Sunday, 21 January 2018

BFFA Competition held at Tavistock Fly Fishery on 20th January 2018

There was a great turnout of members for the first competition of 2018. Thirteen of us met for the start at 10am and after buying tickets we spread out onto all five lakes. Kevin turned up a little later and had one rainbow from Heron Lake. The air temperature was 9C but the water was a chilly 5C.  The sky was overcast with occasional light drizzle.  The weather forecast I watched earlier was giving a clearance at lunchtime but in the event we were treated to some heavy rain and strong westerly winds.

Although the lakes are stocked with a variety of trout - rainbows, golden, browns, blues and tigers - we only saw rainbows in our bags but with a total of 18 between us it was a good day out.  The biggest rainbow was landed from Kingfisher Lake by John Bright (we saw the kingfisher several times by the way!).   At 3lb 4.5oz John is the winner of the competition and is now currently leading the 'Traveller's Trophy' race for the biggest trout taken on an away day.  There is a long way to go until November, John!

Here are the results:
John 2 trout best 3lb 4.5oz,    Bob 3 trout best 2lb 6oz,   Pat 2lb 4oz & 2lb 2oz,   Kelvin 2lb 6oz & 2lb 0oz,   PeteP 3lb 0oz & 2lb 20z,   Stuart 2lb 2oz & 1lb 8oz,   PeterM 2lb 10oz & 2lb 8oz,   TonyV 2lb 4oz,   TonyH 1lb 12oz  &  Kevin 1lb 10oz.    David, Anthony, Karen & Jay put in nil returns.

Stuart fishing Heron Lake

David & Anthony watch Fishery staff put a few more trout into Heron Lake

(above & below) Anthony nets Peter's first fish from Lower Heron Lake

Pete on Osprey Lake

David casting at Heron Lake

TonyH with a stockie from Heron Lake

Kingfisher Lake was popular

TonyH fishing Kingfisher Lake at the Lodge end

Sunday, 14 January 2018



(Latest version)

1.1 The Club shall be called the Burrator Fly Fishers Association

2.1 To facilitate and encourage the practice of fly fishing at Burrator Reservoir and elsewhere with due regard to the environment.

2.2 To foster the interest of adult and junior anglers wishing to develop their fly fishing skills and to improve their sport.

2.3 To liaise and co-operate with South West Lakes Trust and work with them to improve fishing and facilities at Burrator Reservoir.

2.4 To enable social contact between members who share an interest in fly fishing.

3.1 Membership is open to anyone who is genuinely interested in fly fishing, wishes to take part in the club activities and is prepared to abide by the rules of the Association.

3.2 Applications are to be made to the Treasurer in the first instance.

3.3 Members must hold a valid Environment Agency licence before fishing.

3.4 There shall be three classes of membership available.  These are:
Full Member - Adults over the age of 18 years.
Junior Member - (Under 18 years of age) Junior members up to the age of 16 years shall always be in the company of and the responsibility of either his/her legal guardian or an adult member  designated by his/her legal guardian when attending association events.  Members aged 16 to 18 years may attend without their legal guardian.
Honorary Member - The members at an AGM may from time to time decide to offer Honorary Membership to someone who is considered to merit it.  This would normally only be applied where the member is too elderly or frail to continue fishing and/or has given outstanding service to the Association.

3.5 New members will be issued with a copy of the Constitution, a copy of the Burrator Fishing Boat Regulations and a member’s badge.  New members will be introduced to the waters and made fully aware of the fishing etiquette and limitations.

4.1 The Officers of the BFFA shall be as follows:
Chairman - who will chair all meetings of the Association and take the lead role in any discussions/negotiations with other agencies.  The membership, at their discretion, may also elect a Chairman Designate.

Secretary - who will minute all official meetings and circulate these to members. He/she will also receive and deal with all correspondence to and from the Association with the exception of membership matters and club insurance.

Treasurer - who will deal with all routine membership matters and club insurance and keep fair and accurate records of the Associations finances.

Social & Competition Secretary - who will plan and organise the monthly competitions, monthly raffles and other events.

4.2 Officers shall be elected/re-elected at the AGM each year by a majority of members present.

4.3 In case of illness or other unforeseen circumstances Officer roles can be filled by co-opting an appropriate adult member of the Association.  This co-opted status can last only to the next subsequent AGM or EGM.

