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PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have broken the four blanks.
Today I took a boat on No2, Mark said the fish were up in the water and a floating line or midge tip would work with a blob or bobbie on the point, so washing line tactics.
The Orvis clearwater 10 ft 5# was my rod combo of choice and it is turning into my first choice boat rod for drys and nymphs. I was short casting with a slow or pull retrieve which seemed the best way I found to connect with the fish.
The flies that caught me fish were a red rib D.B, cruncher, cormorant and a pink boobie ( sorry about that)

The new engines on the boats work well and there seems to be a new level of customer service at the boat dock, so all good there.
As Wylye said in an earlier post " floating lines, nymphs and dries in November" .
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have just been communicating with a fellow lure angler who was fishing at Farmoor for perch when I was there on friday.
He tells me that they had 14 trout to the boat( and one small perch) all taken from hard on the bottom, while I was catching sub surface on washing line tactics Question
The two fish I dispatched were both empty so I guess they were not feed hard on the day.
I was going to go today but the boats were cancelled due to strong gusting winds.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2019 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boat on 2 today with good water clarity and a nice SW breeze. Zig Zagged from the west shore to the East drifting into the causway without a touch to our well presented flies on fast glass for Pino and slow glass for me. Moved to the south end and finally had a bit of action to db's fished straight. Bleedy cold at times and tough going ending with a smallish stockie and a reasonable 21/2 - 3lb bullet. Pino had just one fish, again small stockie. All the fish were virtually empty on spooning with just a couple of tiny nymphs and small amounts of Daphnia.
Lots of boats out (9 or 10) with a number lure fishers and a number facing the wrong way. I guess if we had trawled the bottom we may have improved our total but we called it best at 4 and were the second to last in which may or may not speak volumes. That's probably my last boat trip this year but will give Darlow another go next week courtesy of Pino. He had 7 there on Sunday to 4lb on nymphs and floating line.

Exciting journey there and back with a suicidal roe deer nearly meeting his maker and both my headlight bulbs failing on the way home. Thankfully the fog lights saved the day. Of to Halfrauds in the morning Sad

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice report Doug , and pleased to hear you had a couple. Very Happy

What time did they let you out? I've heard they have moved to the later time of 9.30am.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not sure Al - we got there about 9.45 and were the last of the 9 boats afloat. Suggest you give the rangers a call but at least they are only charging half day rates viz £59 for 2 old dodgers on a 4 fish ticket. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2019 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think they are changing times till next year. Last week I was loading the boat at 9am and others had already left the dock.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just back from a cold day at Farmoor (9).
Re boats, there is a sign on the rangers door saying boats out from 9.30 but I am guessing if is a quiet day they will go out earlier, as I was the last boat of the dock at 10.

The fish have gone deep, I took the fishfinder and it was showing fish from 5 meters deep down to the bottom. So I decided to try back drifting despite low winds .
I found it hard going but I saw a couple of other boats catching so I kept tweeking my presentation and flies.
Two trout made it to the landing net but others knocked but did not come in Sad

My next visit may be with the lure rod as I found a few spots that looked promising for a perch.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a very slow drive around Oxford, due to a major accident on the A34 which was closed, I finally made it to Farmoor for a spot of boat fishing. (10)
On arrival I bumped into Wylye who was also setting up ready for some boat fishing.
Although it was cold, 2 degrees the sun was shining and the wind was light. I started on the DI3 and some small lures to try and catch some of the fish that were showing on the fish finder at mid depth. But as the wind increased I moved on to a DI7 and turned to face the wind. It was far from easy fishing and I was constantly trying different lengths of line and also hanging the line and flies for long intervals.
I finished with five nice trout, two of which were dispatched. I spooned both of those fish the first was empty and the second was on blood worm.
Unsurprisingly Barbara Cartland was along for the ride and managed two of the fish Very Happy

Around 3 o'clock the wind dropped and I was confronted with rising fish, not bad for the 29th November. If there had been more time I would have set up a floating line, instead I made do with two boobies pulled back on the DI7 as soon as it landed on the water. Strangely it did not catch and fish.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The breeze was just too light and fitful for proper backdrifting, so it was more of a scratching day. I had 4 takes and one that came unstuck on the first "drift" then my pal at the pointed end got a fish followed by a second before my first came in.

Like Peter we were messing around with different depths and flies and would get the occasional pull or tap then nothing. The boat just wasn't moving quick enough to get them to really commit.

By about 3pm we had 5 to the boat then I had a fun five minutes. 3 casts and 2 fish by casting the DI7 about 20 yards or so, paying out another four or five yards and as soon as it tightened up retrieving with a steady 2' pull. 2 takes, 2 fish and that was it.

Like Peter we saw quite a few rising fish and a second rod with an intermediate might well have added to the score. Something to bear in mind for a future trip. Overall I think a DI5 would have been the better line today and one is now on my Christmas present list.

Nice to be out in a bit of sunshine after the days on unrelenting rain that seems to have been my lot this month.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It did strike me later when I was thinking about the days fishing that.
A) none of the fish I caught were what I would call proper grown on fish (over wintered)
B) Watching the fish finder during the day I saw a spread of fish either hard on the bottom, just off the bottom and some in mid water which were maybe the newer stock fish??
C) the better fish came from the middle of the reservoir, which were maybe feeding on bloodworm.

I do not have a good understanding of sinking line techniques so I no doubt missed out because of that. One boat I watched during the day seemed to be catching regularly and a look through the returns in the office showed one fisher had 7 fish and others blanked Question

It was good to bump into Wylye hopefully we can share a boat at some point.
I may try for a day next week, weather permitting. Fly or lure?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As commented on Wylye's "waspish" post on the Bristol thread Smile - Any news about reintroducing boats to F1.

Anyway well done on what appeared to be a challenging day. Hoping to get a day on Darlow this coming week but my pal tells me they have been flooded out with the carpark under water at one stage Sad . Failing that maybe a final trip to F2 Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re F1, there was a lot of work going on at the edge of No2 which looked like dismantling of a docks or metal work but as yet no news re a new dock and boats for No1.
If it stays boat free there will be a lot of fish left to grow big and strong in there, when they get on daphnia they will also be uncatchable in the middle.
Float Tube and Kayaks?????????
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Good to see Farmoor is producing a few fish now and yes, I do plan to 'infest it a couple of times this winter, in and around pike fishing sessions on the Somerset Levels. Laughing

However it is a little disappointing to see that officially the boats aren't allowed out until 9.30pm. I assume they still have be back in at 3.30pm during the winter months? Sad

Does the onsite Cafe open in time for breakfast before the boats go out? That may soften the blow! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If our West Country friends would care to have a look at Farmoor's Facebook page they will see the stamp of fish that have been caught recently. The equal of anywhere I would suggest. I'm already carefully watching the weather for next week and hope to get a day in if possible.
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I am looking at Thursday.
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