Wednesday, 10 July 2013


The hot weather has been very welcome after the last few wet summers we have had to endure, however it has predictably pushed the fish into deeper water. The fry on the other hand have stayed in the upper layers where warmth and fast growth rates can be achieved. During the evenings the trout have ventured up from their deep water lairs to feed hard on this plentiful food supply.  Hatches of fly have also been in abundance with buzzer, sedges and damsels coming off the water, but again evenings have been the best time for any chance of surface feeding fish!

Peter Johnson from Herts found the fish in obliging mood, taking his limit of 4 fish from the boats, employing a Di-3 line and cats whisker combo’. John Clarke from Bristol also had a brilliant session from the boats landing 5 browns to 2lb+ on a Di-5 and floating fry imitation. Season ticket rod Joe Reynolds from Barrow also took a nice brace of Brown Trout from the boats on an intermediate line and cats whisker combo’ up in the North basin.

Any method anglers have also had their share of success. Indeed visiting angler Gary Sohngen from California employed spinning tactics from the boats to record another nice brace of brownies. Meanwhile Dave Charlton from Wigan bank fished the boathouse stretch to record 4 browns to float fished worm.

Venue regular Kev Peacock from Preston found multi species feeding hard on the fry and landed his grand slam from the boats. Kev took 2 trout to 2lb, 7 perch to 2lb+ and 2 mid double figure Pike!

Since we opened for summer Pike fishing there have been numerous fish reported to the upper twenty pound mark both on lure and fly fishing tactics. John Hine from Keswick landed 12 Pike in one session to 24lb on fly from the boats. Meanwhile Geoff Birtwistle from Bury landed a nice brace of upper doubles while trolling lures from the boats. ( see attached picture 18lb)

Heat 5 of the open pairs competition was contested last weekend and the two qualifying pairs who are now through to the final are James Stephenson and Blythe Palmer and Martin Malloy and Keith Meyrick. The last heat of this competition will take place this Saturday 13th July. Anyone interested in fishing the competition should contact the ticket office A.S.AP!

There are also 2 places remaining for the last discounted fly fishing tuition taster sessions also to be held this Saturday 13th July. The session runs from 10am until 2pm and the cost is only £10. All participants need with them is a brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses and a valid EA licence. Please contact Dave on 015394 36541 if you would like to join in the fun and learn to fly fish!

Best Regards

David Coleman M.I.F.M