Wessex Water fisheries Clatworthy update 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a fantastic year for Clatworthy fly fishing. A record number of anglers came through the doors in 2017, and we have made some improvements over the winter to accommodate even more for this year. We have been busy over the winter months clearing more bank space in Rowes end, and also opening up Willow bay which is a great bank through spring and early summer.

We have added 2 brand new Coulam 16 boats to the fleet this season which brings the total to 10. We know a few anglers favour the older Bowitco boats, so we have left 2 on the water. The electric motors were in high demand last year, so for the 2018 season we have added petrol motors for the first time on Clatworthy. These can be booked in advance by calling the office on 01984 624658.

Although the weather has been harsh for the past couple of weeks, the winter on whole has been mild. This has meant that the fish farm can operate with a good conversion rate, and the rainbows and browns are growing on well.

Brown Trout
A nice 6lb+ brown trout, one of the many Brownies to be stocked into Clatworthy throughout the year
rainbow trout
With plenty of room in the tanks to freely swim about, the rainbows are fin perfect…

We will be doing a pre-season stocking of brown trout from the farm at the coffee morning on the 12th March, which starts at 10.30am. Our water level is at maximum with water spilling over the dam for the past few months.

We look forward to hosting the Wessex Open competition on the 28th April. This is sure to be a popular event, which anyone can win! Prize money stands at £1800 With 1st place scooping £1000! Best get up here and practice! To enter, please see the info in the lodge and complete an entry form.

We are really pleased with the momentum that Clatworthy Fly Fishing Club is gathering. 30+ members in year 1 is a testament to the hard work that Howard and the team are putting in. We are looking forward to hosting the social  events & competitions this season at Clatworthy, and encourage everyone to join in and participate.

Wessex Water fisheries are also hosting the #WessexWaterChallenge, which sees Charles Jardine taking part in a fishing marathon. Charles will start at Clatworthy on the 7th April, before running to Hawkridge and then on to Sutton Bingham. Charles must catch a fish at each reservoir before beginning the next leg of the challenge. All in 24hrs! Charles is the founder of Fishing for Schools, which has been set up alongside the Countryside Alliance Foundation, to help children with learning difficulties experience all the benefits that being outdoors and on the water can bring. To sponsor Charles, please visit justgiving.com/wessexwaterchallenge or text TCAF50 with the amount you would like to donate to 70070.

We look forward to seeing you all on the banks soon and tight lines for the coming season,

Les Carter and Danny Ford
The Clatworthy Rangers
Wessex Water Fisheries

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Coch-y-Bondhu Beetle = Top of the Water Sport

In the last couple of weeks at Clatworthy reservoir there has an abundance of the Coch-y-Bondhu on the water and the trout are taking full advantage of this seasonal hatch and gorging themselves on them. The beetle can be found all around the reservoir so no matter if you are bank or boat fishing it is well worth tying on an imitation and have some fun, top of the water sport.

The traditional Coch-y-Bondhu fly works well on Clatworthy and equally so does a foam beetle pattern (if not better!). Shortish leaders of 10 – 12 foot with a single fly is standard practice (though you could use a dropper if you feel inclined). Cast to rising fish or cast and leave for 20 seconds or so then repeat.

Foam backed Coch-y-Bondhu
Foam backed Coch-y-Bondhu patterns

If bank fishing a short cast parallel to the bank will often bring a fish up to your fly and at times there has been plenty free rising fish so you’ll have those to cast to as well. These are ideal conditions for ‘walking and stalking’, now the water levels are down try the bank opposite the lodge and towards the North end, from where the gorse begins is a good starting point. You’re likely to take some nice brownies along this stretch too.

If you are taking a boat out then drifting down the margins on the windward side should find you fish, as will in the dam basin and Dudderidge bay (where fish have been holding right down into the far corner). Casting close to the overhanging trees and bushes will often pay off handsomely.


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