Chew valley reservoir perch fishing.

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I took a risk on the weather today and had a day on my own in a boat.

Forecast was wet all day a few days ago but over the weekend the bad weather was forecast to arrive later - so I thought I might get a decent morning at least.

They let the boats out after about 8am so I was there at 8.15 and on the water by 8.30. Lovely soft conditions with a light W Wind.

most years there the perch mass in the deep water in September and this year has been a good one. This morning there were 4 - 8” Perch showing over an acre or two of water Right in front if the lodge. It looked promising.

I tied my boat to a buoy about 50 Yard’s out from the lodge and started fishing with a fast sinking line and a light wire trace to save pike chomping off my flies.

The trick is to use big flies to stop the small perch from eating them every cast - so I was using flies around 4 - 5” long. By 9am I had tried 3different flies and worked out how long to let the line/flies sink so that I was as close as possible to the bottom, but not snagging up every cast (l lost 3 flies in the day to the bottom).

From 9am till about 1030 I had a fish on every cast. Most were decent perch with a few pike mixed in. I tried different flies and different retrieves but still caught every cast. I weighed a couple to get my eye in for the weights, one was 1.12 and the next one was 2.05. One pike was about 12lb and I actually saw it hit a shoal of smallish perch, I cast to it and caught it. Great fun...

Then the rain and wind arrived and the fishing slowed right down. I carried on getting the odd fish, mostly perch with the odd pike mixed in. Most of the perch were 1.10 - 2.04 ish. I weighed one better one at 2.14.

highlight of the day came at noon when I hooked a decent fish And after a few anxious moments a much bigger fish rolled into the net. Another boat was passing (they were perching also) and I shouted across that it was over 3.5 lb. they asked to see it so I waved the net in their direction and they agreed. On the scales it went 3.12 - a superb fish.

The rest of the day was an anticlimax with few decent fish showing. I moved twice and then tried drifting - but only had a few smaller fish. 2 other boats that were perching were only catching smallish fish (they were using small flies).

Final tally was probably 40+ perch of which at least 10 were over 2lb and the best going 2.14 and 3.12. Add in 8 pike with the biggest at 12 lb and it was an action packed day. Maybe my last trip there this year as the pike trials have started and boat bookings are hard to get.
 

Silverfisher

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Sounds brilliant! Not sure I could cast flies that big but would love a go at them on lures.
 

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The lure/deadbait days are quite limited and very over subscribed. They allocate the tickets by ballot, which I think is held in January.
 

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A fly and a jig are both lures!
Sounds perfect for vertical jigging.

I must say I am envious of your day ?
 

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The fishery rules allow fly fishing all ‘season’. The lure days (when jigs are allowed with various size restrictions) are very limited.

Yes I have fished Farmoor - my PB perch came from there, also on a fly. It is very technical fishing there, depth control is really critical.
 

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Sounds like you had a fantastic day. Would love to have a go off a boat one day.
 

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Wow what a day, thats a proper perch session , they look simply stunning when they're out, wouldnt mind seeing some pics if you have them because theres not many fish look as good as a real big shouldered lump bristling with anger,those reds greens and camoflouged stripes make for a superb pic
 

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Finally tried to post a picture on this site.

If they are too big/small I apologise - work in progress for a technology philistine.

The one with the reel in shot is 2.05 and the other is the 3,12.

Some of you might notice the plastic seat box in shot - standard issue for reservoirs to keep your kit dry !
 

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Lovely fish indeed, not many fish beat perch to look at when they clear a couple pounds.
 

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My first ever fly fishing day.with a new rod and gear......40 odd years ago at Arlington reservoir in Sussex . Fishing from the bank I could hardly cast 20 feet. The first two fish I ever caught that day on the fly were perch both over 2 lbs. I did catch one trout later that day much to mine and everyone else's amazment.
Since then I have caught quite a few more :)
 
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