What a remarkable season we are having! The numbers of big fish being caught is simply outstanding. Despite challenging conditions at times the fishing continues to stay strong and this was demonstrated in the recent B.R.F.F.A Orvis competition this weekend where a cracking rod average of just under 5 fish per person was seen. Not a monstrously high rod average but a number we love to see and despite only being able to fish floating lines and horrid gusty conditions for the best part of the day, I think most anglers would argue this is a fantastic result!
Finally some fish showing up on top with a mixture of buzzers, sedge and even pond olives making an appearance. Damsel flies are also showing in numbers with many anglers favoring a hot head damsel as a point fly in recent weeks. Water clarity remains pretty reasonable considering the time of year and the warmer temperatures we have been having in recent weeks. Some green tinge to most of our waters but this doesn’t appear to be affecting catches. Water temperatures fluctuating between lows of 15.4C and highs of 16.6C
Barrows has really been fishing well this last week or so with numerous fish being recorded rising well on warmer overcast days. Fresh fish looking to be introduced in a week or so’s time. Blagdon receiving a small stocking of fresh fish in coming days. We will attempt to stock towards the top end of the lake in an effort to get this area fishing a little bit better.
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On to the fishing.....
Chew Valley- Res level 94% full
Stocking to Date: 19,430
Average Weight: 2lb 13oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 5lb 5oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 5lb
Woodford bank has been incredible recently. Some excellent returns from this area, notably the far end closest the treeline into Villice bay. Damsels are now prevalent so a hot head damsel or similar will be worth a try as a point fly. Alternatively quite a number of fresher fish have been caught on a F.A.B as a point fly too. Keep the dries close to hand especially fi fishing into the evening. On a number of occasions as the evening draws in fish have been moving freely close to the bankside.
Mr Cottrell braved the harsh wind over at Wick Green in the Orvis competition which had prizes for bank anglers too. Managing a respectable 8 fish in challenging conditions his move from Walley bank proved successful. Fishing a team of nymphs across the wind keeping as tight as possible worked well.
Heron’s Green has really been the place to be. Anywhere towards the top of the bay has been good. Fish flies static if possible. Many anglers have opted fishing the bung recently, especially on days with stronger winds where it can be challenging to stay in contact with your flies.
Woodford bank has been good too although be aware of bank anglers and ensure a minimum of 50 meters if given when drifting this area. Mr M Stevens managed a credible 12 fish in challenging conditions on Sunday taking top place in the Orvis competition drifting in tight to the beginning of the tree line close to Woodford/Villice. On calmer days, don’t dismiss a drift out further, there are fish all throughout the Woodford bank area right out to the fish pens. Often the bigger fish can be picked up from the slightly deeper water further from shore.
The False island is still worth a go along with the northern most tip of Denny where a small pocket of resident fish reside amongst strands of weed beds. Make sure you ‘hang’ your flies if fishing this area. Mr Hunt and boat partner Mr Kempton caught several good fish on consecutive drifts in the area just a few days ago. Mr Hunt commented that ‘lots of fish took a F.A.B on the hang’
On flat calm days don’t neglect an explore around Stratford/Moreton and the Roman shallows. There is always a resident population of fish in these areas although they can often be tricky to tempt. Looking for individual feeding fish up on top can often produce the rewards and really test your skills as an angler. The rewards are there to be had with numerous big fish from these areas this season including a pristine rainbow of over 12lb just a few weeks ago!
Continuing on from the last report, jacks continue to be caught in good numbers to visiting pike fly anglers. The top of Herons green will be worth a try although a number of bigger fish have been caught by accident by trout anglers from Woodford bank recently too. Drifts through the open water near the roman shallows will also be a look. Fishing tight or over the top of the growing weed beds will give you the best chance of finding a bigger fish
Blagdon - Res level 91% full
Stocking to Date: 13,211
Average Weight: 2lb 11oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 5lb 1oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 4lb
Green Lawn, Rainbow back into Holt bay, Long bay and Cheddar all worth a go if you’re hitting the bank this week at Blagdon. Lots of corixae about now so a red diawl bach wouldn’t go a miss, often a deadly pattern when corixae are about in numbers. Stick with a floating line and perhaps a small booby diawl bach or similar as a point fly.
Fresh fish being introduced in coming days so it may be worth trying Pegs point or Ash trees if the winds are right.
Boat areas:Long bay and Home bay have bene holding fish pretty consistently recently although it has got noticeably harder in recent days.
Butcombe continues to be good with previous Fishery Manager, Mr R Handford and boat partner managing a fine 16 fish in this area last week. Nothing technical, nymphs and buzzers fished slowly will be the way to go.
Calmer days giving the option of targeting fish up on top with dries. The open water around the front of the lodge will be worth a go as fish often creep up over the growing weeds beds in this area at this time of year. Lots of olive duns about so a larger dry such as a hopper in olive or similar may be worth a go. Similarly to Chew, damsels are also prevalent and last year we did see occasions where fish were feeding on the adult damselflies at Blagdon lake. Quite unusual but goes to demonstrate how varied a diet our fish have at differing times of the year
Working a team of lures on an intermediate or faster sinking line may work in coming days as fresh fish are introduced. Try a couple orange blobs on an intermediate or similar. A fast retrieve often works well for fresh fish introduced to the lake.
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 81% full
Stocking to Date: 6,760
Average Weight: 1lb 14oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 4lb
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 4lb
Bank fishing only:
The rod average and average weights continue to rise at Barrow tanks in the last week, just like the fish on site!
Lots of reports of the ‘barrow boil’ now in full swing with catches on all 3 of the tanks being steady. Sounding a little repetitive but the pipe on number 3 continues to produce well. This flow really does seem to attract feeding fish. Try a team of buzzers fished slowly on the ‘swing’ in this area, black being the favored colour at present.
A long leader may help pick out the better fish holding a little deeper down although this isn’t guaranteed. The resident population of fish seem to be on the feed and fighting fit at present with a number of 2lb+ fish with full tails making an appearance. A very encouraging sign at all of our waters this season, it’s nice to see a decent head of overwintered fish making anglers days that little bit more special.
Resident pro, Mr Weaver, managed a respectable 11 fish on number 3 last week with a stick fly and team of buzzers doing the damage. A small blob may also be worth a go as daphnia plumes start to explode with warming water.
Season ticket holder Mr A Souter has had some good trips recently too managing a total of 20 rainbows and 1 solid brown trout of 4lb in the last 7 visits to the lakes.
Mr D Hitchins also had a memorable trip banking 14 fish from number 3 on a mixture of diawl bach’s and dries.
Don’t miss out, day tickets available at Barrow tanks for just £19.00, including an 8 fish limit!
Great fishing continues at Litton lakes with Mr P Martin And boat partner managing 7 fish averaging 2lb 8oz last week. Litton will be closing from Saturday onwards so if you’re thinking of heading out on these special lakes do give us a call asap.
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