The unexpected

Grey mullet have to be one of the most frustrating fish that swim in the sea and at times they appear almost impossible to tempt. Having witnessed some good friends fail to tempt a few awesome specimens in local estuary using the traditional bread and float approach I decide to try something different.

These fish look as if they are feeding enthusiastically but on what? I decided to try fly fishing using a small nymph pattern that I thought might imitate a sea slater. I stood at the meeting of fresh and saltwater flicking out a fly and then retrieving slowly using a sight bobbin to indicate any interception of the fly.

The mullet flashed in the water but my offering remained ignored for a while and I wished I had brought along the bread and quiver tip I normally use. Then as I lifted my nymph in the water close to the bank a familiar fish appeared and snatched the fly.


A pleasing tussle with a bent rod followed and a traditional fly fishing quarry was  dragged ashore; a delightful brown trout in perfect condition. Buttercup belly, crimson spots not what I had expected but very pleasing. I slipped the fish back wondering what other surprises could be inshore.

About piscator2

An all-round angler I fish for fun and enjoy sharing my experiences and adventures at the waters edge. Each week I write a column for the North Devon Journal and occasional articles for various publications.
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