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July 2020

July can be a challenging month with the hot bright days and the associated warmer water temperatures. We have had some rain which helped to freshen up the lakes and surrounding grounds. As is the norm at this time of the year fishing first thing in the morning or the latter part of the day is usually the most productive with fish always a little trickier to tempt from late morning to mid-afternoon. But tempted they can be! Our six lakes are intimate places and the fish always find some nice shady cover to tuck them selves away under to hide from the bright conditions (and a lot of our anglers!). The keen eyed angler will often find fish in such places and with plenty of stealth and a bit of luck a fish or two can often be tempted. Top flies for ‘stalking’ are usually weighted bugs that sink quickly and a range of colours, usually olives, blacks or browns will take fish and the old faithful PTN’s and GRHE’s in smaller size 16s or 18s can prove deadly. A much over looked method when creeping around under the trees is to place your chosen fly on the bottom and then twitch it up in front of an approaching fish, if you can see your fly watch this or if not, watch the fish to see when it ‘mouths’ your fly and STRIKE!!

Some superb fish have been caught this month and below are some of the larger fish that have caught by our anglers. Tim Watson had a stunning 10lb 15oz Rainbow, Nick had one of 8lb 8oz, Sally Hill braced fish of 9lb and 11lb, Mr Caton landed one of 8lb 8oz and Jeff Willaims had a 9lb 2oz. Paul Tustain, Ben Williams, Sam, season rod David Porter, Robert Underhill and Santo all had 8lb+ Rainbows and Gath and Martin Hill both had braces of 8lb+ Rainbows. Luke Roberts had a 9lb 2oz, Joel Young landed a 10lb 12oz, Richard Stevenson caught two 10lb+ Rainbows, Nick Spring had a lovely 7lb 4oz Brown, season rod Chad Goymer had Rainbows of 7lb, 8lb and 9lb, S. Tiprigan had a personal best 10lb 8oz Rainbow and Mark Roll caught an 11lb’er. 95 year old Don Cover fishes with us nearly every week and caught a cracking 11lb 4oz Rainbow, Nigel Kennard had a fin perfect 11lb 12oz fish, Steve Perry had a lovely fish of 9lb 14oz and his dad Tim had his first double after years of trying with a great fish of 12lb 8oz. Season rod Martin Hill loves stalking fish and had a Rainbow of 11lb 4oz, Steve Haines had a personal best of 10lb 8oz, David Hivey had a superb brace of 9lb and 10lb 4oz, Mr Thomas caught one of 9lb 8oz, Will had a 8lb’er and John Vincent, Dave Seddon and Vincent Webb all had 9lb Rainbows. Chads second visit of the month saw him catch a 10lb 10oz Rainbow on his birthday, Dave Newman had a 12lb 2oz Rainbow and season rod Richard Stevenson had a huge bag of fish with three Rainbows of 10lb 8oz, 11lb 8oz and a new personal best of 14lb 4oz. Paul Esposti had a big Rainbow of 14lb 2oz, season rod Robert Hall caught a new personal best and second biggest fish of the month with a 14lb 10oz Rainbow and Andy Smith smashed his personal best with a huge, fin perfect Rainbow of 17lb 4oz!

Some fantastic fish have been caught I’m sure you would all agree! Top flies are the stalking bugs already mentioned and the hugely popular blue flash damsel, which I would guess, have taken 80% of the fish caught this month and for some reason the fish have also taken a liking for bright lures stripped in really quickly.

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

June 2020

June has certainly been hot at times with temperatures into the 30’s but we have had some relief with cooler days and heavy showers too. Some may find it surprising that ground water levels have dropped significantly even though we had one of the wettest winters on record but that was followed up by one of the warmest and driest springs on record! Although conditions have been tricky at times, there have been plenty of fish caught including lots of fish over 7lb to a top weight of 14lb 8oz! The most consistent sport came in the first couple of hours in the morning and then late afternoon and into the evening. Fish were still caught through the middle part of the day but the trout were generally unwilling to chase down flies or lures. This called for accurate casts in front of fish where the fly would fall within inches of the fish or blind casting followed by a very slow retrieve. Top flies for this method were various guises of buzzer and stalking bugs or small PTN’s or GRHE’s. Through the morning period or in to the evening damsels and small green nymphs were very consistent in taking fish along with montanas. When the fish are in a more lethargic mood they seem to be less easily spooked so one can afford to keep casting to a fish until the presentation is just right. Most lakes also saw the fish rising sporadically through the day and larger patterns such as daddy’s, sedge or grey wolfs would tempt a fish to rise.

There have been some exceptional fish caught this month and multiple captures of big fish. The biggest two fish of the month were caught be season rod Chris Bright with a 14lb 8oz personal best Rainbow and by Ian Langford and not far behind was Steve Perry with a 14lb Rainbow. Over three visits Alan Drewitt had 9 Rainbows between 6lb 4oz and 10lb, David Croucher had a pb 8lb Rainbow, Sally Hill also had an 8lb’er as did Chad Goymer. Jayden fished with his dad and over a few visits had a Blue of 9lb 8oz and a Rainbow of 11lb 4oz and his dad Mike had a Rainbow of 13lb, which was also tagged and won him £100. Season rod Nigel Kennard had some good fish with Rainbows of 7lb 12oz and a personal best 12lb’er, Bill Norman had fish of 9lb 8oz and 12lb and Keith Thrower had a superb 8lb’er which fought for 20 minutes! Anthony Brettell and Ian Langford both had mottled trout, one blue and one golden, both of 6lb, Neil Perry caught a 10lb 12oz Rainbow and Mike Jenkins landed one of 12lb 12oz! Tony Roll caught a great 13lb Rainbow, John Anderson had one of 10lb, Martin Hill had a breace of 8lb 8oz and 9lb 8oz and Mr Fussell caught one on 11lb 6oz. Season rod Richard Stevenson had three great visits taking fish of 8lb, 8lb 8oz, 9lb 8oz, 11lb 10oz and 12lb 10oz, new season ticket holder David Hivey caught a Rainbow of 11lb 5oz, 95 year old Don Covey had a personal best 12lb Rainbow and Dave Turner had one of 12lb 13oz. Dan Berry visited us for the first time and the first fish he caught was 12lb 6oz, season rod Robert Hall had a superb 11lb 10oz Rainbow and Neil Perry caught Rainbows of 10lb and 10lb 8oz of his first two casts and Andy Smith landed a 12lb’er!

