The second round of the Fishtec League match on Chew Valley was sent to be a tough day, bright sun and high winds meant that conditions were far from ideal. More or less a full fleet of boats launched from the jetty at 10am, with a mixture of floating, intermediate and sinking fly lines gracing the anglers fly reels. The usual Tequilla blob was most anglers top dropper or point fly with nymphs sitting between.
With winds forecast to reach a maximum of 18mph – most boats headed towards the dam to look for shelter and a few headed off to behind the Denny Island looking to intercept good fish nymphing in the shallow water.
Before the sun came up high the fishing was particularly good, with a few anglers taking their four fish in just 45 minutes. By around 11:30 the sun was high and seemed to knock the fish off the feed. Anglers who fished blobs found to get more follows than lock ups as the fish become weary of most larger flies in the gin clear water. Nymphing throughout the rest of the day produced the best bags.
Top anglers of the day, Stuart Watkins took the majority of his fish using the washing line method which consisted of three nymphs and a FAB on the point, fished close to the surface on one of the new Airflo Super-Dri Xceed fly lines.
Overall individual results show that Gareth Jones, Airflo’s Sales Director is leading the pack, hopefully he can keep up his great performances in the next two matches!