Fishing guide Dan O’Neill reports on his latest excursion on the Nore with some guests from a more mountainous region.


I was lucky enough to fish this week with three anglers from the Pyrenees mountains. Upon hearing this I couldn’t help but get excited as I’m sure they had some super techniques for wary trout. We met at the Fishing room and exchanged some fly patterns before heading down river to the broken weir.

Walking down the river Thierry acted as translator which was great fun. We learned some new words, all good of course. A very funny phrase came to my mind when I was trying to speak some French, it was of course Rodney from only fools and horses when he said to Del “most of your French phrases come straight from a Citroen manual” brilliant!

However, we were here to fish and not recite. Starting out I split the anglers up over the 300-meter stretch. The middle section of the beat it’s tough to overhead cast so we generally use a circle-c cast. The gentleman I had on the middle beat didn’t speak English which made it very interesting as I had to go through the motions, words were of no use when explaining the cast. It certainly helped me as an instructor to open a new door, it was very rewarding when the cast worked out. I really had to show the movements and explain the cast by motion. It made for an excellent learning exercise for me as well as my guest.

Once all anglers were fishing I sat on a rock just beside the broken weir and took my 10mins to realise how lucky I was. Watching flies dance around, trout on the seams of the opposite bank splashing at flies. A blue flash as a kingfisher shot past. I think once you learn that you have this time on the bank and opportunity to take 10mins it can make day to day issues a little easier.

It wasn’t long before one of the anglers at the bottom of the beat hit a trout, a nice fish of 30/32cm.The fish took a pheasant tail nymph with green glo-Brite hotspot. The trout did seem to be hard on the bottom, the river was rising slightly still. We switched to wet fly during the morning and had some great trout. Super sport and the trout really fought hard in the current.

Always a good idea to turn over a stone and see what nymphs are about

As lunchtime approached, we headed to the fishing room where we had our lunch. We shared stories some translated of course and at times google translate came in very useful. We had a lovely lunch and chat before heading to the Manor pool to try for some more trout. Splitting up again along the pool we fished dry dropper at the tail end, the larger trout fell to an olive nymph with a flashback along the slower calmer water. As the anglers struck most of the fish leapt from the water causing smiles all round.

A hatch of olives can bring trout to the surface too

It was a pleasure to meet the lads and share stories and patterns. The universal language of fishing strikes another international friendship.


Go Fishing…

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