Huge THANK YOU to Ali and the team at Chatton Trout Fishery for the link to ladies fishing from their website.
We enjoy visiting Chatton because the facilities are great, you always get a friendly greeting and the team make a brilliant bacon sandwich and a good mug of tea. There is always upto date information on whats being caught and the killing fly pattern of choice, if you don’t have that fly in your armoury, you can always buy it from the shop. They sell Sharpes of Aberdeen rods too.
- We will be visiting Ali on Saturday 13th March on the International Womens day fishing day. Hilary will be there too, one of our youngest members.
- So if you want to find out a little more about Chatton Fishery contact
International Women’s Day is to celebrate the social, economic and political achievements of women. Today I’ve finalised March events for women interested in fishing to celebrate the achievements of women during March
Friday 12th March: Seafood Training Centre’s manager Carole-ann has agreed to have 3 lucky ladies one to one fish filleting free of charge ( 3 lucky ladies who come up with a STC fishey quote, closing date 5th March) http://www.seafoodtrainingcentre.co.uk/about.cfm
Staurday 13th March Chatton Fishery Ali and her team of ladies are inviting women to fish at the fishery, day includes fishing and a bacon sandwich. Anne Ladies Fishing will be offering any lady on the day the chance to tie their own fly. http://www.chattontroutfishery.com/
Saturday 27th March Vicky from Game Fishing Supplies will be hosting a day on the Tyne salmon fishing and tuition from AAPGAI Salmon master Jim Fearn http://www.ian-woods.co.uk/events.html
Hundreds of events occur not just on these days but throughout March so we wanted to give women the opportunity to come to an event across the region
Myself and Sarah were lucky enough to be invited by Vicky Bell Marketing Director at Game Fishing Supplies to spend a day with Jim Fearn of Guide Fly Fishing, Rio pro guide and senior assessor for AAPGAI on a private stretch of water on the Tyne. The day started with greetings and a mug of hot coffee waiting for Jim to start his casting presentation. If anyone has seen Jim cast you will understand what i’m about to say “he engages an audience with effortless style, and makes his casts look so simple, encouraging words gives you the confidence to try the casts he demonstrates” and yes he has bad casting days too….!
He explained in easy language how to perform roll casts, single spey, snap t, circle and perry poke, going into detail about the benefits of a perry poke, bringing the audience right into close proximity as we became the trees on the bankside, again effortless explanation and selling us all the benefits of why we should try a perry poke. He even had fish rising to his hookless tube fly, this guy can cast with ease and place his fly in the right place.
Sarah had a one to one session with Jim, she is becomming a real casting queen, last time i was out with Sarah it was double speys, today it was single speys, snap T’s and such effortless spey casting with some v sexy loops.
Jim demonstrated with ease shooting heads and Skagit lines. Skagit are a popular line in the armoury of todays fly fisher’s tool kit, fishing heavy tungsten tips and line to get large tube flies into the “fish zone” quickly. I was lucky to spend a session with Jim casting a 15ft Vision Caterpult with 650g skagit, sinking tip and a serious pink tube fly that was like a bullet hitting the water. He explained where to place the line, how to bend it and then how to move the fly in such a manner that would increase your catch rate.
Vicky had a session with Paul Little, with another lady watching who was picking up useful tips of line presentation on the water, Vicky used the shooting heads on a 14ft Vision Caterpult rod with a beautiful Lamson Waterworks ULA Force Spey.
The day finished with Jim agreeing to come and spend a day with Ladies Fishing on the Tyne in March. We left with beaming smiles as we’d finally got him for a day, (last year he was too busy on the dates we suggested). Sarah was so taken with the Vision Caterpults that she has ordered a 14ft, great choice as this rod is an excellent choice for any lady taking up salmon fishing.
Teviot is a renowned grayling river, the place I have in mind is on a private estate near Nisbet, Roxburghshire, and rods are available on Saturday 20 February. The last time I visited, I was lucky enough to net two grayling.
Cliff Johnston GAIA Instructor has been invited to provide expertise, and a gillie is also available, depends how many of us there will be. During the day you will learn about efficient fly-casting, fly fishing tactics, long trotting, effective flies and how to read the river, along with safety and wading
The estate provided the following information: Woodside Walled Garden is located nearby Harestanes and is open from 10am – 4pm during February. They serve soup/sandwich lunches and tea/coffee/cakes etc. If you want a more substantial lunch you could book a table at the Cross Keys in the neighbouring village of Ancrum (a couple of minutes drive) or book a table there for dinner at the end of your day.
If you are bringing your own lunch there are tables and chairs in the park at Harestanes which is still accessible or if it is wet the fishing hut can be used to provide some undercover shelter.Please have a look at the distance Nisbet is from you and let me know if that and date 20th Feb suit, and I will book the rods (£10 each). Cost including tuition £10.00 per person
Anne is currently tying flies for grayling for the trip
Tracy was keen for the ladies to enter one of the Chatton Trout Fishery winter league competitions, after much persuasion she finally got her wish and we arrived on a cold and windy saturday morning in January adding a little bit of sparkle, well our flies were tinkling in the morning sunshine.
Only Trish, Tracy and Marion had entered a “proper” competition before, so standing by your peg and not wandering, moving every 40 minutes and a set lunch without the usual chat was proving impossible for one or 2 members, actually one, me! Anyone who has entered a competition will know that you have set pegs to fish from during the day, some of those pegs can feel as if the devil is on your side, casting into wind, standing in a spot that you would never fish from in your right mind and choosing the right fly (oh the right fly, as the chap next to you guards his fly choice with zeal, glaring at you from beneath his woolly hat and matching waterproofs)
Actually everyone was really good to us, realising by the afternoon that we were just ladies out for a fish, well some of us, though Trish and Tracy by now in full competition mode, Trish was in the lead with 4 fish (she is a star).
Myself and Tabitha were positioned next to each other, in the afternoon we had the unlucky spots, gale force wind in our faces or on our sides. After a time of this, it was not fun, so we stopped for a chat, the gentleman next to myself also stopped, that says something. So it was a chat about hand warmers and fishing trips until it was time to move on to our next peg.
The last peg and Tabitha said “i don’t think i’ll catch my first fish” the gods then shone and Tabitha’s rod bent double, line chasing across the water a brown trout firmly hooked. The game of landing her first fish securely, commenced. Thankfully Tabitha had the assitance of one of the Chatton regulars who skillfully netted the fish and then said its got to go back its a brown trout about 6 to 7lb. Well we had to have a photo, though Tabitha was more concerned about putting the fish safely back.
The day finished on a high note over mugs of tea and cake. The competition won by a gentleman catching 16 fish, well done. We all left happy that we’d had chance to cast our single handed rods in anticipation of a trout, the season has now begun.