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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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sounds like a great session - what sort of green lure has been working for you?


It's a damsel - bought from the lodge. This one:

http://www.fullingmill.co.uk/Products-UK/Nymph-UK/Gold-Nugget-Damsel-Straggle-S10-UK

When I've been fishing lures this autumn I tend to use Humungus or Cat's whisker pre-dawn, then switch to the damsel when it gets a bit lighter - always on a very slow 6 inch strip. If the water's really murky I'll put a dropper on, but if it's clear I won't. I figure that if they can see the damsel, they'll want it.

Fishing like this worked well for me last Autumn too.

A bit of a caveat: This is my first full season of fly fishing - any fish I may catch probably have more to do with luck than judgement Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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A bit of a caveat: This is my first full season of fly fishing - any fish I may catch probably have more to do with luck than judgement Wink


Hard to believe this is your first full season of fly fishing given your results, Tom. Shock Very well done!!! Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hard to believe this is your first full season of fly fishing given your results, Tom. Shock Very well done!!! Cool

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Thanks Alan. It's impossible to overstate how much of this is down to this forum.

From my first trip of the season to Chew when you pointed me at Oak trees, to the last Month or so when Mike's reports got me excited about the tanks again, and your report got me inspired for Wick, I've been guided to those results by reports on here. I've done some exploring myself, but the experience of others has been completely invaluable. There's also nothing that inspires me to get out there more than someone posting about a great session they've had.

At the social in April, I watched you all fishing nymphs in those last few hours. I copied what I saw (fish them slower Tom!), caught a few and promptly fished the same method all the way through to September (when I just added a booby to the end).

The non-forum stuff I can point to have been the early starts and standing in a field practicing casting through the close season. a cheeky haul on the last stroke has worked wonders in turning everything over and dealing with wind.

At times the fishing this season has been so good it's felt like an arcade game, but I've enjoyed it all hugely-even the slow days.

I think I've decided to end my season on the reservoirs with that Wick session. It felt like the perfect finish.

So to everyone on here - a big thank you for your help in making my season better than I could have possibly imagined. I owe many of you a beer.

Cheers

Tom...I never did catch a freaking Brownie though Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone having a final fling before lakes close? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am planning to fish Chew on the last day of the season (this Friday) as I have done for most seasons in the past. Cool

Looks like it will be dry on Friday although there will be a moderate Westerly breeze ... https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/0/2653197 . If thats the case then Walley might be the best bet but I will check again nearer the time. Wink

It is a long time until March so it would be good to see a few other fellow fishing masochists with me on the bank. Laughing

Go on ... you know you want to! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I am planning to fish Chew on the last day of the season (this Friday) as I have done for most seasons in the past. Cool

Looks like it will be dry on Friday although there will be a moderate Westerly breeze ... https://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/0/2653197 . If thats the case then Walley might be the best bet but I will check again nearer the time. Wink

It is a long time until March so it would be good to see a few other fellow fishing masochists with me on the bank. Laughing

Go on ... you know you want to! Very Happy

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I thought if anyone was mad enough it would be... Very Happy

If I had any leave left I would join you - no decent sized fish for me this year. I was #minnowhunting
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If I had any leave left I would join you ...


It would be would be great if you could, as you are due a big lump in your net! Laughing

I'll send you a PM. Smile

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Does anybody else think that the picture on BWF facebook page of the guy holding a nice Brownie looks like Noel Gallagher Rolling Eyes

All my kit cleaned and oiled waiting the spring UNLESS we get some more clement weather then a trip to Oxfordshire may be in order. Smile
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Does anybody else think that the picture on BWF facebook page of the guy holding a nice Brownie looks like Noel Gallagher Rolling Eyes


Thanks Tenet. That's one of the nicest things anyone has ever said about me! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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I had a facebook message, last night from my regular fishing mate, Mike Rowe. He told me, that he's undergoing a treatment regime at both Bristol Eye Hosp. & Morefield's for both eyes, for retinal cancer. On Dec. 19th he will be admitted to M/f's & have inplants fitted behind both eyes so they enable them to use a type of nuclear therapy for 2 days.
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If I had any leave left I would join you - no decent sized fish for me this year. I was #minnowhunting


Should have made the trip, Dave! Wink


Actually, it was a tough day as to be expected at the end of November but that's what makes the occasional success taste so sweet. Very Happy

I arrived at around 10.00 and after a chat with John in the Lodge I decided to have a look at Wick. There I found three or four guys fishing but due to the wind direction they were wading out and casting parallel to the bank so as my waders have a few small leaks I decided to look at Walley instead.

