Yesterday it rained all day but that didn’t dampen Gavin McCourt’s spirit, he kept on fishing and landed what I think is the largest wild brown trout for a long, long time! (1907 Rev Fulleul 12lb 12ozs, 1959 his son Major Filleul 5lb 4ozs)
A stunning fish, sight fishing and taken on an emerging Mayfly pattern in the pouring rain. It wasn’t weighed but it is estimated to be well over 4lb!!
Gavin said “waiting 9 years to get in the club was well worth it” and I don’t think he has stopped smiling yet!
Where did he catch it, all I know it was somewhere on the Club’s water!!
I’ve fished a bit over the weekend, and having seen some odd flurries of mayfly down on the lower water on Saturday, I went back there again today. The wind was challenging to say the least, but by late morning the mayfly were just starting to come off in ones and twos. After a quick lunch at the Wise Man, I returned to find the hatch well and truly on, and finally the better trout were on to them and showing themselves. It’s been a long time! I wouldn’t call it spectacular, and the hatch was very localised – some short stretches with dozens streaming off, and then round the corner nothing. Fish came pretty regularly up until about 5.30pm but the best time was around 3 o’clock. Nothing to break the record books, but it was pleasing to bring a number of good wild fish to hand and actually outnumbering the stock fish. The best went over 16 inches. It seemed like I had the whole of the Lower Water to myself today, so I hope that others were similarly enjoying themselves in more sheltered surroundings.
For those that tie their own flies, I have to recommend Davie McPhail’s videos on Youtube. These are my attempts at the Emerger Mayfly and Detached Body Mayfly – they are not exactly like his, but they work really well, and were rarely refused today. Of course the fish aren’t so fussy at the start of mayfly, so it remains to be seen if they are still working in a fortnight. Don’t be put off by the detached body, they are pretty easy to do, and I use a bit of foam from “The Range” in Dorchester which is just cut to shape and segmented in the McPhail style on a pin.
I have to say that the river looks an absolute picture at the moment, and our keeper John and his team have really been excelling themselves to get the Lower Water and elsewhere looking so good – thanks John! Of some concern was the fact that I caught two fish ( one stock fish, one wild ) with cormorant marks on them – the picture of one shows the telltale beak mark across the back. Perhaps now that there should be more fishermen out and about, these devils might reduce their activities.
Now, we just need the weather to behave itself for a while, or is that just asking too much?
Good hatch of mayfly today and plenty of fish rising to them, I have also had reports of mayfly hatching on the River Piddle as well – AT LAST!!
Start of my annual leave to fish the main mayfly hatch, but after fishing today for five hours and not seeing a single mayfly, I think I might have timed it wrong – again!!
Thankfully the spurwings, olives and grannom (still) hatched from midday and at last the better fish are starting to feed..
Here is my first of the day, not my largest but the prettiest.
A great morning, thanks to Bryan, Richard, Dave and Robin for all their hard work, we managed to take all the fence down, and the farmer will put the new one up in the next week or so, please be careful when fishing this stretch as the barbed wire is laid out along the bank ready for the new fence.
Stinsford Side Stream at Ten Hatches, Friday the 17th May, 9am start, the aim of the morning is to take down the fence and prepare for re-fencing by the farmer shortly after our work party, all available hands please.
I also had a go at lunch time today (Friday). On lower water, plenty of grannon & dark winged olives (one rested on my hand making identification easier) a kingfisher and a mink, opposite the blackbirds’ nest Jim mentioned but of trout, nowt! I did see a tiddler splash in the distance but juicy flies were ignored as of course was my scruffy imitation.
There is a blackbird’s nest in the Fishermen’s Hut on the lower water and I ask members to avoid disturbing the sitting hen bird. This morning I spent three hours on the river encouraged by John’s post on the website reporting a strong Grannom hatch. Today, the Grannom did not really get going until about 11:30.
There were not so many fish rising but enough to make the fishing interesting. The reward for a bit of perseverance was a beautifully spotted 17 1/2 inch fish that took a size 14 Grannom. I took the picture of it with my i-phone but as always I managed to get a bit of my finger across the lens.