I have not fished there previously so read the info provided on the fishery web site - http://www.driftflyfishing.co.uk/ - and went there a couple of days ago. As it turned out the weather was much more beach than flyfishing! Glassy calm at times, no cloud cover and hot.
I bought my 3 fish ticket from the self service desk in the boathouse and walked up the west shore. A little way out were two anglers float-tubing around the aerators. While I was setting up one of them was into a fish - a good sign, I thought. My first go-to fly was the Burrator favourite a Daiwl Bach. I used a floating line with a flouro leader to sink the fly down a little way but after an hour had seen nothing rise and had no interest.
One of the float-tubers paddled over to introduce himself as David Williams the fishery bailiff. He gave me a few pointers and said he was using the 'washing line' method and had taken several rainbows and browns that morning. The washing line is two nymphs mounted on a long leader kept just under the surface by a large floating fly on the point. In this case a virtually unsinkable booby.
I prefer a single fly but following David's advice I did what he suggested. Tangles are commonplace using three flies especially with a big air-resistant booby on the end. I did persevere but all to no avail. While the float-tubers appeared to be have good sport out in the middle of the lake, I finished the day with a blank. I stayed on into evening in the hope that there may have been a rise but saw nothing moving. Perhaps an early start may have been more successful or fishing into darkness.
Next time perhaps.....
|Lots of Canada Geese & a few Greylags|
|Fishing the West shore|
|Two float tubers. The bailiff David Williams is on the right|
|Looking up the reservoir from the South|
|Looking back towards the dam|
|Another trout for the float tubers near one of the aerators|