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PostPosted: Sat Jul 25, 2020 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doug - in this context when you have fished / have had a full season ticket for at least 25 consecutive years! Laughing I've met some who claim over 40 years!! Shock

Sorry about my bad manners, Colin! Great report. Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 01, 2020 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday was said to be the hottest day of the year so far and also the third hottest on record so what did I do? I went fishing of course! Rolling Eyes Laughing

I arrived at Nunnery at dawn to find a flat calm lake with not a thing moving, not even the swans who quite sensibly still had their heads tucked under their wings. The forecast the night before was for a Southerly to SE wind so my plan was to fish Nunnery Point which can accommodate most wind directions once the water is low enough to wade. The lake bed was firm underfoot and I was surprised at just how far out I could wade out which gave me plenty of options over the morning, although it can get a bit tricky if you wade too far down on the Villice side. Wink

I started by wading and casting towards Woodford but apart from small Perch I had no luck so I gradually worked my way clockwise around the spit fan casting as I went. I must say it was a gorgeous morning but nothing was moving at all until I saw a solitary fish move back towards the Nunnery stones. I would have had to wade back 20 metres or so to cover it immediately so I elected to continue step and casting around the spit until I was within range. I wasn't sure if was still there or not as it hadn't broke surface since, but my second speculative cast locked up and soon I was in a tug of war with a good fish that was determined to go around a buoy with me equally determined to stop it! Eventually a good naturalised 3lb fish was in my net and quickly released. it took the green DB (what else?) on a washing line rig. That was the first and only action of the morning and as the sun was beginning to take its toll I decided to give it best at 8.30am Very Happy

I had tentative plans to visit again in the evening which firmed up considerably when my local Weather Guru predicted increased cloud cover and a temperature drop of some 11 degrees for the evening due to the wind swinging from the South to a WNW direction. Given this information I decided to try Woodford where I was delighted to find an almost perfect ripple when I arrived shortly after 6pm.

You can now wade off Woodford so I started from the middle of the bank, fishing my usual WL set up with a green DB and a Cruncher on the droppers with a small Black Booby on the point. As expected things were slow for the first couple of hours, apart from small Perch up to 6oz which mobbed my flies during every hang, but eventually everything locked up and a nice fish eventually made its way towards the net. However while giving dogged resistance it never made any searing runs and my suspicions were confirmed when a big Perch loomed into sight. It had taken the #12 Cruncher and took my scales down to 2lb 1oz before being safely returned. Cool

After that I picked up two trout between 2- 8 and 3-0 which also took the Cruncher and was treated to an excellent rainbow that arced the lake between Wick and North Shore before the shower clouds parted and a brilliant orange sunset told me it was time to call it a day. A great end to a very enjoyable days fishing. Cool

Until next time ... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2020 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fished at Oak Trees on Saturday arriving at 5am, greeted with flat calm water and over 20 Swans in My swim. Luckily They are friendly
Swans and are happy to let You wade between them. Early on I had one about 2lb on a Black Cruncher, then nothing for another 3 hours
when I caught another about 2lb. When the wind picked up I caught another 4 about the same size on the WL. There was about 10 fishing
near me catching the odd fish, so I was happy with catching 6. The fish were very far out, the boats were catching consistently stripping
and Roly Poly, but it slowed down for them after a few hours.
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I was happy with catching 6. The fish were very far out,


You did very well!! Cool Interesting to see that you also found that a good cast was needed to reach the fish. That has been my experience over the last few trips as well. Very Happy

I had a last minute evening session last night and decided to fish lures on a fast glass for a change in the hope of picking up some better Perch. I started off on Woodford but felt that the fish were further out in deeper water due to bright sun and excellent water clarity so I walked over to Walley bank where deeper water was easier to access. I fished various Snakes Shock which resulted in a 2lb rainbow and a nice 1lb Perch before it was time to move back to Woodford again for the last hour as that was where my car was parked. This resulted in a slightly larger rainbow but no more big Perch unfortunately. All my fish took a Black Snake with the trout taking very high in the water.

Nice to see the better Perch are starting to show and that the trout aren't too proud to take a lure. Laughing

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:14 pm    Post subject: Chew 6/8 Reply with quote

Hi all ,
Fished Chew today at Walley Bank . Early in the day it was quite calm , actually caught on a dry fly . However that was a false dawn , the breeze stiffened and eventually became wet with misty rain . The fishing was " tricky" although I had a spell early afternoon when it switched on and the fish were on the feed . Flies which caught were a fiery brown hopper ( dry ) , montana , quill cruncher and believe it or not all the rest came to an old fashioned Silver Invicta . Two of the rainbows were just over 4.5lb all the rest were about 2.5lb . When "spooned" they were either completely empty or stuffed with a mixture of tiny dark brown buzzers , blood worm and corixa .

Good to meet up Alan and thanks again for the "local knowledge" .
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I decided to fish today as well and after pondering the various options on the way down, I decided to look at Oak Tree. At first this looked like a good decision as fish were moving further out but after finally getting a pull and releasing a 6oz Rudd it occurred to me that not all the fish moving were trout! At that point the Southerly wind was also starting make long casting difficult so I decided to move to Nunnery Point.

