a reasonable five fish for a few hours of fishing and called it a day as the sun set over the hills.