Sulby River - Head waters
There is a quarry on the road down to Sulby reservoir not far from where the "Millenium Way" (a truely epic walk) crosses the road. This is where I chose to park to walk down to the river at the valley bottom. It didn't look too far on the map or from the road. 10 minutes later I was at the river when the path cross via a beautiful bridge (above).
There were fish here! I saw them coming to my fly and then sinking back into the depths. The pools here are up to 5 feet deep and very peat stained. These fish although opportunistic were obviously a bit more discerning. I tried in successive pools down the valley.
However, they were having none of it. I think I'm going to have to review the insect life in our mountains to find something a closer match. They were interested, but not interested enough to have a snap at the offering.
The open scenery was a joy to fish in with no worries about back casts catching anything.
At one deep series of falls I couldn't cast into the bottom pool so crept around and cat upstream into the dark shadow of the rock wall. Fish on!
What a little beauty! At last something had grabbed at my peacock spider!
The fishing continued and I took a couple more fish but I couldn't get the big fella lurking in this pool to latch on. He kept following the fly but not taking it. Twitching the fly and he swam into the depths. I must of spent 20 minutes on this one fish before moving on.
I didn't quite make it to the top of the falls, but the river seems to continue in similar vein all the way. Open sections and then suddenly plunging waterfalls and pools where hard rock bands cross the river. Very exciting place to fish with lots of promise. Perhaps a dull day would be more productive. I will have to see.
Just one more note:
It took me 10 minutes to get into the river but the climb out from the bridge took 30 minutes. That was because I had to stop 5 times while I waited for my heart to stop trying to beat it's way out of my chest. Damn it's steep! Unless you are part mountain goat, give your plenty of time to get back and stop often!
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