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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't help thinking that maybe the fritz type "collar" should possibly be.................brown?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wylye wrote:
Can't help thinking that maybe the fritz type "collar" should possibly be.................brown?


Brown? A ginger Bits works well sometimes too.. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:12 pm    Post subject: bloodworm Reply with quote

when in doubt get the ''red diddy'' out Idea

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Re: bloodworm Reply with quote

JCP wrote:
when in doubt get the ''red diddy'' out Idea

JP


Good to see Mr Cove is still relevant to today's fishing.


Back to Farmoor, apparently they do a winter ticket for a £150 which gives you the option to fish for trout on the fly and predator fishing with lures for pike and perch from 1 st Nov to the end of February.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Peter (FryFishing) and I had our last winter boat together on Farmoor 2 today and boy was it cold! Shock Laughing

We both arrived shortly after 8am and after being given a 15 point list of boat rules to sign (which I think you now have to sign every 6 months Rolling Eyes ) and a new fangled lifejacket with straps that go between your legs (when you can sort out what goes where! Laughing) we were soon on our way. Very Happy

I set up my usual D8 with a 12 foot leader with a White Booby Snake on the point and a small White Cats Booby on the dropper and we both hooked, landed and lost fish on the first drift so things were looking very promising. The next couple of drifts gave a similar result with a few taps and tugs to keep us interested but then as the brisk south westerly gradually increased we lost the fish despite adjusting our line lengths etc in an attempt to compensate for the faster drift.

Although the temperature was above freezing and there was no frost, the wind was absolutely bitter and the wind chill must have been below freezing. Eventually our fingers became too cold and stiff for us to tie knots Shock so we decided it was time to come in for a break. In fact my fingers were so bad I had to hold them under the hot air dryer in the loo to loosen them up Laughing

After a welcome brew and a bacon bap in the cafe to thaw us out we were ready to go again but due to the even fresh wind we decided to concentrate on the calmer top end of the reservoir. I rung the changes by changing the White Snake to a black one which was promptly bitten off by a pike (again!Rolling Eyes) and then tried a Black Booby on the point and different combinations on the dropper but although I had the occasional knock it was very tough going in that wind. Then more in desperation than insight I then decided to go back to my original combination of the White Booby Snake on the point and the smaller White Cats Booby on the dropper and that turned some of the tentative taps into solid pulls on the last couple of drifts.

Most of my fish came to the small White Cats Booby on the dropper rather than the Snake Booby on the point. Peter thought that could be due to the bigger fly attracting them in before they took the smaller fly. I think he may be right. Very Happy

Despite the bitter wind and waves we managed 9 to the boat and it says a lot for Farmoor that it can be relied on to come up with the goods in such conditions in the depth of winter. Many thanks once again to Peter for being the perfect boat partner and for acting as Ghillie for the day. I had a great time despite the cold! Laughing

Hopefully it will be a lot warmer when I'm his Ghillie on Blagdon later in the year! Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alan, as you say it was blooming cold and another day with ice in the bottom of the boat.
I struggled to keep fish on all day, even when they were on a tight line they managed to throw the hook despite having sharp barbless hooks as per C&R rules.

Ben the warden did say that the fish were in mid water and others earlier in the week had been successful fishing loch style, but my fish finder was showing the majority of fish were in the lower depths.

I did have several takes by retrieving with short pulls and hooked my biggest fish of the day doing this but it did a spectacular leap out of the water and threw the hook Embarassed
Despite the cold and frustration of loosing so many fish it was another good day spent fishing with Alan.
Roll on the warmer weather.

A couple of updates.
There was a stocking of fish into both reservoirs, the water clarity is very good and the level is only a few steps off full.

I also need to tie some snake boobies as it did seem to give Alan the edge on the day.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done gents. I am very impressed with your fortitude in those temperatures! I have been looking for a window of warmer weather for a trip before I start my new job on the 19th, but as you say that wind chill is a killer - especially for soft southern hemi types like me Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The limitation of the method is wind speed. Once it gets over 10mph it becomes very tricky to get the line right down close to the deck - even with a DI8. I might be tempted out next week if the weather fits.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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]The limitation of the method is wind speed. Once it gets over 10mph


Very true as Alan I know from experience and in the winter it is also means it is blooming cold facing into the wind.
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