Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Reservoir Fishing Report

Here it the most recent news from South West Lakes Trust regarding their West country game fishing venues ...

South West Lakes Fishery reports for August 2007

General:

Although August saw the weather return to more seasonal conditions, breezes and the wet preceding weeks ensured that water temperatures stayed lower, thus producing better fishing than usual for August. Generally hatches have been short and sweet, with the majority of fishing being sub-surface to buzzers and small nymphs.

Prospects for next month look good for surface fishing with Hoppers and Daddy Longlegs during the day, and sedge imitations in the evenings.

Kennick – With rods averaging 2½ fish, most fish have been taken on imitative patterns – either sedges (particularly in the evenings) or Black Gnats and Spiders fished on the surface, or Buzzers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and Damsel Nymphs in the upper two feet subsurface. An abundance of Damsel Flies has resulted in acrobatic feeding (particularly from the Brown Trout), and Daddy Longlegs patterns started to take fish toward the end of the month. Deeper Orange Lures and Boobies have consistently taken fish when the fish have sulked near the bottom. Clampitts Bay fished well from both boat and bank, as did the North end near the causeway, while Boat Bank continued to fish well from the bank.

With many fish over 3 lb caught, the best fish of the month was a 4lb 8oz rainbow caught by Mr. Evans (from Amesbury) while fishing from the bank; Mr. A.Cooke (from Canonteign) caught a 4lb 5oz rainbow fishing from the bank using a Gold Head Damsel. The best bag of the month was caught by Duncan Keir (from Belstone) fishing catch and release from a boat – 13 fish up to 4lb 8oz, using Pheasant Tail Nymphs and Orange Lures.

Siblyback fished well at the beginning and end of the month, with harder fishing mid-month. Surface activity was only evident when light winds blew, when Hoppers and Daddy Longlegs produced the best sport. Sub-surface imitations proved to be most effective, with Buzzers, Hare’s Ears, Diawl Bachs, and Pheasant Tails all taking fish, particularly in the evenings. The North end of the Lake and The Marshes fished consistently well from both bank and boat , with fish also being taken from Stocky Bay.

The best fish of the month was a 5lb 8oz rainbow caught by Arnold Curtis (from Okehampton) while fishing with a Diawl Bach. Mr. B.Bailey (from Horrabridge) caught a 5lb rainbow using a Montana.

Wimbleball has produced another excellent month’s sport, with rods averaging around four fish every week. Fish have been well dispersed over the reservoir, with Ruggs Bay again producing the best bank fishing, and boats taking fish from all over, particularly the Upton Arm. The wind lanes produced particularly good sport. A variety of patterns caught fish, with sedges, Bibios, and Beetles bringing fish to the surface. Imitative nymph patterns proved to be the most successful, with Pheasant Tails, Diawl Bachs, Hares Ears, and Damsel Nymphs topping the list. A selection of lures (including Blobs, Boobies, Cats Whiskers, and Nomads) needed to be fished on a sinking line to guarantee success. A.Asworth (from Crediton) caught the best fish of the month – a 5lb 2oz rainbow caught on a Buzzer from Ruggs Bay. Tony Criddle caught a 4lb 6oz rainbow while fishing in Sailing Club Bay.

Roadford – Early mornings and evenings have provided the best sport, although surface sport tended to be patchy, with nymphs and lures being the most successful patterns (Damsels, Diawl Bachs, and Buzzers, or Leaches and Boobies fished deep). The water level is high for the time of year, and fish are cruising the freshly flooded margins where food is plentiful. Buzzers and Sedges are still plentiful, and the fish should be looking to look to the surface, particularly for daddy longlegs blowing onto the water. Shop and Wortha Bays have proved to be the most productive locations.

Stithians – Fish have been looking to the surface for food, and this is reflected in the success of dry patterns, particularly Sedges, as well as Hoppers and Bibios fished in the surface ripple. Otherwise, imitative sub-surface patterns have produced results, particularly Hare’s Ears, Buzzers, Damsel Nymphs and Invictas. Few fish have been taken on lures, but those that were fell to Cats Whiskers and Black Fritz Lures. A 3 lb rainbow caught by Leslie Ashworth, using a Montana nymph while fishing from the bank (27 Aug).

Prospects for fry bashing are good for next month, as the fish start to feed voraciously on the resident stickleback population.

Colliford – A number of fish over 2lb, and 1 Brown trout over 3lb caught using pulled traditional wet flies. The fish will be looking up for terrestrials, with Hoppers and Daddies both likely to catch.

Fernworthy - fish showed well on the surface throughout the month, and again, black and dark flies continued to fish well, either on or beneath the surface, with successful patterns including Coc-y-bondhu, Pheasant Tails, and, Bibios fished dry and in the ripple, or Diawl Bachs and Montana nymphs fished subsurface.

Chris Hall (September 2007)

Note from Nick: I just shot a feature with Henry at Fernworthy, a Brown Trout only lake. This is an awesome location and I caught well using one of Iain Barrs Big Blacks. Fished just in the surface film on a fine leader the fish would lock on and launch a spectacular attack requiring a lightening quick strike. They are feisty little fellows too!!! I urge you to fish this venue soon before the season comes to a close on 15th Oct. I had to make sure we got fish for Henrys lens but looking out across the mysterious depths my mind began to think that down there somewhere is probably a monster or two. Big Wild Brown Trout are such a cool fish, I will be back!!!

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