• Lakedown Trout Fishery

    Keith Line Fur & Feather Trophy 3rd December 2022 · Report by Micky Heasman

    The eagerly anticipated TWFFS Fur & Feather event at Lakedown was well attended by 23 members. As a traditional thank-you to our members, the society covers the cost of food on the day. It was good to see new and old faces chatting over coffee and breakfast rolls

    Conditions were dry but chilly along with a light easterly breeze. An easterly breeze can often mean difficult fishing - I learnt the well used phrase 'When the wind is from the east the fish bite least' from my Dad in the very early years of my fishing experiences. That said, many of our attendees did their very best to debunk the old saying with a good number having landed 2 of their 3 fish in the first half an hour or so. Then the old saying bit back and early confidence travelled away on the easterly but not so for all. If your name was James then the gods smiled. James Gardner landed a fabulous brown trout from Lake One, and James Dench was in the lodge with his 3 fish bag before 11 o'clock. Others like me toiled away until the 1 pm finish. Pleasingly most but not quite all had caught fish but we had worked hard for them

    All were now looking forward to lunch and a beer in the warmth of the lodge. Splendid it was, with much banter about the morning’s fishing and who might have won the coveted Fur & Feather trophy. The result was close with only 6 oz separating the winner and runner-up. In the end a single fish of 8 lb 14 oz, the brown trout caught by James Gardner, won the day. It also meant that James had retained the trophy having won it in 2021. Keith Lawrence with 3 fish was runner-up and just 6 oz behind James. James also bagged the Brownie Shield for the biggest brown trout caught in 2022 (another trophy he retains from 2021!). Congratulations to both James and Keith. Full results are listed below

    A very well supported raffle raised £200 and will help the Society continue supporting events such as these in 2023

    Finally our thanks are due to Cathy Mockford for providing our splendid breakfast, lunch and her famed lemon drizzle cake. Also our thanks go to Jamie, Ted and the Tap Room crew at Lakedown for giving us another memorable day


    • 1. James Gardner - 1 fish - 8lb 14oz
    • 2. Keith Lawrence - 3 fish - 8lb 8oz
    • 3. Neil Osmond - 3 fish - 8lb 4oz
    • 4. James Dench - 3 fish - 6lb 12oz
    • 5. Mark Tremain-Coker & Ron Lewis - 3 Fish - 6lb 8oz

    Total fish caught 36

  • Bewl Water

    26th November 2022 · Report by Mark Tremain-Coker

    Just three members fished this event (possibly a wise decision by those that stayed home!)

    Recent rains and pumping into the reservoir had maintained the very coloured character of the water with the inevitable effect on the fishing. Light southerly winds strengthened by lunchtime and all of us struggled to connect with fish. The day ended with a grand total catch of three fish. We look forward to what will be our next season’s outings to Bewl with normal water levels that hopefully will have time to have cleared

    Results for the day were:

    • 1. John Dunmall – 2 fish
    • 2. Mark Tremain-Coker – 1 fish
    • 3. Nick Cox – 0 fish
  • Elinor Fishery

    19th November 2022 · Report by Mark Tremain-Coker

    Four members travelled in anticipation to this usually productive fishery. The weather gods ignored their expectations and arranged for copious quantities of rain in the preceding few days, so much that the lake was quite badly coloured and had overflowed into the nearby brook. Nil desperandum: each applied themselves to the circumstances of murky water, overcast skies and persistent drizzle. It was decided to release all fish on this occasion. By lunch, Mark had netted and released two fish fishing nymphs and a FAB, washing-line style and Nathan had lost one; John and Ian were fishless. Moving to different swims in the afternoon brought two more fish for Mark and Nathan was congratulated in netting a fish after a number lost on previous outings. Sadly, conditions continued to be challenging and John and Ian remained fishless. Last casts were made at 4.00pm at the end of a tough day but we shall look forward to future days in the knowledge of how good an on-form Elinor can be

    Final results were:

