15th September 2019 · Report by Graham Morgan Plumb
Five anglers ventured north for a day at Draycote Reservoir near Rugby. Breakfast was taken at the Dun Cow in Dunchurch and it was a good opportunity to welcome Ray French back into the TWFFS fold following an enforced absence due to a leg injury. It was even better to see Ray hopping about a boat in his usual inimitable style
The day started with a hint of autumn about it albeit with clear blue skies and a gentle south-westerly wind. As the day wore on, some cloud did appear and the wind backed to the south as the temperature rose to 20°C
As none of the participants wanted to keep fish, it was decided to fish catch and release with places being awarded on a time-trail basis to eight fish. That is, the first angler to catch eight fish would win the event and the next would be second, etc. This did prove to be a little optimistic
The advice from the regulars and the lodge was that most catches were in the top foot of water and that orange foam Daddies were the flies to deliver. It was with eager anticipation and dries aplenty that we started fishing at nine o’clock with Lee Gallant heading towards Toft shallows and the rest of us heading to the western half of the reservoir. I was partnered with Russell and for our boat at least, the dries were not working the expected wonders. This was confirmed by the others at lunchtime with the exception of Lee, who was showing us how it should be done, having caught four rainbows on the omnipotent orange foam Daddy. The rest of had managed one a piece on a collection of Hoppers, Crunchers, Boobies and sheer determination/perspiration
Following a quick lunch and with leaders replaced and lines untangled from the odd tackle box wheel, the small TWFFS flotilla set sail for Toft shallows. The afternoon proved still to be difficult for dries although I did manage one on an orange (there’s that colour again) Shipman’s Buzzer and Lee had one more on his orange Daddy. Other than that, various Hoppers and nymphs proved successful when retrieved with a fairly fast figure-of-eight. Russell, Lee and myself remained at Toft for the afternoon whilst Ray and Sooty ventured back into the middle of Draycote
Russell caught a tank of a Rainbow which led him behind the boat, in front of the boat, under the boat and through the drogue ropes. When eventually landed, the fish measured in at 22 inches (an estimated weight of 5lb 8oz)
The final scores were:
Best Fish – Russell Bell with a 22 inch Rainbow
The day concluded with a bottle or two of Draycote Bitter consumed on the balcony overlooking the reservoir. A good way to end a good day
Eyebrook Reservoir, Northamptonshire
29th June 2019 · Report by Micky Heasman
Round 2 of the Uncle V Niece fishing shoot-out took place at Eyebrook Reservoir on the 29 June 2019. Could Jo Harris get revenge on Micky Heasman for the 4 oz defeat in the Round 1 shoot-out at Elinor on the 11 May - full story available in the 11th May report
As we were the only 2 anglers that could attend, we once again decided to make it a one fish shoot-out. So with a one fish ticket along with unlimited catch and release we headed into the heat of the high noon sunshine that shone on Eyebrook. The hot sunny conditions were worthy of many a famous Western shoot-out involving James Stewart, Clint Eastwood, Yul Bryner and John Wayne to name a few. For a few dollars more I could name other famous names but lets move on. The conditions certainly did not suit fishing for trout - crystal clear water, bright blue sky and hot 34 degree sunshine but we persevered. No takes and no fish in the morning session we headed in for lunch and some much needed shade under the large oak near the fishing lodge. We spoke with a regular angler who had enjoyed some success in the morning - turned out he was using the same washing line method as us albeit with some different flies. The method was a foam blue damsel with 2 pin fry imitations on dropper(s). To the shop! Flies purchased and casts made ready we again headed out. Mucky Bay was the place to be - yes Mucky not Micky and no, not a new nickname! Although some may disagree
Action! Jo into a fish but excitement short lived as it slipped the hook and escaped - close! Then another good take on Mucky's sorry Micky's line - missed it! And that I am sad to say was it - 2 takes all day and that was it but once again Jo deserved the win but it was not to be. We had, with some advice, only taken a boat until 3 pm: good decision as the heat later in the afternoon was becoming unbearable. So with an honourable draw declared we headed off to the pub for a very well earned beer!
No fish to report so only the 2 points each. On to Round 3!
Corrib Cup · 1st June 2019 · Report by Ian Watts
Then there were 4!
On a windless, cloudless summers day, the hottest of the year so far, 6 intrepid anglers were booked to take to the boats at Bewl for the 2019 Corrib Cup competition
A freak accident in the French household, which started out as a kick about in the garden with the dog, ended up with a broken leg for the owner!
His ex-manager wryly commented, that his right foot was never that good anyway!
