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Bristol Water Reservoirs 2019
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:42 am    Post subject: Doombar report Reply with quote

Nice one Colin.Barbless are a godsend when you want to let 'em go.The Kamasan B110's on buzzer patterns are often the devil's own to get out keeping the fish in the water.Often ended up killing fish I would have returned.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:44 am    Post subject: Blagdon am Mon 11th June Reply with quote

First time out for a month due to the worst sort of unplanned family matters.

The morning weather pattern was as described by Doombar for Chew. You could feel that a major shift was on the way and the clouds were building.
The water temp is now 17C.

With a Northerly forecast I headed for Butcombe which was flat calm at that stage but no takers for the first hour or so. So back over to Cheddar with the wind picking up and found some nice fish in the corner of the dam tight in against the weeds. However after returning two of about 3lbs each they passed on the message and melted away.

Tried a few more Cheddar pitches but no joy and absolutely nothing hatching. As Doombar has described the wind was now picking up with a slightly chill edge so I scampered back to Butcombe and resumed Plan A.

The sheltered bay at Butcombe felt like a warm oasis and a perfect ripple saw my confidence return. But still nothing hatching.

Tried the shallower end first but couldn't interest the fish lying above the weed. So explored the deeper (11ft) water just out from the path shore and now found some willing takers. However once again it was hard to catch a second from a pitch. Yes, I know, but the drogue was lying in the car boot.
Anyway, fish came steadily to a GH HE fished F08 as slow as possible.

The size was smaller than earlier in the morning at Cheddar and averaged 2 1/2 lb but they fought surprisingly hard and looked in great nick. Possibly some of the latest recruits stocked in the last few weeks.

The air then suddenly became colder and some serious black clouds were gathering so I headed back to the Lodge just in time to... almost... avoid the worst of the first shower. Good to be back after them again although the rest of this week now looks pretty ordinary.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great reports there guys, and nice to see the lakes are still fishing well. Hopefully the silver lining to the recent dark, rain laden clouds is that the water temperature will remain in the trouts comfort zone for longer the year. Very Happy

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I'm now a definite convert to proper barbless hooks which make life so much easier & having had several days out with them I'm confident I'm not losing any more than before.

It seems counter intuitive but that's the been my experience too and the experience of everyone I have spoken to who have tried hooks that are barbless by design. Barbed hooks with the barbs crushed are not the same as manufactured barbless hooks. Smile

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That certainly seems to be the case Al. Even after carefully debarbing there's still a lump left that can get stuck in the gristlier bits of the mouth.

Other big benefit of proper barbless is the ease of getting hooks out of everything else. Nets, clothing etc. Haven't tried it on human skin yet & hope not to, but one of the cunning blighters on Monday ran under the boat & through the drogue ropes, snagging the top dropper which I was able to slip out & go on to land it. Not quite as simple or elegant as I just made it sound, but without barbless, little chance.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Posted before on the subject of barbless and converted a few seasons ago using mostly Hanak and Fulling Mill hooks.

A corollary - whilst fishing the Thurso last week I managed to impale my thumb over the barb on a size 10 double. Thankfully the ghillie was conversant with the loop of nylon over the bend of the hook and pressed down and a sharp tug and all was well.

Here's a video of how it's done.

https://youtu.be/U3kSCeT9jH8
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:01 am    Post subject: Barbless Reply with quote

Probably Doug who wised me up.I found crushed barbs dropped a bunch of fish on the Bristol Lakes and Farmoor probably due to the insane behaviour of the trout.On the river not so noticeable but manufactured barbless for me.They do have a pronounced curve which helps I think whereas a crushed barb can just fall out.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing I have noticed about manufactured barbless hooks is that they appear to have a longer point compared with the barbed version which seems to fully compensate for the lack of a barb. For example the two hooks below are both Fulling Mill Competition Heavyweights in barbed and barbless versions ...





