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December 2018

Following the theme for the year, December was mild with only a handful of frosts. As nice as that is, I miss the cold frosty mornings that we used to get with more regularity just a few years back and I’m sure these milder winters mess with nature, I’m sure daffodils should not be shooting up with so much vigour just yet! The fishing has been excellent though with most anglers achieving their bag limit and plenty of fish to be seen in the upper layers. On brighter days it is still possible to stalk fish but the lions share are now getting caught by those that enjoy casting and retrieving.

Not as many big fish graced the back this month but we did have a colossal 15lb 6oz Rainbow caught by season rod John Rothwell from Alder Lake with the next two biggest fish 12lbs+ caught a Barry and Steve. Mark Roll caught an 8lb Rainbow, Alan Drewitt had a 7lb 4oz fish and Rob Millar had a superb Brown on 7lb and Danny caught a 7lb Rainbow along with a Sparctic. Clive had a stunning Tiger Trout and Tony Roll, Mark Roll, Darren, Mr Whitemead, Jim, Mr Cotton and Neil Perry all landed Sparctics! Along with the above fish hundreds of stock fish in the 3lb to 5lb Bracket have also been caught by our anglers

Brighter lures such as cats whiskers, appetisers, fritz and blobs are doing particularly well but lots of fish are still getting caught on blue flash damsels. When the fish have been trickier to tempt and are shying away from lures, smaller bugs and buzzers have done well, especially ‘when all else fails’.

 That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

 

November 2018

November was unseasonably mild with only a few frosts but thankfully we had some decent rain with some particularly heavy downpours in the last week of the month. These were accompanied by some strong winds, which took most of the leaves off the trees and the fishery now looks bare compared to how it did through the summer!

It is a busy time of year around the fishery as at this time of year we start to cut back or remove any offending branch’s, trees and some of the marginal growth around the lakes and generally have a big clear up to make sure it will all look its best once Spring finally arrives. Saying that though, I have seen a few daffodils starting to poke their heads up above the soil, which is very early indeed!

As is usual at this time of year the fishing has been excellent. The fish are often in a very active mood and are usually more than willing to take a well presented fly. The fish averaged a very healthy 3-4lb and many 5lb+ fish graced our angler’s nets also. It has also been a fantastic month for BIG fish with plenty landed including a few big braces and possibly Rockbournes biggest brace of trout ever!

More fish were caught than I can list here but I have put below the notable captures from the month.

Richard Lindsey was pleased to slip his net under a superbly conditioned 8lb 4oz Rainbow, Mr Warmington caught a Sparctic along with season rod John Pike, Bob Lewis and Ian Randall. Kennie and Jim both caught Browns with them weighing in at 4lb 2oz and 5lb 12oz respectively. Alan Drewitt always manages to find some bigger specimens and took Rainbows of 7lb 2oz and 12lb, Callum landed a 9lb Rainbow and father and son Tony and Mark landed Rainbows of 13lb 10oz and 14lb along with a 8lb 2oz Brown. Mr Skelton caught a lovely conditioned 12lb 8oz Rainbow, season rod Bob Lewis had a 12lb 12oz Rainbow and Chris Bright and Will Brown both netted themselves £100 after catching a tagged fish. On a separate occasion to when he caught the 13lb+ Rainbow mentioned above, Tony Roll caught 8 fish topped by Rainbows of 9lb 12oz and 10lb 8oz, Tom Humby also landed a 10lb Rainbow and Nick Spring had an excellent brace with two big bows of 12lb and 12lb 14oz! Kevin Elley visited us from Pontypriid in Wales and was rewarded with a superb 14lb 8oz Rainbow as part of his three fish bag and Ian Perry caught one of the biggest fish of the month with a fin perfect 15lb Rainbow and Neil Magookin won our fishing competition with a cracking 11lb 10oz fish! Aaron House had an excellent month taking a Rainbow of 11lb 8oz on one trip and then catching a huge brace of bows that went 14lb 4oz and 14lb 7oz!!! Not to be out done Steve Perry caught his first double figure Rainbow of 11lb 14oz and if that was not enough he came back the next day and caught (as far as I’m aware) Rockbournes biggest brace of trout ever with two huge Rainbows that weighed in a 15lb 4oz and 15lb 8oz!!! But they were not the biggest of the month, a huge fish of 16lb 2oz was caught by Neil Mundy of the John Lewis Fly Fishing Club when they visited at the beginning of November and Neil also caught 12lb 6oz Rainbow too! In total 63 fish were caught by the club with David King taking a big brace of fish of 13lb 13oz and 14lb 2oz and Graham Brown a 12lb 7oz Rainbow.
Now that is some tally of big fish!!! The fish are really starting to favour brighter lures with cats whiskers, appetisers, humongous and snake flies doing particularly well, especially for the big fish but don’t ignore the old faith BFD as it continues to take more than its fair share! Smaller flies are also catching really well with Steve Perry taking his huge brace of Rainbows on an olive hare’s ear and a black and green montana.

