Skip to content
Archive of entries posted on

The Tarpon have arrived.

For those of you who are interested in Tarpon in the Florida Keys, there is a web cam under the famous Bahia honda bridge, I looked by chance only to see a pod of Tarpon take a look HERE….

Still water Trout

It has been a while since I have found Trout fishing on a still water’s to be fun for more than half a day. (after lunch I still wanted more stalking)

Ben A talked me into a trip up the Avon valley to fish Manningford Trout Fishery .

Hooked on a very short cast..

Matching sunglasses

We arrived early on a fabulous spring morning, to be greeted with warm sunshine and rising fish, a great looking interesting fishery, and a sensible size, islands, overhanging trees and very clear water, making this venue great for stalking!

A colourful fish on a similar fly….

All the fish we saw and caught were over 3 pounds in weight, and Bens largest was over 6 pounds, and to make a full day of it, when you have caught your bag limit you can go onto the catch and release lake.

We carried on after a long lunch!

Time to go home for tea….

I hooked a fish that was well over ten pounds, my first UK fish in a long time to take all the fly line and a fair bit of backing, before throwing the hook!!!!

The fishery is managed by Malcom Hunt, who seriously knows his stuff and in my opinion is running a first class set up.

Keep your eye on this venue, go and give it a try, Malcom has got it right, and still he wants to improve on it!!!

We will be back………

Photo diary

“Pictures speak a thousand words”, well that’s what they say, and I feel that there is a lot of truth in that, especially late on a Friday night after a glass of wine and a seafood stir fry! Or stew fry if its been cooked for too long, the words of fly guru and friend Tony K.

Great spring weather, and I hear on the grapevine that there could be the odd Bass about now?

Spent a day helping the EA electric fishing for some important research work to do fish migration and the new fish pass at Louds Mill.

“A small Frome Grayling”….

Today was sunny and warm, a brisk easterly wind, not so good for fishing but spot on for spending a day with great FRIENDS working on the DFC water, ready for the start of the season, inc a surprise birthday cake…..

Trust me its good for the soul…..

A card and a hand tied Tarpon Fly from my fishing friends….

At some stage in the day we got a hell of a lot done……

Thanks to all involved, A great day with great people and a cake…….


The weather has been fantastic over this past week, and is set to continue over the weekend and on well in to November!

Its now Pike and Grayling spawning time.

A father and daughter casting lesson! (thanks dad)

Andrea has taken so many “spring photos” the computer has slowed right down!

This is good news as were off to Maningford Trout fishery on Saturday fishing, a work party on the Frome on Friday with a curry lunch, what a way to spend a birthday………….

Fish and Fish

After clocking up a few silly hours, and hand forking many tons of pond weed over the last week, a lazy start to Saturday was in order, that was until 7am when the phone rings and my good mate Scott is on the other end gibbering about a double figure Barbel and a load of Chub, fair play! I will let him carry on with his “last day of the season story”.

Well are we sitting comfortably, … then I shall begin!

I had decided that I really needed to catch a big Bristol Avon barbel and time was running out! The weather was forecast to be overcast with light rain for the last day of the river season and as I left the house at 4.15am there was a light drizzle, Ideal I thought as I drove the truck through the twisty roads to Limpley Stoke.

As I parked up I was glad to see that I was the first to get to the river. On arriving at my chosen swim I decided to attach a small PVA bag of crushed boilies and small pellets to each paste wrapped hookbait rather than get busy with the bait dropper. I could always fill it in during daylight if this failed to produce but i had confidence in my bait and felt that if fish were already in the swim I might spook them.

As I sat back and poured a coffee the right hand rod banged round and I knew that a small chub had found my bait. After releasing the small chub I noticed some chaffing on the hook link next to the hook so I decided to change it. Another small PVA bag nicked to the hook and out it went, and sat down in my chair to finish my coffee.

At about 5.45am the same rod signaled a different kind of take, the isotope had gone round and stayed round accompanied by the sound of my trusty baitrunner as the fish took off downstream. I managed to get the second rod cleared as the fish fought doggedly in mid river. I was hoping this was the big girl that I had been waiting for and that she didn’t find any unseen snags.

As the fish began to succumb to heavy side strain it moved up level with my position and broke the surface and dived again. The steep banks make netting fish difficult but slowly she began to tire and slipped over the drawstring. At this point I heard a voice in the darkness behind me, ” That’s worth getting out of bed for!” he said.

I had better ring my mate….

My new friend Alan, helped me weigh my new personal best and only my second Barb from the BA at 12lbs exactly, with the photos done I slipped the fish into the landing net to recover before returning her to the river. As the morning sun began to light the Avon valley I sat grinning on my fishing chair at what had happened, finally finishing my coffee and casting the rod back out into position.

I had some more chub activity when the the same rod whacked round as another fish took line, after short but spirited fight the fish was in the net and I realised that it might be another double and only the scales would tell. As I lifted the sling from the ground it wasn’t to be at 9.2lbs. An few photos were taken of the fish on the mat and then as I returned it I realised that it had only just turned 7 o’clock.

I stuck to the same method but apart from the odd suicide chub no more barbel came my way, the weather turned sunny and although waiting until last knockings not much else happened. Maybe the double double will have to wait until next season.

The last day for grayling fishing on the Frome also resulted in a fish of a life time for a guest angler Ian a cracking fish of 3lb 10oz as seen in this weeks Angling Times, well done Ian, can you send me a picture…..

Today was a fantastic spring day, and to mark it the Grannon started to hatch, as did a few Olives, the King Cups are out and the Frome looks as good as she always looks in the early spring, only a few days to go now folks……

Better mend the zip on my boot.

I love the spring!

Time to purchase a new rod licence, make some plans for this comming season, and stick to them….