Summer season fishing, significantly from the financial institution, appears to be a bit hit or miss most years however with the lengthy sizzling, dry spell, this 12 months appears particularly so. I’ve been to Farmoor reservoir 4 occasions within the final month and skilled some very completely different fishing.
Beardy Paul had a uncommon weekend in Oxford so we determined to satisfy up at Farmoor on the Sunday morning for a fast session on F1. It was a heat, vivid day however there have been dozens of fish swimming round near the financial institution after we arrived. We tackled up pondering we may have a bagful however, as ever, the trout had different concepts.
I went by my regular nymph tactic’s with two buzzers and a diawl bach on the highest dropper, fan casting and overlaying the depths to no avail. Beardy Paul had an early one on a lightweight colored scruffy buzzer on the highest dropper which instructed they have been moderately excessive up. Ultimately, I had a couple of pulls on an olive buzzer and misplaced one however ended up with a clean after a very good 5-6 hour session. Beardy Paul ended up with 4, all falling to the identical scruffy buzzer on the highest dropper regardless of attempting quite a few different flies down his forged. They have been feeding however on a really particular fly and it needed to be on the proper depth.
Father’s day noticed me get a really welcome move to go fishing. It additionally occurred to be one of many hottest days of the 12 months. I couldn’t move up the chance of a free move so I believed I’d give it a crack anyway. I shouldn’t have bothered. After six very popular and sweaty hours, I trudged off with a few little tugs to point out for my day. To be trustworthy, I wasn’t that stunned because it was vivid solar, no wind and about 32 levels.
Per week or so after Father’s day, the climate had turned slightly colder and we’d lastly had a bucket load of rain. With a forecast cloudy day, I believed I’d take my probability and return to Farmoor for a day/night session. It was windy, overcast and was below 20 levels.
I’d tied up a few variants of Beardy Paul’s scruffy buzzer to check out. My model was a form of gold ribbed hares ear buzzer: tied on a curved hook, with gold tinsel ribbing and a scruffy hares ear thorax. There was nothing taking place on the floor, so I popped it on the top-dropper together with an olive and black buzzer additional down the forged.
Properly, that little fly caught me seven stunning F1 monsters over the following few hours. Each one was taken round 5 yards out and all on the top-dropper. It regarded as if the fish have been holding additional out however then darting into the weedy shallows to choose up meals. Maybe my fly had turned out to be a very good illustration of a hoglouse or snail. Because the solar began to set, the sedge got here out and I managed to choose up a pair on a sedge dry earlier than darkness fell.
I ought to have recognized higher actually after per week of sizzling, sunny situations however I’d been a bit harassed at work and wanted to get out. Once more, I went for a late afternoon/night session hoping I’d choose up the odd fish early on after which be prepared for a night rise later. Nevertheless it was sizzling, sunny and there was no wind. And no fish! In six hours, I solely noticed signal of a single fish rising in the midst of the reservoir. I attempted all the things I may consider, at completely different depths, and moved positions repeatedly however didn’t have a single tug.
I feel the water has merely bought too heat and the fish are sulking within the depths and effectively away from the banks. Beardy Paul and I will likely be attempting our luck from a ship at Bewl subsequent week, so fingers crossed.