Tenkara update

Good evening all

As I sit in my office and look through the window I can see the rain is bouncing off the roads. I know we need rain for the rivers and gardens but the English weather doesn’t seem to know when to stop, as its all or nothing!

As a follow up to my recent Tenkara post I would like to pass on a web site that another member related to me. Discover Tenkara is run by Paul Gaskell, of Wild Trout Trust fame, and John Pearson both of whom are very keen  Tenkara enthusiasts,  to say the least.

On their web site access is given, (some free) to video’s, teach in’s and tactics for Tenkara fishing on streams along with techniques from Japanese anglers, and it is well worth a visit.

I have also started tying Tenkara flies. Simple styles like reverse spiders really. If any one wants to look at them please email me and I’ll explain how I tie them and materials used, along with a pic or two!

Tight lines

Graham

Tenkara

I have been told by a member that the Tenkara Centre UK is closing due to his other business pressures.

So for all you Tenkara buffs out there if you give them a ring you might catch a bargain!

Tight lines

Graham

Bentley Brook

A member has noted that care must be taken if members are using the car park near Horsley Farm. Now that the hedges are growing visibility is impaired, so exit with extreme caution.

Tight lines

Graham

Tenkara

Good evening all

As part of “getting the membership involved” the committee, through Steve Clarke, have arranged for a Tenkara evening on the river Dove at Dovedale. The event will take place on the 28th June commencing at the Dovedale car park from 18.30 with an impromptu BBQ. Peter Arfield, from the Bakewell Fly fishing shop, will be giving a bank side demonstration of the Tenkara techniques for those attending. There is a limited number of spaces and a first come first served allocation will be applied. although if numbers show the potential another evening could be arranged.It would be useful if those attending had their own Tenkara set up but some equipment might be available on the night. The event is expected to run through until dusk. The cost for the evening will be £30 including the BBQ.

Please contact me if you are interested.

Graham

Ladffa hon sec

graham.stevens3@hotmail.co.uk

 

The season begins

I trust that members will take the opportunity of some fine weather to venture out and have a cast or two.

Early reports show low water but there are still fish being caught. I’m sure that as the weather and the year progresses the fish will start to look up from the river bed for their meals and we’ll see some rising fish.

As we are coming up to the Easter weekend then the popular spots will get busier with the public, who sadly still don’t have the forethought to leave us anglers in peaceful contemplation but would rather persist in stick throwing for their dogs, just as we’re about to cast or disturb the fish we have been watching.  I have a dog who loves the water but a little thought about other river users doesn’t take a lot of effort and increases the pleasure for all. The good thing, especially in Dovedale, the fish are used to the visitors and will come back on station so its us as anglers who are more perturbed by them.

Those members who have the chance to fish midweek will always benefit from those times but for those who can only access the river during weekends then perhaps a visit to our less visited, although no less fishable, waters may increase the day’s enjoyment.

I wish you all tight lines and  a good season.

Graham

Working party

Just a reminder that there is a working party at Crowdecote on the 18th March 2017. Start time around 09.30am, meet at the farm. The usual hand tools. waders, wellies etc.

Tight lines

Graham

Memberships

Good news, the glitch with the new card printer is now sorted and so I am now able to continue printing and sending out 2017 membership cards. Many thanks for the patience of those members who have been waiting for their new cards.

A reminder also for those members still to renew, our new season starts on March 18th.

Tight lines

Graham

BFFI

This years British Fly Fair International was, despite snowy conditions on Saturday, probably one of the best shows we’ve attended. Saturday in particular was very busy with many members stopping off at the Ladffa stand to say hello. Several enquiries for membership and a couple of sign ups make the show worth while. The raffle again expertly run by Chris, a Ladffa friend, made sure that the weekend was a good one for all the visitors to the stand. The main prize of a days fishing for two was won by Hywel Hughes who is taking his day in early June, tight lines are hopefully the order of the day.

New this year was Simon Everett who for a fiver made those once discarded fly tying scissors a joy to use after his expertise in sharpening and re alignment was complete. If Any tiers amongst our membership need his skills give him a ring him on 07768 632560 to get a quote.

We now look to the Bakewell show in summer and the October fly fair at the Uttoxeter Race course.

Tight lines

Graham

Working party

Hi All

Due to poor river conditions and a forecast of further heavy rain, the Committee have decided to cancel the working party arranged for Lords Bridge on the 4th February. If it is possible a new date will be arranged for the working party.

Just a reminder for those members who haven’t yet renewed their membership, the renewals are due by March 1st 2017

Regards

Graham

Nymphing day update

The nymphing day on Saturday the 8th took place as arranged.The morning ,at the JCB Lakeside Club ,was given over to Petr’s full and very informative talk on the techniques of Czech style nymphing and following a buffet lunch, we headed off to the river at Rocester to put his theory into practice!

Most of the 12 fishing caught fish, a testament to Petr’s teaching and the quality of the fishing on the Dove at Rocester.

Other events are to be planned, so watch this space!

Tight lines

Graham