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Monthly Fishery Report

March 2017

Spring is well and truly here at the Fishery now March is upon us, the daffodils are in full bloom, the bluebells have just started to flower in the woodland, small vibrant green leaves are just appearing on some of the trees and bushes and the morning chorus is also noticeably louder. The fishing is also coming in to its own, with the fish very active indeed and stalking opportunities getting better by the day with the increasing light levels coupled with the fish often being found very close in to the margins.

March is also a time when we look forward to the opening of our chalk steam, Sweatfords Water at the beginning of April. We had fantastic feedback last year after re-opening the stream after more than a decade of being closed. It’s a truly magical place to fish with some very wily brown trout and is a real escape. The fishing is by booking only and is strictly limited, so please contact us if you would like to have a go.

March is always a fantastic time for fishing and it didn’t disappoint this year! Hundreds of fish have been caught with Rainbows, Browns, Blues Arctic Char and Tiger Trout all gracing our anglers nets!

Several days saw 50+ fish landed by our anglers with one three day period seeing 48 fish landed by father and son David and Joel with Rainbows to 7lb and three Tigers amongst the haul! Mick Milborrow braced a pair of Arctic Char, Tony Roll caught 19 fish over two days including two Arctic Char and his son Mark also caught 2 Arctic Char. Clive caught an Arctic Char, a Tiger, an 8lb Rainbow and a 7lb 8ox Rainbow that was tagged, netting himself £100. Alan Drewitt caught a fantastic 11lb Rainbow that was also a tagged fish but he hadn’t paid his £1 so missed out on winning £100 but he also bagged a superb Brown in the same session. Steve Brett managed to stalk to Arctic Char, Lawrence Gray caught 6 including his first Tiger Trout and Tim Smith and Oliver Foot also managed to catch a Tiger too. Season rod Mr Perret caught a 7lb 8oz Rainbow, John Byford caught his first Arctic Char with a 3lb’er from Spring lake, Roy Pendleton had an 8lb Rainbow from Bridge Lake, Martin Hughes caught a 4lb Brown, and Alan Drewitt braced a pair of Arctic Char. Season rod Richard Johnson topped a four fish catch with a 7lb 8oz Rainbow, Mr Frost had his First Tiger Trout and Harry and Robert Hall caught their first Arctic Char. Bob Tanner had a 7lb 10oz Rainbow, Tony Roll caught 10 fish topped by a 10lb 2oz Rainbow, Vintcent Webb caught one of the biggest Arctic Char to come from the fishery with a magnificent 8lb 2oz specimen and in a separate visit caught a stunning 8lb Brown and Bob Lewis landed the joint biggest fish of the month with an 11lb Rainbow that he stalked from Alder Lake.

As we move out of winter and in to spring the more imitative patterns usually take more fish so for those that like to stalk you need to be looking at ptn’s, grhe’s and stalking bugs. Also an often over looked method is to drift buzzers as they are now hatching and emerging. The usual lures, damsels and montanas are always popular and will often take fish.                  

That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery

 That’s all for this month but keep an eye on our Facebook page for up to date catches and information about the Fishery

Simeon Osborn
Fishery Manager

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