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