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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish I could give you a report along the same successful results as Alan at Chew.
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Afraid not, it is still rock hard at Farmoor and to prove the point I was the only boat out and the bank fishers gave up late morning.
I tried all the obvious line formats and lures with out a touch from a trout.
The fish finder was keeping me company and it was showing a mass of bait fish shoals ( my guess perch), I did try to sneak a big perch but that did not work either.

The issue is the water temperature is still high at around 20, Mark the Warden summed it up.
A concrete bowl, clay bottom and warmish Thames water coming into the reservoir maintaining the warm water, Farmoor takes a long time to warm up after winter and will no doubt take more time to cool down after the heat wave.
I am off to Cornwall on Sunday so fingers crossed it may have cooled down on my return.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Peter - enjoy your holiday Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear Farmoor is still out of sorts but it will pass. I'm already looking forward to our now annual winter back drifting trips for bars of silver that refuse to give up! Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both F1 and F2 are fully open with F2 allowing c&r - lakes have been stocked and reports that fish are on the fry. Good news indeed and great respect for putting fish conservation before profit. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today was my first trip in October to Farmoor for some bank fishing, the water levels are down and the water is clear but there is some colour in the water in both bowls.
There seemed to be a lot of new stock fish rushing around.
I did not start connecting with fish until late afternoon as I was fishing nymphs, others were on lures and those were being chased by the stockies.
In the afternoon a hatch of very small white flies appeared which I have never seen before there, plus others hatching which bought the fish up to feed sub surface.

My fishing day was a tad mixed as I got board waiting for the trout, so I took the lure rod to the Thames and fished for some Perch and caught around 10 but nothing bigger than about !.5 lb, then went back to the trout.
I packed in at 6 just as it looked like the fish would start on the dry fly but the M40 was calling.

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There has been a massive explosion of perch fry in Farmoor there are millions of them swimming along the margins. Unfortunately the cormorants are there in number, I counted around 70 just on the F1 bowl so not sure how long the perch fry will last considering all the things trying to eat them.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 16, 2018 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another tough day boat fishing on Farmoor 2 today.
The fishing in the morning was hard we went in at lunch with out any sign of fish feeding and not having a pull.
The afternoon looked more promising as we headed out to the west bank as there was at last a bit of breeze and ripple.
We rose some fish to washing line, white boobies on the point and I finally connected with two fish but when the wind dropped the fish disappeared again.
Apparently No 1 is fishing better as the water temp is lower than no 2.
The water in 2 was a tad green with reduced clarity.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the report Peter - hoping it turns on soon.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No 1 is worth a try especially if the weather cools this week.
I have purchased a new ten foot 5 # for the nymphs and dries and I used it yesterday and it was perfect with a five double tapper.
My only two fish of the day were on it and the first one was a good three pound clonker and it put a full bend in the new rod.
Watch out for the Farmoor Flu which all the Rangers seem to be coming down with or already got.
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