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Venue Review - Burton Springs, Somerset

 
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:20 pm    Post subject: Venue Review - Burton Springs, Somerset Reply with quote

Burton Springs is a small privately run Trout and Carp Fishery nestling beneath the Quantock hills a few miles Wet of Bridgewater.

The fishery is made up of two lakes around an acre each. Although small, the Trout lake has been carefully landscaped to include a number of bays and productive promentaries. Depths vary up to twelve feet.

It was initially dug by Tony Evans, the owner as two Carp lakes but when he saw the clarity of the water from the test bore hole he had no problem in deciding to stock one lake with Trout.

The lake, in my opinion is one of the 'tidiest' and best kept small stillwaters I've ever visited.

Access is easy and whilst there are no disabled platforms as such, I don't see wheelchair access being a problem.

The lakes are stocked on a put and take basis fortnightly with quality Triploid rainbows and Browns from The Exmoor Hatchery.

There have also been some stockings of Blue and Tiger trout but the main population would be Triploid rainbows from 2 - 6 lb.

Most standard flies and techniques work well at Burton although Damsels and Hoppers/CDC patterns seem to outscore Buzzers and Diawl Bachs.

There is a small hut with a self service kiosk and tea and coffee making facilities ( Tea, coffe, milk all provided ) and Tony has recently added a really nice 'Chalet' which I guess will replace the original hut.

Fishing is from Any reasonable hour in the morning 'till dusk and Tony asks could anglers let him know in advance if they intend to turn up at 'Crack of Dawn'

There are two vey important points as regard Burton, which in my opinion make it stand out so well against other small stilwaters.

1. The abilty to catch fish from the surface on dries at any time of the year.

I don't think I've ever visited Burton without seeing fish rising and as you know this does wonders for the confidence. Sure you'll still catch them on sunk line Booby tactics in the winter but you'll also take them on a Hopper or a Klink right in the surface film when there's ice in the margins.

2. The other amazing thing is Burton's consistency. It's hard to explain or understand this but I have never blanked at Burton or bagged up to the extent that I was home for an early bath after an hour.

The fish just seem to come at the right time.

The catch returns in the hut prove this with a rod average of 3 - 4 fish in a half day.

Noteable areas are :

The bay closest to the hut.

The first promentary walking anti clockwise around the lake from the hut

The bottom bay closest to the Carp lake.

Ticket prices and directions are on the link below but if you live anywhere near: Bristol, Bridgewater, Minehead, Taunton etc:
It has to be worth a visit Very Happy

The catch and release ticket at 15 for a day has to be great value.

Oh forgot to mention: It's also a great venue for a Social as Tony will close the lake for twelve people or more Very Happy

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P.S I'll try and dig some photos out

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Mike Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent write up Mike, just what we're after! Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:35 pm    Post subject: Re: Venue Review - Burton Springs, Somerset Reply with quote

C.B wrote:

Most standard flies and techniques work well at Burton although Damsels and Hoppers/CDC patterns seem to outscore Buzzers and Diawl Bachs.


Oh just listen to him! Quite the purist isn't he? Rolling Eyes

So what type of CDC pattern is this then, mate? Laughing



Seriously though, that's a really excellent venue review of Burton Springs, Mike! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

PMSL

Thats a tups don't you know anything Alan.

Oh wait a minute no its not.

I remember seeing you with a box of tupps.






Laughing Laughing

Looking forward to the 14th

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, those are supposed to be top secret! Shock

Now everyone will know how to blank at Chew and Blagdon. Sad Laughing

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Looking forward to the 14th

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Not sure why. The rest of us will be fishing opening day which is on the 13th! Rolling Eyes Laughing Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL

I thought it was on friday that it opened.

Will see you all on the 13th.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C B,any idea on what the coarse fishery holds-carp wise?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2008 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chub1 wrote:
C B,any idea on what the coarse fishery holds-carp wise?
Thanks


Sure have Laughing

I've fished it on a number of occasions .

There's a good head of doubles in there and over half a dozen upper twenties Wink
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C B,any idea on what the coarse fishery holds-carp wise?
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Sure have Laughing

I've fished it on a number of occasions .

There's a good head of doubles in there and over half a dozen upper twenties Wink

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