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

 

May 2020

May saw us finally reopening after 2 months of lockdown because of the coronavirus. We’ve setup measures to help keep everyone safe and all of our anglers have adhered to the changes and it was great to finally open the gates and welcome you all back to the fishery.

May has been a month full of life at the Fishery, all the vegetation is lush and green, the yellow and purple Iris are in full bloom, our ducklings are growing bigger by the day as they gorge themselves on the abundant fly life and the chicks of various songbirds can be heard up in the trees. The trout are voracious at this time of year and can often be seen chasing the tadpoles or hitting in to the shoals of small roach fry. A good tactic is to strip back lures in the early part of the day before the sun gets too high in the sky, when a switch to smaller more imitative patterns will usually keep sport coming.

May has traditionally been a fantastic month for fishing and this May has not disappointed. The average fish size is still in excess of 3lbs and many are 4lb+ and there have been literally hundreds of fish caught with too many in the 3lb – 5lb category to count!!

We’ve had so many good captures and big fish caught since we reopened that I can’t list them all. Andy Smith fished with us a few times and caught a 4lb 8oz Brown and superb 8lb 8oz Sparctic and had Rainbows of 7lb 2oz, 7lb 8oz, 9lb 2oz, 9lb 10oz, 9lb 12oz, 10lb 2oz, 11lb and 13lb 4oz! Mark Roll topped an 11 fish catch with a 11lb 4oz Rainbow and Ted also had a 11lb 4oz Rainbow. Anthony Brettell had a personal best 8lb Sparctic along with Rainbows of 11lb 12oz and 13lb 2oz, Steve Bayliss had a 7lb Rainbow and father and son, Ian and Nial Langford, had Rainbows of 12lb 4oz and 13lb 2oz respectively! Neil Perry had a personal best 8lb 8oz Sparctic, David ans Isaac had stunning 9lb 8oz Pinky and 6lb Tiger, Aaron House caught a magnificent 9lb 4oz Spacrtic and Chris Bowden landed an 11lb Rainbow. Dave Smith had a pb 7lb 14oz Rainbow, Mr Sharp had one of 8lb 4oz, Danny Titchener caught a 6lb 15oz Brown and his dad had an 8lb Rainbow and Mr Large caught a 10lb Rainbow. Season rod Mr Esposti had an 8lb 8oz Rainbow, 12 year old Joey had a personal best 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Bryan McIntyre braced Rainbows of 7lb 8oz and 8lb and Nigel Kennard had his first Char. Jed Farley had a fine brace of 8lb and 9ln Rainbows, Aaron House caught lovely 6lb 10oz Rainbow and Rich Middleton had an 8lb 8oz Rainbow,Rob Storer caught a personal best 9lb Rainbow, Steve Perry braced a 6lb 8oz Sparctic and 8lb Rainbow, Mike Jenkins had a Rainbow of 9lb and season rod Carl Taylor had a great session taking Rainbows of 7lb 8oz, 7lb 10oz and 9lb 2oz. Andy Banting caught a 10lb Rainbow, season rod Paul Esposti braced Rainbows of 7lb 12oz and 11lb, Michael Evans caught his first Char, Robert Hall hand a 7lb 4oz fish and Tony Roll caught a 7lb 12oz sparctic and Ian Moran caught the biggest fish of the month with an 13lb 8oz Rainbow.

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

March 2020

March is a wonderful month on the fishery with all the plants literally bursting into life! The bluebells in the woods that had started to pop their heads above ground in February have now formed a carpet of green and it won’t be long until they transform in to a carpet of blue, the daffodils have been in full bloom providing some much needed colour and life, the hawthorn bushes are sporting vibrant green leaves, the Iris are growing taller by the day and the marsh marigolds are giving a splash of bright yellow with their large buttercup shaped flowers along our chalk stream, Sweatfords Water. The birds are certainly louder and much busier too with many seen going to and throw to their chosen nesting place with a beak full of twigs and the unmistakable croaks of frogs and toads can be heard around the lakes as they take part in their yearly ritual.

The sport has been excellent with the fish sitting high in the water for the most part, which has been great for those who like to spot and target fish along with those that enjoy fishing with dry flies. Small emerges patterns fished in the surface film have been successful. Nymphs are always taking fish especially the favourite blue flash damsel.

The fishery closed before March ended because of the COVID-19 outbreak and on a fishing front this was a shame as March to May is usually the best time of year for fishing. We have cool water temperatures, clear water and great light levels, which always provides superb sport. However, up until the closure plenty of superb fish were caught!

We hosted the John Lewis Partnership again and all 23 anglers caught their 4 fish limit, with Graham Brown catching the biggest of the day at 12lb 7oz, Chris Bowling wasn’t far behind with one of 12lb and Julian Bland taking a 11lb 6oz fish too. Neil, Mundy, Pauline Pendle and Bill Bishop all caught 8lb+ fish each and there were some Browns, Sparctics and Tigers in the catches too.

Neil Evans topped a four fish bag with a 7lb Rainbow, Arthur braced 9lb and 5lb 8oz Rainbows, Jasmine Roll caught a 7lb’er, Chris had one of 8lb and Mark Perry caught two Arctic Char. Tony Roll caught 9 fish on two occasion and included a tagged fish, winning him £100 and a 10lb 8oz Rainbow, Louis also caught a tagged fish and a Rainbow of 10lb 8oz and Alan Drewitt caught 10 fish, which included 4 Arctic Char. Alex Pearce successfully targeted his first Char, Neil Magooking, Mr Trim and Mr Tarrant all had 7lb+ Rainbows and Andy Farmer caught two Sparctics. Bryan McIntyre had a brace of 7lb 8oz and 9lb, Robert Tulloch caught a 6lb Brown and 5lb 8oz Sparctic, Clive Watton had a 6lb+  Brown and Mr O’Brien had a 7lb 8oz Rainbow. Mark Roll had a superb 11lb 4oz Rainbow, Mark Farran had one of 8lb, Sam Parry caught a 7lb’er and Martin Hill had a stunning 4lb 4oz Tiger.

