During the winter months, the club holds occasional meetings, and members are encouraged to become involved in bank clearance, improving access, and trout habitat improvement work.
Each year in April or early May we walk the waters with new and prospective members to give them some insight into the nature of the rivers, how to fish them, what flies, access etc. This is a walk well worth attending if you have not already done so.
Only Wild Fish!
After electro-fishing surveys by the Environment Agency, the club has persisted with its no-stocking policy for over 14 years now. --- There is no need to stock! The annual catch return is but a few drops in the river compared to the total population of brown trout present in our waters, and with over 95% Catch and Return rate, there is even less fishing pressure put upon our wild fish populations. The club is also a founder member of the Wild Trout Trust and is keen to promote activities that will enhance the recruitment and survival of the natural variety of the species. As part of this program the club recommends that barbless or de-barbed hooks are used at all times.
The club allows dry fly, nymph and wet fly fishing.
Wading is essential to fish most of the water, and chest waders are a worthwhile acquisition if you wish to fish the whole season through.
A rod length of 7-8ft #3-5 is advisable for most of the water.
The fishing season runs from March 15th to 30th September. Early in the year, the trout only feed for short intervals in the day, and it is not until May that they really feed throughout the day.
Favoured flies on the Yeo and Creedy are
- (size 12-14) van Klinken reversed cased caddis, partridge and olive nymph, flashback pheasant tail nymph.
- (size 14-16) hare's ear, iron blue, klinkhammer, blue upright, peacock & black spider, sherry spinner, pheasant tail, grey sedge, ginger sedge, orange sparkle caddis.
- (size 18-20) Mike Weaver's black gnat, Grey Duster, Blue Dun.
Flies for the Taw are
- All those above especially black gnat
- Sea trout flies:(size 10-14) Mallard and Claret, Wormfly, Black beetles, Teal and Silver, Peter Ross.
- Sea-trout may also be taken on finely dressed dry flies in the daytime in late July and August.
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