June 2016 Report

Fishing has been really good during May with plenty of fish moving to surface fly, Rosies has fished very well throughout the month with most fish coming from the trench along the northern bank.

Birch has remained gin clear which has made for excellent stalking, the shoal of big Char have been driving people mad as they swim past, having said that we have a few being caught by the odd shrewd angler, thinking out of the box. We have been stocking some lovely 3-4lb fish and these have been fighting like trains. As is April we have had a succession of lovely Browns coming out, mainly being caught on small patterns, best flys have been Blue Damsel, Montana, PTN, GRHE and Black Buzzer.

Evening rises so far have been hit or miss with big rises on Rosies and Birch some evenings following by nothing the next, I think these are temperature related with the best rises on warmer evenings, bare in mind if you are coming for the evening rise – it is late in the evening, usually kicking off about 8.45pm and going on till 10.30pm.

As we now head into Summer expect conditions to change, the water temperatures at the present time are 18 degrees and one hot spell will push it over 21 degrees – this will slow the fish up and they will take to the depths during the day for the cooler water, and will only come on the feed at about dusk.

We can keep Birch a little cooler so if it gets hot try there during the day, the best flys during the hot weather are always small patterns so try size 16 hooks ( if you can see to tie them on ) also try slowly retrieving as the fish will not want to be rushing !
I am often asked what effect warm water has on trout – so here are a few points…

1. Firstly warm weather contains less oxygen, which for a high oxygen dependent fish this is a problem.

2. Lakes in the Summer with weed have large oxygen ranges due to photosynthesis with the lowest point being at 3am – 4am – this causes problems with oxygen levels becoming very low.

3. Because trout are struggling with the above 2 points they will go off the feed, they do this as digestion requires for oxygen. It is interesting to note that trout can survive with little or no food for up to a year, by just burning up body fat.

4. With hot sunny weather trout will drop to the bottom to find the cooler layer of water which exists in the depths, this cooler layer will contain more oxygen as well as being shadier which will slow the fish down, which again means they will be using less oxygen.

I could carry on with this list but suffice to say that trout are not designed for lakes in Southern England in the Summer.

So bare in mind the above as we enter the Summer and lets just hope it doesn’t get too hot.

Enjoy your fishing and we look forward to seeing you beside the lakes very soon

Tight Lines

Martin and Caroline

May 2016 Report

Well, it looks like Summer is finally on its way – its been a lovely week to help you forget the long Winter.

The last month has seen some excellent fishing with the fish mainly feeding on Buzzer, this has meant the best patterns have been Black and Green Buzzer, with the ever reliable Blue Damsel also accounting for a large number of fish being caught.

We are continuing to stock large Browns, with some lovely specimens being caught. The Arctic Char have also been caught regularly although many are becoming very canny, there is a shoal of five big 5-6lb Char that you can see easily on Birch which have worked out most flys – to catch the Char you need to think out of the box, try dropping a Bloodworm under them, then waiting, then bring it up… This method has accounted for quite a few Char being caught in the last few weeks. We are now starting to get a good rise in the afternoon, to Sedge and Olives.

With the evenings now drawing out, don’t forget we stay open until dark, so make use of the good evening rise and enjoy the tranquility of the lakes.

We have had a number of members coming in when we are shut so please check the noticeboard, website or phone to see when we are shut, I would point out that the Corporate fishing days and weddings mean that we can keep the price of membership at Duncton lower as you can imagine fisheries are expensive places to run …

We now look forward to the Summer, it will be interesting to see what the weather has in store for us.

Tight Lines and enjoy your fishing.
Martin and Caroline

Water Temp: 16 degree

Heaviest Fish:
Brown 8ln 8oz Mr. I Hoper
Blue 4lb 10oz Mr. P Williams
Char 3lb 2oz Mr. R Floyd
Rainbow 6lb 8oz Mr. L Mayhew

Martins April Report

Well March turned out to be a month with very varied weather with temperatures on the whole being fairly low. It was ironic after the warm weather before and after Christmas when we thought that Spring would come early.

