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

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Llandegfedd on tip top ?

29 08 2012

Last Sunday saw me hit Llandegfedd with Angling Ace and good friend, Online Marketing Manager at BVG Airflo, Kieron Jenkins – His blog – Ronsfishing. I left my house at 8.30 Am to be in Kie’s house but 9.15.

Arriving at his house Kieron was packing up his car and everyone that knows Kieron we had to stop for breakfast so after a full English we popped over to Llandegfedd. WE parked at the top of the first fishing jetty and carried our fishing tackle on to the boat, tackling up in the comfort and tranquillity of Llandegfedd.

We both opted to fish the new Airflo Ridge supple impact mini tips, the 6ft Fast intermediate tip and slow inter tip. These airflo lines are perfect for holding depth and give the angler the choice of dropping his flies through the water column to hopefully find the fishes feeding zone. The Fast Glass tip is ideal for the weather we’ve been having recently, the constantly changing pressure means the fish switch on and off, the temperamental temperature also makes them drop and rise in the water column. The FG tip can be kept high or dropped low depending on their feeding habits.

About second cast Kieron’s 6ft fast glass sink tip locked up, a good scrap and a few jumps within seconds the fish hit the back of the net a fine looking stocked fish of around 1 3/4 lb. Next cast my slow glass tip locked up with another stocked fish which unfortunately came off at the net. Kieron took two more fish and he said let’s have a move so we moved out in to the middle of the lake and instantly my line locked up again with a cracking fully finned trout, one that must have been in there over the last few months. Next cast again the line locked up but instantly gave way. After a few more casts it seemed we’d fished all we could with sailers and speed boats taking residence. Kieron wanted to move again along the gabions and on to the Laurence’s where Kieron again picked up another fish but this time it was a very old fish around the 3lb mark with a huge tail bigger than the fishes head. The fish down the bottom end were tricky, with a lot of angling pressure, so we moved back down to the dam where I picked up a small but another old fish on the nymphs. Kieron took a few more at the dam, colourful boobies and drab diawls between was the cast.

A nice day on the bank

8 12 2011

1st of all I’m very sorry but the usp from my camera has broken so hopefully I will be able to replace it before Christmas sorry for the delay on the post to. We got to the fishery about 10.30am and it was flat calm with bright sunshine and I thought to myself these little guys are going to find it hard so anyway I set up with my Airflo Forty Plus Nantec Rod      9’6ft for a 7/8# which I think is the ultimate rod for punching out them few extra yards  that are vital to catch that one extra fish , I paired the rod up with a Airflo Forty Plus Fast Glass which is one of my favourite lines as it only  takes two false casts to shoot the who line . I set up a 15ft leader of Airflo G3 fluorocarbon in 6lb I would normally use 8lb but there was no wind so I was hoping for a better presentation. The   fly I chose was a size 12 olive damsel with green chain eyes. I walked around with a young enthusiastic boy for about 5 minutes showing him some entomology. It was now time to going fishing so I cast quite a long line out and I said to him pull the line back as fast as you can so he did so and within the first 5 pulls he had his first ever rainbow trout on the line and he got the fish in after a little battle . After this it was my turn I spotted a few fish rising so out came my new Rio gold floating line which set me back £50 and I think that the new Airflo Sixth sense Floater is more sensitive. I fished two dry flies both shuttlecock buzzers one a size 14 on the dropper and 7ft further down the leader was a size 12 the whole size of the leader was around 18ft with a 3ft bit of Airflo 4lb sightfree extreme . I cast out around 15 yards and up came this head I struck YES I’m in this time to a beautiful brown trout of around the two pound mark. The fishing got a bit tricky after this so around two o clock off came the drys and out came the diawl bachs 6inches under a strike indicator and for the last half hour of the day I landed a further 8 rainbow trout what a smashing day.       


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