Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishers Association (BRFFA) in conjunction with Veals Fishing Tackle hosted their annual Spring Cup match on Chew Valley Lake 15th May.

As the match commenced, conditions looked to be fairly challenging with bright sunshine, just the occasional wisp of cloud, and barely a breeze.  The majority of the field headed towards the Dam basin which over recent weeks has consistently produced good bags of fish. Despite the conditions being less than ideal, competitors found that Chew’s hard fighting Brown and Rainbow Trout fed fairly well throughout the day and were on their typical sensational form.

Successful tactics for the majority of the field were buzzers and nymphs fished on floating lines. With just a few anglers opting to pull blobs and boobies on intermediate or sinking lines.  However, eventual winner and BRFFA Emerger’s Team Captain Graham Currie showed he was equally accomplished fishing both methods.  Graham took six fish on Buzzers before switching to pulling tactics as he vanquished the field on his way to the only 12 fish limit of the match by 2pm.

Graham’s total winning weight (including time bonus) was 37lbs 4oz which was a notable 15lb 2oz ahead of the in form Dave Gregory who took 2nd place with nine fish for 22lb 2oz.

Match Results

1st Graham Currie      37lbs 4oz

2nd Dave Gregory         22lbs 2oz

3rd Mark Miles              22lbs 0oz

4th John Braithwaite      21lbs 4oz

5th Tim Wellman           18lbs 12oz

The biggest fish of the match was a fin perfect specimen Rainbow of 3lbs 15oz caught by John Wingrove.

The BRFFA’s next competition is The Orvis Floating Line Classic which will be held at Chew Valley Lake - 12th June 2016.  For an entry form, and further details please visit www.brffa.com For further information about Veals or Fly Fishing at Bristol Water fisheries, please visit. 

http://www.vealsfishingtackle.com/ and

http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/ respectively.

I’ve been fishing for 41 of my 46 years and it never ceases to teach me new lessons, both about myself, fishing and other people. We salmon fishers are a unique breed and ‘chasing silver’ is our passion.

I caught my first trout many years ago in a stream that flowed into the dam next to the Troutbeck Hotel in the Inyanga Mountains in what is now Zimbabwe, and have I been predominately, although not exclusively, a game fisherman since then.

What - Dry Fly Championship Team England Fly Fishing Fundraising

When - 16th September 2017 10am-6pm

Where - Draycote Water


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Pupils from six primary schools across  Sussex enjoyed a day of exploring fishing and wildlife themed fun on 26 April at Arlington Reservoir in East Sussex , taking part in a range of activities from pond dipping to hedge laying.

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The day, organised by South East Water and The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s Fishing for Schools initiative, was the first of what it is hoped will become a regular event at this idyllic reservoir, which is a designated Local Nature Reserve and offers some of the finest trout fishing in the South East of England. Fly fishing and wildlife conservation are the only activities allowed at the site which is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Emma Goddard, South East Water’s head of environment said: “It was a fantastic day. The children were all so engaged. We really hope this is the start of an ongoing relationship between ourselves and local children. If we have inspired just one of the children who attended to learn more about the environment it will all have been worth it.”

And Charles Jardine of Fishing for Schools added: “I love being part of these days. The children arrive perhaps not knowing anything about fishing or the ecology of our wetlands but they get so enthused and go away wanting to know more. That’s what these days are all about.”

The schools taking part were Alfriston School in Polegate, Chyngton Primary from Seaford, Cross-in-Hand CEP School, Grovelands Community Primary School, Oakwood Primary from Eastbourne and West Rise Junior School in Langley.

In all, 50 children took part in sessions on fly tying, fly casting, pond dipping, hedge laying, fish-themed art and watched freshly caught trout being prepared and cooked.

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Mandy French of Chyngton School said: “The children had a fabulous time. They really enjoy these sort of activities and if we had the chance to come again with another year group we would leap at it.”

Jenny Lewis of Grovelands Community Primary said: “I was amazed at the concentration on the children’s faces as they watched and took part in the activities. They particularly enjoyed the pond-dipping - it has been a wonderful day of exploration.”

Angus Scott of West Rise School said: “The boys learned so much today and had a fabulous time – none of them had tried making a fly or casting before.”

Lindsey Hudson of Alfriston School said: “It’s been really interesting to find out just how much is involved in fishing, and the hedge-laying demonstration was fascinating. Many of the children live close to the reservoir but were not aware of all the wildlife here.”

James Smither, one of the pupils from Cross-in-Hand School said: “I really enjoyed the fly tying and casting best - and eating the trout. I already take part in coarse fishing but I’ve not casted before – it was really fun.”

