Good weather for a suntan boyo!

There’s not enough time to do everything that I want to do so inevitably some things get neglected.  One of the things to get neglected over the past couple of years has been fly fishing for Pike, with the exception of the Blagdon Pike trials, so it made a nice change to spend two days fishing with the PFFA at their Welsh event.

The weather forecast was for bright sunshine and very little wind on the Saturday and true to form it was exactly that.  Despite this, the group of intrepid anglers managed over fifty fish between them including several doubles.  I struggled managing only 3 fish but these Welsh fish fight like mad.  Looking at the fish they had obviously spawned recently.

We all met in the pub in the evening for a meal and talk about fishing of course, but it was a surprisingly early night in bed as I think everyone was shattered from casting all day in the hot sun.

Sunday morning was a much better day condition wise.  Overcast and a decent ripple, we were on the water for 6:30am.  The fish were much more cagey from the day before but I managed to find a couple of obliging fish, one which I estimated as a low double.  I had lots of takes and fish briefly on but they wouldn’t stick.  As i’d got a long drive back and had other commitments late afternoon I couldn’t fish all day so I made my excuses about 11am and headed back up north.

The rest of the group fished on and caught plenty more fish and it was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days.  I even came back with a bit of a tan.

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Blagdon Bruisers

I don’t think i’ve ever known a situation where the chance to fish for Pike has caused such a furore as when Bristol Water announced they were opening Blagdon Reservoir for Pike trials that were strictly limited to fly anglers.  Throw in the fact that they were charging four hundred pounds per boat per day for the chance of potentially catching a British record and it’s fair to say you’re going to get a few tongues wagging.  I’m not going to go into the politics of it all about whether I think charging that much to fish is value for money Continue reading

Reflections of 2014.

14.8 River pike caught on the fly.
14.8 River pike caught on the fly.

Well as it’s a new year and a new blog where should I start?  I guess a natural place would be a short reflection of 2014 as a fishing year.

2014 started out like the last few years in that I could be found on the rivers fishing for Pike on the fly.  Admittedly I didn’t get out as much as I would have liked as it was an incredibly wet winter for us.  Most of the rivers around me were in flood making it difficult to fish the fly effectively.  In fact so much so that it wasn’t until the beginning of March before I was able to finally put some half decent fish on the bank.  My local river doesn’t product huge Pike with a double figure fish being a good fish.  Fortunately I was able to put a Pike of 14.6 on the bank before season’s end on the 14th March.

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