The fishery record Sparctic was broken twice this month with fishery regular Steve Perry taking a super fish of 8lb 14oz and his other fish over a few trips included Rainbows of 8lb 10oz, 9lb, 10lb 6oz, 10lb 8oz and 10lb 10oz!!! Only four days after Steve’s record Sparctic his mate Jon Patten successfully stalked a magnificent Sparctic of 9lb 8oz to take the title. Both anglers put in a lot of effort for the fish they caught!

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

February 2020

February continued the theme of the winter - very wet and mild. In fact it has been one of the wettest on record with storm after storm rolling in off the Atlantic! The upside to this is that the aquafers that supply the water to our lakes and many rivers, especially the chalk streams of Wessex are full to the brim and this can only be a good thing for the year ahead.

The sport has continued to be excellent through February with the fish being very active indeed due to lower water temperatures and the high oxygen content of the lakes. On the warmer days plenty of fish could be seen in the surface layers, which enabled those that wanted to, to stalk fish, but the lower light levels and the angle of the Sun did make stalking tricky at times. Everything seems to be springing in to life with the snowdrops just coming to an end, daffodils are in full bloom around the fishery and the bluebells have sprung up all through the woodland and the first green vibrant green leaves are shooting on the hedges and trees.

The Arctic Char have proved very popular through the winter with many anglers wanting to know what lakes they were in and the best tactics to catch them. The Char seem to have a liking for very bright flies, especially Orange or pink and can often be found right in the edge so a stalking approach is best. We had Graeme Pullen from The Totally Awesome Fishing Show, fish with us to make a film and he only managed to catch the biggest Arctic Char for 5 years with an amazing fish of 8lb!

Plenty of fish have been getting caught through the month with fish averaging over 4lb. Paul Webster caught a personal best 8lb 8lb Rainbow, Alan Drewitt braced fish of 7lb 14oz and 9lb 6oz, Peter and his sons Joe and Francis all had a lesson and went on to catch 10 fish between them up to 7lb 6oz. Season rod Michael Evans caught his first Sparctic, Mark and Issy both caught Char and Marco landed a 7lb 8oz Rainbow on his 3rd cast! Alan Drewitt visited us another two times taking five fish on both visits, which included Sparctics of 4lb, 4lb 6oz and 5lb 4oz. Austin landed four fish topped by a 9lb 8oz Rainbow and his friend Chris also landed four, which included a Char,Mr Warren had a lovely Brown as part of his 3 fish bag, season rod Pete Willingham caught a cracking 9lb 12oz Rainbow and David Arnold braced Rainbows of 5lb 8oz and 8lb 8oz. Season rod Dominic Price caught a personal best Brown of 7lb 8oz as part of a four bag, Paul Bridger landed 8 fish including his first Arctic Char and fishery regular Aaron House had a cracking 4lb Tiger. Andy, Ollie and Jack caught 10 fish between them to a top weight of 7lb 8oz and Jack had a Char, season rod Clive Watton had a Tiger and Brown, Ernie Johnson caught a 10lb Rainbow from oak and 9 year old Archie fished with his Granddad John Rothwell to catch 4 fish between 3lb and 5lb.

As with January lures and larger nymphs have been the order of the day fished on a fairly fast retrieve; blue flash damsels, montanas, cats whiskers, dancers or goldhead fritz.

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

January 2020

We’ve had plenty of rain through January and the aquifers are all nicely topped up and the lakes are full to the brim; on the whole it has been very mild with only a couple of frosts to speak of. As I’m writing this the snowdrops are out in all their glory, the daffodils are not far behind and bluebells can be seen shooting throughout the woods. It really feels like spring is in the air but with it being the beginning of February I can’t help but feel winter isn’t quite finished and I’m sure we will get some more icy weather.

January was a productive month for those that braved the elements with most taking their bag limit. With the cooler water temperatures the fish have been in the mood for chasing down lures and generally very active and fighting very hard and the fish seen moving most days just under the surface! Some of our more determined regulars have also been managing to stalk the odd fish in the very clear water when the light allowed it, particularly the Arctic Char, of which we had a second stocking of this month and have proved very popular.

Tony Roll caught 20 fish in one session, which is a fishery record for the number of fish caught by one angler and included Rainbows to 8lb, Sparctics and an Arctic Char, Donna Banfiled also caught a cracking Sparctic, Tim and Steve Perry bagged 3 Char between them and Nick Spring also managed one too. Chris Bright caught an 8lb Rainbow, season rod Paul Esposti had a Char and Alan Drewitt fished with us three times and over those sessions caught Rainbows of 7lb 14oz, 8lb and 9lb 6oz, a 4lb 6oz Sparctic and 5 Arctic Char. Jon Patten had four Char in a session, Adrian Kruger caught 11 fish including 2 Char, a 5lb Brown and 2 x 7lb Rainbows. Mark Perry visited all the way from Loughborough to try and catch a Char, which he succeeded in doing along with catching 5 Rainbows to 7lb 8oz. Matthew Hearne visited from Cardiff and caught five fish to 7lb, Lucas Smith bagged a 7lb 9oz Rainbow, Lubos had 2 Char and season rod Martin Hill stalked a brace of 8lb Rainbows. Richard Ware had a Char from Alder Lake, season rod Steve Forsyth caught a personal best 9lb 12oz Rainbow along with a 7lb’er and Kevin bagged a 4lb Brown and 9lb 12 Rainbow. Fishery regular Aaron House caught a fine pair of Rainbows of 7lb and 8lb, Clive Watton had one of 7lb 8oz, Richard Neville had a Char and Malcolm Boyd caught a personal best 9b Rainbow. We also had Graeme Pullen from the The Totally Awesome Fishing Show here doing a video and while he was hear he caught the biggest Arctic Char from the fishery for 5 years with superb 8lb Specimen. You can find the video on our Facebook page and on You Tube.

