November finally saw the arrival of normal weather for the time of year with some heavy frosts dropping to -6 degrees ! Resulting the the main lakes freezing a couple of times, this has all resulted in the water temperatures coming down which has made for good fishing, with fish being much more aggressive to the fly.
This is great news after such a warm Autumn which meant that the fish were much harder to catch during Sept, Oct and early November, in all the years I have been in the industry I have never seen such a year of contrast with ideal fishing conditions for the first 5 1/2 months followed by the exact opposite for the next 5 1/2 months, I think the writing was on the wall last Winter which was way too warm with the result that the lakes were 5 degrees higher than average – this meant that once Summer did arrive the water temperatures rose rapidly, this followed by the Indian Summer made for the perfect storm – enough doom and gloom!
Fishing is now good with the fish taking mid to surface, although on sunny days it pays to go deep on a sinker, the main flies are now blue damsel, montana black buzzer and bloodworm.
To keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing conditions please take a look at our Twitter feed, if we get very cold weather I tweet each morning before 8am to give an update of the lake conditions regarding ice.
We have been stocking lots of large fish this Autumn which have been giving great sport, these fin perfect fish have fought like trains with many epic battles, I am now growing more of this size fish for 2017 since they are proving very popular.
As we head towards 2017 we are introducing several new ideas for the coming season…
Beginning in March – once a month with the dates being published in January our resident fly fishing instructor Ian Hoper will be around for the day to give advice and coaching for anyone who needs a little help, this can either be casting or learning more water craft. Ian has fished at Duncton since the early days and is very knowledgeable regarding how the lakes at Duncton fish in the various seasons and weather conditions, a short time with Ian will help a life time of fishing. This will be free of charge, so look out for the dates and come along for the day, don’t be proud. we all need a little extra help ! Extra cake will be available on the day !
Starting in the new year we are rolling our a challenge that we often run on corporate days – the challenge is to catch a fish from all 4 lakes, if you do so you will receive The Duncton Challenge Badge – once a month the heaviest fish bag in the challenge will win a new fishing rod, this challenge proves great fun on corporate days so why not have a go and join an exclusive club !
We are carrying out some repair work this Winter which will result in us opening up the Brown Stream at the back of Birch – this will open up for the ‘official’ brown season at the beginning of April, we will stock the stream with small browns – it will be a real test of your stalking skills and will be open to all anglers, rather than using your fish allocation we are suggesting a £5.00 donation to The Chestnut Tree Hospice for each brown caught, this should give some excellent sport together with raising funds for this very worthy charity.
All that remains for me to say is to wish all our members and day tickets a very Happy Christmas and a healthy new year – we are open all over the Christmas period, we are only closed on Christmas Day, we look forward to seeing you beside the lakes over the festive period.
We are offering a New Year Voucher – £5.00 off a 4 fish day ticket, just print off the voucher and bring it along with you when you visit.
Please download and print the voucher.
Water Temp: 10 Degrees
Mr T Gooden 9lb 4 oz Rainbow
Mr D Watson 6lb 2 oz Brown
Mr T Holmes 5lb 1 oz Blue
Mr D Williamson 3lb 6 oz Char