Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Latest Fishing Reports - May/June

We are in the midst of a mini heatwave which I actually like for the Trout Fishing, especially as the river was up last week which resulted in the capture of a few Salmon. It may still be worth trying for this species with a long fine leader and sparse flies but to be honest I would now concentrate on Trout or Sea Trout. Parachute Dry Flies have definitely reigned supreme on the Trout scene and look out for the occasional Grayling. I love to fish for the lady of the stream and the Exe is home to some fine specimens. Sadly I do not have a picture but a very reliable source witnessed a fish that scaled over 3lbs caught just moments from our base!

The next lot of rain could set off another run of Salmon and lets hope that a few Grilse put in an appearance. A single handed rod is all you need in this area and a floating line will often suffice, although it is wise to carry a tips version and a full intermediate.

now I tend to leave my fishing for early mornings and the later evening. On the lakes the fishing seems to have been very good according to South West Lakes fishery boss Chris Hall whose report can be seen below. During the hot weather we are experiencingFlogging it out through the day can prove rewarding but I love to be up early and out to the hot spots enjoying some brisk sport prior to teaching or working in the office. Fast sinking lines and Boobies are a safe bet in warm weather on our reservoirs such as Wimbleball and Clatworthy while reducing leader diameter and size of fly will pay dividends on the small waters. Keep it slow too!

South West Lakes Trout Fisheries ( May 2008)


The mixed weather has continued through May – this has included bright sunny days, warm muggy days, strong winds from all directions and heavy rain! In spite of this, in the right conditions, buzzers have been hatching, and fish have been showing on the surface. Most sites have found the fish feeding eagerly, and have produced some excellent sport. There have been some Hawthorns about, and the Coch-y-bondu beetles have started to appear when the sun shines.


Kennick – The fishing at Kennick again proved to be excellent throughout the month, with a monthly rod average of 3.3 fish, and a number of fish over 5lb being caught. The staple diet was olive buzzers, with some fish feeding on caddis and snails – on warmer days the beetles have been in the air, and Coch-y-bondus have provided some great dry fly sport. There was a good evening rise on the warmer evenings. While fish took a wide selection of fly patterns, the most consistently productive fly again proved to be the Damsel Nymph, while other successful patterns included Montana Nymphs, small Buzzer patterns, and Diawl Bachs (particularly red-heads). Brighter lure patterns (Orange Fritz especially), Nomads (Olive or Brown) and Boobies all caught fish when fished on a sinking line. Surface patterns only started to work toward the end of the month, when Black Hoppers, Beetles, and Black and Peacock Spiders fished in the surface film caught fish. Best locations depended on the weather and wind direction, but Clampitts, the Narrows, and Boat Bank fished consistently well.

Best fish of the month included a 6lb 6oz rainbow (the best fish of the season), caught by Joe Bee of Exeter, caught during the Peninsula Classic Bank competition (1 June), and a 5lb 9oz rainbow caught by Paul Wicks (from Ashburton), caught from the bank on 8 May. 7 other rainbows over 5lb were caught during the month.

Siblyback - in spite of the weather (Siblyback offers little shelter when the wind is blowing), the fishery performed well throughout the month, with a monthly rod average of 3.6 fish. There were plenty of buzzers about, with some Hawthorns and surface feeding fish when the weather conditions suited. Two Meadows, the North Shore, and Stocky Bay consistently produced the best fishing, with bank anglers enjoying slightly better sport than the boats. Montanas, Damsel Nymphs, Buzzers, and Hoppers proved to be the most successful patterns.

The best fish of the month was a 4lb 12 oz rainbow caught by Mr. Sharpe using a Diawl Bach, while the best bag was caught by Roger Truscott, with fish of 4lb 2oz, 4lb, 3lb 12oz, and 3lb 9oz.

Wimbleball Ruggs and Bessoms were the most consistently productive areas during May for bank anglers, while boat anglers who made the journey to the Dam and the Upton Arm were rewarded for their efforts. Apart from the calmer days, when the buzzers were hatching, some of the best fishing was to be had fishing lures (preferably Orange or Black) on a sinking line. When conditions suited, sub-surface patterns (such as Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Black Buzzers, Black Pennels, and Montanas) fished on a floating or intermediate line produced good results.

The best fish was a 4lb 7oz rainbow caught by Colin Harvey (of Worcester), using a buzzer.

Stithians – has fished well during May with a rod average for the month of 3.3, and with Hawthorns and beetles in plentiful supply, the fish have been looking up to feed, resulting in some superb top-of-the-water sport. The best areas to fish depended on the wind direction, with Yellowort Point, Hollis Bank, and the Dam area all producing fish consistently. Successful surface flies included Hoppers, Foam Beetles, and Hawthorns, with Diawl Bachs and Buzzers catching well below the surface. Successful sinking line patterns included Bloodworms. Orange Lures, and cats Whiskers.

The best fish of the month (and season, so far) was a 3lb 6oz rainbow caught by J.Gowans (of St Agnes) using a Kicking Beetle on the 18th May – he also used the same pattern to take a 3lb fish on 9th May.

Colliford – has continued to fish well throughout Mayl, with the fish feeding eagerly
on small buzzers, as well as surface insects. Apart from Black Buzzers, traditional nymph patterns such as Hares Ears and Mallard and Clarets, as well as Bibios and Hoppers fished in the surface film, stripped Black tadpoles have all caught fish.

Fernworthy – This brown trout fishery continues to fish well, with a wide variety of patterns all taking the eagerly feeding fish - mainly dark traditional patterns have been taking fish (Bibio, Black Pennell, Zulu, Grouse and Claret, Spider patterns, Hare’s Ear, and Pheasant Tail), with Black Gnats and Cul de Canard emergers taking fish off the surface. Keeping on the move and covering as much water as possible is the best method, although it is always worth fishing the bays with the feeder streams.

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