Well, May ended with a very warm spell which certainly got the water temperature rising sharply.
Fishing was very good during most of May with conditions in the heat at the end of the month slowing things down. With water temperatures now higher it pays to fish deep during the day with the trench on Rosies northern side being the most productive.
As Summer is now upon us we have increased the water flow in Birch to keep the water temperature’s down over the hot Summer months, the fish will either be deep or will be in the current from the inlet. Another good spot is to cast as close to the over hanging trees to the right of the island as possible, the fish like it there with shade and food falling off the foliage above.
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.
Water Temperature: 19 degree’s
Rainbow 6lb 2oz Mr Williams
Brown 3lb 12oz Mr Smyth
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.
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
Well the Indian Summer rolled on with the very un – seasonal weather continuing right through October, the warm days and nights have meant that the water temperatures have only just dropped – they have now been at 16 degrees for the past few weeks, we really need a change to normal Winter conditions with strong wind and a lot of rain. The water flows are currently very low and we need a good wet Winter to replenish them, all of the above is having an effect on the lakes with fishing conditions more similar to early September, fish are not particularly feeding hard and if spooned are eating Daphia and Buzzer, as a result fish are taking very lightly with the result that a lot of fish are being lost if the hook is not set hard enough, make sure you strike hard when you get a take .
Best methods of fishing are small flies, particularly Buzzer, and fish deep and slow, we are currently stocking some lovely 7-9lb fish which have been giving great sport on the lakes, a lesson to watch though … one of our members left his rod on the ground next to the seat, next moment it shot across the lakes disappearing into the depths… A week later it was retrieved at the opposite end of the lake, one big fish.
Remember we are open to Day Tickets now – as always in the Winter months the club room will be cosy, with the log burner lit, tea coffee and cake available when the weather is a little chilly.
If anyone is looking for a Christmas gift for a friend or family member, a days fishing is a great idea, we can provide vouchers for a days fishing, or even a years membership, there are lots of options, please just drop us an email.
Please remember to look at our twitter feed for up to date information on recent catches – we live in hope that the rains will come and we will have some more usual fishing and weather patterns soon.
Any questions or queries that you may have regarding fishing at Duncton Mill please contact us.
Martin and Caroline
Water Temp: 16 degrees
Heaviest Fish in October:
Rainbow – J Richards 8lb 2 oz
Brown – P Swann 6lb 12oz
Arctic Char – E Worley 3lb
Blue – P Wilson 4lb 2oz
August ended up a hot month with some very high temperatures during the day and night, all of which meant tat the water temperatures in the lakes stayed above 21 degrees, this resulted in very hard fishing on Rosies and Coot, fish were caught, by members using very small patterns particularly Buzzer deep in the channels.
Sadly during the really hot spell, we lost a few double figure Browns which succumbed to the conditions, once the water temperatures drop we will be replacing them so make sure your tippet and flys are in good shape as these fish have huge power.
Birch lake has fished well during the Summer as we increased the inflow which has kept the water temperatures a few degrees lower, even on the hottest days by fishing deep members were catching fish with small patterns being the order of the day.
During the hot weather, it was interesting to see a shoal of Arctic Char hanging around the inflow, despite numerous attempts they weren’t feeding although Mr. Snelling managed to lure one out on a really hot day.
Once the water temperatures really drop later in the Autumn these fish will come back on the feed and we will also start re-stocking with new ones, it would be beneficial (unlike last year) if we have a proper cold Winter, which would really suit the Char.
We are hopefully now moving into more favorable weather conditions for fishing, and we can look forward to more activity on the lakes, we have been working hard on Rosies and Coot during the Summer and they are in prime condition with little weed so once the water temperatures drop we can stock them right up again so all the lakes should be giving good sport.
With regards to flies for this period again Buzzer and Blue Damsel would be favorite although we might get a good hatch of daddies which always give good sport.
We will be opening to Day Anglers on Monday 10th October – we hope you enjoy your Autumns fishing if you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us.
Water Temp at 1st September:
21 Degrees – Rosies and Coot
19 Degrees – Birch
Rainbow – Mr. Richards 5lb 8oz
Brown – Mr. Soames 3lb 12oz
Char – Mr. Snelling 2lb 8oz
Well it’s been a strange Summer so far, it’s been a tale of warm wet weather, with no real settled periods of warm dry sunshine – we have seen warm days and nights which have pushed the water temperatures right up – as several members have commented when you catch one they appear ready cooked!
These conditions have inevitably meant that fishing is now hard on all the lakes, this year is also noticeable for a slower evening rise with less fly hatch.
The lower number of flies is right across most lakes, not just at Duncton, most of the lakes that I deliver to are experiencing much-reduced hatches, what is causing this drop is unclear at the moment, but it is a cause for concern.
We are stocking some big browns at the moment in Rosies and Coot, which have been providing good sport, the best methods at the minute are sinking lines with small flies into the deeper areas.
We have been working hard weed cutting on Rosies and Coot which means all the deep areas are weed free, the best spots are in the trench in Rosies or the deep in Birch.
I think we are heading into a warmer spell of weather in which case the water temperatures will really rise, if so try to avoid visiting in the day and fish either in the early morning or late evenings.
As always if you have any questions regarding your membership or fishing at Duncton Mill please do not hesitate to drop us an email or call the office number, don’t forget to follow our twitter feed for up to date photographs of recent catches and events at the fishery.
Enjoy the sun and we look forward to a cooler September
Water Temperature: 21 degrees