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Fishery Report July to date-   well regrettably fishing continues very much in line with what our Hon Sec David stated in his last newsletter- very slow and challenging!!!  Although a few fish have been taken (well done Craig on your 5 last week) it really is hard going despite us having, at long last for this time of year, weed growth and good clear water. However water temperature remains the key and with it hovering around the 20 degree C mark our fish, as we have stated before, just do not like it and ‘switch off’ when temperatures are at this sort of level. With regard to fish caught I know some have been caught on hoppers and small nymphs fished either on top or just sub surface and I believe an odd fish has been taken deep down on a booby and hi D Line. The deeper water spots such as just up from the club hut; the middle of the north bank and the top north west corner seem to be favourite for the few fish caught.

For those of you who like to enjoy the coarse fishing on offer at the lake during these ‘trout dog day summer months’ the emphasis has been very much on few fish but quality. Some super roach have been caught along with some good rudd and some magnificent tench (well done Luke). Where our head of small roach and rudd (which were so prolific last year) have gone goodness only knows as no small fish at all are being caught. Is it cormorants; the fact that over the last few years we have removed a lot of adult fish and spawn or they are just not feeding we just do not know – it is a mystery!!!!

Regrettably with more very hot weather forecast this coming week and water temperatures remaining high it is unlikely the trout will switch on and just odd ones ( for those of you who still give it a go) will be caught. However if you want a chance of a good roach, rudd or tench now is the time to get the coarse rods out. Failing that why not just visit the fishery for a walk and / or a picnic – there is certainly far worse places to be on a summers day than at our lovely lake – fish or no fish.

At our next Committee Meeting in early August we will be looking at when we next start stocking and will let you know accordingly.

 

Roger

Fishery report 6th – 15th June- Well for the first 3 days of this period the fish remained very dour in the hot conditions and only 15 fish were caught over the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday then saw the start of heavy rain and what a difference it made. In fact those members who braved the elements on Sunday (9th) had some super sport with 7 members catching 42 fish in that one day. The rest of the week also produced some good fishing and we finished with about 80 fish for the week with a rod average of just under 2 per visit. Good fish they were too with most being 2lb+ and a sprinkling of 3 pounders and 1 of 4lb thrown in for good measure. This again showed how our triploids like the cooler weather conditions and are no fans of hot, warm weather with high water temperatures. The fish have been showing on top chasing pin fry and when like this can indeed be hard to tempt. Members I talked to who had been successful using daddies ‘waked’ just below the surface; fishing small pheasant tails with a touch of pearl in the dressing (to imitate pin fry); hoppers again pulled to produce a wake and the old favourite of a black and green lure fished deep- again showing there are just so many ways that will produce a fish or two. Do be prepared to vary your tactics and not get set in the ‘same method/same fly each time I go’ syndrome especially now when the fish are quite choosy. Whilst the cooler weather continues the chance of a fish or two is there especially if you fish early or late as I know some good rises have taken place during these early and late periods.

Fishery Report 25th May – 5th June– well this period started well with members averaging just under 3 fish per visit and then the hot weather struck!!!!! Our trout just do not like warm weather and with water temperatures rising catches have been significantly affected. In fact the last 7 days has seen 85 rod visits resulting in only 57 trout, the lowest return we have had so far this year. Cooler weather and strong winds over the next few days should help as, with 5676 fish stocked and only 3848 taken to date, even allowing for predation the lake should hold a reasonable head of fish for us to go at. The fish taken have nearly all been 2lb + with a good sprinkling of three pounders. Methods have been many and varied although, even with the hot weather most of the the fish taken have not been deep and nymphs on a washing line or dries / emergers fished in the surface film have pulled up some fish. Also a floating/midge tip line with a small weighted fritzy type lure has continued to take a fish or two as have deeply fished green buzzers.  Fish have been taken on the north bank around the gravels area; the top bay; the north west corner; by the small tern island; the point on the south bank and the swims just by the club hut. Lets hope these cooler conditions will provide us all with better prospects and sport.

Fishery Report 12th May – 24th May inclusive- well firstly the Eric Kett Memorial Trophy held on Sunday 19th May. What a close match it was with only 1lb separating the top three. Winner with 6 fish for 14lb 11 oz was Mike Woods- very well done Mike;  Second with 6 fish for 13lb 14 oz was Jimmy Newton and third with 13lb 13 oz was Kevin Kingston- Miles. Heaviest fish was 3lb 5 oz taken by Luke Goodin. 28 members recorded 80 trout using the flies provided which were a hares ear nymph and a black pennel. Although the hares ear was probably just favourite in the catching stakes the old black pennel most certainly held it’s own proving how the old traditional flies can still have a place in the modern fly-fishers armoury. Many thanks to Fred who organised the excellent sandwiches; sausage rolls and cake and to Pat; Joan and Olivia who served the food and provided tea and coffee. Thanks to all of you who took part and for your generosity with the raffle prizes and purchase of raffle tickets.  A really pleasant and sociable day was had by all.

This last 13 days (including match) has seen 571 fish taken for 160 visits giving a rod average of 3.6 fish per rod visit. 485 of the fish taken have been 2lb + with the best of 5lb 4 oz. Total stocked to date is 5676 with 3732 caught. In terms of methods and ‘best spots’ it is very much like the last report. Floating lines with nymphs; montanas and small goldheads have produced with olive damsels and small orange cats whisker proving popular. When the fish have been up on the cloudier days green and red buzzers fished in the surface film (particularly with a washing line set up- buoyant fly on point and nymphs above it) have resulted in good bags and a few members have had success using dries such as hoppers; cdc; midas and hopper poppers (when there has been a good ripple on). The bright sunshine has seen fish go deeper and members fishing long leaders or intermediates with gold head damsels or similar weighted flies have been most successful. I cannot stress enough the importance of trying different depths when you are fishing as our trout are notorious for moving up and down in the water depending on conditions, Usually (but not always!) the brighter and hotter it is the deeper fish will go and the cloudier and cooler it is the shallower fish will be. Do please be prepared to adjust to ‘fish to conditions’. Most of us like to catch on top but it is a fact of trout fishing that if the fish are not up you will not catch them fishing shallow!! – and vice versa of course.

With regard to best spots well the fish are spread around the lake and do move about based on wind direction and fishing pressure. I have seen fish taken in the last few days on the gravels on the north bank; on the west bank either side of the little island (please be careful not to disturb the nesting terns on the island); the top bay along the haul road bridge; just up from the club hut;  the point on the south bank  and on the south bank just below the big willow. Do be prepared to move about if you are not catching.

As I stated in my last report  pre- summer stocking has now finished but with an estimated 1800 fish in the lake provided the water remains clear and does not rise in temperature too much some good fishing can still be had.

Roger

 

Fishery report 30th April – 11th May– Another very good period of fishing with 179 visits resulting in 758 trout caught giving an average of just over 4 fish per rod visit. And what super fish they are too with 729 being 2lb + and a very good sprinkling of 3 and 4 pounders taken. Total fish stocked to date is 5352 with 3122 caught so far. A further stocking is planned for this coming week and that will conclude our pre-summer stocking plan. Again various methods have been successful with floating lines and buzzers and nymphs such as hares ear and daiwl bachs proving popular and productive. However when the fish have been down deeper members fishing floating and intermediate lines with small gold heads in black and green; white and green; olive and orange have had some very good results.  Quite a few members have advised me that some good rises, especially early and late, have taken place and have capitalised by fishing small dries such as hoppers and cdc’s or emergers such as shuttle cocks and shiphams.

As to where to fish well fish are now showing all around the lake. In the last few days the swims just up and down from the club hut have been good. The top bay and most of the west bank has been very prolific at times and the  east bank in the reeds continues to steadily produce. When the wind has been favourable i.e from the north / north east the gravels and adjacent swims have been very good.   However do be prepared to move around if you are not catching as rainbows by their nature will often shoal up and just moving 50 yards or so can sometimes make a difference. Also do be prepared to fish at different depths as our fish, especially in our deeper swims, do tend to move up and down in the water quite a lot. Also with our gin clear water and when there is little wind do consider where the sun is when you fish. Our trout can be easily scared and fishing with the sun at your back with your  and your rod and line casting a shadow over where you are fishing is not conducive to good sport. With the stock levels in the lake and the clear water there is absolutely no reason why our super fishing should not continue.

Roger

Fishery report at 29th April– This last fortnight has seen 210 rod visits producing 790 trout giving a rod average of 3.8 trout per visit. 770 of these have been 2lb and above with the best fish taken weighing 4.5 lbs. Fish are now well spread out around the lake and the hot spots literally can be anywhere depending on prevailing wind direction with the fish responding best to ‘a bit of ripple’ especially in the gin clear water (long may it continue) that we have at present. To date 4637 trout have been stocked with 2080 taken season to date.  A further stocking will have taken place by the time you read this and two more are planned for May. On the days I have been down it seems that all manner of methods and flies/ lures have produced with options to fish dries; nymphs; goldheads; Montana’s; buzzers, boobies etc; etc. It really is ‘take your pick’ at present with fish continuing to come up and down in the water depending on climatic conditions and buzzer hatches. As to hot spots, well again these are many and varied. In the reeds at the east end; the gravels and cromer pier on the north bank; the north west corner and most of the west bank and   swims just up and down from the Club Hut on the south bank have all produced as has the top bay.

Also there have been some very good rises I have been reliably informed early and late so an early / late visit might give some interesting and visual fishing for those of you who give it a go.

Anyway whatever time you go and however you like to fish do enjoy the super fishing our lake currently offers.

Roger

 

Fishery Report 1st – 15th April– This period has again seen some super fishing with 641 trout taken from 183 visits giving a rod average of 3.5 fish. 607 fish taken were 2lb + with the best of just on 6lbs with two or three  more of 5lb +. The fish are in super condition and fighting very hard so do be warned!! I have heard quite a few stories of ‘being bust up’ so please do use leaders with an absolute minimum strength of 6lbs breaking strain with 8lb + being advisable. It is not fair to leave flies and trailing lengths of leader in fish that have got away. As to methods well many and varied is the answer with location and depth being key to success. With buzzers hatching off at some time on most days the fish are up and down in the water like yoyo’s. On the three days I have been down during this period I have seen trout caught on dries; buzzers and hares ears on floating lines; intermediates with small lures such as damsels; cats whisker and black and green and fast sinking lines with boobies- so take your pick!! As to best spots well the wind turning to the east/ north east has really brought the north bank on form and most swims along this bank have produced, particularly the gravels and the two swims either side of it. The top bay by the haul road has also been productive as have swims by and on the point on the south bank. Fish are also being taken either side of the large willow on the south bank down from the club hut and the east bank swims have again produced their share. To date 1690 fish have been taken with 3617 fish stocked. Further weekly stockings are planned through April and into early May so there are still plenty of fish to go at. Just get out there and enjoy catching them and do remember, as David puts in his newsletters, if you are struggling to catch for whatever reason please do not hesitate to contact David or one of the committee and we will do all we can to help you turn your fortunes around.

Roger

 

Fishery report 24th March – 31st March- the good fishing continues with some cracking catches of fish. This period has seen 117 rod visits account for 413 trout. 375 of these were over 2lbs with the best at 5lb 12 oz. Fish are still feeding heavily on buzzers and now spreading much more around the lake with the west bank and the top bay now coming into its own. The swims by the club hut continue to produce as does the gravels and top north west corner on the north bank .The bottom bay by the outlet is not so productive at present probably due to the heavy fishing pressure over the last fortnight or so. Tactics and flies continue to be many and varied but members who enjoy buzzer fishing have had some very good rewards fishing longish leaders and a couple of black buzzers. The old montana continues to be reliable as does the goldhead damsel fished on either floating or slow sink lines.  Fish are starting to show on the surface both during the day and in the evening so it will not be long before an emerger or hopper fished on top or just in the surface film produces some fish. To date 2787 fish have been stocked with 1049 taken so stocks in the lake remain at a level where good sport should continue. Lets hope so anyway.

Roger

 

Fishery Report 16th – 23rd March- this has been a really good week. With weekly stockings continuing and warmer weather setting in catch rates continue to improve with 369 fish recorded . This equates to a rod average of 5 fish per visit with well over 85% of fish being 2lb+ with a sprinkling of 4 and 5lb fish thrown in for good measure. Seasons totals are 2328 fish stocked with 618 taken to date. Spooned fish have shown they are now feeding heavily on buzzers although slightly deeper down than they have been. From the fish I caught and saw caught yesterday most were taken about 7 or 8 feet down. All the early season methods continue to produce and a variety of line densities are being used. The intermediate / slow sink is proving popular but the Booby Boys with high D’s are also catching. For those of you who like the floating line a longish fluorocarbon leader and a couple of weighted black buzzers fished very slowly has caught quite a few fish. A good option at this time of year as the fish switch on to buzzers is to fish with say a weighted green and black lure on the point with a buzzer or nymph pattern on the dropper about 5 feet above. This really does hedge your bets and give the fish different options to choose. However again, and again I must stress that the depth you are fishing and location is far more important at this time of year than the pattern. With regard to location well fish are starting to spread around a bit and swims that I know that have produced this last week include all the swims on the east bank (the outlet bank); the last 4 platforms at the bottom of the south bank; the swims just up and down from the Club Hut on the south bank and the Gravels on the north bank. For some reason our fish do not seem to like our west bank at moment or the top bay. I expect however that this will change soon.

Anyway do enjoy the good fishing currently on offer and with settled weather for the next few days there is no reason why this good fishing should not continue.

Roger

 

Fishery Report 8th – 15th March- Well this last 8 days has seen 34 rod visits recording 71 trout, of which 62 were 2lb + with three  fish of 3lb+ taken. This brings the season total to 244 trout from 124 visits with 1850 so far being stocked. Weekly stockings continue and with stocks in the lake building and slightly warmer weather forecast the fishing  should continue to improve. Top methods continue to be small weighted lures fished either on an intermediate;  sink tip or floating line. However spooned fish are now showing signs of buzzer feeding and I know of at least 2 members who have caught on slowly fished black buzzers. Fish still seem to be taking in the top 5 feet of water and often want the lures fished fairly quickly. Most productive areas continue to be all the pegs on the east bank; the last 4 platforms at the bottom of the south bank and the top north west corner. The really strong winds we are having of late have put paid to any chance of fishing the north bank although I am sure fish will be in the vicinity of the gravels and adjacent swims for when the wind drops and these swims become fishable.

Roger

Fishery report for New Season which commenced 1st March 2019– well 1390 trout averaging just over 2lbs each have been stocked and there for you to catch. In addition weekly stockings of 400 + fish are planned from now until mid May approx. However as is typical with early season fishing our trout are tightly shoaled up and some areas of the lake seem devoid of fish while other parts are quite prolific.  In the 7 days of the season so far 116 trout have been landed to 57 rod visits. Areas where I have seen fish caught are just in front of the club house; the last 4 platforms at the bottom of the south bank; all the east bank by the outfall and especially in the reedy swims on that bank and  the middle of the west bank. Inevitably there will be some fish on the north bank by the gravels but the strong south westerly winds have stopped many members fishing there so far. Most productive methods seems to involve intermediate lines and small lures in black and green; white and green or olive fished about six or seven feet down. Floating lines with long leaders and small gold heads to get down a bit have also produced. Our fish are likely to remain shoaled up tightly for a bit yet and will do until we get a spell of warmer weather when they should spread out a bit more. The message therefore again, and I make no apologies for repeating it,  is do be prepared to move around the lake until you find the fish. It is very unlikely they will come to you. Fish at different depths for say half an hour and if you have not caught do move on. Often at this time of year it pays to walk around the lake before you start fishing to see how others are doing. This way you are more likely to find where the fish are instead of just dropping in at the first convenient platform and hoping fish are there. I spooned a couple of fish yesterday and they had a few small buzzers and bloodworm inside them. So for those of you who like a bit of buzzer/ nymph  fishing it could be worthwhile soon, if you have the patience, in having a go with these on a longish leader fished fairly deep and slow.

Anyway enjoy your fishing

Roger

 

Fishery Report at 25th February 2019- well it would be nice to report that our current season is finishing on a high but unfortunately nothing could be further from the truth. This month has seen only a handful of fish caught confirming once again, I believe, that we probably lost more fish during last years heat wave than we thought. This is something we really must take into account when it comes to our stocking policy and ‘the amount of fish ‘we go into the summer months with’ in the lake. Anyway we must now put last season behind us and look forward to our new season starting 1st March 2019. The lake is in fine condition with water temperarures hovering around the 8 degree mark and very clear water. The first stocking of fish has taken place and weekly stockings will continue now until mid May approximately. Based on past results it is highly likely that a range of differing methods will all catch fish when we open with floating/ intermediate lines and small lures in olive; black and green and white and green line proving popular. Our fish normally are not deep although the booby boys always manage to winkle out a fish or two. Similarly if you like your nymphing a floating line, longish leader and a montana; black buzzer or hares ear fished slowly should produce a fish or two. Please do be prepared to move around the lake. Rainbows are notorious for shoaling up at the start of the season and are likely to be concentrated in a few spots. If you have fished for say half an hour and tried a variety of depths with no success do move on. It is unlikely fish ‘will come to you’ at the start of the season so you must go find them!

Anyway best wishes to you all for a good start and hopefully a better season for some of you than 2018/19 has proved to be.

Roger

Fishery report 3rd January to 2nd February 2019– This period has seen 68 fish caught from 138 visits with fish, particularly during the last two weeks, being very difficult to tempt. In fact such low returns does indicate that we have probably lost more fish following last years hot summer than we first thought as very, very few fish taken over the winter period to date have been from the pre- summer stockings with nearly all caught being the latest fish that went in over October and November. To date we have caught 5531 Trout and expect this to represent, ignoring any over wintered fish left at start of season, approximately 72% of fish stocked. This is our lowest figure for a number of years as we normally expect the percentage to be in the low 80’s. However talking to our Fish Supplier and other Fisheries  a return of 70+% of fish stocked v fish caught is still a pretty good figure. Our current season  for trout continues until end February with our new season starting from 1st March. A stocking plan for our 2019/20 season has been agreed with our supplier and this will be displayed soon in the Club Weighting in Kiosk.

For those of you planning a further trip to the Fishery between now and end February do expect a challenge. Fish are there to be caught but not in large numbers. A couple of fish at this time of year is a good bag. This month to date has seen fish caught from the top bay on the south bank; in the reeds to the right of the gravels on the north bank; in the reeds by the outlet and on the last four platforms at the bottom of the south bank. Small black; black and green; white and green and olive goldheads have produced fish as have black buzzers. Few fish have been caught deep with most still being in the top four of five feet of water. If you see a fish rise and can cast to it it is very likely it will take regardless of pattern!

Do move if you have not had a pull after say 30 minutes and do be prepared to fish at varying depths and with varying retrieves. Lately the fish have preferred a quicker pull type retrieve as opposed to the normal figure of eight.

Many, many thanks to all of you who attended Sunday’s working Party. It really was much appreciated .

Roger

Fishery report at 2nd January 2019- Well the last 14 days has been a real variety of good days for some and blanks for others. 91 rod visits has seen 119 trout taken with 86 of these being 2lb plus fish with the best just on 4lbs. The vast majority of fish are being taken on weighted marabou tailed patterns with black and green; black and gold; green and white and olive green proving most productive. Surprisingly the fish are still near the top and seem to want to chase with faster strip retrieves being more productive than slow pulls or figure of eights.  Although odd fish are being taken at different points around the lake the best spots at the moments would seem to be the swims just down from the club hut; the last 5 platforms on the south bank; in the reeds on the east bank and the pegs on and to the left of cromer pier on the north bank.  Location at present is key so if you have not had a pull in the spot you are in within say 15 minutes of starting do be prepared to move.

Roger

Fishery report at 18th December 2018– Well, excluding the Winter Match, (details later) this period has seen 111 trout caught from 71 member visits.  89 of the trout caught have been 2lb + with best weighing 3lb 4 oz. Small lures fished in the top 5 or 6 feet of water on either floating or intermediate lines still seem to be favourite with white and green; black and green; olive and red colours all taking fish. Although fish spooned have shown buzzer feeding few fish have been caught on nymphs. Spooning did show however ‘feeding on damsel nymphs’ and a marabou tailed gold head damsel type pattern has been successful. The top spots (depending obviously on wind direction / strength) have been on the north bank on the gravels , cromer pier and adjacent pegs in the reeds. The last 4 pegs on the south bank and the 3 pegs in the rushes by the outlet on the east bank.  Also the pegs in the reeds just down from the Club Hut have also produced a fish or two. The west bank and top bay (the hotspot last year and often the best area in winter) has just not produced and whether fish will move in there as conditions get colder I do not Know!

Last Sunday saw our Winter Trophy and Christmas Fayre Match. 24 Member fished in ,lovely sunny conditions catching 31 Trout. Top Rod was Phil Gaywood with 5 fish for 11lb 10 oz. (well done Phil you really deserved to win this one as you put an enormous amount of thought and attention to detail in your fishing so success was much justified). 2nd with 3 fish for 6lbs was Luke Goodin and 3rd was David Chalkley with 3 fish for 5lb 15 oz. Best fish was a super rainbow of 3lb 2 oz taken by Phil just beating Anne Baird who had a lovely fish of 3lbs.

Many thanks to all who fished the match- your support was much appreciated. To Fred for super sandwiches; Andrew for mulled wine and mince pies. To Richard for helping me peg out  and to other members who helped in any way towards the match going so smoothly. I thank you all for your input.

Finally I must finish by wishing you all the very best for Christmas and every success and happiness in the New Year.

 

Roger

Fishery Report at 4th December 2018– This last 14 days has seen 113 rod visits account for 202 trout caught. 177 of these have been 2lb plus with the biggest two weighing in at 3.5 lbs. each. Some members have taken limit bags with their 8 fish weighing nearly 20 lbs, excellent fishing by any measure. Unfortunately other members have not been so fortunate and have struggled to catch at times. Winter fishing, as I have said before, sees our rainbows shoaled up and you really have got to find the fish. Small areas of the lake will prove productive whilst others seem barren of fish. This last fortnight has seen the pegs on and next to the gravels on the north bank being  hotspots as has the reeds by the outlet on the east bank. Fish have also been taken on the pegs just up and down from the club hut. Again successful methods have varied but the last few days have seen fish up in the water and chasing. Small lures fished fast have proved successful with cats whisker, black and green; white fritz and damsels all taking fish. Some have been caught on nymph patterns such as hares ear and buzzers but lure patterns seem best with fish often seen chasing fry.

The Frank Wright Pairs Trophy held on Sunday 25th November proved a very popular and social event. 12 pairs competed and the winners with 7 trout weighing 12lb 14 oz were Adrian Jolly and  Brian Elvy. Well done to them both. 2nd Pair was Cliffie Hudson and John Mack with 4 fish for 6lb 13 oz and 3rd Pair were Mike Wood and Mike Blazey with 3 trout for 6lb 3 oz. In total 28 trout were caught with the biggest weighing 2lb 15 oz was taken by Mike Wood. Many thanks to all members who entered, gave raffle prizes and contributed so well to the raffle. To Andrew for excellent soup; rolls and cake – ably served by Pat; Joan and Olivia and to David and Richard who helped me run the match. A very pleasant day was had by all despite out trout proving challenging- apart from for Adrian Jolly who had his limit with almost an hour to spare- well done Adrian.

With milder, albeit windy,  weather, forecast for next few days the fish should remain near the surface and some reasonable sport should still be there for the taking but do remember, and I know I am a pain for keep repeating this, but location and depth fish are feeding at is key to success.

Roger

 

Fishery Report at 21st November 2018– Well the message has been over the last 2 weeks that if you are in the right spot, at the right time  and using the right method some excellent sport has been there for the taking. I am aware of 4 members having bags of eight fish weighing 18 lb + with the best bag just on  23lbs or nearly 3lb per fish. Excellent sport by any measurement! During this period 274 fish have been taken with 179 rod visits. Of these 234 have been 2lb+, with quite a few 3 pounders and the odd 4 pounder. As to tactics well this has depended very much on conditions. On the warmer days fish were near the surface and were being caught on hoppers in various forms; buzzers and small black and green cormorant type patterns. With the recent colder weather they have gone down a bit and floating or intermediate lines with weighted small lures such as montanas; gold/green  head damsels; cats whisker or black and green have proved favourite. Location remains very important with the swims just up from the club hut; the last 4 platforms on the south bank; in the reeds by the outlet and the gravels probably proving the most consistent. However our fish do tend to move around quite a bit particularly if wind direction changes so if you, and others around you, are not catching it is probably ‘worth a move’  but do ensure you have fished at different depths before moving on.

This Sunday sees our annual pairs match for the Frank Wright Trophy. 24 members have booked in and it will be interesting to see where the fish are caught (and how many!). Also what are  the successful methods – I will let you know next week.

Roger

Fishery Report at 6th November 2018– well some pretty good fishing is being enjoyed by quite a few members with 118 visits resulting in 236 fish caught since my last report. Inevitably there will be some unlucky members who perhaps hit the fishery on the wrong day at the wrong time (you should have been here yesterday syndrome) but on the whole most members have managed a fish or two. And what good fish they are with quite a few topping 3lb and the best recorded weighing just on 4lbs. The majority of members are taking fish in the top three feet of water with some good rises being observed early afternoon on some days. Floating lines with small buzzers; midas in various forms; hoppers; small palmers and diawl bachs have taken fish as have intermediate lines with small black and green and white and green colours. The most popular areas continue to be the west bank from the willow to corner; the north bank down to cromer pier; the east bank by the outlet and just up from the club hut on the south bank. Location is important so if you are not seeing or catching fish do move.

The Frank Wright pairs match is now being fished on 25th November with the Christmas match on 16th December. These are great social events so if you have not entered one our competitions before please do give it a go.

Roger

 

Fishery Position at 22nd October 2018– Our Lake continues to clear and fortunately the fishing continues to improve. Last week and weekend saw a total of over 140 fish taken which is our best return for months. Most visits resulted in a fish or two with quite a few members enjoying bags of 5 fish +. Location still seems to be key with the most productive spots being on the west bank from the willow tree down to the north west corner and then along the north bank to the gravels.  Fish have also been taken from the swims just up from the clubhouse and in the reeds at the east end of the lake. Successful methods have been many but most fish have been taken in the top 3 feet of water. Small black and green lures; small cats whiskers and gold head damsels on various line densities have taken fish. For those who like to fish more imitatively small red and brown soldier palmers; cormorants; black hoppers,  midas , hares ear and buzzers have all proved successful. A further stocking took place last week and another is schedules for w.c 29th October. With cooler weather forecast water temperatures will continue to fall and the lake should continue to clear. Let’s hope so anyway as I think we all deserve some decent backend fishing after the abysmal summer (for trout fishing anyway) that we have all had to endure.

Roger

Fishery Position as at 7th October 2018– well at long, long last some good news. The 700+ fish we have put in over the last 3 weeks, together with numbers of resident fish,  including brownies,  have started to show and members are now starting to catch some goods bags of fish and have some enjoyable fishing. I am aware of at least 4 limit bags taken over the last few days with quite a few catches of 3 to 4 fish. Top spots have been on the west bank and top north west corner with members observing quite a few feeding fish on top and chasing fry. . Successful methods have included small lures such as cats whisker and damsels; hoppers in various formats; blobs in various colours but all with an emphasis of pulling them fairly fast. The trout do seem to want to chases and pulled flies are proving much more effective than statics. Water temperatures are now down to below 14 degrees and this together with clearing water has, in my opinion anyway, triggered the response from the trout we are now getting. At least 2 more stockings are planned between now and November after which future stocking plans for the rest of the season will be reviewed. So it now seems that after that long, long period of ‘no fish’ it is now worth getting the gear out again and enjoying some late season action.

We have had a very successful last two weekends rod and lining and have reduced the  roach and rudd stocks in the Lake.  2095 have been caught and transferred to adjoining Willow Lake. Many thanks to all of you who helped with this operation.

Roger

Fishery report at 27th  September 2018– well firstly many aplogies for not keeping site up to date over August and to date. A combination of ‘being away’ and ‘problems with my P.C’ were the main causes. Anyway suffice to say that we have had a very disappointing summer in terms of trout catches through a variety of reasons the  two main ones of which were the very high water temperatures which were averaging almost 22 degrees and the green algal blooms which the lake experienced. These two factors were enough to cause our trout to go off the feed and, if they were a bit hungry, the water visibility made it very difficult for them to see our flies.  Water temperatures are now however falling (17 degrees at beginning of this week) and cooler weather which we normally get at this time of year should improve water clarity. Stocking resumed last week and a further injection of fish will be put in during w.c 30th September. A further two or three stocking are then planned over October / November. This with the estimated stock of fish in the lake (always very, very difficult to assess on a large water such as ours) should provide some excellent ‘winter fishing’ . Let’s hope so anyway. Fish have been observed feeding on fry and it would be good if this continued as our trout are not really known as ‘fry feeders’. Also I have sampled the invertebrate life in the lake recently and was really encouraged by the amount of corixa in the weed beds.  Hopefully our trout, particularly those that have been in over the hot period, will start to show and feed, put on weight and get back into good condition.

This weekend (29th / 30th September ) sees a roach/rudd  catching exercise take place at lake with a view to removing up to 2000 roach and rudd which will be transferred to adjoining Dereham and District AC Lakes. This is part of our continued work to reduce argulus impact on the fish in our lake.

Roger

 

Fishery report 18th to 28th July- Another, as to be expected, challenging week with 35 rod visits resulting in 53 trout caught. Although this gives a rod average of 1.5 fish per rod this is somewhat misleading as 32 of these fish were caught by 4 anglers who all managed to ‘bag up’ on their visit. There appears to be 2 or 3 large shoals of trout circulating around the lake and if they come into casting distance and you can get a fly to them you have a very good chance of having some good sport. These shoals have shown up by the outlet on the east bank and along the top of the north bank recently and it really is a case of trying to locate the shoals and expect some sport. The lake remains nice and clear with good weed growth but with water temperatures hitting 24 degrees + at times it is little wonder our trout are reticent to feed. Small black flies such as hoppers and spider patterns have produced some fish as has the ever reliable damsel and inevitably ‘the blob’. Coarse anglers are continuing to enjoy some good sport with roach; perch and rudd with a couple of big eels being reported. A groundbait feeder/ bloc end with red maggots seems most productive.

