Monthly Fishery Report
There has been a reoccurring theme for most of the year – unseasonably mild and dry and December was much the same although we did have a couple of cold snaps with temperatures dropping down to -5 Degrees Celsius or so, which helped to drop the water temperatures but what we could really do with, is a big dose of rain! The Weather has been so unseasonably mild that the fish were often found sitting high in the water with fish caught on dry fly a fairly common occurrence.
The cooler water temperatures meant the fish fought very hard through December with long fast runs often to the backing experienced by many anglers. It is also a great time of year to fish fry patterns with a fast erratic retrieve as the fish will be chasing down and devouring this year’s juvenile roach.
This month saw Three tagged fish caught with each angler netting themselves £100, Darren Devey caught a 6lb 8oz Rainbow from Alder Lake caught on a Sid Knight white humungous, Neil Iacobucci also had a 6lb 8oz Rainbow and Derek Snowball caught a 6lb Rainbow as part of a 5 fish bag! Jim Eames is new to fly fishing and has had a great month, first catching a personal best 7lb Rainbow and then a personal best 9lb Brown Trout from Bridge Lake caught on a dry mayfly pattern! Plenty of quality Rainbows have been caught with David Locke catching a 6lb fish, John Rothwell taking a 6lb 8oz fish, Paula Daniels catching a personal best 6lb 1oz fish and Mark Farram taking a 7lb fish. The action has been hectic at times with David Phillips taking a 7 fish bag, Colin Farley catching 12, Ian Leach and Steve Brett catching 36 fish between them over 3 days and 130 fish caught in two days over the festive period. The second biggest of the month was an 8lb Rainbow to Pat McLaughlin and Mr Goldsmith caught a lovely 4lb Brown. There were seven Arctic Char caught as well with Kieron Woodside taking 2 and Alan Drewitt, Mr Rendle, Mr Esterling, Bob Lewis and Dan Weekes all catching one each.
The successful flies have remained the same with brighter lures such as cats whiskers, appetisers, fritz and blobs doing particularly well but lots of fish are still getting caught on blue flash damsels. Some days when the fish have been trickier to tempt and are shying away from lures, smaller bugs and buzzers have done well and stalking is still productive due to the fish still sitting high in the water.
That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery
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