He stayed at the other end of the boat but you know what Italians are like - he kissed the 4.5lber instead.Well Doug ''Good Things Come To Those Who Wait'' reads like a real red letter session.To quote ZZ Top ''you need legs and know how to use them'' well done mate.No kisses from Pino I hope.
Looks like you had a great time. We have been going at least once a fortnight since Farmoor opened up again and the fishing has been second to none with fish quality as good as you will find anywhere in the country.
As far as I know a lot of the sport has been on buzzers high up in the water generally. Most of the fish have been coming fairly close in with a lot of takes about 30 - 40 ft out from the bank.Didn't realise farmoor is only 90 minutes up the road from me. Never fished a venue of this size before and it seems quite intimidating.
That being said, I would like to make the trip soon.
I intend to fish from the bank with a 7wt. I honestly have no idea of the best approach so any pointers would be hugely appreciated. I've got a few buzzers, lures, large dries and even a blob someone gave me!
As far as I know a lot of the sport has been on buzzers high up in the water generally. Most of the fish have been coming fairly close in with a lot of takes about 30 - 40 ft out from the bank.
A pal of mine went back end of last week and caught his using a very small mini booby on the point holding everything up just under the surface with two black holographic buzzers fishing high in the water. He found Letting everything come around on the wind and just mending and keeping in touch with the line gave him the best results.
However there is no substitute on the day for searching the depths though.
I am by no means an expert and hopefully BobP will see your post, as he is a local expert and offers better up to date advice for you than I ever could, nevertheless I hope my reply may help.
Particularly if you blank, it will make me feel betterDon't forget to post up your results even if you blank! Have a good one.
The Ranger told me pin fry were around last week.maruta
It depends a lot on what the fish are doing. Early season and they will be deep and by that I mean about 10' down but not too far out from the bank. I am much more keen on light floating lines than I am on the heavy stuff so it's a WF5 and 18' of leader to get the point fly down to the fish.
This time of year the fish are going to be higher in the water and therefore the 18' leader is not strictly necessary, though I do it purely because it is my default position. If you are only using two flies then 12' should be OK. Don't think about how long your leader is when fishing; where the flyline goes, the leader is sure to follow and if it doesn't land dead straight it will soon straighten out in the water.
Fish across the breeze where it is comfortable for you. The fish are travelling along parallel to the bank, more or less, and swimming upwind, again, more or less. What you want is for your flies to be crossing their track. Fishing across the breeze will ensure that the line is coming round in a nice curve. All you have to do is to keep in contact. Don't lift off too soon. If you lift off with 5 yards of flyline, don't forget that you've still got another 4 yards of leader out there and that point fly is now right in the killing zone.
A cruncher on the dropper should be fine with a slimmer fly on the point. This will help with the turnover of the leader. There may well be some fry about art this time of year, so a silver thorax pheasant tail is a fair bet. In your shoes I'd be wary about dumbell eyed flies unless you are really comfortable casting them. Also worth using is a slim damselfly larva pattern, This often goes down well and that could benefit from dumbell eyes, but not too big. The sort of chain eyes you get on the bathroom sink plug. Let it sink on landing for 10 seconds or so, as fish will take this on the drop. After that a slow Figure 8 retrieve is all you need.
I'm up there tomorrow and according to reports it's fishing quite well. It is forecast rain, so that will keep the bulk of the walkers away.