 

Fishery Report at 17th July 2018– Well the fishing does remain extremely challenging with no fish caught at all over weeks commencing 24th June and 1st July. However last week suddenly saw an upturn in sport for the few who ventured out with both Graham Burford and Terry Maidstone taking limit bags with other members also taking a fish or two. Terry,  taking a well earned break from the invaluable strimming and maintenance work he does for us at the lake,  noticed a shoal of trout feeding just off the outlet on the east bank. A combination of small hoppers and small damsels fished on a floating line brought him, in his own words ‘the best couple of hours fishing I have had since becoming a member’. Terry finished up with 7 rainbows and 1 brownie all of which were in excellent condition. This was very pleasing to hear as with high water tempetatures reaching nearly 23 degrees c recently trout sometimes can get out of condition and argulus affected.    Also pleasing to see is the water clarity and weed growth coming through. Surprisingly enough the trout were caught in bright sunshine and flat calm conditions! – we will never fully understand our quarry will we!!!

Coarse fishing has now started and some lovely roach; rudd; perch; small bream (yes bream- first one ever recorded from lake), 1 tench and 1  big eel have made up the bags. Favourite method seems to be a small groundbait feeder with 2 or three red maggots on the hook. Most of the 15 allocated swims have produced fish although the first 4 on the south bank have probably been most productive. It is good to see the lake being used during the period when trout fishing can prove somewhat unproductive.

Roger

Fishery Report at 23rd June 2018- Well as David said in his recent newsletter the fishing remains ‘challenging’ to say the least. The few fish being caught continue to move up and down in the water as the last report I made early June suggested hi D Lines and lures. However this last week or so have seen some fish on top and a few members have had some respectable bags fishing dries and emergers in the surface film- how trout like to prove us wrong! One or two evenings have seen a quite respectable rise and last Tuesday our illustrious Chairman Andrew took 3 fish in a short space of time all off the top on a combination of hoppers and midas.  For a good half hour Andrew was casting to rising fish and enjoyed a super short session. I did not have my rods with me that evening (typical) so could only watch on in somewhat envy as fish showed around most of the Lake. I did however go down two evenings later with not a rising fish to be seen!!! Andrew fished just up from the Club Hut on the South Bank and I know fish have been taken from the West Bank (mid way along by the willow tree) and also by the outlet. So the story is expect some challenging fishing; expect to have to fish at different levels; enjoy and praise yourself for any hard earned trout you may catch but still do enjoy the Lake; the wildlife (baby terns on the island); and all our lovely fishery (thanks to the Maintenance Gang) has to offer. At times like this we all have to convince ourselves  of the age old adage ‘that there is more to fishing than catching fish’- albeit this can be hard at times!!

For those of you who like a bit of coarse fishing members can fish the lake from July 7th subject to compliance with rules that will be posted in the weighing in kiosk. Expect some good catches of roach and rudd together with a tench or two if last season was anything to go by.

Roger

Fishery Report at 4th June 2018– well what a difference a couple of weeks makes. In that time we have gone from some super top of the water fishing to literally ‘plumbing the depths’ with di 7 lines and lures such as blobs; gold head damsels; boobies etc. The motto seems to be ‘if you are not fishing deep you will not catch hardly anything. Those members however who have got the right sinking lines and lures have enjoyed some good sport with one members landing 16 fish over two sessions. How deep the fish are at was well illustrated on the Sunday floating line only match when 21 members could only manage 10 fish. Well done to Luke Goodwin who was first; Tim Aldiss second and Graham Ball third. Graham had the largest fish at 3lb 10 oz . A super BBQ thanks to Rob Edwards and David Shannon finished off  a very pleasant social morning despite the hard fishing.

So the moral seems to be that if you want some fish get out the fast sinking lines and lure/booby patterns. Find yourself some deep water swims such as the top north west corner; the outlet; the big willow down from the hut and the swims just up from the club hut;  let your line sink as far to the bottom as possible and retrieve slowly to ensure everything is kept deep. Having said all this I expect somebody will prove me wrong by getting fish from the top- such is fishing!!!!

 

Fishery Report at 19th May 2018- following David’s excellent newsletter issued recently advising on the Presidents Cup Match results and how the lake is fishing I am really pleased to say that the super fishing still continues. Rods are averaging over 4 fish per visit with many limit bags taken. A variety of methods continue to work but for those of you who enjoy floating line and nymph/buzzer techniques now really is the prime time. Although the fish are not showing much (apart from in the evenings I believe) they are mostly in the top 5 feet of water. A buzzer or nymph pattern fished very, very slowly  on a floating line and 12 foot leader (preferably fluorocarbon to sink the flies quicker) has produced lots of fish. Patterns with a touch of red in the dressing have proved popular with buzzers; daiwl bachs; hares ear and small cormorants proving successful. For those who like a lure a small gold head damsel takes some beating. Fish are all around the lake but most productive areas are the east bank by the outlet; the first 5 swims up from the club hut on the south bank; either side of the willow tree on the west  bank and over by the gravels on the north bank. Stocking has now finished for the time being but based on number of fish stocked v caught (ignoring any overwintered fish)  the lake is holding approximately 2800 fish or put another way well over 100 fish per acre a figure that, given reasonable weather conditions, should see the excellent fishing continue for a few weeks yet.

Our next match is the Eric Kett Memorial trophy being held on Sunday June 3rd. Full details were in last newsletter and if you want to fish either put your name down on the list in the weighing in kiosk or e mail me on rgibbons06@aol.com.

Continue to enjoy the fishing.

Roger

Fishery  Report 20th April to 26th April– well the excellent fishing still continues with lots of limit bags and rod average of just on 4 fish per rod visit. The buzzer and nymph fishing is still superb with black and green buzzers; hares ear; daiwl bach and crunchers catching lots of fish. If the fish are down a bit a gold head damsel with a nymph pattern on the dropper takes some beating. Fish are being taken all the way along the south bank with the first 5 swims up from the clubhouse and the last 4 swims towards the outlet being very productive. The north west corner bay has also produced well as have the swims along the north bank by and adjacent to the gravels. In fact fish are now literally being caught all around the lake. On the duller days the fish have been near the surface but the bright sunshine we have had the last couple of days has put them down a bit. Do be prepared to vary the depth you fish at as our trout, as indeed like most others,  are well known for moving up and down in the water as conditions change.

Enjoy the excellent fishing which I am sure will continue.

Roger

Fishery Report 11th – 19th April 2018– Well for those of you who like their buzzer and nymph fishing the last 10 days has given a lot of you some wonderful sport. Our fish have now locked onto the abundant supply of midge pupa and bloodworm in the lake and have been feeding avidly.  On the cloudier days they have been literally head and tailing in the top few inches of water and a couple of light weight patterns such as black / green buzzer; daiwl bach; hares ear and small cormorants fished right in the surface film on a full floating line has produced the goods. At times like this light weight patterns fished on copolymer lines instead of fluorocarbon are often more productive as they fish much higher in the water than the epoxy buzzer patterns on fluorocarbon leaders. Often when the fish are high in fact small traditionals such as black and peacock spiders and black pennels often produce well their body hackle holding the fly up and nearer to the surface. On those days like the last three where the sun has shone the fish have gone down a bit but heavier buzzers / nymphs and gold head patterns fished deeper have continued to produce. Rod average per visit is just under 4 which, bearing in mind a lot of our members only come down for a couple of hours,  is excellent fishing. Fish are now spread well around the lake and most areas are producing. The top bay by the haul road continues to produce well as does the south bank down from the big willow; the gravels on the north bank and the top north west corner. With the weather forecast looking good for the next week there is no reason why the super fishing currently enjoyed should not continue.

Those observant amongst you will notice numbered posts at regular intervals around the lake about 2 metres out from the bank. These are the argulus traps put in by EA to try to catch argulus eggs. It will be very interesting to see the results.

Roger

 

 

 

 

Fishery Position at Tuesday 10th April 2018– Well we are pleased to report that the floods have receded to a level whereby fishing can again commence from tomorrow, Wednesday 11th April. However please, please do take care as there is still a couple of inches on some of the platforms and they may be a bit slippery. Regrettably however the latest floods have made the access track around the lake very soft and muddy in parts so for the time being cars are not allowed access onto the perimeter track. All cars therefore must be parked on the official car park. This position will be kept under regular review.

With regards to the fishing well today (Tuesday) I have seen down the lake one of the biggest buzzer hatches I have seen for a long while with fish ‘head and tailing ‘ literally all over the lake. A further stocking has gone in today with more planned for next week. Floating lines with bloodworm and buzzer combinations will work I am sure as will the old favourites such as black and green; cats whiskers and damsels fished on a variety of different density lines.  Let’s hope now we can have some settled weather, no more floods and enjoy the wonderful fishing that we know our lake can provide- ‘get after them’!

Roger

Fishery Report 19th – 24th March- Well members are now starting to enjoy some super fishing with beautifully conditioned rainbows (and the odd overwintered brownie) averaging just on 2.25 lbs providing some real rod bending action. This period has seen 286 fish taken to 76 rods giving an average of  just under 4 fish per rod visit. The milder weather, coupled with an increase in insect activity, has seen the fish spread out more and when I was down yesterday I saw fish caught from the gravels on the north bank; in the reeds by the outlet; the last four platforms on the south bank; by the big willow on the south bank; halfway between the point and the club hut on the south bank and the top bay by the haul road bridge. Amazingly enough not much (to the best of my knowledge) has been caught yet on the west bank but I am sure it can only be a matter of time before fish take up residence on this normally very productive bank.

As to methods, well the usual small lures fished on a variety of lines ‘are pulling’ however angling pressure particularly in the popular spots such as the top bay has caused the fish to become a bit more selective and nymph type patterns such as buzzers and particularly bloodworm imitations are now starting to catch well. As to depth well the fish are still ‘down a bit’ so do allow your flies to get down either by using weighted patterns; midge tip or sinking lines although floating lines with longish leaders and weighted patterns are catching a lot of the fish. As advised earlier authorised members can take their cars round to the gravels on the north bank but not beyond. This will continue to be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Enjoy your fishing

Roger

Track Update at Tuesday 20th March- following a check on the track today we are pleased to advise that with immediate effect authorised members may now bring their vehicles along the south bank; the east bank and the north bank up to the gravels. No vehicles must be taken from the gravels up to and onto the West bank as this area is still very soft. Members must use the ‘gravels area’  for turning round. The position will again be reviewed in another week.

Fishery Report 11th – 18th March– well those members who found the fish had a pretty good week with 66 member visits resulting in 391 fish being caught giving a rod average of just under 6 fish per visit.  And what cracking fish they were too with an average weight of just on 2.25lbs and a good sprinkling of fish in the 3lb – 4.75lbs class thrown in for good measure. Also it was good to see a few overwintered brownies and rainbows turn up in returns. To date 1770 fish have been stocked with 666 fish taken. Weekly stocking (subject obviously to the vagaries of our weather systems) will continue now until mid May when position will be reviewed. With regards to hot spots I cannot stress enough (sorry yes again) the importance of locating the fish shoals. With this very cold air and water temperatures fish will continue to be shoaled up and it is just no good being ’50 yards away’. Do try and find out where the fish are otherwise it is still very possible you will draw a blank. Hot spots when I was down last week and where I saw/ know of fish being caught continue to be the top bay in the first 3 swims down from the little hut on the south bank. The swims on the haul road particularly the last one by the culvert. In the reeds  between the gravels and the little Island on the north bank. The outlet and swims in the reeds 0n the east bank and the two swims just down from the large willow on the south bank. There are probably other spots where fish have been taken but the above are ones I know for sure that have produced. As to methods,  well as many times before,  depth reigns supreme with pattern somewhat secondary although, probably because most members are using them, lures in black and green, white and green, olive and orange have all produced their share of fish. Floating/ intermediate, slow sink lines with weighted patterns to get down a bit have all worked as has the di 7 and booby combination. As I have said before, and I make no apology for saying it again, if you have fished a spot say for half an hour, using a variety of retrieves and at different depths do move if you have not caught. In weather conditions we are having it is very unlikely fish will come to you- you just have to go looking for them!! Often a walk around the lake to see how others are ‘fairing’ instead of plonking yourself in the first convenient spot will prove productive and give you an idea of where fish are.

Regrettably our perimeter track has not dried out yet so cars are still not allowed onto the fishery perimeter track. This position will be reviewed each week.

Roger

 

 

 

Fishery Report 5th – 10th March- Well at long last our fishing has begun and, provided you can find where the fish are’ some very respectable bags of fish have been taken. During this period we have had 83 member rod visits with 230 trout caught. Nearly all the fish have been 2lb + with a sprinkling of 3 and 4lb fish taken. To date 1320 fish have been stocked with some fish up to 6lbs in weight put in this week. Weather permitting stocking will continue every week now up until mid May with some brownies put in during the next 2 weeks.

Location really has been the key. As we expected after a spell of such cold weather our stock and resident fish are really tightly shoaled up, seeking sanctuary in areas of the lake giving them a food source and  some type of protection. Top spot by far during the last couple of days has been the top bay by the haul road bridge with the first 3 pegs on the south bank; the pegs on the haul road and the first 3 down from the culvert. Fish have literally been taken within a few yards of the bank where they are seeking shelter in the warmer, shallower water , weedbeds and where there is an abundant source of fry. Black and green goldheads have proved very successful as have gold head damsels; small cats whiskers and indeed buzzers and smallish weighted nymphs. These have been fished mostly on floating and intermediate lines just a few feet down. Fish have also been taken from the big willow on the southbank down to the outlet and in the rushes between the outlet and small bay on the east bank. I cannot stress enough the importance of keeping on the move until you find fish. If you have fished in an area at different depths for say half and hour with no takes do move on. In fact it sometimes pays, particularly if a few members are fishing when you get down, to take a little time walking around the lake until you come across areas where fish are being taken. It’s highly likely at present that 90% of our fish stocks are in 10% of our lake and will remain so until water temperatures rise as day time temperatures hopefully increase.

Finally can I just say ‘well done’ to James Glayshew, one of our Easton College Students who joined the club this season- On his first trip and on only his third time at flyfishing James had 8 lovely fish today weighing in total just under 20lbs- Well done James.

Roger

Fishery Report Sunday 4th March 2018– Well goods news at last. Glen Thorpe, one of our members, was good enough to take a walk over to the lake today and we are delighted to report that vehicles can now get down  the track from Worthing Road Gate to Car Park and the Lake is 99% ice free. So access and fishing is at long last possible. Many thanks Glen for doing this and providing such ‘a good news’ update. However the perimeter track around the lake is still very soft so for the time being members vehicles are not allowed around the lake. This will be reviewed again on Tuesday. So to all you keen members- ‘get fishing’!

Roger

Fishery Report at Saturday 3rd March 2018- Well I wish I could be informing you all that the track to the lake is passable and the ice on the lake now cleared. Truth is, despite ringing round quite a few members, I cannot find anybody who has tried to access our fishery. My car has been snowed in for the last few days so I have not been able to go down and have a look so I am in the sorry position of not being able to tell you the state of our fishery. I will continue to try and get information but in the meantime if any of you do try to go down I really would appreciate you ringing or e mailing me on what it is like so I can inform all members accordingly. I will try to get down on Tuesday to secure an update but if anybody has any information prior to that please do let me know. Owing to the weather conditions our next  planned stocking for Tuesday has been put back to later in the week. Also, I am afraid, but when the fishery is accessible again members cars will only be allowed on the south bank up to the club hut and not around the lake perimeter. This position will obviously be reviewed on a regular basis.

Sorry to be the bearer of such ‘non informative’ news!

Roger- tel 01362 858315; e mail rgibbons06@aol.com

Fishery report at Wednesday 28th February 2018- Well the good news is that some super rainbows averaging just over 2lbs have been stocked in readiness for your catching and further weekly stockings are all planned. Regrettably the bad news is that the weather conditions are such that we strongly suggest members do not try to venture down to the lake until this ‘beast from the east’ has passed and warmer temperatures prevail. Your committee believes that the track down to the lake will be almost impassable and that there is a very, very high chance of the lake being completely frozen over. Yesterday when we stocked we had to break the ice on the lake to do so and with temperatures still hovering below freezing it is very unlikely that the ice will have thawed to give any fishable water.  We are obviously very sorry about this situation and will keep you all informed on a regular basis. However I am sure you will all agree that no trout is worth risking getting stuck, possible vehicle damage or worse still potential personal injury on the snowy and slippery surfaces.

Roger

Fishery Report 13th – 18th February 2018- well it would be good to say that our last week of the season finished with a bang but in truth only 26 fish were caught by the 52 rod visits. Best of these was 3lbs with 18 weighing 2lb +. However although returns were low members reported seeing quite a few fry feeders in the top bay and by the club hut. However these proved very difficult to tempt despite a range of different offerings being cast at them.

In summary this season has been one of extremes. We had some absolutely super fishing in March; April and May.  The very hot weather that hit us in late May and early June then pushed water temperatures up to 22 Degrees C and the trout became quite distressed and just switched off feeding.  This resulted in very poor fishing and returns in late June; July; August and some of September. As the cooler weather returned and was more to the trout’s liking we enjoyed some very reasonable returns with some super quality fish being taken over October; November and December. Then came mid January and the floods and a futher two weeks were lost as fishing was not possible when the lake flooded badly.

Our summary for the season resulted in 8385 Trout stocked of which 200 were brownies. 6261 were recorded as caught of which 102 of these were brownies. Ignoring any overwintered fish stocks this meant we caught 74.6% of fish stocked (51% of brownies). This was down on the previous year where we caught 82% of fish stocked but bearing in mind we lost well over 3 months of fishing during the season through climatic conditions 74.6% is not a bad return at all and I am sure has held up well thanks to the weekly stocking programme devised and implemented by Terry Maidstone. Many thanks Terry.

Our new Season starts on 1st March and first stockings have gone in this week. These will be topped up on a weekly basis to mid May when the stock position in the lake will be reviewed. We do not want to go into the summer months with too many fish in the lake as this last year has shown that warm water and triploid rainbows just do not go together! Returns are poor and most importantly fish get distressed, something we should try to avoid at all costs.

Anyway to all our members old and new  I do hope you have a good season and look forward to seeing you again soon on the banks of our lovely fishery.

Roger

Fishery Report 31st January to 12th February– firstly many, many thanks to the 54 members who turned up for our working party yesterday. An enormous amount of good work was done in repairing the road and burning up lots of branches/debris as well as it being a really nice social event- again many thanks to all you who came.

On the fishing front things have quietened down a bit with this period producing 32 trout to 22 rod visits. Fish are still being taken in the top bay by the haul road and from swims between the point on the south bank and the club hut. Sinking lines with small lures such as cats whisker in various guises; black and green and small damsels have proved productive although odd fish are still being taken on buzzers. The water is now just about back to normal level and reasonably clear. Remember the season finishes on Sunday 18th February so time is running out for those ‘last few pulls (hopefully) of the season.

Roger

Fishery Report 23rd – 30th January 2018- Well the 32 Anglers who have fished this last seven days took 77 fish for a  rod average of 2.4 fish per rod visit. With the water continuing to clear nicely some super fish, mostly averaging over 2lbs with a sprinkling of 3 pounders, have been taken and nymphs such as buzzers; hares ear and diawl bach have taken over from the small lures that were proving successful when the water was more coloured. These have been fished mostly on a floating line with longish leader and most fish taken in the top 5 feet of water. Best spots continue to be the top bay down from the haul road ; the point to the club hut on the south bank and down by the outlet. However I am sure that other areas will hold fish and it is just a case of finding areas where the fish have ‘holed up’ for winter. Remember the lake remains open for trout and pike fishing until Sunday 18th February so we have another 18 days to enjoy, hopefully, some decent back end fishing. Regrettably the track around the lake still remains very muddy so vehicular access is still not allowed

Roger

Fishery  Report 22nd January 2018- Well the Lake is clearing nicely and the last 10 days since the Lake re-opened has seen 43 rod visits account for 82 trout, giving a rod average of just under 2 fish per rod visit. Best spots have been in the top bay just down from the haul road, the south bank between the point and the club hut and the top north west corner. Fish are in the top four or five feet of water and small goldheads; montanas; damsels in their many guises and nymphs such as crunchers and buzzers have all caught.  These have been fished on floating/intermediate lines with slow to medium retrieves. However fish do remain tightly shoaled up so do be prepared to move about. Although water levels in  the lake are almost back to normal the track around the lake remains very soft and muddy in parts. Therefore no cars are allowed around the lake until further notice.

Roger 

Extension of Season- Please note that our Lake will now remain open for Trout and Pike Fishing up to and including Sunday 18th February 2018. Hopefully this will make up for some of the time lost recently through flooding. No cars are allowed on the perimeter track for the time being.

Roger

Fishery Position at Friday 12th January 2018– well at long last the lake levels have receded and although a few platforms still have a few inches of water on them the decision has been made to open the Lake for Fishing again with immediate affect. However please do be careful as some of the banks and platform are a little slippery so please do tread carefully. Also we are afraid that we cannot yet allow access to member’s vehicles on any of the track around the lake so for the time being vehicles are forbidden. The Lake still remains somewhat coloured but when I was down there today I observed fish rising at the top and bottom of the south bank and just in front of the Club Hut. We do not believe we have lost any fish but it will be very interesting to see results now that fishing can re-commence.  Also because members have lost over two weeks fishing recently through the lake closure your committee is discussing extending the season to a date in February which will be agreed within the next two weeks.

Roger

Fishery Position at Tuesday 9th January– Regrettably, although water levels continue to fall, albeit slowly, a significant number of platforms are still under water and the lake water colour remains very sandy/coloured.  We do not feel that it is safe yet to open up the lake again for fishing so for the time being the lake remains closed. The position will be reviewed again this Friday, 12th January, when hopefully we will have some better news for you. Sorry about this but thank you for your patience.

However for those of you who like a bit of coarse fishing the river level has now gone down significantly and members may fish our river stretch for coarse fish if they so wish.

Roger

 

Fishery Position at Friday 5th January 2018– Firstly we are very sorry we have had to close our Lake but the position was such, with the very significant  flooding we have experienced, safety issues must,  and always will, take priority when we are making decisions on fishing accessibility. However the better news is that levels are now dropping away although quite a number of platforms are still under water. We have incurred quite a lot of bank damage by the culvert at the top end of the lake and this is scheduled to be repaired next Friday. Based on the forecast over the next few days we expect levels to continue to drop and expect by next Tuesday (9th January) many more platforms will be uncovered and that the  lake will be back within it’s bank limits. It is very important we check all platforms for possible erosion before anglers are allowed back on them and this will be done on Tuesday. A decision will then be made on when we open the lake back up for fishing. Until then the Lake remains closed and no vehicular access is allowed on any parts of the Lake. We are sorry for the inconvenience this has caused Members but am sure you will all understand the importance of making sure fishing is safe before we re-start again. We do not believe we have lost any fish and it will be interesting to see results when fishing re-commences.

Thanks for your patience

Roger

Fishery Report at 30th December– Well mother nature has most certainly put paid to the pretty good back end fishing members were enjoying. Up to the torrential rain last Tuesday night and all of Wednesday hardy members were averaging just over 2 fish per visit and some limit bags had been taken. However come Thursday the Wensum and |IDB ditch had risen very significantly and was pushing huge volumes of water into our lake causing serious flooding problems. Although I have not been able to get down yet I understand hardly any, if any,  of our lake is fishable with all platforms well under water. How much damage has been caused to our banks we just will not know until levels go down and we can have a thorough assessment. I am hoping to get down over the next couple of days when I can then give you all an updated report. Until then, I am afraid, that unless you want to have a look at a badly flooded fishery you would be wasting your time going down. Anyway update soon and may I wish you all a very Happy New Year, albeit with not the start we were hoping for.

Roger

Fishery Report 10th -19th December– ‘Well find the fish and you will have no problem catching’ seems to be the maxim for this last 10 day period. Although the rod average is only just over two fish per visit (51 rod visits-110 fish) quite a number of members have had bags of between four and eight fish each. However, as is normal for winter, the fish are tightly shoaled up and it is no good being 50 yards away. The hot spots, as I write, are in the top north west corner in the rushes; the top three swims below the haul road bridge on the south bank and the first three swims below the club hut.  Location and depth has again been key with pattern secondary although most fish have been taken a couple of foot down on gold head damsels; small cats whisker; montanas /black and green lures. These have been fished mostly on floating lines with either a fastish figure of eight; long slow draws or ‘on the drop’. How tightly the fish are shoaled up was ably illustrated during the Winter Match last Sunday. 31 members fished on a bitterly cold day with the bottom end of the lake and some of the north and south bank frozen and of the 41 trout caught 32 of these came from just 5 swims. (those outlined above). Winner with 6 fish for 12lb 2 oz was Graham Ball ( well done Graham). 2nd also with 6 fish was Tony Nash with 11lb 6oz; 3rd with 6 fish was Bruce Hubbard with 10lb 4 oz; 4th with 4 fish was Brian Elvy with 9lb 2 oz which included the heaviest fish of the day,  a lovely 3lb 8 oz rainbow that had been in the lake for some time. 5th was Ray Prior with 4 fish for 8lb 12 oz.  Although the fishing was somewhat patchy the day socially was absolutely excellent. Many thanks to all of you who took part and showed throughout the great club spirit we are so proud of. Thanks to Fred for super refreshments; to Andrew for excellent mulled (well diluted) wine; to Pat and Joan who worked tirelessly on the refreshments and organising the ‘lucky dip’ and to good old |Jim who helped in many different ways throughout the match. Despite the cold a really enjoyable day was had by all judging by the atmosphere there and the feedback I received.

May I conclude by wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and remember if you are planning to ‘have a go’ over the festive period do not linger long in swims where you are getting no response. Keep on the move and if you do find one of our tightly packed shoals some good sport should be there waiting for you – I do hope so anyway.

Kind regards to you all – Roger

Fishery Report 30th November – 9th December– well for the hardy souls amongst us the fishery is still offering some pretty good  back end sport. This period has seen 85 rod visits producing 247 fish giving a rod visit average of 2.9 fish. Best fish has been 4.5 lb with a sprinkling of 3lb + fish thrown in for good measure. Location and fishing at right depth has been far more important than pattern with most fish being taken in the top four feet of water and indeed on some days ‘right on top’ despite the cold. The favourite bank at present is the west bank although on the two occasions I have been down I have seen fish caught from the gravels and cromer pier on the north bank; the last 3 swims on the south bank before the outlet; just up from the club hut and in the top bay just down from the haul road. The advice really is that if you are not seeing any fish or getting any pulls and you have fished at varying depths do move on. Trout, particularly at this time of year do shoal up and moving say 50 yards can be the difference between success and failure. With seven weeks of the season still to go and a good head of fish still in the lake, there is no reason, subject obviously to the vagaries of the weather, why decent sport shouild not continue. Lets hope so anyway.

Sunday 17th December sees the Club Annual Winter Christmas Fayre Match (details were in November Newsletter). With about 30 Anglers spread around the lake it will be intersting to see where the fish are and how widespread they are around the lake. Inevitably we will get some surprises- something our fish seem to regularly give us but also one of the many reasons we enjoy trying to outwit them.

Roger

Fishery Report 18th – 29th November– Well at long last we have a lovely clear, cool water lake and our trout, thankfully,  are now responding to conditions they at long last like. This period has seen 134  rod visits resulting in 274  trout taken with 200 of these weighing two pouinds+ and a good sprinkling of three pound +. Although this only gives a rod average of just over two fish per visit do remember that a lot of our members only pop down for a couple of hours.   In fact quite a few limit bags have been taken by those members putting in the time and fishing in the right place on the right day and in the right way. Best spots seems to be anywhere on the north bank and the west bank with the top north west corner, when I was down there today, doing very well. As to best methods well these are wide and varied. I have seen fish caught on buzzers/nymphs on floating lines; intermediates with small fritzy type lures and faster sinking lines with boobies so it really is a case of take your pick. However most of the fish still remain in the top few feet so there is no need yet to plummet the depths. Stocking has now finished and 8385 fish have been put in with 5537 taken to date so there is, even allowing for predation, a good head of fish to go at for those members who enjoy wrapping up and doing a bit of winter fishing. Do get down there if you are one of those as there is no reason why the good fishing currently being enjoyed should not continue.

December 17th sees our Christmas Fayre Match. Details were in last newsletter.

Roger

 

Latest Fishery Report at 17th November 2017- well at long last some good news. The water is clearing nicely and our trout, at long last, have started to respond. The last three days have seen rods average just on 4 fish per visit with a number of limit bags take. Fish still remain in the top two or three feet of water and productive patterns have been small lures such as muddlers and vivas on slow sink/intermediate lines or floating lines with a small goldhead such as damsel or daddy on the point with a nymph type pattern on the dropper. Best areas have been by the club house; the top north west corner of the west bank and the gravels and cromer pier on the north bank. Let’s hope we can now enjoy some good winter fishing and wash away the blues of our long not very productive summer season.

Roger

Fishery Report 25th October – 9th November– The challenging fishing continues and although the lake is continuing to clear it still has a ‘little way to go’ until the clarity to our trouts liking! 172 rod visits have accounted for 184 trout with 155 taken being 2lb +. Some members who have been there at the right time and in the right place have enjoyed some good sport while other members have really struggled.

Fishery Report 14th to 24th October- although the fishing has picked up a bit we still do have an algal bloom and sport is nowhere near the level it should be bearing in mind the number of fish (1400 +) which have been stocked since late September.  74 rod visits resulted in 128 trout giving a rod average of just under 2 per rod visit. 106 of these were 2lb + with the best two taken of 4lb and 4lb 2 oz. To date 7231 fish have been stocked and 5010 recorded as caught. A further 750 are planned to be stocked by mid November. If only the water would clear I am sure sport would pick up significantly!!

Favourite areas continue to be the swims on the south bank up and down from the Club Hut although the very strong southerly winds we have had meant the north bank has not been fished for a while. I am sure there are fish on this bank for when conditions prove favourable. Fish caught have been mostly to floating lines and patterns fished just sub surface. Daddies; hoppers and buzzers have all produced fish. The last thing I want is to wish the good weather away but until we get much cooler conditions (preferably a frost) I fear our algal bloom could continue for a little while yet and our sport affected accordingly.

