Thursday, June 12, 2008

The challenge of Crummock Water.

Apologies for the brief report today. It's probably best to let the photos do the talking on this occasion as the dramatic setting for our latest outing was the most notable feature of an otherwise dour day - one of the dourest I can remember in fact!
Patrick and I took out one of the National Trust's boats on this large, imposing water in the far north west of the district. Neither of us having fished Crummock before, we knew the day would be an interesting challenge; but this is what fishing wild waters is all about - a spirit of exploration and the knowledge that for every good day, there is a stinker waiting around the corner. Whatever happened, we knew we would finish the day a little wiser for next time......
To cut a long story short, our sum total for the day was a single 8" trout and a couple of tiddlers. We tried various drifts (although good ground over which to drift was at a premium), bank fishing, floating and intermediate lines, different sized flies, various retrieves - all the likely methods in fact. All resulted in abject failure.
Why this should be so could be discussed for hours, but it seems plausible that the sudden change in weather over the previous 24 hours may have played some part. A brisk north westerly introduce a real chill to the air (cooler than the water in fact), and in such crystal clear water, the lengthening bright spells may have kept the fish well down on the steep marginal shelf. Whichever way, I am sure Crummock holds plenty of fish and turning a few stones revealed plenty of invertebates for them to feed upon.
I'd like to say that I'm keen to return to discover more, but after such a grueller it's going to take a couple of days for my enthusiasm to return. The last few weeks have been pretty lean for me on the angling front; anyone know any heavily stocked put and take fisheries around?!


Tony said...

Looks great even if the fishing's slow . We could do with a little fresh water!!
The rivers are slow and clear even so I'm still getting a few I have been using the Oliver Edwards patterns fished single and tied light upstream
......tight lines for your next outing Tony

Dave Stocker said...

I'm told Crummock fishes very early in the season, Matt. Maybe daytime fishing's all over there by mid June. Haweswater might be worth a look.

Spoke to a bloke once who'd had a 15lb Ferox from the bank in March (on spinner)

Matthew Eastham said...

Mybe so Dave, I'd heard that too. The water's so bloody clear - it's a bit unnerving to see perfectly, twenty yards of your intermediate line, two foot below the surface, from rod tip right to the end!!


Anonymous said...

I have been fishing Crummock Water, Loweswater and Buttermere for years and I agree its often fished best earlier in the season.

I've never had a brown trout much larger than 2 lb from Crummock though. The fellside is often the best place from the bank either by flie or lure. I recommend a bronze and green toby (with red spots). The lake is packed with fish, and I should know because I use a lowrance fish finder when trolling. In some areas there is hardly anything and others literally jam packed with fish.

My tip of the day for all three is Buttermere. A sprat tied to the main line direct with a metal trace. I've had half a dozen good brownies using this method.

Anonymous said...

I was the bloke that had the 15 lb Brownie from Crummock...back in March '98...1st day of season just as light was going.
I have a cast of it mounted at home.
Ive seen other huge fish moving in the is a prime Ferox water if you have the time and tackle to go for them.
I always take a fly rod and a spinnig avoid blanking on what is a fairly difficult water to gauge.Weather rarely matters as Ive had fish in biting easterkies and warm southerlies.I take pot luck generally and go to spots i know have yielded fish in the past.
ive also has Pike on the fly to 6lb and salmon on Spinners to 7lb...I LOVE crummock.
Phil Middleton

Anonymous said...

had pike to 25lb and believe record trout came from crummock on pike tackle so wasnt reported on in trout circles, used to use small livebait which very often got bit in two , was a mystery as we could never connect, now believe these takes were from an eastern variety of carnivore which must be prolific in the lake, probably released from a pet shop.

Anonymous said...

Since found out the mystery fish was probably snakeheads. They are hard to connect with and have teeth to bite clean. We stopped fishing there as it was so frustrating with the quick snatch and our bait bit clean in two, this was not once but hundreds of times in different swims as well, we always ran out of bait because of this, anyone else had this on Crummock.

Anonymous said...

The water is very cold for snakeheads to survive.. Your baits were cut in half by birds(!) cormorants or other diver feeders.. I had the same with softplastics cut clean in half and couldnt connect, then i saw the cheeky sods swimming about and feeding.