The last month has seen a very varied batch of weather, from quite cold winds through to that amazing Easter weekend, all of which has left nature quite confused with the grass being quite slow to grow and no sign of any week in the lakes yet, with the warmer days we are starting to see some good hatches of Buzzer and Alder.
All the lakes have been fishing well with fish feeding fairly near the surface, Birch has fished well all round…
You will have seen from our twitter account that we are stocking some big browns in both Rosies and Birch, so look out for them, in Birch they often cruise around the bank or hang around the water inlet, if you hook one by the bridge, get it away from there as quickly as possible, they are clever fish and will go for the bridge supports…
Rosie has been the most productive either in marquee bay or along the trench on the north bank, Coot has proved best right through the deeper middle trench. The best flies on all the lakes have been blue damsel and black buzzer. No doubt sooner or later the hot weather will arrive so remember if it gets really hot either fish deep in Birch or wait for the evening rise on the other lakes.
We look forward to seeing you beside the lakes this Summer and lets hope it doesn’t get as hot as last year
Water Temp: 15 degree’s
Rainbow – Mr Davis 8lb 3oz
Brown – Mr Phillips 7lb 4oz
The last month has seen some fairly typical March weather with the odd lovely Spring day… the water temperatures have been slowly rising which has resulted in some fly hatches, the late afternoons has produced some large buzzer hatches, particularly on Rosie’s.
The increased fly activity has brought fish higher in the water table with floating lines working the best, and the best flys have been the usual suspects of blue damsel, montana and black buzzer.
It’s been good to see the steady stream of browns coming out of all the lakes, they are beautiful specimens, and because of their solid muscle mass they smoke particularly well for those of you who own smokers.
As we head into April and May it will be interesting to see how quickly the water temperatures rise, hopefully we won’t get such a hot Summer as last year , I am often asked what effect global warming is having on our industry, and the answer is a huge amount, I actually think it is more noticeable in the Winter. We don’t get such cold Winter weather resulting in the water temperature in the lakes is 10 – 14 degrees coming into the Spring, which means that as soon as the warmer weather arrives they very quickly go through the magic 21 degree’s mark when trout start to suffer… cold Winters years ago when a sledge was a good Christmas present appear a long distant memory ! All of this means that the Summer is becoming harder for fisheries particularly in Southern England, thank goodness here at Duncton we had Birch Lake dug out years ago, with its separate spring and great depth it can handle extreme Summers.
Anyway, maybe it will be cold and rain all Summer!!! We shall see…
Look forward to seeing you beside the lakes this Spring
Brown – Mr Stevens 8lb 6oz
Rainbow – Mr William 6lb 2oz
Water Temperature 12 Degree’s
WE ARE NOW A MEMBERS ONLY WATER
The end of Feb and early March proved an interesting contrast between those warm February days and the constant windy early weeks of March. the fish were moving up for surface flys during the February period but have been pushed deep with the March windy conditions. We had a few days when fishing on Coot and Rosies became nearly impossible due to the gusts of wind.
At the time of writing we are hopefully heading into a couple of weeks of calmer weather conditions, this should encourage more fly life with Buzzer hatches appearing, other than Black Buzzer the best fly’s at the minute are Blue Damsel and Montana. We have had 2 lovely Browns out in the last few weeks, one of 10lb 8oz for Mr Hoper and an 8lb 6oz caught by Mr Stevens, we will carry on stocking more of these, so make sure your knots are secure!
As we come into a busy period for the fishery please make sure you check either the phone message, noticeboard or website for any closed dates on the lakes.
We look forward to seeing beside the lakes on some lovely warm Spring days.
Water Temp 11 degrees.
January ended up as a fairly typical Winter month with the usual mix of cold winds together with dull days and finishing with snow, when you look back at the records it shows that the last week in January is the most common for snow in the whole year.
January often feels like the month for the most die-hards anglers, or the ones with the best quality coats!!!
For those venturing out the fishing has been good with the best sport being on sinking lines with white or orange patterns, on the few warmer days we have been getting some buzzer hatches late in the afternoon, this has led to some great sport with floating lines and black buzzer fished just sub surface.
With Spring just around the corner the lakes are beginning to warm up and we would expect to see some more buzzer activity, with warmer water life in the lakes will become more active so use damsel patterns, hares ear and pheasant tail nymph.