Roger

Fishery Report 4th to 13th October– this 10 day period has seen (fortunately) a continued improvement in sport although our water still remains a bit coloured which is still affecting catch rates.  Including our Match last Sunday (results below) 141 rod visits resulted in 164 fish being taken with 135 of these being 2lb +. Best fish was 5lbs and another weighed 4lb 7 oz. The swims just up and down from the Club Hut are proving most productive with the east bank by the outlet; cromer pier and gravels on the north bank and the middle of the west bank all producing a fish or two. Most fish taken have been caught in the top 3 feet of water with orange daddies; black hoppers/emergers; buzzers in black and green and the good old black/green montana proving productive. The fish seem to want a bit of movement in the flies and patterns fished fairly fast either  with short pulls or fastish figure of eights have proved better than fishing static.

Further stocking is taking place next week and the week after. Two stocking are then planned for November. These four stockings will result in a further 1200 fish being introduced.  All we can do now is hope the water clears further (a couple of frosts would help) as I am sure with clearer water and the planned stockings sport should continue to improve.

Eric Kett Memorial Trophy Sunday 8th October- 26 members fished this event and 23 trout were taken. Although this is normally fished as a dry fly event small nymphs were allowed this year owing to the water being a bit coloured, Weights were as follows:-

1s t          John Mack             3 trout for 7lbs.

2nd        Terry Maidstone    3 trout for 5lb 14 oz.

3rd         David Chalkley       1 trout for 4lb 7 oz

Top Lady Ann Baird              1 trout for 2lb 10 oz.

Largest Fish   David Chalkley – 4lb 7 oz.

Thanks to Andrew Howell and Pat Gibbons for the (again) super refreshments; to David Brooks who helped me run the match; to Alan Davis who ran the raffle (£130 made towards Club Funds) and to all Competitors for their support and generosity – as they say ‘ a good day was had by all’ socially if not always from the fishing front.

Next match is the Frank Wright Pairs Memorial Shield fished on Sunday 29th October. Full details were in last newsletter and entrance sheet is in weighing in kiosk. Telephone or e mail me if you want to fish but cannot get down to Club before match.

Roger

Fishery report at 3rd  October 2017 – well at long last something positive to tell you all. The lake is clearing nicely; 730 rainbows averaging 2lb have been stocked in the last fortnight and most importantly some are now being caught. The current cooler weather is most certainly more to our triploid trouts’  liking and hopefully sport should now continue to pick up with a further 1400 fish going in between now and the middle of November. Two fish over 4lb have been taken in the last 10 days with a further 51 taken most of which have been over 2lbs in weight. Currently the most productive area has been the south bank from the point to the club hut but when I walked round yesterday (Tuesday) I observed odd fish breaking the surface at most points around the lake. Most fish taken have been caught within the top 3 feet of water with small black and green lures and  buzzers proving productive. Our Eric Kett Dry Fly Memorial match is taking place this Sunday and, with about 25 members fishing,  it will be interesting to see results especially from those areas of the Lake which have not been fished much in the last two or three months. As the water still has  a little colour in it we are allowing match participants to use floating lines with dries; emergers and non weighted nymphs of maximum size 10. Boobies; blobs; goldheads or any weighted flies are not permitted. If you are not fishing the match there will be plenty of spare spaces for you to fish if you want to come down but we do request that members not in the match do not fish on the marked peg numbers at any time on Sunday until the match finishes at 1pm. Thanks in advance for you co-operation with this.

Anyway lets hope this update is the first of many between now and end January when we can report favourably on good fishing that our lake is offering and that high water temperatures; algal blooms and non-co-operative trout are a thing of the past!

I do hope we can now all enjoy some productive sport.

Roger

 

Fishery Report at 12th September 2017– Well at long last the cooler weather has caused our Lake Water Temperatures to drop and we are now in a position where we feel justified to start re-stocking. A stocking programme has been agreed with our Supplier and the first stocking will take place on Tuesday 19th September with approximately 400 Trout going in.  Three further drops will then take place over October with two drops scheduled over the first two weeks of November. This will result in approximately 2100 fish (average weight expected to be nudging 2lbs) being put in  over this period.  Given reasonable autumn and winter conditions this should provide us all with some really good back end fishing with,  if anything like last year, the fish being pretty high in the water and dries/emergers and nymphs fished either on top or in the top two to three feet of water proving successful. As our good Hon Sec. David Shannon put in his September Newsletter the fishing has really been dire over the last 12 weeks or so but hopefully this injection of fish and the cooler clearer water should provide us with the sort of excellent sport that we know our water is capable of – let’s hope so anyway.

Roger

Fishery report 16th August to 5th September – well with water temperatures still nudging the 20 degree mark and some green algal blooms affecting clarity the trout fishing remains very difficult. In fact in this period only 3 trout have been taken although very, very few members have bothered to fish. However we are expecting cooler weather over the next few days and this should reduce water temperature and help clear algal blooms. We are still planning to  stock  towards the end of this month and date will be confirmed shortly. Stocking will then occur with one drop in September; three in October and  one in November so we should be able to enjoy some good autumn and back end fishing. Let’s hope so anyway. The coarse fishing option has proved very successful with over 90 rod visits since we started in mid July. Some lovely catches of roach up to 1lb + and rudd to 1lb have been taken along with a few tench. This facility continues until 10th September and has proved a popular option with a number of our members some of whom had never tried coarse fishing until now!  In the meantime please be patient as it should not be long now before our lake starts to fish and we begin to enjoy the excellent trout fishing that we know our water can offer.

Roger

Fishery Report 24th July to 15th August- well the trout fishing continues to be very, very difficult with hardly any fish being taken at all. As we have said before our triploids just do not like the warm water conditions we continue to experience and there is little likelihood of fishing improving until the temperatures drop back to a level where the fish are more comfortable and stocking can re-commence. Those few anglers who have had a go have proved that no matter what ‘you throw at them and at what depth you fish ‘ out trout  are showing absolute zero interest.  On the plus side those members who enjoy a spot of coarse fishing and are taking advantage of the lake being open until end August for such have had some excellent fishing. Roach to well over a pound have figured in bags as have a couple of good tench and some nice rudd. Also one member caught a chub which obviously got in either when the river or ditch flooded last. There have been about 50 coarse fishing visits and so far, from what I can gather, only two trout have been caught by coarse anglers. This again illustrates just how our trout are switched off at present.

So the message can only be that we all need to be patient and wait for cooler and clearer water ( the lake currently has a greenish algal bloom); for the fish to switch back on and restocking to begin. (currently planned for 3rd week in September). Some good fishing will then all be had by all – let’s hope so anyway.

Roger

Fishery Report 16th to 23rd July inclusive– well rock hard and challenging is probably the best way to sum up this 8 day period. Only seven fish were taken by 29 rod visits with the best just on 3lbs. Very, very few fish were seen on top apart from an odd pod or two chasing fry and these were a long way out and mostly well beyond casting range. Water Temperatures continue to be around 22 degrees and during the very hot few days reached 24 degrees – these temperatures are not what are trout like or indeed are used to resulting in them switching off feeding. something we have found in the past happens at our Lake during the hotter summer periods. Some cooler and cloudier weather is forecast over the next few days and this might bring temperatures down and stir a little interest with perhaps a few fish more being caught  – if we are honest however we do not really know as our quarry has and always will have a habit of surprising us!!!!  However thanks to the Maintenance Gang the Lake looks superb and even if the fish are off our Lake is still a lovely place to walk around; have a cup of tea or coffee in the Club Hut; bring a picnic  and just pass an hour or so away.  For those of you who like a bit of coarse fishing there are 11 swims around the lake where coarse fishing can now take place until end August and  subject to rules as displayed in weighing in kiosk. Members so far have reported some fair catches of roach and Bill Bailey managed to lure one of our elusive tench (6.5lbs) – well done Bill.

Roger

Fishery Report 2nd – 15th July inclusive– Some very challenging fishing prevailed for most over this period. With water temperatures nudging 23 degrees on most days  our trout decided that feeding was just not on their  agenda. This period saw 99 rod visits recording just 66 fish giving a rod average of 0.66 fish per rod visit, the lowest we have had this season. However for a few who timed it right and got the location and method right they enjoyed some super sport. Every so often fish could be seen working in shoals and attacking pin fry particularly on the north bank and in the top bay. When these shoals came within casting range a small dry or emerger (preferably with a bit of red in the dressing) such as a shiphams; bobs bits; or hopper accurately cast to the marauding pod of fish resulted in almost an instant hook up. And what good silvered up fish they were to. This last Thursday when I walked round I saw 2 members bag up with 8 fish each in under two hours and later in the day I know that at least another 10 fish were taken, the best being just on 5lbs. The rest I saw caught were all between 2 and 3lbs and in excellent condition. So for those of you planning to go down do look out for these pods of pin fry feeding fish. Don’t look for huge splashes but merely for fins sticking out of the surface as the trout cruise just sub service picking off the pin fry at leisure. Have a small dry pattern ready and try to cast either into or just on the edge of the feeding fish. This method has certainly worked this last few days so there is no reason why it should not continue to work whilst the pin fry are still active- lets hope so anyway.

Roger

Fishery Report 25th June – 1st July inclusive– Well our sport continues to be dominated by weather conditions. The early part of the week with high temperatures proved very challenging indeed. Come the Wednesday ( the first day of the Norfolk Show) the ‘rains came down’ , cooled the water temperatures in the lake much to the trouts’  liking and some pretty good sport was had particularly by those members fishing dries and emergers. I know of at least 6 members who caught 6 trout or more and my wife and I managed to share 8 trout between us all taken on dry daddies; midas hoppers ( like a normal hopper but with a turn of glitter fritz at the head); and CdC patterns. Fish have been up during the day over the last four days and I understand there has been some good evening rises. In addition to dries /emergers members fishing the washing line with a floating line , buoyant fly on the point  and a couple of droppers such as daiwl bach; buzzer; cruncher of hares ear have also had some good results. The top bay continues to produce as does the west bank and north  bank from the north west bay to the gravels. When I was down on Saturday it was interesting to note the number of fish showing by reed beds where the swans had been working and feeding. I know particularly on Rutland at this time of year that you are often advised to find the swans feeding and you will find the trout. The swans obviously dislodge a lot of insect life that the trout devour with relish so do look out for feeding swans near the bank and this could well put you on to fish.

In summary 44 rod visits resulted in 89 fish with the best just over 3lbs and 74 being 2lb+. Total stocked so far this season is 6126 with 4521 taken.  Remember no more stocking is planned now until a date in September to be agreed. However with an estimated 1600 trout still in the lake and given reasonable ‘trout fishing weather conditions’ some good sport is still there to be enjoyed.

Roger

Fishery Report 10th – 24th June inclusive- firstly many apologies for the delay of this update but I have been away the last fortnight and was only able to pick up catch returns today. Well what a difference between the first week and second week. The first few days of this period, when weather was cooler, saw some excellent fishing with 70 rod visits returning 122 fish with best being a super rainbow of just on 5lbs. Fish were on top and some excellent dry fly fishing was had especially by those fishing the top bay and west bank. Come the hot weather ( and wasn’t it hot!) our fish again decided to ‘shut up shop’ and this last week up to Friday saw only 12 fish taken by 22 rod visits. When conditions are hard like they have been it is very difficult to work out how best to fish. One member I know had some success with fishing a buzzer under an indicator. Another caught a fish on a dry daddy- it really is a case of fishing the known fish holding areas and being prepared to chop and change tactics until you get some reward. Yesterday was much cooler and I understand that later in the day fish started to show and a couple of members had some good sport from the west bank on buzzers and dries. Weather will continue to dictate  sport  for the summer period with fishing likely to be reasonable giving cooler weather with a bit of breeze. Come the really hot sunshine and things will be a real struggle- such is trout fishing!! Stocking has now finished until September (dates to be confirmed) and to date we have put in 6126 trout with 4397 caught.

Roger

Fishery report 28th May to 9th June– As David outlined in his latest newsletter the warm conditions really did put the fish down for most of this period and unless you were prepared to fish deep things were proving somewhat challenging for those who like to fish on top. However come the cooler weather at the start of this week combined with the last stocking of fish until September and things really literally changed overnight. The last three days have seen fish showing on top and members are enjoying some super sport to floating lines and small nymphs/ lures fished just sub surface. Presently members are averaging just on 3 fish per rod with some super fish up to 5lb 8 oz ( well done Dennis) being taken.

Friday saw us entertain 12 lads from Methwold Iceni Academy School at the Lake to give them an insight into what our wonderful sport is all about and what a lovely day we had together with them. They all had a go with rod and line and caught 15 trout between them. In addition they went away with knowledge of what trout eat; the types of fly we use and how to tie them and wildlife (and predators) around the Lake. Many, many thanks to the 15 members who helped me with the running of this most successful and enjoyable day. Let’s hope that we may have tempted some of them to take up our great  sport in the future.

Roger

Fishery Report 15th – 27th May– this 12 day period has seen 183 rod visits result in 467 fish being caught giving a rod average of 2.6 fish per visit. Best fish was a cracking rainbow of 6lb 8 oz and 378 fish taken were 2lb +. Until this recent spell of very hot weather fish continued to be caught on or near the surface but rising water temperatures co-inciding with brilliant bright sunshine this last few days has most certainly put the fish down a bit and the most successful anglers recently have been those prepared to get the sinking lines out and fish deeper down in the lower and cooler water layers. Owing to the hot weather we have delayed our final stocking from this week to next when conditions should be more favourable for fish transportation and introduction. With  the fish going down a bit the deeper swims should prove more productive including the pegs by just below the big willow on the south bank; by the outlet; on the gravels and in the top north west corner. The swims just up from the club hut are also worth a look in these hotter conditions.

Fishery Report 6th to 14th May inclusive– Another good period of nine days which saw 134 rod visits ( this includes the members fishing Presidents Cup Match yesterday- results below) take 391 trout giving a rod average of 2.9 fish per rod visit. This is a very good figure when you recognise that a lot of our members, particularly at this time of year,  just pop down for a couple of hours in the morning or evening. Average weight of fish remains very good with over 80% of fish taken being 2lb+ with the best at 6lb 8oz. To date 4891 fish have been stocked with 3255 taken. Stocking continues each week until 30th May when the final stocking for the summer period takes place . ‘Stocks in the lake’ position will then be reviewed accordingly but at present no more are planned to be introduced until September. Good buzzer/nymph and top of the water fishing continues with fish spread all around the lake as the match yesterday showed. Those fishing fritzy type lures continue to catch and damsels are now starting to put in an appearance, as is the odd mayfly.

Presidents Cup Match – Sunday 14th May– ably equipped with a small gold head nymph and a sparse hares ear nymph ( brilliantly tied by our ‘maestro’ John King- many, many thanks John) 35 members did battle to see who could win the Presidents Cup this year.  89 trout were taken in a very keenly contested match that saw only the equivalent of one fish separate the top five weights. Fish were caught in all four sections pegged around the lake with probably the north and west banks just having the edge  in terms of numbers caught. In the morning, when fish were nearer the top,  the hares ear nymph did most damage but as the cloud cleared, the sun came out, the fish went down a bit and the small goldhead came into its own. Results are shown below but firstly I would like to thank again John King for all the hard work he puts into tying the flies for this match- they are just magnificent and it  really is much appreciated by us all.  Also thanks to Fred,  Andrew, Pat and Judy for looking after the refreshments which were much enjoyed by all. To David for helping me run the match  and for John and Rosie who ran the raffle. But mostly ‘thank you’ to the members who supported this match and who were so generous in the raffle prizes and raffle tickets that they brought and bought. Over £200 was raised in the raffle/auction we had so thank you all very much. The match was great, the social side even better and the match once again emphasised what a great club and water we are all fortunate enough to enjoy.

Results:-

1st        Stuart Marshall                6 trout for 12 lb 10 oz

2nd      Luke Goodwin                  6 trout for 12 lb 3 oz

3rd       Mel Mammone                6 trout for 11 lb 3 oz.

4th       Kevin Kingston Miles     5 trout for 10 lb 13 oz.

5th       Tony Nash                         6 trout for 10 lb 6 oz

Heaviest Fish- Mike Pond          4 lb 13 oz

Top Lady Rosie Bird                    4lb 1 oz.

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Fishery report 27th April to 5th May– well this 9 day period has seen the rod average continue at over 3 per visit with 124 rod visits resulting in 399 trout. Best fish was 6lb 8 oz and 274 were 2lb +. The super buzzer fishing continues with fish showing in most areas of the lake. More fish are now rising  resulting in dries and emergers starting to produce. The good old standby of a small fritzy type lure fished  fairly fast a couple of feet down is always worth a go particularly if you are struggling to catch on a buzzer/nymph approach. Gold head damsels are proving effective as is the good old montana again fished on a floating line in the top 2 or 3 foot of water. The north bank all along from the top north west corner to the gravels is holding some lovely fish and when I was down there today I saw two  super overwintered fish of about 2.5lbs taken.   There are plenty of fish by the outlet; on the point of the south bank and in the top bay and best catches are being taken where this a bit of a ripple. Fish rising in the flat calms with the gin clear water are proving a very interesting and absorbing challenge. Stocking continues weekly until end May when the stock levels in the lake will be reviewed and decisions made on future stocking.   Continue to enjoy the excellent fishing our lake is offering.

Roger

Fishery report- 14th to 26th April– Well this last 12 days has seen 181 rod visits record a total of 597 trout giving a rod average of 3.3 fish per visit. Just on 90% of fish taken have been 2lb plus with  the best weighing in at 5.5 lbs. To date 4076 have been stocked with 2841 caught. Weekly stocking continues until end May when policy will be reviewed. Excellent buzzer fishing continues and most days recently have seen lots of martins; swallows and swifts on the water enjoying the prolific buzzer hatches. Buzzers of varying colours are taking trout with black with orange cheeks probably the most productive. Members fishing gold head damsels; montanas and small fritz tadpole type patterns are also doing well and those who enjoy their nymph fishing will not go far wrong with hares ear; diawl bach; cruncher and pheasant tail patterns. Most fish continue to be caught within the top 5 feet of water and more fish are now starting to show ‘on top’. Good dry/emerger action should not be too far away now as the water warms! Favourite and most productive areas are the top bay and the point on the south bank. The outlet and in the weeds at the east end; the gravels on the north bank and in the top north west corner of the west bank. However fish are being caught all round and it is just some areas remain more productive than others.  With the good fishing weather forecast for the next few days there is no reason why the excellent fishing should not continue. Enjoy it as before we know it the ‘dog days of summer’ will be upon us!!

Fishery report 6th to 13th April– Another very good seven days with 115 rod days resulting in 490 trout giving an average of approximately 4.5 fish per rod visit. Some cracking fish have been taken with Tom Boulton netting one of 6lb 8 oz and I had the privilege of netting an absolutely super overwintered fish of 6lb 4oz for Terry Maidstone. ( nobody deserves a super fish like this more than Terry does as he puts an enormous amount of work into making our fishery the great water that it is- well done to him). The water now is gin clear and fish gorging themselves on midge pupae of varying colours. Although some are showing on top most are still being taken a few feet down, probably in the range of 2 to 5 feet or thereabouts. Different methods continue to work depending on how high the fish are in the water but a couple of buzzers on a 12 foot leader fished slowly by way of a slow figure of eight or long slow draws is proving popular. Also ‘the washing line’ with a buoyant fly on the point and a couple of nymphs on the droppers is very effective when fish are a bit higher in the water. Intermediates with small lures and floating lines with small goldheads are catching also. In other words locate the fish and fish at the right depth and the pattern of fly/ lure you use is probably not too important. Best places continue to be in the top bay; the west bank; the gravels on the north bank; by the outlet on the east bank and by the club hut which just shows that fish are now getting well spread out around the lake.

Enjoy the excellent fishing the lake is providing.

Roger

Fishery report 26th March to 5th April- Well if you like your buzzer fishing now is the time to visit the Lake. Fish are feeding hard on this their staple diet  and some wonderful fishing is to be had. During this period 176 rod visits have accounted for 588 trout giving a rod visit average of 3.4 fish per rod visit. Bearing in mind a lot of our members only pop down for a couple of hours this is indeed good fishing. A total of 518 of the fish caught have been in excess of 2lbs with the best topping 6lbs ( well done Honourable Chairman Andrew) and at least another 6 fish of 5lb plus taken- great sport indeed. Other methods such as intermediates/slow sinkers with small lures are also producing as is floating lines with small goldheads. However from my observations and feedback , especially today Wednesday, all you really need is a floating line; a leader of about 12 feet in length (preferably not less than 8lb Breaking Strain as big fish are being taken) and a couple of  buzzers, the colour of which seems to matter not but black will always work.  Fish these slowly about 2 to 5 feet down using a slow figure of eight retrieve or long slow draws. If you like using an indicator set your buzzers at about 2 feet from indicator for top dropper and 5 feet for point fly. Location however still remains important but lots of fish are being taken in the top bay by the haul road; the west bank; just up from the club-hut and by the outlet at the east end. Weekly stocking continues with some more brownies  being introduced next week. It will be interesting to see how these show up (or not) as very few have been taken so far from the initial stocking in March- the enigma of brown trout!

Enjoy the super fishing that our lake is now offering.

Roger

Fishery Report 15th -25th March– The slight green algae bloom we are experiencing at present has slightly curtailed catches and will do until it clears. However 548 fish have been recorded to 224 rod visits over this period giving a rod average of 2.3 trout per rod. Some super fish have been caught with an overwintered brownie of 8lb 8 oz coming out and a 7.25lb rainbow. Seasons totals so far show 953 fish taken against 2051 stocked. Buzzers fished deepish on long leaders are taking fish as is the good old early season standby of black and green and  white and green weighted lures.  Damsels in varying forms and hares ear nymphs have also produced. Best areas are in the reeds at the top north west corner of the north bank; the last 4 swims on the south bank and up from the club house. Stocking continues on a weekly basis  and with the warmer weather forecast for this week there is no reason why we should not start to see a few fish on top. However fish, although starting to spread out,  are still fairly tightly shoaled so do be prepared to move around a bit if you are not catching. Finally apologies for nor giving update last week. I have been without internet access for last 7 days and am in fact doing this report on a friends laptop. Hopefully weekly updates will start next week.

Roger

Fishery report 5th to 13th March– this period has seen 134 rod visits result in 351 trout being caught giving a rod average of 2.6 fish per rod visit. Of these all have been rainbows with just one solitary overwintered brownie reported and 316 fish have weighed 2lb + with 5 recorded over 5lbs with the best just on 6lb. Best areas have been the bottom end of the south bank; in the reeds at the top of the north bank; between the south bank point and club hut and the top bay by the haul road bridge. Most productive methods continue to be floating lines with weighted flies such as goldheads; cats whisker; weighted damsels and  montanas although some fish are now being taken on buzzers and some fish I spooned on Saturday had some small buzzers in them. A range of different sinking lines are also proving productive when matched with small marabou tailed patterns and boobies. Most fish being taken are being caught fishing about 4 to 7 feet deep with very little surface activity. Location and depth you are fishing remains key and as I said in last report do move around if you are not catching fish. Weekly stocking continues and over this period 28 large fish averaging about 5lbs have been put in and this week sees the first brownies of the season being introduced.

Enjoy your fishing

Roger

Fishery report 1st – 4th March- A reasonable start to the season is how I would sum it up with 60 rods catching 154 Rainbows thus giving a rod visit average of 2.6 fish per visit. Best fish was just on 3.5 lbs with the majority taken being 2lb +. As is typical at the start of our seasons, and especially bearing in mind the cool conditions,  the fish were tightly shoaled and probably 90% of fish caught were in 10% of the Lake. The top bay by the Haul road Bridge was by far the most productive with the top north west corner and the east bank in the reeds all producing fish. However on many swims you struggled to get a pull thus showing how location is so important at this time of year and indeed will be for the next few weeks. Methods catching fish were varied but the good old ‘black and green’ weighted and fished on a floater with long leader or slow sink line producing the goods. Fast sinkers with boobies produced as did medium sinks with gold head damsels showing again that location and depth fished were more important than pattern. Most fish caught were probably about 6 to 7 feet down with very, very few fish showing on top. Stocking continues on a weekly basis and based on past experience the fish are likely to remain tightly shoaled up until water temperatures rise and insect life increases. Therefore, and I cannot stress this strongly enough, if you have fished a spot for say half an hour, tried different depths but not caught do move on to a more productive area. Also as fish are tightly shoaled do try not to hog the hot spots particularly if there are quite a few members on the lake. Catch three or four easy fish and then move on. This is only fair to other members who may be struggling to catch.

Enjoy your fishing

Roger

Season Final Tally to 31st January 2017 and update for New Season – Well with the lake iced over for 7 of the last 10 days the season went out with somewhat of a whimper instead of the ‘bang’ that some of us were hoping. However even allowing for the lost days our season total was pretty good. 8413 trout were stocked and 6809 caught giving us a 80.9% return based on stocked v caught. This was down a bit on the previous season but probably something we expected owing to the long ‘dog’  days of July, August and September last year when little was caught and the loss of a lot of our winter fishing this January. Of this figure 200 browns were put in and 112 caught giving a return of 56%. This lower figure is often expected with browns and it will be interesting to see how many overwintered browns show up this coming season. Our best fish was a super rainbow of 10.5lbs taken by John Blazey and  based on stockings /returns there are likely to be a few more fish of this size left in the lake. Thanks must go to all members who have contributed in any way, shape or form to make this a very good and enjoyable season. Your efforts are much appreciated and our Club could not survive without  member input such as you all give.

Now looking ahead to the new season that starts on 1st March. Everything is looking good, the water as at today is lovely and clear and the fish have been ordered. A schedule of our stocking plan is pinned up in our Weighing in Kiosk for your information. Many thanks to Terry Maidstone for undertaking the stocking work and for all the fine tuning he has done on it over the past few years that has resulted in us now getting very good catch rate returns. Terry’s attention to detail has most certainly benefitted us all in terms of the quality of our fishing. Thanks also to all members who attended today’s working party and assisted with road repairs; bank clearance etc. What the new season will bring- who knows. There is no reason however why we should not have a very good start, subject obviously to the vagaries of the weather, with some super fishing to be enjoyed by us all-  let’s hope so anyway. For those of you new to our fishery it responds in early season as most fisheries do in terms of tactics. Firstly the fish will be shoaled up and not evenly spread around the lake so do be prepared to move if you are not getting ‘any pulls’. Secondly a whole range of tactics is likely to produce with probably an intermediate/ slow sink line and small tadpole lures  such as black and green; green and white; olive damsel type patterns being favourite. If you like your floating line a longish leader and pattern with a bit of weight in it to get it down a bit  (gold head; hares ear; buzzer; bloodworm; montana etc) should all get you a fish or two. Fish will also be taken on hi-d lines and boobies so it really is a case of find your fish and fish away. One thing about our lake is that fish are very really down deep despite many parts of the lake being 12 feet +. The vast majority of our trout are caught in the top 6 feet of water and as long as your pattern will fish up to these depths you will always be in with a chance. However although you may see a fish or two on top in the first month it is unlikely that dries will succeed although come May, on lots of occasions,  that is all you may need.

Anyway enjoy your season and I look forward to catching up with friends old and new.

Roger

Latest Lake update at 7pm Saturday 28th January– The Ice is thawing and when I left the Lake at 4pm today (Saturday) all the west bank from the little island to the north west corner was clear as was the north bank from the north west corner to the gravels. All the south bank from top to bottom was still iced for about 10 metres out as was all of the bottom bay. With temperatures tomorrow expected the same as today and with a briskish breeze I believe the lake should be clear by mid day tomorrow and definitely by Monday- lets hope so anyway as I know a few of you want a last go before the Lake closes to all fishing on Tuesday 31st January.

Roger

Fishery report 15th – 24th January 2017– Well before the lake froze over as it had done by last Sunday fishing had been somewhat mixed. John Archer had a great mornings sport taking 8 lovely rainbows; George Twite continued his winter catching with another 3 and Kevin Kingston Miles and Jim Newton had fish of 3lbs and 4lbs respectively. For others however it was mostly blanks with just the odd fish being caught resulting in a rod average of just on 1 fish per rod visit. As I write this the lake is still frozen and with frosts and cold weather continuing for the next few days it is difficult to predict if it will clear by the weekend or indeed by season end on 31st January. Let’s hope it does as I know quite a few members would like a last chance visit before season end. We really are in the lap of the gods on this one!!!!

Roger

Fishery Report 4th -14th January 2017 – Well let’s start with the Winter Trophy Match fished last Sunday 8th January. Twenty Six  hardy members turned up to try their skills at tempting some of our remaining stocks and what a great weekend it was for the Ladies. Although Jack Butcher took the trophy with top catch of 3 trout for 7lb 4 oz  (very well done Jack and much deserved) it was the two Lady Anglers who fished who filled 2nd and 3rd places. Cathy Sotherton had 2 Trout for 6lb 9 oz including the heaviest fish  of the day, a lovely rainbow of 4lbs and Val Khambatta was third only 2 ounces behind with 3 fish for 6lb 4 oz. Well done the ladies for fishing so hard and well on what was a very challenging day when of the 26 taking part there were 12 blanks and only 23 fish caught in total.  In 4th place with 2 fish for 4lb 8 oz was our illustrious President Tim Aldiss closely followed by Tony Nash in 5th with 2 fish for 4lb 5 oz. Many thanks to all who fished and gave Raffle Prizes and to John and Rosie Bird for running the Raffle.  £150.00 was raised for Club funds. Also huge thanks to Andrew Howell and Fred Lines who provided super soup; rolls and cake and to Pat Gibbons and Joan Butcher who helped prepare and serve. Also many thanks to David Brooks who helped me run the match. A really sociable and enjoyable time was had by all despite the somewhat reluctance of our trout to feed!!

For the rest of this period fishing has been very much ‘mixed fortunes’. Excluding the match we have had 49 rod visits resulting in 64 fish being caught giving a rod average of 1.3. Best catch by far was Doug Cheyne who had 8 fish for his Wednesday visit bringing his season total to 96 – only 4 top go Doug! Paul Sutton had 4 to reach his 100 season limit- well done Paul   Ian Ball, I saw from the catch register,  had 4 and George Twite 3 so there is still a good chance of getting a fish or two if you pay a visit. Montanas and darkish nymphs fished fairly deep on floating lines are working as are intermediates/slow sinkers with small lure patterns. The top bay is still holding fish as is the north west corner ; swims up from the Club Hut and the east end by the outlet in the reeds .

Roger

Fishery report 14th December to 3rd January– Firstly I do hope you have all had a good festive break and a happy and joyful New Year to you all.

