13th October 2021It’s that time of year again at Grafham, when I dug out all those shrimp patterns tied during lockdown, took a floating line a good pair of waders and headed off to do a bit of bank fishing.It was a perfect morning , the only slight disadvantage was the westerly wind but at 8 mph this was manageable whilst fishing off my favourite bank G marker near G buoy. Approaching the water with a 15 foot leader, a Tequila FAB on the point and to start [...]
5th September 2021Having had a kind invitation from a GAIA instructor friend Paul Hughes to have a day fishing for carp on a lake near Saffron Walden with other GAIA instructors , I jumped at the chance as it has been on my ‘to do ‘ list since I retired.
The weather was unusually warm for this month with bright sunshine and 25 degrees and no breeze.I was told to take a bag of Pedigree biscuit mix. Apparently this gets the carp up to the surface . It certainly worked [...]
RAVENSTHORPE – 9 April 2021This was Bob Ayres and my first fishing outing of the year, along with friends Phill and Andy. Thankfully we all decided to avoid an early start and arrived around 09.00 to find only four boats already on the water and a light breeze blowing towards the Dam.Encouraged by a modest midge hatch, we anchored about 70 m from the far bank and 200m from the dam. Our set up, a long leader and three black buzzers and Bob A, a blob and buzzers. On [...]
An IntroductionDuring the gloom of the last year’s lockdown, I set out to rationalise my fishing kit. The first job was the 15 or so fly boxes I had dotted around my work room, the second was to get shot of some of the stuff I had accumulated over the years and superseded with new kit and the third a resolution to be tidier and not hoard what Lyn referred to as junk, and, only buy new stuff that was essential! For many of us, fishing kit [...]
Bob Sharp and Bob Ayers 9 April 2021
This was Bob Ayres and my first fishing outing of the year, along with friends Phill and Andy. Thankfully we all decided to avoid an early start and arrived around 09.00 to find only four boats already on the water and a light breeze blowing towards the Dam.Encouraged by a modest midge hatch, we anchored about 70 m from the far bank and 200m from the dam. Our set up, a long leader and three black buzzers and Bob A, a blob [...]
March 29 2021Keith Allison and John Poote – John Goldie and Peter Aldridge
At long last we were allowed to get on the water and boat fish. John P had fished off the bank a couple of times earlier in March. He had to cast a long line to cover any fish and had caught one or two. However boat fishing will give an advantage to get over the fish.The weather was kind with a S Westerly approx 14mph, cloudy in the morning and sunny spells.in the afternoon.The house martins [...]
Rib Valley fishing lakes – Hertfordshire 27 Dec ember 2020After planning to meet up with an old friend at lunchtime I realised there was an opportunity to sneak in a mornings fishing at Rib Valley, only a few miles away. It would also be a chance to give the latest acquisition, a switch rod, its first outing.It was the morning after storm Bella and the forecast wasn’t great. It was slightly disconcerting that as I arrived 2 other fishermen were packing up to go, declaring the water to be [...]
It was a cloudy grey day with temperature not exceeding 5 degrees, and no ice in the boat. Thankfully we had a calm day with a slight breeze. John knows this reservoir very well. Having watched a video taken from near the jetty which showed some large rainbows and huge perch and hundreds of fry we knew where we would begin fishing.We tackled up , John using Di 5 and Keith Di 7. A white fritz bodied booby on point for Keith with a coral FAB on dropper and [...]
A chilly and very misty flat calm water greeted us with the sun hidden behind low cloud. Warden Nigel raised our hopes when he told us previous day’s rod average was ten, but there might have been only a couple of boats out. He also gave us a clue that white lures on a DI5 had worked. All we had to do now was find the fish. Only one other trout boat was taken.
Mr Goldie in “Heron” mode ready to strike
For an hour the dense rolling [...]