Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014

Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014

Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014 – !st

Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014

Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014 – 2nd

Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014

Lexus Team Results Rutland 2014 – 3rd

After returning from the Lexus Team final which was held on Rutland water, it’s time to start preparing for the Rivers Trial and the up and coming Airflo Anglian Water Final. That’s my excuse for the lack of blog posts, anyway!

As you may have already saw, Rutland fished extremely well for the two days at the Lexus Team Final, with a rod average of 7.78, an excellent average for any water in the UK. 252 anglers caught a staggering 1961 fish over the two days, with almost half of those being returned to the lake.

Competition results

1. Rio Masters
2. Hanningfield
3. Iain Barr Team Costa
4. Nymph-a-maniacs
5. Greys team Stocks
6. Team Airflo
7. Seighford Sharks
8. The Renegades
9. Team Frozen North
10. Flash Attack Sharks
11. Alba Orvis FF
12. Greenwell Persuaders
13. Lintrathen FF
14. Orvis Team Rutland
15. Sonik Pirates
16. Stocks Falcons
17. BRFFA Emergers
18. Tannahill Raiders
19. Snatchers
20. Stocks Cormorants
21. Team Foxons

Biggest Fish – John Hood/
Overall Top Rod – Matthew Griffiths

 

Time for the Spinner Falls

Ronsfishing Spinner Fall

It’s that time of year already! The evenings are getting slightly shorter each night, the temperatures dropping and the dew is starting, it’s spinner time!

Well, it’s been happening for quite some time now, but only recently I’ve had to time to get out and fish the evening myself, and I’ve been blown away by the sport I’ve been getting on the river Ebbw and upper Taff! There’s something seriously addictive about watching those little tiny dimples, then seeing what’s behind it when you manage to hook one as the light starts to fade!

Watching the spinners dance above the surface of the river as they’re mating and dropping their eggs is amazing, the sheer number of rusty coloured olives  just make you want to get your rods out.

It’s a great time to get out and fish for something big, when the spinners fall, the fish can become daft, as long as your presentation isn’t too bad and you’re fly sits right, the rest isn’t so important. Many times your leader can be sitting on the surface and the fish still comes and takes your fly. But don’t let that fool you, practicing the right way by de-greasing your tippet, changing it when it’s kinked etc will always put more fish on the bank.

One thing I really love for spinner fishing is the Airflo Super Dri Elite, the fly line itself casts great, but when you cast just short of a fish and you need to re-cast, pealing the line off the surface is effortless with minimal disturbance, hooking fish at range is also aided as the line doesn’t grab the surface like many that sit lower in the water on lift off.

Fishing until late evening, almost into darkness is the best time to hit a spinner fall, the fish can’t see you, you can barely see them, and the sensation is incredible. Your fly is almost invisible and all you’re looking for is a small rise somewhere about where your fly is… You should give it a go.

Re-stocking The Fly Boxes

Ronsfishing Funky Fly Tying

As we get into the full swing of my competitive fly fishing season, it’s almost guaranteed that many flies will be lost, given away or simply misplaced after swapping patterns – So it’s a great time of the year to get the extra patterns tied up along with your current favourites.

Toby at Funky Fly Tying was kind enough to send me down a selection of his tungsten beads – A wonderful selection of bright and vibrant colours, with a decent painted finish. As many of you know many painted beads I’ve used in the past had a tendency to flake away when being tied with, but these have already passed this milestone.

Last winter was the first time I put an anodized bead on a hook – I’ve never really liked the colours available but thought I had to give them a swim – And I’m very glad I did! The Anodized green tungsten beads from funky are ideal for damsel patterns, whilst the pink is great for bloodworm patterns and buzzers.

Anodized tungsten beaded damsel

 

6 River Fishing Tips

When river fishing, there’s nothing worse than not being in the mood. Fishing a river can be challenging when you’re on the ball, let alone when you’re off it, so keeping everything in check and your fishing tackle in order could save your sanity when your struggling to keep things together.

Here are 6 tips to keep yourself in the game, even on those off days.