4.4 No Officer shall be re-elected to the same role for more than three successive years.

5.1 All cheques and other bank transactions will be authorised by the Treasurer and one other of the Officers named above.  Two signatures will be required.

6.1 Annual General Meeting (AGM) - is to be held in January each year. Members shall be given 21 days’ notice of the date.  Members will be invited to submit items for the agenda and that agenda will be circulated to all members at least seven days before the meeting.  This will include proposals (with seconders) for any Officer role.  All matters at the AGM will be decided by majority vote of those present.  In the case of a tied vote the Chairman will have a casting vote.  The AGM will receive reports from the Officers including a Statement of Accounts on the basis of which subscription levels for the coming year will be agreed.

6.2 Emergency General Meeting (EGM) - will only be held in exceptional circumstances when, for example, the Association needs to decide on an urgent matter which cannot wait until the next AGM.  A majority of members must vote in favour of calling an EGM.

6.3 Monthly General Meetings - will be held eight or nine times throughout the year.  Normally there will be no meeting in August, the meeting in December will be the Christmas social event and the meeting in January will be the AGM.  These can be changed by a majority vote of the members.

7.1 During the period in which the Association has access to boat fishing at Burrator and helps SWLT to manage these boats.  The rules and conditions for their use will be reviewed annually by BFFA and SWLT representatives and updated as necessary.  These will be issued/re-issued to all BFFA members wishing to use the boats.

8.1 Should any member seriously and/or persistently breach the Association rules or jeopardise its continuance, the member may be asked to leave the Association and their membership fee returned.

8.2 The said member will be entitled to receive in writing from the Chairman the reason for the discontinuance of membership and be given at least two weeks to respond. They will be entitled to put their case to the membership, either by letter or in person, and have a fair hearing.

8.3 Throughout the process Principals of Natural Justice will be adhered to.

9.1 The Association will only be dissolved at either an AGM or an EGM called for that purpose.

9.2 For dissolution to take place two thirds of those present must agree.

9.3 On dissolution the Officers in post at that time will realise all assets and discharge all debts.

9.4 The members present at the dissolution meeting shall decide by a simple majority how to dispose of any remaining monies by, for example, donation to an appropriate charity/organisation.

February 2016

Friday, 15 December 2017

Burrator Fly Fishers Christmas Dinner at Zuzimo 11th December 2017

Twenty four members and partners had booked a meal at Zuzimo's Restaurant in Plymouth but on the night Gill Macconnell was unwell so sadly could not attend.  We met at the restaurant at 7pm for a pre-dinner chat and drink. The owner Mo & manageress Tian Tian greeted us with a warm welcome as always. The restaurant has a good atmosphere, good service and good food.  As usual the hospitality was second to none and  Mo bought some of our raffle tickets winning a prize in the draw!  Between us we covered the whole menu and there was nothing but praise for the quality of all the courses.

Mo of Zuzimo!

Zuzimo's in Vauxhall Street, Plymouth

After the meal there was the customary raffle organised by Tony Vallack.  This took some time as the table was laden with draw prizes!  
Then our chairman, Kelvin, presented the trophies won by members during the year.  We now have four trophies - the latest one has been given by Richard Peel for the biggest boat caught trout at Burrator.  The winner of this was Alan Lawson with a rainbow of 3lb 6oz.  Alan could not be at the dinner.  'The Sunset Trophy' is for the biggest rainbow from Burrator and that was won by Pat Power with a trout of 3lb 10oz.  Pat could not attend the evening either.  These two trophies will be presented at the AGM in January.   

The 'Traveller's Trophy'

Pete will keep this paperweight

'The Sunset Trophy' won by Pat

The engraving on the 'Sunset Trophy'

The engraved glass 'Traveller's Trophy' for the biggest trout taken on an 'away day' at a fishery other than Burrator was won by Pete Phillips with a rainbow of 5lb 4oz taken at Exe Valley Fishery.  He  was also presented with an engraved glass paperweight to keep.  'The Three Fly Trophy' for a competition of the same name at Burrator was won by Kevin Sellar with a total bag of 7lb 1oz including a rainbow of 3lb 2oz.  The trophy is a wooden carving with a new one given each year by Tony Vallack. The flies used were a Cat’s Whisker, a Damsel Nymph & a Hawthorn Fly.  The flies had all been tied by BFFA member Wes Ower.

