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


Grafham Here We Come

25 09 2012

This weekend is one of the most important dates in all competition anglers’ diaries in Europe with the Airflo Anglian Water final on Rutland water in England. I have never fished an Anglian water match but hopefully one day I will be good enough to stand out for a team in the 6 man team match. Last year’s winners were the Welsh Hawks a team which I am now a member of and they are a fantastic bunch of guys and super International anglers and 4 out of the 6 have won the Brown bowl and Russell Owen being world champion. I had the pleasure this year of being coached  by one of the Welsh Hawks members Aled Dixon ready for the international in Ireland with Aled being a brown bowl winner in Ireland and had fished the venue what better advice could the team wished for. As I’m not in on the action this weekend a few weeks back I had the offer from a good friend and coach to spend a weekend away at Grafham water near Huntington in Cambridgeshire, so I took Mark up on his offer and this weekend I will be meeting a few new people which are close friends with Mark and will have two full days fishing on Grafham.  For those of you that don’t know much about Grafham it is one of the U.K’s premier trout fishery’s with 1’300 acres of water you’re not stuck in a small stock pond at all. A bit of a bonus is when I spoke to Russell Owen last weekend he also said he was going to be at Grafham this weekend, I love speaking to anglers like Russell because they’re so full of knowledge and I have learned so much in the last 5 years in the car park before a match talking to people like Russ, if you just listen to them you pick up loads of tips and tactics. It’s been a while since I fished Grafham since the Youth International in 2010 but when I was there I loved it so much and I’ve been itching to get back there.  The last few weeks I have been tormented by a few friends that have been on Grafham with large number of fish being caught and big sized fish also. As I’m sure you know Grafham water is one of few waters in the U.K that has been invaded with the ‘Killer shrimp’ and I’ve heard nothing but good about it at the moment because the Grafham Trout are going mad for them so hopefully I will pick a few shrimp feeders up on the weekend.Grafham has a big head of fry in there which I hear the big rainbows and browns like hitting so hopefully I will be also netting a fish of a life time there. Once I have come back I shall write you a full report of the trip so keep an eye out next week. I’ll finish by talking about my new toy from Airflo the Airflo Airtec Nano 10’ 7/8 which I had a quick cast of this afternoon and I think I’m in love so I’m wishing to christen it this weekend. Heres a few images of the flys and photos of the international on Grafham in 2010.

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Welsh trial

11 03 2012

Its been a while since I posted last due to the fact that in competition fishing you can’t tell everyone what your tactics are as every competitor knows. In the Last few years the Welsh Youth Fly Fishing team has produced some World Wide names Such as Kieron Jenkins And Sean Jones

Both outstanding anglers and hopefully future World champions. Yesterday was the second day of the Welsh Trials and I could not wait to start fishing , normally this event is held on a boat but yesterday saw something very unique , a Trial on the bank for a boat team , there is a very long and complicated reason for this that I will not go in to now. The Trial was held at Garnffrwd in South Wales. Probably one of the best fishery in the U.K . When I started fishing I lost a fish first cast and after a few impolite words I was back out fishing not seeing another fish for 30 minutes and by then it was time to move to the next peg , in the next 40 minutes I had dropped another 5 fish and at this point it was time for a chill pill as I was about to put my rod over my knee , the horn once again sounded and I was still fish less so it was marching over to the next peg in a very bad mood , this is all a part of a comp there is stress for 8 hours unless you are catching fish which people like Sean and Kieron are doing in every match . It was on to my 3rd peg till I had my first fish a blue trout at 1lb 4oz one of the smallest fish in the lake but that’s just my luck and then on to peg 4 and I picked another fish up on a rainbow trout around 2 lb then it was time for lunch after a chat with a few of the lads and they all had around 4-5 fish so I knew I needed a good peg to catch them up and it was fishing very hard. After lunch it was time to go back out and a blank for the next two pegs then I came back on to the peg that I started on and in my first 10 minutes I landed a rainbow trout which was followed by a brown trout in the next 5 casts I was smiling because things were looking up , back to my 2nd peg and in 5 minutes I had another Rainbow on the bank and that was my last for the day , well what a nail biting day , time for the results and I made I took 2nd place , Well done Steff who took first , a great day with great people , a bonus I had a photo with Moc Morgan OBE One of the greatest men I have ever met

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