Well even if the smaller fish proved somewhat elusive at times during this period the larger fish, that have not shown for ages, suddenly put in a appearance. Brian Knights ‘cracked the code’ taking fish of 6.25 and 7.25lb. Ian Jeffery had a beauty of 7.5 lbs and our illustrious and hard working secretary David Shannon had a much deserved 5lb super fit fish that took him down to his backing and beyond. Over this period 92  rod visits have accounted for 130 fish giving an average of 1.4 fish per visit. Inevitably there have been blanks as the stock of fish left are shoaled up in small groups around the lake. However catch it right and sport can be fast and furious. When I was down yesterday the hot spot was the haul road bay where George Twite had 4 lovely fish ( and lost a couple more) in a short afternoon spell. Paul Brunton dropped in at the next peg and using an intermediate and orange blob literally had 3 fish in 3 casts! He finished up like George with 4 fish for his afternoon spell. George was fishing small flies with a black pennel on a midge tip  proving most productive. The difference in styles indicated that location and depth being fished was far more important than pattern- this is so often the case. Fish have also been showing in the top north west corner and on the last few pegs before the outlet on the south bank.

Sunday sees our Winter Cup Match and with nearly 30 members spread around the lake it will be interesting to see the other areas where the fish are shoaled up.

Roger

Fishery report 29th November to 13th December– although 89 rod days over this period resulted in only 121 fish, giving a rod average of 1.4 fish per rod visit these figures do not really do the period justice as on certain days the fishing was really good indeed.  Lynne Wee and Carl Palmer both had 7 fish for their week, Dennis Willis had 6  and some cracking individual fish were taken the best being 6lbs to Cliff Hudson with John King, our ‘fly tyer extraordinaire’  doing the business with a lovely sleek rainbow of 4.5 lbs. John’s fish came to a black buzzer and I believe Cliff had his on a small fritzy pattern.  However no two days seem the same and it really has been the case of being there at the right time and in the right place with pattern used not seeming to be that important. In fact when I was down last of the 6 people I saw catch fish everyone was using a different pattern ranging from buzzers and small nymphs, to damsel and to blobs. The only common factor was that all were presenting their flies in the top 4 feet of water using either floating or intermediate lines. Location was also important with the gravels; the top bay and swims by the club hut proving most productive. The water is lovely and clear and indeed when I was last down the weather for fishing, together with the clarity of the lake,  presented a fishing day which was infinitely better than many days we endure early season. As Terry Maidstone, who does such a good job organising our stocking, says that perhaps we need to be looking at our stocking plan with a view to putting fewer fish in during the early part of the season and more from September onwards!! After all triploid rainbows are cold water fish and the numbers of rod visits we are getting from members does indicate that winter fishing is increasing in popularity- food for thought for your Committee!

Roger

Fishery report 15th to 28th November– 101 rod visits accounted for 149 trout giving an average of 1.5 trout per rod visit. 129 of these were 2lb+ with a couple just over 3lbs taken. To date 8213 rainbows have been stocked and 6218 rainbows caught giving  a % catch rate (ignoring any overwintered fish) of  76%. With browns 106 of the 200 stocked have been caught giving a return of 53%.

The Gravels on the north bank; the top bay by the Haul Road Bridge and the pegs by the Club Hut would seem to have been the best spots although I do know that fish have been taken at the bottom of the south bank and round to the outlet. Also fish have been caught in the middle of the west bank by the willow tree. Floating lines still remain popular with small patterns such as midas nymphs (a hopper pattern with gold lite brite at head); black buzzers; hares ear; small black and green and white and green patterns and the ever popular and reliable damsels in varying patterns and shades all taking fish which, for most of the time, have been in the top 2 to 3 feet of water and sometimes; particularly on calm days even nearer the surface than that!  One or two of you have commented on how some of the fish are a bit lean and out of condition. I fear this is because of the long hot spell we had over late July; August and most of September when, with water temperatures during this time averaging over 21 degrees and reaching 24 degrees at times, our fish just did not feed and therefore lost weight. I have spooned some fish this last week and it does look as they they are now feeding as all of the 6 I spooned had food such as small buzzers; corixa and in some cases daphnia inside them. Lets hope they continue to feed and get back into condition.

Sunday January 8th sees our annual winter match and full details were in your November newsletter. Entries must be in by 4th January latest. A registration sheet is pinned up in the Weighing in Kiosk. Please put your name down if you want to fish. If you cannot get down to lake and want to enter please either e mail or ring me so I can put your name down.

Roger

Fishery report 2nd to 14th November– 82 Rod Visits have seen 115 trout taken for this period with the best fish being 3.25lbs and 85 fish being 2lb +. To date 6071 of the 8213 rainbows stocked have been caught and 104 of the 200 Browns. None of the very large fish stocked late September have been taken to date although when I was down this morning early I observed some very good fish fry-feeding especially towards the bottom of the south bank and in the top north west corner.  Most of the fish taken continue to be fairly high in the water with floaters and intermediates being the lines most used and indeed on the milder days quite a few fish are still showing on top. Much as my last report favourite patterns continue to be various nymphs and buzzers especially hares ear and small green nymphs. Hoppers have produced as have daddies fished wet and dry. For those who like pulling  small lures such as damsels; cats whiskers and black and green should produce a fish or two. A minkie or floating fry could well sort out the bigger fish. Top spots have been just up from the Club Hut; the middle of the west bank and the north bank gravels although when fish are showing on top they can be observed at many areas throughout the lake.

Roger

Fishery report 12th October to 1st November– During this period 142 rod visits have accounted for 279 fish giving a rod average of just on 2 fish per visit. 236 of fish taken have been  2lb + with four fish over 3lbs. To date we have stocked 8613 rainbows with 5960 taken. With brownies 200 have gone in with 98 caught to date. Fish have continued to be near the top with hoppers; daddies; shiphams; black and peacocks and small palmered flies catching quite well. When they have  gone down a bit small gold head damsels; cats whisker; montanas and various  coloured ‘tadpole type lures have produced a fish or two. As the fish are not deep floating and intermediate lines have proved most popular. Although fish are spread around the lake the top north west corner and west bank has been popular as have swims by the Club Hut.

Please remember that Coarse Fishing is now allowed on our Lake (started 1st November)  subject to the rules shown in the weighing in kiosk. It is most important that Members (and guests if any) book in on the Coarse Fishing Register hung up in the Weighing In Kiosk prior to fishing.

Roger

Fishery Report 2nd to 11th October – well the water temperatures are going down (15 degrees C as I write this) and the trout are coming up (at last!). This period has seen 180 fish taken by 72 rod visits giving a very respectable 2.5 fish taken per rod visit. The vast majority of the fish caught have been taken on; in or near the surface and fish are showing on top all around the lake. Hoppers in black or gold; shiphams; daddies; cdc emergers and olive damsel patterns; cats whisker and other small tadpole type lures   have all taken fish with the fish preferring the lure patterns fishing fairly fast on floating lines just below the top whereas  the dries and emergers have proved best fished almost static or with a slow figure of eight. The swims at the bottom of the south bank and by the outlet have produced fish. As have those on the gravels on the north bank and by the willow in the middle of the west bank. One or two brownies continue to show but none of the large fish put in 3 weeks ago have shown yet so they are still there for the catching. When I was down yesterday I saw evidence of fish fry feeding so fry patterns could be worth having a go with. With the cool and cloudy weather forecast to continue for the next week there is no reason why our fish should not stay near the top and provide us with some interesting; visual and challenging sport. Let’s hope so anyway.

Roger

Fishery report 21st September to 1st October– well what a varied 10 days this has been. On some days you would  think there were no fish in the Lake (despite stocking 1200 fish this month) and on other days   members had really good catches. This period saw just on 200 fish caught with a rod average of just on 2 fish per rod visit. Interestingly enough none of the large fish stocked this month have shown yet so there are still some very big fish to go at.

Our Annual Frank Wright Memorial pairs Trophy was fished for on Sunday 25th September and what a close run match it was . Although the fishing was challenging with 28 members taking 28 trout the results were very close indeed. Rob Edwards and John Mack ran out worthy winners with 5 fish weighing 9lb 10 oz.   Second were Jim Newton and Terry Maidstone with 4 fish for 7lb 13 oz  and 3rd were John Blazey and Cliff Hudson with 4 fish for 7lb 11 oz. Heaviest Fish on the day was a 2lb 14 oz Rainbow taken by Terry Maidstone and best individual bag was taken by Rob Edwards with 4 fish weighing 7lb 13 oz.  Andie Howell provided his usual excellent after match refreshments ably supported by David Brooks ( thanks to them both) and Alan Davis and Eric Mawbey are to be thanked for running the match. A very sociable time was had by all despite the somewhat difficult fishing.

To illustrate how at the lake no two days are the same I went down last Thursday and also today Saturday. To say the fishing was different is an understatement. On Thursday morning  Jim Hendry and I, fishing near the Hut,  had four fish each in very quick time between 9am and 10.30 am on washing line with small nymphs and could easily have caught our limits. On Saturday from about 8am to 11am seven members fishing had not had a fish between them. However about 11 am it was as though a switch had been pressed and fish started to feed in earnest especially on the north bank gravels and in the top bay by the haul road bridge.  All the fish being taken were  being caught very near the surface on patterns such as John King’s black death (basically a black hopper without hackle) ; black and peacock spiders; diawl bachs or daddies. It was interesting to note that, as is often the case,  the best fishing was being had where there was a bit of ripple on the water. Although fish were showing in the flat calms they were very difficult to tempt.

Water temperatures continue to fall and with the head of fish in the lake I see no reason why October should not see some very good fishing indeed.

Roger

Fishery report 7th to 20th September– well at last I can report some good news. The water temperatures are now dropping; two stockings have taken place and from last Saturday our fish have again started to feed. Anne Baird ( I might have known it would be a Lady) started the ball rolling with 8 lovely fish on Saturday and since then some reasonable bags have been taken with Pat Gibbons (yes another Lady); David Chalkley; George Twite; Fred Lines; Vic Gerrard  et al all having bags of 4+ fish . Favourite areas have been on the west and north banks with small flies such as hoppers and daddies fished just sub surface producing. It was very interesting to note that although super quality fish have gone in a large number of the fish taken, based on their appearance, were fish which had been in the lake for sometime. You often find that injections of new fish tend to bring the resident fish on the feed.   There is no reason, provided water temperatures continue to cool , why we should not enjoy some excellent fishing over the next couple of months. Let’s hope so anyway.

Roger

Fishery report 18th August to 6th September– well as you can all gather from the recent newsletter things remain very hard at the lake with very few fish caught. Water temperatures remain nudging 21 degree and the fish are somewhat dour and un-cooperative to say the least. Stocking however should commence again next week and hopefully liven things up. In the meantime enjoy this lovely weather and look forward to sport picking up as water temperatures start to drop back.

Roger

Fishery report – 5th to 17th August 2016 – well the difficult and challenging fishing has continued over this period with only a handful of fish taken to the few rods that have been prepared to ‘give it a go’. It most certainly has been more worthwhile visiting the lake for a cup of tea and a chat and enjoying the social side rather than attempting to catch one of our elusive trout. Water temperatures started this period at 24 degrees C but are starting to drop being just on 21 degrees C yesterday. Even this though is a temperature which, we have found from experience, our trout just do not like!! The weather, forecast over the next few days, is unlikely to lower water temperatures much so the hard fishing will, I fear, continue for the time being. Still our dour August is slipping away and we have cooler days and stocking starting again early September to look forward to. In the meantime enjoy the rest of the summer and do all those little jobs you need to do before our fishing starts again in earnest when September comes.

Roger

Fishery report 20th July to 4th August– the difficult fishing continues with water temperatures remaining at 24 degrees C for most of this period. 53 rod visits have resulted in 21 fish being taken with 15 of these being 2lb + and the best fish a cracking overwintered rainbow of 4lb taken by Mike Blazey from the top of the north bank on a floating line and sparse hares ear nymph. It was interesting that on the day Mike caught his fish water temperature had dropped a couple of degrees and in addition to Mike one or two other members had a fish or two. Eric Mawbey in fact fished the next day and had three good fish showing again how temperature and weather conditions can influence our sport so much. There have been no real hot spots with odd fish being taken all around the lake and, again interestingly enough,  most of the fish caught have been taken in the top two or three feet of water on floating or intermediate lines. I am afraid this pattern of fishing will continue until we have cooler weather (but let’s not wish our summer away!) but results are continuing to show that if you pick your day, are prepared to put the time in and be versatile in your approach a fish or two is well possible. One thing I have learned in over 60 years of fishing is that I can guarantee you will not catch anything if you do not have a line in the water!!

Roger

Fishery Report 4th to 19th July inclusive– Firstly apologies for not issuing a weekly report last week but I was on holiday. This period has seen 147 rod visits account for 147 Trout of which 119 have been 2lbs + with two over 3lbs.  Inevitably with the water temperatures rising (24.5 degrees C today Tuesday 19th July) and stocking finished until September catch returns are bound to be lower. However members who are sticking at it, varying their methods and trying different spots  are still catching a fish or two and this was proved last  Sunday when Mel Mammone and Tony Nash had 6 and 4 fish respectively. Most of these were taken on intermediate lines with small lures such as gold head damsels and the ‘love it or hate it’ blob. However during w.c 10th July I have been reliably informed that floating lines and bloodworm patterns fished a couple of feet down were taking a fish or two. The most productive spots seem to be in the top bay by the haul road; the west bank;  the point on the south bank or just in front of the club hut. The very warm weather this week unfortunately is not going to make the fishing any easier!

Coarse Fishing (excluding Pike) is now allowed for members only until end August on designated swims around the lake. A full set of rules together with details of where swims allocated are can be found in the weighing in hut. Please do familiarise yourself with the rules and also please ensure you book in and out on the Coarse Fishing Register. All Coarse Fish caught must be returned to the lake and no keepnets are allowed.

Roger

Fishery report 19th June to 3rd July– With water temperatures now nudging 20 degrees C the fishing, surprisingly,  continues to go pretty well. 174 rod visits recorded 340 trout giving an average of just on 2 per rod visit. 80% of these were 2lb + with a fair sprinkling of fish between 3lb and 5.5lbs.  Also a few browns have started to put in an appearance again and what lovely looking fish they are.  A variety of methods continue to work with more fish now being taken on top although floating lines with longish leaders and nymphs and gold heads probably still remains favourite. The best area to fish  really does seem to depend on wing direction with most fish being caught where there is a good ripple on the water or, particularly when it is calm, in the deeper water pegs such as just up from the Club House; the Outlet and the top north west corner.   However fish do continue to be caught all the way round the lake so if you are not catching in one spot do move on.

Roger

Fishery report 12th to 19th June inclusive- With water temperatures now over 19 degrees and still warming it is no surprise that the average daily rod catch has gone down a bit. Ignoring the Eric Kett Memorial Match on Sunday (full details at end) this period saw 64 rods catching 125 trout for an average of just under 2 per visit.  105 0f these were over 2lbs with the best recorded at 5.5lbs.  Nymphs such as buzzers and hares ear fished on floating line and long leaders have been productive as have gold head damsels, and,  when the fish have been up, gold coloured hoppers fished either on top or just under the surface. Stocking has now finished for the time being and to date 7574 fish have been stocked which include 200 brownies. 4964 rainbows have been recorded to date with 69 brownies.  This equates to 65% of rainbows caught so far and 35% of brownies. Often it is the case that brownie catch rates are lower than rainbows. However they often  show much later in the season when they should have put on a bit of weight- lets hope so anyway.

Sunday 19th June saw the Eric Kett Memorial Match keenly contested by 29 members. This is normally a dry fly only event but as so few fish have been rising during the day nymphs up to 1 inch in length were allowed. This proved a good move as 64 fish were taken, the vast majority on nymphs with only a few on dries later in the day.  Results were as follows:-

First with 6 fish weighing 13lb 3 oz was Rob Edwards- well done Rob.

Second with 6 fish weighing 12lb 4 oz our illustrious President Tim Aldiss.

Third with 6 fish weighing 12lb 2 oz  was Mel  Mammone

Fourth with 5 fish weighing 10lb 7 oz was John Mack

Fifth with 5 fish weighing 9lb 10 oz was Don York

Largest Fish- John Mack 2lb 14 oz.

A really great day was had by all and many thanks to Fred Lines who organised the super sandwiches; sausage rolls etc. To the Ladies and some Men Members who made the cakes. (really good to see some of our quite burly men members showing their feminine side!). To Pat, my Wife, who provided copious amounts of tea and coffee and sliced up numerous pieces of cake. To David Brooks who helped me with running the match and to Barney Ryder who organised the Raffle that brought in £140.00 for Club Funds. We were delighted to welcome Miriam Kett and Son Peter. Miriam presented the winner, Rob,  with Eric’s Memorial Cup and Peter was kind enough to provide Rob with a bottle of Eric’s favourite tipple! A truly great day fished in the way and manner that would have pleased Eric no end.

Roger Gibbons

 

 

Fishery report 2nd – 11th June inclusive– 138 rod visits accounted for 458 trout giving a rod average of  3.3 fish per rod visit. The high average weight continues with 383 of the fish caught being 2lb + and 3 fish recorded of 5lb +. Damsels fished on floating lines and longish leaders have come into their own this last few days with very large damsel hatches occurring each day. Although slightly more fish are starting to show on top the vast majority are still being caught a few feet down although some members have reported good on the top sport during late evening sessions. Daiwl bachs and hares ears have also caught as have small marabou tailed lures such as montanas and cats whiskers with the key again, as happens so many times in trout fishing, is fishing where the fish are and at their feeding depth. Best spots these last couple of days have been on the south bank between the point and club hut; the middle of the west bank and the top north west corner. A further stocking is planned for this week and this could be the last, subject to conditions, until September. Based on stocking v catch returns 2000+ fish remain in the lake which is a healthy stock to carry over for our non stocking period of July and August.

Sunday 19th June sees the Eric Kett Dry Fly Memorial match. Please put your name down on register in Weighing in Kiosk if you want to fish or ring me on 01362 858315;  e mail rgibbons06@aol.com  if you cannot get down to the Lake. Closing date for entries is Thursday 16th June by 2pm latest.

Roger

Fishery report 24th May to 1st June– 94 rods took 299 trout giving a rod average of  3.1 per rod visit. 255 fish were 2lb + with Phil Gaywood and Alan Davis both having fish of 6lb+. The fish still remain a few feet down and will probably continue to be so while we have these cool and very strong north /north easterly winds coming in. A variety of methods continue to work including gold head damsels on floating lines; small black and green lures on intermediates and the ‘washing line’ with nymphs such as diawl bachs and buzzers suspended on droppers above a buoyant point fly. Conventional nymphing with a longish leader and floating line continues to work when conditions are not too adverse. Most fishing activity, owing to the wind strength and direction,  has been on the north and west banks where fish have been fairly evenly spread although the top north west corner has probably proved most productive. When conditions allowed fish are still to be found in the reeds at the east end and by the outlet and in the bay in front of the club hut. We have a further 2 stocking to make in June then a break until September before we again resume putting fish in. Will we get a hot summer that tends to raise water temperatures and make our fish somewhat lethargic and elusive- who knows. Anyway do continue to enjoy the good fishing on offer.

Roger

Fishery report 18th to 23rd May– 103 rod visits accounted for 284 trout giving a rod  average of  2.75 fish per rod visit. 249 fish recorded were 2lb + with Andrew Gibb and David Oliver both having fish of just over 6lbs.  The fish still remain a little way down with, unfortunately, not many fish rising during the day. For this reason patterns fished deepish either on medium/ slow sink lines or floating lines with longish leaders and weighted flies are catching most fish. However there have been at times some super evening rises starting about 8pm. These however are not consistent and members are finding them ‘up’ one evening but nowhere to be seen the next- such are the joys of trout fishing. Although fish are still being caught all round the lake at the time of writing this the most consistent swims have been those on the west bank and from the gravels on the north bank up to the north west corner.    Weekly stocking continues until the second week of| June and based on returns there will be a very good head of fish in the lake when stocking stops. Sunday June 19th sees the Eric Kett Memorial Dry Fly Match for Members (details in last newsletter). If you want to fish there is a register in the weighing in kiosk or do phone or e mail me. Let’s have a good turnout.

 

Roger

Fishery report 9th to 17th May inclusive– 119 rod visits accounted for 423 Trout giving a rod average of  3.6 fish per rod visit. The high average weight continues with 400 fish being 2lb+. Three fish over 5lbs were taken by Peter Lilwall; Max Marriner and Kevin Pointer and I know of at least three members who have been stripped down to the backing and beyond by very large and powerful fish which unfortunately have ‘shed the hook’.  Weekly stocking will continue until probably the second week of June and, allowing for the stocking today, Tuesday, 6049 trout will have been stocked with 3477 caught to date. Buzzers; pheasant tails, small gold head damsels and particularly the daiwl bachs are proving their worth fished on floating lines a few feet down. The west bank is now starting to come into it’s own; the point on the south bank; the outlet on the east bank and the gravels on the north bank are all worth a look although fish are now pretty well spread all around the lake.

We have had another successful year trapping roach spawn and this has now been moved to the River and adjacent IDB Drain. If only a small % hatches off roach stocks in our river should continue to improve.

Roger

Fishery Report 2nd to 8th May inclusive– Another excellent 7 days culminating in one of the best and closest fought Presidents Cup matches we have had in the history of the club. (details at end). 531 fish have been recorded in this period for 154 rod visits maintaining our average of just on 3.5 fish per rod visit. Best fish of the week was George Twites super 5lb 4 oz Rainbow (taken during the match) and 476 0f the 531 fish taken were 2lb+ Rainbows with a a few of the Brownies we stocked showing again. Methods continue to be varied with buzzers; daiwl bachs, hares ear, damsels in varying forms and small lures being effective. Most fish however are still being taken a few feet down although this last few days has seen some super evening rises with large numbers of fish showing on top and taking emergers and small dry patterns such as bobs bits; hoppers and cdc’s such as the F fly. Fish are being taken all round the lake although with the easterly / southy easterly winds of late the top north west corner into which the wind has been blowing has been most popular and productive. Fishing into the wind does often pay particularly as the water warms up as it is doing at present.

The Presidents Cup held on Sunday 8th May was a great day both in terms of fishing and sociability. 36 Members fished and 109 trout were taken using 2 patterns tied by our ‘fly tyer extraordinaire’ John King. For this match he had tied a quantity of his infamous ‘black death’ (black seals fur body and hopper legs- simple but so effective) and some F Flies for fishing on top. With the bright steely sunshine and easterly winds it was fairly obvious the fish would be down a bit and so it proved with the old ‘black death’ (fished on a variety of different density lines taking 107 of the 109 trout taken. Individual winner with 6 trout for 15lb 13 oz ( including the biggest at 5lb 4 oz) was George Twite- well done George). He was closely followed by Luke Goodwin and Jimmy Newton who tied for second place with 6 fish each for 14lb 6 oz and fourth was Tony Nash with 6 fish for 13lb 15 oz. One fish, as you can see, separated the top 4 so what a great closely fought Match it was. Andrew Howell again proved his culinary prowess with a great BBQ ably assisted by Pat Gibbons and Joan Butcher.. Alan Davis ran the raffle which raised £235 for Club Funds- many thanks to all who attended for their generosity and David Brooks was ‘ master of the whistle’ ensuring all members moved to their allocated pegs at the right time- thanks David.    A most enjoyable day indeed.

Roger

Fishery report 26th April to 1st May inclusive– Well the pretty decent sport continues with 282 fish caught this period with a rod average of just on 3.5 fish per visit.   Best fish taken were 2 fine rainbows  of 5lbs by Jim Hendry and Mike Harvey respectively. Fish over 2lb caught totalled 236 and a sprinkling of brownies in the 1.75 – 2lb range continue to show in returns. To date 4848  fish have been stocked this season and 2657 taken so there are still plenty to go at with weekly stocking continuing. Best spots when I was down yesterday was the top north west corner, the top bay down from the haul road bridge, the point on the south bank and the outlet. Not many rising fish have been seen yet although large buzzer hatches continue. However the water temperature yesterday was only just above 10 degrees so we probably do need for the water to warm up a bit before feeding in earnest starts on top. Forecast for the next few days is for some warm weather so it will be interesting to see if it brings the fish up. A range of methods continues to be successful with both those who like their lures and those who like their buzzers/nymphs catching. However if you are on the buzzer/nymph do be prepared to fish them down a bit as most fish seem to be about 3 to 6 feet down.

Roger

Fishery report 17th to 25th April– This period has seen 119 rods catch 410 trout with 346 of these over 2lbs in weight. Best fish taken was a cracking rainbow of 6lb 4oz to our Hon. Secretary David Shannon- well done David you do so much for our Club and this fish is most certainly ‘justice done’ and very, very  well deserved.

The number of martins and swallows on the water this last few days has indicated that buzzers are hatching off ‘aplenty’ and indeed if you like this style of fishing the next few weeks most certainly should provide the cream of the buzzer fishing. However, as I said in my last report this is a time of year when many different approaches work and you literally can ‘pick your favorite method’ and have a good chance of getting a fish or two although fish are still tending to be down a foot or two and not  many fish are showing on top.  Fish are spread out reasonably well around the lake but again there have still been a few hotspots. The top north west corner; the point on the south bank; the top bay by the haul road bridge and the swims just up from the Club Pavilion have all produced fish. Weekly stockings continue and at last count of fish stocked v fish caught we have in excess of 2000 trout in our lake so plenty to go at.

Roger

Fishery report 10th -16th April– This last week saw 103 rod visits result in 367 trout being taken giving an average of 3.6 fish per rod visit. The largest fish taken was a lovely rainbow of 5lb 8 oz by Pat Gibbons.  Lynne Wee, Graham Ball and Craig Deal all had fish of 5lb+. It is good to see these large fish showing  and our stocking plan most certainly adds enormous interest to the fishing as you just do not know what size your next fish might be. One or two brownies also continue to show in returns but not in any large numbers. This is good as it means the resident stocks can continue to grow on and put on weight- something which we hoped might happen. Again, as expected for this time of year, a variety of methods continue to be effective. Whilst down there today I saw fish caught on floating lines and buzzer/nymph combinations; intermediate lines with small black and green lures; sinking lines with boobies and floating lines with goldheads such as damsels and various marabou tailed patterns. Fish are not too deep down with most taken in the top 4 foot or so of water with heavy buzzer hatches coming off and fish feeding avidly on these. The top spot (and most heavily fished part of the lake) is in the top bay where fish continue to be taken with abandon. However there are fish all round the lake and again today I witnessed fish caught at the bottom of the south bank; the swims just up and just down from the Club Pavilion and  the north west corner. I am also sure that the north bank holds a good head of fish around the gravels and cromer pier area and this was productive earlier in the week when winds came from the north. The swallows and martins are back which is great and a local bird watcher who walks our lake regularly reported seeing 34 different bird species today- wonderful and testament to what a lovely fishery we have.

Bailiffing has begun this week to check licences; membership cards; badges; booking in and bags of fish and will be ongoing for the time being. It is great to report that of the 20+ members checked so far compliance has been almost 100% with only one very minor infringement- well done to you all and long may this continue. Environment Agency Personnel do visit our Lake to make checks and it reflects badly on our Club if any non-compliance occurs.

Continue to enjoy the Fishing.

Roger

Fishery report 2nd to 9th April– the good fishing continues with spooned fish showing ‘heavy buzzer feeding’. Just on 3oo trout have been taken this week giving a rod average of just on 4 fish per visit. This is a very good figure bearing in mind a lot of our members just fish for a few hours on each of their visits with very few fishing for the whole day. Three fish of 5lb + have been taken along with quite a few overwintered fish in the 2 to 3lb range. This is very encouraging. Some of the browns we stocked are showing and some more went in this week. It will be interesting to see at the end of the season the % of stocked browns caught against stocked rainbows.

Fish are now showing all around the lake with inevitably some hot spots still prevailing. When I was down today (Saturday) fish were caught just up from the Club Pavilion; the top bay; the bottom of the south bank and on Cromer Pier and Gravels on the north bank. This is the time of year when many different methods/patterns will work from buzzers or other imitative patterns fished on floating lines right through to boobies on high d’s. You really can take your pick on the method and pattern you use.

Weekly stocking continues and with water temperatures rising more and more fish will show on top thus providing all of us with much more visual and interesting fishing.

Enjoy

Roger

Fishery report 24th March to 1st April– well despite the very heavy rain last Sunday the lake is still pretty clear with just a slight green tinge and all platforms remain fishable. The excellent sport continues with a rod average of just on 4 fish per visit with weekly stocking continuing to take place. Because the perimeter track is still wet and repairs taking place vehicle access is still only allowed from the haul road bridge to the Club Pavilion.

The fish are now starting to feed hard on buzzers and for those of you who like a floating line, longish leader and imitative patterns, good fishing awaits you. However for those of you who prefer the lure approach the old favourite of black and green is still producing the goods. Fish are now showing on top particularly on the milder, cloudier days, and with water temperatures rising it should not be long before emergers and even dries will start to produce a fish or two. Best areas continue to be the top bay; the north west corner;  the gravels on the north bank; the reeds by the outlet and just up from the Pavilion.

Roger

Fishery Update at Wednesday evening 23rd March 2016–  Well the lake levels have now dropped to normal, all platforms are fishable and the water, albeit still with a little bit of colour and green algae present, is fine for our trout. And how they have responded! The last five days have seen over 300 fish taken with the best, a cracking rainbow of 10 lbs, to John Blazey- well done John. The rod average for this period is just on 5 per rod and there have been quite  a number of 8 fish limit bags. The ladies also showed how well they can fish  with Audrey Robbins having an 8 fish bag which included 2x 5 pounders- well done Audrey.  A whole host of different lures/patterns are catching with something with black and green in the dressing probably still favourite. However the last two days has seen lots of ‘in the air’ buzzer activity so it should not be long before the trout are taking these with relish. In fact quite a few fish have been taken the last couple of days on imitative patterns fished slowly on floating lines and longish leaders. Trout are now all round the lake but hotspots, when I was down yesterday, included the top bay; the north west corner of the west bank; between the gravels and peninsular on the north bank and the back of the roll along on the peninsula. However my advice, which I know I am a pain in keeping repeating, is that if you have fished a spot for say 20 minutes, tried fishing at different depths and not had a pull do move on to other more productive areas.