    • 1. Mark Tremain-Coker 4 fish
    • 2. Nathan Tremain-Coker 1 fish
    •    John Dunmall 0 fish
    •    Ian Watts 0 fish
  • Chigborough Fishery

    Reg Littlechild memorial trophy - 12th November 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    For a number of possible reasons, this normally well-attended event was supported by just five members. Despite this, Jim Streeter welcomed us with breakfast rolls and hot drinks and news that the fishery was on top form. The competition was fished to limit of four retained fish plus a further three released: numbers justified by the day’s results

    Fishing with either floating lines or fast retrieved intermediates, fish holding in the top of the water were quickly hooked and netted. Flies ranged from small weighted black and Fritz Tadpoles to Cats Whiskers, Boobies and Buzzers. Mark Tremain-Coker completed his bag within an hour and was soon followed by Nick Cox and Ray Burt. Although we had planned to have a lunch-break at 1.00pm, all five of us had completed our bags by noon. All the fish were hard-fighting and in good condition

    There was no need to add the nominal lb. per released fish to each person’s catch weight as all of us had four fish to weigh and had also released three fish. The results were:

    • 1. Ray Burt – 4 fish for 10.13 lb. plus 3 released
    • 2. Mark Tremain-Coker – 4 fish 8.34 lb. plus 3 released
    • 3. Martyn Gray – 4 fish for 7.57 lb. plus 3 released
    • 4. Peter Thomason – 4 fish 7.29 lb. plus 3 released
    • 5. Nick Cox – 4 fish 7.12 lb. plus 3 released

    A brief but successful outing with good weather and good company. Our thanks go to Jim Streeter for the welcome breakfast and very pleasant fishing

  • Bewl Water

    Nigel Turner Trophy (floating lines only) - 5th November 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    Five intrepid members turned out at a very depleted Bewl Water for this trophy and Championship event. The weather conformed to its dreary forecast of cool breezes and rain. The water clarity was almost nil thanks to the recent heavy rainfall on the extensive areas of mud exposed by very low water levels. Prospects were not good and it was notable that our three boats made half of the total fleet out on the water; even the any-method anglers had obviously abandoned hope! A morning’s concerted fishing in various locations resulted in only one fish by lunchtime (an unlucky fish taken on a trailing fly when motoring to a new drift and therefore not counted). Rain set in and sandwiches were eaten in the warmth and dry of the men’s changing room. Returning to a cold and wet afternoon on a water that had little chance of producing fish was not an attractive proposition and the vote was unanimous in abandoning further efforts. Sadly, the Nigel Turner trophy will not be claimed this season. Each of the day’s hardy anglers will receive two Championship points for participating but as no fish were legally caught, no places were achieved

    • Nick Cox
    • John Dunmall
    • Bob Holland2 well-deserved Championship points each!
    • Peter Thomason
    • Ian Watts

    Two well-deserved Championship points each!

    That’s fishing!

  • Chigborough Fishery

    Pairs Cup - 29th October 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    Eight members travelled to Essex to fish this normally productive venue. The weather continued to be exceptional with temperatures more usual for mid summer. The decision to fish was made in the knowledge that a number of pegs on Rook Hall Lake (often the most productive of Chigborough’s two lakes) would be reserved for instruction until 1.00pm and then open to all. To our surprise and annoyance this proved to be a miscommunication and most of the best pegs remained unavailable for the whole day. Under normal circumstances, this may not have been a serious problem but on this occasion, the other lake was badly coloured and fishing very poorly resulting in very restricted opportunities. Despite this, some fish were caught but much fewer than would normally be expected at this fishery. Floating lines were the order of the day and what fish we could reach were high in the water so “washing line” rigs proved successful with Buzzers and Diawl Bachs accounting for a number of fish. The rule for the day was catch and release with the option of retaining one fish. Where catch numbers were equal, if there was a retained fish, it would decide the placing. We are currently in communication with the fishery regarding the misleading information and hope for reassurance that future events will not be marred in this way

    The results were:

