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PostPosted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:11 pm    Post subject: TUBING PIONEERS Reply with quote

Friday 27th September will go down in the angling history books for many reasons, firstly it was day one ‘proper’ of the CFF/SKB Autumn social at Ladybower Fisheries, secondly this would be the first time in his life that my Dad had fished with a fly rod, thirdly the weather was a delightful combination of torrential Derbyshire rain turned horizontal by wind gusting upwards and over 30mph, ideal conditions for the fourth, and most momentous event of this historic day. The first ever float tubing expedition up the Millbrook arm of the Ladybower reservoir in search of brown trout.

Anyone who has ever visited this corner of England knows what a stunning location this is and despite it being well trodden countryside the journey combined with the conditions offered a real sense of adventure, the wooded hillsides resembling scenery from the haunting Twin Peaks tv series. The group of tubers disembarked at a narrow beach on the eastern bank with the viaduct at the foot of the Derwent Water Dam just visible in the distant gloom.

Once set up they proceeded towards the damn in what must have been uncomfortable conditions being they were travelling downwind, at least us in the boat had the wind at our backs! We drifted into a small bay where one of the old village roads could clearly be seen disappearing gently into the water. This area looked likely to hold fish but the wind was so strong now that three casts were all each drift would afford us. We were joined in this bay by Richard, demonstrating perfectly one of the many advantages a tube has over a boat, the ability to hold station against even against those strong winds. Our efforts proved fruitless, Richard however became the first float tuber to catch a trout in this remote location of the reservoir with a decent Rainbow taking, fittingly enough a tequila blob, fitting because if there is a fly that symbolises modern fly fishing it is the Blob and in my opinion float tubing represents the future of the sport. Richard would add a further brace of fish before he, accompanied by Nigel and Kevin turned to fin-back to the more familiar territory near the lodge and the cages, Mick and Richard C accepting the offer of a boat ride back, wisely perhaps.

It would be a couple of hours before we saw them again, Richard and Nigel continuing their journey on past the cages and along the Ladybower dam wall, eventually clocking up a linear distance of almost 5km which could likely be trebled in the kicks needed to combat the wind. No browns were caught but this was a gallant effort by all involved in another landmark first for Ladybower Fisheries and their dedication to promoting float tubing.
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