Month: May 2013

Worth Getting Wet For?

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 …

Dozens Streaming Off

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 …

Mayfly

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!!

Mayfly (where?)

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 …

Fence Removal

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 …

Work Party Announcement

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.

Scruffy imitation

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 …

Where be that blackbird to!

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 …