Pete receives the 'Traveller's trophy' from Kelvin

Kevin receives the 'Three Fly Trophy'

There were lots of donated draw prizes -
these from Tavistock Trout Fishery
Another very successful Burrator Fly Fishers evening!

Friday, 1 December 2017

BFFA Bank Clearance Day at Burrator - Monday 27 November 2017

Some of the working party at Longstone

Kelvin, Sam, Richard and Pete

Sam sawing some of the willow assisted by Bob

Lunch break

Stuart and David

Kelvin making light work of it!

The weather early on Monday was very cold, overcast & grey with heavy rain and not at all pleasant.  Eight Burrator Fly Fishers members plus Sam Le Bailly from the South West Lakes Trust arrived at Longstone around 10am.  The plan was to make fly casting easier in a few areas by removing some of the undergrowth and the invasive, fast growing willows.  The willows had been cut down previously and had since put out long new shoots from the stumps  ensuring that a less than accurate back cast would be easily snagged.

Sam told me that he only recently joined SWLT but he soon had us organised and under his expert guidance we made a successful start on the clearance. I think he will be an asset to the Trust and we look forward to working with him in the future.

The water level is currently high and when fishing in these conditions, even wading a little way out, it is difficult to avoid overhanging branches and bushes on the shore.  If this plan is to be successful in the long term we will need to ensure regular visits to keep the growth in check.  I understand that in the long term SWLT intend to clear more of the bank around Longstone where willow and rhododendron have invaded the shoreline.  They would like to encourage wild flowers to re-establish themselves on the peninsula where there is currently a mass of brambles.

The rain eased away after a couple of hours and Linda drove to the Burrator Inn to collect a tray of excellent pasties for lunch.  Two Kelly Kettles were soon bringing water to the boil for very welcome mugs of tea.  Lunch was rounded off with slices of Linda's delicious home-made Dundee cake.  It was a bit of a struggle to resume work after all that!

We did manage another couple of hours before packing up in the afternoon as the grey skies threatened more rain.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

BFFA Competition at Blakewell Fly Fishery 19 October 2017

Six members made the journey up to North Devon to fish at Blakewell Fly Fishery. Despite early rain and mist on the way up, the day turned out to be dry and cloudy with virtually no wind which made casting very comfortable.  We opted for a variety of tickets ranging from 2-fish to 6-fish.

From the start we could see plenty of trout moving, mainly just under the surface.  Frustratingly though they seemed to be really sluggish, and despite our best efforts our flies were being ignored in the flat calm conditions.  Bob suggested that they may react to something to chase, and tried stripping back a black and silver lure at speed.  Within minutes he had a lovely rainbow of 4-3 in the net.  Pat and Tony switched to the same tactics and both soon had fish on the bank, and eventually I did too.  Ten minutes later Tony completed his two fish ticket and was left watching and netting fish for the rest of us!

Higher up the lake David and Stuart couldn't find the fish, but a move down improved their luck with Stuart landing what turned out to be the best fish of the day at 4-6.  Sport went quiet for a while but we enjoyed plenty more action after lunch, this time mainly on buzzers. As ever at Blakewell all the fish were in beautiful condition - hard fighting, fully finned and a very good size, averaging around three pounds with three topping the four pound mark. Unusually, no browns were caught on the day.

The results were:
Stuart Payne         5 rainbows to 4-6  (Winner)

Pete Phillips         6 rainbows to 4-4
Bob Eccles            4 rainbows to 4-3
David Lye              4 rainbows to 3-7
Pat Power             2 rainbows total 7-0 approx
Tony Vallack          2 rainbows total 5-12 approx

Bob worked out the right tactics

And here's his catch to prove it  - all three pounds plus, best 4lbs 3ozs

David searches for that killer fly

Tony bagged up too quickly!

Stuart's worthy winner - 4lbs 6 ozs.  David, Bob and Pat in the background

Pat concentrating hard

They all put up a strong fight.  David and Stuart in the distance.

Pete tries to bring his four pounder under control

The trout were in top condition

Thursday, 27 April 2017

BFFA Competition at Innis Fishery, St Austell on Tuesday 25 April 2017

 Eight members went to Innis Fishery at Penwithick near St Austell for a 10am start.  There was a very cold northerly wind blowing and I noted that the air temperature was 5C.  The water was much warmer at 12C.  We had a squally shower or two on the drive down from Plymouth but at Innis it remained dry all day with lots of sunshine although the wind remained very cold & occasionally gusty.