Enjoy the fishing.

Roger

Please note- although the perimeter track is drying out we still need to keep vehicle access restricted to the length from the haul road bridge to the Club Hut for the next few days. Apologies for any continued inconvenience.

Roger

News from the Lake at Friday 19th March 2016– well I am really pleased to report that the water levels in the lake continue to drop and most platforms are now fishable (albeit one or two where wellies might help). Also the lake is clearing nicely and the fish responding accordingly with some decent catches recorded particularly from Tuesday onwards of this week. Our season to date tally now totals 687 fish caught with a rod average of just on 4 fish per visit. Best fish so far is 8lb 4oz with over 12 fish in excess of 4lbs taken with the  average fish weight of just under 2lbs. 2199 fish have been stocked and our policy of stocking weekly will continue. The 50 brownies stocked earlier are showing and to date about a dozen of these have been caught.

The fish are starting to spread more around the Lake although inevitably, with the cool weather continuing, they will continue to be shoaled up in places. Today (Friday) best spots were the swims on the north bank from the gravels to the peninsula; in the reeds by the outlet and the two swims either side of the Club Hut. Patterns again were not so important as location and depth although small lures still do seem more effective than imitative patterns such as buzzers; hares ear; diawl bachs etc. Black and green tadpoles and montanas continue to be effective as do gold head damsels and cats whisker plus the inevitable booby in a range of colours.

With very little rain forecast the lake will continue to drop and clear and fishing should remain good.

Roger

Lake flooding update at 16/3/16- With the dry weather now set in levels at the lake continue to fall although a number of platforms are still under water. Although, with the run off,  the lake is starting to clear it is still quite coloured and this will continue to affect catches as trout just do not like coloured water.

However members who are persisting are still catching a fish or two and I do expect this to improve as the Lake clears. Further stocking took place yesterday so there will be plenty of fish to go at when conditions are better. I will be doing another report at end of this week.

Roger

News from the Lake at 11th March 2016– As all of you know we have experienced very significant rainfall over the last 5 days and this sure has affected our lake and the fishing therein. Up to Thursday morning members were enjoying some very good sport with rod averages of just over 4 fish per rod. However Thursday pm and overnight into Friday morning saw the river and IDB drain come up at least 3 feet breaching in places our west and south banks. Unfortunately lots of coloured flood water has entered the lake, causing lake levels to rise at least 2 feet putting a lot of our platforms underwater.   Also the coloured water has most certainly put the fish off and when I was down there this morning very little was being caught. The water levels are now going down and with no more rain forecast should continue to do so. However the colour may take a few days to dissipate. If you are going down please do take care. There is still lots of water to fish (wear your wellies) but just accept that trout do not like coloured water and until it clears fishing could prove difficult.

Roger – 11th March 18.00 hours.

Fishery report 1st to 7th March inclusive-  Well for those members who braved the many and varying weather conditions that the first week of the season threw at us fishing was ‘typical early season’ and mostly very good. 60 Rod visits resulted in 226 fish being caught giving a rod average of just under 4 fish per rod. 137 of these fish were 2lb + with Graham Ball landing a cracker of 8lb 8 oz to make him catcher of the biggest fish for the week. Well done Graham- much deserved.

Typical cold water conditions prevailed with fish ‘holed up in numbers’ in certain areas of the Lake leaving those members not on the fish wondering if in fact there were any fish in the Lake at all! Rest assured there are with 1300 fish stocked already and weekly stockings continuing until mid June. Warmer water conditions and increased insect life will see the trout spread out a bit but for the time being the message to you all is that if you are in a swim. have tried presenting your flies / lures at different depths  and are not catching after say 20 minutes or so do move on to areas where fish are being caught. Pattern is not so important but location and depth you are fishing is paramount. Today for example when I was down there I saw fish caught on black and green tadpoles; sparklers; gold headed damsels; montanas; cats whisker; hares ear; black buzzer and diawl bach!. The commonality was that members catching were where fish were and were fishing about 3 to 4 feet down. Hotspots at present are the top bay down from the haul road bridge; in the reeds by the outlet on the east bank; the gravels on the north bank and the swims on the south bank from the club hut down to the big willow.

This week sees the introduction of the first brownies and it will be interesting to see how they show and feed. Brownies are quite notorious for either all being caught soon after stocking or going to ground and not turning up for a month or two – we shall see. Do remember that normal club rules apply to brownies  and they must be killed if caught.

Enjoy your fishing.

Roger

Pre-Season Ramble– As I write this there are only two days to go until our season starts on 1st March 2016 and I do wish all members whether current or new a very happy and enjoyable season. Before I give an update on my views for the opening may I say a very big thank you to all members who came to our Working Party on Sunday 21st February. An enormous amount of ‘burning’ took place and a considerable number of pot holes filled in. Many thanks to all of you who helped in any way and a big thank you to Andrew, ably assisted by Joan, for providing much deserved and needed refreshments.

How will our opening be? Well just under 1000 fish, averaging just under 2lbs have been stocked and what lovely conditioned fish they are.  Further weekly stockings will now take place (weather etc.  permitting) until beginning of June by which time approximately 75 to 80% of our planned fish purchases will have  been put in. We then stop stocking when water temperatures are normally at their highest in July and  August resuming again in September with final stocking in October. Our stocking policy equates to 75% of each members subscription being  spent on fish . Some large fish of 4lbs plus will be put in during the season and this year some brownies will also be introduced. It will be very interesting to see how they feed and show as sometimes brownies can be an enigma either being caught very quickly after stocking or going to ground and not showing until much later.

As to methods to catch you a trout or two well the early season favourites of black and green lures; cats whisker and  gold head damsels fished on an intermediate or slow sink line is always a good bet. Boobies on Hi-d’s will inevitably produce and for those of you who like your floating lines there is no reason why floaters with longish leaders and weighted hares ear; superglue buzzers; pheasant tails or small weighted lures should not catch. The key, particularly with early season when you will not see much surface activity, is to locate where the fish are and fish at the depth fish are feeding. Fish will be shoaled up and there will be hot spots around the lake with other areas seeming devoid of fish. If you have explored different depths (pattern not so important) and not caught do move on to other spots particularly if you see other members catching. There are no prizes, particularly in the cold early season months, for stubbornly keeping in the same spot when other members perhaps only 50 yards away are catching well.

Good early season spots, based on past history, are the first 5 or 6 swims on the south bank up from the Club Hut; the point on the South bank; the bottom bay just down from the haul Road; the swims on the south bank from the willow tree to the north bank; the gravels on the north bank and the swims on the east bank by the outlet. However, as I said, do be prepared to move as fish can show anywhere on our Lake.

Anyway enjoy your opening and I will aim to give an updated catch report each week or at least each fortnight.

Roger

End of season report at 3rd February 2016– Well for the majority of those members who fished the last 2 weeks of the season it really did ‘go out with a bang’. Why our winter rainbows decided to put in such a late appearance is any-bodies guess but show up they did and they were definitely in a taking mood. The last week finishing on 31st January produced just under 100 fish the vast majority of which were 2lb+ and the best just over 4lbs. Most rods did pretty well but it was especially pleasing to see our Hon Sec. take 8 lovely fish in his short session last Monday week. Lot’s of Members have no idea how much work goes into being a Secretary, particularly at this time of year when membership etc for 2016 season starting on 1st March is being sorted out and collated. We are indeed fortunate in having such a capable and conscientious Secretary in David who does so much for our Club and ‘justice really was done’ in him having such a good back-end catch. Our Hon. Chairman Andrew, who also does so much for the Club,  was also on the score sheet with 5 good fish including a lovely brown and even I managed 5 last Saturday week! The real hot spot was the top bay on the south Bank although fish were also caught by the outlet; from the point on the south bank and the swims just up from the Club Hut. The water remains lovely and clear and fortunately the flood we had seems to have done very little damage although we will have to keep the track around the lake closed for vehicle access for the time being.

So how did our season go? Very well indeed from the returns submitted which showed that out of the 8810 fish stocked 7322 fish were taken. Ignoring, as we always do in our stats.  any overwintered fish left from previous year, this gives us a catch return of 83.1% the highest % return we have ever had in the club’s history.  This really demonstrates the effectiveness of our stocking policy, worked out and implemented by Terry Maidstone, whereby we start our season with a smaller opening stock and then stock every week until mid June. We then break when water temperatures go up during the summer resuming stocking again in September. Thank you Terry for all the work and analysis you have done to arrive at this policy.

Of the 7322 fish caught approx. 85% were 2lb+ with the best going just on 7.25lbs. The quality of the fish has been magnificent and we must thank Lawrence and Jamie from Gwash Trout Farm for providing us with such super fish and really excellent customer service throughout the season.

Membership Recruitment for 2016 is going really well although at time of writing this we do have a few vacancies for new season starting 1st March 2016. Application form and contacts can be found on the home page of this website.

We all look forward to this new season which incredibly is only 4 weeks away!

Roger

Fishery report 2nd to 12th January– Well whoever thought that the rain last Thursday would result in so much water and our Winter match being called off for the first time in its’ history. However that was the case and on Friday river and ditch levels had risen about 3 feet resulting in our ditch backing up and water from it coming into our Lake at the Western End. This unfortunately resulted in Lake levels rising and by Saturday morning most of our platforms were under up to one foot of water giving me no alternative but to cancel the match. Today (Tuesday) I have just got back from the Lake and although river and ditch levels have gone down significantly the lake will take longer to run off and it will probably be end of week before platforms are clear. It was good to see that our south bank, on which we did a lot of maintenance work 2 years ago , proved sound and the river did not burst through. Also the water running in on the west bank was not too coloured and the lake water is still pretty clear. In fact those anglers prepared to don the wellies and fish from the flooded platforms have enjoyed some reasonable sport and since Saturday nearly 30 trout have been taken with one member bagging his 8 fish limit on Saturday from the outlet end. Fish have also been taken in the top bay by the haul road bridge; the swims just up from the club hut and from the south bank point. Most fish have been caught fairly well down with small lures and minkie/zonker patterns continuing to be favourite so it is still worth having a go especially as the season finishes at end of this month.

It is unlikely we can re-schedule the match for  this month so we may have to put it back to say November. We wil let you know.

Roger

Fishery report 14th December to 1st January– Well these last 3 weeks have really shown a mix of fortunes. One day the fishing has been pretty good the next you would think there were no trout in the Lake. This was ably illustrated last week when on Tuesday everybody trout fishing caught trout (26 caught that day). However the next day Wednesday produced very little indeed. Similarly when I had a walk round on New Years Day the 4 rods fishing had 15 trout by the time I left mid afternoon whereas the previous day catches have been somewhat sparse. Why, who really knows but weather patterns must play their part, I would think,  making it very difficult with the changeable weather to decide what will be a good day to go.   Anyway to the stats. Over this period 79 rod visits have produced 151 trout giving a rod average of just under 2 per rod visit. 126 of these trout have been 2lb + with the best at 4lb 8 oz. Floaters all the way down to D1 7’s have accounted for fish as they move up and down in the water with black; grey and white zonkers/minkies proving effective as have black and green lures and blobs of varying colours. Those persevering with buzzers fished slowly have also done well with again location being the key. Best spots have been the bottom end of the lake by the outlet; the gravels and swims either side of it and the point on the south bank.

Another member has had the misfortune to ‘have a rod pulled in’ when he put it down to do something else- a warning to us all that our trout can be quite aggressive in their take and a rod can literally be despatched to the depths ‘ in a flash’ so please do ensure you have hold of your rod whenever your line is in the water. If any member manages to pull in a rod, reel and line could they please contact me and I will make arrangements for them to pass it on to the rightful  Owner.

This Sunday sees our Annual Winter Match- there is still time to apply if you want to fish by e mailing or telephoning me. Closing date is 5th January.

Anyway I do hope you have all had a good Christmas and may I wish you all a Healthy; Happy and Prosperous New Year- and of course Good Fishing.

Roger

Fishery report 6th to 13th December– well those that  braved the elements have enjoyed reasonable success with 22 visits resulting in 43 fish during this period. 36 of these were 2lb + with the best just on 3lbs. Again small lures such as black and green; black and gold or silver and white humungus and cats whisker have tempted fish which still seem to be in the top 5 feet of water. Fish are still being caught in the swims just up  from the Club House; the last few swims on the South bank towards the outlet and, when the wind allows, on the gravels and surrounds on the north bank.

January 10th 2016 sees our Annual Winter Members Match. Full details were in your November Newsletter and an entry sheet is pinned up in the Weighing in Kiosk at the Lake. If you want to fish please put your name on that list or e mail me on rgibbons06@aol.com or phone 01362 858315. Basically the match is fished 10am to 1pm followed by a hot snack. Prizes for 1st; 2nd and 3rd + largest fish. Entry fee £5.00. Do have a go. This is a most friendly event where, based on past matches, the social side to the day has often taken preference over the fishing- especially if the weather is cold and unkind! Closing date for entries is January 5th 2016.

Roger

Fishery Report 21st November to 5th December– Well 50 rod visits over this period have seen 94 fish taken giving a rod average of just under 2 fish per rod day. 79 of these fish have been 2lb+ with 5 recorded of 3lb+. Whilst some members have struggled others have had some super sport with Kevin Kingston Miles;  John Blazey; John Mack/ Cathy Southerton and Jim Hendry all having 8 fish limits for their week.

Fish have remained fairly near the top particularly during the first part of the morning moving deeper as the day progresses. This was particularly well illustrated today (Saturday) when John Blazey; myself and my Wife Pat were fishing. When we first got there at about 9am fish were very near the top and we all caught on floating lines with small lures in black and green; green and white and silver and white. By 10 am  there was nothing in the top foot or so but a change to Di 3 or 5 lines with the same type lures or small black and gold boobies fished about 4 to 5 feet down again produced fish. John had 8 by lunchtime and Pat and I managed 6  between us- super fishing when you consider wind speeds were gusting to 30 mph with white horses on the water. Again this illustrates the importance of getting the depth right and the need to be versatile in your approach particularly at this time of year when we are catching fish which have been in the lake a minimum of 2 or 3 months and some a lot longer. Also at present our fish seem to prefer lure/blob type patterns as opposed to nymphs; buzzers etc. even though of the 6 fish I spooned today not one had any fry in but all had a small buzzer or two. Owing to the strong winds of late very little fishing has been possible on the north bank so best areas have been from the Club Hut up to the point on the South Bank; The top north corner of the West bank and the last  3 or 4 platforms on the South Bank towards the outlet. However I do believe that remaining stocks are well spread out around the lake and when the north bank becomes fishable again I am sure it will produce.

For those of you who like their winter trout fishing -continue to enjoy.

Roger

Fishery report 8th to 20th November– Well get the method right and be in the right spot and there is still some good back-end fishing to be had. Although, inevitably there will be blanks at this time of year this period has seen 90 rod visits result in 130 fish with the vast majority being 2lb+ fish in excellent condition. Adrian Head; David Hyams and Paul Bultitude all had bags of 5 fish + and quite a few other members had at least a  couple of fish for their efforts. Boobies and small lures fished fairly fast just subsurface to 2 feet down have seemed to be most productive although I have heard that some members have caught on floating lines and buzzer/nymph patterns. The swims just up from the Club Hut and over on the gravels again seem the popular and most productive spots. The water remains nice and clear and although temperatures are likely to fall sharply this weekend with the cold northerly winds forecast there is no reason why catch rates should not continue at the same sort of levels for the next couple of weeks. What is certain is that’ if you are not fishing you most certainly will not catch’.  And besides, thanks to our working gang who keep the lake so well,  fish or no fish our lake is still a great  place to be at in all weathers.

Roger

Fishery report 26th October to 7th November-this period has seen reasonable back end fishing with one or two members doing very full and taking 6 fish + for their visits.  177 fish have been taken in 98 member visits giving an average of just under 2 fish per rod visit. 132 of these have been 2lb + with three fish over 3lbs recorded. The good old black and green lure fished fairly fast on a floater about 2 to 3 feet down has scored well but other members have reported success on cats whisker; damsels; hares ear and hoppers, particularly John Kings simple pattern (christened black death by members as it has caught so many fish) of black seals fur body and four black hopper legs. Most productive areas continue to be around the gravels on the north bank and the swims between the south bank point and club hut. While this mild weather continues there is no reason why the fish should not stay up in the water a bit so floating/intermediate lines are still probably favourite. Very little fry feeding activity has been seen yet- perhaps we need a good frost or two to bring this on!

Roger

Fishert Report 4th to 25th October- Well the pretty good backend fishing continues with 392 fish recorded to 181 rods over this period. 328 of these were trout of 2lbs+ with 2 fish over 4lb and 1 fish at 5.25 lbs. Methods used and successful patterns continue to be somewhat varied to say the least with the only common denominator being that the vast majority of fish are still being caught in the top two to three foot of water. When I was down last week I saw fish caught on floating lines with hoppers in various colours; floating lines with fritzy black and green patterns; floating lines with daddies fished wet and dry ; intermediate lines with damsel type patterns; medium sink lines with boobies . Also from feed back |I have been given I know that buzzers; crunchers and hares ear nymphs are also catching. In fact one of the fish I spooned was stuffed with small buzzers whilst another spooned by a member had a small roach about 2inches in it – bring on the minkies and floating fry patterns!!!!

The most productive banks are tending to be those where there is a good bit of ripple and lately that has included all of the north bank and top north west corner; the point on south bank and the swims just up from the club hut. Although a fair number of fish are showing by the outlet these have proved quite elusive. Also mid morning to lunchtime has proved the most successful time to  visit although I know some members have done reasonably well later in the day.

This Sunday sees the Lake open until end January for  members and guests for Pike and Coarse Fishing. Please do ensure you read the rules shown in the weighing in kiosk and make sure you book in and out.

Also Sunday 1st November sees our AGM. Full details were in last newsletter. Please do make every effort to attend.

Continue to enjoy the fishing and our Lake in its magnificent Autumn colours.

Roger

Fishery Report 24th September to 3rd October 2015– Firstly many thanks to the 32 members who supported our Frank Wright Memorial pairs match on Sunday 27th September. We all had a great Social Day with some good fishing topped off by a super BBQ ably prepared by Messrs Howell and Shannon assisted by Pat and Teetia. Members generosity in the raffle raised £170- a truly great figure.  Top Pair with 9 fish weighing 18lb 12oz were Mel Mammone and Tony Nash. Second with 9 fish weighing 18lb 3oz (yes it really was that close!) was Mike Woods and John Mack. Third with 8 fish for 16lb 12 oz  was Fred Lines and Mike Blazey. Biggest Fish of 3lb 6 oz went to David Chalkley.

Overall the fishing has most certainly improved over this period with 279 fish being recorded in 139 rod visits giving an average of just on 2 fish per visit. 172 of the fish caught have been 2lb + with the best fish just on 4lbs. An odd brownie is still showing and to date about 50 of the 100 stocked have been caught. Fish remain in the top couple of foot of water and a variety of patterns ‘fished high up or on the top’ are succeeding. These includes John Kings ‘ black death’ ( a simple pattern of black seals fur tied with some knotted pheasant tail legs similar to a hopper but without hackle); muddlers when there has been a good wave on; cdc shuttlecocks; small black and red buzzers; foam emergers; daiwl bachs  and daddies to name a few. Fish are all around the lake but the middle of the west bank; the gravels to the north west corner and just down from the club hut on the south bank have been productive areas. Final stocking for the season takes place this week so with reasonable conditions and with a good head of fish to go at those of you who like a bit of back end fishing should be in with a chance of ‘some good sport’.

Roger

Fishery Report 7th September to 23rd September– Well with another 800 fish stocked during this period and with water temperatures dropping down (16 degrees yesterday) it is no surprise that our fishing has improved and some very good catches are now being recorded. Over 350 fish have been taken with a rod average of just over 2 fish per visit. Over 300 of the fish taken have been over 2lbs with Malcolm Walder and Val Khambatta both having fish of 5lb +. A variety of methods have caught but nearly all fish have been taken in the top 2 feet of water so floating / slow sink/intermediate lines remain favourite. Successful patterns include muddlers; hoppers; small black and green; soldier palmers; gold head hares ear- you name I and somebody has caught on it proving as always that depth and location are the key elements to success.  Although there are hot spots as always ( the west bank; gravels and by outlet to name a few) fish are actually well spread all around the lake. Also the fish do seem to want the patterns ‘pulled a bit’ instead of static.  Season to date we have now stocked 8460 trout and caught 5845 a catch return of 68% which is a pretty good figure bearing in mind we still have four months still to run. Our financial year ends at the end of this month so no more will be stocked in this financial year. We will keep our options open to see if we have one more stocking in October as we did last year.

The Frank Wright Pairs competition is this Sunday (27th September) and with over 30 pegs being fished around the lake it will be interesting to see the outcome.

Enjoy the improved fishing.

Roger

Fishery Report 20th August to 6th September– Well very little Angling pressure over this period and only about 50 fish  recorded. Water temperatures started at just on 21 degrees but are dropping now to 17 degrees which should make the fishing ‘ a bit more rewarding’. Stocking re-started on Friday 3rd September and the last few days has seen a few more fish taken with Mike Wellard and Tony Nash both having 5 fish on their recent visit. Fish seem to be near the top and a dry sedge or similar seems to be working particularly in the bottom north  corner of the west bank by the weed beds. Further stockings are planned for 15th and 22nd September so with cooler water temperatures and new fish going in our fishing will inevitably improve.

Do remember that we have the Frank Wright Memorial Pairs Match coming up on Sunday September  27th for those of you who like a bit of friendly competition fishing. If you want to take part either e mail me or put your name down on the sheet in the weighing in kiosk. Full details are on this sheet and were in the last newsletter. Do have a go if you have not entered before as these matches should be, and always are, very enjoyable Social occasions.

Roger

Fishery Report 5th to 19th August– Well the warm water temperatures (up t0 21 degrees C) have as usual had a significant impact on our sport  and things are somewhat challenging down the Lake to say the least. Few fish are being caught (although dear old Tony Nash through his sheer grit and determination is still managing a couple each week) . What fish that are being taken are still in the top few feet of water. This has been shown to be the case as the coarse anglers who have been using maggots and swimfeeders on the bottom had caught hardly any trout so far which is quite unusual (but good!). However some super roach have been caught by our members who like a bit of coarse fishing and with still 12 days of our permitted coarse fishing left I fully expect a few more to be taken. As to where to fish to catch yourself a trout well the deeper water pegs, even though the fish are still up, are probably favourite. The north bank from gravels to west bank; the swims just up from the club hut and those by the outlet are probably worth a go. However expect to have to fish hard and vary your tactics. September will see stocking continue and at present we plan to stock on 8th; 15th and 22nd September. On Sunday 27th September we have the Frank Wright Memorial Pairs Match. Details were in last newsletter and an entry sheet is being pinned up in our Club House this weekend. If you have never fished one of our matches why not give it a go. They are very friendly affairs where, to the majority of those taking part, the banter and social side is often more important than the fishing and result- long may it remain so!!

Roger

Fishery report 29th July to 4th August– Well this last week has really been hard going with a catch rate of under one fish per rod day. This surprised a number of us as water temperatures have not been too bad and well under the 21 degrees when our trout tend to switch off. However fewer rods have been out compared to normal so quite large areas of our lake are not being fished much and we do know that at this time of year our trout do tend to hang around in small ‘pods’ so feeding fish could be out there but not fished for- if only we knew!!

However one member who did not mind at all that the fishing was hard was new member Tony Godsill . Fishing just up from the Club Hut with a buoyant sedge pattern on his dropper and small cruncher nymph on the point Tony had an absolute cracker of a rainbow of 6lb 4 oz on the cruncher pattern. I was on hand to ‘help with the net’ and it was a pleasure to see such a lovely conditioned fish on the bank. By its’ appearance it was probably one of the large fish from our early season stocking and most certainly gave a good account of  itself giving Tony quite a few anxious moments before netting. . Well done Tony on the capture of such a lovely fish at what is a difficult fishing period.

Of the few fish caught most have come from swims just up from the club hut or on/adjacent to the gravels on the north bank. The fish still seem to be in the top layers and when feeding are just as happy to take a fast pulled lure or goldhead daddy;  a slowly fished nymph or a dry fly. In other words you take your pick on pattern and how it is fished with location probably being the key.

Roger

Fishery report 17th to 28th July 2015– This period has seen 82 rods catching 110 fish with the majority being over 2lbs and the best 3.25lbs. As in the last report it has been important to be at the lake on the right day as no two days at our water seem to be the same. This has been ably illustrated this week when on Monday hardly a fish was taken whereas today most anglers present had a fish or two. Successful methods are again varied. I watched Tony Nash today take four lovely fish on his favourite ‘orange lure pattern’ (courtesy of our flytyer extraordinaire John King)  fished fast just subsurface. Fishing either side of him and using small dries and buzzer patterns fished slowly in the surface film were Colin Brown and Ivan Scurll. They  had three and four fish respectively.  Location was key today but fishing in the top foot or so of water was also essential. The fact our fish are near the top was well proven by the fact that four Club Members today took advantage of the coarse fishing option open at present and despite using ground bait and maggots in their feeders never caught a single trout between them. Obviously no trout were deep down otherwise I am sure our coarse fishing members would have hooked a few. Current favourite locations are the first four our five swims up from the club hut and when the wind has been more favourable the swims from Cromer Pier up to the north west bay. I am told a few fish have also been taken in the top bay by the haul road and in fact when I walked round there recently I did see a fish or two showing there.

I expect the fishing to continue very much the same with each day being different and weather dependent. However for those members who enjoy ‘fishing for some challenging fish that have been in the water a fair while’ now is the time to go particularly as this cooler weather is likely to last for the next few days. Have  fun trying to catch them!!!

Roger

Fishery report 6th – 16th July– Well the return of 84 rods for 96 fish over this period does not do true justice at all as some members have had some truly excellent sport considering the conditions we have had. However no two days have been the same and it really was a case of being there on the right day. This was ably demonstrated over the last three days. Tuesday was very good giving  Ian Scurll 8 fish; George Twite six and Vic Gerrard 4 and quite a few other members with ones and twos. On Wednesday there were lots of blanks and very few fish were caught although John Archer did manage five.  Yesterday (Thursday) saw the fish switch on again with everybody fishing having a fish or two and the ‘two Thursday regulars’ Bill Austin and David Oliver taking eleven fish between them for their morning session. Nearly all the fish have been taken in the top two feet of water on a variety of patterns ranging from small hares ears; diawl bachs and buzzers through to largish lures on orange and coral colours. Some members have also done well on dries although not huge numbers of fish have been showing but those prepared to persevere with dries are often rewarded by fish coming out of the blue. The most productive area by far has been from the gravels on the north bank to the top north west corner bay. However fish have also been taken between the club house and south bank point.

Coarse Fishing on the Lake is available to members from Saturday 18th July to end August on certain allocated swims around the Lake and  subject to rules shown in weighing in kiosk.

Roger

Fishery report 28th June to 5th July– Well as expected the very warm spell we have had recently and climbing water temperatures (21.9 degrees C last Wednesday) has really slowed our fishing down. It really does seem to be a characteristic of our Lake that once we get to 21 degree C our fish have a habit of switching off. Only about 20 fish have been caught in this period and seven of those fell to Tony Nash who showed again (as he often does) that putting in the time, being versatile and having tenacity at difficult times is often the only way to put fish in the net when conditions are so difficult.  So well done to you Tony you deserve your good catch.  With regards to prospects well the cooler northerlies forecast for the next couple of days may reduce water temperatures a bit and bring a few fish on the feed. However I fear this will be short lived as warmer weather is expected later in the week. Our fish will therefore probably continue to prove elusive so if you do go down expect some hard and challenging fishing. Where to fish and how to fish? Well I would tend to concentrate on the deeper water just up from the Club Hut; by the Outlet; on the Gravels on the North Bank and in the top North West Bay. Be prepared to fish at varying depths and try different methods/patterns. You probably are at present just as likely to catch a fish on or near the  top as you are deep down. Tony in fact showed this only too well by catching his fish on a variety of methods from pulled daddies and blobs fished sub surface to boobies fished really deep.   Also do remember the old proverb that states ‘you will only catch a fish if your line is in the water’. And remember even if the fishing is hard our lake, with it’s current lovely display of wild flowers on the north bank, is a great place to be on a lovely summers day whether you are fishing, catching fish or not.

Roger

Fishery Report 15th to 27th June- Well it was inevitable that with stocking having finished for the time being and water temperatures creeping up by the day catches would be down a bit. However this period saw 254 fish taken at a rod average of just under 2 per rod visit. 211 of our fish were over 2lbs with the best just on 4lbs. Unfortunately I cannot give you much information on how or where the fish have been taken as I have been away myself for most of the last two weeks seeing family in Brighton for a few days and then walking the Upper Teesdale Moors, Co. Durham,  and trying to catch some of the wild and pretty brownies from the Upper River Tees which is a wonderful river to fish in terms of scenery and fish but a nightmare to wade!

From the little I have been able to glean in the day I have been back versatility in approach seems to be the key. There have been some good rises when small dries and emergers have worked. At other times you have needed to get down a bit to be in with a chance. The popular spots seem to be just up from the Club Hut; the top bay by the Haul Road; the north west corner of the west bank and the gravels. However I am firmly of the opinion that fish are spread well out around the lake and you are likely to have a few fish in front of you wherever you stand.

Really hot weather is forecast for the next few days and water temperatures will continue to rise. This week indeed will offer some challenging fishing!!!

We are pleased to advice that we have had another successful year with our roach spawn removal project removing spawn in our continued quest to reduce roach populations in the Lake.  Can I thank Dennis Willis (the Instigator of this project) and his partner Judy Ford for all the hard work they put in setting spawn traps; removing and disposing of spawn collected and drying and putting away the nets etc. They put an enormous amount of work into this and the Club is extremely grateful to them both. Again thank you Dennis and Judy.

Roger

Fishery report 1st to 14th June– Well what a varied 14 days of fishing we have had with fish showing well on top on the least likely days (ie bright sunshine and steely winds) to not showing at all on those near perfect days of mild winds and good cloud cover. Also some members have reported super rises in the evening (from 8pm onwards) whilst  others who have been down the next day have hardly seen a fish. We think we understand our quarry but in fact, if we are honest, we are often brought down to earth with a bang- probably the reason in fact why we all love our sport so much. Somebody once said to me in my very early days of trout fishing (many years ago)  that ‘the only predictable thing about trout was their unpredictability and that is the reason you will enjoy it so much’. How true that maxim has been.

