Fly-fishing heaven for Boucher after investing in a new sport
BRISTOL'S Adam Boucher has a work colleague to thank for putting him on the right road to fly-fishing.
The Hengrove-based investment banker took up the sport just 16 weeks ago, since when he has learned to cast a line a reasonable distance and to select and present a fly well enough to fool trout regardless of weather conditions.
He said: "I have always fancied trying my hand at fly-fishing, but didn't bother to do anything about it until a work colleague, with a similar interest, encouraged me to take it up.
"He pointed me in the right direction by advising on the right gear and suggested making a start on Jacklands Trout Lake at Nailsea.
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"I put in hours of casting practice and it was several weeks before I reached what I considered a reasonable standard.
"Eight weeks ago, I made my debut at Jacklands and was very pleased when I caught a two-trout limit.
"Since then I have improved with each visit and by changing flies to suit varying conditions have managed to catch a limit bag on each occasion."
Boucher has made a remarkable entry into fly-fishing. His cast reaches just beyond the middle of the lake, which is approximately 20 metres. He then counts down his fly until he finds feeding fish but, most importantly, he remembers where and how he caught each fish.
On a very difficult day when I visited the 1.5 acre lake, Boucher fooled two fish with a size 12 black nymph which he fished on a size seven floating line. He used a slow 'figure of eight' retrieve and hooked both fish within two metres of his maximum casting distance.
Jacklands Fishery is on the right-hand side of the Clevedon Road out of Nailsea. There is a wide range of prices to suit every pocket which can be viewed by logging on to www.jacklandsfishinglakes.co.uk or by ringing the Lodge on 01275 810697 or mobile 07767 255 025.
Bristol's Tony Rixon scraped home by just 2-10-0 from Mike Nicholls to win round two of Viaduct Fishery's Silverfish League fished on all lakes at Somerton.
With the help of a variety of baits, including dead red maggot, worm and caster he tempted a winning 48-10-0 of small roach and skimmers from the 11-metre pole line of Cary 100.
Result. Overall: 1, Tony Rixon (Avon Angling Mosella) 48-10-0, Cary 100; 2, Mike Nicholls 46-0-0, Cary 101; 3, Anton Page 43-4-0, Lode 70; 4, Bob Gullick 36-14-0, Cary 99; 5, Steve Kedge (Somerset Angling) 36-5-0, Campbell 121; 6, Andy Neale 35-10-0, Cary 77.
Bristol PSV members, Alan Healey and Eddie Wynne had such a good time at Acorn Carp Fishery last weekend that they booked in to fish the following Tuesday Tenner Open and repeated their winning performances.
This time, Paddock Match Lake was in good form for their visit. Weights were heavier and again Healey was the only one of 20 competitors to hit the 100lb mark.
He poled maggot over a light groundbait both to the edge of the bridge at 14 metres and along his right hand corner margins and brought a superb 125-9-0 of carp to almost 7lb to the scales.
Meanwhile, Wynne poled caster and varying lengths and depths along the edge of Bridge 40 and weighed in a similar 86-2-0.
Acorn Fishery's regular, Charlie Barnes fished the same tactics as Wynne at neighbouring peg seven and weighed-in the heaviest silverfish catch with 23-6-0 of skimmers..
Result. Overall: 1, Alan Healey (Bristol PSV) 125-9-0, peg 6; 2, Eddie Wynne (Bristol PSV) 86-2-0, peg 40; 3, Gary Skarba (Acorn Fishery) 80-2-0, peg 10; 4, L Walker 78-2-0, peg 33; 5, Charlie Barnes (South West Disabled & Over 50's AC) 57-14-0, peg 7; 6, Simon Belcham (Bristol PSV) 54-7-0, peg 9. Silverfish: 1, Charlie Barnes 23-6-0, peg 7; 2, Colin Dyer (Viaduct Select) 16-8-0.
Founder member, Harry Muir made a top draw and made few mistakes on his way to netting a winning 84-10-0 of mostly carp in the South West Disabled & Over 50s AC match, fished at Acorn Carp Fishery, Kingston Seymour.
He poled luncheon meat along the edge of the peg 40 footbridge and weighed in 3lb of skimmers and f1s plus 81-10-0 of carp weighing in the1-6lb bracket.
Bath tackle dealer, Dave Bacon poled a variety of baits into the margins of peg 30 and it was caster that came up with the biggest part of his 9-2-0 winning catch of skimmers.
Result. Overall: 1, Harry Muir 84-10-0, peg 40; 2, Ted Bethel 65-14-0, peg 33; 3, Mike Chapman 62-12-0, peg 24; 4, Andy Shield 61-8-0, peg 11; 5, Steve Jeffries 52-4-0, peg 13; 6, Mike Wilson 44-6-0, peg 28.