We all fished on a 3-fish ticket on Carbis Lake.  Pat had a rainbow early on which at 3lb1oz proved to be the biggest of the day. Bob Eccles was very successful taking his bag limit of three fish by early afternoon  He also netted some roach the biggest of which was around 12oz.  Kelvin had two rainbows and I had one.  Everyone had the occasional tug on the line but it was clear that the very cold wind ensured there was no fly hatch and very little surface activity from the rainbows.

The weigh-in was at 3pm and the results were:
Pat Power 1 trout 3lb 1oz
Bob Eccles 3 trout 2lb 14oz, 2lb 10oz & 2lb 9oz
Kelvin Nikulin 2 trout 2lb 0oz & 2lb 10oz
Tony Hooper 1 trout 1lb 15oz
Bob Prout, Tony Vallack, Tony Waldren & Peter Macconnell submitted nil returns.

Pat was declared the winner and will receive the bottle of wine.

Members meeting in the car park

Bob Prout on the south bank of Carbis

Bob Eccles netting number three

Pat fishing a breezy corner from one of the wooden jetties

Peter on the north bank of Carbis

Pat bends into the best fish of the day

Bob, Pat and Tony Waldren

Tony Vallack nets one for Bob

Tony Hooper took his only trout from this spot

Kelvin gets ready to net rainbow number two

Sunday, 23 April 2017

BFFA Three Fly Competition at Burrator Saturday 22 April 2017

An excellent turn out saw 13 members arrive at Burrator for the competition.  Three different flies were handed out - a Cat's Whisker, a Damselfly Nymph and a Hawthorn Fly.  The flies are usually tied by three different BFFA members but at the March Club Meeting new member Wes Ower generously offered to tie all of them for the competition.  Several members joked that the Hawthorn Fly that Wes tied was too good to be used for fishing!

The weather was dry with occasional sun, a cool northerly breeze was coming down the reservoir but on the south side of the Longstone Peninisula it was very sheltered for most of the day.  The air temperature was around 14C and the water 12C.  The water level in the reservoir had dropped back to 91% from 100% full a few weeks ago.  With so many of us fishing we were spaced out around the Peninsula while BobP started over on the western shore of Burrator near the Discovery Centre.

A few trout were rising here & there but there was no real surface activity during the competition.  One of the flies I mentioned above was a Hawthorn and on cue we saw a few of them around the trees on the sheltered lee side of Longstone.  They are of course terrestrial but the breeze was not strong enough to blow them out over the water.  Although we tried the Hawthorn fished dry there was not a lot of interest from the trout although I did have one swirl that 'drowned' the fly.

Kevin took the best fish of the day at 3lb 2oz.  He had three others which gave him a total bag of 7lb 1oz and he won the competition by a clear margin.  Both the Bob's had a bag weight of over 3lb.  Several blue trout were caught

Pat was soon into a fish here

Bob Eccles casting at Longstone Point

Steam up! Tony Hooper's Kelly Kettle in action again

David preparing a brew with his Kelly Kettle

Bob Prout fishing the sheltered water below Longstone Manor

Bob Eccles about to net one of his three fish

Peter & Terry fishing at Longstone

The breeze occasionally came around the Point and blew along the shore. Here Anthony is trying a few casts across the ripple

Some of the Club members who fished the competition

The Three Flies tied by Wes Ower - Cat's Whisker, Damsel Nymph & Hawthorn

The real thing - a Hawthorn Fly

The results are:
Kevin Sellars 4 trout for 7lb 1oz including a rainbow of 3lb 2oz
Bob Eccles 3 trout for 3lb 12oz
Bob Prout 3 trout for 3lb 7oz
Pat Power 2 trout for 2lb 12oz
Peter Macconnell 1 trout at 1lb 6oz
David Lye 1 trout at 1lb 6oz
Terry Denley 1 trout at 1lb 4oz
Anthony Waldren 1 trout at 1lb 2oz

Bill Watson, Richard Peel, Keniesha Miller, Ken Hindley & Tony Hooper put in nil returns.

Kevin was declared the winner and will receive the carved wooden trout trophy and a bottle of wine.