Rising water temperatures and abundant food in the lake has also caused our fish to become a bit more selective. Last Friday when I was down I saw one of the biggest hatches of damsels I have ever seen followed about mid-day by a very large hatch of beetles which the trout were devouring off the top with relish. Fish I spooned contained damsels; beetles; corixa and buzzers of varied colours but mainly green. With so much to go at it is not surprising they are becoming a bit more choosy with the patterns we are using! However despite all this we continue to enjoy some super fishing. Over this period rods have averaged just under 3 fish per visit and if you think a lot of our members only come down for a couple of hours or so this is good fishing. Again talk to those who have caught and you will find a variety of methods and patterns have produced.  For those who like to fish on top CDC Shuttlecocks in claret; red; green  or orange have proved successful. Hoppers and F Flies have worked as have deer hair sedges on occasions. For those of you who like a ‘bit of pulling’ a gold head damsel or green and/or orange fritz is likely to produce a fish or to as is the much loved (or hated depending on your view!) 0range blob. Stocking has now finished for the time being so it will be interesting to see how the fishing goes in the, hopefully, warmer months ahead.

Sunday 14th June saw 34 members take part in the Eric Kett Dry Fly Memorial Trophy. Eric unfortunately passed away in January 2014 and this match is a very important one in the Club Calendar. Eric did so much for our Club  as well as being Chairman and President in the many years he was with us. We were very fortunate to have Miriam, Eric’s Wife, and five of his family at the match where Miriam ‘set in’ a commemorative plaque to Eric alongside the Oak Tree which we planted earlier in his memory.  As the match name infers this was fished in the way that Eric loved to fish which was dry fly only and although very few fish showed on top (despite text book conditions for rising fish) some good fish were caught. David Hyam with 3 fish for 6lb 10 oz was a worthy winner,  his fish being taken on a CDC shuttlecock. Second was Don York with 2 fish for 4lb 14 oz (again on a CDC Shuttlecock) and Third Brian Smith with 1 fish for 2lb 6 oz. Don York also took the prize for the heaviest fish with a rainbow of 2lb 7 oz. 15 fish were taken in all. One of Eric’s sons presented the Cup and Prizes and made the lovely remark in his address that there were now ‘2 Ketts Oaks Trees  in Norfolk!

Many thanks to all of you who fished; to Fred Lines who did the super sandwiches; to Andrew Howell who provided the Cake; to Pat my Wife who co-ordinated and served the refreshments and to David Brooks who helped me with the Match.  It really was a joyous occasion with a lovely Club atmosphere prevailing which Eric would have been  delighted to have seen.

Roger

Fishery Report 21st to 30th May– 130 rods have accounted for 380  fish over this period giving a rod average of just under three per rod day. 85% of fish caught have been 2lb + with the best at 6lb 12 oz and another of 5lb 8 oz.   A variety of methods continue to produce from lures/boobies on sinking lines to, when conditions have been right, hoppers on top. The good old gold head damsel in its’ many forms has been productive on brighter days and for the nymph fishers amongst us diawl bachs and hares ear have produced their fair share of fish. When fish have been up black and claret hoppers; shuttlecocks and  shiphams in claret or fiery brown have all been productive. In fact when I fished today and talked to every angler (all of whom had caught) everyone was using a different fly/ lure pattern and technique. Such is the joy of our water in that it really does offer our members the opportunity to fish in many different ways. Although fish are all around the lake, owing to the very clear water the most productive areas have been where there has been a good ripple to provide a bit of cover. In fact if you can handle fishing into the wind or where there is a good wave on the water it most certainly will improve your chances. A further two stockings are planned over the next two weeks and then we will assess the situation with regards to when we next stock based on stocks remaining; water temperature; clarity etc. Presently the plan is to wait until mid September after the next two stockings have gone in.

Roger

Fishery Report 11th May to 20th May– Well much the same as our last report with the Lake still fishing very well and rod catches averaging just under 4 per rod day visit. 364 fish have been landed in this period to 105 rods with 83% being 2lb + and the biggest three taken being 7lb; 6lb 4 oz and 5lb 14 oz respectively. The Easton College Lads who joined us last Tuesday for some practical fly fishing tuition and fly tying instruction had a super time. Despite some appalling weather with heavy showers and even hail they stuck it out and, supported by members, had some lovely fishing. One of the Lads, fishing with Luis de Souza, had a lovely 7lb fish using small buzzers on Luis’s light 3/4 weight outfit and what a scrap it put up. This was the third group of Easton College Students we have helped to  support with their studies this year and they have all had a marvellous time. Many, many thanks to all you members who have given up your valuable time and helped the Lads (and Lasses) to see what flyfishing and fly tying is all about and to assist them in the furtherance of their Level  2 and 3 Qualifications in Fishery Management. Easton College really appreciates the support we give them and to reciprocate will be helping our Club with some Lake and maintenance work from September onwards.

Anyway back to the fishing and a variety of methods continues to catch fish although one or two members have commented that the fish are wising up a bit and becoming a bit more selective. Buzzers; hares ear; daiwl bach; crunchers and small montanas remain effective. For those more into pulling and lures the good old gold head damsel should always produce a fish or two as will the popular black and green and cats whisker. Most fish are now in the top 2 to 5 feet of water and it will not be long before we see more surface activity and start catching on dries/emergers.  Best spots continue to be the last 3 swims on the south bank and the outlet; the west bank by the little island and nearly all of the north bank from the north west corner to cromer pier. Swims by the Club Hut are always worth a look.

We have the Eric Kett Dry Fly Memorial match coming up on Sunday June 14th. Full details were in May Newsletter and entry form is pinned up in Club Weighing In Kiosk. At this match Eric’s family will be present and we are siting a plaque, in Eric’s memory,  by the oak tree planted for him just over our footbridge and to the left. Do come and fish this match if you can.

Roger

Fishery report 25th April to 10th May 2015– well we continue to hold up the average rod catch of just on 4 fish with 214 rods taking 883 fish during this period. The two best fish went 6lb 12oz and 6lb 8oz with 662 being 2lb +. A few of the browns we stocked in April have now started to show adding a ‘bit more interest’ for our members. A variety of methods and patterns continue to score ranging from buzzers and nymphs on floating line to fast sink lines and boobies. Also, although not many fish have showed on top yet a few have been caught by those fishing ‘dries’ so this is encouraging. Fish are well spread out around the lake but the swims on the outlet and in the adjacent reeds have proved to be ‘the hot pegs’. However there are plenty of other productive swims for those members prepared to move about a bit.

Sunday 10th saw our Presidents Cup match and what an enjoyable affair it was. 37 members took part using super black pennels tied by our own fly tying maestro John King. They were sustained mid way through by great sausage and burger butties ably cooked by chef extraordinaire Andrew Howell and admirably assisted and served by his two lady helpers Joan Butcher and Pat Gibbons. Roger Gibbons and David Brooks ran the match and Barney Ryder organised a very well supported raffle.

John’s pennels definitely proved what a super fly they can be, particularly at buzzer time, and results indicated that this older style and often forgotten pattern can still more than hold its own against the myriads of modern patterns in use today. Members were restricted to all using one black pennel with no droppers and a six fish limit was imposed. Members fished 4 different pegs throughout the matchs’ duration.   Winner was John Watson with 6 super fish for a weight of 16lb 4 oz.  Second was Luis de Souza with 5 fish for 11 lb 15 oz and third Adrian Jolly with 5 fish for 11lb 11 oz. Heaviest Fish was a cracking 5lb Rainbow in tip top condition for Henry Sturman.  In total 77 fish were caught by those attending,  a jolly good result bearing in mind the bright sun we had for a lot of the match and the restrictions on fly etc imposed. Many thanks to all members who supported this event and we look forward to our next match which is ‘The Eric Kett Dry Fly Memorial Match’ scheduled for Sunday June 14th.

 

Fishery report 13th to 24th April– firstly apologies for not reporting last week only I have had the site down for a while to add some new photos and, hopefully, an application form that is easier to access, print off and complete.

Anyway I am pleased to say that the excellent fishing continues with many weekly limits and some super fish taken. This period has seen over 800 fish taken at a rod average of just over 4 per day. 85% of the fish have been 2lb + with the best a super rainbow of 6.75lbs falling to the rod of our youngest member Wesley Belsten. Well done Wesley showing, yet again, that you can catch bigger fish than your Dad!   50 Brownies have been stocked over this period but to date only two have been caught. It will be interesting to see how many of these do actually come out. Brownies sometimes have a habit of ‘disappearing’ particularly after they have just been put in. As to successful methods well they are many. Some members are still keeping to their favourite sunk line methods with small lures and boobies and are being rewarded. Others are fishing small goldheads such as damsels or cats whiskers on a floating line and catching well. However if you like your buzzer and nymph fishing now and the next few weeks will be the time. Of the dozen or so fish I have spooned over the last week or so all, apart from the very new stockies, have contained buzzers of varying hues and sizes. A floating line, a fluorocarbon leader of about 14 feet with a couple of buzzers or nymphs (such as daiwl bachs or hares ear) cast out and literally fished almost static ( with a yarn indicator at the junction of leader and flyline if you have trouble detecting takes) should provide some excellent and visual fishing. Love or hate indicators they do show you takes that you would never have felt if you had been fishing conventionally and waiting for ‘the pull’.  If no indicator do watch the end of your line, or as far along it as you can see, to help you detect the more sensitive takes.

As to best spots well they are many also. The bay by the haul road bridge; the corner of the north and west bank; swims either side of and on the gravels on the north bank; in the reeds on the east bank; the last 3 swims on the south bank and of course the swims just up from the club hut. In fact there is hardly a swim on the lake that has not produced a fish or two this last fortnight.

Many thanks to those members who helped the 10 lads and lasses from Easton College last Friday. The Students are doing a fishery management course and basic fly casting; fishing and fly tying is part of their syllabus. They all caught trout; tied some pretty decent buzzers that caught fish and thoroughly enjoyed their day. We have another group coming on Tuesday 12th May and if any members feel they  would like to help do please contact me.

Also members please do not forget our Presidents Cup Match on Sunday May 10th. Full details were in your last newsletter. Please put your name down on the list in the weighing in kiosk if you want to fish or if you cannot get down to the lake before the match ring or e mail me.

Anyway continue to enjoy your fishing’

Roger

Fishery report 28th March to 12th April– Well the Easter period has certainly seen our members enjoying some cracking fishing with well over 600 trout caught and a rod average of just on 4 fish. The larger stocked fish have now started to put in more of an appearance and on Saturday alone, when I was down there, I saw three  5lb + Fish taken the best being a super 7.25lb rainbow falling to the rod of Reg Howes on a deep fished buzzer. A variety of tactics continue to work as the fish move up and down in the water to take advantage of the large number of buzzers that are coming off. However as the water temperature is only just on 10 degree C the fish are still less inclined to ‘put their noses out’ to take a dry so patterns fished sub-surface are still best.  Popular methods continue to be buzzers or nymphs such as daiwl bach; hares ear or crunchers fished either on a longish leader or hung under an indicator; hot head damsels fished on a floating or intermediate line; slow sink lines with lures such as black and green; cats whisker or olive tadpoles and the ever reliable fast sink line and boobies. Finding the fish is now much easier as they are now spread well around the lake and indeed showing themselves pretty well on the mildish overcast days we have had. Popular spots continue to be the gravels on the north bank and swims either side; the top north west bay; the west bank; the point on south bank down to our club hut and the last 3 swims at the bottom of the south bank. Weekly stocking continues and this month should see some brownies put in. It will be interesting to see ‘how that goes’!

On Sunday 10th May we have our Presidents Cup Match(Members Only) . Details were in last newsletter and if you want to fish please put your name on the sheet in the weighing in kiosk or contact me.

Continue to enjoy the super fishing our Lake is providing.

Roger

Fishery report 18th to 27th March– Well the pretty good fishing continues with 350 fish caught in this period at a rod average of just over 3 per rod. Over 90% of fish caught are 2lb + and 3 fish over 5lbs have been taken. Buzzers are now starting to show in spooned fish and are indeed taking trout, especially the black epoxy style with orange cheeks as well as the good old bloodworm. Floating lines with longish leaders to get down a bit are proving most successful as, with water temperatures still  only 7 degrees,  fish are still not on top or in the top layers. The old sinking line with lures is still catching well in the deeper swims with black and green; white and green and orange proving popular and productive. Fish are now showing all round the lake but at present the swims between the club hut and point on south bank; the last 5 swims at the bottom end of the south bank and  the gravels and pegs either side on the north bank seem most productive. We continue to stock every week and in April we will be putting in some brownies. It will be very interesting to see ‘how they fair’ in our water and what % catch rate of them we achieve. Although the fishing on the whole has been good we do see that one or two members are perhaps finding the water a bit challenging and finding things difficult. Please, please do not be afraid to ask if you want help in any way. We really do want all our members to enjoy our water to the full and if we, the committee, can assist you in achieving this it gives us enormous satisfaction to do so. Either contact me or any of your Committee, advising us of areas where you may need help /advice and we will do our best to assist you.

Roger

Fishery Report 9th to 17th March inclusive- A pretty satisfactory period altogether  considering the water temperature was still just hovering above 6 degrees. 106 rod visits  produced 345 fish of which 317 were  over 2lbs. Best fish was a super 6lb 12 oz rainbow taken by Robbie Robbins who again proved ‘the oldies’ can often teach us all a thing or two when it comes to fishing- and indeed many other things! Robbie fished ‘how he likes to fish’ with floating line and small imitative patterns his big fish taking a small black buzzer. With a few more fish showing near the top and some buzzers now hatching off a higher percentage than last week of fish are now being taking on floating lines nearer the surface. However the most productive method, based on returns,  still remains a slow to medium sink line with small lures, especially black and green; green and white or olive green. However the floating line with longish leader and gold head to get down a bit is also producing results. Buzzers, as stated earlier, are now putting in an appearance and showing in spooned fish so do not forget these particularly if you are there when some fish are showing. Favourite areas continue to be the bottom of the south bank; the gravels and cromer pier on the north bank and the top bay by the haul road bridge. However fish are spreading more around the lake now and the west bank should soon come into it’s own. Stocking continues on a weekly basis and I am sure all members will join me in thanking Lawrence and Jamie of Gwash Trout Farms for the super quality fish  they are supplying us with.

Roger

Fishery Report 1st to 8th March inclusive– Well with water temperatures at 5 degrees and bitterly cold winds over most of this period it was not surprising that the majority of our fish were fairly deep down and shoaled up.  However for those who were prepared to fish down a bit and who found the best spots some very good fishing was enjoyed. Just over 300 fish were caught in this opening 8 day period with a rod average of just under 4 fish per rod. Best fish taken was a 3lb 8 oz rainbow by Pat Gibbons and a further 20 + fish over 3lb were recorded with the vast majority of the remainder taken being 2lb +.  The most productive method, particularly in the deeper areas where fish were found was a medium to fast sinking line  with lures such as black and green; cats whisker; boobies in various hues; gold head damsels and the like. In other words typical early season tactics and patterns. However as Tom Boulton; Dennis Willis; Jim Hendry  and others found, particularly in the shallower parts of the lake such as the top bay by the Haul Road bridge and the swims just below the club hut,  a floating line with a longish leader and weighted nymph patterns or small goldheads could also be relied on to take fish. However again the key was to let the flies/lures get down a fair way before retrieving.

As to best spots well the most productive area by far has been the bottom(south bank)  bay on the last 4 platforms right round to the outlet and rushes on the east bank; the swims on the south bank from the club hut down to the big willow and also the top bay by the haul road bridge. Swims on the north bank on and around the gravels have also produced but this has not been fished much owing to the strong southerly winds blowing into this bank. Fish however will inevitably be there for when the winds drop and this bank becomes more fishable.

We will continue to stock each week and whilst the water remains so cold fish will continue to shoal up and not be in all areas around the lake. Do search the swims you are fishing at various depths and with various methods but if you are not catching or getting pulls do keep your eyes open and move on to areas where fish are being caught. As stated before fish at present will not be in all areas of the lake!

With the fish shoaled up can I please ask that we, as members, all give our fellow members a chance of a fish or two by not hogging the hot spots. If you are in a prolific swim please do catch a few fish by all means but then move on to let another member have a chance.

Many thanks and enjoy your fishing.

Roger

 

Pre- Season Ramble at Monday 23rd February 2015- Well what a wonderful turnout we had for our Working Party yesterday. Sixty Members (yes 60!) turned up and did a marvellous  job repairing tracks and trimming and burning copious amounts of vegetation.  After the Working Party Members enjoyed a hearty snack of Soup, Sandwich and Cake provided by our ‘Chairman / Chef Extraordinaire ‘ Andrew Howell and were provided with opportunities to improve their double haul casting (many thanks to Peter Sutton); extend their fly tying skills (many thanks to Terry Bird and John King) and learn how to fillet trout expertly and with minimal waste (many thanks to Fred Lines for this and Fred do enjoy your retirement.) And a huge thank you to all of you who attended and worked so hard. The Club really does appreciate all your efforts and it was great to see so many members ‘doing their bit’ to help maintain and improve our lovely Fishery.

Well only six days to go and what are the prospects for our new Season starting on 1st March. The first stocking has taken please and will continue on the basis of a delivery every week until the beginning of June. Lawrence and Jamie at Gwash Trout Farm have again provided us with super conditioned Triploid Rainbows averaging just over 2lbs in weight which should most certainly ‘pull a bit’ when hooked. In fact we really do advise all members not to fish with leaders of under 6lb b.s.  and in fact a lot of members use a minimum of 8lb b.s. to avoid breakage.   As to best methods well any of the favourite early season tactics should produce. A slow sink line with ‘black and green’, damsel or cats whisker on the end will inevitably take fish. Those who like their booby fishing will catch too, although in the past our fish are not too far down on opening day so di 7 lines will probably not be required. If you like the floater well a long leader with a gold head pattern or a couple of heavy buzzer/ nymphs should get you a fish or two.  Although we will be stocking at various points around the lake as always, particularly at this time of year, fish will shoal up so location is probably more important than tactic. Do be prepared to move if you are not getting any pulls and people around you are not catching. However if those around you are catching it might mean you need to change tactics. Please do ask other members for advice if you are struggling. We pride ourselves on being a friendly Club and I do not know of one member who would not be prepared to offer advice if asked. Also as fish will shoal up please do not hog the hot spots. Take a couple of fish and then move on letting another member enjoy some success also.

The Committee does hope you all have a good opening start and wish you all, particularly new Members, a happy and successful season with us.

My weekly fishing reports will start again from about 7th March when I try and keep you all up to date with ‘how the fishing is going’.

Enjoy your fishing

Roger Gibbons

 

 

 

 

 

(Fishery report 26th to 31st January (Season End)– well with the bitterly cold weather and few members bothering to fish the season finished with a whimper as opposed to a bang! However those who were prepared to endure the conditions caught some really nice conditioned fish. Kevin Kingston Miles had four to his rod; Sam Mallett had two and even I, on the last day of the season, managed a brace.

Most Members would agree however that our Season in total  has provided some absolutely excellent fishing and must rate as one of the best in the Club’s history. 9040 Fish were stocked and 7299 declared caught making a return (ignoring any overwintered residual stocks in lake at start of season) of 80.7%. This really is an excellent figures and shows not just ‘the fishing ability of you members’ but also the fact we do not have a major issue with predation/poaching.   The return also shows how right Terry Maidstone has been in pursuing and implementing a weekly small drop stocking policy as opposed to introducing larger quantities at less frequent intervals. 80.7% is the highest return we have had since the Club was formed in 1969. Well done Terry for monitoring catch rates over the last few years and arriving at the policy which has worked so well. Of the 7299 caught 4803 were fish of 2lbs + (66% of catch) and four fish were taken in excess of 7lbs. Great results and all enhanced by the fact that from about mid April and for most of the year the fish came up in the water providing super buzzer; nymph; emerger and dry fly sport.

And so we wait our new season starting 1st March 2015. Again the equivalent of 75% of members subscriptions will be spent on stock fish which should mean a similar number of fish stocked as last year. A quantity of large fish will again be introduced as this policy has certainly proved popular  (much more popular in fact than some of us originally thought!) and given quite a few members a ‘trophy fish to look at’ or in other cases broken leaders; cursed words and the ‘big one that got away’ story to tell.

Our weekly stocking programme will continue with a slightly lower initial stock than previous years but then a stocking literally every week (weather permitting) to first week of June when position will be reviewed for our summer period.

The lake remains in excellent order with lovely cool clear water and we do hope that this continues for the next 7 weeks when  we will all be ‘getting the rods out once again’  to enjoy the super sport and enormous pleasure that the sport of fly fishing for trout gives to us all.

Regards to you all and see you soon.

Roger

Fishery report 13th to 25th January– Well the cold weather has most certainly reduced member visits and the fish have not liked it either. Rod average has been well under one per visit and with the lake being part frozen and some bitingly cold winds fishable spots have been somewhat limited. However the ‘young uns’ and Ladies of the Club again showed that it takes tenacity and commitment to catch fish in these conditions. While the  old timers lingered in the Club Hut over yet another cup of coffee Val,  Lynne and Sam were out there braving the elements. Sam, ably assisted by Grandad Jack, had 5 lovely fish on a small pink lure from a swim just up from the Club Hut and the ladies both had ‘a fish a piece’ Lynne’s, I believe, on a buzzer and Val’s on a small black and green lure.   Well done to them- fish much deserved.

I cannot really see things improving much for the last few days of the season so it looks as though our season will not go out with a bang as some of us hoped – however you never know with trout!!!!

On the next report I will include statistics on catches for the season which I hope you will find interesting.

Roger

Fishery report 3rd to 12th January– Many thanks to the 27 hardy Members who turned up to fish the Annual Winter Cup Match held last Sunday. A very strong and cold south westerly wind ruled out most of the north and east bank for fishing so pegs were restricted to the south and west banks. With bright sunshine and cold wind it was never going to be easy and so it proved. John Blazey ran out winner with two good fish for 4lb 12 oz taken on a Di3 Line and black and green marabou tailed lure. Young Sam Mallet was second with two fish for 3lbs taken on a Di 5 sweep line and black/green blob. Rupert Wood was third with the best fish of the day at 2lb 11 oz  (his first ever fish taken on a booby!) and others to catch with one fish each were Jim Newton; Tony Nash and Cliff Hudson. Andrew Howell, ably assisted by Joan Butcher and Pat Gibbons, provided coffee during the match and much needed hot soup and sausage buttie afterwards. Many thanks to them for providing this well earned sustenance. A raffle raised just on £160.00. Many thanks to members for their generosity in providing prizes and buying tickets.

Outside the match fishing has been slow with a rod average of just on 1 fish per visit. Fish are on the north bank on the gravels and adjacent pegs but conditions have made these swims difficult to fish. Some fish have been taken at the top of the south bank by the haul road bridge; off  the point on the south bank and just below the large willow down from the Club Hut. The middle of the West bank and the North West Corner has also seen a fish or two taken.  Best methods have been sinking lines with black and green lures fished anywhere between five and ten  feet down.  Perseverance at moment is the key.

Fishery report 16th December to 2nd January– firstly the Club does hope that all members and readers of this page have had a good Christmas and we do wish you all every happiness and success in 2015.

Not too many Members ‘had a go’ over this period but those who did enjoyed mixed fortunes. Inevitably there were blanks but the members fishing averaged just over 1 fish per rod day visit. However it was a case of ‘find the fish and you were in with a chance’ and this was proved by 12 year old  Wesley Belsten (son of Pike King Paul) who had 4 lovely fish on a slow sink line and orange goldhead. Well done indeed Wesley.   Others to catch were Lynne Wee ( yes ladies again showing us blokes how to do it!); Brian Smith; Luke Goodwin and even myself who managed bags of 3 fish plus on our Yule Tide Sortie to the Fishery. Some decent fish also showed with  5  fish taken over 3.5 lbs in weight. As to best spots well fish are being taken from the usual spots such as just up from the Club Hut; The Gravels on the North Bank; the Middle of the West Bank and also in the top bay by the Haul Road. The colder weather has put the fish down a bit but a large proportion of those caught have been taken in the top four feet of water. Small ‘fritzie type’ lures in black and green or with a touch of red have proved popular and a grey minkie has also accounted for a few fish. We have our Annual Winter Match on Sunday 11th January (ring/e mail me if you want to fish by Wed 8th Jan) )   and it will be interesting to see how the lake fishes and where the fish are as with 20 plus anglers around the lake more pegs than normal will be fished. There may well be a few surprises as  to where the fish show!

Roger

Fishery report 3rd to 15th December– although the rod average over this period has dropped to just on 1 fish per rod day (60 rods accounted for 66 fish) some members enjoyed some super sport.  Val Khambatta; Kevin Kingston Miles; Malcolm Walder; Luke Goodwin; Sam Mallett/Jack Butcher and Cliff Hudson all had bags of 4 fish + and these included a fair number of super rainbows weighing 3lb +. From what I can gather these were caught on a variety of methods ranging from floating lines and small dark patterns fished just sub surface to intermediate/ slow sink lines with lures such as black and green; cats whisker; blobs in varying colours particularly lime green and pink and damsels. Interestingly enough a fish I saw spooned had a significant number of damsel nymphs in it’s stomach showing what a good all round pattern a damsel, especially with a marabou tail and gold head,  can be all year through. The old favourite spots by the Club Hut and on the Gravels/adjacent Cromer Pier has produced,  as has the West bank and the north west corner in the reeds. This recent cold weather has most certainly put the fish down a bit and it will be interesting to see if they venture nearer the top during the milder weather expected for the next few days.

Our Winter match is scheduled for Sunday January 11th 2015  (details in last newsletter). If you want to enter there is an entry sheet pinned up in the weighing in kiosk. Or if you cannot get down to the Lake and want to fish please ring me or email on rgibbons06@aol.com. Entries should be in please by 7th January.

Roger

Fishery report 21st November to 1st December- Well it remains ‘being in the right spot at the right time and you can catch’ as the 38 Anglers who fished this week and recorded a rod average of judge over 2 fish per visit showed. The hot spots continued to be the swims just up and down from the Club Hut; the ever reliable Gravels on the North bank and adjoining  Cromer Pier. Cromer Pier Swim was particularly productive last Saturday producing 18 fish that I know of  and I left the Lake about 2.30 pm so it was possible that more were caught that afternoon.  Successful flies that I am aware of,  again fished within the top couple of feet of water,  included black buzzers; diawl bachs; small grey minkies; the infamous John King ‘black death hopper’ and gold head damsels fished at varying speeds of retrieve. Members fishing other parts of the Lake, although getting a pull or two were nowhere near as successful as those on the hot spots and it will be interesting to see how long the fish remain in these areas as the colder weather sets in. Indeed I have been down the Lake today (Tuesday 2nd December)  and Cromer Pier had produced a blank for a member who had fished it well for a good hour. The very cold northerlies today had most certainly put the fish off and it will be interesting to see how they respond to the frosts forecast for this week.

Roger

Fishery report 6th – 20th November- Well the fishing continues to be ‘pretty good’ to those who get the right day and the right method. This period has seen just on 150 fish caught with a rod average of just on 2 per visit. Over 75% of fish caught have been 2lb+ with both John King and Mike Harvey both landing super rainbows of over 4lbs in weight. Small dark hoppers and shipmans fished in or just below the  surface continue to produce and some fish are starting to take the usual good back of season patterns such as small cats whiskers and black and green fritz. I spooned a couple of fish I caught last week and although these were taken on a black hopper they contained buzzers; corixa and some small roach fry so there is no reason why minkies or other fish imitating patterns should not start to work soon. The 4 swims up rom the club hut have been productive as have the gravels and Cromer Pier and on the milder days,especially around mid-day, a fair number of fish have been seen on top. However the cooler north easterlies this last couple of days have put the fish down a bit.  Jim Hendry however proved that fish are still not too deep and took 4 lovely fish in quick time hedging his bets by having  a small lure such as a cats whisker or black and green on the point, to fish a bit deeper, with a black hopper on the dropper fished just subsurface. All his fish took the black hopper fished fairly fast apart from one that took right on top as soon as the hopper had landed.  For those members who like their winter fishing ‘continue to enjoy, and there is no reason why, based on estimated stocks left in lake, that the decent fishing being enjoyed should not continue.

Roger

Fishery report 23rd October to 5th November– Well amazingly our last stocking in late October did not increase the average rod catch per day by much indeed. It remains at just over 1 fish per rod per day but in the last couple of days however it has increased to just on 2 fish per rod day. Indeed the last few days has seen some really good catches with Alan Clitheroe taking seven and new member Lynne Wee taking 6 super fish from the North bank on the Gravels and Cromer Pier. Best fish reported has been 4lbs with over 75% of fish taken 2lbs+. The fish remain in the top couple of feet of water and when I walked round the Lake on Tuesday were rising very well indeed with most areas of the lake showing fish activity. Small dark patterns fished just subsurface continue to catch as does the ‘love it or hate it’ good old orange blob. I saw some fry feeding activity on Tuesday so I would imagine small minkies; cats whisker; appetizer or other fry imitating patterns should produce with the ever reliable black and claret hoppers; black buzzers; diawl bachs; deer hair sedge and small emergers well worth a try. Fish are still being taken on swims by the Club Hut; the middle of the west bank and most swims on the north bank with the gravels and swims either side of it being a ‘hot spot’.  Estimated stock levels in the lake remain at about 2000 fish and judging by the number I and other members have seen rising in the last couple of days is probably ‘not too far off’ so there are plenty of fish to go at for those of you who like their winter trouting.

We had a super AGM last Sunday and many thanks to the 62 members who turned up. Minutes will be circulated to you all very soon.

Roger

Fishery report 12th to 22nd October- Well our final season stocking has now taken place with input of just over 300 fish at an average weight of just on 2.5lb so we should continue to enjoy some really good back-end fishing. Rod averages for this period remain at just under 2 per visit with a fair sprinkling of 3 pounders  and two fish 4lb +. . Although the water is now a bit coloured fish have still remained in the top couple of feet of water and, unless we get some very cold weather in the next couple of weeks are likely to remain so. Small dark patterns fished just sub-surface remain effective although I would fully expect minkies; cats whisker; appetizer and other such fry feeding patterns to start taking their share of fish as the winter months draw nearer. The same old hot spots continue to produce especially the swims by the club hut and on the north bank gravels. However do give other spots a try as, with the estimated head of fish left in the Lake (2000 +),   it is very unlikely that fish are not in other areas.  Continue to enjoy the good fishing.

