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 very end of January saw us stock some magnificent Arctic Char and these have proved very popular with many people visiting us to try and catch one. Over the past month Simon Fish has caught five and Simon Smith has caught three. Other people to have been lucky enough to catch a Char are: Alex Jardine, Graham Witt, Mike Bilson with two, Mr Burgess, Dr Allen, Roger Greenstreet, Karl Iacobucci, Virot, Louis Chancellor, Brian Clake, Pat McLaughlin, David Darts, Clive Waiton and Clare Irons.
There have also been many Rainbows caught along with some Browns and Blues. Simon Lucas caught a 8lb Rainbow, Mr Holford caught two 4lb Rainbows on his first go at fly fishing after having some tuition and season rod Robert Underhill caught four with the best a stunning 4lb 4oz Brown. Regular Jeremy had a great month taking many fish with the best Rainbows going 7lb 10oz, 8lb 7oz and 8lb 8oz and Mr Harding had a 7lb Rainbow. Pat McLaughlin caught six fish one day including his first Blue Trout and on a separate visit landed an 8lb 8oz Rainbow and the biggest of the month at 9lb 8oz and John Groombridge visited us for the first time and caught cracking Brown of 5lb. Paul Kyffin, Simon Fish, Mr Estering and Mr Gurd all caught their first Blue Trout and Joe and Will caught three fish each after having some tuition.
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’. It also pays to keep an open mind as one angler this month noticed quite a few fish sitting high in the water and switched to a March Brown dry fly and then went to catch his three fish limit on it!
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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