Ahhh. Finally back at the Upper Itchen!
It´s great to be back up north again. Early summer is a magical time above the arctic circle, with nature exploding in the perpetual daylight. The transition between winter and summer is incredibly short – spring up here lasts for a couple of weeks – so everything is just so much faster and more intense than in southern Scandinavia. It has to be. And with summer arriving late this year because of this winter´s enormous snowfall and low temperatures in May, the action seems to be even more compressed than usual.
Despite the cold, wet and windy weather, yesterday´s 2012 debut in the Upper Itchen was quite sucessful. A decent feathermidge hatch kept a few really good trout rising steadily. I caught and released several good fish, including a 1,2 kg beauty. Not bad for such a small creek – and a real monster was observed, too.
Hopefully, the coming days will bring slightly warmer weather. The hatches of the mayfly Leptophlebia marginata are spectacular in the Upper Itchen, and after the marginatas come the proper Mayflies – Ephemera vulgata and Ephemera danica. And then the caddisflies arrive…
I can´t wait.