Roger

Fishery report for 29th September to 11th October– Well the excellent top of the water fishing continues with a rod average of just on 2 fish per visit and  three 4lb fish taken in this period. A variety of patterns continues to produce with a few fish now starting to fry feed and some of these caught on Appetizers and Minkies. However the best pattern would seem to be a seals fur black hopper fished just sub surface. When I was last down on Saturday of the 8 fish I saw caught 6 of these were taken on this simple pattern tied, needless to say, by our resident fly tying expert Mr John King. I shudder to think how many flies John generously gives away to members during a season but it runs into 100’s!!  John really enjoys tying for others and gets enormous satisfaction seeing members using his tyings and catching fish- he is a pretty good angler himself also when he decides to have a go but would be far too modest to say so!!    Best spots have been the swims from the club hut up to the south bank point; the gravels and towards the north west corner and the middle of the west bank. Do keep your flies in the top couple of feet of water and if you are not seeing fish and others around you are not catching do move on. Rainbows will tend to shoal at this time of year so do be prepared to move. As we have had a good September and to date productive October stock levels going into winter will be slightly lower than planned. To compensate for this we have agreed that an additional stocking will now take place later in October to bring levels up and give ‘the winter trout fishers’ amongst you something to go out over the next 3 months. 16 Club members descended on Eyebrook earlier in the week for the final Club Day Out of the Year. Fishing was pretty hard for us all with only 16 fish taken. Although conditions started fine the wind soon veered and strengthened putting any fish that were showing earlier down and very few fish were seen. The exception to this was around the dam where some fry feeding activity took place. Tim Bright took full advantage of this taking 3 fish which tied him in first place with Pat Gibbons (my Wife showed me how to do it again!!!!) also with 3 fish. John Watson and Andrew Howell were 2nd and 3rd with 2 fish apiece.   Despite the difficult fishing most members enjoyed their day on this very pretty Leicestershire Fishery. Roger Fishery Report 22nd to 28th September- well another pretty good week with rods averaging about 2.5 fish per visit. The mild conditions have seen fish continue to feed on top and in the surface layers. Depth you fish at and location remains the two key elements with patterns not quite so important. In fact last Saturday when I walked round I saw fish taken on daddies (wet and dry); small hoppers/CDC’s; black buzzer;  montana;  gold head damsels and inevitably that like it or loathe it ‘orange blob’!!!!  This just illustrates to me that as long as you are where fish are and you put something in their line of vision they will probably ‘have a go’! As to best spots around the Lake. Well the gravels to the corner of the west bank has produced as have the old favourite pegs in front of the club hut and to the point. Fish have also been taken in the reeds by the outlet and  by the big willow on the south bank. If you are not seeing fish or getting pulls do move around. Like any water there are areas of our lake, despite good stocks remaining, that hold very few fish. Roger Fishery Report 10th to 21st September-well what a difference our final three stockings for the Season over September have made to the fishing. Members are enjoying some super sport now with fish between 1lb 8oz and 4lbs being taken at a rod average now approaching 2.5 fish per visit. So far neither of the two stocked 8 pounders have been taken but I expect somebody will be lucky soon- do hope whoever it is has a strong enough leader (recommend minimum of 6lbs breaking strain) as our fish are strong and fighting well. It is interesting to see how the new stock fish have stirred up the residents and indeed a fair number of fish taken each day are indeed fish which have been in the water for some time. As to how to catch them well the only common denominator seems to be to fish in the top 2 or 3 feet of water. When I walked the banks during our Frank Wright Memorial Pairs Match last  Sunday ( more details later) I saw fish caught on floating; midge tip; intermediate and slow sinking lines. As to flies and lures fish were taken on Gold Head Damsels; small Vivas; Black Buzzers; Crunchers; Diawl Backs; Soldier Palmers; small Red Dries; Sparklers et al!!!! In other words if you were in the right spot and fishing the right depth fish were there to be caught. As to best spots- well the trout seem to like the windier shorelines and with the wind being in the north/ north east recently the south bank from point to club hut, albeit difficult to fish at times, has been productive. However the gravels and 2 or 3 platforms either side has been good for a fish or two as has the middle of the west bank.  With the water cooling further and a good head of fish in the lake there is no reason why we should not have a productive next few weeks. let’s hope so anyway. Frank Wright Memorial Pairs Match – Sunday 21st September – 15 pairs this year fished this popular match with a mid match BBQ,  ably organised by Chairman Andrew Howell and assisted by Pat Gibbons and Joan Butcher,  providing much needed welcome refreshment and drink  to those taking part. With the South Bank proving very difficult to fish owing to a strong north/north westerly wind blowing into it the trout were never going to easily give themselves up and it was those pairs who mastered the conditions and made the most of the draws they had who came out on top. And what a close match it turned out to be with the match literally won in the last few minutes for John Bird and Terry Bird  when Terry latched into a fine 4lb 1 0z Rainbow, his only fish of the match. This together with John’s 4 fish weighing 8lb 2 oz saw them run out worthy winners with a 12lb 3 oz total. Second was Luis de Souza (trying to do the double as he was in the winning pair last year) and Mike Blazey with 10 lbs and third was John Watson with 9lb 13 oz. John’s partner did not turn up so he was awarded the average weight caught across all competitors (3lb 4 oz) to go with his 4 fish catch of 6lb 9 oz. In fourth place with 9lb 9 oz was Rosie Bird and Luke Goodwin. Rosie just illustrated again how you ‘have to stick at it’ (something Lady Anglers are very good at) by catching all her four fish on her last peg and in the last fifteen minutes of the match. Well done Rosie your tenacity was justly rewarded. In 5th place was Richard Moore and John Mack with 9lbs and 6th David Shannon and Mike Pond with 8lb 13 oz. So close was the match that only 4lbs (2 fish!!!) separated 1st from 9th place. Overall a Super Club Day with friendly rivalry and banter; great refreshments and a very successful raffle, run by Alan Davis and splendidly supported by competitors, which raised £147.00 for Club Funds. (Our Treasurer will be pleased!!!!) Thanks to all of you who took part and to David Brooks who helped me so much with running the match. Roger Fishery Report 18th August to 9th September– firstly many apologies for no updates for the last 3 weeks. I have been victim of some ‘computer virus’ that has prevented me editing web site. Anyway things now seem ok so let progress report begin. Prior to our restarting our stocking programme on 2nd September fishing remained very challenging with rods averaging under one fish per rod day visit. That is not to say fish were not being caught as John Blazey proved with a short session on floating line and diawl bachs accounting for 5 lovely fish from the north bank. However fortunes changed once new fish went in and last week some good catches were taken with the new fish stirring up the residents and rod catches averaging just under 3 fish per rod day with a mixture of stock and resident fish being taken. Fish are still high in the water and dries and light nymphs fished on floating lines are proving successful with  the washing line method with a buoyant fly such as a dry sedge; daddy or small booby on the point holding the trailing nymphs up ath the depth the trout like producing fish. The north bank is fishing well around the gravels area but in fact since stocking fish are now showing in most areas of the lake, the top bay by the haul road bridge possibly being the exception. Stocking is continuing for the next 2 Tuesdays so there is no reason why, with falling water temperatures, we should not enjoy some good back end fishing. Let’s hope so anyway!!! Roger Fishery report 29th July to 17th August– well the challenging fishing continues with a rod average of just on 1 fish per visit. However Barry Griss; Jim Hendry; Val Khambatta; Tony Nash and Adrian Head seem to have got things right on their visits over this period with all catching 4 fish + one of the days they fished. Best fish was 4lb taken by ‘yours truly’ on one of the ‘rare days’  my dear Wife allowed me to fish!!!!!! A variety of patterns again caught with diawl bachs; daddies-  wet and dry;  red buzzers; Appetizers; Orange Blobs and Damsels all working. What however all catches had in common was that fish were taken in the top couple of feet of water and often ‘right on top’. By the Club Hut and up to the Point on the South bank; Cromer Pier and the Gravels on the North bank; the first couple of swims by the small Island on the West Bank and in the reeds by the outlet have all produced fish.  Eric Mawbey’s excellent water temperature/ quality monitoring has shown a 4 degree reduction in water temperature over the last 8 days and this most certainly should help catches as our trout have proved time and again they just do bot like ‘warm water- warm being 22 degree +’  and we have in fact reached 24 degrees this year. The lower water temperature and stocking continuation in early September should provide members with some good back end fishing – let’s hope so anyway as it would be really nice to finish on a real high after the excellent fishing that many of us  have enjoyed during  the season so far. Our next match is the Frank Wright Memorial Pairs Match on Sunday 21st September and full details are in our latest newsletter being despatched to all members this week. Fishery report 15th to 28th July- Well the last 14 days has certainly proved ‘challenging’ to say the least. Hot, still weather with water temperatures of up to 22 degrees have most certainly put our trout in, not surprisingly, a somewhat lethargic mood. Rod catches have been correspondingly low with an average of under 1 fish per rod visit. However fish are to be caught if you persevere and fish ‘to conditions’.  This was ably demonstrated by Tony  Nash last week who, in 4 short sessions, landed 6 good fish. Tony also informs us that he lost one of our remaining, and so far uncaught,  large fish which stripped him down to the backing on three occasions before shedding the hook.  Lost fish are always disappointing but to loose one after successfully  hooking one in hard and difficult conditions is even more disappointing.   Never mind Tony I expect your chance will come again some time during the remaining 6 months of our season as based on stocking v catch returns there are still quite a few ‘biggies’ left in the Lake ignoring any large grown on fish that we know our water is capable of producing. As to best spots, well keep to the deeper areas of the lake and as I said in last report do be prepared to persevere and change depths/patterns you are fishing. Fish are still fluctuating between levels and indeed Terry Maidstone tells  me that today (Tuesday) he saw some fish on top by the Club House which were definitely feeding.  So fish are still there to be caught- enjoy the challenge of tempting them. A brace at this time of year, taken in difficult conditions, is worth any number of early season easy limit bags!!!! Finally, for those who like a bit of Coarse Fishing (Pike excluded) member can between now and end August Coarse fish certain allocated swims on our Lake subject to rules clearly displayed in our Weighing In Kiosk. Ledgering only, all baits allowed but groundbaiting only by way of swim feeders. Roger Fishery report 1st – 14th July- Well I should have known better when in my last report I advised that you may have to ‘get down a bit’ to find the fish. As so often happens in our wonderful sport the weather and fish  soon prove how inept and wrong we can be at times when making predictions. The cooler north winds and cloudy weather we experienced over the last fortnight most certainly suited the fish as ‘up they came’ either on top or in the top couple of feet of water and members enjoyed some wonderful fishing. Our rod average jumped to well over 2 per rod day and on some days quite a few bags of 6+ fish were taken. Some lovely fish they were too with Barry Griss having the best at 4lb 12 oz taken off the top on a small black dry fly. The old favourite spots of the west bank; north bank gravels to top bay and  just up from the Club Hut fished well as did the top bay by the haul road bridge on certain days. As to patterns everyone you talked to seemed to have caught on something different the common denominator however being to fish it in the top couple of feet of water. I spooned a fish I caught today and in it were bloodworm; buzzers; damsel nymph; corixa and some daphnia so you can well see why no one pattern ‘reigns supreme’! We do have some very warm and humid weather forecast for the next few days so it will be interesting to see how our fish respond when water temperatures again increase. Notwithstanding this however July so far has proved to be a pretty good month- let’s hope it will continue as such! Roger Fishery report 10th to 30th June-Well the last 3 weeks, when I have been away,  have really thrown up a mixed bag of fish and fishing conditions. Although the average rod return was only just over 1 per visit some members who got the tactics right,  on the right day,  had no problems getting their 8 fish weekly limit.  During this 3 week period 194 fish have been taken with 95  fish weighing 2lb+ and two cracking fish of just over 5lbs. With our water temperature now nudging 20 degrees you would expect most fish to be taken ‘down a bit’ but this has not always been the case. In fact on some days there have been some lovely rises, especially in the mornings, and fish have been taken on buzzers; hares ears and dries. However probably exploring the depths will give you most chance of a fish or two but do be prepared to vary your approach. Our trout just do not read the rule book’  on how they should feed!!!!  With regard to best spots well the deep water pegs remain favourite. In the reeds by the Outlet; the Gravels; the middle of the West Bank and the pegs just up from the Club Hut are all worth a try and hold fish at present. As mentioned in previous report our stocking has finished for the time being and should restart in September when water temperatures start to go down. Records of fish stocked v fish caught show there is over 2000 fish in the lake so there is still plenty to go at although they will prove harder to catch than during our early season bonanzas. Something which quite a few of us enjoy and relish!!! Roger – 1st July Fishery report 29th May to 9th June- Our annual Presidents Cup match was fished on Sunday 1st June and 28 members enjoyed some really good fishing using the prescribed flies (bloodworm and hares ear) so expertly tied by John King- many thanks John. It really was a case of the ‘Youngster’ showing the ‘Oldies’  how to do it and Sam Mallett, a member of this years England Youth Team ran out the Winner. Capitalising, as good Anglers do, on a good first peg draw Sam quickly put 5 of his 6 fish limit ‘in the bag’ from this first peg getting his 6th and final fish on his next move and finishing  with a winning weight of 9lb 7 oz. Second with 8lb 12oz was Reg Howes and third with 8lb 4 oz was Kevin Kingston-Miles.  Heaviest fish went to Luis de Souza with a cracking rainbow of 5lb 4 oz. All in all a good day was had by all with over 70 fish caught by the Competitors. Since then however, with this spell of warm weather, water temperatures have gone up (hovering on the 21 degree mark as I type this) and this has really unsettled the fish. Fishing early or late has proved most productive and if you are happy fishing deep now probably is the time to get your sinking lines out, or use floating lines and long leaders  with weighted flies if you want to continue catching. The rod average still remains at a respectable 2.5 per visit but most fish are being caught by members prepared to ‘fish to conditions’ as there will be times when very few fish are showing in this warmer weather and fishing on or near the top could prove somewhat non-productive. We have now had our last injection of stock for the time being and to date 7513 fish have been stocked with 4897 caught. This level of stock remaining is more than adequate taking into account water temperatures and our next stocking is planned for September. However we do review this on a regular basis. The deep water swims are now the ones to concentrate on with the Gravels; by the Club Hot; the top north west corner and the outlet all being worth a look but do prepared to’ get down a bit’  if you want to improve your chances of a fish or two! Roger Fishery report 19th to 28th May- Well this period really has shown the importance of ‘ fishing at the depth the fish are’! And have’nt our fish been up and down in the water! On some days you would not think there was a fish in the lake until you put a booby and Hi-D line on and then you could bag up fairly quickly. On  other days , like today, fish have been right on top and taking a range of dries with Daddies and indeed Dry Adams (we have had a reasonable mayfly hatch) proving successful. So if you are the sort of angler who likes to stick to their favourite method all the time now is the period when you could be disappointed. For those of you who like a challenge now is the time to put your thinking caps on, work out where our trout are feeding,  fish at that depth and you should have some most enjoyable and rewarding fishing. In other words now is the time to ‘fish to conditions’ as opposed to ‘fish how you like to’!! As to best areas well the deeper water spots either just up from the Club Hut; the Outlet and  the Gravels up to the top North West Corner hold a good head of fish and are are well worth a go. As to flies well this will depend on the method you are fishing. Fishing deep with various coloured boobies has worked well when the fish have been down. If  the fish are shallower buzzers; damsels and diawl bachs have produced and you will not go far wrong with daddies; hoppers or shipmans if fish are right on top. Stocking will continue until the first week of June by which time the Lake will hold a good head of fish to see us through the ‘dog days of summer!!!!!! Roger Fishery report 5th to 18th May- Well what a varied 2 weeks we have had of fishing. As I write this we are experiencing brilliant sunshine; easterly winds and gin clear water and unless you fished deep down you would not think there was a fish in the Lake!!!! Contrast this to Sunday May 11th when we had our first Annual Match to commemorate our dear friend and past President Eric Kett who sadly passed away earlier in the year. Eric was an absolute stalwart of the club for well over 45 years’ and did so, so much to make our Club and Fishery the lovely place it  is today. He will continue to be much missed. Anyway Eric loved to fish dries and emergers on top having very little time for sunk lines and lures so the match was fished floating line and dries/emergers only. Despite some appalling weather on the day with really strong gusts and heavy rain our fish showed they also ‘liked Eric’s methods’ and 28 anglers produced 41 trout, a very good result taking conditions into account. Top rod with 4 trout for 8lb 3 oz was George Twite;  2nd with 3 fish for 7lb 12oz  including a super fish of 4lb 10 oz was Brian Smith and 3rd one of our Lady Anglers (who showed the blokes what to do!!!) Cathy Southerton with 2 lovely fish for 5lb 9 0z.  We were privileged to have Eric’s Wife Miriam with us for the duration of the match together with her 4 sons and 2 grandchildren.  In addition to the match a casting clinic run by Peter Sutton was held which helped 8 members improve their casting and Andrew Howell ran his excellent BBQ which was devoured with relish by those attending. Many thanks to Peter and Andrew for again giving up their valuable time for the benefit of our members.  All in all a great day remembering a great Man. The rod average has remained at just on 3 per rod with, when conditions have been right, some excellent  top of the water sport with emergers; hoppers; klinkhammers and shipmans all doing the business. Other methods continue to work and the ever reliable floating line; long leader and fritz type lure will normally produce a fish or two. For those who like the buzzer now is the time to think of colours in red; orange; green and fiery brown and you will see damsel flies are now in much abundance around the weedbeds starting to show. Also  we have had a reasonable mayfly hatch but for some reason our fish never seem to swith on to them. With regards to hot spots  fish really are now spread all around the lake so getting the method right is probably more important than position. However with this really hot weather at present fish are in the deeper water during the day so do seek these out. Roger Fishery Report 20th April to 4th May – With rods still averaging between 3 and 4 fish per visit members continue to enjoy some super sport. Best fish this period was just under 6lbs taken by David Chalkley and it has been good to see a fair number of lovely ‘silvered up’  overwintered fish showing in catches. Although this last few days has seen our trout ‘wising up’  a bit with the warmer water temperatures and abundant fly life in our  water a variety of methods are still producing the goods with everything from damsels; montanas; cats whisker; buzzers; hares ear; red diawl bachs; hoppers and emergers all producing fish at different times. What has been noticed is that yet again our trout just do not read the rule books as a number of our members have found that buzzers fished fast produce more fish than the standard recommended dead slow method. Whether this is because our trout are ‘in chasing mood’ or by fishing faster means the buzzers are fishing higher in the water I will let you work out.  What I have learned however is that varying your retrieve pattern can most certainly put an extra fish or two in the bag.  Fish are now all around the Lake and indeed the top bay, by the Haul Road Bridge, which has been relatively unproductive to date is now producing a fair few fish and well worth a try. Stocking will continue weekly throughout May and into June and giving favourable weather patterns and our water remaining clear there is no reason why the good fishing should not continue. This Sunday sees the commemorative match of our much loved and respected President Eric Kett who sadly passed away earlier this year. Eric did so much for our Club and is sadly missed. His match on Sunday will be fished with floating lines and dry flies only, the method that Eric so much enjoyed. Let’s hope our ‘trout do their bit by recognising the occasion’ and provide those fishing with a memorable match. Roger Fishery Report 9th to 19th April- Well our trout still have a liking for our member’s offerings!  Well over 600 trout have been taken during this period with most rods averaging 4 or 5 fish per visit.  Large fish have again shown up with Adrian Jollie having one just under 6lbs and Mike Pond one just over. (get a decent landing net next time Mike!!!!!) The fish are still hard on buzzers and in the top water layers for most of the time. Members fishing buzzers under an indicator have ‘had a field day’ often outscoring those fishing buzzers/nymphs in the more conventional manner. Some members love using indicators  stating, quite  correctly so, that they see takes they would not even feel if fishing conventionally. Others scoff this method saying it is akin to floatfishing!!!! Whatever your views it is most certainly a bona fida and very, very effective way to present your nymphs / buzzers and works particularly well in flat calms or with the wind behind you. Other methods have worked also and I know of fish being taken on montanas; gold head damsels; diawl bachs; snatchers; cove pheasant tails and hares ear- so take your choice, fish it at the right depth and you should be in for a fish or two. As to the best areas this really has depended on wind direction. Currently with the east/north east winds we are having fish are congregated at the outlet end of the reservoir and along the reeds at the eastern end of the gravels on the north bank. Earlier when the winds were southerly/westerly the club house bank and west bank fished best. Again do not be afraid to move around. If you have not had an offer in say the first half hour have a move, especially if those around you are not catching either. Continue to enjoy the good fishing. Roger Fishery report 1st to 8th April– well if it was the big fish you wanted to catch this last few days has turned up trumps. Our stalwart member Jimmie Wickham had a super fish of 7lb 1 oz from the Gravels; closely followed by young Wesley Belsten, who really showed his Dad Paul how to do it, with a cracker of 6lb 8oz from the West Bank.  Graham Ball had a fish of 6lb 4 oz from the East End of the Fishery and Ian Thexton landed a lovelyWest Bank  rainbow of 5lb 12 oz .  The Ladies of course could definitely not let the Men have it all their own way  with Pat Gibbons taking a super fish of 6lb 4 oz  from the South Bank Point  and Val Khambatta netting one of 5lb 12 oz from, I believe, the Gravels. These results really do show how our fish are well spread out around the Lake. Lots of  8 fish limits are still being taken and most rods have managed 3 or 4 fish for their visit. The fish remain pretty high in the water feeding avidly on buzzers although it is interesting to note that most of the larger fish have been taken on point flies which have fished that little bit deeper.  Successful patterns are too numerous to mention but 15 foot leaders with a couple of buzzers of varying colours; or a hares ear on point and diawl bach on dropper have produced fish. As have black and green tadpoles; gold head damsels; white minkies and cats whisker fished on floating or slow sink lines. The water remains lovely and clear and we fully expect the good fishing to continue whilst conditions remain ideal as they are. Please note their is now a note in the weighing in kiosk giving details of our late President Eric Kett’s Memorial Match on Sunday 11th May. This will include a BBQ and Casting Clinic in the morning  for those of you who may need a little help in getting their line out a bit better and further. Please put your name down if you want to take part. Roger Fishery report 25th March to 31st March -Still the excellent fishing continues with super buzzer hatches and, at times, fish showing all over the lake. 101 rod visits resulted in 398 fish with the best 5.75lbs and 297 over 2lbs. Top areas have been at the bottom of the South Bank; by the large Willow on the South Bank; swims just up from the Club Hut and those either side of the Gravels on the North Bank although fish have been taken at just about every swin around the Lake. For those of you who like their buzzer fishing- now is the time with fish ‘spooned’  stuffed with them in a wide range of sizes and colours. Black however has proved most successful and do not be afraid to ‘move them a bit’ when you are retrieving. This not only keeps them in the top 2 feet or so of water where the trout are feeding but our trout just seem to have a liking at present for something to ‘chase’!! Proving once again that fish do not read the rule book as most articles on buzzer fishing say you should fish the fly with hardly any movemeny whatsoever. The problem with this is, especially if you are using epoxy buzzers, is that  they sink too deep and are out of ‘the trouts window’.   Lures such as gold head damsels; cats whisker and black and green tadpoles fished fairly fast on floaters or slow sinkers are also catching their share of fish and David Brooks had 5 lovely fish on an ‘old fashioned’ Cove pheasant tail nymph proving yet again that the older fly patterns can be equally as good as the modern trends. This pattern in fact was designed by the late Arthur Cove, specifically for still waters, and must be well over 40 years old-and still working well!!  Anyway continue to enjoy the good fishing that the Lake is currently offering. Roger Fishery Report 17th to 24th March- Well, as hoped, the super fishing continues with many limit bags and well over 450 fish caught during this period. A further 4  big fish have been taken with Paul Belsten landing the best, a super Rainbow of 7lb 4oz. Again many different methods and patterns of Lures/Flies/Nymphs have worked the key thing being to fish them fairly shallow as the trout are still in the top 3 feet of water and anything below that depth is likely to be ignored. To show pattern is less important than depth successful flies have ranged from gold headed Montanas and Damsels; Cats Whiskers; Buzzers in a range of different colours; Hares Ear Nymphs right through to traditional wet flies such as Grouse and Claret; Silver Invicta and Black Pennel. So you really do have a range of patterns to go at but do remember none of these will work if fished too deep!!!!!! Regular stocking will continue and, as long as our water continues to remain clear, Members should be able to continue to enjoy what, so far, has probably been the best opening 3 weeks we have had for a long time. Roger Fishery Report 9th to 16th March– another cracking week with numerous limit bags, many fish over 2lbs taken culminating in a glorious 7lb overwintered rainbow to Frank Rippengill- well done Frank. All methods continue to work with fish remaining in the top few feet of water and indeed showing on the top during the warmer parts of the day. If you like your buzzer and nymph fishing now is the time to start with small buzzers and hares ear’s fished on longish leaders providing super sport.  In fact I spooned 8 trout yesterday and everyone had buzzers in them- a really goood sign showing they are starting to feed in earnest and thus pack on weight. Fish are all around the lake with perhaps the bottom bay by the Haul Road being the exception although odd fish have been taken there. The West Bank has come good as has the ever reliable gravels area on the North Bank; in the Reeds by the Outlet  and swims just up from the Club Hut to the Point on the South Bank. Quite a few members have reported being ‘broken up’! Remember you are fishing for hard fighting fish that average getting on for 2lbs and up to 7lbs+ so please do not fish too fine as it is just not fair on the fish to leave flies and trailing line in their mouths. At this time of year they are ‘not line shy’ so there really is no need to use less than 8lb breaking strain as your tippet. With the good weather forecast and regular stocking planned there is no reason  why the excellent fishing should not continue. Roger Fishery report 1st to 8th March – well we got it right this year. Lovely weather; clear water and super quality trout resulted in well over 500 fish being caught in the first 8 days of our season. Limits were too numerous to mention and the  rod average was just on 5 fish per person with the best fish taken a superb 4.25lb rainbow to the rod of Ian Thexton. As expected, because we had relatively mild weather leading up to the start, the fish were not deep with the vast majority being caught in the top 3 or 4 feet of water. Also with our pre-season stocking being carried out at different points around the lake fish were well spread out and there was a chance of a fish or two wherever you decided to fish. All methods worked especially the early season favourite of black and green patterns fished on floating lines with longish leaders or intermediates or slow sinkers.  Cats Whiskers; White Humungous; Gold headed damsels et al all produced as did a range of nymphs, including buzzers; hares ear  and diawl bachs. One or two fish were actually taken on dries during the warmer parts of the day when fish were up and at their most active. Weekly stocking will take place and with the forecast good for the next few days there is no reason whatsoever why the excellent fishing should not continue. Roger Pre-season ramble– Well with only a few days to go to our opening on 1st March things are looking pretty good at the Lake. The water remains clear with only a small hint of colour and initial stocking has taken place. Lots of excellent work has been done by our maintenance gang over the winter and fortunately, owing to the bank buld up work we have done and the clearing of our ditch by the IDB, we have avoided any flooding of any significance. The usual early season methods should  produce although, with the mild conditions we have been experiencing, it is unlikely that our fish will be ‘too far down’.  For those of you who like using lures black and green; gold head damsels and cats whisker type lures should all produce. If you like your nymphs there is no reason why buzzers; pheasant tails; hares ears; diawl bachs etc. fished on longish leaders  to get down a bit should not be effective. As in all early season fishing location and depth will be the key factors with pattern used somewhat irrelevant.  So if you are not getting pulls after trying different depths move on to other parts of the lake which are proving more productive. You gain nothing at this time of the year by fishing barren areas when perhaps 50 yards away trout are being caught. Anyway enjoy your season and I will give weekly reports on how things are going throughout the year. Roger Fishery report 26th to 31st January 2014 – Well the season finished on somewhat of a whimper with few members bothering to go down and only the odd fish taken. Kevin Kingston Miles recorded the last fish with a nice rainbow of 2lb +. Overall it has been a pretty good season with 6322 trout caught out of 8255 stocked. This represents a catch rate of 77% on fish caught v stocked one of the best returns we have had. Well over 70% of fish were 2lb+ with the best going over 7lbs. Our water remained clear for nearly all the season and good new weed growth has been evident. Inevitably our best fishing was over the months March to June with fish becoming difficult to entice when water temperatures went up in July and August. We had a reasonable back-end with some good fishing late October and during November then tailing off for the last 2 months. Our water will now enjoy a short rest before stocking takes place in late February with our season starting from 1st March 2014. Let’s hope it is another good one with lot’s of rod bending action and happy, contented  Members. Many, many thanks to all of you who attended the Working Party on Sunday 2nd February. We had nigh on 40 members who made enormous inroads into road repair; fence planting and bonfires. Many thanks also to Fred Lines who supplied much needed sustinence for the hungry Crew. Reports will start again when the season commences. Roger Fishery Report 15th to 25th January – a quiet period overall with few members fishing and the odd fish or two being taken mainly from the south bank between the club hut and the point and from the seat by the big willow down to the outlet. White or white and green patterns seem to be favourite with Stuart Goldsmith getting 3 nice fish fairly quickly fishing a white and green lure on a sinking line ‘along the edge’ and Pat Gibbons, finishing her season in fine style, with two lovely fish totalling nearly 6lbs on a floating line and white Humungous.  Terry Bird and Val Khambatta also had fish as did a few others who braved the elements to make the best of the last couple of weeks of the season. Graham Ball, fishing a white Minkie, thought he had hooked one of our large raindows but was certainly not disappointed when this turned out to be a super pike of over 10 lbs. A truly lovely fish in mint condition. We are now entering the last week of our season (finishing 31st January) and there most certainly are some good fish to be caught by those prepared to give it a go and who hit ‘the right spot’. Lures will probably still be favourite if you are planning to catch ‘a last week rainbow’. Roger Fishery report 3rd – 14th January– Many thanks to all 27 members who braved the elements and fished the Winter Match last Sunday. With a very sharp frost the night before and a cool south easterly wind springing up during the day it was never going to be easy. Terry Maidstone, stalwart of our Working Gang,  led the field with 3 trout for 9lb 1 oz including a super rainbow of 5lb 9 oz.   2nd was Alan Davis, ably assisted (if that is the right word!) by his father-in law- gillie Eric Mawbey with 3 trout for 5lb 90z and third with 2 trout for 4lb 9 0z was Brian Smith. Another lovely trout of 4lb 4 oz was taken by Mike Woods. This match showed just how shoaled up our trout become in winter with 8 of the 17 fish caught all being taken from the same  peg. As to successful fly patterns small lures or blobs fished in the top two or three feet of water seemed the most productive with one or two fish being caught on buzzers/nymphs. For all attending it was a great social day out with members stopping halfway through for soup and sausage baps ably made and cooked by our illustrious Chairman Andrew Howell and capably served by Pat Gibbons and Joan Butcher. Many thanks to these three for all their hard work in providing much needed sustenance to all taking part.  