Top fly’s for the month were lures with cats whiskers, appetisers, humongous, blue flash damsels, fritz and blobs.

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

December 2019

December was a very wet and generally mild month with only a couple of frosts. We did need the rain to top up the lakes and aquafers that feed the chalk springs but we could certainly do with a break from it now for a few weeks as the ground is now saturated; but it is currently raining as I write this! We’ve been busy cutting back all the vegetation and marginal growth in preparation for the spring and bulbs can already be seen popping their heads above ground.

As is usual at this time of year the fishing has been superb. The trout never seem to mind the colder months and could often be tempted to chase down lures on a very quick retrieve, it’s always great fun when a bow wave of a chasing trout can be seen hunting down your fly before you get a rod wrenching smash as they hit your fly!

The stocking of Arctic Char has been very popular once again and we’ve had plenty of anglers in to try and target them. As is often the case with the Char we stock each Winter, the majority have been caught by anglers sight fishing for them and using brighter flies – usually pink, red, orange or purple in colour.

Hundreds of fish have graced our anglers nets through December with fish averaging around the 4lb mark with the odd larger fish making an appearance too.

James Rickes caught the first Char of the season along with a 6lb Rainbow, Aaron House stalked a beauty of a Char from Bridge Lake and Ian Pond, Martin Hill and Kennie Walters all caught one too. Tony Roll landed 6 fish including a lovely Brown, Alan Drewitt visited twice and bagged three Arctic Char on each visit, Terry Chilcott also managed a Char and Terry Cheeseman braced 6lb Rainbows. Phil and Jim both landed 8lb Rainbows, Mark Roll visited on his birthday and landed 3 Arctic Char and a Brown Trout, Tim and Steve Perry caught 5 Char between them and Tom Humby had a cracking Sparctic as part of his 4 fish bag. Tommy and Lee Graham had a 4lb Char and 4lb 8oz Sparctic, Mr Westcott and Mr Hartley both Char and Thomas Atkinson bagged four fish topped by a 7lb 4oz Rainbow. Mr Argent caught 6 fish, which included a Brown Trout, Troy Sait had a 6lb 8oz Rainbow, Mr Lawrence had a lovely brace of Char on his first visit to the fishery, Steve and Tim Perry visited for a second time and caught another three Char and Mr Payne had a 4lb Brown and 7lb Rainbow on his 60th Birthday.

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.

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 2019

November brought some rain at last and it totally transformed our little chalk stream by scouring the bed and removing a lot of silt deposits just in time for the wild brownies to spawn hopefully. The lakes have also had a good flush through but they are not as clear as they were due to the run off. The fish have generally been sitting very high in the water and large lures stripped fast has been the most productive method. Stalking has proved hard due to the run off and the reduced light levels, unless the fish have been sat very close to the margins but those that have persevered have done well.

As usual hundreds of fish have been caught this month with plenty of good fish caught. Only two doubles caught though with season rod Pete Jarvis catching a superb 11lb Rainbow along with one of 7lb and fishery regular Alan Drewitt has one of 10lb that was caught along with Rainbows of 7lb and 9lb 8oz. John Pike caught a 8lb 7oz Rainbow and two 4lb Browns, Beverley had a lovely Sparctic after having a fly fishing lesson, Mick had an 8lb’er on his first trip to the fishery and Kerry caught a 7lb 14oz fish. Season rod Alan Howard caught a cracking 9lb 4oz Rainbow, John Otter had one of 9lb and Ross had a 9lb’er along with a 4lb Brown. Neil Perry had a superb Rainbow of 8lb 8oz that had a lovely pink flank, his friend Ian Langford caught 7 fish topped by two 6lb’ers and one of 7lb, Grant braced 7lb Rainbows and Mail Evans caught fish of 8lb and 8lb 8oz over two trips. Jason caught five fish with Rainbows of 6lb 5oz and 7lb his best and his mate Guy also had five including three 6lb’ers, season rod David Blease also had five fish with an 8lb 8oz Rainbow his best and fishery regular Aaron House had three good fish of 5lb 8lb 6oz and 9lb 6oz. Mark Roll caught a 9lb Rainbow, season rod Ray Froud had one of 9lb 2oz, Mr Davis also had a 9lb’er and Bob LeFeaux caught an 8lb 12oz fish. Steve Bayliss and Harry Brookwell both had 8lb+ fish, Jim Morris caught a 9lb Rainbow on his first trip to the fishery, season rod Don Cottle had fish of 8lb and 7lb and Martin Hill had a very plump 9lb’er. Callan caught a 7lb Blue and 8lb Rainbow, Tom Humby had five topped by a 7lb’er, Lubos also had five fish with 7lb 8oz his best and congratulations to Tony Roll on winning a half season ticket when he topped our fishing competiton and BBQ with a 7lb 2oz fish.

The fish are really starting to favour brighter lures with cats whiskers, appetisers, fritz and blobs 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

October 2019

On the whole October has been mild with only a couple of frosts but thankfully we have seen some rain, which has helped bring up the levels and freshened the fishery up. The nights have been cooler so the water temps have decreased and the fish have generally been very active. The fish have often been found higher in the water  and this has seen some anglers have some good catches on dry daddy long legs. Stalking has proved harder due to the lower light levels and the water not being as clear due to rain run-off. Alder has remained the clearest as has been the best for sight fishing.

Lots of stock fish in the 3-4lb bracket have been caught along with a good number of 4lb+ fish. Not as many doubles have showed this month but we’ve had three BIG fish caught along with some low doubles and upper singles.

Season rod Richard Stevenson over two trips had Rainbows of 8lb 4oz and 10lb 6oz with both fish being stalked and taken on a WAEF, Colin Sheppard had a 6lb 8oz fish, Peter Wells one of 9lb and Fred Gill caught 5 topped by Rainbows of 8lb 14oz and 11lb. Fishery regular Alan Drewitt braced two 7lb+ fish as part of a four fish bag and on his next visit he landed one of 8lb 12oz, Chad Goymer stalked an 8lb’er and on his first visit to the fishery Martin Neil had Rainbows 6lb 5oz and 9lb and season rod Philip Cox caught a 7lb 8oz Rainbow that was tagged, winning him £100 and Louis Adams had a superb Rainbow of 14lb!

