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Posted - 17 Mar 2008 :  19:59:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why not let everyone know what the latest fishing news is.... gather there's a great buzzer hatch on at the moment - some great fishing to come!

mindhasgoneblank

United Kingdom
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Posted - 23 Mar 2008 :  15:36:19  Show Profile  Click to see mindhasgoneblank's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
Hi folks,

I'm a newcomer to the water, having fished only twice over the last few weeks with every intention of getting back on the water ASAP. I was directed to this site by someone and very impressive it is too. It's such a shame that more waters don't offer similar sites for their fishing communities since it's such a great way to pool resources and share adice. Even though I've only managed to visit the water twice I have been overwhelmed by the friendly bankside banter and professionalism of the rangers, all of whom have been most helpful, offering advice and tackle where needed.
Was out on the water on Saturday 22nd amongst the rain/wind/sleet and snow, but unfortunately after 4 hours my flimsy and wholly insufficient wet weather gear gave up ghost and I was 'forced' to relocate the pub. White lures and boobies on fast sinking shooting heads seemed to be working for some, fishing along the wall on the east side of the res. Overcast, strong NE wind.

tight lines,

Mindhasgoneblank
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Posted - 27 Mar 2008 :  13:50:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Fishing update-27/3/08

Just a quick update for the weekend. Water levels are now back up to optimum level and very clear. There've been some great buzzer hatches and the fish being caught are full of them.

The weed is now starting to grow, which will bring the fish closer in, but boat fishing remains the most productive at the moment - bank still going ok and things are improving - just need some warmer, settled weather like today.

I believe it's going to be busy this weekend, with many boats already booked.

If you fish this weekend, do let us know how you get on.
JW
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fluffchucker

United Kingdom
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Posted - 01 Apr 2008 :  17:45:17  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi all
Thought I would post a catch report on last Sundays trip out in the hope it would help anyone fishing this week.
My fishing conmpanion and I had the boat loaded and off the pontoon around 9am. We spent an hour fishing teams of buzzers under a pimp around the cage without any luck so moved down to fish off the causeway bank at anchor.
Started catching from the start and by 4pm had landed 14 fish. Every one had taken the point fly on 20 foof leader. The only fly we caught on were gold head buzzers in black or brown. Spent the last hour south of the cage but only managed one more fish each. One on a green fritz the other on a biblio. 16 fish in total so another good day at Farmoor and did not have to use the boobys thank god. I had 5 and mate had 11 so i wont be taking him again(only joking)not !. All the fish went back none the worse for wear. The catch included two overwintered fish that fought way above there size.

I have been fly fishing for one year now and although i have visited several different fisheries Farmoor stands out be it for the fish /other anglers/and the wardens well done to all concerned

Fishing on Farmoor 1 on Sunday fingers crossed for another good day

Tight lines


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Posted - 03 Apr 2008 :  20:57:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Farmoor I - 3rd April

For those of you fishing it at the weekend, thought you might like some info on the water.

I believe it had a brown algae bloom last week, so the water still has a slight brown tinge, but the weed growth has started now, same as Farmoor II, and its getting clearer. The water hasn't been fished as yet, but there was a great buzzer hatch today and plenty of movement.

Will try to come down on Saturday and get some pics of the first day and put them up in the gallery.

Tight lines
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Posted - 12 Apr 2008 :  10:59:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Weekend 12/13th April

I gather Farmoor I (Catch and Release) is fishing well, the water is clearing fast and some weed growth around the margins. Good buzzer hatches too.

Farmoor II is very clear water, some weed growth, massive buzzer hatches, but if you watch the birds feeding, they are still some way out. Good fishing from the boat, more difficult at the moment from the bank - just need some settled weather to bring on the weed growth and bring the fish in.

Last year was fantastic at this time of year, but we had one of the hotest April and May's for years. Finger's crossed the weather improves.
Tight Lines
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Posted - 17 Apr 2008 :  22:27:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thursday 17 April

The Easterly wind, for once, has proved to be good for the fishing on Farmoor II. Although the fishing from bank remains hard, Wednesday saw some good catches amongst the bank anglers, but the boats were really doing well. The main buzzer hatches are still some way out and fish remain deep.

