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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went up to Farmoor today. What with one thing and another I didn't get there until nearly 10.30. Usual tactics DI7 40+ fed out until only about half a dozen turns left on the reel; two boobies on 12' leader. The point was a Booby Snake in black and a fry pattern above it.

The wind was NW and quite gentle to begin with but freshened a bit around lunchtime. Most drifts were from the causeway by the bird hide out to level with or just past the tower with two along to east bank which had produced fish on Sunday, but only produced one today. I had takes on every drift bar the second one and finished at 2.45 with 8 fish C & R. 6 on the snake and two on the fry pattern. Things slowed down quite a lot from about 2pm - only had three takes in that last 45 minutes but resulted in 2 fish.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much better than sitting indoors watching Loose Women.
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Well, I wouldn't mind if I had a Loose Woman to watch!
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I had takes on every drift bar the second one and finished at 2.45 with 8 fish C & R. 6 on the snake and two on the fry pattern.


The Booby Snake seems to be very successful when backdrifting on Farmoor but although I always start with one on the point, I have yet to catch a fish on either a Black or White version. Confused

Any fish I catch usually takes a normal Booby on the dropper until I replace the point fly with a standard Booby and then I pick up one or two on the point too. Not sure why this is? My Booby Snake patterns have worked at Chew and Blagdon although they are not as long as some of the wonderful Snake patterns for sale in the Farmoor shop. Mine are between 3 and 4 inches long.

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have only used a standard Snake once and caught a fish on it. That came about when fishing with a friend and he took one off his floating line and I tied it on an intermediate " fish on" . Then I had to take it off and give it back Sad
I like the old double white boobie on the back drift, they get tied on at the beginning and tend to stay on as they are catching fish.




Give one a try next time we make the Farmoor trip.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alan,

I was using one a good 4" long with green "boobs" and about 8 strands of pearl UV Crystal flash over the wing. 6 out of 8 cats seemed to like it!

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 7:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tip, Bob. I'll have to tie a couple up! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sneaked in a visit to Farmoor today 30/01 as the weather looked promising with a 5 to 10 mph N/E wind and dry.
On arrival there was no wind and a flat calm so an interesting change to the back drifting plan. As it was another cold day with ice and frost in the boat I took my time before loading up and setting out on the water.





I spent the morning casting the DI7 out, feeding out line and then retrieving with a mix of fast and slow. This resulted in two good solid takes and fish on but they did not stick.
At around 1.30 I went in to make a hot drink and on my return to the boat the wind had arrived Very Happy This was what I needed and set up a back drift and was instantly getting knocks and pulls.
This resulted in two fish to the boat and several lost.
I was on a four fish ticket so two were dispatched and spooned, I was expecting them to be empty but they were full of blood worm.



Some other points, water levels are slightly down, clarity is good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right, Peter. Time to get the Squirmy Wormy Boobies out then. This is starting to sound like the old joke about what you call a one-legged donkey. Ends up as a winky wankey wonkey donkey. Now THERE's a name for a fly!

Ps. I used boat number 3 on the Sunday it snowed. I hope they've fixed the loose engine cover by now.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Time to get the Squirmy Wormy Boobies out then.



Now that's a fly I have never thought off

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those things are pretty big, Peter. Sure you didn't tip a load of lobworms in there?

I have actually got a Squirmy Wormy Booby and caught a Farmoor fish on it on a club backdrifting day year before last. That photo has inspired me to tie up one or two more.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 30, 2018 11:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wylye wrote:
Those things are pretty big, Peter.


That's what I thought! Shock Squirmy Wormy Boobies sound like a plan! Laughing

Great report and pics Peter, and just sorry I couldn't join you and that the Stripeys didn't want to play. Good to hear you had a couple of trout though. Cool

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wylye wrote:
winky wankey wonkey donkey. Now THERE's a name for a fly!

Sounds like the sort of thing you'd find in our SKB range Bob. Last year we tied, marketed and sold out of the SKB C-CAB at the BFFI.........I'll let you know what C-CAB stands for next week. Twisted Evil




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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Created by SKB

Inspiration by Ann Summers.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'll let you know what C-CAB stands for next week. Twisted Evil


I've worked out what CAB means, I guess the first C indicates the initial of the person that modelled for it.
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