Best flies during the Summer will be the usual patterns of Blue Damsel, Black Buzzer, GRHE, Pheasant Tail and Stalking Bugs.
Don’t forget the fishery is open until dark for members so if you are fishing the evening rise the best time is 8.30pm onwards with the fish often coming alive in the last hour before dark, please make sure you sign out when you leave so we know everyone has left safely.
Anyway here’s hoping for a good Summer but preferably not too hot – us farmers want it all.
Fishing has been very good across all lakes with Rosies and Coot being the most productive, Rosies has fished particularly well in marquee bay and in the trench along the northern bank – best method has been floating line, long leader and weighted fly. The fish are now starting to show themselves with small rises occurring intermediately during the day, the evenings have been quite cold which has stopped the evening rise.
The colder weather is good news as it is countering the lack of ground water – it has been an exceptionally dry Spring with ground water levels running very low indeed. A number of our clients on the farm have been struggling for water, it all looks a little ominous for the Summer, and I am hoping that (for trout fishing only) that it doesn’t turn out to be a long hot one – although as usual we can hopefully rely on Birch during any long hot periods due to its depth and spring supply.
We have now opened up The Brown Stream behind Birch – as mentioned before this little stream provides a real test of your stalking skills, it is strictly on a Catch and Kill basis, all that we ask is that you put £5.00 in one of the envelopes provided for each Brown caught – hopefully we can raise some money for The Chestnut Tree Hospice as all proceeds will go to this worthy cause – for full details see the notice in the weigh room.
Coming back to the general fishing – with the lakes warming, expect to see much more surface activity on the lakes with the evening rise starting again, the best rises at Duncton usually begin about an hour and a half before dusk, with the best being on Rosies and Birch.
Our instructor days with Mr Ian Hoper have proved very successful with a number of members benefiting from Ian’s wisdom on fishing – the next one is on Friday May 26th, so come along if you need any help at all – don’t be shy, its all free of charge, Ian will be around all day so just stop him and ask a question when he is moving around the lakes.
We were recently approached by a young novice angler who wanted to produce a video and review the fishery Zac Pattison – he has a regular column in The Match of The Day Magazine reviewing football boots, but is now keen to get into the sport of angling.
Tight Lines and enjoy your fishing – as always any questions or queries please drop me an email or call the office.
Martin and Caroline
Rainbow – E Moore 5lb 8oz
Brown – W Guelpa 9lb 4oz
Blue – P Soames 3lb 12oz
Fishing has been excellent over the past month, with all lakes fishing well, members have been enjoying the glorious sunshine over the past few weeks, great fishing, together with coffee and cake in the yard, what more could you ask for?
The usual flys have been doing the damage with Blue Damsel and Black Buzzer being the favourite, the fish are now holding higher in the water with the odd rise occurring, when the sun is really high in the sky it pays to fish deep again with the fish staying low in the shade.
With the warmer weather arriving fly life will become more prolific resulting in good hatches, the best rises at Duncton are always in the evening, usually beginning about an hour before dusk, with the best rises usually on Birch and Rosies – especially ‘marquee bay’ for those fishing in the evening, please don’t worry about the time as we stay open until dark.
We have been working to finish the little stream behind Birch and will be stocking it with little browns soon, as mentioned before we will be running this little stretch of water for the charity Chestnut Tree Childrens Hospice in Arundel.
We have now held 2 instructor days with Ian Hoper and these are proving very useful for those members who attend – the next one is on Friday 26th May, so please come along if you need a few refresher tips, Ian is great at instructing in relation to casting and watercraft which makes all the difference to catching more fish. Ian’s tips certainly helped Mr Guelpa who on his next visit to the fishery caught that 9lb 4oz Brown, his photograph features on our twitter page so take a look.
We look forward to seeing you beside the lakes very soon – and as always please drop us an email or call the office if you have any questions or queries regarding your fishing at Duncton.