Over the last 3 weeks, there has been a weekly delivery of stocking fish direct into the reservoir. Don't know how long this weekly stocking policy will continue.

Farmoor I is also doing well, Wednesday say one lucky angler bringing in 19 fish, ranging between 3-5lb.

Weather forecast for the weekend isn't quite so good. For up to the minute report, click on the Links page in the main site and the select Today's Weather - it will then give you the 5 day weather forecast for Farmoor.

Tight Lines to those of you fishing at the weekend.
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Posted - 21 Apr 2008 :  13:07:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Monday 21st April

Did anyone fish over the weekend, not good weather for it really with the Easterly wind. Had a couple of hours late on Sunday afternoon on Farmoor I, was lucky to get a drop in the wind for a while. Picked up two nice fish - 4.5lb rainbow, lovely fish, really deep bellied and broad back, thought I'd got the bottom to begin with as was like a sack of sand, only as started to try to get the line in that I realised I'd got a fish on! Several runs later managed to net it at last, lovely fight! The other was about a 1.5lb rainbow, again really fought and took a while to land. Great end to the weekend.

Let us know if anyone else was lucky? I know another angler had 6 earlier in the day and chap I spoke to had 9.

Anyone fish Farmoor 2, I know there were some other hardy people out over the weekend.
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Posted - 25 Apr 2008 :  17:32:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Friday 25th April

Just a quick update on how Farmoor has been fishing this week.

Farmoor II
As I'm sure you'll appreciate bank fishing is quite hard going at the moment with the cold water and wind direction. I gather someone took a nice 6.5lb rainbow off the bank this afternoon on a buzzer, but many still falling to lures. The boats continue to do well.

Weekly stocking on Farmoor II seems to be continuing at the moment and I believe will go on through May.

Farmoor I
Still doing better than II at the moment, even though just as hard going - rod average about 5.

Weather
Forecast isn't that good for the weekend, with the best daying being tomorrow.

If you're venturing out, let us all know how you get on and what tactics worked best.
Tight Lines
JW
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Posted - 28 Apr 2008 :  14:22:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Weekend Feedback - Monday 28th April

Farmoor II
Well, I know many of you found it very hard going, despite the fine weather over the weekend. "Whitewithblackon" got a fine 7lb rainbow on the boat on Saturday and another regular had a fine 5lb off the bank.

Sunday again, hard going, some where catching and I know there was a good 3lb brownie that got returned late in the afternoon.

Do let me know if you fished and how you got on!

Farmoor I
Wow, what sport! Good feeback in general, I know some found it hard going too, but if you managed to be in the right place with the right tactics - fantastic fishing. A mate of mine had 6 fish, 2 on at the same time at one point.

Also fishing were the founders of Casting for Recovery, Sue Hunter and Sue Shaw. You may also know them as last year's England Ladies Team Manager and the Current Women's National Champion. Unfortunately they could only stay for a couple of hours, but they had some great sport on Farmoor I.

see http://www.castingforrecovery.org.uk for more information on this great organisation that helps women who have or have had breast cancer.
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Posted - 01 May 2008 :  20:48:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thursday 1st May

Does this mean its summer then? Could have fooled me, despite the lovely evening.

Farmoor II
Would love to say "fishing fantastic, fish 2 rod lengths out, taking anything" BUT I can't sorry. Still challenging from the bank, lots of natural food about at the moment, however the fish being caught are lovely specimens, a couple of 4-5lb yesterday and today. Boats still doing OK and better than the bank at the moment.

Farmoor I
Someone else's terminology but "fishing it's socks off", was how they put it. Doing well, you still have to be switched on with the tactics, depth and fly, but good sport still.

BOTH will be coming on really well soon, as you all know, some settled weather and steady barometric pressure is all it will take.

Tight lines to those fishing in the Match on Saturday, see you all there.
JW
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puzzler

United Kingdom
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Posted - 07 May 2008 :  20:17:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I fished Farmoor I on Tuesday. Bl**dy Hot, Blue sky and a moderate S, Easterly did not help at all. Got there a bit late and spoke to two chaps who had had 6 and 7 between them in the morning. Just my luck it went off the boil. Managed 2 after a lot (and I mean a lot) of work and walking. Both took buzzers about 8-10ft down. Second fish was about 4 lb and was in stunning condition. I have never seen a fish fight like that - it leapt 3 ft out of the water three times!!!! My tip would be to fish a sink tip (or floater with sink tip leader) with a tippet of at least 15ft. Heavy buzzer or blood worm on the point and a couple of black or olive size 12's on the droppers.

