Monthly Fishery Report
What a mixed bag the weather has been, one day it would be cold and frosty with temperatures of – 4˚C and 24 hours later much milder at 6˚C with torrential rain. Such pronounced temperature changes are always going to have an effect on the fish and they were decidedly picky at times, frustrating even the best of anglers. But on the whole 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, with fish seen rising most days, there have also been some fish out on dry’s! 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.
The majority of the fish getting caught are between 3lb and 4lb 8oz with a few larger specimens also. Season rod Mark Dennis caught the biggest fish of the month with a superb personal best 9lb rainbow from Pine Lake on a pheasant tail nymph, Mark also landed another fish earlier in the month of 6lb 8oz! Season rod Tony Moore had an excellent day towards the end of the month taking 10 rainbows, with two fish each from Oak, Pine, Spring, Alder and Bridge Lakes. The best Brown of the month came to the rod of Mr. Hardman taking a beautifully marked 6lb 4oz fish from Pine Lake. Rockbourne regular Richard Dunn has been taking plenty of fish with his best day being a four fish catch with all fish being stalked and consisted of 4lb, 5lb and 6lb rainbows and an 8lb Sandy with all fish falling to a killer bug.
January also saw the introduction of Arctic Char, which on the whole have proved very elusive. They have been seen and fished for by numerous anglers including the infamous Charles Jardine but alas they are proving very tricky to tempt indeed, but two have been caught including a stunning 3lb’er to day rod Luke on his first visit to the Fishery in seven years on a black goldhead Montana from Bridge Lake. There are still plenty of Char in the Lakes so why not come and pit your wits against these beautiful fish?
Top fly’s for the month were lures with cats whiskers, appetisers, humongous, damsels and montanas taking the majority of fish but after seeing pressure through the mornings a change to smaller nymphs and buzzers kept the bites coming.
Spring is certainly in the air with the morning chorus more noticeable and snowdrops in bloom dotted around the lakes and it won’t be long until we see some more colour as the daffodils are shooting up very quickly. Also keep your eyes open for some very special (and colourful) ‘Pinky’ rainbows that will be stocked very soon!