What a great day!
Saturday 26th August 2017 was a special day in the Clatworthy Fly Fishing Club calendar. It was the 1st ever social event & fly fishing competition hosted for the club’s members, and what a fabulous day it turned out to be.
On a warm and sunny August morning the members met at Clatworthy fishing lodge. A very light breeze rippled the water and the stunning backdrop of the trees around the reservoir set the scene for the day. What better place could a fly fisher wish to be?
The previous day’s fishing at Clatworthy was one of those legendary days…..
A short meeting to finalise the club structure was held outside on the fishing lodge deck and with the items of club business dealt with, it was soon time to go fishing. Fish could be seen rising in the almost flat calm waters, a little more ripple would later top the water so the prospects were looking good. The mantra for the day was to have a good time and so the competition was held in the spirit of fun (later in the day I heard discussions of what the CFFC fishing team might be called, what did you come up with guys?). Most opted to fish from the bank and a few took to the boats, let the competition begin!
The previous day’s fishing at Clatworthy was one of those legendary days where the trout were free rising and taking dry flies on the top of the water. Anglers both on the boats and the bank were into plenty of fish so expectations were high, however no two days are the same when fly fishing and so it proved to be…
And on to the fly fishing competition…
Club member John was soon into a fish, fishing a single buzzer from the bank right in front of the lodge proved to be a good choice as fish could be seen patrolling up and down that stretch (what a great vantage point / sitting area the lodge decking is) . A little later he took another rainbow from the same spot, things were looking good!
Other club members decided to fish further down and along the bank from the lodge, and also at Wescot Bay, a favourite & productive spot for many of Clatworthy’s regulars.
Those in the boats spread out across the reservoir in search of the fish.
The fly fishing competition was just for a few hours and the winners would be those with the heaviest two fish. 1 o’clock soon arrived, the BBQ was lit and tempting smells of delicious food greeted everyone arriving back at the lodge for the weigh-in.
After a hearty al fresco lunch the winners were announced, with a two fish limit ounces separated those who caught fish. Well done Ed, Geraldine, Pete and Seth!
Indeed, what a great day it was. We all had fun, mingled and met with other CFFC members and had laughs and banter. A fabulous start for Clatworthy Fly Fishing Club.
I look forward to the next meet-up, watch this space for announcements, fly fishing competition dates and more.