As the match commenced, conditions at Chew looked to be picture perfect with a light breeze and generous cloud cover. The prominent Buzzer hatches synonymous with Chew and sister water Blagdon were in abundance from the off and continued periodically throughout the day. Fish could be seen taking the adult pupae as they ascended in the water column and signs of the classic head and tail rises as the emerging adults became the trout’s quarry were apparent in the softer water across the lake.
As the boats set off at 10am, it was a welcome sight to see competitors heading to all corners of the lake. The new stocking policy introduced by Bristol Water for 2017, and warmly welcomed by anglers has really paid dividends with fish now holding in a multitude of different areas.
With the fish feeding high in the water a floating line and imitative nymphs and buzzers were all that was really needed. Dave Reynolds set off at a blistering pace early on with repeated drifts close in to the reeds off of Stratford bank. Dave amassed an very impressive 9 fish by midday and was rarely seen without a bent rod and a broad grin as he comfortably decimated his fellow anglers.
As the clouds parted and the wind increased sport slowed down notably. A number of boats started to congregate in Herons Green Bay seeking softer water and feeding fish. This is where the imperious Reynolds closed out his day completing his 12 fish limit by 2.55pm for a very credible match winning weight of 36lb 5oz. 2016 defending Champion Graham Currie battled all the way to the finish line picking up three very hard won fish on Wick Green in last 15 minutes. Graham’s resolve and steely determination secured a very solid 2nd place beating the effervescent Anderson by 1-10oz into 3rd place.
1st Dave Reynolds 36lb 05oz
2nd Graham Currie 24lbs 10oz
3rd Rik Anderson 23lbs 0oz
4th Alan Williams 18lbs 8oz
5th Matt Russell 16lbs 14oz
The biggest fish of the match was a fin perfect specimen Rainbow of 3lbs 15oz caught by John Wingrove. Match Rod Average was 3.4 with an average weight 2lb 7oz
The BRFFA’s next competition is The Orvis Floating Line Classic which will be held at Chew Valley Lake - 11th June 2017. For an entry form, and further details please visit www.brffa.com For further information about Veals or Fly Fishing at Bristol Water fisheries, please visit. http://www.vealsfishingtackle.com/ and http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/respectively.