My nearest water on the trout bit of the Derby Railway ticket is Sutton Brook. It has so much potential but unfortunately not many trout. In fact I didn't catch one last season. In 2008 I probably has half a dozen in 3 to 4 trips. It is that sort of water where you can be very pleased to finish with a brace. I had last fished it with a trotting set up in October on a foul morning when I managed a nice perch and a chub (note no trout or grayling). I decided to give it a bash for an hour this morning and again set up with my Alpha float rod and dad's Mordex Major 'pin.
I fished the slower runs towards the bottom end of the water and returned a big fat zero having started out with great confidence. Now I will definitely think twice before giving it another go after my experiences of the last 12 months.
The club were going to have the EA have a look at the brook and I think it is long overdue. I'll pop a post on the DRAC forum and hopefully Phil Harrison will see it and offer an update. Warren Slaney has posted on flyforums along the lines of 'why try and make Sutton Brook something it isn't'. He may be right. Blount Flyfishers have some water upstream and I think stock it as there are far more fish come out than on the DRAC stretch, however is this sustainable and is the environment right for trout to thrive. Pickled Carp has fished this section and there are some good pictures on his blog. Today I would have been happy with a perch or chub but it was not to be.
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