Iwana on the River Calder
by Ian Robertson
I took my Iwana on it's first visit to the River Calder, which flows of the Penines in Lancashire, England. The river was out of sorts and as I haven't used the Iwana much I was struggling at first but I got into the hang of it and caught a few fish, up to 3/4lb but all on nymphs as the fish were not rising and not coming to the Tenkara type flies I had tied. But the presentation that I could achieved was far superior than with my 8ft cane rod I usually used.
As our season ends this week on Friday 30th I will only have one other chance to fish for Trout, but I can fish for Grayling until next March. So I hope to improve my technique and work out the best length of leader to use. I have a problem as to the best length of tippet to use as I had difficulty landing my fish. Has anybody any advice for me?
“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin
"Study to be quiet." - Izaak Walton 1653
"Be sure in casting, that your fly fall first into the water, for if the line fall first, it scares or frightens the fish..." Col. Robert Venables 1662
The hooks are sharp.
The coffee's hot.
The fish are slippery when wet.
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