We have had a good number of browns caught this Winter which has been great, we will stock larger numbers in the coming month to add variety throughout the Spring.
Please see our list of closed date this Spring to avoid disappointment, we have a number of fishing clubs coming to visit over the Spring.
As usual any questions you may have please catch myself or Roger and we will be happy to answer them, we look forward to seeing you beside the lakes very soon.
Water Temp: 7 degree’s
Mr Finch 4lb 8oz Brown
Mr Williams 4lb 4oz Rainbow
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
The last month has seen some unusually warm conditions with the grass appearing to grow right through the Winter – we had some great rainfall in November, although the past few weeks have been very dry. The warmer conditions resulted in a few fly hatches in the late afternoon.
Fishing has been good with most fish being taken deep in the lakes with blue damsel being the best fly during December, at the time of writing we are getting colder easterly winds which are pushing the fish deep in the lakes.
During these conditions go deep with fast sink lines and use more Winter patterns such as cats whisker, orange staling bug and bloodworm.
The stocking of Browns during the early Autumn and Winter has prove very successful with a large number of these lovely fish being caught, as January moves into February we hope that we don’t get another icy spell like last year. At the present time the lakes are holding a high temperature – 8 degree’s which is warm for this time of year.
Remember the log burner is always lit in the club room, with tea, coffee and cake available throughout the day, so if you feel a little chilly beside the lakes, pop in and have a warm up.
Water Temp 8 degree’s
Brown Trout – E Vickers 5lb
Rainbow – L Mathews 6lb 12 oz
WE ARE NOW OPEN TO DAY TICKETS
It has been a good early Autumn on the lakes with conditions being great for fishing, we have had a number of sunny clear days which have pushed the fish deep, but this has made standing by the lakes pleasurable.
After such a dry hot Summer the lakes started to cool down at the beginning of September which resulted in the fish starting to feed again.
Looking back at the Summer when we were recording temperatures averaging 27 degree’s in Rosie’s and Coot for several weeks we were thankful that we dug Birch out so deeply all those years ago, as it fished right through all the hot weather, due to its extreme depth and separate spring. I have been fish farming and running lakes since 1980 and have never seen lakes running that hot – maybe a sign of things to come.
As we now head into Winter the fish are becoming more active, with them hitting hard to Blue Damsel, Montana, Gold Head Daddy and Black Buzzer, as I have previously said, on sunny days expect the fish to be deeper in the lake, and use an intermediate line. As the water cools even more Bloodworm and Cats Whisker will also start to work.
We are stocking some lovely Browns at the moment, as as the water is cooling more of them are being caught, if anyone owns a smoker, try smoking them, they are delicious…
As it gets cooler remember the fire will be lit in the club room to warm those cold fingers, together with tea, coffee and cake.. we look forward to seeing you beside the lakes.
Water Temperature: 10 degree’s
Mr Williams – Rainbow 7lb 8oz
Mr Sturdy – Brown 4 1/4 lb
Well – where do you start ? What a Summer its been, currently no need to be flying to the Mediterranean…
The constant hit of high night and day temperatures has had a huge effect on the fishery with the result that the main lakes were running at a temperature of between 25 and 27 degree’s for many weeks. This is very tight for trout to survive to put it mildly, we lost a few in Rosie’s after a few constant hot weeks, but thankfully this stabilized off with the other fish surviving through. Obviously we couldn’t stock the lakes during this extreme weather, it takes a long time for the water to cool back down, at the time of writing this report the temperature has dropped to 22 degree’s so we are heading in the right direction.
Thankfully Birch was available this Summer, with its cool spring water and great depth we managed to keep it fishing even in the extreme heat, although there were some days where it was far too hot to fish… sitting in the shade just enjoying the surroundings under the tree’s was a much better idea.
The fish sunk deep during the day and were taking small patterns, these methods are still working on Birch and it is fishing well, hopefully we will be able to stock up the main lakes again at the beginning of September.
With the weather likely to change soon, we can look forward to some more suitable fishing conditions, expect to see the fish moving up to take surface flys, and hopefully we will get a good ‘daddy’ hatch – we will be stocking some lovely Browns in September, they have been growing in the Millpond, and are beautiful specimens, and will provide some great sport.
We all look forward to a cooler September – and remember we will be opening to Day Tickets on Monday 8th October.
