Dear Fly Fishers,
Memberships and season permits are available now for the 2020 trout season on the brook. There have been no changes and details to renew membership and permits are given further below.
Firstly just a brief round-up of the 2019 season:
The season started with high and cloudy water in the brook. However trout were ready to take weighted nymphs from day one and April proved one of the most prolific months overall for the season. Mayfly hatches early summer saw the best dry fly activity.
Some anglers reported plenty of fish caught but without keeping a record. Catches that were recorded totalled 86 fish (58 in 2018) comprising 72 Brown Trout (49) 14* Grayling (8). * includes 7 grayling caught Oct – Dec at Shockerwick. All fish were in good condition – a few photos are attached to illustrate.
Largest recorded brown trout was over 2lb which had all the appearance of a fish stocked elsewhere by another club. Largest grayling was round 1lb.
Prize Draw result: 50% of permit holders responded with a catch return and winners in the December draw of a free 2020 season permit were Richard Tranter and Jonathan Nash.
Our thanks as ever to member Nick Maggs and his team who carried out regular important maintenance and habitat work along the brook, and to Ron Chapman and his team for the monthly Riverfly monitoring.
Nick and Ron also hosted the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Water Team Officer’ during a river walk along the club water. The findings which will feed into the Trust’s ‘By Brook Enhancement Project’. A draft report is expected soon.
Also during the summer the Trust cleared invasive Himalayan Balsam growing along the banks.
Season 2020 :
Club membership £40 or £25 for veterans + season permit £35. Total £75 or £60 veterans
Apply to Adrian Wallace 53, Edgeworth Road, Kingsway, Bath. BA2 2LT – please include stamped self addressed envelope for return.
Cheques payable to ‘ Bathampton AA’. Where m/ship has been purchased from a tackle shop write the m/ship card number on the back of the cheque.
Best wishes for the New Year and tight lines,
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 20th DECEMBER 2018
The last match in the 2018 series has taken place on Bridge Pool. 19 anglers turned out this week for the final match of the series the weather was damp and a little breezy but improved as the match went along. There were no big weights this week which was expected due to the time of year but anglers were catching quality skimmers in the 1-1/12 lb bracket also some decent size perch were caught. First on the day was Paul Haines with 31lb-12oz from peg 27. Paul caught carp and f1s alternating between the long pole and feeder. Full result below.
OVER 55’S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2018
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled match series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A cold frosty start greeted 17 anglers this week with the temperature close to freezing and the water clear all thought bites would be difficult to come by. That would turn out to be the case for all anglers except one, Tony Rixon fishing peg 11 absolutely blew the rest of the field away with a fantastic weight of 122lb-7oz to win the match with ease. Tony caught most of his fish just off the island using bread and triple maggot. Although the last hour went quiet for Tony the damage had already been done. Full result below
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2018
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled match series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A massive downpour before the match started greeted the 21 anglers that took part but that was all the rain they saw for the rest of the day although the wind was a bit blustery. Coming out on top this week winning both the match overall and the silvers was Mike Nicholls from peg 6 with a weight of 40lb-5oz. Mike caught some good size skimmers to 2lb and a few carp using pole fished dead maggot over ground bait he also caught a beautiful perch weighing close to 1.1/2 lb.
Full result below
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A beautiful autumn day with sunshine and little wind greeted the 21 anglers who took part this week. The general feeling among the anglers was that the silvers would be difficult to catch due to the water becoming clearer and the bright sunshine and that was the case with the carp making up most of the weights caught. Coming out on top this week was Dave Wride with a weight of 74lb-13oz from peg 20. Dave started the match catching skimmers and roach but a couple of hours in to the match his bites dried up so he started to target the carp fishing close to the island catching carp to 8lb and f1s to win the match by just 2lb from the second placed angler.
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A beautiful autumnal day greeted 21 anglers this week but a drop in the temperature was going to slow things down. Winner this week was Mike Nicholls from peg 29 with a very respectable weight of 98lb-8oz. Mike started the match fishing for the silvers but at the halfway point had only around 7-8lb in his keep net. The second half of the match Mike changed tactics and decided to fish for the carp which proved to be the correct decision weighing in more than double than the second placed angler. Full result below.
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 7TH
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled series has taken place on Bridge Pool. A fine day was forecast for the 24 anglers who turned out this week. Due to the fine bright conditions the silver fish were difficult to catch so carp were the target for most of the anglers. Coming out on top this week was Tony Rixon with a fantastic weight of 94lb-00oz from peg 30. Tony caught carp to double figures using the pole at 17.5 metres using pellet on the hook towards the island. Full result below.
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 10TH
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled match series has been held on Bridge Pool. 20 anglers turned up this week and were greeted by bright sunshine and a cool wind made for a good match with lots of fish caught although some fish have began to spawn. Coming out on top this week was Dave Gillard fishing from peg 16 with a great weight of 60lb-14oz. Dave caught mostly f1s tight against the island using pellet. Full result below
OVER 55S AND DISABLED MATCH RESULT HELD ON BRIDGE POOL THURSDAY 12TH
The latest round of the over 55 and disabled match series has been held on Bridge Pool. A dry clear day greeted the 20 anglers that turned out this week and with the weather starting to improve expectations were high. Coming out on top this week was Tony Rixon with a fantastic weight of 80lb-01oz from peg 28. Tony started on the pole at 13 metres catching skimmers on maggot and worm over ground bait and the odd f1. Half way through the match Tony started fishing banded 6mm pellet feeding 4mm pellets at 17 metres towards the island to land plenty of f1s to win the match.