Monthly Fishery Report
June has seen Summer well and truly take hold of the Fishery with temperatures regularly getting above 20 Degrees Celsius, especially in the second half of the month. The high temperatures along with low ground water levels (due to a dry Winter and Spring) have combined to create some fairly tricky fishing conditions and lethargic trout in the late afternoons. 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.
Despite the sometimes difficult conditions there have still been some excellent fish caught by our anglers. The average size was around the 4lb mark in June and this is set to continue in to July also. There hasn’t been a shortage of big fish caught either! A particular capture of note was a huge 10lb 4oz Arctic Char caught by season rod Graham Witt, this fish is to our knowledge, the biggest Arctic Char to ever have been caught in the British Isles!!! (the current record stands at 9lb 8oz)
Other captures of note are: The biggest fish of the month to Don Walker with a 16lb 2oz Rainbow, a 15lb Rainbow to Graham Witt, a 12lb 9oz Rainbow to Andy Hill, a 9lb Rainbow to David Phillips, 8lb Sandy to Sue Catlin, a 10lb 8oz Rainbow to Thamanoon, a 9lb 14oz Rainbow to Mike Taylor, an 11lb 8oz Rainbow to Deborah Harley, a stunning 6lb Brown to Rob Storer and three great fish to Robert Hall with a 9lb 8oz and 10lb Rainbow and last but not least a 7lb 8oz Pinky. These are just some of the great fish caught and there were many other 5-6lb+ fish caught.
The fish were often found under the cover of the trees in the shade or sitting in the deeper holes, so having a floating line for stalking and an intermediate or sink tip line for fishing deeper helped cover more options. Anglers fishing floating lines sometimes struggled to fish deep enough when the fish moved to the depths for cover.
Our Chalk Steam, Sweatfords Water, has fished excellently due its cooler water and the trout are very active with the fish rising through most of the day. We have put together a short film of the stream which can be seen here to help whet your appetite!
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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