Initially this didn't look like a wise decision as nothing was moving at all but it was comfortable fishing and eventually everything tightened up and a nice 3lb + Rainbow ended up in the net. A further two fish followed with another slipping the hook on the way in before I decided to call it a morning just after 9am. Two of my fish took took the Cruncher on the dropper and the other took the Booby on the point. I knew Pete (Silver Invicta) was fishing Walley so I dropped in to have a chat and a fish for an hour or two on the way home but unfortunately I couldn't catch any more fish. It was nice to catch up with Pete again though!. Very Happy

I returned to Nunnery Point at around 6pm confident I would get a few more trout but instead all I could catch were Rudd, Perch and a 4lb Pike although I did lose two trout before it was time to finish. The biggest Rudd might have gone 12oz and took the Black Booby on the point so deep that I needed my forceps to remove the fly. Shock

Lots of cars by the Oak Tree as I drove back which suggests that may have been a better call for this evening, although given that it is August I am just relieved that I didn't blank! Laughing

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a good result in August! I need to get a Rudd for my species challenge Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2020 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dave - try Herons below the Oak Tree and Villice from the Nunnery bank which can now be fished due to the fall in water level. They seem to hang around near the weed beds. Wink

A guy I spoke to last night said he had one around 1-12 last night in Villice. Shock

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didn't know whether or not to go Saturday with the hot weather forecast, but the wife said if You don't like it come home, Smile the advantage
of having a season ticket Smile . I started at Oak Trees to a flat calm with the tide out. The water level has dropped a lot in the last week. There was a few rising far out and some within casting range but they weren't interested. I only managed a small Rudd to a Diawl Bach so decided to try Nunnery. I wasn't sure how to get to the point so I fished the Stones. That was hard work and I managed to get a Rainbow about 3lb on a
Sparkler Booby to save a blank. At one point on the Stones it got a bit chilly with the wind so I had to wrap up a bit, totally different when I got back to the car park, I melted Very Happy . Next weekend I have booked a boat at Chew to try for some of them fish beyond casting distance Very Happy . It's My first ever boat trip at chew, any advice on marks and methods?
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Make sure you take a drogue, a decent pair if shades, some factor 50 etc, if there's no action after 1/2 hr. move.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2020 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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... I wasn't sure how to get to the point so I fished the Stones.


Nice report! Very Happy

To access Nunnery Point, follow the stones around to where they end near the Point. You can then access the water down a short drop and shallow wade along the edge of the reeds to a small beach where you can leave your bag etc.

The lake bed here is firm clay so easy wading although it can get a bit sticky towards the drop offs on either side particularly towards Villice.

In previous years you could walk out on the Point from the bank but the undergrowth and a fallen tree makes the wading route a much easier option.

Hope this helps. Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was fishing in Villace, must have been late June, and tried wading to Nunnery point from that side. Despite staying tight to the reeds it was getting deeper and deeper and I realised I could get into trouble so retraced my steps. Might be possible now levels have dropped though of course no reason to go that way unless you’re already in Villace.
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Yes, it is perfectly possible to access Nunnery Point from the Villice side now the water level has dropped. In fact the lower water level has now opened up lots of formerly inaccessible areas to the bank angler which didn't make the decision on where to fish any easier on my way down to the lake early yesterday morning. What a problem to have! Laughing

In the end I elected to fish the Walley bank, arriving at around first light which occurred a little later than usual due to the low fog hanging over the lake. As expected the season ticket crowd had the key spots filled before I arrived so I elected to fish below the reeds towards the dam. Wading turned out to be easy over firm clay despite the occasional trip hazard from large stones leaving plenty of room for my back cast. Tactics were the usual washing line with a Green DB and a Cruncher held up by a Black Booby on the point. Water clarity was very good with little sign of algae and there wasn't a breath of wind all morning, but there was some evidence of fly life with the odd buzzer hanging in the air.

A few fish could be seen 'top and tailing' at range with the occasional 'shark fin' cutting through the flat calm but unfortunately they didn't take any notice of my offerings and as I heard only a very occasional splash from the hot pegs further up I can only assume it was slow there too. Then a large mat of weed drifted into my swim so I decided to move another 20 yards further up towards the reeds. The move made no difference until I tried a faster retrieve which resulted in a very firm pull and after a dogged fight a nice naturalised 3lb + fish soon graced my net. It took the Cruncher. Very Happy

For the next hour the fast Fo8 retrieve seemed to be what they wanted, resulting in another 4 fish ranging in size from fresh Barrows Bullets to naturalised fish up to 4lb plus which all came to either the Cruncher or the Green DB, while ignoring the Booby. My guess is that the fish were assuming the nymphs were Corixae, but then the pulls dried up so I tried a slower retrieve and this time it was the Booby that they wanted, resulting in a further 3 fish before a hot sun finally burned off the remaining mist so I called it a morning at 8.30am. Smile

On the strength of my morning session I couldn't wait for the evening session and things did indeed look promising as the sun began to drop behind the trees with the occasional fish giving away its presence. However Mistress Chew had obviously decided that she had bestowed enough of her bounty on me for one day and I didn't get a pull, apart from the occasional Perch. Sad

But I am certainly not complaining as I don't think I have ever caught 8 fish from the bank in August before, and certainly not in the middle of a heat wave! Very Happy

Until next time ... Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are the water temps Alan? Must be getting near the critical level with all this hot weather.
I remember some years ago they imposed a c&k policy during a hot spell.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report Alan and just shows you can still have good sport in this weather if you adapt to the conditions and adjust your fishing times to suit.

I’ve spent the past month trying for a PB smoothhound off the shore in the Channel, but I’m looking forward to returning to Chew later in the season.

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