As the match illustrated the pattern at present for our lake is to find the  the fish holding areas first, fish hard and then there is always a chance of a good fish or two to be taken.  On Sunday the hot peg was five up from the club hut and second peg below the club hut. However a change in wind direction could soon alter this so do keep on the move if fishing. Roger Fishery report 16th December to 2nd January– Firstly I do hope you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and do wish you all the very best for a happy and prosperous New Year. Things have been somewhat quiet down the lake this last couple of weeks with most members giving the fishing a miss and enjoying the Christmas festivities instead. Rod visits were low and for those prepared to venture down it was a period of very mixed fortunes. One day fish would be prepared to ‘have a go’ on other days you would not think there was a fish in the Lake. This was ably demonstrated by Brian Smith who went down twice last week. The first day he blanked and never saw a fish. The next time, fishing the same spots in similar ways he landed 4 lovely fish all over 2lbs.  Mel Mammone managed 3 on his visit last Sunday and other members who ventured forth usually had a fish or two for their efforts.  There were no real hotspots with odd fish being taken all round the lake and on a variety of methods. However, from what I can gather slow/medium sinking lines with small lures such as black and green tadpoles; minkies and cats whiskers seemed to work. Sunday week sees our Winter Match and with possibly 30 members fishing and, subject to weather conditions, being spread around the lake it will be very interesting to see where the hot spots (if any) really are!!!!! If you are going down in the coming week be prepared to fish hard and try different spots around the lake. Fishery report 4th to 15th December– well the spell of storms;  cold weather and frosts we have had over the last week or two has most certainly had our trout seeking out their winter sanctuary ‘hide aways’ and catches have dropped off accordingly. With only a few members fishing on our 20 acre water it is difficult to locate where the trout have ‘holed up’ and it really is a case of searching different spots to see if you can find them. If you do they can be caught on a variety of methods still but they now are down a bit with very little surface activity. Large  red thoraxed montanas have caught as have woolly buggers and white lures such as cats whisker fished on floating or slow sink lines. On the milder days some members have scored with buzzers and diawl bachs fished on floating lines and long leaders. If you are planning to fish over the Christmas Break be prepared to try different methods and different spots. Perseverance and tenacity is what you will probably need to catch our resident rainbows!!!! As this will probably be my last report before Christmas can I wish all you readers a very happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Roger Fishery report 24th November to 3rd December– well another good period with some excellent fishing with rods averaging just on 2 fish per visit. Some super fish, mostly by the look of them from early season stockings, are being caught with a high average weight of just over 2lbs.  Although the fish still remain near the top a variety of methods are catching. David Shannon, fishing various spots around the Lake, took his 8 fish on a small cats whisker cast to rising fish and pulled fairly quickly; George Twite had six on his favourite montana I believe and Mike Signy had 3 quick fish on  hoppers. Other members have caught on buzzers; diawl Bachs and hares ears so it really is a case of being in the right spot, at the right time and fishing at the right depth. Fish are being caught at various points all around the lake but, as is the case at this time of year, they will show and feed well for an hour or so (often between the period 11 am to 3 pm) then go down making you think there were no fish in the lake!!!! If the fishing continues as it is for the next few weeks there is no reason why we should not finish our season catching nigh on 80% of our fish stocked- a really good return indicating we seem to have our stocking policy right and our predation under control. Many thanks to all those members who work so hard to make this happen. Roger – 3rd December Fishery report 16th to 23rd November– Well just as I was saying last report that our fish had gone down a bit up they came with a vengeance and this last week has seen some super top of the water sport. Despite cold north easterly winds and frost members have been catching on a variety of dries including foam headed hoppers; sedgehogs; sedges; mini muddlers; and other buoyant surface fished patterns. Other methods have worked well also including small white and black and green lures fished on slow sink lines and nymph patterns such as hares ear and diawl bachs. Bill Austen; David Oliver and Alan Clitheroe all had their 8 fish limits off the top; Jim Hendry put 3 lovely trout on the scales for 12lb and Trevor Willis had a super 6.25lb fish. The most productive area has been from the small island on the north bank up to and just beyond the gravels although fish have been caught all around the lake depending on wind conditions. Our water remains lovely and clear and although you need now to wrap up warm when  fishing our triploids seem to love this cooler weather and are responding accordingly. Go out and catch some!!! Fishery report 3rd to 15th November– Well what a difference clear water has made. The cooler weather a few days ago has put paid to the algal bloom and our water is again lovely and clear. And how the fish have responded. We have gone from hardly any fish being caught to a rod average this last few days of well over 2 fish per visit. Lovely fish they are too with many  in excess of 2lbs with Mel Mammone, a stalwart of our working gang, catching a brace 0f 4.5lb fish. Well done Mel and much deserved. A variety of methods have worked from fry patterns to blobs to montanas and  nymphs fished mainly on floating; midge tip or intermediate lines. The fish have gone down a bit with the cooler weather  but are still in the top foot or two but fewer are now being caught  right on top. As to best areas,  well fish have been taken all around the lake. However the most productive area would seem to be from the small island on the west bank round to the gravels on the north bank. There still remains a good head of fish in the lake so, given similar type weather as we have at present, there is no reason why the good fishing should not continue. Just put a few extra layers on if you are venturing down!!!! Roger Fishery report 22nd October to 2nd November– well what a period of contrasting fishing!  While we contiinued to enjoy the mild south westerlies the fish remained on top and members enjoyed some very good, albeit at times, challenging sport. Rods averaged just over 2 fish per visit with hoppers and cdc’s remaining favourite. Swims from the Club Hut up on the South bank were most consistent and indeed this is where the majority of members fished and where the most fish were caught.  However the cold snap a couple of days ago really turned things around and fish were conspicuous by their absence both in terms of ‘showing themselves’ and in catches. Also the water has clouded up a bit making the fish somewhat reluctant to ‘have a go’! We probably now need a spell of settled cooler weather to help clear the water and when this does happen I am sure sport will pick up again. Whether the fish will come back on top or whether we will have to ‘go down’ for them  however will remain to be seen! For our members who enjoy a spot of coarse fishing the lake can now be fished during normal opening times for both Pike and general coarse fish. Please ensure you book in before starting and read the rules displayed in the Weighing in Hut. Roger Fishery report 7th to 21st October– Another good two weeks with a rod average of just over 2 per visit. The mild weather has most certainly kept the fish up and dries/emergers fished on top and just in the surface film is by far the most productive method. Hoppers in various colours; deer hair sedges; shuttlecocks and shipmans have all caught fish and again the best results have come from those areas where there is a good ripple on the water.  In fact even on the few days when we have had sunshine and a steely wind the fish have continued to feed on top. The west bank, which has been very slow this season, has started to produce especially the swims by the small island. The north bank all the way along has been good and, as usual, the swims just up from the club hut have done well. Lots of fish taken are over 2lbs with the best this period going 5lb 4oz to one of our lady anglers, Audrey Robbins- these lady club members sure know how to fish!!!!- or is it they just spend more time fishing and less time chattering away in the club hut as their male counterparts seem to do? Anyway with the milder weather still forecast for the next few days there is no reason why the good fishing should not continue so members do get along and enjoy it. Roger Fishery report 29th September to 6th October– well how our trout like the cooler water and autumnal weather we now have. Members enjoyed some super top of the water fishing with many of the trout being taken either on top or a few inches down. Diawl bachs; hoppers in various colours; shuttlecocks; floating snail and shipmans are favourite patterns at present but, as is always the case, fish are being caught on a wide range of patterns. The washing line with a large buoyant pattern on point and a couple of nymphy droppers is also working well. Most fish are being caught where there is a bit of wind on the water with flat calms being not quite so productive. So do be prepared to follow and locate a good ripple. Best areas are where the ripple is with fishing into it better than into calmer water.-harder work but much more rewarding! The north bank has been good but trout are moving around a lot at the moment so do keep on the move and if you are not catching try somewhere else. Fishery Report at Saturday 28th September– Well it really has been a mixed bag over the last 11 days. Some members, particularly when fishing in the morning, have done well with quite a few catches of 6 or 7 fish recorded. Those fishing the afternoon have often struggled. Also wind has played a key part ( as it often does!) with flat calms, which we have experienced recently.  showing lots of moving fish but few takers whereas when a good wind has been on the water  they have lost their caution and fed well. Top methods have included daddies and hoppers on top. Also the washing line with a buoyant pattern on the point and nymphs or hoppers fished wet on the droppers. However there are bound to be members who caught on other methods and patterns of which I am unaware-such is trout fishing. Last Sunday saw 13 pairs fish for the Frank Wright Memorial Shield and 74 trout were taken giving a rod average of just on 3 per rod. Top pair with 13 fish weighing 26lbs were young Sam Mallett and the ‘ever reliable to catch’ Luis de Souza. Second with 16lb 3 oz were Alan Davis and Eric Mawbey and third with 14lb 13oz were Henry Sturman and Tony Nash. An excellent BBQ was enjoyed by all mid-way through the match making a thoroughly enjoyable day for all who fished and attended. With regard to best spots fish are definitely all round the lake but most certainly having a ripple or good wave in front of you helps. The Gravels up to the west bank is producing fish on this easterly wind we currently have as are swims in front of the club hut. There is a good head of fish by the outlet but the calmer conditions down there have made them somewhat choosy. Do move around if you are not catching Roger Fishery report at 17th September 2013- firstly aplologies for time gap between this and last report but I have been on extended summer holidays. Anyway encouraging news as with cooler days; dropping water temperatures and stocking again commenced members are starting to experience some good autumnal fishing. Best fish last week caught by John Kick went over 5lbs and quite a few members had bags 0f 5 fish +. There is no reason why this should not continue with further stockings planned for this week and next. Fish are being caught around the lake with the top bay and by the club hut probably favourite at present but it will be interesting to see the results of our pairs match on Sunday when we will have, depending on wind direction, pegs all around the lake. A variety of flies/lures on mostly floating lines are catching and I know Klinkhammers; hoppers; pheasant tails; damsels and cats whisker have all produced a fish ot two. So, summing up, the lake, after a somewhat lean couple of months is starting to fish again so ‘go and give it a go’! Roger Fishery report 6th -15th August- Well it really is a case of ‘find the hotspot and you can bag up’. How fish shoal up and occupy certain parts of the lake that seem to be to their liking was really proven over this period when quite a number of limit bags were taken from the top bay by the haul road bridge. It did not seem to matter what fly or lure was thrown at them- they devoured them with relish!!  Goldhead Daddies; Wet Daddies; Hares ear; Montanas; Damsels; Hoppers- you name it and fish were caught on it. Again the cloudier, cooler days have proved best but in the hotspot fish seemed to be prepared to feed in most conditions. Other parts of the lake are ‘somewhat slower’ although fish have been caught by the outlet and on the north bank. The water still remains lovely and clear with good weed growth so we are all looking forward (not wishing summer away of course) to Cooler weather as we approach September and with stocking  re-commencing in that month, some really good backend fishing. Roger Fishery report 31st July to 5th August – Well this past 6 days has shown it really is a case of being there at the right time in the right conditions-preferably dull, mild, overcast with a bit of ripple. Get it right and the fish are definitely there for the catching as Messrs Shannon (6 ); Goodwin(7) ; Davis(4)  and Gerrard(5) showed over the last few days. Good fish they were to with most nudging 2lbs and a couple on the 4lb mark. How important conditions are was ably illustrated by Alan Davis who took 4 fish in a short session on Wednesday from the West bank. He went back again on Thursday and never saw a fish or had a pull. Lukes Goodwins fish were all taken during a short session on Sunday morning and David Shannon and Vic Gerrard took theirs in short evening sessions. Successful flies were small diawl bachs; unleaded montanas and hoppers. The water remains lovely and clear and the fish at present seem to like it in the top bay or on the west bank. Cooler weather this week should help as water temperatures have been as high as 23 degrees- a bit much for our trout to contend with!!! Roger Fishery report 23rd July to 30th July– well last Sunday week really was a ‘once off’ and since then catches have been very low indeed with few fish being caught. Water temperature remains a 22 degrees C and although the water remains lovely and clear the trout are ‘just not interested’ with only the odd rising fish being seen. Member visits are few as a lot of us are enjoying holidays in the lovely summer sun we are  experiencing and it will take quite a few cooler days for the water temperature to drop and fish catches hopefully increase. The few fish caught this period have shown a liking for ‘orange fritz type lures/blobs fished down a bit on slow or medium sink lines. Roger 30.7.13 Fishery report for 8th July – 22nd July – the relentless hot weather continued and the trout showed their dislike by  totally avoiding the flies of the few members who decided to fish. It is at times like this you really do wonder ‘do we have any trout in our Lake’!!!!! The water however does remain lovely and clear with some really good weed growth coming through- good to see as this is the first prolific growth in the Lake for the past couple of years. However if you ever want an example of how weather patterns affect our trout  fishing you should have been down the lake on Sunday morning, 21st July. After cloud the previous day and cloud continuing into Sunday the air temperature was cooler with good cloud cover. And how the trout responded!  The four  members down there enjoyed some super top of the water fishing to dries and small nymphs averaging about 4 per rod with Reggie Howes bagging 7 lovely fish in about 2 hours on a simple claret dry. There were trout rising all over the Lake although the bottom of the south bank towards the outlet seemed to hold most fish. It really was amazing how a weather change can influence sport and catch returns so much. Spooned fish caught revealed some tiny buzzers; a few adult flies; some damsels and some pin fry- so take your pick!!!!! I fear that the return to really hot weather today will cause the fish to ‘do a runner’ but things should cool off later in week and if we do have good cloud cover a trip to the Lake could prove productive. Roger- 22nd July Fishery Report 21st June to 7th July- although our water remains pretty clear the high pressure and hot weather has now started to affect our catch rates. The last week or so of June remained pretty good with rod average of over 2 per visit but last week slumped to under one per rod as water temperatures rose to 21 degree C.  Best times with weather how it is are likely to be early or late when some fish are likely to be moving on top. However this cannot be guaranteed as some evenings which appeared perfect produced no rises at all and others, when conditions did not seem conducive, resulted in a fair number of fish on top to have a go at. It is a characteristic of our lake that once water temperatures get above 20 degrees C the trout switch off and at times you would think there is ‘not a fish in the water’!!!! Let’s however enjoy this lovely summer weather remembering we still have 6 months of our trout season to go at and knowing that, as water temperatures eventually dip and weather cools, our ‘beloved trout’ will again, hopefully, start to respond!! Roger Fishery Report 7th to 20th June– well what a varied 2 weeks we have had. After the last stocking the fish seemed to shoal up at the top bay by the haul road bridge and the last two swims on the south bank and the first two by the haul road bridge produced lots of fish to a variety of methods. Numerous small black beetles were on the water and the fish went mad for these. Those who fished small black dry flies enjoyed some super sport but many other patterns also produced. It really was being in the right place at the right time. However after a few days the wind turned easterly/north easterly and the shoals moved out showing  how wind direction has such a significant impact on fish location. As I write this report fish are pretty well spread all around the lake and at times showing on top (often mornings better than later in day) offering members some good dry fly sport. Large shoals of last years roach fry are evident and some trout are feeding on these. One member caught some nice fish on an Appetizer a fly, invented by Bob Church, and tied  to represent small roach fry. Other members have caught on damsels and daddy longlegs patterns, fished wet and dry,  are also producing. The water still remains lovely and clear and let’s hope it does so for a few weeks yet. Rod average is just over two for the period with many fish averaging over 2lbs with the best a fine 7 pounder. Roger Fishery Report 31st May to 6th June– The hot sunny weather with the very cool north easterlies has put the fish off a bit and rods averaged just over 2 fish per visit during this period. Early and late proved best, with some reasonable rises, with fish coming to buzzers; hares ear; shiphams; shuttlecock and hoppers and foam suspender buzzers when there was a ripple on.  As the sun got through the fish went deeper and gold head damsels produced a fish or two as did the normal popular pattern lures fished on sinking lines. The water still, fortunately, remains reasonably clear with weed growth continuing. The hot spot has been in the top north west bay or just by the club hut but fish are being caught at all points around the lake at some time or the other. Our final summer stocking is planned for next week and we will then review future stockings based on water conditions/temperature and catches. Roger Fishery Report 24th – 30th May– Well what a lovely day we had for our Presidents Cup Match last Sunday. 32 members took part who were restricted to using one fly only at a time and to two patterns expertly tied by John King, a dear member and fly tier ‘extraordinaire’. How the trout loved his little size 14 pheasant tail which took over 60 of the 80 fish landed, the other 20 being taken on John’s  seals fur bow tie buzzer. Henry Sturman took first place with 8 lovely fish for 17lb 3 oz followed by Luke Goodwin with 6 for 12lb 6oz narrowly beating into third David Shannon with 6 fish foir 11lb 9 oz.   Best Fish of the day was taken by Mel Mammone with a rainbow of 2lb 14 oz. Fred Lines provided a lovely snack lunch; Eric Mawbey was on hand to replenish members with ‘flies lost’ and Barney Ryder, as normal,  ran a super raffle. Thanks to all  members who supported the day so well and gave very generous raffle prizes. The fishing still remains good with a rod average of just on 3 per rod. Buzzers and other nymphs are still catching as are black and green fritz and marabou tailed damsels. Fish continue to be caught on the west bank; the gravels; the outlet and up from the club hut together with the point on the south bank and the top bay by the haul road. In other words they can be found almost ‘all around the lake’!! The water still remains pretty clear and weed growth, fortunately, is still evident. Although I have not been down I am told there have been some pretty good evening rises this last week. Also we are now seeing lots of mayfly off the river. Whether our trout in the lake will switch on to them we will have to wait and see. Rogerl Fishery report 15th to 23rd May– Well this report could almost be the same as the last one. We continue with a rod average of just over 4 fish per rod and the water remains lovely and clear with some good weed growth just starting to show. Fish are well spread out around the lake with good catches taken especially from the back of the roll-along; the west bank; the top bay on the south bank and just by the clubhouse. Floating lines teamed with nymphs such as hares ear; diawl bachs or crunchers or  black; green or red buzzers are all catching well as are gold head damsels or similar. In this dull overcast weather fish remain near the surface and some members are catching on dries such as hoppers or shiphams or shuttlecocks with either cdc or foam heads. A number of 5lb + fish are still being taken with Tony Nash including 2 of these in his final catch that made up his season limit. As Tony was the member who proposed we stock a few bigger fish ( something which even the doubters amongst us are now happy to admit has added spice to our fishing) it was only justice that he should catch one or two of the ‘biggies’ introduced. Keeping our fingers crossed there is no reason to believe that the excellent fishing will not continue for a few more weeks yet. Let’s all hope so. Roger Fishery Report 5th to 14th May– well it is good to report that the water remains lovely and clear and there is some super fishing to be had. Trout are now spread all around the lake with the east end; by the club house and the gravels on the north bank remaining popular and still producing. Rod visit average remains at just on 4 fish per rod for this period with lots of the fish being caught on floating lines with buzzers; diawl bachs; hares ear and other popular nymph patterns proving effective. A few fish have been caught on dries although the fish have not yet really switched on to surface feeding the majority being taken a foot or so  down. Warmer weather (when we get it) should bring more fish on top and the exciting fishing should then begin. In the meantime enjoy the prolific buzzer hatches and the great fishing that these afford. Best fish for this period was 7lbs with numerous fish 2lb+. Fishery report 25th April to 4th May- Well the excellent buzzer fishing continues although many other different methods are still catching fish. Fish are now well spread out over all the lake and catches are possible from any of the platforms. The bottom of the south bank and by the outlet remains popular as does by the Club House; the point on the south bank; the gravels on the north bank and the top bay on the west bank. During  these last ten days over 600 fish have been taken with a rod average of just on 5 fish per rod visit. The larger fish stocked continue to put in an appearance with the best at over 7lbs backed up by one or two of 6lbs+ and a few 5lb +. The water remains lovely and clear and fish are starting to move on top particularly early morning and in the evenings so it won’t be long before hoppers in a range of colours; shipmans; cdc’ shuttlecocks and suspender buzzers start taking a fish or two. In the meantime, unless yuou like fishing another way,  two black buzzers or one buzzer and a diawl bach on dropper, fished very slowly on a 15 foot leader is all you need to enjoy the excellent fishing on offer. Our Presidents Cup Match (members only)  is taking place on Sunday 26th May. Full details are in last newsletter and pinned up in Weighing in Kiosk together with register.  Please either put your name down on register  or e mail me if you want to take part. Enjoy your fishing Roger Fishery update 14th April to 24th April– Well our policy of putting a few larger fish in this year has certainly given members some excitement and anxious moments. Alan Clitheroe had a super fish of 7lbs and this was backed up with 5lb plus fish by Roger Thornley and Luis de Souza. With the warmer weather we have had some super buzzer hatches and fish are now starting to be caught in most places around the lake. The hot spot is on the south bank, below the club hut and down to the outlet but the gravels; the south bank point and the north west corner of the west bank are all producing. A Couple of buzzers on a longish leader, with floating line, is a popular method at the moment but those fishing all the ‘old early season methods’ and patterns are catching with the good old reliable Montana catching lots of fish. Rod average for this period is just under 5 per rod and with continued stocking there is no reason why the good fishing should not continue with more and more fish showing on top as the water continues to warm up. Fishery Update 31st March to 13th April- still those bitterly cold east/north eastery winds continued resulting in many members deciding to stay at home. Those who braved the cold enjoyed some good fishing with a rod average of just over 3 per visit. Some super fish were taken topped by a 6lb 4oz rainbow for David Adams with Fred Lines and David Chalkley both having 5lb+ Fish. Fortunately fish are now spreading more round the lake and the south bank point and swims towards the Club Hut have now started to  produce.  The top north west corner remains consistent and bottom of the south bank towards the outlet is always worth a cast or two. Fish are now starting to feed heavily on buzzers and all the normal early season tactics are continuing to produce. The warmer weather towards the end of the week saw some rising fish so with temperatures set to remain reasonably high for the next few days it should not be too long before the water warms up a bit and some top of the water fishing can take place. Fishery Update 24th to 30th March- Well although fish are still being taken in the prolific top bay by the haul road bridge they are starting to show up at other areas around the lake. Reasonable bags have been taken on the north bank both in the top bay where it adjoins the west bank and on the first 3 platforms at the start of the north bank. Also fish have been taken in the reed swims by the outlet and the last few platforms on the South bank. Very cold weather has caused rod visits to be fairly low but those anglers braving the elements are recording rod averages of just under 4 fish per rod. Best fish was taken by yours truly, a lovely rainbow of 6lb 8 oz. I spooned some of the fish I caught and was glad to see reasonable numbers of bloodworm and midge pupae present. Switching onto natural food as it starts to awake from the winter slumbers should see the fish continue to distribute themselves around the lake and hopefully start to show a bit on top. There has been evidence of good midge hatches but fish continue to be caught fairly well down. Intermediate and slow sink lines with small lures continue to work but more fish are now being caught on floating lines and nymphs with either longish leaders or an indicator. Love them or loathe them indicators  are very effective and allow your flies to be fished very slowly and at depth. Also you will see bites on an indicator that you would just not feel if fishing conventionally! Anyway roll on the warmer weather and rising fish. Roger Fishery Update 17th to 23rd March – well for this week it really is a case of ‘reading last week’ . The same spots are producing to the same methods and the hardy members who braved the biting weather managed to average just over 4 fish per rod. Even the best fish was of a similar size being just over 5lb and caught by John Parking. Most of us are hoping for milder weather to come in so that the fishing becomes much more pleasant and the fish start to split up a bit and frequent more areas of the lake. Incidentally water temperature is still hovering between 3 and 4 degrees C -positively hypothermic so don’t fall in!!! Fishery Update 10th to 16th March– Well for the few brave and hardy members who fished last week in, at times, atrocious conditions it really was a case of ‘get in the hotspot’ and ‘bag up’. The top bay still remains the most productive by far with fish being taken on a range of lures and buzzer/nymph patterns fished a few feet down. Water temperatures still remain very cold and the trout just seem to like being in this bay. Probably because it is one of the shallowest parts of the lake and therefore perhaps a bit warmer but ‘who really knows’- such are the vagaries of our beloved quarry!  If you do not want to join the throng in the top bay fish have been caught, albeit in not such large numbers, just down from the point on the south bank; by the seat/large willow downstream of the club hut; the last few platforms just up from the east bank and in the shallower water, to the right of the gravels as you face it, in the north bank. Let’s hope we get some warmer weather soon, that the invertebrate life starts to take off and fish move more around the lake. Largest fish this past week was a lovely rainbow of over 5lbs caught by John Haysome- well done John. Fishery Update 3rd to 9th March– Well, despite the vagaries of the March Weather, the good early season fishing continued for those brave enough to bear the somewhat variable (and cold!!) conditions. 85 rods accounted for 361 fish giving a rod average of 4.2 fish. Of these 269 were over 2lbs with the best going 4lb 12 oz to Mike Humphrey.  Mike seems to make a habit of catching the largest fish from the lake already holding the record for the biggest rainbow from the fishery since we have owned it. What is it you are using Mike?!!!!!). The fish are still shoaled up with the top bay by the Haul Road Bridge being the most productive by far. Of the 500+fish caught to date I would say a good 85% have come from this area. The fish obviously like it and it just proves that no matter where you stock our beloved trout will always find the areas of the lake that suit them best. A few fish have been caught on the north shore and below the big willow on the south bank but I feel the water temperature needs to rise and the food chain really start before the fish split up and move around the lake. So the message to all members is do move around if you are not catching until you do drop on a shoal of feeding fish. Again pattern has not been so important with fish being caught on a variety of lures as well as hares ear nymphs and buzzers. Location and depth remain the key. Fishery update 1st and 2nd March– Well as expected it really was a case of find the fish and you will catch your limit. The first 2 days of our season saw members catch 183 trout at a rod average of just under 4 per rod. Although the fish were down a bit a wide variety of methods and flies/lures caught. You just had to be in the right place fishing at the right depth. The best place by far was the top bay where probably 80% of the fish caught were taken. This was followed by swims just above and below the big willow on the south bank and some of the shallower swims to the east iof the gravels. The majority of fish did seem to like the shallowere areas of our lake which is often common earlier in the season. The warmer weather forecast should increase water temperatures and encourage the fish to spread out a bit more but for the time being it really is a case of fishing the productive spots and do not waste too much time on non-productive water. Fishery Update at 26th February 2013– Well another 3 days and we are away again for our 2013/14 season commencing on 1st March 2013. Everything, touch wood, is looking good with the lake stocked and the water pretty clear but very, very cold. Unlike last year when we had a very mild period leading up to opening day with fish being caught near the top I sense that this year with the cold north easterlies set in those fish might be down a bit favouring a sinking line of some degree. However who knows with trout! They will probably surprise us all and show again that the only predictable thing about our much beloved quarry is their unpredictability!!! However what I am sure of is that the normal ‘banker patterns of flies’ such as cats whisker; black and green and gold head damsels of varying tying patterns will produce as will biggish nymphs such as black buzzer; hares ear and diawl bachs fished slow and deep on floating lines and longish leaders if the fish come up a bit. The much loved/hated booby as always will be in with a good chance especially if fished on a fast sink line and shortish leader. As to where the fish will be it really will be a case of moving round until you find them. From past opening days the swims immediately up and down from the club hut should produce as will the gravels and noth bank especially with a north easterly wing forecast. But I cannot stress enough  do move around if you are not catching especially if others are catching in other parts of the lake. If however members around you are catching, and you are not,  do consider fishing at  different depths by using heavier flies or faster sinking lines.  At this time of year depth is key and often more important than the fly pattern used. Anyway I do wish you all a very happy and successful season and I will continue to provide weekly updates on this website to keep you all in the picture on ‘how the fishing is going’. Kind regards to you all Roger Gibbons- 26th February 2013. Fishery report 27th Jan -31st January (Seasons End!) – well the ice cleared by Sunday evening giving the brave and hardy four days fishing to catch a fish or two!! It was hard to say the least. The very cold water coupled with very strong cold winds really put the fish off and fishing became more of an endurance than pleasure. However this did not put my dear Wife Pat off who wanted one fish to complete our seasons limit. On Thursday she braved the elements and whilst I and others were sitting drinking coffee in the Clubhouse and moaning about the lack of fish Pat proceeded to catch a super conditioned 2lb 4 oz fish with what was almost her last cast of the day. The smile on Pat’s face when she returned to the Hut with fish bag in hand said it all. A much deserved fish and indeed the only fish caught during the Club’s  last 5 days of fishing. What is it about lady anglers that makes them successful? It does not matter what type of fishing it is but Lady Anglers always seem to do well. I am sure it is because they persist when others give up; concentrate on what they are doing, but more importantly really do listen and learn. Anyway whatever it is I wish I could find it and bottle it. I am sure I could make a fortune!!! Anyway well done Pat on a richly deserved fish. With our season now over until we start again on 1st March 2013 it is time to reflect. It really has been a season of highs and lows. Super fishing March, April, May and most of June and then despair when our algal blooms set in July though to early October reducing catches enormously and resulting in some poor out of condition fish showing up in catches.  The water cleared mid October giving a pretty good November and December. In January cold weather, snow and ice then set in serously reducing the amount of fishing time available during this month and hence the number of fish caught. We finished the season with totals caught of 6382 out of 8596 stocked giving a catch return of 74%. Bearing in mind the amount of fishing time lost this is still a pretty good return rate. Finally may I thank all members who have contributed in any way whatsoever in the maintenance of the Fishery; Lake and surrounds. Also a huge thank you to our Maintenance Gang who do so much to make our fishery such an enjoyable place to be at and to fish. Roll on next season Kind regards to you all Roger – 3rd February 2013

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