Martin and Caroline
Water Temp: 13 degrees
Brown – 9lb 4oz Mr Guelpa
Blue – 3lb 10oz Mr Smyth
Rainbow 6lb 10oz Mr Smith
Fishing has been excellent during February with the fish now starting to move up in the water column – this has meant that sink tip and floating lines are beginning to work, the best flies are Blue Damsel Montana Black Buzzer and Bloodworm.
We have been getting some excellent levels of rain which is getting the springs really moving again, this coupled with quite a cold January and February will hopefully result in good fishing right through to the end of June before conditions deteriorate with hotter July and August weather. I am pleased to announce that the February winner of The Duncton Challenge is Mr. Vagg – he achieved one fish from each lake on 2 occasions and with the heaviest bag – I will present him with his prize of a new rod when he next visits and will take his photograph and post it on twitter, don’t forget the challenge is open to everyone so have a go!
A reminder that the first Ian Hoper Tuition Day is Wednesday 15th March so come along and fish as normal and catch Ian as he walks around the lakes for any help or advice you might need, whether some tips on casting or general fishing techniques.
A note to all day anglers day tickets finish on 15th March after which time we return to a members only water until October 9th, 2017 when we will open to day tickets again for the Winter season, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those day anglers who have visited over the past few months.
If you belong to a fishing club or have a group of friends who fish and would like to get a group together to visit Duncton, please drop us an email we can offer a fully catered day, just breakfast or enjoy a days fishing and then finish the day with our infamous afternoon tea … there are lots of various options available.
As we begin to see the first signs of Spring we look forward to a rewarding season and look forward to seeing you beside the lakes very soon.
Martin and Caroline
Rainbow – S Willis 6lb 8oz
Brown – A Burns 6lb
Char – R Williams 4lb 1oz
Water Temperature: 9 degrees
We will be running free coaching days when Ian Hoper will be around all day to offer advice and techniques, Ian is an excellent instructor and knows the water like the back of his hand so please come along if you need any help, however, small or large, Ian will be around the lakes all day so just catch him, the days are as follows Weds 15th March, Tuesday 11th April and Friday 26th May.
Well January turned out to be a typical Winter month with a real cold spell in the middle – this resulted with the main lakes freezing up for a week and a half – the back end of the month has seen some proper rain, although this is unpleasant at the time it is good news for the coming year, as the rain is getting the springs moving again, and the ice has dropped the water temperature down with the result that it should take longer to heat the lakes in the Spring.
For those brave enough to risk icy roads and frozen rod rings, fishing has been good through the month, the fish have been deep with sinking lines having the best results, favorite flies have been blue damsel, montana and bloodworm, don’t forget during these cold months that the fire will be lit and a hot coffee and cake awaits you in the club room.
As Spring approaches expect to see the fish moving up in the water column, the best flies will be damsel, blue damsel, grhe and black buzzer, as mentioned last month’s report we will be running free coaching days when Ian Hoper will be around all day to offer advice and techniques, Ian is an excellent instructor and knows the water like the back of his hand so please come along if you need any help, however, small or large, Ian will be around the lakes all day so just catch him, the days are as follows Weds 15th March Tuesday 11th April and Friday 26th May.
Also, don’t forget that we are running The Duncton Challenge – one fish from each lake, so if you fancy a wander around the lakes and test your fishing skill give it a go.
We look forward to those Spring Days with sun on your face and the splash of rising fish – hopefully!
Martin and Caroline
Water Temp: 8 degrees
Brown 7lb 8oz Mr. B Raw
Char 2lb 5oz Mr. M Lyle
Tiger 3lb 1oz Mr. B Clark
Rainbow 4lb Mr. C Dodd
Ians Handy Hints and Tips
Herewith a few of my fly ideas for March onwards.
Red or orange head Blue flash small Damsel tied size 12 hook light coloured marabou tail.
Silver or gold bead head, weighted black buzzers.
Gold rib Hairs Ear.
Marabou tailed black Montana.
Black and green fritz thorax Nomads.
Cats whisker with orange head.
Blood worm ,or Sqirmy worm .
White or Black booby .(sunk lines )
Orange / green blobs.
Sunk lines best for Birch, floating lines on all other lakes.