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    Anyone fished Testwood pool recently? I'm hopefully fishing it later in the week at night. Any tips (particularly on fly choice) welcome! As we're fishing at night, is fly choice so crucial (how can the fish see the fly?!)

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    I'm a season rod there and fished it a couple of weeks ago. They are not having their best sea trout season this year so it's not as productive as normal. You should start out with smaller patterns like 1-inch tubes and then go bigger as the night develops. Snakes die well and by favourite is a blue and black snake that I tie short so that it's around 1.5 inches. It never gets fully dark at Testwood due to the light coming off the docks and the city so overly big flies are not necessary and I would not go bigger than say a 2 inch snake fly. The Testwood Snake is a favourite amongst the regulars and there should be some on sale at the fishery, otherwise pop into Robjents in Stockbridge and he should have some (he is the inventor!). I don't use them and tie my own but lots of regulars use it. There are fish throughout the main pool and all you will need is an intermediate line with a 7ft leader of straight 15lb fluro. If you're fishing at high tide, you may want to try a sinking line and big fly. The fish there seem to prefer a very slow retrieve just like you#re fishing buzzers on a stillwater. When the tide is out, the sections of river below the pool are your best bet. There is a pool below the bridge which is productive especially towards the tail. There is a section further down which has the Oak Tree Pool which is excellent and at the very bottom is a pool called "Lower Platform" - there's a small platform that you will see so you can't miss it. Fish a small snake slowly on an intermediate tight against the far trees right to the tail of this pool and you will cover fish. I can usually winkle out a fish here and it's a an excellent spot. And yes, fish can see your fly in the dark! One method that few people use because it "doesn't work" at Testwood and Woodmill is the surface lure. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy and it does work. Give it a go especially during any slow periods. Good luck!

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    Thanks Alwyn for such a comprehensive response! Testwood at night has always been one for the 'bucket list' and am really looking forward to it. Thanks for the hints and i'll let you know how I get on!

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    No problem and I hope you do well. The keeper there is called Pete and he's very helpful. All being well he may have some time to show you around and point out some hot spots. Although the season has been relatively tough, the beauty of this place is that you know for sure that you're covering fish and there are some monsters in there. Also a small chance of an accidental salmon!

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    Genuinely interested to know who did invent the ''Testwood Snake'' I thought possibly mistakenly it was former Keeper/Fishery manager Graham Purbrick ? My first Testwood Snakes were tied by Graham too many years ago and they do work very well to this day as does the ubiquitous Woolly B****r.Prince nymph can score too.No doubts about the Jambo especially pools below the bridge.Nights to remember when fish are up.Hope you get lucky.WMD a derivative of the secret weapon is very good but will need to cut off one of the treble trailer hooks.In recent years have found the reservoir ''snakes'' will flick the switch if any in your bag.

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    Is there any difference as to the state of the tide? looks like the tide will be high when we arrive and going out as the night goes on. hopefully bring a few in on the high tide..?

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    Well that was an experience..! My first time night time sea trouting since fishing the Rheidol with the old man as a kid.! The water at Testwood was lovely although I did find standing on those banks, casting into the dark somewhat intimidating. Particularly so when a horse crept up behind me and only let itself be known by snuffling when it's nose was over my shoulder.! I nearly filled my boxers! Anyhoo, sadly no fish graced my net. Three of us fished and didn't get a pull between us. (apart from a possible pluck at the stones). I must confess it seemed strange to be inching the fly along in fairly slack water when every bone in me wanted to cast down and across! - anyway, lovely water, and I hope to be back!

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