    • 1. Ian Watts – 6 fish
    •    Mark Tremain-Coker – 4 fish (none retained)
    •    Peter Thomason – 4 fish (none retained)
    • 4. Keith Nicholson – 1 fish
    • 5. Micky Heasman – 1 fish
    • 6. Andy Stoner – 1 fish

    Under the circumstances of the day, John Dunmall and Nathan Tremain-Coker are credited with honourable blanks

  • Brick Farm

    Social - 22nd October 2022 · Report by Micky Heasman

    There was a very good turnout by TWFFS members for the rescheduled Society sponsored Summer/Autumn social event at Brick Farm trout fishery. It was good to see many members supporting the Society and one of our local trout fisheries

    The weather was perfect, a very mild 17 degrees, a gentle south-westerly breeze with cloud and occasional sunshine and a small chance of a shower. Fishing at Brick Farm had seen much improvement after the hot summer of 2022 with cooler water temperature and higher levels of oxygen in the lakes getting trout moving and feeding

    Brick Farm regular Ray Burt was into fish quickly on the new Spring Lake, James Dench also catching fish on Stag Lake. Newish member Simon Gregory was also out of the blocks quickly with 3 fish on Brick Lake, one of which looked to be an early contender for biggest fish of the day. Unknown to them all was my lovely wife April quietly going about her business on Well Lake with a mini Cats Whisker lure. She hooked her first fish and I was close by and happy to help her with netting it. April was keen to try and net the fish on her own and then we got a first glimpse of it - a cracker of a fish. Prudence took over and the help with netting was accepted. Cautiously she played the fish until it was ready to come to the net, a lovely fully finned and good sized rainbow. What a first fish for her - it turned out at the weigh-in to be exactly 5lb - superb!

    All the lakes were producing early fish but unfortunately not for all anglers. New member Mike O'Lone had three on and off - unlucky. Others too were struggling to get any takes. Ray Burt was first to get the 4 fish bag - well done Ray. I managed 2 from Well Lake - no biggies though. A mention of our only junior member on the day, Cane Lawrence: Cane had 2 fish from Well Lake with his dad Keith close by, who had none. Cane had the early bragging rights but they didn't last as Dad caught and passed him in the afternoon. 3 fish to 2 at the close. Next time Cane!

    Lunch was taken at 12.30pm and Danni and the team served us all a delicious chilli with jacket potato and then home-made Victoria sponge, fruit or chocolate cake for dessert - I confess to sampling 2 of them. A raffle was held and raised a fabulous £175 for Society funds

    Three anglers had managed to get 4 fish by lunch - Ray Burt, James Dench and Simon Gregory - well done to all three. A few others were on 3 and then the rest on 2's, 1's and 0's. All were hoping for better in the afternoon. The weather remained good but fishing seemed to get a little harder with only the occasional fish coming to the net. What was great to see was the support that our more experienced members were giving to any newer members that were struggling. I was pleased to see the spirit of TWFFS in giving support to other members so alive and well

    We finished the fishing at 4pm and enjoyed a little further refreshment back at the lodge. We then completed the weigh-in to establish who would have the best bag and the best fish on the day. Two fish were obvious contenders for best fish one to Simon Gregory and the other to April Heasman. April's fish was heavier by 14oz. Well done April!

    Best Fish:

    • April Heasman - 5lb 0oz rainbow
    • Simon Gregory - 4lb 2oz rainbow

    Best bag of the day was a very close affair with Simon Gregory pipping Russell Bell by just 1oz - very close indeed with commiserations to Russell and well done to Simon

    Top 6 results and bag weights - this was not a championship event so no points awarded towards the club championship

    • 1. Simon Gregory 4 Fish - 10lb 3oz
    • 2. Russell Bell 4 Fish - 10lb 2oz
    • 3. Mark Tremain-Coker 4 Fish - 9lb 7oz
    •    James Dench 4 Fish - 9lb 7oz
    • 5. April Heasman 3 Fish - 9lb 4oz
    • 6. Ray Burt 4 Fish - 7lb 9oz

