Monthly Fishery Report
The sport has continued to be excellent through February with the fish being very active indeed due to lower water temperatures and 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 and plants can be seen shooting all around the fishery, even the bluebells, and the birds are definitely more vocal.
The majority of fish came to lures allowed to sink deep down and then stripped back up at a fast pace, so intermediate or sink tip lines were the best bet. On the busier days, especially in the afternoons there was a noticeable shift in the flies that were catching with smaller stalking bugs or buzzers fished on floating lines and allowed to drift in the wind with the occasional twitch fooling the wary trout!
The Arctic Char and Pinkies have proved very popular with many anglers wanting to know what lakes they were in and the best tactics to catch them. The pinkies have come to a variety of patterns, just like rainbows, however the Char seem to have a liking for very bright flies, especially Orange and can often be found right in the edge be the more quiet anglers.
The average size of fish caught has been in excess of 4lb over February with the best Rainbow caught being over 10lb and over 9lb for a Brown. Clive Pettifer had a great three days fishing taking 9 fish with a stunning Arctic Char of 3lb and one 3lb, three 4lb, two 6lb, one 7lb and one 8lb Rainbow, excellent fishing we think you would agree? Season rod Tony Moore had another good session taking four fish with one 5lb’er and three 6lb’ers. Matt Leyman and Neil Henshaw made a long journey down from Lincolshire to fish with us for a couple of days and banked 23 fish between them up to 8lb 8oz and season rod Graham Witt took a brace of Rainbows that were both over 8lb. In all there have been 15 fish over 8lb this month with numerous 5lb – 7lb fish. We had a couple of newcomers to the wonderful sport of fly fishing also, with Andrew and Matt having a day’s tuition and guiding and they both managed to catch their two fish bag limit each with a 5lb rainbow and three stunning blues of 3-4lb, so well done guys!
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.
Our fly tying and fishing workshops held by Jon Penny have proven very successful with many anglers picking up lots of hints and tips that have improved their fishing no end and some are now tying their own flys that they will soon be catching fish on! If you're interested in these courses please check out our courses page here.