I will be back when there is a bit more cloud.....

Tight Lines
JD
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Posted - 07 May 2008 :  22:29:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wednesday 7th May - 22:00hrs

Hi Puzzler, sorry you had so much work to get the fish, but sounds as if it was worth it.

Farmoor II
Just come back from Farmoor myself, had a chat with some of the other anglers who'd been there today and some who'd just come up for the evening. Although Farmoor II still isn't fishing as good as Farmoor I,(sorry Puzzler, had 6 fish in 3 hours this evening!), it is getting much better than it has been. The stable weather is bringing the fish in to the bank as the weed growth and buzzer hatches get further in too. If you have time this week, recommend a trip for the evening rise.

Couple of people took 5-6 fish today, but average would say is 2.5. Think you're right on the tactics too, sink-tip floater, 15-20ft leader and buzzers as you suggest.

Evening tickets are now available at 15.00 for 2 fish (check with Rangers).

Farmoor I
As I said, still fishing well. Similar tactics as Farmoor II worked for me especially during this evening. Floating line with sink-tip, 18ft leader, heavy buzzer (self-tied green fluorescent chubby thing) on point - which took 4 of the 6 fish and a black/orange buzzer on a dropper - which took the remaining 2. Great fish and great sport. For those of you who haven't tried Farmoor I yet, would highly recommend a visit sometime.

Tight lines to you all and hope to see you up there soon.
JW
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Posted - 11 May 2008 :  07:45:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sunday 11 May - 07:30

Farmoor II
At last things are getting better for the bank fishing. Most people seemed to be catching yesterday and most were on floating lines and buzzers - there were a couple of big fish too, around 7lb.

However a blue/green algae growth has started in the heat - there is quite a lot of scum on the bank nearest the main car park (west), which continues up towards the pontoon. The top bank and causeway are clear at the moment.

Boats continue to do really well.

Farmoor I
Flat as a pancake yesterday, a little movement until late on. Still fishing pretty well, but fish a bit deeper in the bright sunlight.
Again some algae growth around the bottom bank (near pumping station), but top bank and causeway also clear.

Tight lines and let us know if you fished this weekend.
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Posted - 14 May 2008 :  20:40:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wednesday 14th May - 20:30

Well its nice to have some good news to tell you!

Farmoor II

Fishing well from the bank! Most people seem to be catching now, the steady warmer weather has brought the fish in closer to the bank and nearer the surface. 15ft leader and small black buzzers are doing the trick, evidently couple of good 5lb fish caught this evening. Later in the day still a little better than early on, but in general good all round fishing - perhaps the bank actually out-fishing the boats at the moment.

Also pleased to say the algae growth has almost gone, NE wind means people fishing off the east bank and causeway. Rod average up to 3.

Farmoor I
Has been quieter, with regard to the number of people fishing, this week so far. But still fishing well.

Temperature still due to stay fairly constant for a while, even though a little windy, so good fishing. Look forward to seeing you all over the weekend.
Tight Lines
JW
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Posted - 22 May 2008 :  08:37:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thursday 22nd May - 08:30

Farmoor II
This NE chill wind isn't doing much good for the fishing, but I gather that its the same at lots of the other large waters.

As the temp has dropped again, the fish have moved further away from the bank and are feeding on the massive buzzer hatches straight up from the clay. Either end of the day seems to be the best times, afternoons have been quiet off the bank, with the fish moving back in during the evenings.

The fish that are being caught a good specimens, fin perfect I've been told and around 3lb-5lb. Rod average off the bank is 2.8.

Boats still doing well - which is good for the match on Saturday - give the Rangers a call if you haven't booked your boat (individual's not pairs this weekend) - details in the events section of the forum.

Farmoor I
Still doing well, better than Farmoor II. Still not being fished at capacity each day, so places available. Give it a try, have had some fantastic sport on this water over the last couple of weeks.

Tight Lines and please, post some feedback and fishing reports when you can.
JW
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