That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

Simeon Osborn
Fishery Manager

 

October 2018

October was a mild month with no real frosts to speak of and was unseasonably dry and as I’m writing this (beginning of November) I have seen some Dragon and Damsel flies around the lakes and a few fish rising, not what you would expect! The fishing has been excellent though with many anglers continuing to tempt fish on dry daddy’s and sedge. The fish have been sitting high in the water and when they couldn’t be tempted on dry fly, emerger patterns fished in the top few inches often fooled them and as usual Damsels, especially the blue flash variety, took plenty of fish.

The fish averaged over 3lb and numerous fish in the 4-5lb bracket graced our anglers nets along with and a lot of big fish. The light levels were still good enough for anglers to stalk fish and this method accounted for the lion’s share of the larger fish that were caught! Big flies also proved very successful with fritz, humungous and snake patterns often singling out the larger specimens.

Some highlights of the last month are detailed below. Alan Drewitt had a great month and among the fish caught were Rainbows of 9lb, 9lb 10oz, 10lb 8oz and 9lb, two Sparctics, and four Blues between 6lb 8oz and 8lb 8oz! Andrew Quartly caught a fine 6lb 8oz Brown as did Jim Eames and Mr Greenslade and Mark Roll landed a cracker of 8lb 8oz. Mr Davies had a brace of 6lb 8oz Rainbows, Mr Carey caught a 7lb Rainbow and season rod Mr Perrett landed one of 9lb. Steve Brett caught three 8lb+ Rainbows through the month, while his friend Clive Watton caught a personal best 11lb Rainbow, Mike Holloway, Mr White, Tony Roll and Mr Burgess all caught 7lb + Rainbows. Father and Son Tim and Steve Perry had a great day with Steve catching two Sparctics and Tim an 8lb Rainbow, season rod Mr Evans slipped his net under a 9lb 8oz Rainbow and Mr Dench had a 6lb 8oz Blue and a 8lb 12oz Rainbow!Mr Prevett and Mr Christopher both had 10lb Rainbows, Mr Britz had a superb 5lb 8oz Sparctic an d Mr Huey stalked a 9lb+ Rainbow. The last few days of the month saw two very large Rainbows banked with Lee taking a 14lb 4oz fish and Jonathon Newman catching a brute of 15lb 4oz and what makes it even better is it was the first trip to the fishery for both of them!!!

Some fantastic fish have been caught I’m sure you would all agree? The fish are really starting to favour bigger and/or brighter lures with cats whiskers, appetisers, fritz, blobs and humungous all doing particularly well but lots of fish are still getting caught daddy’s (sunk and dry), sedge and blue flash damsels. When the fish have been trickier to tempt ad shying away from lures, smaller bugs and buzzers have done well, especially ‘when all else fails’.

That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

Simeon Osborn
Fishery Manager

 

September 2018

September was an excellent month for the fishery hundreds of fish caught! We had some slightly cooler temperatures overnioght, which really switched the fish on and lots of our anglers walked away with a new personal best.

