I spent the day at Garnffrwd with my good friend Clive Wednesday, the conditions were perfect overcast and not to hot superb hatches throughout the day. Olives ,Caenis , Sedges and Damsels all featured in the days action. The first hour or two was a little hard but the action soon exploded after a hardy breakfast in the lodge, fishing the section of the lake known as the medow presenting a size 14 yellow owl shuttlecock on a 9ft tapered leader with 2ft of riverge 0.14 tippet and my hew hardy shadow 9ft 5#, ( Many thanks mum & dad for the birthday present). The fish started smashing the cdc and it wasn’t long before I had six fish to the net, including some of the nicest fin perfect brown trout I have seen in a while .
A move along the bank a few yards I stitched to a midge tip and blue flash damsel fished along the reeds where the naturals were crawling up the foliage to hatch saw more furious action two more fish before stopping for lunch.
After a short break I moved to the second finger where the hatching caenis proved challenging to say the least, on with a size 20 Grey duster soon put me amongst the quality fish with three more netted before moving to the first finger to finish of the day.
One more fell to the duster before all went quiet the naturals stopped hatching and the fish stopped rising.
Switching to two claret buzzers on the midge tip took my final fish of the day a fisty rainbow on the top dropper.
Managed to get down to the lake this evening, recent hatches throughout the day have been some of the most prolific olive hatches I have seen in recent years. The evening hatch did not disappoint the lake was alive with hatching olives sedge and caenis, not to mention the ravenous hoards of trout gorging themselves. All that was needed was a small grey duster in a size 20 or 22.
Had a bit of spare time this week decided to re stock my Damsel box .
Had a few hours at Garnffrwd Friday morning with Morgan buzzers and olives hatching really well.
The hooks used are the FM 35005 size 10.
Place the hook in the vice with a 3mm blue tungsten bead.
Wind the thread down to just passed the point . ( thread is Danville’s 6/0 in dark olive ).
Choose about an inch of olive marabou for the tail one and a half times the length of the shank .
Tie in the marabu and trim by pinching the material .
Tye in two strands of kingfisher blue krinkle flash either side of the tail .
Catch in a length of kingfisher hographic tinsel as your rib .
The dubbing used for the body Is gold green and pearl lite bright .
Form a tight dubbing rope.
Now wind the dubbing up the shank stopping behind the bead .
Select the appropriate sized hackle the Cape pictured is a yellow olive metz grizzle cape .
Prepare the hackle and catch in just behind the bead.
Take two turns behind the bead before Palmering the hackle down the body to the tail.
Use the rib to hold the hackle in place.
Wind the rib opposite direction to the hackle and tie of behind the bead .
Apply varnish to the thread and whip finish .
Use a velcro brush to bring out the dubbing in to the hackles and coax the hackles to slant back wards and your fly is finished.
Dever springs is a world renowned big fish water drawing people from all over the country with the promise of the oportunity to land a 20lb plus brown or rainbowtrout. During the early part of April the oportunity arose to to make the two and a half hour journey to Dever where I shared a father and son ticket with my son Morgan and our good friend Neil Matson, the few days before the trip were spent in the tying room frantickly filling boxes with barbed patterns go cover all eventualities. A little bit out of the norm for me as I dont use barbed hooks but being a catch and kill water only with no C&R it seemed a viable option to create some dedicated boxes for making these infrequent trips to Dever,Lechlade and the like.
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to visit this stunning and picturesque Hampshire stillwater ,I can only urge you to make the most of the first oportunity you get.
Spring lake is at the top of the complex the smaller of the two and gin clear holding rainbow and brown trout to the mid twenties. Willow lake being the larger lake holding rainbows only and carrying a little more colour really is one of the nicest lakes I have fished.
Setting up tenft 7# outfits all three of us started out on willow lake fishing our way around the lake as we went, stopping to have a look in the stock pools on our way. Some of the fish browns especially are some of the biggest trout I have ever seen, there were lots of fish rising but we didn’t manage to tempt any to the dries the most productive fly of the day was the lime head Humungus and the cut throat damzel. Although no real big fish were taken the fish we caught fought like steam trains and kept us busy throughout the day.
We will deffinately be making the trip again a superb day out .
Today I made the short journey from my home to Garnffrwd fishery, I’m fortunate to have this superb fishery almost on my doorstep which has made this stunning lake my home water. Arriving at the water around 9am with my trusty side kick Ian Thomas tackling up with an aqualux intermediate and a 6wt floating line a cats whisker and team of buzzers to start. Fishing for an hour saw ian taking 2 fish on the pull with his white bead chain lure, and no trout to the net for me we retired to the warmth of the cafe for a chat to Jamie and a breakfast at the cafe.
After fulling up on fuel and coffee it was back out to the lake which was warming up nicely, I decided to switch to dry flies after watching lots of fish sipping down small grey midges, I chose my ever faithfull pheasant tail emerger which takes dozens of fish during the course of the year. A few casts later and my first fish was in the net, the fishing wasn’t easy and we had to work hard I took one on an apps bloodworm before changing to a size 14 grey duster.
All the remaining fish we took fell to the grey duster a superb pattern that can be used to imitate a multitude of patterns we finished on 10 fish for Ian and 12 for me a brilliant early season session on the dry fly .