River Dovey 2017

Waddington

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Agree with Aled - thanks to Andy and Reservoir Robert for the enjoyable reports. Please keep the reports and the fish coming guys! It sounds again like the Dyfi is enjoying some decent fishing.

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Andy R

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Update 15th June

Update 15th June

Went last night, desperate to get out as the last two trips had coincided with a rising river......

Water was around 1350 I think, I picked up a mate and we went to the middle river. It was quite a windy night, but we had some shelter - so the midges came out!

We didn't start till 11-15pm, but I was lucky enough to have a fish of just over 2lb on the sixth cast. We went down the pool, I had a 'let go of the line' cast which stuck both flies up a far bank tree. My friend carried on and had a 3lb 12ozer lower down. Both fish mint....

There wasn't huge numbers of fish ( we thought) so we went upstream, but nothing more came our way. Di-3 and Di-4 lines were the order of the day the flow was quite strong. Fished till 2am but no further contact or sight of fish. Could do with 6 inches off it just to reduce the flow.

Still two night sessions with a fish each time is great. Especially earlier season ( it'll be a different matter in a couple of weeks- the main run will come in then) one thing I noted when I drove home is dawn was breaking at 3-20am. I wish the nights were a bit longer!
 

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Update 20th & 21st June.
Went for a couple of evenings night fishing, arrived in the intense heat and after a long drive getting some sleep was difficult , so ended up feeling a bit weary to start with on the 20th. The keeper said as we tackled up that the river hadn't fished well on Saturday night. Very little movement in the river and I only saw about 6 fish move all night , 1 pull and no fish caught fishing the lower river. I fished with 2 other anglers who also had 1 pull all night resulting in 1 fish ( abt 2lb ) caught and another missed pull. The fish that was caught by the other angler was caught very deep in a deep pool. I did have a fair few " nudges " and " tweeks " and wondered if small flies could be the answer.
Fished on the 21st and had found a nice shoal of fish in a lower pool , several very large fish in the head and a nice shoal in the tail , but it was very hot work looking during the day.
Managed to have that pool to myself for the night and managed 3 fish abt 2.5lb and 2 abt a 1lb , but no pulls from the bigger fish all fish from the tail. I fished 2 small flies most of the night and this seemed to work and when I substituted the point fly for a small tube the next fish still took the dropper. One piece of advice make sure your midge stuff is good and plentiful , they are biting well at the moment. River was at a nice height for night fishing.
 

Andy R

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Update 22nd June

I went last night, in summary it was looking ok, but the pressure started to dip after about 1am, as today's front moved in. Nothing much was showing and apart from a lost fish by another angler, we were fishless. Gave it a good go too, three pools and not a touch.

Very quiet, let's hope some more for tomorrow ( hopefully I'll get out in the evening)
 

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Well I went last night, too late to see the best of it, I didn't arrive till 8pm and wasn't fishing till 8-30pm. Saw a couple of fish show, fished on until dark and into the dark but there was just a little too much colour. I had a soggy foot so knocked it on the head at 12-15am.....

Looking like an unsettled week ahead, especially Wednesday and Thursday so I think the night fishing may be out till the week after ( Saturday night maybe the earliest)
 

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Update 29th June and 1st July

Update 29th June and 1st July

Thursday night I gave it a good go in the middle river, fishing back down five pools to the car. He pressure was steady but the water still a little high at around 1.3m, I had a quick 'on & off' at 11pm but it was a small fish. Nothing doing in the rest of that pool nor the one below.

Much further down I hooked a decent fish that again came adrift.... further down another 'on & off' as per usual I checked the hooks but nowt wrong. Chevkedvthe pressure 1010-1011 at 1am, next cast- bang, great take, fish hooked in the scissors 3lb 4oz. Not fantastically fresh but gratefully received. Fished down two more pools then hit a wall of tiredness and headed home ( I had one more pull thereafter).

Back on Saturday, lower river sat in the rain. No fishing showing, but after I'd fished the pool down once I changed my line and lots of action, 2nd cast back out- bang great fight 3lb 5oz. Bright silver.

I then nearly fell in, walked out into the pot to find 12'' of water instantly turned into 4 feet. Where you used yo be able to wade out, you now can't. That explains the pile of debris and gravel in the field - farmers and hi-macs are a dangerous combination. This is a shame as it's ruined a good fishing position. At 1.16m it'll have to be 6'' lower to fish it now, luckily I only got a wet sleeve but it was close!

Walked down under four sets of electric fences, fished the hotstops of three other pools on the way back up- lost a small fish and one pull. Went back to the first pool and lost a fish 2nd cast again a decent one I think. By now it was 2-15 am and dawn was already lightening the sky's..... I fished on till half past and then went home. Close to three fish, but only one.....

Still it tasted lovely for dinner tonight- in the fish kettle, some veg stock, white wine, lemons, fresh dill and butter, with new potatoes, asparagus and samphire, a dollop of hollandaise sauce, and two glasses of savignion blanc.
 

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Update 3rd and 4th July

Update 3rd and 4th July

Monday night was a bit miserable at times, but apart from a bootlace eel that wrapped up and wrote off my leader and flies third cast in, the seatrout were very cooperative. In the end with a bit of effort I landed four and lost a couple more, 3lb 8oz and 4lb being the best of the four.

Last night was a terrible moon night, plus there where rail workers that basically had their own private light show, with supporting acts from welders, jack hammers and lots of hi-viz chips with super powerful head torches.

Needless to say nil was the end result, although the fish were nudging the fly and I lost one after the railway repair workers had gone and the moon had dropped below the horizon. Speaking to other anglers I don't think it was a great night for anyone........

