Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Fishery Reports - South West Lakes

Here it the most recent news from South West Lakes Trust regarding our local West Country game fishing venues sent to us by fishery boss Chris Hall ... get out there quick the season is drawing to a close!!!

Wimbleball has produced another excellent month’s sport, with rods averaging just under 3 fish per rod. While fish have been well dispersed over the reservoir, Ruggs and Bessoms have produced the most consistent results, with fish also being caught by the Dam and in Arthur’s Bay. Sedge patterns and Bibios brought fish to the surface (there were sporadic hatches of sedges and buzzers throughout the month), but most fish were taken sub-surface, either on traditional nymph patterns (Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails, Diawl Bachs, and Damsel Nymphs), or on lures fished on a sinking line (Vivas, Blobs, Boobies, and Cats Whiskers). The best fish of the month was a 5lb 10oz rainbow caught by Chris Curtis (of Paignton) while fishing from a boat (28 Sept). Other notable fish caught in the month included a 5lb 6oz rainbow caught by Neil Osborne (Exeter), and a bag that included rainbows of 4lb 12oz and 3lb 12oz. The annual boat pairs competition (this year supported by Scott Rods) was won by The Squirrel Tails – brothers Steve and Vince Floyd.

Note from Nick: I guided Jim Parrot here recently (see September Blog entry) and we found a McKay fished on an intermediate line (Cortland Blue) to be deadly. Nice easy fishing, chuck it out, count to 10 and twiddle back with a steady figure 8 retrieve.

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 Hoppers, Coch-y-bondhu, Pheasant Tails, and, Bibios fished dry and in the ripple, or Diawl Bachs and Montana nymphs fished subsurface.

Colliford – Hoppers and Daddylonglegs fished in the surface ripple, along with pulled traditional wet flies, have provided good top-of-the-water sport during the month, while subsurface nymph and fry patterns fished in the margins have successfully taken browns throughout September.

Note from Nick: Fernworthy and Colliford are not regular venues for me, even though I can be on both in not much over an hour. However I urge you to get out on them before the season ends. The Browns will be up on the overcast days hunting down as much food as possible ready for the long winter months. This could mean great dry fly sport or try pulling Wets, I like to go for a modern approach and favour Cormorants in #10 & #12 fished through the surface on an intermediate line. Dabblers, especially Iain Barrs range, are also worth a go.

Above: Fishing Fernworthy in September 2007, this turned out to be one of my most memorable days in a long time. You should try it!

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