I invited fellow Game Angling Instructor Paul Brown to do a spot of fishing today as he was staying in this area for a few days with his wife on vacation . First of all he had to get a pass signed from his wife to allow him to fish for a few hours. Task completed, we went to Scout Dyke Reservoir. We arrived around 9.30 am to bright sunshine and not a fish in sight . It is a common saying in the fly fishing world that July and August you might as well put your rod away. We are here now so lets give it a shot we said. We both set up with a small black nymph on after a tip off a local angler, I used one with a green bead head on. We cast in not expecting it to be a great days fishing and bang, after a few casts I hit into a decent fish loosing it before I could net it. Two minutes later, the same story. I tried to make light of the situation telling Paul I was using an advanced catch and release method. I then landed three in quick succession, now that’s better. Now Paul is looking at me and I could see him thinking – whats going on here? I am casting well and using a similar fly? I told him to just push down the bank a little as I knew there was a drop off/shelf there and fish usually like structure. Two minutes later and he was into fish and this set the tone for the day. Catch a few, loose a few, everything we caught was on black and sub surface. Nymphs, buzzers, diawl bach etc. The fly of the day was definitely the green bead head black nymph. We had a great day, I really enjoyed Paul’s company. It was good to catch up and land a good number of fish, also it just goes to show that the old sayings are not always correct!