The 2021 Season
The 2021 Season
Brown trout fishing has remained consistent over the past couple of weeks. Vernon Chapman had a good session above Fingle catching 6 brown trout, and Graham Dance fitted in a couple of trips to the river catching brown trout on both occasions. Most reports are coming back with dry fly action mentioned so it’s an exciting time to be out wading the river.
A few more reports of those elusive sea trout are coming in too, with Mark Durden-Higgins landing a good 3lb fish to a fly of his own concoction. Matt Henley, Richard Jackson and Nick Evens have also reported a fish each.
Rain is forecast for the end of the week; there could be a handy spate on the horizon.
Some great brown trout returns have been sent in recently. Greg Wood managed 4 nice brown trout to 11″ from the Fingle stretch. Paul Auckland managed to get out to the river twice, catching brown trout on both occasions, with one visit being a red letter day…around 20 brown trout to the net (you know it’s good when you lose count) mainly falling to the dry fly again from the Fingle area. Eric Kuchenbecker also got in on the action catching 5 browns to the reliable dry/dropper combo.
Paul Osborne caught a very nice salmon of 9lb 10oz (29.5″) below Clifford Bridge on the 5th July using a small Toby and single barbless hook….the fight lasted a fraught 15 minutes and the fish was safely returned to continue it’s journey.
The settled weather has seen an improvement in the fishing of late. Sharif Adams is first to report some sea trout catches, with three nice fish from different pools above Fingle, one of these a fine 22″ sea trout, hopefully this is the start of things to come. Peter Aspbury, a day ticket angler, also had success with 6 brown trout above Fingle on dries and noted good hatches of sedge and some mayfly appearing.
The river has had several good spates over the past couple of weeks which has brought plenty of fish into our waters. Derek Myhill had a 9lb salmon spinning above Clifford. The river level looks more stable and with warm weather in the forecast the fishing should be good over the next week. Keep those catch returns coming in…
First salmon catch reported, a clean 7lb 8oz salmon safely returned by Brian Parry caught upstream of Clifford.
Catch returns are starting to trickle in now, perhaps most notably a 15″ brown trout caught by our Treasurer, David West downstream of Clifford Bridge. David used a Comparadun and reported some hatch activity towards the end of the day. A great fish to start the season for David.
With the rain we have had over the last few days there are sure to have been some fish running our waters ready and waiting…keep the catch returns coming in, it’s only a matter of time before we start to see reports of salmon and sea trout being caught….