Litton on form for Winter fishing

The start of my Winter guiding kicked off in great style at Litton when Chris Huston and I had some cracking sport.

This was Chris' first ever time fly fishing for trout from a boat, but he took to it really well and boated 9 fish.  Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Chris had boat fished using lures and baits, but never fly.  In fact, it was only his 4th time ever fly fishing for trout, so that made the day even more memorable.

Both Lower and Upper Litton are now completely full and actually overflowing.  The water is gin clear and most of the weedsbeds have died-off.  The morning session was great with nymphs on floating lines - gold headed nymphs were not even required.  Diawl Bach Nymphs and Crunchers took the majority of fish.

The afternoon was even better and as there was the odd fish rising, we decided to switch to dries - admittedly more out of hope than expectation.  I was amazed that we had 3 fish in 4 casts to twitched dries - the good old Hopper being the best pattern.

What a day - and if you fancy a day out on Litton - just drop me an email.

Chris playing a Litton rainbow
A fin perfect Litton rainbow trout
Chris Huston's first boat caught rainbow trout

Join me for some Winter Fly Fishing

Now that Chew and Blagdon are closed for boat fishing until next March, where can you go to enjoy a bit of guided Winter fly fishing?
Well, I have 3 main suggestions:-

The River Test for Grayling

Each Winter I frequently host guided fly fishing days on the River Test for Grayling.  There are several beats on England's most famous chalk stream that I utilise to teach people how to fish rivers.

You might have heard about the terms "Czech Nymphing" and "Bugging", so why not take this opportunity for some 1-to-1 tuition in how to practice these, and other, methods?  I also cater for small parties, depending on how many rods are allowed on any given beat.

Quite often, when the sun shines on warmer Winter days, a hatch of olives will promote some cracking rising fish.  Grayling can provide brilliant sport on the dry fly and do not always require a nymph to tempt them!

If you don't possess any river tackle then help is at hand.  I will provide all tackle FOC and also some flies.  Waders are not required as most beats on the River Test do not allow wading at this time of the year.

Litton Trout Lakes near Bristol

The beautiful Litton Lakes complex is owned by Bristol Water and for many years was only fished by the directors of the Company.  Now, both lakes are open to the public and I regularly host small Corporate Days and other bookings here. 

Upper Litton was constructed in the late 1800's and is totally surrounded by trees.  Access by boat is the only effec tive way of fishing.

Lower Litton is a shallow lake and features the intimate Fishing Lodge, which is constructed on wooden stilts and stands above the water.

Both lakes are regularly stocked with home-reared rainbow and brown trout - the best my clients have caught and released was in excess of 8lbs.  The limit bag is 5 fish per person and catch & release can be practiced on both lakes.

Farmoor Reservoir

If it is reservoir fishing that floats your boat, then farmoor Reservoir near Oxford is the only such venue that remains open all through the Winter months.

Each year I visit Farmoor and the quality of the rainbow trout here is fantastic.  Boat fishing tactics normally feature floating lines and nymphs on even the coldest of days and if we are lucky to get a mild spell, then I would expect some rising fish.  The latest I fished dry flies here was the last week in November - which is pretty extraordinary!

Farmoor is also a great place to practice your sinking line techniques in readiness for the new season.

The boats are well equipped and you can fish either on the drift or at anchor.

I will supply all boat seats and any tackle that may be required.

Simply drop me an email via the "Contact" page on this WebSite to make a booking .....

A cracking River Test Grayling
Upper Litton
Lower Litton

Czech anglers dominate Lexus Heats

Six anglers from the Czech Republic came across to Eyebrook and Pitsford last weekend and ALL SIX qualified for the Grand Final at Chew in August!
But these were no ordinary anglers - Tomas Starychfujtu, Antonin Pesek and Pavel Chyba have all be individual World Champions.  Chyba in fact was European Champion in Ireland 2 years ago (I know him well, as he beat me into 2nd place)!!!

At a true multi International Heat at Eyebrook on Day 1, the winner was Christian Bazan from Belgium, with 3 Czech anglers also qualifying and Ton Waslander from Holland making it 5 of the 7 top places.

Day 2 saw Tomas Adam win the day for the visiting Czech anglers and he also won the heat at Pitsford the following day!

With the World Championships looming fast in Italy during late August and September, these guys will once again take a fair bit of beating - but I think our Hardy Greys Team England are up to the challenge!

Litton on top form

I recently ran a small corporate day on Litton for 4 anglers with myself and Andy Haskins as guides.  What a couple of days.  They all has plenty of rainbows, plus a few bonus brown trout and the biggest at 4lbs was caught from Upper Litton by Mark Thompson on a Damsel Nymph.

Although Upper Litton is very low, the fishing is still fantastic and Lower Litton is now bang on form following the recent green algae bloom - thankfully both lakes are now very clear.

Pike fishing still good on Chew

I had some decent pike this week - biggest at 27lbs 8ozs - and with all the wind and rain, the water is full of oxygen and the pike are chasing the roach.
Am out tomorrow and hopeful of some more good fish.

Lou Reed

Went to see Lou Reed at the Hammersmith Apollo on Monday - what a performer!  At 69 years old, he can still bang out some songs and Venus in Furs was amazing.
I know I'm showing my age, but on the same night Take That were appearing at Wembley Stadium - I would rather blank on Chew than go to watch that shower ........


My Biggest this year - 27lbs 8ozs
Mark Thomnpson's 4lb rainbow from Litton

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