  1. Make sure your kit is prepared the night before you go, there’s nothing worse than leaving a piece of tackle at home
  2. Prepare your flies – Never be caught short without your favourite patterns.
  3. Keep your fly vest organised
  4. Ensure you have all the parts to your rod… (Yeah – I’ve done it!)
  5. Clean your fly lines after each trip or so, that means they’ll perform just as well on your next trip.
  6. Dry your waders after every trip, nobody likes wearing damp, smelly waders.
Kieron Jenkins River Fishing

Kieron fishing on the River Ure, Yorkshire. Image courtesy of David Southall

Kieron Jenkins River Fishing

Kieron fishing on the River Ure, Yorkshire. Image courtesy of David Southall

 

 

Rivers International 2014

Welsh-Team-with-Trophy

For the thirds consecutive year I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the Welsh international team which has won Gold at the rivers championship – And each one feels better than the last.

Fishing for your country is a pleasure and being part of such a strong team has its perks, you always learn of each other and watch how other anglers fish and approach a water – Which is what being in a team is about.

At dinner time, Wales were leading the field by 2 place points and we all went into the third session with renewed confidence. After dropping 4 place points in the third session, England were ahead going into the 4th session. But after a good last session for Wales we brought the score to a level playing field. The final score went on the accumulated number of fish points and we came out n top by just 8 points! That’s 8cm in length overall! An extremely close match, too close for my liking! For more of a report see here : Rivers International Report

Anyway, that’s enough about the scoring, lets move onto the fishing. When we fished the river Ure first of all the water was high, coloured and frankly awesome; we caught plenty of fish on all sorts of methods, with many fish being caught on dry flies in the slack water. When we arrived just a week before the match, the Ure was a totally different river. On it’s bones and still dropping throughout the week. As comp day approached much of the water was either dead slow – just like a still-water – and just a trickle at the head of the run.

Fishing the Ure Kieron Jenkins

Dries and nymphs was certainly the way to go, with many small grayling and decent trout occupying the middle of the the runs. As a team we put all our eggs in one basket and set out with one fly rod solely for dry fly fishing and the other, for a single nymph technique. My best nymph throughout the whole week had to be CDC Red tag and the Olive blob tail nymph. The Olive nymph also worked well with a bright orange bead – I must thank Toby at Funky Fly Tying for sending up a load of beads the day before the match – Saved our Ass!

For me, the competition was fairly tough, with some decent anglers in my group, and many lost fish, I managed a respectable 7th place position – Taking a 1st, 3rd, 4th and a 1st position in the four sessions. It didn’t help being drawn a mile away from the fish in the second half of the day, and having to hike back up stream to where the majority of the fish were!

As a team we fished extermely well together and I for one am extremely proud of each angler.

Next competition for me is the Lexus team comp and then the rivers trial the day after! Wish me luck :)

‘Unbelievable’

It happens to us all. Sometimes you get shown a fly which you just want to use and tie vast amounts of variations of, some with a red head, some with pearl thoraxes and so on. And then on the other hand, you get some which personally you wouldn’t tie on, let alone fish with.

Let’s just get one thing straight – I’ve never been one to use rubber legged patterns such as the Apps bloodworm. Sometime ago I was given such a fly, a fly that really wasn’t ‘my cup of tea’. After a few minutes of persuasion, we come to an agreement and I limited myself to ten casts with this fly, and only after ten casts I could change back to the black cat tadpole I was actually catching a few fish on.

To cut a long story short, I caught three fish in those ten casts and lost another. More than I was actually catching before hand! I admit – I did tie a couple up – just in case. Thanks Lou!

Ronsfishing Bloodworm

Float Tubing on Cwm Hedd

As the nights start to get longer, only just before they start getting short again, there’s plenty of light left to head to a river or pond after work. Fortunately for me – Cwm Hedd is only 15 minutes away and over the last two week’s I’ve managed to blow the float tube up and have a couple of sessions.

The evening fishing at Cwm Hedd has been brilliant with plenty of fish feeding from the surface. Most fish have been taking egg laying buzzers, keeping the fish extremely high in the water for prolonged periods of time. My favourite fly for these egg layers is a cull, pictured below. Fished on it’s own or in a team of two, with a red shipman’s buzzer on the dropper, these two flies have been taking the majority of my fish recently.

cwm-hedd-dries-ronsfishing

Just last night I managed two and lost two from the float tube in a 50 minute session. The cull doing the damage again. The fish were leader shy so de-greasing the leader regularly helped no end when trying to sink the leader in next to flat calm conditions.

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