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.

Monday, 20 February 2017

BFFA Competition at Innis Fishery 18th February 2017

I have not been to the Innis Fishery near St Austell before today and I have to report that I should have visited sooner!  Six of us met at the car park  for the competition which ran from 10am until 3.30pm.  The owner of the fishery and England Fly Fishing team member, Dave Johns, gave us information on where he thought the trout would be.  We all bought a three fish ticket which allowed us to fish two of the three lakes and the winner of the competition would be the member who netted the largest trout.

It was very overcast with misty patches about when we arrived but brightened up later.  There was a gentle southerly breeze that put a nice ripple on the lakes and with an air temperature of around 10C it wasn't particularly cold.  We all began by fishing on Sterrick Lake.  PeteP was very quickly into a trout using a white and lime green lure on a floating line.  PeterM had his on a pheasant tail nymph one of which took very close in under a small overhanging willow bush.  I tried several flies including nymphs, a white & green cat's whisker and an orange booby on both floating and sinking lines but, apart from one tug on the booby, I had nothing on the bank after 90 minutes.  I changed to a black & green nomad that has a small brass bead to make it sink slowly.  On a floating line with a 12' leader I had a pull first cast.  The breeze drifted the line across the surface and with a very slow retrieve that's all it took for me to net my three rainbows within the next hour. 

PeterM had several roach (or were they rudd?) on his small self weighted pheasant tail nymph plus his three rainbows.  Dave Johns came around the lakes several times to see how we were doing.  He told me that there were perch & bream in the lake, too, both of which will take a fly.  Later Dave was practising on the biggest lake, Carbis, for a forthcoming England match against Scotland.  He was using a #7 Sunray floating line and casting an unbelievable distance with relative ease even across the wind.  Must check that out!

Peter & I did consider purchasing a catch-and-release ticket for Carbis Lake to continue fishing in the afternoon.  But by the time we had lunch, chatted and had a look at the stew ponds we decided to call it a day.  A very enjoyable visit to a scenic fishery where we all caught good conditioned rainbows.

Here is the link to the fishery -

The results are :-  Pete Phillips - 1lb 14oz, 2lb 1oz, 2lb 15oz,  Peter Macconnell - 2lb 10oz, 2lb 10oz, 2lb 6oz, David Lye - 2lb 3oz, 2lb 6oz,  Kelvin Nikulin - 2lb 10oz, 2lb 3oz, 2lb 4oz, Stuart Payne - 2lb 10oz, 2lb 6oz, 2lb 5oz, Tony Hooper - 1lb 15oz, 2lb 1oz, 2lb 10oz.  Pete Phillips had the heaviest rainbow at 2lb 15oz and was declared the winner.

Dave Johns, the fishery owner, pointing out likely spots

It was a grey day when we arrived

Pete Phillips was soon into a fish on Sterrick Lake

In the net!

Peter Macconnell took this one on a Pheasant Tail Nymph close to the bank

and successfully netted it

Peter had several small roach on nymphs

David fishing Sterrick - Pete & Kelvin farther along the bank

Pete nets one for Kelvin

And PeterM does the same for David - Stuart & Kelvin either side

By lunchtime we all had fish

Stuart fishing a popular spot on Sterrick

Kelvin nets his third

Saturday, 28 January 2017

BFFA Competition at Burrator Saturday 28th January 2017

Seven members met at the parking area at Longstone to start fishing at 10am.  The weather was calm, the air cold at 8C with a Southwest breeze forecast for later in the morning.  I took the water temperature which was a very cold 4C.  I understand that rainbow trout have one of the broadest temperature ranges through which they will continue to feed.  Unfortunately for us at Burrator that range is about 6C to  21C which seemed to show that today we would be struggling even if the rainbows were right in front of us!

The breeze from the southwest picked up as forecast and that makes casting on the south side of Longstone Peninsula difficult if you are right handed.  Some of our members moved around to the more sheltered side but their efforts went unrewarded.  By 2pm we had landed nothing although Kenisha had contacted a trout that came off.  Although we all tried every method the day ended with a resounding 7 blanks and no winner.

I fished on here on Monday  23rd January and since then the water level had risen a little.
See here -
On the same date in 2016 Burrator was 100% full so there is a lot of water needed to reach that level.

Mark fishing towards the point at Longstone

Short lived excitement as Kenisha snags the bottom

Kenisha & Mark wait for the Kelly Kettle

Mark & Tony
Tony fishing beside the fence

Mark at Longstone with the Discovery Centre beyond

Sunshine & showers as Kenisha & Pete fish Longstone

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A still day at Burrator - 23rd January 2017

As usual first stop was at the dam to check water levels and I was surprised to see it was almost as low as back in the summer.  The South West Water website is showing 54% full (about 48% at the lowest level last year) which indicates how dry the weather has been.