This left 5 but on the day only 4 turned out which was partly explained by the loss of TWFFS members to the AMFC at Pitsford
The dream team pairing of "Youthful hopefuls", Mark Cocker and James Dench was ably supported by the "Olduns" of Dave Crouch and Ian Watts
The "Olduns" soon got their football differences out of the way and settled to aimlessly drifting in the main bowl towards the dam for some action
At lunch it was tales of missed opportunities, bites and lost fish, Dave and Ian had 1 each and the "Golden Ones" nets weren't even wet yet!
By the end, most people had given up hope of catching anything that looked fishy
However, Dave struck at last knockings to win the day, Ian was second (1 but lost 3!) and the "golden generations" blank looks were accompanied by empty bass bags!
25th May 2019 · Report by Andy Stoner
Eight members attended this event. Six of us met for breakfast at the Route 1066 Cafe just outside Robertsbridge on the A21
The 56 acre water is set near Sedlescombe on the border of Kent and East Sussex. Five members decide to take to the boats. Bob and Russell shared a boat; also sharing were John and Ray. This quartet had electric engines for their boats, whilst Neil fished alone and had to row – very energetic of him! Alan, Andy and Graham fished off the dam wall. This time of year is very good for mayfly at Powdermill and there was a hatch all day long. Plenty of fish were showing at the dam and were cruising backwards and forwards in the water. Wind was variable and changed from south south westerly to north north easterly. Few fish were caught in the morning, either by bank or boat. We stopped for lunch outside the Clubhouse
There was a very light shower in the morning but Bob seemed to have quite sodden footwear. Apparently this was not due to the weather but to Russell disembarking their boat and almost capsizing it! We chatted about the fishing and the subject of prices came up. It was then revealed that the Solicitors in the Society had failed to pay the correct fee to Hastings Fly Fishing Club; in May and June the cost for six fish rises from £30 to £35. I am pleased to report that HFFC received the outstanding amount of cash through the Clubhouse letterbox
Fish were caught, some by natural patterns and others using blobs. Boat fishing was more productive than bank. Alan had not caught all afternoon so by 4.00pm he decided to put on the faithful Alan Dean (Black & Green) and caught his first fish. Stoner, who had only caught two fish, put on the same pattern and caught. There were so many mayflies hatching that to cast out an imitation mayfly pattern and for a trout not to take it was quite frustrating
All eight of us caught and various patterns were used: Claret Damsel, Grey Wulfs, Green & Black, Palmer Blob and other blobs, Irish Mayfly and Green Damsel. Those fishing in boats caught their six fish
A good day out at a lovely location, followed by a well-earned couple of pints in the garden of the Queen’s Head
Results for the day
11th May 2019 · Report by Micky Heasman
Attendance for this event was low due to clashes with the International fishing, TWFFS tour to Ireland and other commitments. However two of us did manage to get there. It turned into an opportunity for Mick Heasman to take his niece and new TWFFS member Jo Harris to her first TWFFS event. Reports from Elinor had shown it to be fishing really well. First things first though - with the closure of our normal breakfast haunt the Little Chef other options had to be looked at. We found a cafe in the middle of Thrapston cattle market and enjoyed a superb breakfast whilst listening to cows and sheep - TWFFS will return!
Onto the fishing - Jo being a relative novice and that there were only two of us meant that taking a boat seemed the best option. Ed, the fishery owner, had told us that there had been a huge thunderstorm the night before and it had clearly affected the fishing with little action seen on the lake. That said, Jo fishing a small damsel and a pond olive as a dropper was first into a fish - sadly it outwitted her and escaped. Not deterred, she fished on and was soon into another - this time successfully landed. I meanwhile had not had a take. It’s true what they say about novice fisherman - I should know! That was the sum of the action for the morning. So we rowed to shore and had lunch; timely too, as this was when it decided to rain. We spoke to a bank angler to ask how things were going; he'd been here the day before and was getting takes every cast but today absolutely nothing (turned out only one fish was caught all day from the bank)
After lunch we tried a different area and Jo had another fish on but after a good battle, sadly lost it. Then I finally joined the party and had my first fish - one all! Tense now! Then Jo had another fish but again lost it - aaarghhh!! She should have been out of site for the points and huge bragging rights! In all Jo landed one and lost three. Then I caught a second fish ten minutes before our finish time but to make things interesting at the weigh-in, I released it
The weigh-in - a one fish each shoot out!
Ed the fishery owner was on hand to ensure fair play!