    21 Anglers on the day and 43 fish landed giving a rod average of just over 2

    A big thank-you to Simon and April for donating their winnings to club funds

    TWFFS also gives well earned thanks to Danni, Phil and the team at Brick Farm for a wonderful day with them. We look forward to a return soon

  • Bewl Water

    Pairs Cup - 15th October 2022 · Report by Graham Morgan Plumb

    Ten anglers travelled to Bewl for the annual Pairs competition. Upon arrival, partners were drawn by lot with the competition being fished on a catch and release basis under reservoir rules and with the time of the first fish caught being the decider in the event of a draw

    Looking at the clarity of the water, the bright sun and the tales of those members who had fished earlier in the week, the prognosis was not overly positive. However, with the promise of more cloud and breeze as the day progressed, we set sail for the four corners of the main bowl

    During the morning session the wind did indeed increase and started to push the algae in towards the Chingley end of the dam leading to slightly better clarity elsewhere. At the lunch break it was clear that the day was not going to be easy but fish were being caught. Coloured Blobs and FABs were favourite on floating or intermediate lines although Nick did manage to catch one on a stripped back buzzer

    The afternoon saw more cloud and wind abating. Most boats tried various drifts across the mouth of Bewl Strait with the odd fish being caught using the same methods as the morning

    On the return to the jetty yours truly decided to re-enact part of the D-day Landings by attempting to beach the boat on a muddy spit of shallow water!

    At the count up, Mick Priest and John Dunmall were duly declared Pairs Champions with Mick catching an impressive four fish. The full results were:

    • 1. Mick Priest 4 fish & John Dunmall 1 fish- Total 5 fish
    • 2. Alastair Garner 1 fish & Nick Cox 2 - Total 3 fish
    •    James Dench 1 fish & Keith Lawrence 2 fish - Total 3 fish
    • 4. Graham Morgan Plumb 2 fish & Neil Osmond 0 - Total 2 fish
    • 5. Dave Crouch 0 & Ray French 0

    The day concluded with a pint at the Brown Trout

  • Eyebrook Reservoir

    8th October 2022 · Report by Graham Morgan Plumb

    Eleven anglers, including one guest and two junior members, travelled to Eyebrook reservoir for a day’s loch-style fishing. The day dawned as a beautiful early autumn day. The bright sunshine may not have been the best for angling but did lift the soul

    After drawing for partners, we set out across the southern end of the lake (lodge end). It was good to see that the water level had not been as badly affected by the hot summer as had other reservoirs

    The format was catch and release with the time of the first trout caught to be a decider in the event of a draw. Latest information was that the fish were in the top of the water and that very much proved to be the case with most anglers opting for a floating or midge-tip lines

    At the lunch time stop, Keith Lawrence was leading the way with eight fish caught across the middle of the lake

    The afternoon continued as per the morning with anglers using the westerly wind to drift from the bank out to the middle and sometimes across to the trees on the far bank. Fish were spread out although the dam area was remarkably quiet fish-wise

    Black and claret hoppers accounted for the majority of fish although dries were used with success as the afternoon progressed and the brightness of the sun lessened. This included an estimated 4lb rainbow caught by Russell

    The final scores were:

    • 1. Keith Lawrence 13 fish
    • 2. Graham Morgan Plumb 9 fish
    • 3. Mark Tremain-Coker 8 fish
    • 4. Alastair Garner 7 fish
    • 5. Ian Watts 6 fish
    • 6. Russell Bell 4 fish
    • 7. John Dunmall 3 fish
    • 8. Cane Lawrence 1 fish
    • 8. Ray French 1 fish

    Nathan Tremain-Coker did not land any on this occasion but unluckily lost several during the day

    Rob Toptalo also caught 9 fish but as a guest angler, is not eligible for points

    All agreed that this was a good day fished in lovely weather

  • Lakedown Trout Fishery

    24th September 2022 · Report by Micky Heasman

    We were originally scheduled to fish at Powdermill Reservoir but due to the very warm summer and low water levels we were kindly advised by the Hastings fly fishers to wait for better conditions. So we ventured to another TWFFS favourite - Lakedown Trout Fishery

