Fished Ardaire Springs yesterday with three Dutch anglers who were new to stillwater trout fishing. Two of the guys were visiting their friend who lives locally and had never fly fished before. We arrived at Ardaire around 11.30am but Ned was expecting us and had three Mackenzie single handed demo rods ready and waiting for the guys.
There were a lot of anglers fishing the lake but I noticed a few spots available outside the fishing lodge. The guys were keen to make a start so I got them all casting with different fishing methods and before I could pop back out to the car to put on my wellies Pieter was into a good fish. It turned out to be a cracking brown trout. What a start! A beautiful fish with a lovely golden hue to it.
The weather started to deteriorate with the wind getting stronger and rain looked imminent. Nevertheless the guys fished on and landed some nice rainbow trout on dries. Local angler Adriano managed to land a 14lb rainbow on a lure while we were there. The wind got really strong but even so the lads were casting well. Eventually the weather got very wet and cold so the guys decided to call it a day. I heard that another big rainbow approaching 20lbs was landed afterwards.
Overall it was a good day and I managed to get 10minutes casting in with the Mackenzie 7/8 Switch rod and Compact Switch line. What an awesome piece of kit! I left it on the rod rack and a few of the other anglers had a cast with it. Ned told me afterwards that they were really really impressed with it. No surprise there though.