Jo's fish - 1lb 14oz
Micky's fish - 2lb 4oz
I'd snatched a victory from what should have been a resounding hiding by a mere 6oz
Fishing aside I thoroughly enjoyed a great day with my niece Jo and look forward to many other battles. What's great though is Jo is now on the TWFFS points table - Well done Jo!
Chigboro Trout Fishery
5th May 2019 · Report by Andy Stoner
Four senior members and one junior member attended this Chigboro event. Three of us, Graham, Micky and Andy met at the Crystal Cafe for breakfast, which kindly opened early for us. Mark and his son, Nathan, met us at the fishery after camping the night before. The night had been a bit blustery and Mark said that it was like sleeping in a crisp packet! It was nice to hear the first cuckoo but Mark said he could have strangled it because of its persistent and monotonous song!
The wind was a strong north-north-easterly but it was a sunny day. Three of us started on Home Water and two on Rook Hall. When the sun came out there was a small hatch. Not many swallows over the water. Most fished with naturals
Rook Hall water was very clear and in the afternoon the water switched on and fish were taking on the dries. Both waters fished well and the fish were of a good quality and good sport. We decided to catch and dispatch three fish and then catch and release
Results for the day
Best fish of the day was caught by Nathan Tremain-Coker – 2lb 4oz
Bewl Water (boat event)
28th April 2019 · Report by Mick Priest
Only four members made this trip – all in the Championship points before casting a line!
It was a cloudy day with a chilly north-westerly wind and the morning proved to be slow going with only Ray French having five fish by lunchtime, the remainder having just one or two each
After lunch the wind calmed down a little and the fish responded. Myself and Dave Crouch picked up fish from Ferry Point all the way to Monty’s Seat whilst Ray French and Nick Cox were catching around the Bramble Bay area
We finished at 5 p.m. with the following results:
Best fish of the day was caught by Dave Crouch – a superb rainbow of 3lb 9oz
Dave Clarke Cup - Bewl Water (bank fishing)
22nd April 2019 · Report by Keith Lawrence
This was a hard day's fishing with low catches. Ten members fished and four blanked. Despite this, an enjoyable day was had by all!
Although blanks were recorded for Russell Bell, Micky Heasman, Keith Lawrence, Andy Stoner and Mark Tremain-Coker, each earned 2 Championship points for participating
Two participants caught the best fish of the day at 3lb each for Neave Tremain-Coker and John Hancock. Well done to Neave, one of our junior members!
Arlington Reservoir, Sussex
13th April 2019 · Report by Andy Stoner
Arlington is a 248 acre water near Hailsham in East Sussex
Four anglers from TWFFS attended this venue which was a Championship points event. Three of us met at the Willows Cafe for breakfast. Those fishing were Dave Crouch, Peter Thomason, Micky Heasman and Andy Stoner
Set in a lovely location with the South Downs just beyond the dam, we decided on a six-fish ticket. The water was very calm in the morning and Dave and Peter decided to fish in the bay, whilst Micky and Andy headed towards the dam. Micky stopped off at The Brambles to try his luck with what seemed good conditions. Andy carried on to the dam. We contacted each other as to how both areas were fishing. The dam area was slow, with only the occasional fish showing. Micky did not stay long at The Brambles as the wind changed direction and was blowing into him. We had a few touches at the right hand corner of the dam and both Micky and I caught fish – Andy on an Alan Dean (black & green). Micky lost his leader with three flies on the concrete base but luckily on retrieving a cast he caught the original header, fully intact!
Peter phoned Micky as he was catching his second fish and then phoned me to say that he had caught his six fish on a floating line with two buzzers – all before 11.00am. Andy decided to walk to the bay. The weather turned to a north-westerly wind with hailstones and very cold. On the way round, Andy stopped to talk to Dave who had caught three fish but was struggling with the cold north-westerly. Andy changed to a floating line and Peter very kindly loaned two buzzers, one of which Peter said was very successful at Draycote Reservoir. So, Straight Line Nymphing Stoner got smashed and lost Peter’s successful buzzers!! Sorry Peter but it was a great take
Micky joined us in the bay and we put back lunch until 1.30pm so that hopefully Micky could catch his final two fish. We stopped for lunch and a refreshing cuppa. Micky and Peter left at lunchtime, Peter because he had caught his total and to give his back a rest and Micky to go home to prepare an authentic Indian meal
Dave and Andy persisted in the awful conditions of very strong winds and hail and eventually caught, in Dave’s case one more fish and in Andy’s five more fish. There were plenty of fish in the bay but because of the weather the fish switched off. Then, when the sun came out and a hatch of buzzers, they switched on. Dave eventually caught his limit and left. Andy switched tactics with a deep, single fly and caught his limit
A good but, in some cases, trying day's fishing in a lovely location which has a short season
Results for the day:
The best fish, a 5lb 2oz Rainbow with a length of 21 inches, was caught by Alan Dean - Well done Alan!
