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Watercolour painting by Sue Wieck who is a talented artist have a look at her other paintings at Sue’s Blog (suewatercolours.wordpress.com)
- The insect hatches at Bewl are variable from year to year due to the changing water levels.
- The most predominate emerging insects are the midges (chironomids) which is the primary diet of the trout.
- Shallow areas of Bewl will hold sedges, damsel flies and some buzzers
- There is a plentiful hatch of large black buzzers from the middle of March right through to the end of April when they stop hatching.
- Smaller brown and olive buzzers start to appear in late April and May
- Hawthorn flies (terrestrials) tend to appear at the end of April.
- The deep-water species of midges provide food for the trout during the summer. These tend to be quite small.
- From June to October there is a light but continuous presence of large dark midges.
- June is a good time for sedge but their abundance is dependent on high water levels as they need this to thrive.
- During mid June to October corixa, damsels and shrimp become an important food source if plentiful.
- The existence and quantity of daphnia vary because they feed on algae, which in turn is dependent on the condition of the water. A good fly to try if fish are feeding on daphnia is the blob.
- From mid summer to the end of the season coarse fish fry become the main food source. Fry tend to favour deep-water bays and along the banks where there is enough deep water to shelter them. This is a time when larger trout can be caught from the bank as they come in close to feed on the fry.
- The Crane fly better known as Daddy-long-legs is a good source of food for trout and always worth using in its many fly dressings.
After spooning it is evident that this trout has been feeding on daphnia
Fly fishing is an amazing pastime/sport, it doesn’t really matter if you catch fish or not. It is a time to think, relax, unwind and appreciate the environment you find yourself in; but when that line goes tight and the rod bends it is a totally different story. With an exhilarating experience fuelled by an adrenaline high that is only extinguished when the fish is safely scooped into the net, but sometimes there is a low as the fish escapes all your skill and attempts to net it. But that’s what fishing is all about and the reason why I am so passionate about it! I have been fortunate to have caught two 10lb plus fish at Bewl that I can honestly say produced all of the above feelings. The fish pictured below was caught on a green buzzer that I tied using part of a Christmas decoration. The green buzzer was part of a team of three flies fished on a washing line set up, the position of the flies was as follows a Booby on the point, a Diawl Bach on the middle dropper and the Robin’s Green Buzzer on the top dropper. The retrieve was a very slow figure of eight and the take was explosive!
10lb 4oz Rainbow Trout