I arrived at the river at 8 and tackled up in the hut and had a coffee whilst i decided on fly and line options. I went for a fast sinking tip on the Rio Multi tip in combination with a 1 1/2" Cascade brass tube.
I started at the top of the beat and had a good take at the tail of the the first run i fished down. Very quickly i realised it was a Pike of about 6lb. Although a good fight on the 8 weight it was not what i was hoping for. Poppy, however, was thrilled and very excited by the whole affair.
After a few runs the fish was starting to tire although it was still heading for the open pool above. I had to put the brakes on fairly hard to keep it in the run. Eventually I got the fish under control and managed to get below it as it surfaced on its side on the surface and the game was over as I lifted a lovely 15lb bar of silver complete with sea lice out to unhook it.
After a quick couple of pictures I got in the river to release the fish. After about 5 minutes it it had recovered well and swam off strongly.
I spent the rest of the morning fishing down the rest of the beat but wasn't really concentrating as I was was more than happy that id just released my first springer of 2012!