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 [...]
John Poote and John Goldie
The water that greeted us early morning was very clear with a slight ripple. Air temperature approx. 11degC to 14 C later. Cloudy but bright. Wind slight from SW.
We started at anchor 100m from Rainbow Corner along the South bank. John P on sink tip, John G on fast intermediate. Both using cruncher, DB, John P a cat’s whisker, John G a McLeod black and green lure on the point (this fly caught most of the fish). JP’s had an intense lime collar. No [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]