Posts Tagged ‘Kennick Reservoir Trout Fishery’

Fishing during the Easter weekend was at times challenging. Incredibly gusty wind that couldn’t make up it’s mind which way to blow made for some interesting casting up Kennick Reservoir. I think I set a new PB for losing flies in trees, bracken, goarse and any other fauna that dared sway into back casting range.

In one session myself and Mark caught over 30 fish on a catch and release ticket from a single swim. After the rainbows completely switched off, I decided to see if the fish had moved up in the water. After putting on an intermediate line and a hares ear I cast to a spot where a fish had been rising. After a slow retrieve the line slowly went taught and I was into a fish, a perfect 2lb Kennick Brownie. I would like to say it was down to pure skill and watercraft, in reality it was a bit of an unexpected fluke.

Whoever decided to perform one of the lamest examples of vandalism I have ever witnessed well done, brilliant. I hope you feel awesome about ripping open a ‘catch returns’ lock box as well as chucking a life preserver ring on the floor. Making noises like a chimpanzee while hiding behind a tree will also go down in history as one of the greatest acts of rebellion against fly fishermen.

I unfortunately only managed to squeeze in one upper Teign session (read more here), it is a beautiful place to fish. When fishing well you can really lose yourself in the moment. Waist deep, flicking your line up stream waiting for the lightening bolt of a take. *BOOM* a huge branch hits the water followed by a black Labrador, bugger. I fell in love with my Canon G9 again. Having a compact camera that can take pictures of amazing quality is such a bonus, it fits perfectly in my fishpond chest pack pocket.

Along with my recent aquisition of a Hardy Demon 7 wt rod and my SLA being incredibly difficult to get into the reel seat I decided to take the plunge and get a reel to match. I took a risk and opted for a Hardy Demon 5000 over the 7000. When in the shop the jury was out how much backing I would be able to get on the reel with a Hardy Mach line. When in the shop the ghetto trick of offering up a new fly line doubled over from the packet made it look very tight indeed. Luckily I managed to squeeze around 80 yards of backing onto the spool! It is a very nice set up indeed, the rod as mentioned before fires line effortlessly and the reel is just the icing on the cake. It is such a beautiful piece of kit to handle, use and put away after an excellent day of fishing.

Some pictures, the picture of the brownie was taken with my iphone due to me leaving the SLR on all night :/

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Hardy Demon 5000 and Hardy Mach line

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Hardy Demon 5000 and Hardy Mach line

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Hardy Demon 7 wt

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Kennick Reservoir trout fishery

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Kennick Reservoir - relaxing in the sun

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Kennick Reservoir - Boobies

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Kennick Reservoir trout fishery

Upper Teign - fishing for wild brownies

Kennick Reservoir - Wild brown trout

The end of the season is fast approaching and looking at my diary over the next couple of months it was quite clear I needed to pay a visit to Kennick trout fishery while I still had the chance. The weather on Sunday was stunning, clear blue skies and an extremely comfortable temperature of around 21c. While it wasn’t ideal trout fishing conditions I am always up for a fishing challenge and what better way could you spend a Sunday afternoon?

Arriving at Kennick around 12 I looked out over the water, flat calm with not a sign of any trout rising or moving. As I made my way to the far side of the reservoir I spoke to a few fishermen, all confirming it was going to be a tough days fishing. I took two rods, a 6wt 9ft Greys GRX-IĀ  rod equipped with a GRX-I reel and sinking line. The other rod was an 8ft 4wt Wychwood Truefly rod equipped with a Pflueger Trion reel and a floating line. Looking in the margins there were plenty of pupa cases/shucks. As I began to work my way through the water depths, fly box and various locations I struggled to find the fish.

A few clouds started to appear and a number of fish started to rise, primarily brownies the occasional rainbow could be seen. Encouraging though it seemed I still failed to get a response, so I started to reach for the less traditional fly patterns. After 2 hours I eventually had a take, the fish came off as quick as it took the lure. I really don’t understand why the goldhead blob in sunburst works so well but whenever the conditions have been tough it consistently produces.

