Bob Hodges has just sent us this report in from the fanstasic Les Quis fishery in France:
“Well. not to rub it in too much, but I’ve had a fantastic day on the complex; the sun’s been shining and the fish have been biting.
After a morning of sorting out the carp’s daily grub, I decided to dust off my fly rod and head out on the Old Lake.
Size 14 Pallatrax Gripz Wide Gape hook, Gamma fluorocarbon and a slow sinking wafter at the business end, it didn’t take long before I found a few fish cruising about on the river bank opposite the Point, Table and Jurassic. In the next hour or so I managed to land 6 carp to upper thirty.
On the way back out of the bay, I saw what I thought was a decent carp, turns out it was mid 20lb catfish. What a great scrap on the fly gear!
I then came back to the lodge for a brew before heading out on the Elf lake. Within 5 minutes of being on the water I had a upper 30lb Common. I then headed up to the sharp end where there was a big group of fish sitting just off the snags.
The next 20 minutes was mayhem; I landed 3 fish and lost one. As I was putting one fish back another one would come within distance and allow me to present my bait in front of it. The sun was starting to drop and the temperature was plummeting, so I quickly headed over to the shallows and bear margin.
Yet again, it wasn’t long before I saw some fish enjoying the last of the sun, and then saw a familiar sight, a long pale shape appearing from the trees. I made a cast and it couldn’t resist it, and here it is at 57lb 2oz. What a way to end a cracking day!”
Well done, Bob – what a day!!