Around at Longstone Peninsula  I spent a while casting various flies near the point.  I didn't have a touch there so moved farther into the bay for a Kelly Kettle brew.

By then it was early afternoon and I tried in front of the ruined manor house.  I had one pull followed a little later with a rainbow of 1lb 12oz on the bank.  Both times I was using a sinking line and a single orange booby, letting it sink to the bottom before slowly retrieving.  The air temperature was 8C but the water was a very chilly 4-5C.  I was glad of my thermals under my new zippy waders!

Flat calm conditions
The Kelly Kettle again

Thursday, 19 January 2017

BFFA Competition at Newhouse Fishery 18th January 2017

The club's first competition of 2017 was held at Newhouse Fishery at Gara Bridge near Loddiswell in South Devon.  The day was quite cold under a clear blue sky when we started at 10am with an air temperature of 7C which was the same as the water temperature.  A light easterly breeze picked up later bringing a small ripple to the water surface.  Four BFFA members fished the two ponds and we mostly opted for sinking lines.

First into a trout was Pete who landed one of about two and a quarter pounds.  The fishing hut beside the bigger lake provided welcome shelter to have lunch.  The sun hardly got over the tops of the trees but in the afternoon everyone except me landed their 3 fish limit!  At the weigh-in at 3.30pm Bob had landed the biggest rainbow at 3lb 3oz  and was declared the winner.

The owner had visited us in the fishing hut at lunchtime and as the only trout by then was Pete's,  he generously suggested we could try casting in the beginners pond (or as someone put it - the baby pond!).  As most of us had a limit by the end of the competition the offer was not taken up.

Final results were:  Bob - 3 fish - 3lb 3oz, 1lb 13oz & 1lb 3oz.  Kelvin - 3 fish - 2lb 0oz, 1lb 10oz & 1lb 3oz,  Pete 3 fish - 2lb 3oz, 1lb 10oz & 1lb 7oz, Tony - 1 fish at 1lb 6oz.

The valley was calm when we arrived

Bob casting into the Main Lake

Pete landing one from the Middle Lake

In the net!

Tony, Bob & Pete on the Middle Lake and Kelvin fishing the Main Lake
Kelvin fishing the Main Lake from the platform by the fishing hut

Thursday, 22 December 2016

BFFA Christmas Supper 2016

Twenty-two members and wives met at Zuzimo's Restaurant in Plymouth for the annual BFFA Christmas Supper on Monday 12th December.  The owner, Mo, greeted us as we arrived for a start time around 7.30pm.  We had pre-ordered our meals from the Christmas menu and the BFFA had donated two bottles of wine for each table of four guests.

The restaurant has a good atmosphere, good service and good food.  As usual the hospitality was second to none and the owner, Mo, even bought some of our raffle tickets and then won 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.

Members gather in the bar at Zuzimo's.  Mo is on the right

After the meal Peter presented Kelvin with a bottle of whisky for winning the Christmas fishing competition at Newhouse Fishery a couple of days earlier on the 10th December.  He had a rainbow of 3lb 8oz in a total bag of 7lb 4oz.   See the previous blog for Peter's report of the competition

Peter presents Kelvin with the prize for winning the Newhouse competition

Next it was the turn of our chairman, Kelvin, to present the three trophies won by members during the year. 
'The Sunset Trophy' is for the biggest rainbow from Burrator and that was won by Ken Hindley with a trout of 5lb 8oz.  Ken could not be at the supper.   The new engraved glass 'Traveller's Trophy' for the biggest trout taken on an 'away day' at a fishery other than Burrator was won by Terry Denley with a rainbow of 3lb 12oz taken at Tavistock 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 Tony Hooper with a rainbow of 1lb 10oz.  The trophy is a superb carved trout with a new one given each year by Tony Vallack.

Kelvin addresses the gathering
Terry receives the 'Travellers Trophy'

Tony is presented with 'The Three Fly' trophy

Tony Vallack, in his splendid Christmas jumper, had been selling raffle tickets throughout the evening and the draw for prizes was eagerly awaited.  The table was groaning under the weight and members were invited to select a prize when their ticket was drawn.  Some members won several prizes and generously allowed a re-draw.

The draw prizes

Mo selecting his draw prize

Pete had several winning tickets but kept just the line tray!

Another very successful and really enjoyable evening in good company!