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
Martin and Caroline