    Five TWFFS anglers were able to make the day. Conditions were good and the lakes looked in pristine condition, the, water was gin clear. Lakedown being spring fed was not suffering with low water levels and the water temperature had dropped sufficiently to allow stocking to take place. We knew though that fishing would not be easy and so it turned out for most

    All the lakes were well stocked and plenty of fish were moving which was encouraging. Ted advised that lakes 1, 3 and 4 offered the best opportunities. Lake 2 having suffered an as yet unexplained algae bloom

    Lake 3 for me and my wife April. Lake 2 for Andy Stoner with Ian Watts and John Dunmall heading to Lake 4

    We all met for lunch at 12.30pm - a well-earned beer from the tap room and to find out how everyone had been doing during the morning session. I'd been fortunate and bagged up with my 3 fish all from swims on Lake 3. Ian, John and Andy had all caught one fish. April was yet to strike

    After our beers and lunch we set for the afternoon session. Ian and John again heading for lakes 3 and 4. April and Andy headed for Lake 1. I thought about staying in the bar but thought better of it and provided support to April

    A Booby on a fast sinking line retrieved slowly did the trick - April bagged her first fish. Andy was on the same method and secured his second fish. Frustratingly for Andy 2 other fish that were on both escaped the net - one of which looked to be a good fish that would helped the challenge for top rod

    Ian Watts bagged one more fish during the afternoon and also had lost 2 others at the net. John was unable to improve on the 1 fish

    Great to report though that all of us had caught fish

    Back to the lodge for the weigh in, more refreshments and some famed lemon drizzle cake - yummy!


    • 1. Micky Heasman 3 fish 7lb 0oz
    • 2. Andy Stoner 2 fish 3lb 12oz
    • 3. Ian Watts 2 fish 3lb 4oz
    • 4. April Heasman 1 fish 1lb 12oz
    • 5. John Dunmall 1 fish 1lb 4oz
  • Elphicks Fishery

    17th August 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    After weeks of record temperatures and drought conditions sending trout into total torpor, six members set off in pursuit of carp on this well-established coarse fishery. Having gained experience over the past season, we quickly brought the fish onto the feed on mixtures of dog and cat biscuits and good sized carp were cruising within easy casting distance. Although feeding well, they showed a degree of traditional cyprinid caution and experiments with different biscuit and natural insect fly imitations were needed before inducing confident takes. Although the day was cut short by a welcome but fearsome thunder storm which flooded the homeward roads, all but one of the party had fish. A total of 19 carp were netted and gently returned. Weights ranged from 6lb to over 18lb and three members of the party achieved personal best weights:

    April Heasman caught her first ever carp on the fly with three fish, two in double figures with the best fish weighing 13lb 1oz

    Keith Nicholson had three fish, two in double figures and a personal best ghost carp of 9lb 1oz

    Gary Collins netted a magnificent seven fish, the heaviest being a common carp turning the scales at 18lb 7oz (some tussle on a fly rod!) and a personal best grass carp of 15lb 7oz

    Elphicks is a pleasant fishery with a convenient on-site cafe. The swims where we fished around Kettles Lake are mostly open and amenable to fly casting. We can thoroughly recommend this to anyone who is seeking an alternative fly-fishing experience whilst summer trout are almost uncatchable

  • Draycote

    2nd July 2022 · Report by Ian Watts

    Three widely travelled members (Graham Morgan Plumb, John Dunmall and Ian Watts) required even more Loch Style practice and were joined by Tim Williams, who gladly made up the numbers

    The choice of breakfast establishment, pre-competition is always tricky. However, The Dun Cow at Dunchurch was an inspired one! A full English plus unlimited coffee and tea for £12.50 is the best value I've seen and I have travelled a fair few miles already this year!

