Carsington Water 15 July 2020

Carsington Water 15 July 2020

A week off work saw me and my dad take a mid week trip to Carsington Water near Ashbourne in Derbyshire, one of our favourite waters to fish. And one where you are certain to find some hard fighting rainbow trout.

It’s always helpful to do some research into a water if you haven’t fished it for a while, the fishery websites usually have a fishing reports section where you’ll be able to see where the fish have been caught, what methods and flies you’ll need to use! The night before i had a look and new that they were taking all manner of flies, nymphs, damsels and of course blobs and boobies. So I replenished some of my flies and got everything ready for the early alarm.

We left home at 06:30 and arrived at carsington at around 8:45, like most fisheries of recent due to to the coronavirus we booked and paid for our boat and fishing ticket before hand online. Which makes things much easier when you get there, limiting the time your booking in etc, meaning more fishing time!

From the fishery reposts i had seen the best methods were sinking or intermediate lines, I set my rod up with my Airflo DI3 line an orange blob/boobie on the point, silver cruncher on the middle dropper and claret cruncher on the top dropper. A simple three fly set up. My dad went out on an intermediate line and a hot head damsel lure.

A silver cruncher pattern which proved successful on the day!
Hook – Fulling Mill Grab Gape size 10
Tail – hen hackle
Body – Semperfli silver tinsle
Thorax Semperfli sparkle dubbing orange
Hackle – hen hackle

The fishery ranger said a few fish were caught on the previous day from the dam wall drifting right into the middle of the lake. So we made our way up to the dam, and set up our first drift, a nice ripple on the water, overcast sky’s and a slight breeze. I love these conditions.

As I cast my fly out I had a knock and a little pull, hanging my flies at the end of the cast to entice a take but nothing came of it. It wasn’t too long after that the first fish of the day was caught. I was casting my flies out, letting them settle for around 5 seconds, 2 or three sharp pulls and then a steady figure of eight retrieve. And bang! Fish on! it took my silver cruncher tied up the night before! A brilliant fight, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from a carsington rainbow. I was off the mark and it was 1-0 to Phillippa!

A brilliant rainbow!

I’m a big believer that if you have the confidence in the flies and methods you’re using you fish better and catch more fish. I always have a thought in the back of my mind that although we can’t see our flies doing their work below the surface I always assume that there’s a fish following that fly! Confidence is everything in fishing! It can determine if you have a good or bad day on the water.

As they day went by we had the odd drizzly shower but nothing to put a dampen on our day! As I said above it was 1-0 to me, we always like to have a little competition between our selves me and my dad. I was about to put a downer on his day when I landed my second fish of the day. Another fighting fit rainbow. The same method used as the first one except this one took the attractor fly, the yellow and orange blob/boobie.

A typical carsington rainbow

It wasn’t long before my dad was into a fish, at last! He was fishing the intermediate with the hot head damsel fly, it took him for a Merry run around and a few deep dives for the depths before it was safely in the net! His smile says it all!

A fine rainbow for my dad!

Over all we had a fantastic day afloat this brilliant reservoir. We will be back here for some more action I’m sure! Keep any eye out for my next adventure in a few weeks where I’ll be fishing the river dove! I can’t wait!

Keep safe and tight lines if your out wetting a line this week!

Fly Tying For Beginners – Tips & Tricks

Fly Tying For Beginners – Tips & Tricks

If you’re like me it wasn’t long after I picked a fly rod up that I wanted to start tying my own flies. After a days fishing at Raygil Trout Fishery near Skipton we took a detour on the way home and called in at Fly Only, a fly fishing shop in Huddersfield. Entering the shop I saw the shop owners son, Dylan, tying some flies. After watching him for a while and being fascinated, I looked to my dad and the next thing we were being shown the starter kits they had. I left the shop with a vice and a veniards starter kit. in my dads words “the biggest waste of money, you’ll use it for a week and it’ll get thrown away” if only I knew the journeys it would take me on!

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What Is Euro Nymphing?

I remember when I first started out fly fishing there are many methods we can use to catch fish. “Euro style nymphing” was one method that appealed to me. I was just starting to venture out river fishing and I had no idea what I was doing. I was playing a guessing game.

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I’d go to the river, fish for hours and not catch a thing but leaves and trees. coming home and spend hours and hours scouring the internet on what I was doing wrong. low and behold I was doing it wrong, the length of my leader, no indicator, wrong choice of flies, bad casting. the list is endless. so, if you’re a beginner just like I was, I hope this blog will give you some form of indication or tips on what you can do to improve your river fishing.

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How To Tie The Pink Quill Jig

How To Tie The Pink Quill Jig

whem it comes to winter grayling fishing jig flies and bugs are most popular amongst UK fly anglers. In the colder months grayling will oftern shoal together on them really cold days. these weighted flies allow you  to get down to them grayling fast!  the most productive method to fish these flies is using a French and Czech leaders with indicators. see below how I tie the pink quill jig.

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Where have I been?

The last 12 months or so have been so busy! Flying the nest, trying to find time to go fishing, moving back home, blah blah blah… Unfortunately my blog has taken a back seat but rest assured I’ll be looking to get back into the swing of bringing you guys some content!

So for those of you who have been wondering what’s been happening while I’ve not been updating my blog.. I have managed to get some decent fishing in the past year, you’ll be glad to hear! Mostly on my local river, the Calder, which one trip saw me catch my biggest river trout to date!

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Olive Perdigon Nymph Step By Step

Perdigon nymphs have become one of my favourite flies to tie over the last year. originated from Spain, these mini bullet look flies have fast become nymphs that have found a home in many anglers fly boxes. The thing I love the most about them is that the list is endless for the different colour variations you can tie them in. You can use all manner of materials like Trans Brite, tinsles and my favourite, polish quills!

Invented by Spanish competition Anglers these flies are designed to be fished in fast flowing rivers and sink very quickly. When fishing with perdigons I set up with a 10ft 4wt rod, a French leader and either 2 perdigons or a Perdigon on the point and a lighter nymph such as a simple hares ear just above, I’ve found this to be the most productive in recent outings.

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Black and Green Quill Nymph 

Although we’re already almost half way through January, happy new year! I’ve had a great start to the new year with some fishing thrown in and lots of fly tying.

Last week I fished with one of my very good friends Lisa Isles. We ventured out in some horrific wind In persute of some stocked rainbow trout at Barnsfold Trout Fishery. Take a look at her blog Here to see how we faired.

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Llyn Clywedog, 29/10/2017, New Personal Best! 

Llyn Clywedog, 29/10/2017, New Personal Best! 

Having just qualified to represent England in next years Internationl which will be held at Llyn Clywedog in Wales. Having never fished the reservoir I thought it would be handy to have a trip down and get a feel for the place. Me and my dad made the three hour journey on what was a beautiful autumn Sunday.

Clywedog is located in mid Wales, surrounded by stunning scenery, the drive over the hills is quite breathtaking really.

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Grayling On The Dries! 

On Wednesday evening after work I ventured out for a fish to my local river, The Calder. It’s been a funny old season for me and I’ll be honest I’ve found trout hard to come by when I’ve been fishing. I know they are there because I’ve seen them! Grayling on the other hand.. now I love grayling, I do. However when all I want is to catch some trout they just can’t help them selves to my flies.

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