Thursday 21 February 2013

We Have Lift Off! Early Season Fly Fishing on Farmoor Reservoir

A large Farmoor trout
It was a cold and frosty morning as Tim (friend and customer) and I made the trip to Farmoor Reservoir in Oxfordshire. After a hearty breakfast, we were soon tackling up in the bright sunshine on Farmoor I. Die 7 sinking lines were selected, Tim chose to fish boobies and I was soon casting damsels. Fish took a liking to our flies straight away and on only our second casts we both hooked in to fish, a trout for Tim and a pike of around 7lb for me. A few more casts and a change of area was was agreed. Tim advised fishing near an outfall on the far side, a good call as he hooked a trout straight away. I switched to fishing boobies like Tim and trout of 3lb 8oz were soon in the net for both of us. The morning continued with plenty more hard fighting, full tailed rainbows snapping up our flies and the two of us took fish to over 5lb! Early afternoon and I decided to change to buzzers on a midge tip. More fish were soon located, hooked and landed, including one of the biggest of the day, an extremely fit rainbow which took me down to the backing on the reel. Great fun! By the end of the day we had fallen just short of catching thirty fish, but we were more than happy to settle on twenty eight. What a day! With many reservoirs opening soon for the new season, hopefully this is a sign of things to come. Information on Farmoor Reservoir can be found at

Tim with another beauty

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