Wednesday, 2 July 2008

South West Fishing Reports

Here is all the latest from the banks of South West Lakes Trout Fisheries ...


The mixed weather has continued through June – although it has been dominated by cool northerly winds, which have kept the air and water temperatures down even when the sun has been shining. Generally the Hawthorn hatch was poor, although this was made up for by the large numbers of beetles present at most sites, which have provided some excellent top-of-the water sport, as the fish have been feeding voraciously on the naturals.


Kennick – The fishing at Kennick again proved to be excellent throughout, with a number of bigger fish being taken with a rod average of just under 3 fish. The staple diet was olive buzzers, damsel nymphs (which have now started to hatch), and beetles. There were a few weeks when dry flies outfished all other patterns, and Hoppers and Coch-y-bondus would bring fish up to the surface, even when there was no obvious rise. Other successful dry patterns included Black and Peacock Spiders, Bibios, and Claret Snafflers. Black or Olive Buzzers proved successful, as did Damsel Nymphs and Montanas, while dark Nomads and stripped Orange Fritz patterns caught fish for lure fishermen. Clampitts Bay fished consistently well throughout the month, with fish being caught all over the lake.

Best fish of the month included a 6lb rainbow, caught by Peter Gould of Clyst St. Mary, fishing with a Damsel Nymph from the bank in The Narrows, and a 5lb 4oz rainbow caught by Dave Hockin from Ipplepen. The best bag of the month was a full bag that included rainbows of 5lb, 4lb, and 3lb, caught by Mr. A. Richards from Ellesmere Port, while fishing from a boat using Buzzers and Montanas.

Toward the end of the month some sedges started to appear, and Elk Hair Sedge patterns caught fish, with good prospects for evening sedge rises in July.

Siblyback - in spite of the changeable weather (this was reflected in weekly rod averages varying between just under two fish to three and a half fish), Siblyback produced some good sport during June. The bank anglers tended to fair better than the boats (although a drifting boat was the most productive method to fish dry flies, with Claret Hoppers and Snafflers both working well), with the best areas including Stocky Bay, Two Meadows, and the North Shore.

The best fish caught during the month was a 5lb 8oz rainbow, caught by John Doleman, who also caught a 3lb rainbow in the same session – John was using a Viva fished from the bank. Mr. Allin of Okehampton caught rainbows of 4lb 1oz and 3lb 2oz while fishing from the bank using Diawl Bach and Hares Ear patterns. The Snowbee Team competition on 29 June was won by the Siblyback Raiiders, comsisting of Tony Chipman, David Johns, Paul Jones, and Roger Truscott.

Wimbleball Ruggs, Bessoms, and Cowmoor all fished consistently well during June, while boat anglers also caught fish using sinking lines in the deeper water near the Dam. The mouth of the Upton Arm produced a hatch of Mayflies again, and these, along with Hawthorns and emerging buzzers produced some good dry fly sport. Successful sub-surface nymph patterns included Diawl Bach, Damsel Nymphs, Montanas, Olive Buzzers, and Mayfly Nymphs, while Black Lures and Orange Fritz Boobies caught the deeper fish.

The best fish included a 4lb 1oz rainbow caught by Mark Gallen, and a 4lb rainbow caught by Dulverton Angler Arnold Veale. A number of fish over 3lb were also taken during the month.

Stithians – has fished well during May, with weekly rod averages varying between 2 and 4 fish, with some of the best fishing in the evenings. Dry flies have proved to be the most successful method, with the fish looking up to feed – popular patterns included Hawthorns, Black Hoppers, and Black and Peacock Spiders. Imitative sub-surface nymph patterns have also proved to be successful, with Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Hares Ear Nymphs and Brown Nymphs all catching well. The most productive areas included Chapel Bay, Pub Bay, and by the dam.

The best fish caught in the month was a 3lb 10oz rainbow caught by R.Toy of Camborne, using a Black Hopper fished from the bank, and a 3lb 6oz fish caught by R. Hiles also from Camborne using a Black and Peacock Spider.

Colliford – has continued to fish well, with a variety of traditional brown trout patterns (such as Connemara Black, Black Pennel, Mallard and Claret, as well as Damsel Nymphs and Hare’s Ear Nymphs) all catching well. A good evening hatch of buzzers has produced some excellent evening rises, with resident fish also feeding on cased caddis. Colliford is a big water, and it pays to keep on the move, and cover as much bank as possible, remembering that the trout can often be feeding close into the shallows.

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 catching fish (Bibio, Black Pennell, Zulu, Black Emergers, Spider patterns, Hare’s Ear, and Montanas). The best areas have included the North Bank by the dam, and the South Bank below the permit hut.

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