Trip to Broadlands

Fishing River Test at Broadlands – Thursday 15th October 2020

Martin James, Keith Alison and John Gamon arrived at Broadlands early in morning, with bright sunshine and increasing warmth. It was a glorious autumn morning. There were 3 beats booked for fishing, Longbridge at the top, then Moorcourt, and Grove was the lowest beat. Martin was familiar with the river but had never fished Grove beat, so that was his plan for the day. John and Keith had never been to Broadlands before so, as usual, Keith immediately set off [...]

October 18th, 2020|

Draycote 25 July 2020

Keith nets his first fish, first cast!

This was the first Fishing Day Out of this season for CFT&FFC because of Covid-19, and had just Keith Allison, Mark Robson and John Gamon and John Goldie fishing for the ‘Secretary’s Plate’, awarded for the biggest fish weighed in.  Earlier in the week the weather forecast for Draycote on the Saturday had been pretty awful with a likelihood of thunder and lightning.  But on the day the weather was not nearly so bad.  The morning started with heavy overcast skies and a [...]

September 12th, 2020|

Grayling Fishing with Steve Skuce

Grayling Fidler

It was a great pleasure to have Steve Skuce and his wife Honor along to our meeting on Thursday 23rd January 2020.  Steve began the evening with a brief overview of his experiences of grayling fishing and telling us why fishing for “the Lady” was his favourite sport.  He explained the pros and cons of the various methods of fishing, that he had tried French/Spanish leaders and Tenkara but didn’t favour either, preferring instead traditional styles and in that context stressed the importance of using a furled leader.  [...]

January 29th, 2020|

Mark Robson at Farmoor

John Poote at Sunset

As a relative newcomer to fly fishing and only having fished from the bank previously John Poote kindly offered to take me out on a boat to get some experience.The day was cold but bright and with the gentlest of breezes from the west. There were only 2 other boats out. John took us out on Farmoor 2 on the southern side and set up drifts from mark 5 down to 6. We were on Di7 and 8 using boobies for most of the day, a [...]

January 24th, 2020|

Down Deep and Dirty at Farmoor

John Poote and Keith Allison

December 29th 2019. After the Christmas festivities it was time to get out on the water for some fresh air and hopefully tight lines. Two other friends of John were in another boat . The weather was clement with 7 degrees, approx 8mph wind and sunny spells.  Having seen catch reports on Facebook and advice from the fishing lodge  the fish were deep down. We had to use Di7 and Di 8 lines fishing with snakelets and boobys. The colours being pink , red  and [...]

January 8th, 2020|

Wherwell 2019

The trip to Wherwell this year was on the same weekend as the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise! The weather on the Saturday morning was appalling, very heavy rain and wind gusting to 40 knots. Some brave souls ventured onto the water early but six of us met at the White Lion at 8:30 for breakfast and watched the England v New Zealand game. By 11:30 the weather situation had not changed much and continued for the rest of the day. [...]

November 24th, 2019|

2019 AGM

This year’s AGM was again rather lacking in numbers but those that did attend enjoyed a sociable evening. After the business was finished and coffee and biscuits Bob Sharp and John Gamon tied us some of the flies that they have found successful this year. On the Business side at present there are 22 paid up members. The treasurer reported that the funds are healthy and that it is not proposed to increase either the annual subscription or the evening workshop/speaker subs. Pictured above are two of this year’s [...]

November 23rd, 2019|

Bob Sharp at Denford

A report about a trip on the 1st November.

On 1st November, Bob Ayres and me were fortunate enough to get a day on the Denford Fishery on the
River Kennett. This is a small estate of mainly carrier fishing which has undergone drastic
improvements over the last 4 years, after it seems, years of neglect .As yet, it is not completely settled down.

Big catches are not yet the order of the day at Denford, the fishing, in the main, is not easy, but the Estate is very pleasant and [...]

November 19th, 2019|

Speaker Evening – Mark Turner

Our speaker this month was Mark Turner. Mark started the evening by tying a basic nymph fly and and then showing how, by the addition of a slightly different material into the dressing, you can change the appearance of the fly and the way that it will catch fish. He followed this by tying an “Irish” Mayfly which is much more heavily dressed than those that we would tie here. After tea and coffee Mark showed us how to tie on a wing and stressed the importance of matching the two sides [...]

February 21st, 2016|

26th September 2015:  The Martin Grant Memorial Trophy (Heaviest bag)

This competition was held at Farmoor and was a boat contest involving fly tying in the morning and then using those flies to catch four fish in the afternoon, the winner weighing in the heaviest bag.  Five anglers took part.

The morning started at 09:30 with us seated around a table in the back room at Farmoor as usual John Goldie was late and when he did turn up was locked out of the building by the Ranger who had to go and sort out a boat problem.  Eventually John [...]

October 6th, 2015|