Rainbow – Mr Snelling 4lb
Brown – Mr Bleatham 3lb 10oz
Tiger – Mr Harrison 4lb
A few simple words sum it up HOT HOT HOT !
It was almost inevitable that after the long cold Winter, with the ‘Beast from the East’ that we would have a scorcher of a Summer, when this hot weather started, I didn’t expect it to last this long.
As you can imagine the water temperatures are rising quickly, especially with the warm nights, we are now holding about 23 degree’s in the main lakes, the fish haven’t been very happy and we have lost a few in Rosie’s after one sticky night, we can’t stock these lakes at the present time, as any fish introduced into these temperatures will just die.
This is especially frustrating as the lakes are in brilliant condition, apart of course from the water temperatures! Sooner or later this hot weather will break and we can start stocking again.
Birch Lake being deeper and with its own spring has fared better, the surface water temperatures have been hot, but the lake has stratified with the fish living in the cooler depths, the best methods during this hot period is a fast sink line, try a very small buzzer pattern with a very slow retrieve. We are managing to keep stocking Birch, so give it a go if you can handle the heat, once the weather does break it will make the fishing a little more productive again.
Anyway enjoy the sun, lets face it, its normally a rare thing in the average British Summer.
Water Temp: 23 degrees
Best Fish in June:
Rainbow 4lb – Mr Barrett
Brown 8lb 6oz – Mr Knee
Well, its always interesting how nature tends to level itself out – after such a long Winter we have now had the warmest May since 1920 apparently… at the beginning of May the lakes were running at 13 degree’s they are now at 22 degree’s quite a fast rise. This is partly due to the lack of weed on Rosies and Coot which has meant no shade in the clear water. This slow weed growth is probably due to the long Winter, it has been great for us as it has meant much less weed cutting, not one of our favourite jobs, but bad for the water temperatures and its is also possible there may be some algae problems due to the nutrients in the water not being used up by the weed. It will be interesting to see what happens in the Summer months to come.
The fishing was very easy at the beginning of May but with the much warmer weather the fish on the main lakes are in their usual Summer pattern, this meas they are going quiet during the day and then feeding heavily at dusk, we are getting some great evening rises with the fish showing in the last hour before dark, Rosies as usual around marquee may is the best. If you are fishing the evening rise make sure you come in late, too many anglers are coming in and leaving the fishery by 8pm – this is no good, you need to be fishing until it gets dark. If you are fishing during the day think small patterns with black buzzer and dawl being the best.
As in previous Summers we will concentrate the stocking on Birch during the warm weather, with its spring red water and great depth it runs considerately colder even in the hottest of Summers, the fish will go deep in the heat so think fast sink lines and remember she goes to 35 foot, again go for smaller patterns with a slow retrieve.
It could be an interesting Summer if it starts to get very warm, as we haven’t had a hot one for a few years – enjoy the sunshine, and always remember sunscreen, there is always a bottle in the club room if you forget!!!
We look forward to seeing you beside the lakes
Mr Oakley – Rainbow 6lb 8oz
Mr Oakham – Brown 3lb
Well the weather has certainly changed with it being one of those years that goes straight from Winter to Summer bypassing Spring.
We have had some very high temperatures over the weekend with plenty of sun, which us thankfully drying out the ground. The grass is beginning to really grow in earnest – we are going to be kept very busy with the mowers and strimmers!
Due to the poor Spring the weed in the lakes has been very slow, with it only just about to appear, this is about 3/4 weeks behind this time last year.
The warming temperatures are inducing some good buzzer hatches which the fish are feeding on, we have had a number of Alder Flys showing, all of this has meant some good surface action, with the best methods being floating lines with black buzzer, the ubiquitous blue damsel is also producing its usual good results.
We are now also beginning to see some good rises, late afternoon and in the last hour before dusk, as early Summer arrives expect the fish to move down a little on very warm sunny days. As usual in the high Summer Birch Lake with its depth and cold water flow will become favourite.
Ian Hoper will be holding another of his free tuition days on Wednesday 16th May, come along for a bit of advice.
As the day length extends don’t forget you can fish at first light or until dusk to avoid any hot weather days.
Enjoy the Summer and we look forward to seeing you on the water.
Mr Able – Brown 4lb
Mr Williamson – Rainbow 7lb 12oz