Sunday, 7 September 2008

Big Trout & Fishing Reports

The River Exe is starting to subside but it is still VERY big ... check it out here & here. However we still welcomed many anglers to the shores of Exe Valley Fishery yesterday despite the torrential downpours. In for his first ever session at the venue was Darren Rundle from Cornwall who after just a short time on the lakes appeared at the shop with this specimen Rainbow weighing 8lb 14oz. A very chuffed Darren could not believe his luck as this is his biggest fish to date. Taken on a gold ribbed hares ear and a floating line the fish put up a serious scrap so Darren tells me and was the first of his full limit 5 fish bag.

We are periodically stocking a few larger fish , especially for our open and club matches and this fish was no doubt one left over from the open day match last week. Look out online here or here for info regarding forthcoming matches or check your inbox/post box if you are a member of the Hart Flyshop club.

Just in are the reports for the South West Lake Trust venues. Just the other day I was guiding on Fernworthy and it was fabulous. See the report here. Plus don't forget
that there will be a float-tubing day at Kennick today, and that this year's 'Wimbleball 2000' open boat pairs competition is on 14 September, generously supported by Orvis (more information and entry forms available from South West Lakes Trust - 01566 771930).

South West Lakes Trout Fisheries - August 2008


The cooler overcast conditions have meant that water temperatures have stayed low (up to 18ÂșC), which has resulted in the most productive fishing at the South West Lakes Trust trout fisheries for many years. Any rise in air temperature has resulted in insect hatches (mainly buzzers), and that along with some spectacular evening rises has produced some excellent top-of-the-water sport. Prospects for next month look promising for Daddy Longlegs and Sedges, along with fry imitations in the margins.

Kennick – August produced high numbers of fish, with weekly rod averages between 3.5 and 4.5 fish per rod. A varied natural diet was available, with plenty of damsel nymphs and buzzers in the water, and sedges and emergers on the surface, and imitations of all of these produced good results. The majority of fish were caught in the northern end of the Lake, between the Causeway and Clampitts Bay. On colder days, a Booby fished on a sinking line was a winner.

The best fish of the month included a 5lb 3oz rainbow (as part of a full bag) caught by J.Drew of Kingsteignton, using a Green Montana fished from the Lawns bank on 3rd August. Duncan Keir of Belstone caught a 5lb rainbow while fishing from a boat using a Black Hopper. Also, reported too late for last month’s report, an excellent day for Mr. M. Holt of Torquay, who caught rainbows of 5lb 6oz, 5lb 3oz, and 3lb 2oz fishing from the bank near the boats using an Orange Nymph.

Siblyback - produced some excellent fishing over the month, with over fifty rainbows in excess of 3lb being caught. With buzzers hatching and Crane Fly blown onto the water, Hoppers, Daddies, Klinkhammers, and Black Gnats provided good top-of-the-water sport all over the fishery, particularly in the mornings. Other successful sub surface patterns included Diawl Bachs, Montanas, Buzzers and Hare’s Ear Nymphs, with Orange Boobies and Vivas picking up the deeper fish. Bank anglers had the most success fishing from Two Meadows through to the North shore, while boat anglers found drifting form Stocky Bay to Crylla Bay produced the best results.

The best fish of the month included a 5lb 8oz rainbow caught by J.Tonkin, while Roger Truscott caught four fish over 4lb during the month, the best weighing in at 4lb 8oz.

Wimbleball Weekly rod averages have been between 3 and 4 fish per rod, and with regular hatches of buzzers and sedges, the fish have been looking up to feed, and Daddies, sedge patterns, and Spider patterns fished in the surface film have all taken fish consistently. Nymph patterns, however, have been the most successful, with Damsel Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, and Hare’s Ear patterns catching the majority of fish. Dark lures (such as Tadpoles and Woolly Buggers) as well as Orange Lures have tempted the deeper fish. Fish have been caught all over the lake, with Bessoms, Ruggs,and the Sailing Club Bay producing the most consistent catches.

Best fish of the month included a 4lb 8oz Rainbow caught by P.Fenton of Pelsall, using a Black Buzzer in Ruggs Bay, and a 4lb 2oz Rainbow caught by Mr. Newton of Bristol.

Stithians – continued to produce fish to dry flies, with buzzers emerging and terrestrials being blown onto the water – Black Hoppers, Deer Hair Sedges, Bibios and Klinkhammers all caught well on the surface, while Stick Flies, Damsel Nymphs and Buzzers, as well as Orange Lures caught the fish in deeper water. Chapel Bay, Pub Bay, Yellowort and Goonlaze were the most productive areas. The best fish of the month was a 4lb rainbow caught by Bill Thomas, using a Stick Fly.

Colliford – fished well throughout the month, with the browns taking a variety of different flies, with dry sedges and hoppers continuing to provide some excellent surface sport. Traditional wet flies, such as Mallard and Claret, as well as Damsel Nymphs and Hares Ear nymphs all caught fish consistently, with anglers who were prepared to walk the banks and cover the margins finding the most success.

Fernworthy – This brown trout fishery continued to fish well, with a wide variety of patterns all taking the eagerly feeding brown trout – again mainly dark traditional patterns have been catching fish (Bibio, Black Pennell, Zulu, Black Emergers, Spider patterns, Hare’s Ear, and Montanas), and when the fish get a bit more choosey, a size 16 Black Gnat or Ant pattern has worked well. The best areas have included the North Bank by the dam, and the South Bank below the permit hut.

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