I chose my starting point and sneaked into the river shown below with a good stretch of juvenile habitat lined up one side to reclaim the bank, I cast next to the brash and got walloped instantly.
This restoration work had definitely done the business providing a safe environment for young trout as this pool was alive with them, providing me with 6 perfect little trout like the one below with an elk hair in his mouth, amazingly beautiful little things.
I quickly became engrossed with the river and once in top gear, I began connecting with most takes resulting in lots of browns and they were getting bigger. I had all my success on elk hair and Larrys Pride but I should mention once your under the canopy you cant help but loose 1 or 2 flies to the tree gods.
The sport was nothing short of fantastic dry fly action and I intend to congratulate Andy from Trent Rivers Trust and Ron Trevis from DCAC for their successful work to date, and the future of the Manifold looks very promising if this passport section is anything to go by and this stretch will be excellent value day ticket water, for our fly fishing visitors to go wild - Ninja Style.
This big stockie came crashing out from under some roots and with the hard battle he gave me he could be forgiven for his stockie status, and after all 1 in 20 ain't bad.
This picture below shows another section running under the canopy and the atmosphere was so intense, creeping along holding your breath, watching the surface like a hawk, waiting for the next rise in the distance to home in on. If you like challenging wild fishing with a 6-7 ft rod and want to get away from everything, this is paradise - you may as well be fishing on the moon and with quality of fish like this one below - you couldn't be disappointed.
Just to finish the day off nicely I noticed otter tracks as i walked back downstream and I was being stalked me thinks.