Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
The draught warnings imposed on many counties are a thing of the past and have been replaced by flood warnings making river fishing a bit of a lottery.
The main problem for me is that over the last few weeks the heaviest rain had fallen at the back end of the week which pushed the spate rivers up instantly and although they normally drop quickly they always seemed to stay too high over the weekend leaving me frustrated.
Last weekend I headed for the Elan Valley reservoirs run by the Rhayader And Elan Valley Angling Association to relieve some of the frustration of not being able to fish the rivers.
With 850 acres of water available to fish the key is to have some idea of which likely spots are worth heading for first. I would imagine even regular long term fishermen here still find fish location a little hit and miss. Much will depend on wind direction as to which bank to head for (no boat fishing available here).
After a few visits here I'm now starting to get my head around it a little and have a better idea on giving myself a chance to connect with some of the trout which it holds.
Although there is some stocking carried out the majority of the fish here are natural wild brown trout, a fish of a pound in weight would be classed as a good fish. There are no rainbow trout stocked at the Elan reservoirs.
I ended an enjoyable afternoon with half a dozen fish (all wild) and a little more knowledge but still longing to cast a dry fly upstream to a rising fish on a river...please!!!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Saturday, June 23, 2012
The following is a firsthand report submitted by reader EJ Koford: I had 2 crab pots out from 3-7 yesterday near marker 10.. and prospected north of marker 10 with a crab snare….lots of undersize, many female rocks. Kept two dungies, but there were in sorry shape.. small claws, missing legs, not very feisty. Makes me appreciate the opener. Also drizzled on me a lot. Too much wind (too small a boat) to venture into the bay for salmon, maybe next time. Saw 2 boats trolling a bit for halibut at Hog Island, but didn’t see any hookups and they were out of there by 4 or so.
The first halibut from the bar was brought in today, so that may be something to try in the next week. From what I heard Hog Island didn't produce many more than that. Randy from Carson City had a pot on the pier with 12 keeper Dungeness in it this morning. Half were females that he tossed back, but that's still good numbers for the pier. The ocean is pretty flat out there but there's a hidden lump from the south that flares up every so often. Two boats from Lodi got flipped today while abbing in close. Maybe everyone else should stay out a little deeper. Thanks to Jake Showaker (again with Jake!) for running out to tow in the two boats.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
It's very windy today and supposed to be windy all weekend. The salmon are only a mile or so out, so if there is a short window of no wind in the morning it would be worth giving it a try. The Dungeness are still available in decent numbers in the bay, although there are a lot of females showing up in the traps.