Here's hoping for cloud on Thursday night.
 

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Update 4th & 5th July
Fished on the 4th , didn't realise Andy was fishing until I read his post. As Andy said a big moon for a fair part of the night , water seemed a good height , but very little activity for me. I sat by the pool in the lower reaches waiting to start but saw virtually nothing move , fished down the pool to start , had a few tweaks and an abortive pull and a swirl but no solid takes , turned round and there was an otter about 6yds from me in mid river, the pool seemed dead after that first run through , moved and had a 2lb fish first run through the new pool but then the pool seemed dead again. Called it a night at about 3am. I did see the railway workers in their floodlights and sparks flying quite a sight in the middle of the night.
Went fish spotting on the 5th during the day in ideal conditions of bright sun and very clear water , saw very little and some pools seemed completely barren , couldn't see a single fish in Murphy's or Glandywr and very few in some of the other popular pools , from what I saw I would say Andy did very well on Monday as my confidence afterwards was quite low. I did see a good shoal in one of the lower pools , but a pool where it's very narrow and you can't see how in low water you won't spook the fish , not a pool you could wade through. I managed to get on that at night , lost a fish about 2.5lb at the net and then lost a sewin about 1.5lb after a couple of jumps and that was it , everything went dead , nothing stirred in the pool.
When fish spotting I was in some trees and well hidden and there was an otter in bright sunlight not 20ft away , I could watch it diving down and turning stones and swimming along the bottom , it was a big otter and a lovely brown colour quite a sight.
In the parts I fished I didn't see many other people fishing at all. I was told this morning that the estuary is full of sea trout so the best could be yet to come.
 

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Update 6th, 7th & 8th July

Update 6th, 7th & 8th July

Went back to the river on Thursday.... after the railtrack ( or is it network rail now?) incident/ nocturnal disturbances (x5 on the otter disturbance factor- I.e. As bad as five otters in a pool) I was going to go back to the bottom end. But alas the farmers had silageaging on their minds- turning the lower river into a grey grass river.....

I went upstream, fished a middle reaches pool my friends hadn't bothered to look at- it was empty ( they did quite well- one had five up to 8lbs). The moon was in full effect.....I fished the bridge flats and ash tree to no effect apart from one sewin in the head of ash tree.

Friday after the pub I was forced out to the river, initially there was heavy cloud and drizzle ( good moon covering) but this melted away to give a really bright moon. In summary I got broken on 15lb line twice ( one was a big fish) had 15 takes and three other (rod up, line on reel, back out of water and off RULOBO's?) none apart from the smash takes took properly- it was far too bright....knocked it on the head at 2-30am as I couldn't take any more disappointment.

Saturday started with good high cloud- I was fishing with a guest, both of us were on the lower river- we both had a RULOBO each before midnight, then he landed a tiny sewin. I didn't like the fact that all the taps and takes I was getting in the best lies were all small fish ( they seemed to be to me anyway). So we moved, almost within a few casts had another RULOBO each, then moved pools again- fishing a long run (meeting two weeklies one of whom I'd been to school with his older sister- great chaps we left them alone and moved again- I did have a big fish take the flies in that pool but no contact.....

Final pool and no joy, finished at 4am. The pressure dropped from 1028 to 1025 from 1am
 
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Andy R

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rod up, line on reel, back out of water and off =RULOBO's? Possibly? Must say I thought it was a specialist type of cigar....
I was trying to describe something a bit longer and more disappointing than a standard 'on and then off' which I measure in about five seconds. These buggers hung on for 30 seconds or longer before falling off.....

It'll never catch on, but I'd had a couple of glasses of decent red when I posted the report!
 

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RULOBO is a bit of a mouthful. What about OOOFF; that is: "On..On..On..Off!!"
Thanks, as ever, for the nice reports, Andy.
Paul
 

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Update 20th July

Update 20th July

After not being able to go last Saturday ( wife was ill) and this Monday ( I was ill) I got out last night- escaped from a PTA night at the pub for my sons primary school- mostly mums. I got home at 9-30pm - it's a 200 yard walk, threw the gear in the car and set off at 9-45pm. This is definitely the latest I've ever set out to the Dyfi for a nights fishing.

Arrived at the pool by 11am, set up one rod with a fast Intermediate, fished down, lost one small fish, then caught and returned a seatrout of about 1.5lbs. Set up the second rod with a 15ft di-3 tip and a large needle tube.....and wading right down to towards the tail of the pool ( this is a proper awkward one to fish- trees in front and trees behind- no gravel) elbows wet I had a savage take that actually pulled the line out of my hands. A good fight resulted in a nice 3lber to keep.

After about 1-20am the rain started to come and the pressure dropped, the fish went quiet and a drive home by 3am....

Sometimes you've just got to scratch the itch.
 

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No OOOOFFs last night then Andy.
If you don't mind me asking, how deep was the pool you were fishing and how large is "a large needle tube".
The reason I ask is I myself fish needle tubes on the Teifi and the largest I fish is 40mm combined with an intermediate tip. Any heavier tip such as a DI3 or larger/heavier fly and I would be hooking the bottom on most casts even with a reasonably fast retreive.
 

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I think it was a 35mm, the line was a Rio 15ft sink tip (di-3) the pool is about six feet deep, maybe seven in places at the section where most of the fish were holding, a steady figure eight retrieve, 45 degree casting angle, the deepest water is about three yards off the far bank( underwater this is a jumble of stones) the fly needs to sink rapidly as it's still five feet there, halfway back the cast may start to ground on the gravel bed of the river as it shallows up....this set up was useless for the top part of the pool which is much shallower.

Yes thankfully no real OOOFFS......
 
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