We have as a result had the longest run of Daffodils we have ever seen here, they began in late January and we still have several weeks left of lovely blooms, I have noticed in the woods and hedgerows that the Bluebells are now out too.
Enough of horticulture and now onto fishing …. March has been an excellent month with great fishing on all the lakes throughout the month, Rosies has been particularly productive with marquee bay and the northern trench being the real hot spots.

The fish are mainly feeding on buzzer with most fish spooned full of green buzzer and dappnia, as well as buzzer the best flies have been blue damsel, ptn and montana.

We have seen a succession of big browns coming out which has resulted in members leaving the fishery with aching arms …. we will continue to stock these, especially in Rosies and Coot.

The Arctic Char have continued to be a little fickle, keeping out of the way, having said that – as Mr Smith found out when he had 5 off marquee bay, if you find a shoal you can have some great sport.

As Spring moves on we can expect more great sport with the fish beginning to move in the water column – the fish have just started rising at certain times during the day and this will increase as the fly life becomes more abundant.

We hope you continue to enjoy your fishing at Duncton – and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter to receive up to date information on the fishery.

Tight Lines
Martin and Caroline

Water Temp: 12 degrees

Heaviest Fish
Mr J Vesley – 8lb 10 oz Brown
Mr D Nutbeam- 8lb Rainbow
Mr R Musgrove – 4lb 4oz Blue
Mr J Smith – 3lb 8oz Char

March Report

February turned out to be a bit of a colder month, with even some ice on the lakes at the beginning of the month, it was good last week to have some lovely frosty mornings, with the sun on your face.

Fishing has been really good with Rosies fishing particularly well, with some large bags coming from marquee bay and from the trench along the northern bank. Small patterns have continued to do the damage with GRHE, Montana and Blue Damsel being favorite, PTN is well worth trying and it was interesting that ha member had 3 Browns on it last week. We have had some lovely browns coming out of both Rosies and Coot – these large specimens have all been caught on small flies.

With Spring just around the corner the fish will start to move to more abundant life in the water so floating lines should become the order of the day, again use small patterns especially black buzzer and diawl bach.

We will be stocking up alder this week, so if you fancy a real stalking challenge make your way down – stalking bugs and black creeper work well.

The last day for day tickets is Friday 11th March – so if you are a day angler make sure you visit before then, as we will become a members only water until October, when we will once again be open to day tickets, we would like to thank all day anglers for their business over this wet Winter – and we look forward to seeing you again in the Autumn, although please remember that memberships are always available.

As we look forward to Easter and some warmer weather, we hope to see you beside the lakes very soon for some great fishing, in a beautiful setting, the daffodils are looking splendid!

Tight Lines
Caroline and Martin

Biggest Fish
Arctic Char – R Burt 4lb 5oz
Brown – I Hoper 5lb 8oz
Rainbow – L Wilson 6lb 4oz

Water Temp: 9 degrees

Ians Spring Fly Suggestions

Best Blue flash Damsel, Yellow dancer, Cats whisker with Orange bead head ,Black and green DFN Nomad and White and Green DFN variant. Gold Rib Hairs Ear (GRHE)Black and green Cormorant. Black Buzzer and Green weighted Buzzers on sunny days, Apps Blood worms fished deep and new Wiggly Worm’ s in wine red and orange .Montana’s always work well as do anything orange as last resort. Try some old killers as the weather warms Greenwells Glory, Whisky fly, Cased Caddis Grey Duster,Pond Olive, etc. They may be out of fashion now but still catch.

February Update

Well January turned out to be a tale of two parts – firstly the rain and wet continued for most of the month, which was then followed by a sudden cold spell – we hit minus 6 degrees for a couple of nights which resulted in Rosies, Coot and Alder being completely frozen over, coming out of the blue and being so severe it was a real shock to see the lakes freeze over so quickly, as it usually occurs over a number of days, it has certainly knocked back the flowers and buds which had been enjoying the warm temperatures.

The fishing has been very good over January with some lovely fish coming out – the fish have not been that deep with many rising in the afternoon, the best patterns have been Blue Damsel, GRHE, Blackwork and Black Buzzer.

Ross has seen some great fishing with the usual spots of marquee bay and the trench along the northern bank being the most productive, there have been some great Browns coming out of Rosies with many around the 6lb mark.

