Monday, 10 May 2010

A Tough Morning at Ellastone

The fishing at Ellastone doesn't really seem to have got going yet this year. With other reports of good catches yesterday morning on the Dove I'm starting to wonder whether there is anything some comments I have heard quite a few times. People tend to think that the short DRAC stretch at Ellastone gets hammered. I have always found that more often than not I'm there on my own and usually have no problem booking on. Normally at this time of year the fishing has really started to pick up but there are no signs of this yet. Yesterday I did have the pleasure of sharing the beat with another angler, Conrad from flyforums.
It was a really bright morning and I went straight onto a couple of nymphs on 2lb Maxima tippet. The water was crystal clear and the lowest I have seen it all year. I saw the odd rise and did manage a few fish on the dry as the morning warmed up but no sustained activity. The DHE was most successful and I also rose fish to a small olive pattern but no hook ups. My nymphs only produced one fish and this method 12 months ago would have got me a lot more on my usual Sunday morning. I also noticed either some black gnats or hawthorn flys as I walked back to the car. It seems to me like we are still a good month behind with the weather, and it will be interesting to see when the mayfly appear this year.


  1. Dave
    Yes i know the feeling there at the min, a good flush of water needed maybe, and some warmth, as with the Mayfly i do think they will be kicking off in late June, will be nice to see though...
    How did Conrad go on?

  2. Glen, Conrad did about the same as me perhaps a tad better. He had a much better plan though having spent the weekend in one of the cottages at Ellastone. Did you have a good day on the Wye?
    Cheers, Dave.

  3. I think you are right,the harsh winter will have put everything back at least a month; and with no stability in the weather,the fish don't know if they are coming or going.Nice new header pic by the way.Tight Lines... Gurn

  4. The wind is supposed to turn to a southerly at the end of this week so I'm hoping that will herald the start of some sustained warm weather. I can turn the heating off then. On a different subject, but the same issues; the consensus on the missis' allotment forum is that everything is about 6 weeks behind where it should be.