We are spending the first week of our vacation on the bank of Lake Coniston, and after a bit of research I have reached the conclusion it is not worth me fishing it. From what I have read it appears that Lake Coniston is great for pike, perch and eels (all three species of fish I don’t like to catch) but if you want to catch anything else you’re going to be out of luck.
After the week in Lake Coniston we are going to head south in the Accordo 120 to Melverly where we have found a campsite on the River Vyrnwy. With fishing at Lake Coniston being a “no go” for me I thought I would do some research on fishing the River Vyrnwy to see if it was suitable for me to fish, or whether I may as well accept I won’t get the chance to fish and leave the rods at home.
I have to admit that I didn’t find that much information on fishing the River Vyrnwy but the little I did find got me excited. From what I can see it appears the stretch of river running at the bottom of the campsite contains barbell, minnows, brown trout, perch (don’t want to catch any of these), pike (another species I am not fond of catching), chub and various species of silver fish. In addition to this there is also a spring and autumn salmon run, where there is a (small) chance catching a salmon. I have never caught a salmon before so hooking in to one of these would be a dream come true. I would never expect to catch a salmon, after all I don’t know when the autumn run starts/stops despite trying to find the information online, but if I did hook one…………….. that would make my holiday.
"This is what I want to get out of the River Vyrnwy"
The species that gets me excited the most is the barbel, which is another species that has eluded me. A few years back we stayed in a cottage on the bank of the River Arrow in Stratford upon Avon, which was meant to be a great barbell stretch. Despite spending many hours (in both daylight and darkness) on the bank over the week I didn’t hook in to a barbel, which was a disappointment. As there are barbel in the River Vyrnwy I am definitely going to be having a go at trying to get one out. Most anglers mention the summer months is the best time to catch barbel, so with it being the first week in October when we go, I assume I am going to have missed the best time of year. That said, it has been unseasonably warm and hopefully the temperatures will remain fairly high for the next few weeks. Barbel also have to eat during the autumn months, so surely I have some fighting chance? I guess only time will tell.
The other species that excites about the River Vrynwy is the chub. The chub is a species of fish I have caught before and they are great fun to catch. For their size chub are a hard fighting fish and put a bend in the rod. As well as being strong fighters, chub are hard biters and not scared to attack a bait, swallow it and try to drag the rod in the river in the process. If I can catch a few decent sized chub, whilst waiting to land a barbell of course, I will be more than happy.
Another fish I wouldn’t mind having a crack at is the brown trout. We don’t have wild brown trout in Norfolk and we haven’t stayed on a campsite on the banks of a river with brown trout in it. Consequently I haven’t had the opportunity to catch a brown trout for many, many years. I have caught a brown trout before though. When I was a kid we went on a family holiday to Cornwall and my late dad bought me a cheapo telescopic rod and reel set so we could go fishing for a few hours. Long story short, I ended up hooking a brown trout (which wasn’t particularly big but bigger than anything I had ever caught before) and the resultant fight was epic. Even though I was very young at the time, but it is something I remember vividly to this day. To catch another brown trout, just to see if they really do fight as hard as I remember or whether it’s just because that one was my first big fish, is something that would be good to find out.
If I want to catch a trout from the River Vyrnwy I have no choice but to use a small spinner or lure, which concerns me a little because I don’t want to catch a pike. From what I have read on the internet most anglers comment the chances of hooking a pike on a small spinner is low because the brown trout tend to get to the lure first. This fact annoyed the anglers targeting River Vyrnwy pike but it is something I was glad to hear as I don’t to hook a pike. If this forum is to be believed it seems worth the risk using a small lure and try and hook a brown trout so I will be taking a small spinning rod with me.
With the disappointment of the fishing opportunities at Lake Coniston (check out this post) my research on fishing the River Vyrnwy has lifted my mood and has confirmed that I need to take some fishing gear with me on our up and coming vacation. Not long to go now – stay tuned for my report……..