    Some rain was forecast around lunchtime with sunshine either side of the clouds. So a mixed bag of weather for the day was expected!

    At Draycote Water, we were greeted by the Ranger with 'secretive' news of fish in Biggin Bay through to Lincroft and into Toft, also at C Buoy through to D, and a good head of fish in Rainbow Corner

    On parking the cars and then through tackling up in the boat at 9:00, it started to rain

    Both boats with Tim and Graham in one and John and Ian in the other, headed over to Biggin Bay. Here they stayed for an hour or two with Ian catching the first fish at 10:34, with Graham catching his first at 10:50

    With not much action in Biggin Bay, Tim and Graham carried on drifting towards Lincroft and into Toft with the other boat heading off to the Dam and C Buoy

    It carried on raining!

    Both boats adopted the 'searching for fish' process with not much surface or rod action anywhere! Tim bribed Graham with the promises of coffee, cake and getting dry at lunchtime and headed to the warmth of the lakeside café! John and Ian stuck it out and dutifully carried on fishing, eating soggy sandwiches in the rain

    Luckily, they found surface activity plus feeding fish at B Buoy and caught several fish. Ian quickly losing 3 fish! One take completely ripped the line from Ian's fingers, followed by a loud crack of his 10lb X-line snapping! The next lost fish, was a double-up, Ian losing both! Ian's final released fish, acted on hooking with 'torpedo like' precision', propelled itself toward the boat at speed and promptly jumped, spat out the fly and leisurely swam off! Barbless hooks took a verbal bashing from 'Unlucky' Ian! (Some would say, more 'Useless', than unlucky!)

    Tactics were to cast out, pull the line straight and keep the flies high in the water, just sub-surface but completely static. The line would simply pull straight. John had two 3lb lumps, one which swam around to the back of the boat and tangled itself on the engine. Luckily, Ian, being John's 'best ever' boat partner, quickly pulled in the drogue and caringly, untangled John's tippet from the propeller, for him to successfully land the beast!

    Tim and Graham, now refreshed, warm and dried out, headed back to Biggin Bay and found some recently stocked fish that were shoaling very close to the bank. Now with plenty of action, they 'stockie-bashed' for the rest of the day . Tim pulling out 7 and Graham 3! Ian and John joined them at 'Last Knockings' but by then the shoal had scattered

    Having rained all day, the weather now took a turn for the worse, leaving the heaviest rain shower for last. Unfortunately, during this 'monsoon-like' downpour, Tim was playing the biggest fish of the day. Tim said it was close to 6lb! Graham, obviously embittered, had a different estimation! At close, the sun finally made an appearance!

    Amazingly, all TWFFS members had 3 fish! Tim, obviously disqualified, as a non-member, had 7!


    • 1. Ian Watts 3 fish - First at 10:34
    • 2. Graham Morgan Plumb 3 fish - First at 10:50
    • 3. John Dunmall 3 fish - First at 12:05
  • Coltsford Mill

    1st June 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    This mid-week event was attended by Ray Burt, Martyn Gray and Peter Thomason. The fishing at this attractive and well-maintained fishery started well with fish being caught on the larger Mill Lake on floating lines and Cruncher nymphs. Other fish were taken on intermediate lines and Snake flies. As is often the case on small fisheries, takes became less frequent as the morning wore on and Martyn and Peter had to work hard to add to their morning bags. Also, as is often the case, Ray had completed his five fish limit by then!