Emma Taylor from Oakwood School said: “The pupils loved the cooking with trout and the pond dipping and catching newts. They asked so many questions and will go back to school with lots more knowledge.”

The first wheelchair accessible Coulam 16 Wheelyboat at Draycote Reservoir in Warwickshire will be launched on Wednesday 12 April, following a successful fundraising campaign supported by Draycote Fly-Fishers Association and led by one of its members.  An established trout fishery for many years, Draycote Reservoir is a 600-acre lowland reservoir near Rugby famous for its buzzer hatches and large grown-on brown and rainbow trout. 

Designed and developed by The Wheelyboat Trust and JM Coulam Boatbuilders, the Coulam 16 Wheelyboat stems from the fundamental desire of disabled anglers and wheelchair users in particular, to have the same opportunities to fish as the able-bodied.  The boat is based on Jim Coulam’s 16’ reservoir fishing boat design and has been adapted to provide wheelchair users with step free access on board.  With an open cockpit and level floor throughout, the disabled angler can choose to sit at the bow or the stern and is able to drive and operate the boat quite independently.

The unique design features of the boat are not immediately obvious, making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for disabled anglers.  Wheelchair users board the Coulam 16 Wheelyboat via a ramp from a pontoon onto a hydraulic platform that lowers to floor level.  Removable handrails around the platform help keep the angler secure and simplify the boarding and disembarking procedure, which means that only one able-bodied helper is required for assistance.  The boat has a 6’ beam, low centre of gravity and is very stable.  In normal conditions wheelchair brakes are sufficient to hold the angler in place, but D-rings on the floor provide secure strapping points when required.

The project cost £9,200 and was funded by the Janet Nash Charitable Settlement, Draycote Fly-Fishers Association and their members, and Fishery Management (UK) Ltd which has been running the fishery on Draycote since 2011.

Andy Beadsley, Director of The Wheelyboat Trust, says “Angling is an activity that most disabled people can participate in very successfully given the right access and equipment.  Our Wheelyboats overcome all the difficulties of accessing waters like Draycote and we are delighted that Ifor and his team have become the latest fishery to operate a Wheelyboat.  This is the 180th Wheelyboat to be launched and is a particularly proud moment for me being the 100th Wheelyboat launched since I took over as Director in 2002.”

The Wheelyboat Trust relies on the support of individuals, companies and charitable organisations to fund its activities. Donations can be made in a variety of ways including online at www.wheelyboats.org/donate.html


One lucky angler could find themselves £2500 better off if they rise to the challenge of landing the Golden Trout at Bewl Water.

The tagged trout with a price on its head has been released into the lake on the Kent and Sussex border and anglers who pay an additional supplement of £2.50 on top of their usual ticket price will be able to claim the £2,500 bounty if they land the prize fish.

They'll need lots of luck as well as skill and judgement. The Golden Trout has joined the 27,500 other trout that been used to re-stock Bewl since Tunbridge Wells-based Markerstudy Leisure bought the site in January.

"The Golden Trout was released into the middle of the reservoir, which can hold up to 31,000 million litres of water, so it could be anywhere by now", said Howard Mackenzie, Estates Manager at Bewl Water.

"There is no time limit to the competition, it will remain open until whenever the Golden Trout is successfully landed. 

"We wish the best of luck to all those anglers who set out to catch it."

The competition kicks off on 1st August. Day prices at Bewl Water range from £12 to £28 for fishing tickets, with boat hire starting at £18.

This Friday the Sportfish National Fishing Centre in Reading will host the launch of National Fishing Month. The event will be a customised day full of hands-on angling opportunities, the event focus is on youngsters and newcomers and falls in line with the core ethos of NFM. There will be tutored fishing on the lake, one-to-one advice from some of the biggest names in the sport, and demonstrations throughout the day that will illustrate just how easy it is to get started.

The Nation Fishing Month initiative encourages new people into the sport, and will see over 250 events take place across the UK throughout the summer. NFM coordinator Naidre Werner commented: 'I am absolutely delighted that Sportfish have kindly offered us their amazing facilities to ensure that National Fishing Month gets off to a fantastic, flying start.’

About National Fishing Month: is a celebration of the sport of angling. National Fishing Month is organised and led by the Angling Trades Association with the Angling Trust, Angling Cymru, Canal and River Trust, the Professional Anglers Association and the Environment Agency as supporting partners.



Total FlyFisher editor Steve Cullen will be on Tight Lines on Friday, April 4th.

To complement its range of Fritz, Frozen North Fly Fishing has brought out a range of Blob hooks.

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