Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Treemeadow fishing report Cornwall april 24th 2007

Here's the latest fishing report from Treemeadow trout fishery, Cornwall. With the warming climate Buzzer hatches are increasing and the trout are taking these avidly. Due to this both lakes are producing very good catch results to black buzzers (size #10-16) either drifted or retrieved slowly. As ever due to the huge Damsel population in both lakes any form of damsel nymph fished slowly on a floating line or rapidly twitched on a slime line (clear intermediate) will always do the trick. The water quality on willow lake is as ever exceptionally clear. This week orange stalking bugs have had the biggest catches with a 13lb 4oz Rainbow Trout falling to one of these bugs. The largest fish on sedge has been a 6lb Rainbow Trout succumed by a damsel. Approximately 10 days ago a brown trout was caught in the sedge lake weighing a massive 14lb which was returned unharmed ( fishery policy all browns to be returned). This is impressive in itself but for those of you who have not fished treemeadow, sedge lake is where the smaller fish are! Keep up the great work John (Fishery owner)
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River Tyne Salmon Fishing Report

Last week John Hodge of Treemeadow trout fishery, Cornwall, fished the river Tyne at Bywell. Unfortunately it's bad news for us Salmon Fly anglers out there. The water is so low that for the week no fish where caught on the beats that John fished. Knowing how keen John is it won't be long before those bars of silver are on the bank side. Better luck next time John.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Pike Needle Fish now available on Steve's custom flies only £2.95

£2.95 - Pike Needle Fly Added to Steve's Custom Flies. These are hand tied to the highest specifications and materials. Although this is a simple pattern do not be deceived as it is one of the best patterns I know for small lakes and canals. As with most patterns it can be fished on all lines however works best on a clear fast intermediate. Due to its size you will need a rod rating of at least an #8 to cast and don't forget a wire leader of at least 8 inches due to the Pike's teeth.

Nomad Trout pattern added to Barradcuda Guiding and Cudafly

New Trout pattern added to Barracuda Guiding and Cudafly - The Nomad
Fly Pattern History
This is one of the most famous and successful lures of all time. The original pattern was designed and fished by the Nomad fly fishing team based out of the midlands. Using this fly the team won most of the major still water competitions and consequently was kept on the 'secret list' for many years. The above example, the olive and black variant, is by far the best colour combination for most still waters.
On a fly design aspect the Nomad offers some points of note. The red Glo floss head acts as a natural hitting spot for the trout whilst the olive fritz creates a vortex when the fly is pulled creating more noise through the water plus pulsating the marabou tail. The tail should not be dressed too heavily as this impairs movement. As ever we want to tie flies that catch fish not the angler. Another good addition to the Nomad is to tie in some blue holographic tinsel in the tail. This can prove the ultimate lure however be warned. The inclusion of the blue holographic tinsel can make this fly devastating or completely put the fish off the feed. If it works on your water you will get unbelievable catches, if it doesn't there is a good chance you will blank. However if you keep to the above combination you won't go far wrong.
Fishing this fly is basically up to you. It will work from a floating line through to the fastest of sinkers. On a floating line either twitch very slowly or pull a few inches and then let it sink up to maybe 30 seconds. Most of the fish will be taken at this time as the fly descends to the bottom. Fishing the Nomad on a sinking line can range form very fast (blob) pulling to a twitchy constant retrieve. My personal favorite method is to use a fast glass (clear intermediate) with a fast sinking poly leader attached to the fly line. The Polly leader then drags the fly to the bottom and effectively hinges the fly over any ledges etc on the lake bed. Using a short leader of about 6 - 8 feet gets that fly to the bottom. Retrieve then with a constant twitching retrieve and hold on to your rod. The Trout love this fly. Lastly as with all lure fishing move around the lake as the trout soon get used to the lures.

Fly Tying Method

Hook Size #10 competition heavy
Thread Black
Body Olive Fritz
Tail Black Marabou
Hotspot (head) Red Glo Floss (with 2 coats of hard as nails)
Gold Head Medium Gold Head

Tying Procedure
Slip a medium sized gold head bead onto the hook. Bed the hook with tying thread along the last half of the hook shank towards the bend. Return the thread to the bend of the hook. Take a pinch of black marabou and tie this in just before the bend of the hook. Trim the marabou. If you wish to add some blue holographic tinsel in the tail add it now. Take a length of Olive fritz and strip some of the flash off the core to expose the thread. Tie the thread core of the fritz in at the bend and return to half way up the hook shank. Wrap the fritz in close turns pulling back the flash of the fritz with each turn. This makes the fritz as bushy as possible. Continue with the fritz up to the half way point. Whip finish, trim and varnish. When dry push the bead up to the the fritz. Change the thread in the bobbin holder for some fine red Glo floss yarn. Pushing the gold head up to the fritz make a cone shape with the thread. Whip finish and apply two coats of Sally Hanson's hard as nails. The fly is ready to fish. Other colour combinations worth a note for this fly are cats whisker, orange, sunburst and all olive
Tight lines and good luck!
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Mackeral on the fly

Mackerel on Fly(Scomber scombrus)

High summer and an early start to venture out to do some fishing before the tourists arrive in their droves along the South Cornwall coast for a day of sunbathing and swimming. The sun had not long been in the sky when Steve Beacall and I arrived at a little rocky outcrop known locally as Mackerel Rock just as the tide was beginning to ebb. We knew that there would be mackerel around in numbers here and the small fishing boats were already out in force trolling feathers about half a mile offshore.

