Chew Valley Lake

Tip of the week 

For nymph fishing, long leaders and team of three flies - "buzzer" pupae in various colours. It is important to move the flies VERY slowly if at all! With dry fly, best to use two flies on a 12 foot leader spaced about five feet apart. !2 on the point and 14 on the dropper. For the pike a wire trace is compulsory, and as there are some very large fish in the lake, a minimum tippet strength of 25lbs is required. Large (2/0 and 3/0) bait immitations are best

Seven-day forecast 

Hopefully the warm weather forecast will get those fish feeding and spreading out again. Most of the anglers in the international match on Friday fished one part of the lake - behind the island into the Hollow Brook area.
I had a slow drive around in good conditions on Saturday night after a Beginners' class and saw fish off Wick, Spring Bay, East Shore and Hollow Brook. Nothing much off Stratford though - which I was surprised about.
Fingers crossed that the warm weather also has some cloud with it....though probably we will have sunshine!

Must Have Flies 
Martin Cottis

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