John Lewis Fly Fishing Partnership fished with us again and between them caught 92 fish!!! Three cracking Sparctics were caught with a 5lb 6oz to Paul White along with a pb Rainbow of 6lb, Stuart Vine had a 7lb’er and Paul Walker caught the fishery record with a superb 7lb 12oz fish. Mike Malloney had an 8lb Rainbow, Mike Parsons caught the second biggest fish with a 14lb 7oz Rainbow and Neil Mundy had a huge 17lb 2oz Bow!

 

The successful flies are all the usual suspects: blue flash damsels, stalking bugs, buzzers, sunk and dry daddy’s, PTN’s and GRHE’s all producing. As is gets cooler brighter lures, especially fritz based fly’s will take a lot of fish!

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

September 2019

On the whole September was a tricky month, with the water temperatures remaining fairly warm for the time of year, coupled with a distinct lack of rain. Plenty of fish were caught but some anglers did struggle, while others made it look easy. I’ve said it many times but in these conditions targeting fish and trying to watch them take the fly is by far the best method. They were not often in the mood for chasing flies down and giving a good tug to alert the angler of a take; often the only indication of a take was a very small movement on the end of the fly line or the keen eyed anglers watching the fish take the fly. As we move into October we should see some rain and cooler temperatures, which usually livens the fish up! 

The average size of the “stockies” was around 4lb with a good helping of bigger fish caught, some of which are listed below.

Harry caught a superb 11lb 1oz Rainbow on his first cast of the day, season rod John Pike caught fish of 9lb 8oz and 12lb 10oz on two separate visits, Roger Barrey had a 5lb 2oz Brown along with a 10lb 4oz Rainbow that was also tagged, which netted him £100. Andy Smith had two excellent days fishing, on the first day he caught Rainbows of 9lb and 9lb 6oz and then on the second day Rainbows of 8lb 14oz and 9lb, Alan Drewitt was on top form as usual and over a couple of visits had fish of 8lb, 7lb 14oz and 11lb along with some 4lb+ fish. Steve Bayliss stalked a lovely 8lb 10os Rainbow, young Fletcher caught his first ever trout while having a lesson, season rod Kelvin Hinton had an 8lb’er and Aaron House braced 5lb’ers. Marek was made up to land his personal best of 8lb 8oz, especially as it was tagged, winning him £100, season rod Richard Stevenson stalked a 9lb 6oz fish from the corner of Alder Lake, Jim McGuire caught his first ever still water Brown with a superbly conditioned 5lb’er on his first visit to the fishery and Charlie Beshaw on his first trip had a 7lb 9oz Rainbow. Lubos had an excellent day catching 4 fish topped by a 11lb 12oz Rainbow, regular Tony Roll had a 9lb 8oz fish and James caught a 10lb 14oz Rainbow. Neil Mundy had a fantastic bag with Rainbows of 8lb, 9lb, 9lb and 9lb 2oz and Ted Jarvis had the biggest of the month with a cracking 13lb Rainbow from Alder.

A date for your diary!  Fishing Competition/BBQ event on Saturday 9th November. Details can be found by following this link. http://www.rockbournetroutfishery.co.uk/compnov2019.html

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

August 2019

The hot weather continued through August, although we did have a brief cooler and wet period in the middle of the month, which really freshened everything up! August has always been the trickiest month of the year for various reasons – the water is often at its warmest due to being the tail end of the summer, high light levels and a lack of rain. The fish can seem lethargic at times and very tricky to tempt but with regular fly changes, scaling down to very small flies on a fluorocarbon leader and adopting a stealthy approach will often bring more success. It may also seem obvious but take the time to look for fish, they are very unlikely to be evenly distributed throughout a lake and will often be in shoals at inlet streams, around springs, in deep holes or under the cover of trees.

Despite the challenging conditions plenty of fish have been caught including a good number of bigger fish.

Elliott spent 3 hours targeting a big Rainbow in Bridge lake and after many fly changes the Rainbow was finally fooled and a new pb of 8lb 1oz was landed, new season rod Richard Stevenson braced Rainbows of 7lb 10oz and 9lb 10oz and fishery regular Tom Crumby had a lovely fish of 9lb 15oz. Mr Hutton had a beauty of a Sparctic at 5lb and 12 year old Evan Hector stalked a 4lb 2oz Sparctic along with a 9lb 8oz Rainbow. 8 year Old Edward was over the moon to catch his first ever Rainbow Trout of 3lb 6oz  while having a lesson, Leigh also had a lesson and caught her first her first ever fish and 14 year old Issy caught a personal best Rainbow of 10lb 2oz from Longacre Lake. Paul Williams landed a cracking fish of 6lb 14oz from under the trees on Bridge Lake and Jay Hewes also had one from Bridge that weighed in at 8lb 12oz. Season rod Chad stalked a lovely fish of 9lb 8oz, fishery regular Alan Drewitt braced fish of 10lb and 11lb 6oz and Mark Lane had 10lb 6oz Rainbow from Longacre! Bruces Foskett landed a beautifully marked fish of 9lb 10oz, which was also tagged, but unfortunately Bruce didn’t pay his £1 for the tagged fish comp so missed out on winning £100. Jim Eames had a 10lb 8oz fish, on two separate visits John Pike landed two double with fish of 10lb 6oz and 10lb 8oz and Warner caught this biggest fish of the month with an immaculate and fin perfect Rainbow of 12lb 14oz that eventually took a black tadpole after many fly changes.

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, WAEF’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

July 2019

July was a very hot and dry month, which did make the fishing tricky at times. As is often the case through the summer months fishing the first 2-3 hours of the day is usually the most productive with another “easier” period in the last couple of hours also. The fish can be tempted through the middle of the day also but this often requires more finesse and a stealthy approach. There will always be some fish that are more active than others that are willing to chase down a fly but the majority of fish will only give gentle takes at this time of year. If you can see the fish, then targeting them individually and watching them take the fly can be very successful. Fly choice is crucial – fish that are moving fast or sitting deep will require heavy flies to get down in front of them quickly, while fish that are sitting stationery higher up in the water will require flies that sink slowly that can be held in the fishes view for longer. Try repeatedly casting to the same fish even though it may have ignored you fly already as you can sometimes annoy them into taking and also change your fly regularly if no indication is forthcoming.