This time of year is a transitional one between the Summer and Autumn and we had some exceptionally warm days with some very chilly mornings too. We also had a bit more rain, which always freshens’ everything up at this time of year. As is usual the mornings and early evenings were the most productive periods with the fish a little harder to tempt in the middle part of the day, especially on those clear and bright days. Many fish could be found in and around cover with weed beds and under the overhanging braches of tress particular favourites. As some of the lakes were so clear a little thought on how you presented your fly went a long way in achieving success.

The average fish size for the month was still in the 3-4lb bracket with many 5lb+ fish caught also. There were some exceptional fish caught and I will run through some of them now. Patrick caught a superb Sparctic from Spring Lake, Tom also caught a cracking Rainbow of 8lb 8oz from Spring Lake while having some instruction, regular John Pike landed a 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Mr Marston caught a 7lb 12oz Rainbow and Mr Chapple had a 7lb Rainbow. Alan Drewitt had a superb months fishing taking Rainbows of 8lb 10oz, 8lb 12oz, 9lb 8oz and 10lb 10oz along with Blues of 6lb 8oz and 7lb. One of his Rainbows was also tagged, which netted him £100! We held a corporate event, which was a great success, with 60+ fish landed to a top weight of 11lb 8oz. Tony Roll had Rainbows to 11lb and also caught Rockbourne’s biggest Tiger to date with a 7lb specimen, while his Son Mark caught Rainbows of 9lb 4oz and 10lb 2oz. Clare caught her first fish with a 5lb Rainbow from Alder while having a lesson, Sam had a bit of help can caught a Rainbow of 7lb 10oz and regular Steve Bayliss landed a fine 8lb Rainbow. Kennie caught an 8lb Rainbow, Robert Hall landed fish of 8lb 14oz, 9lb and 10lb, Steve Brett had an 11lb Rainbow and Danny Titchener caught a magnificent 14lb Rainbow from Alder.

We will be holding another Fishing Competition and BBQ on Saturday 10th November. Check out our website or Facebook page for more info.

Some fantastic fish have been caught I’m sure you would all agree?  Blue flash damsels are still taking many fish but there was a definite switch to daddys (dry and wet)  being the most productive fly half way through September. Bright lures, especially cat’s whiskers are also taking more fish with each week that passes.

 That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

Simeon Osborn
Fishery Manager

August 2018

August saw one of the hottest summers on record continue which did make the fishing challenging at times with water temperatures that were higher than average, coupled with the clear water. The fish were often not in the mood to energetically chase down the angler’s flies so a more stealthy approach was needed. Smaller patterns, often fished on the drop or with very little movement presented very close to the fish produced the best results. The most productive parts of the day were first thing in the morning and the last couple of hours of our opening times.

I see dozens of anglers come through the doors each week and although many are good anglers and very experienced, it still astounds me that so many do not ‘look’ for the fish or they walk past some very obvious and usually catchable fish to get their favourite spot! Take your time to find the fish and don’t always be in a hurry to cast out when you do. Try to work out what the fish may be feeding on and if they have a set patrol route and always look under trees and around obvious features such as weed and reed beds! Put in the effort and you will reap the rewards. If you are not catching it is easy to blame the fish “I’ve tried everything today and they are not taking anything” but there is always a way to catch them and part of angling is to find what that is. I will often change my fly after half a dozen casts if I don’t get any interest and will constantly change my retrieve to find what they want.  Oh and another top tip, don’t go to all the effort of wearing drab coloured clothing, only to then put a bright white hat on your head!