    The day ended with Ray with his five fish, Martyn with four and Peter two. All fish were of good quality, nearing three pounds weight and hard fighting

    An enjoyable day in pleasant surroundings and good company

  • Bewl Water

    29th May 2022 - Corrib Cup · Report by Ian Watts

    Half Term holidays, members abroad, fishing trips and family ties decimated the TWFFS field for this Championship and trophy day out at Bewl Water. However, four Bewl Water stalwarts arrived for the match, Nick Cox, James Dench, John Dunmall and Ian Watts. One boat (Nick and James) were quickly racing out of the dock heading for Bewl Straight, with some obvious, insider knowledge. The other, containing the Dream Team of John and Ian, leisurely and somewhat hopefully, set off for the Dam. The blue sky and sunshine was replaced in the morning with dark cloud and the northerly wind, quickly turned north-easterly to confuse the fish and anglers even more. After three consecutive days at Draycote, Ian was quickly into the groove and caught steadily. John had a 'fish a chuck' bonus to land three fish just before lunch

    Sandwiches were taken at the Fishing Lodge at 12.30pm with Ian on 4, John 3, James 1 and local expert Nick, without a pull! After lunch, the roles had reversed with the Dream Team desperate to get out onto the water but were quickly joined at the dam by Nick and James. James and Ian caught again throughout the afternoon but the takes dried up for John and Nick finally had his bite and a fish!

    At close, Ian had 10, James 5, John 4 and Nick avoided the blank with 1 fish

    James used a floater twiddling two bright flies back to tempt the fish. Ian, using a slow glass, opted for, shall we say, a 'quicker' retrieve to almost bully the fish into taking! Hard fishing at times with the fish coming short and even though most of the fish were just pushing 1lb 8oz, they gave a good account of themselves. All 20 fish were released

    A 'Big Mention' to James, who on seeing that there were only 3 down to fish, rearranged his beauty appointment to join us! Top Bloke!

  • Powdermill Reservoir

    22nd May 2022 · Report by Neil Osmond

    Six members of TWFFS fished Powdermill reservoir with two opting to fish from the bank and four from boats. The weather was hot and sunny with little cloud cover.

    In the morning Mick Priest was the most successful having bagged fish from the bank by one o’clock. Several methods were employed but if memory serves correctly one of the most successful was twiddling Crunchers back slowly in the ripple, that method accounted for three of the five fish. James Dench shared a boat with Gary Collins and picked up the biggest trout of the day in the morning weighing in at 4lb 8oz. Between them they landed four fish by lunchtime. Bob Holland and I sharing the other boat were less successful, Bob landing one fish using Irish wet fly patterns whilst I perfecting the art of long range release

    In the afternoon fishing did pick up and by the end of the day James, Gary and Mick had all bagged up with six fish apiece. There were more mayfly coming off the water, Bob landing a further three fish on Grey Wulff patterns. I continued to perfect hooking then executing long range release along with Buster Heasman who also had a hot challenging day fishing from the bank

    All in all a great sociable day with good company even if the fishing was a little challenging (for me at least). A welcome pint afterwards in the Queens Head at Seddlecombe rounded of a very pleasant day

    Results for the day were:

    • 1. James Dench 6 fish 18lb 8oz and heaviest fish of the day at 4lb 8oz
    • 2. Mick Priest 6 fish 11lb 0oz
    • 3. Gary Collins 6 fish 10lb 2oz
    • 4. Bob Holland 4 fish 6lb 6oz

    Buster Heasman and Neil Osmond nil fish but 2 Championship points each for attending

  • Lakedown Trout Fishery

    27th April 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    There was a very good turnout for this mid-week "social" fishing event with twelve members and one guest. Lakedown was in prime springtime leaf and bloom with good water clarity and the many bankside improvements which Jamie Daltry is currently undertaking. What appeared to be ideal conditions were somewhat diminished by a brisk and cold north-easterly wind. Despite this, only one blank was recorded and a total of 38 good quality, hard fighting rainbows were netted. Lunch was taken with the comforts of the eponymous beer and fishing resumed until 4.00 p.m. with the afternoon session proving more challenging than the morning. Successful methods ranged from nymphs on floating lines to lures and Boobies on medium sinking lines

    Altogether this was a most enjoyable day with most enjoyable company at a most enjoyable fishery

  • Bewl Water (bank fishing)

    Dave Clarke Cup - 16th April 2022 · Report by Peter Thomason

    Nine members fished this trophy and Championship event at Bewl. The general consensus was to fish the bank from Ferry Point to Monty’s Seat and to Dunsters Bay. Unusually for a bank holiday weekend, the weather was warm with bright sunshine; combined with clear water, this did not provide the most propitious of fishing conditions as demonstrated by the final results!