Although challenging at times, plenty of fish have been caught including some larger specimens. Young Frank had an excellent day while fishing with his dad Nick and landed Rainbows of 3lb 10z, 4lb 8oz and 9lb 1oz and Nick caught one of 7lb 10oz. Season rod Mr Dayeh caught a cracking 9lb 5oz fish from Spring, Bryan McIntyre had a bright looking 8lb 3oz Rainbow and on two separate visits Alan Drewitt landed fish of 8lb and 9lb. Brothers Louis and Oliver had a lesson and then went on to catch fish of 8lb and 9lb 4oz, regular Jim had a 8lb 8oz Rainbow, season rod Robert Hall had a 9lb Rainbow from Longacre and Ayden had one of 8lb. Graham Pullen of The Totally Awesome Fishing Show caught an 8lb Rainbow while filming, Tony Warmington had a 7lb fish, Ian Robertson caught one of 7lb 12oz and Mr Turner caught a stunning 4lb 8oz Sparctic. Jay and Chris had a good day taking a fish of 8lb 12oz and 9lb and David caught a 9lb 8oz Rainbow from Longacre Lake. July also saw 5 doubles grace the bank with a 10lb 8oz fish to Sam, a 10lb 9oz to season rod John pike, a 10lb 12oz to Chris Bright, one of 11lb 4oz to season rod Steve Brett and a cracker of 11lb 8oz to Chris. 

Some fantastic fish have been caught I’m sure you would all agree! Top flies are stalking bugs, the hugely popular blue flash damsel, sunk daddy’s, GRHE’s, PTN’s and WAEF. That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery.

June 2019

The start of the month saw some much needed rain, which really helped freshen the fishery up. The ground water levels are fairly low due the dry winter and spring and coupled with the warmer second part of the month has made the fishing tricky at times. As is usual at this time of year (even more so on hot bright days) the sport is better at the beginning and end of the day. Fish can still be caught through the middle part but more refined tactics are often needed; namely smaller flies and watching the fish take the fly or looking for very small indications on the end of the fly line that the fish have taken the fly. Fly wise small patterns such as PTN’s, GRHE’s, WAEF’s and buzzers/stalking bugs scored highly. The usual damsel and montanas are still taking fish, especially early on in the day.

The sport had been consistent through the month with hundreds of smaller 3-4lb fish caught and a few larger or memorable fish caught too. Season rod Mr Canterbury had a beautiful Brown of 3lb 4oz, Tony Roll’s granddaughter did exceptionally well catching a 6lb+ Rainbow, Alan Drewitt caught he biggest Blue for a few weeks with a 7lb’er and Mr Roberts landed a superb 5lb Sparctic!

We also hosted a corporate day in the middle of the month and the BBQ food went down a treat! All the anglers did really well with dozens of 3-5lb fish landed, 9 fish caught between 6lb and 9lb and 3 doubles were also caught. Karl Iacoubucci had the biggest at 11lb, Bob Hatton was not far behind with a 10lb 9oz fish and John Otter had a 10lb 2oz fish too.

One surprise capture was a lovely Arctic Char caught by Steve Perry, Steve stalked/targeted the Char from amongst a group of Spartic Trout. The fish was in excellent condition considering it was stocked six months before its capture! Regular Aaron House stalked an immaculate 10lb 2oz Rainbow from Alder, Mr Bennett and John Pike both had 9lb 8oz Rainbows, Chad landed four fish topped by an 8lb’er and Terry and Martin both had fish of 10lbs+ and Terry’s fish was tagged, which netted him £100

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

 

May 2019

May has been a month full of life at the Fishery, all the vegetation is lush and green, the yellow and purple Iris are in full bloom, our ducklings are growing bigger by the day as they gorge themselves on the abundant fly life and the chicks of various songbirds can be heard up in the trees. The trout are voracious at this time of year and can often be seen chasing the tadpoles or hitting in to the shoals of small roach fry. A good tactic is to strip back lures in the early part of the day before the sun gets too high in the sky, when a switch to smaller more imitative patterns will usually keep sport coming. May has traditionally been a fantastic month for fishing and this May has not disappointed. The average fish size is still in excess of 3lbs and many are 4lb+ and there have been literally hundreds of fish caught with too many in the 3lb – 6lb category to count!

Nick enjoyed his first visit to the fishery, stalking a Tiger, two Sparctics and a Char, Ian, Ron Huey, Kevan and Mr Hurring both caught Rainbows of 7lb+. Mark caught a 10lb 4oz Rainbow from Spring Lake on his first visit to the fishery and Neil and Anthony had a superb days fishing both taking Rainbows of 7lbm 8lb and 10lb 8oz. Kevin caught a superb Blue of 11lb, Danny and Alan had Rainbows of 9lb and 7lb respectively and Don, Mr Silverthorne and Mr Magookin all had 8lb Rainbows. Chris and Sam both had 7lb Blues, Father and Son, Roland and Seb took a superb brace at 8lb and 10lb 8oz, Ted Jarvis caught a cracking Sparctic along with a 7lb Rainbow and Andrew Snaddon caught an 8lb’er. The Fishmongers fished with us and caught plenty of fish, topped by a 10lb 3oz Rainbow to Simon Newnes, Alan Drewitt bagged 6 fish including a 7lb 4oz, 7lb 8oz and 9lb. Erh-Hsuin caught a personal best 10lb 15oz Rainbow while stalking, Alan Wolfe braced a 6lb Blue and 7lb Rainbow on his first visit and on a separate visit Alan Drewitt landed a 10lb 8oz Rainbow. Aaron House caught a personal best Blue of 7lb, Sam Burns had a 5lb Sparctic and Rob Burns caught a 7lb Rainbow, season rod Martin Wise had an 8lb and Phil Taylor a 9lb. Mr Booth caught a lovely 11lb 10oz Rainbow from Longacre, Don Cottle landed a 5lb Sparctic and Jason Walker caught a 8lb 2oz Rainbow.

