With my local rivers still out until the 1st April due to the closed season, I turn to Stillwaters to stem the twiddling of thumbs and keep thy self occupied. In utterly miserable conditions, Andy chooses to brave the chills (4d/c) , wind (18mph) and rain (P#&%ing it down) for some fishing at Manningford Trout Fishery.
Andy visiting this same location in the summer that was March 2012… ?
mmm!… now I liked March in 2012…
but I also liked March in 2013…
there’s only one thing for it…
and fight we did, with whatever the heavens threw at us.
Doing his best to maintain position and make the most of a loop lofting crosswind, on only his third ever outing, Andy fished an absolute blinder. Manningford is renowned for good hard fighting fish and we hoped not to be disappointed.
The river box temporarily stowed, it is to the ‘explosion in a paint factory’ box we delve.
In search of enlightenment… I chose this… because?… err… well, just because!
Having navigated to one likely spot and then another without a hint of fish, we moved to a third.
Get in… Andy lifts into the first, and I feel just great as a result.
The first fish can evoke some confidence, with the elements against us… the cast has a length that gets there, the presentation seems acceptable, the leader long enough, the fly is perfect, the count down is spot on and the retrieve deceitful… more of the same then.
Take after take, some connecting and some not… a smooth but fast pull fishing the fly just a few inches sub surface was pretty much the all round tactic for those few anglers daring to venture out.
Super fighting fish… 2 more in quick succession
and so it continued…
We moved very little throughout the afternoon, no point walking away from fish to find the same… nothing else was broken either so there was nowt to fix, just enjoy the activity whilst it lasts.
His best fish of the day, scaling in at 4 1/4LB… not everyone’s cup of tea but a hell of a fighter.
Manningford is a super location for some great put & take sport, ideal if you desire some form of accompaniment to your chip supper. You’ll always receive a warm welcome from Malcolm the fishery manager, more often than not he’ll be in the middle of reclamation, renovation or just general destruction to improve the on site angler facilities.
Putting his signature on the new tackle shop… let loose with a chisel… yikes!
A Pope has been chosen… who’d have thought it?
An awesome afternoon Andy, Rob will be jealous of you I’m sure. Looking forward already to the lake and river combo return in July.
10 more days and counting… then rivers, bliss.