Today I fished the middle water from 14:30 to 18:00. When I arrived there were hardly any Mayfly about but the trout were near to the surface ready for the them to appear. A reasonable hatch started around 15:30 and it was at its best between 16:00 and 17:00. A good few trout were rising but nothing really big. I lost count of how many I caught, all wild fish between 0.5 and .75 lbs. My best fish was just over a pound and I also caught quite a nice grayling. By 18:00 there was not a Mayfly to be seen and the river was dead.
River clearing and weather forecast is good, so another great day to be by the River.
Jim Chalmers: I fished part of the upper water above the bypass. I had a look at the Wrackle and I fished the Wolfeton and Burton Mill stretches. I started fishing about 14:15. With my very first cast I caught a stock fish.
As the afternoon progressed the Mayfly hatch increased from a steady trickle to a very good hatch. When I left the river at 18:00, Mayfly and fish were everywhere. Along the Wolfeton and Burton Mill stretches there were lots of Mayfly and rising trout although they were all of a modest size (10-11 inches). I never saw any really big fish moving. The Northwest wind made casting very difficult but it was very enjoyable despite the conditions. I saw 5 other anglers on the water. In my view the fishing at the moment is best in the late afternoon and early evening.
Conditions are excellent today and the river is clearing nicely. Expect the hatch to start around 13:00, but before then a well placed imitation will bring the trout to surface. The weather forecast is a mixture of sunshine and showers, but nothing that will effect the fishing..
Mayfly pattern that’s doing well for me this season
12:30 Just nipped out for a couple of hours today and I decided to fish the Middle Water. As I walked downstream I didn’t notice any mayfly but a few fish were rising so I tied on an artifical mayfly (elk hair compara dun) and started. I was also suprised to see the river still quite coloured after 3 days of no rain.
You realise how spoilt we are during mayfly when after five casts you haven’t caught a fish and your wondering what’s wrong! But on sixth up came a small trout to settle my nerves 🙂
Around 1:30 a few mayfly started to appear and this brought on a the larger fish up to 14 inches. It was really nice to have the sun warming my back and although quite a strong breeze, a rather pleasant fish.
Jim Chalmers: Today I fished from 1030 until 1730. I started in the middle stretch but unlike yesterday there were very few Mayfly about and only the odd fish was rising. After about an hour and only two small trout to show for my efforts I wandered down the Stinsford Sidestream. I saw no Mayfly or rising trout on the Stinsford but it was good exercise. By 1300 I had cut acroos to the lower stretch to below Long Bridge. One or two Mayfly were about and a few fish were rising. The Mayfly hatch increased to a trickle after 1400 and some reasonable sport was to be had from the stock fish. I must say that the stock fish are quite handsome and in marvellous condition. They are a credit to Hooke Springs Trout Farm. At 1600 I walked back up to the middle water to find quite a decent Mayfly hatch and a lot of fish moving. It was a complete contrast from earlier in the day. The wind had moderated, there was a bit of heat in the air and the best fishing was to be had after 1600. I caught and returned 8 fish. Most were modestly sized wild fish about 10 to 11 inches long. I returned two stock fish in the lower water. I saw three other members on the water.
Jim Chalmers: I fished the middle and lower waters today. I nearly did not go because of the strong wind. I began fishing the middle water at 1030.
Not many Mayfly were about but within a few minutes I had my first fish. It came from no where to grab my mayfly when I was reeling in my line. This was a crazy start to what became a crazy day. The fish were going mad. The Mayfly were coming off steadily with particulary good hatches between 1100 and 1200 and between 1400 and 1700. Where the fish were not rising they were close to the surface and on the lookout for any fly. It seemed that I only had to cast into a likely looking spot to get a rise. The partly coloured water also helped to hide me from the fish. I lost count of how many I caught and returned. In the middle water they were all wild fish but I caught a lot of stock fish below Louds Mill. Most of the fish were of takable size but I did not get anything really big. My biggest fish was about 1 1/2 lbs. When I left the water at 1800 there were still lots of fish moving.
I only saw one other angler, Cdr Entwisle. I guess the wind must have put a lot of members off but today you only had to get your fly on the water a few feet from where you were standing to have it snatched. It really was duffer’s fortnight.
Started on the Lower Water, the river was still coloured and a very strong wind was blowing down stream, it just didn’t look friendly!
While I was tackling up a mayfly hatched, a fish rose and took it – ah that’s better. I battled with the wind all morning and was catching plenty of fish, just nothing above average.
Time to move to the Upper Water – found a sheltered stretch and luckily it had plenty of rising fish along it. I dropped in and spent the next two hours catching some wonderful fish, I even saw a young kingfisher catching mayfly. My best of the day (and season I suspect!) was 19 inches (see below)
Fishing looks good for tomorrow, unfortunately more rain is forecast.
Adrian Simmons shared a rod with his friend and caught some excellent fish – 18.5″, 15.5″, 16″ and 20″
Both the Frome & the Cerne are up and coloured. There is no major rain forecast, but it is still doubtful if it will be even fishable by tomorrow….
15:15 Update – just looked over Whitfield Hatches and the mayfly are pouring off, shame the river is still very coloured and the fish can’t see them!
19:30 Update – you can see at least 2 feet into the river and by morning it will be even better, so hopes are high for some good mayfly fishing tomorrow
Just checked and the river has dropped and is clear enough to fish, now all we need is a good hatch of mayfly to get the fishing moving.
Unfortunately the weather forecast is not good for the rest of the day.
Didn’t manage to fish the River Frome today, but John says that there were mayfly hatching and fish rising to them on the Upper Water
Its a perfect start to a wonderful May day, but the River is still very coloured – it might, just might be fishable later today and if we don’t get too much rain today it will be perfect tomorrow – more fingers crossed.
There are reports that mayfly were hatching through the floods yesterday.
15:00 Latest – River Keeper John reports fish moving to hatching mayfly, but river still badly coloured