Despite the challenging weather conditions plenty of fish have been landed through August with some bigger fish making an appearance too. Bow Lewis caught a cracking Sparctic Trout from Spring Lake on a Sid Knight sunk daddy, season rod Mr Evans caught a 7lb 4oz Rainbow from Longacre as part of his three fish bag, Alan Drewitt caught a two superb Browns from our chalk stream on a shrimp pattern and day rod Stan Stewart landed a Brown from the lakes. Chad Goymer visited us from Kent and caught 5 fish including a stunning Tiger Trout, 9 year old Aiden caught 5 fish on his first go at fly fishing, Robert Hall had a fin perfect Rainbow of 5lb 8oz and 8 year old Cairo landed a 4lb Rainbow. Mr Stevenson visited us for the first time in about 30 years and caught 4 fish topped by a 6lb 8oz Rainbow, Mark Roll landed a 6lb Blue, 5lb 8oz Sparctic and a 9lb Rainbow, Sam Parry caught a 6lb Rainbow and Bob Lewis landed a 7lb 12oz Rainbow. Kalib and Nicholas both caught their first fish while having tuition, Lubos caught Rainbows of 7lb 12oz and 8lb 12oz, Mark landed a Sparctic and Miriam also caugt here first fish with a superb 3lb 10oz Rainbow. Mark Roll stalked a 10lb + Rainbow from Alder, Steve Brett landed Rainbows of 8lb and 10lb 4oz on a black buzzer, Aydee caught a Rainbow of 9lb, regular Norman Drake landed a Rainbow of 10lb, Ian Lott caught a 8lb 8oz Rainbow, Alan Drewitt caught his first Pinky along with a 9lb Rainbow and Tom Humby had a 9lb 4oz Rainbow as part of his four fish bag.

Some fantastic fish have been caught I’m sure you would all agree?  Just like July, the most successful fly for August was the  blue flash damsel with the other usual suspects such as small stalking bugs, PTN’s GRHE’s, montanas and sunk daddy’s also scoring highly.

 

That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

Simeon Osborn
Fishery Manager

 

July 2018

The heatwave has continued and July was a very dry month with some exceptionally hot weather and little to no rain. The water temperatures have been higher than average for this time of year but even so, the sport remained consistent with many excellent fish landed by our anglers. As ever, stalking proved to be a superb way of catching the fish in the hot and bright conditions as the fish were often found under the shade of trees. The fish were usually unwilling to chase down a moving fly and fishing on the drop or with a very slow retrieve seemed to work best.

Harry Brookwell caught a cracking Spartic Trout at the beginning of the month, Colin Farley had a Golden as part of a four fish bag and his son Jack caught a tagged fish, which netted him £100. Andy Knight fished with us for five days and caught 20 fish with most of those fish falling to buzzers, Dave Milas caught two fish after having some instruction and Louise also managed a Rainbow after also having a lesson. Fishery regular Bob Lewis fished our chalk stream and caught three beautiful Browns on a hares ear and a couple days after Paul Mason also fished the stream and landed a Brown on a cane rod! Congratulation to 83 year old Joan fished with us as part of a group and during her instruction she caught her first ever fish with a 5lb Rainbow, you really are never too old to learn something new! Cher Brett had never fished before but after her Dad and fishery regular Steve showed her the ropes she went on to catch 11 fish topped by a superb 8lb Rainbow, great angling! We’ve had a few decent Blues getting caught with Alan Howard landing one of 6lb 8oz along with the second biggest fish of the month in the shape of a 10lb 4oz Rainbow, Mr Newfeld caught one of 6lb 12oz, Steve Brett and Mr Taylor both had 8lb+ fish and Mark Roll landed one of 8lb 8oz that was tagged and won him £100. Mr Canterbury caught a Rainbow of 7lb 8oz, Mr Newman, Colin Farley and Dave Morrison all ha 9lb+ Rainbows, Mr Pearce caught a 10lb fish and Aaron House landed the biggest of the month with a fantastic 12lb 1oz Rainbow.

The choice of successful flies has not changed that much with blue flash damsels still doing the damage but there was a definite shift towards smaller flies with the onset of the hot weather, especially for those who were stalking. Dropping down to size 16-18 flies was often needed with stalking bugs, buzzers, sunk daddy’s, PTN’s and GRHE’s all producing regularly.

That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

Simeon Osborn
Fishery Manager

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