It is worth noting that if we have had ice on the lakes I will post the position on twitter each morning by 8am to keep you informed – for those of you who don’t have a twitter account just click on the twitter icon on our web page and the thread will pop up.

As we now enter into February it will be interesting to see what the weather will bring – if we don’t get any cold weather we could be heading into a very early Spring – this could mean that the fish will hopefully stay near to the surface and be actively on the feed – although being the UK we could have 2 foot of snow on the ground by mid February – who knows…

We are now taking fishing club and corporate bookings for the Spring and Autumn, so if you would like to book a date please contact the office – we can offer a fully catered day or you can bring your own food/picnic – tea, coffee and cake are always available.

Day Tickets finish in March so if you want to get a days fishing in before we become a members only water again – pop along soon, you can be assured of a warm welcome.

As always drop an email or call the office if you have any questions regarding fishing at Duncton.

Tight Lines
Martin and Caroline

Biggest Fish:
A Lewis – Rainbow 6lb
Mr Bernard – Char 4lb
Mr Fielder – Brown 6lb 4oz
Mrs K Holden Blue 3lb 8oz

Water Temp: 10 degrees

January Report 2016

Happy New Year

Maybe the scaremongers were right all those years ago warning of dire consequences of global warming – as we can see form this incredibly warm Winter continue. The lakes have now been at a constant temperature since October, having only 2 frosts. The grass has never stopped growing although conditions would suit rice production with all the rain we have had.

The daffodils are now coming into flower and unbelievably we have large trees with leaves appearing – what this all means I am not sure !

The knock on for fishing during December was interesting – with weed still growing and lots of natural food, normal Winter patterns weren’t that successful with the best results on Blue Damsel , Montana and Black Buzzer. there have been a huge amount of fish rising particularly in the afternoon.

The Artic Char have also been slower to feed, because the water temperatures are higher that then like, although good numbers have been caught with some lovely specimens coming out.

As we go into January I hope we might see some more normal weather arriving, with a good cold snap to bring conditions back to normal, although I should be careful what I wish for.

The Fishery is open every day during January and the club room is nice an cosy for a break from fishing – so if you are hardy enough come on in!

We are open to Day Tickets until 13th March – if you fancy getting a group together, please let us know and we can set up the club room for you to have your lunch together – although the local pub The Cricketers does great food.

Any questions or queries please drop us an email or call the office number.

Enjoy your fishing – we look forward to welcoming you to Duncton very soon.

Martin and Caroline

Water Temp: 11 degrees

Biggest Fish:
Rainbow – R Davies 6lb 4oz
Brown – R Carson/J smith 6lb 12oz
Arctic Char – R Burt 5lb 4oz
Blue – R Moon 4lb 4oz
Tiger – B Tauton 7lb 2oz

Martins Early December Report

Sitting here with the sun shining and 14 degrees on the thermometer, you have to pinch yourself that it’s early December. The last month has seen very high temperatures both during the day and at night, which has been very unusual, so far this Winter we have only had 2 hard frosts, this has meant that the grass is still growing and the weed is even growing in the lakes – we have seen wasps and butterfly’s beside the lakes – all very odd…

This has had an effect on the fishing – we stocked large numbers of Char in October in anticipation of cold weather – but the frosts have not arrived, this has resulted in the Char proving difficult to catch and they have been pre occupied with Buzzer, for those with the right fly and the stalking skill they have been great sport, with many fish coming out between the 4-5lb range, when the water eventually becomes colder they will be easier to catch.

The fishing as a whole is now getting easier with most sport on Blue Damsel, Montana and Bloodworm – it is interesting that with the lakes still comparatively warm and full of food it pays to fish a more natural patterns than the usual Winter varieties.

We really could do with a period of proper cold weather to get things back to the usual winter fishing patterns.

As we look ahead to Christmas – a little reminder that we offer Christmas vouchers for all types of Day Tickets and memberships – so if you would like a different gift for a friend or family member just drop us am email and we can get a presentation package off to you.

