Fish 157 (Season 9,290) Returns 72 (2,011) Rod average 2.18 (4.61)
This week has seen a continuation of the form seen in the previous couple of weeks, with there being two key options for the anglers to choose from. Top 2-3 feet of the open water in the Main Basin for numbers, or fry patterns and dries around the weedbeds for quality.
How to approach the open water pods of fish has been dependant on the conditions of the day. The start of the week saw bright sunshine and no wind, in which the most successful anglers were bedding the flies in early on the cast with intermediate or sink tip lines, varying retrieve speeds until chasing fish turned into positive hook ups. Whereas, later in the week and the weekend brought high winds and turbulent water, where Di3 and 5 lines with fast retrieves were required to fish the top few feet. In both situations, it was still the boobies and blobs that were catching most fish.
It has been a good week for those seeking out the specimen Rainbows and Brownies that are feeding on the abundance of food in and around the weedbeds. In the warmer weather early in the week we had reports of anglers having good catches on ‘Daddies’, with one angler netting a 6lb Brown off the top on a hopper in Sailing Club Bay.
Suspender minkies and floating fry fished over the weedbeds has been working well for fry feeding trout. Or alternatively, humungus, snakes and tubes fished quick on fast sinking lines round the edge of the weedbeds have also produced specimen 5lb plus Rainbows and Brown trout.
The predator fishing has been very good so far this year, and this week the good form has continued. Pike to 34½lb have been reported as well as big hits of Zander to 9lb and large shoals of Perch to 45cm.
Beginners Courses: 2,10,16,25 & 28 October; 8 November and 6 December. To book please call the lodge on 01780 686441.
Predator lure fishing 1-30 September.
Autumn Pairs 10 October
Fry Feeders 18 October
George Moore 24 October
Fur & Feather 6 December