A pleasure day on Chew Valley Lake

31 05 2015

Last week Welsh International Chris Jones and I made the journey over the seven bridge to Chew Valley Lake, after speaking to some friends who had fished Chew just days before reporting the fishing had been tricky and they were struggling to get a few fish to the boat Chris and I were expecting a tough days fishing. We arrived at the fishery and saw there was a barely a ripple on the lake, a mild feel in the air and overcast skies, perfect conditions in my book! Being a puller at heart I set up a Airflo Sixth Sense Fast Glass fly line with around 22ft of 8lb Fulling Mill World Class Fluorocarbon with 3 flies attached to the leader spaced 10ft, 6ft and another 6ft to the point. On the top dropper I had one of my good friend’s Kieron Jenkins new blobs called the Merlot Blob, this gives a great silhouette in the water and is not bight and flashy so it does not put many fish off, in the middle again one of Kieron’s patterns but this time one of his cormorant patterns, his mirage cormorant pattern to be precise and one of my own cutthroat cat booby on the point, Chris also had a similar set up. Once we got on to the water we pulled about 20 feet off the jetty and just let the boat drift down the middle of the lake, Chris was in nearly straight away on his 3rd cast his line went tight on the hang a lovely little chew rainbow came to the net.

chris playing a fish on chew

We both took fish through the middle of the lake and decided we would try something different so we switched to the nymphs and looked for the better fish, so I set up a 3ft Airflo Super Dri Midge tip with 18ft of 7lb Fulling Mill World Class Fluorocarbon and 4 flies spaced 6ft from the fly line then 4ft,4ft and another 4ft to the point, the flies were a Black holographic Diawl Bach in the middle and then 2 more plain diawl bachs and one of Kieron’s abortion cormorant boobies on the point to hold the Diawls up in the water column, within a few casts the line shot out of my hand and I was in to one of Chew’s resident rainbows, after a few hard and powerful runs I was able to pull the fish’s head up and skim it across the top and in to the net another bonus of the Fulling Mill Fluorocarbon is the strength of it is unbelievable as a competition angler I can bully the fish in with complete trust in my leader.

me playing a fish on chewchew rainbow on nymphs

As the day got on we swapped between nymphing and pulling and we landed around 50 fish to the boat including a stonking perch well in excess of 2lb and probably closer to 3 and a brownie on the nymphs was a nice surprise too.

chew perchchew brown

I hope chew continues to fish as well throughout the rest of the season, I would highly recommend that you go and fish Chew, even if you’re a novice the rangers are always willing to point you in the right direction and you always get a warm welcome at Chew.

If you are still unsure about going afloat for the first time I would advise that you book a day’s fishing with England international John Horsey, you will have a tremendous day with John and will be hooked on boat fishing, contact John via email john@johnhorsey.co.uk

Tight Lines

Lewis





Garnffrwd in May

30 05 2015

Now we are coming in to the end of spring and in to early summer there is an abundance of fly life on the water, on the surface and below with olives hatching, caenis and the damsels climbing up the reeds ready to hatch and of course the buzzers, I have been lucky enough to catch these hatches spot on and the fishing has been tremendous. For the last couple of weekends I have been fishing my favorite small still water fishery Garnffrwd and catching as many as 15 to 20 fish has been a doddle as long as you scale down your leader and fly size, I have been fishing 18ft 5lb Airflo G3 and size 16 olive shuttlecocks as shown below.

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I found that the key to success is not just to cast at any rising fish it’s to watch one fish, watch how it rise’s whether it’s taking flies on the surface or if it’s taking emergers just under the surface , watch what path the fish takes, is it swimming around in circles or is it swimming up the wind, all this is crucial when fishing dries as you need to make sure you fly is in the right zone that the fish can see it and will want to eat your fly. Another important tip when fishing dries is to always degrease your leader, I use density mud from troutwatch and it’s by far the best mud I’ve ever used it has tungsten particles mixed in the mud and it really pulls your leader under the surface’s tension and out of site of the trout.

here is just one of the fish I’ve caught from Garnffrwd this month

big browny

This fish came to a damsel pattern fished tight to the reeds on the close bank on a fast glass line and 8lb fulling mill world class fluorocarbon. Fishing damsel patterns in April and May tight to the banks can be awesome as that’s where the fish will spend a lot of their time feeding, fish unwighted damsel patterns on intermediate lines with short sharp pulls your you’ll be in for a great days fishing.

keep an eye out for my next couple of blogs, some exciting fishing from a recent trip to Chew Valley Lake and a day with the Welsh Youth Fly Fishing team at Clywedog and a blog that’s going to be a tribute to my hero and great friend who passed away earlier this week Moc Morgan

Tight lines

Lewis





Carp on the fly

19 10 2013

Something I’ve wanted to do for a little while was to catch a carp off the top. Having a little brother who’s crazy about carp fishing telling me the carp feeding on the top are quite spooky I thought this would be the perfect time to give it a go. I use my Airflo competition special 10ft #8 with a Airflo ridge impact fly line , why an 8 weight ? If you’ve ever caught a carp you’ll understand even the little ones go like a big overwintered trout. I got to the lake around 10AM seeing a few carp cruising around the surface I set up the fly rod with 10lb co-polymer, why co-polymer ? I used co-polymer because its less dense than fluorocarbon therefore it sits higher in the water, if I used Fluorocarbon it would sink and fish would swim in to it and I would either spook them or even worse foul hook one so its best to keep everything on the top (not in trout fishing). I started to feed some dog biscuits and instantly one popped his head up and started to feed confidently so a 15ft cast put the dog biscuit imitation on the fishes nose up came the lips and being a trout fisherman I struck which resulted in the fish spooking and my fly landing in the grass behind me. Take 2 a few fish had started to feed so I once again cast out in to the middle of them and a set of lips came up and inhaled the fly I waited for 3-4 seconds struck and bingo fish one the fish was around 5-6 lb

20131019-215245.jpg I landed around a dozen more fish of around the same size but I noticed a lot of water moving from a big fish just out out my casting distance to get a nice presentation so the next day I came back with some tapered leaders and this was the result

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20131019-215818.jpg I hope this shows you what is available to everyone when trout fishing is slow during the summer months.





Welsh trial

5 09 2012

Last weekend I fished the welsh youth trial to try and get another welsh cap , the day started by being picked up by a good friend and the local land lord of the local pub James and his son who was also trailing Tom. After a big breakfast we headed to Llandegfedd near pontypool , Cwmbran . Once at the lake I had a good catch up with my team mates from this years international in Ireland. Shortly after talking my boat man arrived kieron Jenkins , I set up a fast glass line with a 20ft leader with a booby on the point a diawl Bach in the middle and a blob on the top , after taking 5 fish in quite a short piece of time I thought I was doing quite well but then it took be another 2 hours to get my last fish to bag up, I finished 4th overall and enjoyed a lot , hopefully I will do a little better again at the next trial in October and get my name on the cup but we will have to wait and see , tight lines
Lewis





Stockiebasher’s online!

30 11 2011

Hi Guys,

My names Lewis Rumble, I have fished for Wales at International and World level and have won the WSTAA Fly Tying competition.

My blog will contain my recent fishing outings, new fly tying ideas, videos step by steps of fly patterns and some fishing images I like.

Please follow this blog, Once I reach 500 views, the first comment after the 500 person has looked I’ll offer 20 of my best flies of the year to that person. Get commenting!








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