We are open all over the Christmas period – and are only closed on Christmas Day – so if you fancy a breath of fresh air please pop down to visit us, the wood burner will be lit and the coffee and cake will be ready and waiting for you, although you may have had enough to eat… We look forward to welcoming members and day anglers…

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our member and visitors a very Happy Christmas, and a healthy 2016.

Martin and Caroline

Water Temp: 13 degrees

Largest Fish:
Blue 4lb J Richards
Rainbow 9lb 60z B Stokes
Char 5lb I Hoper
Brown 6lb 8oz J Smith

Martins Early November Report

October turned out to be one of the warmest Autumn months on record which had an effect on the lakes, at the beginning of the month the water temperatures were dropping with frosty nights and everything appeared normal, however since the second week of October we have had abnormal warm days and nights, all of which has resulted in the water temperatures rising, something I don’t recall ever happening before in October.

All of this had a strange effect on the lakes with the fishing become much slower, feeding with buzzer being the main fly found when spooned.

We started stocking Char at the beginning of October, resulting in great sport, with most fish being caught between 3 – alb in weight, these fish are very strong so please check you are using at least 6lb leader and periodically check for wind knots, I don’t like to see these amazing fish being lost due to poor tackle.

With the lakes being warmer, try smaller patterns, and if you see a shoal of Char go into stealth mode using small buzzer and bloodworm.

During October we have seen some great specimen fish coming out with lovely Rainbows, Char and Blues making up some large bags, although sadly I have to note we are having a little trouble with members and day anglers ignoring the No Catch and Release Policy that we have at Duncton, and a number of anglers have been putting fish back – we have a zero tolerance policy on Catch and Release, and anyone caught returning fish will be asked to leave the water immediately – I am sorry to appear harsh, sadly a minority of anglers can seriously damage the quality of fishing for other anglers…

We have had a couple of charity days in October with the Nymfs Charity raising a fantastic amount of money for Elinor Childrens Hospice and The Chestnut Tree House Childrens Hospice, and Bernard Cribbins hosting a charity day for Paratroopers – this event was a hugely successful event with a large donation being made to this amazing charity for our service personnel.

Although this sounds odd I am looking forward to some more usual Winter weather with colder days and nights, with some lovely early morning frosts, this should get the fish hitting hard…

It may be a little early to be thinking of Christmas, although the John Lewis Christmas advertisement has appeared on the television over the weekend… please remember a days fishing voucher or a membership at Duncton Mill could be the perfect gift for a member of the family or friend, we can provide a gift packages to suit all budgets.

As always please follow our twitter feed for all the latest news and events.

Tight Lines

Martin and Caroline

Water Temp: 14 degrees
Heaviest Fish
C Dodd – Brown – 7lb
I Dunck – Char – 5lb 7oz
P Wiltshire – Blue – 5lb 12oz
G Wooler – Rainbow – 8lb 14oz
B Tauton – Tiger – 5lb 1oz

Martins Early October Report

September was a strange month with lovely weather towards the end, in actual fact it was the most settled period of weather that we have had since June, all the sun kept the fish deep during the day with some good evening rises particularly to Dry Daddy, small flies were the order of the day with Blue Damsel, Damsel, Montana and Black Buzzer being the best patterns.

There have been a number of large stock fish coming out of the lakes, with a number of anglers getting broken leaders, make sure you check your tippet regularly to avoid this happening.

There are a good number of large Browns in the lakes at the minute, they are proving to be great fighting fish, and a number of members have come away from the lakes empty handed, with stories of ‘the one that got away’

With the lake temperatures just getting down to 14.5 degrees I was pleased to be able to start stocking Char again – these really are superb looking muscle bound fish, most of them are in the 3-4lb range so if you connect with one – expect a stream train on the end of your line…

We are now open to Day Tickets for the Winter season, please see full details of prices on the tariff page of the web site, don’t forget we have a loyalty scheme running, please ask when you visit.

For all anglers members and day tickets please follow my twitter account for daily updates on what is going on at the fishery.
We look forward to a busy Winter period with lots of rain throughout the night and glorious sunny days – I should be so lucky !

Water Temperature 14.5 degrees

Largest Fish
Rainbow – P Vagg 12lb 7oz
Blue – J Smith 8lb
Char – P Williams 3lb
Brown – P Smart 4lb 12oz