Speaker Evening – Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis was the Guest Speaker on 21st March 2019. He is the Fly Tying Awards and Fly Tying Competition Secretary for the Fly Dressers’ Guild and the Treasurer of the Thames Valley Branch of the Fly Dressers’ Guild.

Richard tied six nymph patterns for still waters and rivers together with three dry fly patterns and an emerger pattern.
The nymph patterns included a buzzer tied with black wire, a variant of the Hare’s Ear nymph aimed at grayling, a variant of the Pheasant tail nymph, a so called “bottom [...]

April 2nd, 2019|

Orange Otter

March 31st, 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|

Speaker Evening – Lindsay Simpson

Lindsay Simpson was the guest Speaker on Thursday 12th December 2019. Lindsay has achieved several England Loch-style fishing caps and has fished for the Army for very many years. He began the evening by giving advice, from his experience as a competition angler, on how to best approach a day’s reservoir fishing. Lindsay emphasised the importance of the preparation required before the fishing day: being aware of the weather for several days beforehand, checking fishing reports and speaking to any locals you may know as [...]

December 27th, 2019|

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|

CFT&FFC Annual Fishing Trip – Stocks Reservoir 2019

After several years of tough fishing conditions firstly at Chew and Blagdon, and latterly at Rutland and Eyebrook, the Chiltern stalwarts decided to venture much further north this year to Stocks Reservoir in the Forest of Bowland, under the gaze of Pendle Hill, just north of Clitheroe. The reservoir is fed by the River Hodder which runs peaty with water from the fells. Because of the travelling distance,  Monday was included as a travelling day before our 3 days of fishing and return homewards on the Friday.

Stocks Reservoir Fishery [...]

June 12th, 2019|

Bob Sharp and others on Ravensthorpe

Bob Sharp fished Ravensthorpe with two friends on Thursday, 28th March 2019 and had a very successful day.

The fishing in the morning started very slowly so they moved to the middle of the reservoir into the deeper water. There they found feeding fish and started catching on size 12 & 14 black buzzers, fished as a team of three on a floating line and a 6m leader.

In three hours Bob had 8 rainbows with the best being about 10lb, together with fish of 6lb and 5lb for a grand [...]

April 3rd, 2019|