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Flies for March & April (Bewl Water)

Flyfishing Data  Bewl Water March April(Click on image to enlarge)


Fly-fishing Bewl

I took the photograph below after an excellent days fishing at Bewl .  It was the perfect end to the day and a great photo opportunity as a Virgin hot air balloon drifting across the blue sky on a still September evening.

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My interest in fishing started as a child on Hythe military canal, my introduction into fly-fishing started much later during a holiday to Scotland; the rented cottage on Loch Shiel came with a boat and an opportunity to try and catch brown trout on the fly. The local gillie sold me some Bloody Butchers and after a lot of time, determination, luck and a very poor casting technique I managed to catch a small brown trout. That was the beginning of my passion for fly-fishing and Bewl.

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. 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 your attempts to net it.

I have been lucky enough to have caught a few fish at Bewl but it can be a difficult venue due to its size and the varying weather conditions, but there are ways of improving your chance of catching a trout or two. Visit Bewl Bridge Web site and read the weekly fishing reports, ask Janet or Jackie in the fishing lodge where fish are being caught and what flies are catching.  Rob Barden and Vince Brooks are excellent fishermen and a mine of information regarding Bewl and if they are about its worth asking their advice. If you fish Bewl on a regular basis you should become a member of the Bewl Bridge Fly Fishers’ Club. Not only do you get a discount on fishing equipment at the lodge and other places but also the combined knowledge of its members and Ray French the editor of the clubs bimonthly magazine “Bewl Angle”. This is a good read and full of essential information concerning fishing at Bewl and could possibly be the key to your success at Bewl. Tight lines!

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Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly is a poem by Dave King an enthusiastic & passionate angler who manages to encapsulate all the feelings, emotions and expectations of every fly fisherman. Dave poem3

Live from Bewl


Natural Trout Foods Bewl

Click on chart for an enlarged view                                                                                 Natural trout food Bewl Water

  • 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
Trout that are feeding on daphnia can be difficult to catch. A good fly to try in this situation is the blob. The trout above was caught on a yellow and orange blob.