Posts Tagged ‘Rainbow trout’

Kennick Reservoir opened it’s 2010 season on March the 27th. Being one of my favorite still water fly fishing venues in Devon it was great to be back on the bank. Fishing was slower than I expected, even the mighty Sunburst Blob struggled to find the fish. After trying a number of spots, depths and flies I resorted to dragging a booby along the bottom attached to a Hi-D line. On the second cast while varying the retrieve (they liked it slow) I hooked into a spirited Kennick Rainbow. I had forgotten how lean and fit the fish are, even with a 7WT rod it is hard to keep the trout under control while making those initial lunges. In 4 hours fishing I landed 6 and lost 3, a great days sport. The weather took a turn for the worst so called it a day when my hands became blocks of ice. My camera got soaked too so sorry for the lack of photo’s.

Today was also a chance to try my new Hardy Demon 9′6 7WT rod. Nothing to report other than it is worth every penny. It is hard to describe how much of a difference a rod of this caliber can have on your casting (even someone as terrible as me), it is pretty amazing really. Ideally I would of liked a Demon Reel but my Wychwood SLA is an amazing piece of kit and it really doesn’t look out of place. Another purchase was a Cortland 444 sinking line. A very slick (also incredibly thin) easy to cast line. Casting a sinking line all day can become tiresome (scary in some instances), the Cortland 444 however is a pleasure to use. I cannot emphasise how important it is to spend as much as you can on Fly lines, that extra £10-15 makes an enormous difference.

I am aware that the Wychwood Truefly SLA reel has been a victim of it’s own success. Demand exceeding supply. Fear not, Nick Hart quite literally has a tower of Wychwood SLA reels in the Hart Fly Shop available NOW – Buy one, you know you want one.  Check out the new Wychwood Quest range of travel fly rods too, they look and feel great.

(p.s. I am in no way affiliated with the Hart Fly Shop, I just do it for the love)

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Kennick Reservoir - Rain!

Kennick Reservoir - Rain!

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Hardy Demon 7wt rod and Wychwood Truefly SLA

Tavistock doubles (well almost)

0, March 8, 2010
Posted by james

Sneaked out a 9lb 8oz Rainbow this weeked from Tavistock Trout Fishery.  The fish looked considerably smaller in the deep gin clear water, watching it follow and eventually hit the lure was awesome to watch. It was also impressive to see a large number of sizeable trout being caught by other people. The ‘Dump truck’ avoided capture, a rather large Brown that took pleasure in turning away from my fly at the last moment on several ocassions. He better watch out.

Tavistock Trout Fishery - 9lb 8oz Rainbow trout

Tavistock Trout Fishery - 9lb 8oz Rainbow trout

Fly fishing, you’re doing it wrong (sort of)

0, December 29, 2009
Posted by james

On the 27th of December I should have been hauling monster Pollack from the wrecks littering the English Channel. Force 8 winds soon put a stop to that.  Rather than waste another day lounging around eating turkey left overs and imbibing mulled wine we decided to go Fly Fishing.

The cold weather of winter is advantageous to those looking to scratch their fly fishing itch while waiting for the official season to begin in early spring. Most small still water trout fisheries remain open all year. They fish just as well as they do in the warmer months (if not better) and are nearly always void of those water whipping summer enthusiasts. Exe valley is one of the best small still water fisheries in the southwest. I am convinced the quality of fish to be experienced here is down to the high throughput of water.

We began fishing sunburst blobs (a killer fly here) on a slow retrieve and within a matter of minutes all three of us had landed a fish. The idea was to see if we could catch a fish using the most unconventional method possible. Lures had to be retrieved as slowly as possible while buzzers and nymphs were only allowed to be retrieved as fast as humanly possible. I managed to hook into a fish by ripping a gold head hares ear along the margins.

James turned his fishing up to ‘Eleven’ and tried a sunburst blob under a site indicator. As he very very (very) slowly retrieved the fly the water erupted and a fish tail walked 10ft across the surface of the water. “Woah woah woah” Mark yelped “that’s a good fish”. Jim managed to get the fish near the bank and at first it looked like a salmon. It was however the weirdest coloured brown trout, all 14lbs of it! A couple of minutes later Jim was in again, this time it was a ‘mere’ 9lb rainbow. While J. R. Hartley was rolling in his fictional grave we were rolling on the floor laughing.

It is extremely interesting (funny) to see how the trout are willing to take a fly fished in completely the opposite way you would traditionally work it. we wanted to try a team of blobs’n'boobies but as a previous experiment concluded they don’t cast too well.

Meanwhile during a double hook up I threw down the ’speed catch’ gauntlet and was mercifully whooped by the superior pulling power of an 8wt rod. My 5wt greys clicker-drag reel was making a noise like Donald Duck as I battled with my fish in an attempt to land it quicker than Mark.  It is another interesting reminder of much pressure you can apply to a fish with a fly rod, all too often you see fly anglers with barely a bend in the rod allowing the trout to speed towards a weed bed at warp factor 10.

Is there a conclusion to this awesome display of fly fishing? Not really, but do get out fishing, do go with your friends, do try something outside the ‘traditional’ fly fishing box and most importantly make sure you have fun. It was a short session but between the three of us we had 15 fish  (lost another 4 or 5) ranging from 2-14lb. Excellent.

For more info on Exe Valley Fishery look at my previous post found here

Here are some of the photo’s – Nikon D90 ;)

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery

p.s. Another angler managed to land a 15lb fish

Exe Valley Fishery

Exe Valley Fishery