Monday, 26 January 2015
I had the whole of Bewl Water all to myself fly fishing.
I finished all I could do on my garden fencing project around noon so I decided to treat myself to a bit of piscatorial R & R! None of my pals could make it so was free to choose between Albury or Bewl. I was pretty sure to catch at Albury but Bewl won because it would be more challenging and a bit cheaper. When I arrived the weather was good, overcast but dry, south westerly breeze and air temperature around 10 C. Vince Brook, one of the fishery staff kindly stopped for a chat and suggested Bramble Point? So off I set on the ten minute walk and arrived to find the water crystal clear with a nice ripple. Resisting the temptation to wade I kept well back and started casting with a single black woolly bugger gold head fly presented using a 7 weight forward floating line with a twelve foot leader. On my third cast I was rewarded with a lovely pull that signalled good fish on! It had hit the fly round two rod lengths off of the rod tip so it was in quite close and I would probably have spooked it if I had been in the water.
Later I did go into the water as there was no more action from the shore, I also tried an intermediate line with the woolly bugger, then a cats whisker and finally a blue flash damsel. I fished for 2 hours, only had the one fish but I loved every minute of it! The sky, the breeze and the water lapping at my waders told me I was very lucky to be there, still able to cast a line and still able to land a fish, the first of 2015. And to top it all I had the whole of Bewl Water all to myself!
I am pleased to see that I can still pull them out!
Vince had warned me that they lock the exit gates at 4pm this time of year which is why I only fished for 2 hours. However, as I was leaving Rob Barden told me that if you park down by the Outdoor Centre you can exit from there whenever you like.