I read a number of articles about the ‘blob’ and how it has caused almost as much controversy as the boobie fly. While it is never my fly of choice I still think it is a valuable addition to anyone’s fly box especially if you are struggling after trying a whole host of traditional patterns. I am certainly not a ‘yob with a blob’, nor am I an ‘Elitist traditionalist’, just being there on the water is enough for me but with hungry cats to feed I feel obligated. Anyway back to the fishing..

Kennick Trout never fail to impress me, each one in perfect condition and always willing to put up a hell of a fight. The stock levels are spot on and I have never come across a fish that has fin damage commonly found on other stocked waters. After landing 3 fish I decided it was time to go home, another happy day fishing at Kennick reservoir.

Although the fishing was tough (I wasn’t alone) Kennick reservoir looked and felt stunning in the beautiful weather. I kept losing myself in the moment, bird life and hypnotic ripples moving across such a vast area of water. As the days shorten and the colours of autumn begin to develop, regardless of catching or not you will get to enjoy an amazing example of the wonderful Devon countryside.

For more information on Kennick reservoir please read my previous post

Kennick Reservoir Trout

Kennick Reservoir Trout

Kennick Reservoir Trout

Kennick Reservoir Trout - great condition

Kennick Reservoir is without a doubt one of the best trout fisheries in Devon. I will make a post about the fishery in more detail at a later date but all you really need to know is that it offers fin perfect rainbow trout in a spectacularly beautiful setting for an extremely reasonable price.

I have fished Kennick around 15 times this year and have had on average 2-3 fish each visit. For some reason I found that the more unusual fly patterns (traditionalists stop reading) have been extremely reliable and effective in all conditions. On one visit I managed to catch 6 and lose another 6 in 1 hour and 20 minutes using a sunburst goldhead blob. So for my own amusement I decided to purchase a large selection of the most awful looking flies I could find and see what I could catch.

Armed with this spectacular selection and a 6wt Greys GRXi rod and reel I set off to see what I could catch.

Hideous Fly Selection

pic 1. Hideous Fly Selection

I started off by ripping a sunburst goldhead blob back across the shallows on a sinking line, after 4 casts I hooked into something solid. I knew it was larger than average because of the way it remained deep and kept making powerful lunges stripping off line faster than I could put it back on. After 10 minutes the fish was mine, it was a beautiful conditionedĀ  6lb rainbow.

6lb Rainbow Trout caught on a sunburst goldhead blob

pic 2. 6lb Rainbow Trout caught on a sunburst goldhead blob

Over the next hour I tried the black blob, orange blob, blood worm with marabou tail, and the different coloured gold woolly bugger style patterns. They were not very productive at all with the exception of the yellow goldhead wooly bugger which recieved a few plucks.

The last fly to try was the odd looking Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm pattern. I fished this on a floating line with a 9ft leader, casting it out and letting it slowly sink then occasionally using a very long pull of the line to raise the fly up a few feet and then let it fall back down again. On my first cast I hooked into a fish on the drop, and from that point on I couldn’t stop catching. In total I managed to land another 5 fish and lose 4.

2lb Rainbow caught on a Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm

pic 3. 2lb Rainbow caught on a Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm

So in conclusion what does this all mean and what have I unscientifically proven? On the day the sunburst blob produced the largest fish and the Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm pattern landed the greatest number of fish. What was also interesting is that the yellow goldhead woolly bugger recieved a few plucks and based on what colours I have used before at Kennick I am convinced yellow has the edge on other colours (in terms of consistency).

Sunburst Goldhead Blob and Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm

pic 4. Sunburst Goldhead Blob and Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm

I revisited Kennick on another ocassion where I was failing to catch anything although the conditions appeared to be pretty much perfect. I reached for the Sunburst Goldhead Blob and the Red Apps Beaded Bloodworm patterns both of which caught on first casts. Give these two patterns a try if you are struggling at Kennick and let me know how you get on.