We set up our rods and poured a coffee to take the chill out of the misty early morning air and watched as the gannets dove into the sea like white arrows to feed on the abundant shoals of sand eel that had by now ventured out from the shallows to feed. Our cups empty and packed away we took up our positions and made our first cast into the deep clear water. Di7’s are needed here to fish at the level mackerel prefer to hunt. A small brightly coloured fly is all that is needed for these fish so a size 4 blue over white fly was likely to work fine here. Steve was the first to hit a mackerel on his second cast and the little mackerel fought hard before it was landed and released. Then it was my turn as a mackerel pulled at the line from one side to the next. For their size these fish fight as hard as any trout and do not give up easily. Anglers who catch these on traces of six to eight feathers can winch them in on the heavy tackle they use but I dread to think how tricky it would be to land even two or three of these fish at a time on a fly rod.

The morning wore on and as the sun rose higher in the sky the crowds began to arrive on the nearby beach at around 8am and the rock mark became impossible to fish resembling a pincushion with the number of float rods that now covered this little patch of rock. As we were leaving an angler asked, “Had any luck”? “About forty fish between us" we replied. He looked at us quizzically noticing that we had been using fly rods then asked “where are the fish”? “We don’t keep them, we returned them all”, we replied. The look of consternation and bewilderment on his face was priceless, he was obviously thinking why we should have returned the fish. We thought that there may be some for next time as we headed for home.

The mackerel (Scomber scombrus) is probably the first kind of saltwater fish caught by those among us who have wet a fly line in the sea. They are a small fish related to the tuna family but what they lack in stature is more than made up for by their ability to put up a determined fight on light tackle. Mackerel are pelagic fish that can form vast shoals that can clearly be seen feeding near the surface where they prey upon smaller fish such as anchovies, juvenile herring and other juvenile fish, even other mackerel and sand eel. They feed by sight and will readily take any bright fly or feather bait and have even been caught on shiny bare hooks.

Mackerel spawn in the open seas as two main areas stock groups in the deepwater offshore in water temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees Celsius. There are two groups of breeding stock, those that spawn in the North Sea do so between May and July and the western stock, as they are known, spawn in the vast areas over the Continental Slope of the Atlantic during the period between March and July. After the eggs hatch the young drift in the stream of plankton pushed along by the ocean currents where they feed, form shoals and grow quickly through their first year with 100% of the population reaching maturity at around three years old and measuring around twelve inches.

As they become more developed they cover vast distances in search of food swimming constantly through the surface layers to a depth of around sixty feet sometimes going deeper. These fish are built for speed and are very muscular little fish that need to remain on the move to stop them from sinking because they lack a swim bladder. Mackerel can live for a relatively long time and have been observed to reach the age of eighteen years old and the British rod caught record was a fish weighing almost seven pounds. Fish of this size are usually caught well offshore by commercial fishing methods but would certainly give anyone a run for their money if caught using fly tackle.

These oil rich fish are a much sought after food item in our seas that are hunted and eaten by their larger relatives the tuna as well as shark, cod, bass, squid, marine mammals and sea birds. The mackerel is a popular bait because of its oil rich flesh and it is used whole or cut into strips by many anglers to catch a range of both saltwater and freshwater predators throughout the year. This makes the mackerel worth imitating if you want to target some of the larger specimens and species found offshore when fishing from a boat.

Through the summer months the smaller fish aged one to four years old can be caught close to shore using fly tackle from rock marks that have deep water out in front. They can be caught here even in the middle of the brightest of days but during the periods of the day when light levels are low they can be caught in the much shallower water off beaches. Arriving in large shoals they can provide the fly angler with a great deal of sport over an extended period of time and in my opinion fight harder than a trout of the same size and weight. They arrive in our coastal waters at different times of the year dependant upon sea temperatures and geographical location. In the South West spring arrives early and you can expect to find mackerel from April onwards and you can expect to catch them right through to December when there is a final winter run of fish. In the Northern waters the mackerel don’t show up in great numbers until around June and remain inshore for a shorter period of time moving away again in the late autumn.

The tackle you use need not be heavy so a rod rated #6 to a #8 will be more than adequate for these little fish although there is always a good chance that your fly will be hit by a bass. With this in mind and that you will be casting flies tied on hook sizes 2/0 down to size 6, your tippet will need to have a breaking strain of 8 pounds plus to stop the flies breaking off during the casting stroke. The line that you choose is dependant upon the depth of water available and generally I would recommend using a fast intermediate or a fast sinking line. Fly selection is made much easier by the mackerel’s attraction to anything shiny, even a bare hook as mentioned earlier, so a small brightly coloured sand eel pattern or a small clouser minnow works incredibly well. There is no real skill to catching mackerel and if they are where you are fishing you will catch them. A sink and draw or a steady hand over hand retrieve is all that is needed and don’t be surprised to see several fish attempting to take your fly. All in all the mackerel is an abundant and entertaining little fish that you will want to catch again and again.