River Witham

River Witham
River Witham near Barkston, Lincolnshire

Thursday, 17 April 2014

I've been away a while I know but I'll try and get back into updating this more regularly.

I have got to get this book http://www.tenkarausa.com/blog/?p=6048, I have all his others and I'd think you'd agree he is one of the best fly fishing writers.

Being doing our monthly fly monitoring and this video is from one of our team. Interesting guys to imitate!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

No time for fishing

Sunday 22 April 2012

It had been 3 weeks since I last fished, oh shame. What with colds, hols, work, weather, I hadn't found any time and it felt like it. It was a lovely morning if a little nippy when I went to the river at about 8.30am. But as expected it was very high & coloured & no fish evident at that hour. Although I did spot one optimist heading downstream.
Anyway after a walk upstream, a quick chuck with the Tenkara rod (to no avail), I headed up to our little lake. It was also a little coloured but looked pretty. As there was no evidence of fly or rising fish I anchored near the deep hole and fished deep with various combinations of 3 nymphs/wet flies. I did connect with a small lean stock rainbow on the dangle but that was pretty much it on the fish front.
At one point I was mystified to see a a small moving disturbance in the waters surface some 50yds away in the middle of the lake. On investigation it turned out to a pair of courting frogs/toads (I'm not an expert). After a couple of snaps they were left to it in peace!
After a morning of sunny spells and the odd shower, a large black cloud appeared and I felt it was time to head home for a late lunch and some chores. A lucky decision it seemed, as I beached the punt the heavens opened and sent down a vicious hail storm! I was soaked and hurtin by the time I'd rescued my gear and sheltered in the hut.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Pollution incident

GAAFFS committee have reported that there has been a pollution incident up at Colsterworth.
Seemingly a lorry, or trailer, shed it's load of fertiliser into a dyke above South Witham which then got into
the river. Reports are that a dozen or so fish have been killed. The EA are on
the case and I believe that the pollution has been washed away by the rain, but
too late for the fish!

A member walked B beat today and found 30 dead fish up to 22" all below the mill so very unlikely to have been washed down. Also dead fish including at least 20 trout and numerous bullhead found on A beat are likely to have died there. The EA guy was there testing the water and said that the water is now capable of sustaining life; shame there is little or no life left
to sustain. 

A farmer can seemingly wipe out a complete eco system and be allowed to stay in business.  Sad and sickening.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Grayling Society Day

Well this Tenkara thing.  Got my chance today at a Grayling Society Day on the Derwent & Ecclesbourne at Duffield.  A beautiful day saw us comparing rods in the pub carpark at 8.30am, elegant cane versus a modern take on a 400 year old style, Tenkara.

The first thing that really strikes home is how stripped back this is, a rod with line, tippet and a couple of flies, all in a little bundle.
Note the home-made line-holders (actually sawn-off wooden pegs, held by rubber bands). This means you can travel really light, and of course I can keep it in my car to be ready whenever I get the chance, however short.

I'd set up with a level line of 0.38mm copolymer, 6x tippet and two flies, a pink shrimp and a red-tag.

A local member showed me the along the Ecclesbourne and where to fish downstream on the Derwent.  Wading the river above the bridge was a little challenging with a fair press of water.  Casting up and across from the middle of the river resulted in a nice, albeit out-of-season brown trout to the pink shrimp.

Pressing on up the river I gradually got used to the casting action required, but I did notice that holding the rod high did give a tendency for the line to be caught by the wind.

Moving into the narrow and tree lined R. Ecclesbourne was a little more challenging to cast with the 12' rod, however the length does make you take a deal of care and casting horizontal to the water surface is entirely feasible.  Unfortunately apart from a couple of missed takes I saw no more fish.  They were obviously off sun-bathing somewhere else!
It seems mildly incredible to be fishing in February without a jacket on, in balmy sunshine, however what was more strange, was the lack of any sort of hatch.  Apart from a few land-born insects, there were no flies to be seen on the water anywhere and ner a rising fish.