Here at Finygo we are a bit obsessive on making our anglers’ fishing trips more successful. When we started looking at making a brilliant fish app we realised that our best fishing trips were not always our most successful but how can this be?!
What Makes A Good Fishing Trip?
A case in point was a day in October last year whilst fishing the River Ribble, in Lancashire, for Atlantic Salmon. All the other anglers had gone home, no fish caught and one lost. Harry (Finygo Fishpert) was busy catching Grayling after Grayling on his salmon fly and rod (so many in fact that we now think this may be a better method!). I, however, moved down ‘the sleeper pool’, a locally famous salmon pool. This pool, with its fast head, quickly abates to provide a deep pool which holds salmon in numbers.
To say there was no activity is an underestimate. It was devoid of life! Then after 30 minutes, as I am wading a few feet downstream, I tripped and stumbled, making a huge splash. Looking up from my misadventure I was rewarded with the wonderful sight of a Salmon just turning away from my fly!
I had chosen the exact moment the fish had decided to go for the fly to announce my presence. The fish, seeing my ineptitude, simply headed back into the deeps. In a good year I get about 5 takes from Salmon. What, I ask you, are the chances of me stumbling at that precise moment?!
The crazy thing though is that the previously dead pool now erupted into life. Salmon were jumping all over the place. One was rolling so regularly in the main flow it almost looked like it was feeding!
Two Friends Determination
Harry joined me on the pool and, after hearing my tale of woe, fished the pool alongside me. Two hours later, approaching dark, the fish finally decided to calm down. We had a few plucks at the flies, no fish on the bank but it was so exciting!
A Good Day No Less
No Salmon on the bank, rewarded with a glorious sunset on the walk home and time on a river with my best friend with more than a few exciting moments. It doesn’t get much better. A fish would have been nice though 🙂
Tight lines, Chris