Bewl Water (bank fishing)
23rd March 2019 · Report by Graham Morgan Plumb
13 Anglers met at the lodge on Saturday including Mark Tremain-Coker’s daughter, Niamh. The reservoir was full and opening day on 21 March had proved to be very successful and hence optimism was high. After a breakfast of bacon rolls at the new café next to the lodge, the lucky thirteen boarded a water taxi for Ferry Point. The taxi service was kindly provided gratis by Phil and the Bewl Water staff team
After drawing walk-off numbers, half the anglers headed east towards Dunsters Bay; the other half heading south towards Monty's Seat
It soon became evident that the fishing was not going to be as opulent as on opening day, probably not helped with by a cold north-easterly wind which made wading chilly and hindered casting. Where I was fishing (close to the ferry landing stage), a few fish were being caught – some on green and black lures (now known as an Alan Dean after that member's particular success on opening day) and some on Blobs
At lunchtime, from the Ferry Point/Monty's contingent, Micky Heasman and Russell Bell were leading the field with 4 fish apiece. However, from the Dunsters direction, Ray Burt already had his 8 fish plus four released. A single multi-coloured Booby had done the majority of the damage for Ray. After lunch, Andy Stoner had to depart for a theatre date, Ray Burt decided that he had done enough and Mark and Niamh decided to take the taxi back and try their luck at the Playground with the hope that the wind would be kinder
In fact, the wind did drop slightly after lunch and the temperature increased. This made the fishing more comfortable and those anglers who had struggled in the morning were soon into fish. As the afternoon developed it became evident that Blobs of various colours on intermediate lines was the way to go although, bucking the trend, Micky Heasman caught a full bag on a particular black and green lure
At 16:30 we returned by water taxi to rendezvous with Mark and Niamh for the weigh in. The full results are provided below and I think everyone agreed that the day had been a good one. The thirstier members decided to adjourn to the Brown Trout for a refreshing pint or two
Niamh Tremain-Coker also had several nice fish but decided to fish Catch and Release on this occasion
Rib Valley Fishery, Hertfordshire
Date 16th March 2019 · Report by Micky Heasman
With up to 50 mph winds predicted for the day the six TWFFS anglers that said yes to the trip were wondering if the day might be better spent watching the rugby in a nice pub somewhere. If England were the team you supported then Wales and Scotland finished any hope of lifting them the Six Nations trophy. But the fishing in difficult conditions did not disappoint
The day started well with all of us meeting at a super cafe in Ware - aptly named “Ware to Eat”. The breakfast did not disappoint but next time I think the smaller breakfast is the one to order - Alan and Ray made the wiser choice. With much expanded waistlines we headed off to the water
With a strong and very gusty SW wind one bank offered the best chance of getting out a decent line. Floating lines were the order of the day and fish were taking small lures and buzzers. Points would be awarded for the best 3 fish bag. The end of the lake closest to the fishing hut proved to be the most productive. Alan Dean and Andy Stoner made good starts with Alan landing what looked to be a very good sized fish - read on to find out how good. Andy Stoner was first to his 3 fish and then moved on to catch and release. After 2 fish I moved to the opposite bank to give fishing into the wind a try. Difficult to get a line out but fish were moving very close in and very quickly my 3rd fish was caught unfortunate for me was that it was the smallest in my bag. All of the subsequent fish on catch and release were at least 3 lb - yep you've heard it all before - ha ha
All had good catches by lunch and we agreed a 3:30 finish so we could pop to a local pub to see what was happening with the rugby - no more on this except to say well played Wales and Scotland (deja vu Russell!) - what a game that turned out to be
A very enjoyable day - thanks to all
The best fish, a 5lb 2oz Rainbow with a length of 21 inches, was caught by Alan Dean - Well done Alan!
Chalybeate Springs Trout Fishery
Pairs Challenge Round I 9th March 2019 · Report by Scott Benton
It was a an extremely windy day but lots of fish were caught and really good fighting fish too. Six pairs took part in this match
Peter Thomason and Keith Nicholson won the day with Graham Morgan Plumb and Andy Stoner second, Ray Burt and Mark Tremain-Coker were third
Junior partners Eddie and James did well catching 3 between them