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Ravensthorpe Trip

May 8, 2011

As an alternative to fishing the Mimram a few members got together for a day out at the picturesque Ravensthorpe reservoir deep in the Northamptonshire countryside. This 100 acre water holds large Rainbows that fight hard but on a bright and sunny day with a chilly breeze the fishing would prove to be challenging.

After arriving and tackling up it was into the boats for the morning session. Long leaders and small nymphs would seem to be the order of the day and with some up-to-date knowledge from the warden the 3 boats headed off to where we’d been advised the fish would be feeding. The swirling breeze meant the boats swung on the anchors so keeping a straight line to your flies was at times difficult however it wasn’t long before lines were being tightened and hard fighting fish were making bids for freedom.

These are no pellets pigs, the fish are fit and in fine condition as you can see from the picture above, with full tails, undamaged fins and indeed a credit to the fishery. Although there was significant fly life with both Sedges and Buzzers coming off the water the trout were reluctant to come up in the water with most fish being taken from 6-10ft down.

After some success during the morning session it was soon time for lunch and a chat, clearly the most important part of the day.

With the usual banter being directed largely at the luckiest angler so far that morning we had a change in boat partners and headed back out on to the water to see what joys the afternoon would bring. With the conditions warming up and becoming brighter still the fishing was tough and soon boats were motoring around the reservoir in the hope of finding the fish. Although the fishing was difficult it’s hard not to be happy when in such a lovely location and on the water with a rod in your hand.

However a few fish were still caught and so fresh trout was on the menu for that evenings dinner.

With the sun on it’s final leg to the horizon we headed home happy and for some a little sun burned with the only real casualty of the day being a missing hat that’s probably still floating around somewhere on Ravensthorpe. All in all it was a good day out and a fine alternative to the fishing delicacies of the Mimram.


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