For more than a fortnight the wind has been from the northeast and this has had quite an amazing effect on the fish. From one day to the next it is impossible to predict whether they will be feeding during daylight hours.

Much of this is really down to the buzzers: If they hatch in numbers then the fish feed; when the wind blows with any strength it is pretty cold and the buzzers don’t bother to hatch. It is a pretty simple equation really: we are dependent upon the strength of the wind when it is a cool one!

Last Monday I was out on Chew with Malcolm Crosse, the former Australia World Cup team captain. During the day it was mostly pretty windy, though a few times there was a lull and then the odd fish appeared on the surface taking the flies that were there in small numbers. Even the boats anchored over the False Island found it tough: virtually since the start of the season this has been the number one spot for feeding fish due to the large amounts of buzzer in that area. However, at about four-thirty the wind eased and almost immediately rods were bending all around.

Malcolm had his first trout of the day at five o’clock! When you know how many there are in the lake, you would think that an experienced angler would be able to winkle out a few trout, but we had found it tough. We took the easier option of piking and had some great sport with these fish until late afternoon.

Yet again the evening rise was superb and we ended up with a dozen trout, over half of which were three pound plus fish. Once more, we found these big "fellas" out in the middle of the lake; it is obvious that they are not recent stockies as the average size is very much down on Chew’s usual fish.

So, if you have picked a day for your fishing that has a cold wind from the northeast, pray that it will ease or get your pike rods out.

A large number of brown trout are being caught on all of our Bristol waters. The strange thing about this is that many of them are so large. At the Barrow Tanks, where fishing is really good at present, there have been six or seven over four and a half pounds. These are obviously not fish new to the water! At Chew I saw a five pound seven ounce fish weighed in on Saturday and I have landed three over four pounds with at least one being five. I return all my brown trout as I hope they will grow on to become true specimen size. Local ace John Braithwaite had an eight-pound rainbow last week and sportingly returned it to the water.

Tight lines,

Martin Cottis