Here is a video taken by Ben that shows the magic of evening fishing during a mayfly spinner fall (in slow-mo!) – the air is thick with mayfly, he had a great evening catching some stunning wild fish..
The Mayfly are hatching and the fish are rising, even today the river was brown after yesterdays rain, but fish were still able to spot hatching mayfly and were feeding well..!
A fishing report from Hoot:-
After setting off yesterday (Friday 20th) for just my second trip to the Frome this season and facing quite a chilly, breezy day I didn’t hold out much hope, especially as the water is still carrying quite a bit of colour due to an algal bloom. I was pleasantly surprised however when arriving at the river to see a steady hatch of mayfly coming off with the odd fish rising here and there. After a few missed takes and a catch up with John A and Robin, I managed to land a couple of reasonable fish and continued up-river encountering rising fish around every bend with a good mix of stockies and wild fish coming to the net.
Mayfly continued hatching into the evening and apart from my favourite Mohican pattern, White Wulff and French Partridge flies were also successful except for one fish that refused everything besides an emerger. Into late evening and fish were still rising despite a complete lack of spent gnat on the water. I soon realised that a hatch of sedge had started so managed to finish off the evening with a couple more fish on deer hair and CDC sedge patterns. All in all a very enjoyable day with well over a dozen fish landed (and several lost including a 2-3 pounder which threw the hook) with the best fish just over 2 lbs; even the rain managed to hold off until I arrived back at the car! The weather is pretty atrocious today (Saturday) but hopefully the days will improve along with the clarity of the water and I’m looking forward to some more mayfly fishing over the next couple of weeks.
The Honorary Secretary also had a red letter during the rain yesterday and landing this wonderful 16″ trout..
I had a great visit to the upper water yesterday afternoon – with a decent hatch of mayfly, though strangely localised, and a heavy fall of spinner from 5.00 pm onwards. A spinner imitation caught this beauty who was feeding greedily. Just time for a quick photo, before she was safely returned to the water – though I forgot to measure it !
Just back from a splendid evenings fishing, plenty of mayfly and rising fish. My guest who I shared a rod with found a rather nice net along the bank under Poundbury, so if you have lost one please get in touch with me 07535 889171.. (owner of net found)
A fat escapee rainbow I caught on Sunday!!!!
The Honorary Secretary has also been out enjoying the mayfly:
I have completely indulged myself this weekend, with some of the best mayfly fishing I can remember. Not spectacular rises with fish all over the place, but lots of wandering and watching has found me some really good fish. These two are probably the best of them, both well over 2lbs and classic Frome fish. However the one I lost in the bushes yesterday morning would have trumped them quite easily.
Fished yesterday (Friday) and was very pleased to see a steady stream of mayfly coming off and more rising fish than I’ve seen in some time; I thought I was in for a bumper day but as it turned out it was one of the most frustrating days I’ve had. Although the occasional dun was being taken, the fish were preoccupied with something very much smaller and for the life of me I couldn’t work out exactly what. Eventually I hooked a fish on a small emerger but lost it shortly afterwards. Dozens of refusals, short takes and a couple more lost fish later and I’d all but given up.
It wasn’t until early evening and further up the beat that I hooked a good fish on the mayfly but after a short fight I lost this one as well! The next fish I hooked did at last make it to the net, a nice 13” fish. My persistence paid off as shortly afterwards I was into a good fish which turned out to be a nice 2 lb’er and to make up for my difficult day there followed an almost identical fish about ten minutes later. I fished into dusk and landed a couple more fish (and lost a couple more) all on the trusty Mohican Mayfly, so all in all not a bad day. Looking forward to more of the same.
Conditions have been rather challenging over the last couple of sessions so I have been fishing the side streams. The main river on the bank holiday weekend trip was very coloured but slightly less so on the carrier where a steady stream of mayfly encouraged a reasonable rise of fish throughout the afternoon and evening and produced around half a dozen fish with a few over the pound, all on mayfly. Last weekend’s trip was greeted with even muddier water and this time the side stream wasn’t much better with sparse mayfly and very little fish activity compared to the previous weekend.
Despite a few missed takes on the dry and the odd fish lost on nymphs, not a single trout was landed all afternoon until the early evening when, for a short time, quite large numbers of spinners returned to the river. The very occasional fish was seen rising and eventually I hooked one which after quite a prolonged fight, with a couple of aerial displays thrown in for good measure, was safely in the net; a nice 17” wild brownie of around 2¼ lbs. I returned to the main river where I managed to loose another reasonably-sized fish plus a couple of smaller ones. I was using my favourite pattern, the Mohican mayfly. I hope we have a dry spell soon!
I had a great couple of days on the Frome at the end of last week trying to catch trout on mayflies in rather muddy water. There were plenty of birds (including 3 hobbies) hunting mayflies too and having a much easier time finding them than the trout were. Remarkably some of the fish (none of them stockies) did manage to see the fly so the trip was not entirely unsuccessful.
But here’s a photo of the one that got away.
All the best, Doug
One member turned out for the work party this morning, but he did come with quad bike to help move the logs!!!
Also found on April 25th a set of fishing clippers at Lower Bockhampton lay-by – please contact Honorary Secretary if you have lost them..
PS> mayfly have started and fish are rising, I was lucky enough to catch this wonderful brown on a mayfly pattern tonight!
I’ve managed to get out a few times over the last couple of weeks to make the most of the mayfly hatch when it finally got going. One of the most striking observations of the river is how the conditions are in stark contrast to last year; the flows are continually strong and high and weed growth very prolific. The river looks in fantastic condition but never seemed to loose some slight colour.
Because of the conditions, sight fishing with a nymph has been nigh on impossible when no rising fish were encountered, so it has just been a case of covering greater distances in order to find the odd rising fish and 90% have been taken on the dry. My favourite pattern is an Oliver Edwards ‘Mohican Mayfly’ which I use almost exclusively unless a fish is being particularly fussy. During a couple of evening sessions with Dave R we have come across steadily rising fish that have completely ignored mayfly and olive patterns despite there being plenty of fly on the water. In these cases it has been necessary to go down to a size 18 or even 20 CDC emerger in order to get a take.
Hatches seem to be picking up now with various olives including yellow may duns and some good hatches of sedge have also been seen. Overall I think the season so far has been quite challenging due to less rising fish but I did manage to land my first 2lb’er last week and my last session produced 5 fish with 4 over a pound including 1 stockie (along with several more lost fish) but I had to walk a few miles to find them!
In the coming months we hopefully won’t have a repeat of last year’s floods and it will be nice to see the river settle and fine down a little.
We met Monday lunchtime. I found one fish moving, under the right bank. Just as I was about to cast so a roe buck floated around the bend! I don’t know which of us was most surprised but as he was way out of his depth I had time to swop the rod for the camera. Half an hour later, walking back to the car, I tried a mayfly & actually took the fish! Sadly another tiddler but it completed a little story.