Above are just some of the fish caught but as you can see the sport has been excellent. As always blue flash damsels have been very productive along with montanas, mayfly nymphs have done well and in brighter conditions smaller hares ears, pheasant tails and buzzers/stalking bugs are a great choice.

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

April 2019

Spring is here, at last! The bluebells are out in all their glory in the woods and the reeds, sedge and iris are growing taller by the day along the lake margins, providing anglers some much needed cover to sneak up on their quarry! The frog and toad spawn has hatched and thousands of tadpoles are now on the menu for our hungry trout and because of this montana’s are proving particularly successful. The insect life is abundant with alder fly, sedge, black knat’s, midge and some daddy’s giving the dry fly angler a few options to try. Damsels are now starting to hatch on the sunnier days so damsel nymphs are an excellent choice as they make up a huge part of the trout’s diet through the warmer months. Buzzer fishing has also been excellent, especially fishing a suspender buzzer in the surface film when you start to see the trout sipping at the surface.

April will always be a good month for fishing as the fish are always very active with the increase in natural food that this time of year brings coupled with the cool water that they love so much. Our anglers have had some superb fishing, some of which is highlighted in the following catch reports.

Andy Farmer enjoyed a good trip catching his first Arctic Char and Sparctic, Sally Hill landed a 10lb 1oz Rainbow from Longacre, which put up a 15 minute fight, Fred and Harry caught their first ever fish while having tuition, Stu Ellins caught a 6lb 8oz Golden and regular Darren Waters had a 9lb 6oz fish. Season rod Mr Perrett braced Rainbows of 8lb 8oz and 10lb 8oz, Aaron landed a 7lb+ fish and Alan Drewitt had a 10lb Rainbow. Steve Perry stalked a superbly conditioned 12lb 2oz Rainbow and Tom Crumby had one on 11lb 2oz, Tony Roll caught a 8lb fish and John Pike had an exceptional bag of fish with Rainbows of 6lb, 8lb 12oz, 9lb 12oz and 10lb 8oz! The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Angling Association fished with us and all 17 anglers except one caught their 4 fish limit with three rods taking doubles; 11lb to Chris Saunders, 10lb 14oz to Chris Anderson (also tagged, winning him £100) and 10lb to Paddy Hughes! Keith Sherren bagged 8 fish including Raibows of 8lb 8oz and 9lb 4oz, Alan Drewitt bagged 6 fish including Rainbows of 9lb and 9lb 9oz and Mr Shires, Kevan, Phil Glasgow, Dave, Peter (12 years old), Bill, Mary, Bob, Ray Oliver, Andy, Seb and Martyn Williams all caught fish between 7lb 12oz and 10lb!!! Our Trout masters fish off was won by Aaron House with his three fish bag totalling 18lb 10oz with fish of 4lb 12oz, 5lb 12oz and 8lb 2oz and Norman Drake was not far behind and had a great 8lb 6oz Rainbow. Alan Drewitt had another couple of trips and Rainbows of 8lb 6oz, 9lb and 10lb and Tom also had a10lb that he stalked.

Our anglers have had action on lots of different flies but I would say that if fishing lures or larger nymphs a faster retrieve is working well, stalking bugs or smaller nymphs are great for stalking the bigger fish and some great sport has been had by fishing dries or suspender buzzers as the fish are sitting very high in the water. If you are not getting takes then change your fly regularly and  on the other hand if you catch a fish quickly then the likelihood hood is, that if you do the same thing again, you will catch another fish just as quick! So if you want to make your day last longer, fish a dry fly or be more selective with your casting.

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

March 2019

March is a fantastic month at the fishery due to the arrival of spring and the fish are generally very active with most people catching their bag limits. The daffodils are out in full bloom along with primroses and marsh marigolds giving a splash of colour. The woodland is now carpeted in a green from all the bluebells and it won’t be long until they flower and the hawthorn bushes are also in leaf. The frogs and toads have been busy in the lakes and the song birds are noticeably louder and can be seen flying back and forth with twigs in their beaks building their nests.

On the fishing front the sport has been excellent with fish sitting high in the water and combined with the increasing light levels, spotting fish is getting easier by the day. The trout can be seen sipping at the surface most days, delicately taking emerges, so presenting small dry’s or patterns that sit in the surface film or just below has been a great tactic. Lures and large nymphs such as montanas, damsels, cats whiskers and dancers are taking plenty of fish and seem to work best on a fast retrieve and plenty of big fish have caught by those that like to stalk fish.

It’s been a superb month for fishing with hundreds of fish caught including a fair few doubles. Tony Roll kicked off the month with Rainbows of 7lb and 10lb 8oz, Robin landed one of 9lb 8oz and Alan Drewitt had five fish including two Sparctics and a 10lb 8oz Rainbow. Roger Brown caught his biggest Rockbourne fish to date with a  7lb 4oz fish, Richard Hill caught a 10lb 12oz Rainbow and a big well done to young Jack who caught his first ever fish while having a lesson with a fine 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Regular Steve Brett had a day to remember taking 5 fish topped by Bows of 9lb and 13lb 8oz, Mr Christopher bagged 8 fish on his first visit to the fishery, Mark landed an 11lb 8oz Rainbow and Steve Perry stalked a beautifully pink Rainbow of 8lb 8oz. Tony Roll had another great session taking 8 fish topped by Rainbows of 8lb and 12lb 2oz, Jeremy Preston caught one of 8lb 8oz, season rod Eamonn Duggan landed a 6lb 8oz Blue and 7lb Rainbow and on only his third time fly fishing Mark landed a superb 10lb 6oz Rainbow! Pat targeted a big Rainbow in Longacre that weighed in at 10lb 4oz that was also tagged, which netted him £100, Arthur Perrett braced Rainbows of 8lb 8oz and 10lb 8oz and Darren caught a 9lb 6oz Bow. Steve Perry stalked a cracking 11lb 2oz Rainbow and his mate Simon caught his first double of 10lb 6oz, Sam had one of 8lb and his friend Paul Harding caught this biggest fish of the month with a colossal 14lb Rainbow!