I have also found the 'Grab Gape' style that JP refers to are also excellent although occasionally they can be surprisingly difficult to remove! Great hooks all of them. Very Happy




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They said the winds would abate by mid afternoon, they said the rain would move north giving dry conditions, they are lying barstewards. Arrived for an afternoon boat on strict instructions that sailing would not commence before 1515 hours. Tackling up and 2 bedraggled druids appeared having fished on an all day ticket. "How did you do" I asked. The reply was somewhat unintelligible but the upshot was they had blanked. The wind was brutal so a bumpy trip into the shelter of Villice to join 4 or 5 other boats. 3 or 4 drifts across with the floater and only one stockie that punched way above its weight. Tried the inty but not a pull - MC was out with guests and he didn't seem to catch either. Moved around into Herons and on leaving the shelter of Nunnery am convinced I saw BristolFlyer hanging 5 on his surf board the waves were that big. Motored down to the shelter of the causeway and threw the hook out and fished without any confidence so motored up to the head of the foot(?) as the wind had finally abated somewhat and set a drift toward the oaks. Feeling more confident especially as the wind had swung more westerly so re-positioned the boat to drift along the shore behind Bobs house toward Moreton point when disaster struck. I thought my fly line was inboard but no it rapidly shredded around the prop and then what ensued was me hanging out of the end of the boat disentangling the rig. Line toast but the furled leader ok.
Re-positioned myself to continue the drift in what was now a gentle breeze and continued the drift with a nymph rig. A very strong take just of the old pontoon and a 3lb - 31/2lb fish was in the net. Further along and a very gentle take had me hooked up with something special. The fish was very strong and soon had me into the backing boiling subsurface 40 or 50 yards away. Finally netted what was a good 5lb fish that was fin perfect. The picture doesn't really do it credit:



Finished the drift without further incident and arrived at Moreton point and re-positioned to drift across the mouth of Herons. Twiddling away and another good pull and yet another very strong fish that had me almost into the backing which would have made 31/2lb - 4lb.



All too soon the whistle blew and was pleased to have the help of the ranger to disembark. The fish came to GRHE and green holo DB's on a floater. Very little fly life apart from millions of longhorn sedges and some caenis type fly. Didn't spoon any of the fish as I was under strict instructions not to bring any home as we had enough in the freezer so all were returned safely. The water quality, unsurprisingly, was a little murky although you could see into about 5ft with the chewing gum test. So 4 GOOD fish in not the best conditions is a result in my book.

Until the next time - Doug
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PostPosted: Yesterday - 10:19 am    Post subject: Tenet On Chew Reply with quote

Belting fish Doug.Bet they scratched your itch Very Happy .

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PostPosted: Yesterday - 11:46 am    Post subject: C&R pics Reply with quote

Very well done, Doug!

I have rarely taken a decent pic of a rainbow (brownies better) when fishing solo on C&R. I think the problem is that there needs to be something else in the pic to give the fish some proportion and scale.

I now use a match carp landing net with a lightweight handle that pulls apart close to the net. I can then weigh the odd fish quickly by attaching digital scales and with a quick lift just out of the water.

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PostPosted: Yesterday - 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a result in my book too, Doug! Very well done! Cool

My hand hovered over the phone yesterday as I also considered taking an afternoon boat but I am more fortunate in living only 25 minutes away so when the wind still hadn't abated by 2pm I thought better of it. Sad

Latest weather forecast for the BRFFA Hidden Teams match on Chew tomorrow is for 15mph winds with a lot of South in it between 10am and 4pm. Fortunately I will be fishing from the bank. Wink

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PostPosted: Yesterday - 03:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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That's a result in my book too, Doug! Very well done! Cool

My hand hovered over the phone yesterday as I also considered taking an afternoon boat but I am more fortunate in living only 25 minutes away so when the wind still hadn't abated by 2pm I thought better of it. Sad

Latest weather forecast for the BRFFA Hidden Teams match on Chew tomorrow is for 15mph winds with a lot of South in it between 10am and 4pm. Fortunately I will be fishing from the bank. Wink

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You might need one of my Skagit fly lines. Very Happy Good luck to all who venture forth.
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