When I arrived I found three other guys fishing in my favourite spots so I got in above them by the Sailing Club. I decided to start on the fast glass with a Black and a White Booby and given the rather poor water clarity I was surprised to get a tug on the third cast! Colin (Doombar) arrived shortly afterwards and set up to my right. We saw one of the other anglers who was deep wading catch a fish but as nothing else happened I got itchy feel and after bidding Colin tightlines decided to explore the shore towards the dam.

Although the wind was quite blustery at times, it turned more Westerly during the afternoon providing calmer conditions so I decided to fish a #7 floating line with a White Minkie on the point alternating a Corixae and a red DB on the dropper. This proved fruitless so my confidence was starting to falter until I noticed the guys who were deep wading had packed up. Earlier Colin and I had discussed fishing from 'the pipe' which runs along Walley bank and offers access into deeper water but is only accessible when the water level drops significantly. Fortunately with careful wading it was accessible today so I decided to give it a try. Very Happy

Further attempts with the White Minkie on a floating line proved fruitless so taking a leaf out of Dave's (BristoFlier) book I changed it to a Black Humungus and after only 3 casts it almost did the trick. After the line locked up I was pretty sure it was a Pike but I had my fingers crossed that it was a massive Brownie. The tug of war continued for what seemed an age before a huge boil a couple of rod lengths out suggested I was winning! Then the inevitable happened and it bit through the line. Crying or Very sad It was definitely a double and possibly a twenty but it doesn't matter as it got away. Rolling Eyes

I thought that was it for the day but after a cup of tea to steady my nerves I decided to try again with my Fast Glass and Booby combo. Sometimes at this time of year you only get one chance but Lady Luck must have been smiling on me when my line was snatched from my fingers by a ferocious take. The fish gave a very good account of itself and when it ended up in my net I confidently told the guy next to me that it was over 4lbs. Fortunately my scales agreed with me and confirmed the weight as 4lb 5oz which is my best Rainbow this season by an ounce! Laughing

I continued afterwards for another hour or so with no further luck so once the temperature began to drop and dusk approached I decided to call it a day. Cool

Here are a few pics from the day ...

We had to endure a few squally showers ...


But there was sunshine too. Were there Rainbows at the end of the rainbow? I don't know - I can't cast that far! Laughing


We need some rain if the lake is to be at top level by opening day in March ...


As I have said many times, Chew can be a fickle Mistress but I have to admit she has certainly lavished her charms on me this season. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good report Alan, shame about the lost pike.
Are the Tanks open all year?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good report Al.

I moved up onto the pipe as soon as it became vacant but departed around 2.00 - I had to be away anyway but saw the storm coming & just made it. Only action I had there was one pull (might have been from a huge brownie but who knows). As you said it turned very pleasant when the wind swung a few degrees & looked perfect for drifting buzzers around for a while. I'd like to report success but sadly nothing. A nice change from heaving lures though.

Not been a bad year for me either. I haven't fished as much as I'd wanted but have had some very good days when I have been able to get out. Here's hoping the improvement continues next year.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Are the Tanks open all year?

Peter


The answer is no, unfortunately. As there is no local winter trout fishing available in the Bristol area , I personally think there would be plenty of demand if one of the Tanks was given a realistic winter stocking in December and left open over the Christmas holiday period and until the end of January. However the counter argument is that due to the size of the fish traditionally stocked in the Tanks, it would benefit the Cormorants far more than local anglers. Sad

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That is a shame Alan Sad Iwas hoping to make a tanks trip before the new season Rolling Eyes.Steve Neutral
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