John Lewis fly fishing club visited us again and all their members caught their four fish bag limit and in total 4 doubles were caught, topped by a 13lb 2oz Rainbow to Neil Mundy!

We also held out popular fishing comp and BBQ, which was very well attended and we must thank you all for that. Plenty of fish caught with Chad winning it for a second time with a Rainbow of 12lb. Sash was not far behind with his first double at 11lb and Neil Mundy followed up with a 10lb 4oz Fish. Other highlights were Sally with a Pinky of 7lb+, Jim had a sandy of 7lb 5oz and Roy caught a 9lb 8oz Rainbow. Martin with fish of 7lb 12oz and 9lb and Alan Drewitt a 6lb Pinky.

The fish have been very active with damsels, montanas, sunk daddys and other various nymphs taking plenty of fish. Buzzers and emerger patterns also scored well and a few anglers even tempted fish in dry mayfly, daddy’s and sedge! Stalking bugs always do well for selecting some of the bigger fish in close too.

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

February 2019

Spring feels like it has arrived as I write this as temperatures have been well into double figures the last few days, the Snowdrops are now past their best and more and more daffodils are in bloom with each day that passes, the song birds are noticeably louder and I even saw the first butterfly of the year a couple of days ago! It’s been a relatively dry month, which doesn’t bode well for the summer but on the upside, the fishery has been busier and hundreds of fish have been caught through the month. The Sparctic’s and Char have proved very popular with people travelling from all over to try and catch them.

The fish have generally been sitting very high in the water and with the increased light levels, stalking has been a very effective method. Most of the bigger fish along with the Arctic Char have been caught by anglers targeting them with the Char, as usual, taking a liking to brighter patterns in pink, orange and red. Some anglers have caught their bag very quickly when blind casting and retrieving as the fish have been very active. If you catch a fish very quickly, the likelihood is that you will catch another one just as quickly if you carry on doing the same. So I would suggest a change of tactic – namely targeting individual fish or putting a dry on as this will usually slow the sport down.

The best fish of the month, which was also the biggest was a superb 11lb 14oz Brown to Steve when the fishery was covered in snow, Alan Drewitt had a fantastic day taking a Sparctic, 4 Char and a 9lb 8oz Rainbow, Mark Roll caught two Sparctics and Steve Perry had a brace of Char. Emily was fishing with her dad Sam and caught a beauty of a Sparctic and on a separate trip her dad landed a 10lb Rainbow, Adrian Kruger travelled all the way from Plymouth and had lovely Brown and 3 Sparctics! David Phillips had a 7 fish haul, which included 2 Sparctics, season rod Kelvin Hinton had a brace of Char and Steve had a stunning Tiger along with a tagged Rainbow, which netted him £100. Stewart Easey visited us all the way from Great Yarmouth and caught 8 fish, which included a beautiful Tiger and his first ever Char, Terry caught a fin perfect 10lb Rainbow along with a Sparctic and Brown, fishery regular Clive Watton had a day to remember when he caught 8 fish, including 3 Sparctics, 3 Char and a 9lb Rainbow. Darren Waters caught his biggest Rockbourne fish with a 8lb 8oz Rainbow, young Jack Bristow caught a 8lb Rainbow while fishing with his proud Grandad George and David, Ian, Joel, Colin and Peter had a big haul of fish when they caught 70 fish between them over three days fishing! Ted Jarvis stalked a 9lb 8oz Rainbow, Danny visited us for his first fishing trip in 4 years and caught a 10lb Rainbow while his cousin Andy landed a cracking Brown of 9lb on his 58th Birthday! There were plenty of other Char and Sparctics caught along with hundreds of Rainbows in the 3-5lb range!

As with January lures and larger nymphs have been the order of the day fished on a fairly fast retrieve; blue flash damsels, montanas, cats whiskers, dancers, goldhead fritz or epoxy minnows are better in the morning with smaller more discreet patterns in the afternoon.

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

January 2019

January was milder than one would expect for the time of year but we have at last had some heavy frosts, albeit for only a few days at a time. The fishing has remained excellent with many fish caught, and a few personal bests beaten. There is also a splash of colour around the fishery with plenty of snowdrops in bloom and it won’t be long until the daffodils are in flower too and the resident Kingfisher has been very active and you often seen the blue and orange flash as it whizz’s past in search of prey!

The fishing has been fantastic to those anglers that have visited us as can be seen in this brief description of some of the fish caught through January. The biggest fish of the month was an immaculate Rainbow Trout of 13lb 14oz caught by season rod David Phillips, his bag also included five other fish including two 6lb Rainbows. Young Evan had a lesson along with his Dad and caught two Rainbows of 3lb 4oz and 4lb 8oz and commented that fishing was better than playing computer games! Tony Roll took a 13 fish bag with fish up to 6lb, Calvin Beck landed a superb 11lb 8oz Rainbow and Alan Drewitt had some fantastic sessions including catching 7 Sparctics and 1 Arctic Char and then on his next visit he caught 4 Char!! When Clive visited us he caught 8 fish including three sparctics, Alan Mottershead had a Tiger as part of a 5 fish bag and Terry landed a 6lb 8oz Blue. Sam Parry stalked a 11lb 1oz Rainbow from Spring Lake, Steve Perry used his 2wt outfit to stalk two Sparctics to just under 5lb, Brian Clake had his first Sparctic as did Peter Collis who caught two on dry fly! Shimano and Costa sponsored angler Jon Patten visited all the way from North Devon and had a fantastic days fishing taking 3 Sparctics and 4 Arctic Char and his friend Steve caught a Brown, Sparctic and two Char! We also had Snowbee in to do a feature for today’s fly fishery magazine and it was a great success. Snowbeen ambassadors Aaron and Sash caught two Char, a Sparctic and a Tiger between them and Simon Kidd had a Sparctic, Char and a superb Rainbow of 13lb 12oz!

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 and black and green montanas. 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’. As usual the Char seem to be taking a liking to flies that are pink or orange.

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

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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