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I had dotted around my work room, the second was to get shot of some of the stuff I had accumulated over the years and superseded with new kit and the third a resolution to be tidier and not hoard what Lyn referred to as junk, and, only buy new stuff that was essential!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 [...]
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. [...]