    All participants tried a wide variety of techniques on lines from floating to DI7 and takes were very few and far between. By lunchtime only three rods had fish in the bag and one or two rods had either lost a fish or had takes but no hook-ups. The afternoon session continued in the same desolate vein for most

    The day ended with just three rods having fish and five rods blanking. The winner of the day with a very creditable performance was James Dench with four fish. James thus retained the Dave Clarke Cup for another year plus 12 Championship points. Runner-up was Gary Collins whose one fish earned 10 Championship points and third place also with one fish went to Ian Watts with eight Championship points. The remainder of the field earned two Championship points each and a well-earned accolade for persistence and good cheer!

    Fishing is not wholly about catching and this day proved the point with good company and Bewl Water in its prime springtime array

  • Bewl Water (bank fishing)

    26th March 2022 · Report by Russell Bell

    Eight members attended our second competitive outing of the season. On a bright and warm day (for the time of year) we allowed all 52 Any Method boats to head off on what looked like a strongly supported competition before being dropped off at Ferry Point for the day (on the strong recommendation of Nick Cox and Alastair Garner – the irony will become apparent later…..)

    A light north-easterly made conditions comfortable initially, only later to strengthen later to make casting from the Point to the Gorse Bushes more challenging

    The more intrepid anglers braved the trek towards Dunsters where Ian Watts was rewarded with 5 fish by lunchtime with the less energetic working their way towards the Seat with less success. For most the fishing was hard with few fish showing and insufficient takes to work out a winning method

    Brian Beeney joined us initially for what he thought was an hour’s social chat but which lasted until lunchtime as the ferryman had forgotten about him - which was to be repeated as we waited in vain to be picked up at 4.30

    The afternoon session proved to be as difficult for some with most fish coming from the bank by the jetty and while the morning produced its share of skerrets, as the afternoon wore on, bigger fish began to appear. Methods varied between DI7 and boobies, to slow sink and traditional green/black variations and by the end of the day, the final tally (on a 2 fish C&R ticket with 2lb per fish released) was:

    • 1 - Ian Watts - 7 Fish for 14.09lbs
    • 2 - Russell Bell - 6 fish for 11.41lbs
    • 3 - Mark Tremain-Coker - 4 fish for 8.16lbs
    • 4 - Dave Crouch - 1 fish for 2.90lbs (Biggest Fish)
    • 5 - Andy Stoner - 1 fish for 2.69lbs
    • DNC: Nick Cox, John Dunmall & Alastair Garner
  • Brick Farm

    19th March 2022 · Report by Andy Stoner

    This event is the first competition in the TWFFS calendar. Ten members attending, including two lady members, April Heasman and Kim Marsh. Also attending was a member we have not seen for some time, Alan Martin. Danni at the fishery provided breakfast rolls and cake

    Not the best conditions to fish: a strong south easterly breeze with gusts of about 20mph and very bright sunshine which pushed the fish down

    There are four lakes at Brick Farm. None of us caught out of Spring Lake. Most successful lakes were Brick and Well. Jon Dunmall caught a nice four inch swan mussel on a bloodworm. By lunchtime Keith Lawrence had caught his four fish and afterwards helped Alan with the bung method. Over lunch we held a raffle which raised £50.00 for the Club funds

    We finished fishing at 4.00pm and the results were as follows:

    Joint first were April Heasman and Keith Lawrence, both with a weight of 7lb 10oz. They were followed by Micky Heasman with 7lb 2oz. Joint fourth were Mike Marsh and Keith Nicholson with 4lb 4oz, then Andy Stoner with 3lb 6oz

    April also caught the biggest fish, a rainbow weighing 3lb 12oz, on a rubber legged daddy

    Thanks to everyone who attended the first event, and to Danni and her colleagues at Brick Farm for looking after us so well