Martins December and January Report


CHRISTMAS GIFTSA days fishing at Duncton makes the perfect gift – or why not treat someone to a whole years membership!

Writing this we are finally starting to get some cold weather blowing in, its quite a shock after such a long warm Autumn. Fishing has been excellent throughout November, with great sport on all the lakes. With the mild conditions the fish were near the top with quite a few fish taken on dries which is unusual for November. As you will know we have been stocking Artic Char for a month now and many anglers have had one of these lovely fish, they fight really well and also taste really good. It has been a surprise with the char that they have not gone deep and can usually be seen swimming about a foot down, and in fact they are often taking surface flies.

With the colder weather arriving the fish will start to drop in the water column with Winter patterns starting to work, best patterns ill be Blue Damsel, Bloodworm, Black Buzzer and Montana.

Don’t forget to take a look around our new web site and you can click onto the twitter icon to see whats happening on a daily basis – this will be especially useful for fly tips and if we get icy weather I can update daily the conditions on the lakes.

During the Winter remember the log fire will be burning away and Carolines cakes will keep coming so if you need refuge on a cold day you know where to go.

We are open every day except Christmas Day – so if you are in need of a breath of fresh air to blow the cobwebs away, come and visit us over the Christmas holidays.

All it remains to say is we wish all our members and day tickets a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Tight Lines

Water Temperature 6 degrees

Best Fish in November
Arctic Char – 3lb J Brown
Rainbow – 8lb 6oz I Hoper
Brown – 2lb 12 oz B Hughs
Blue – 4lb J Russell

November Report

We have been enjoying some excellent fishing in the last couple of months with great sport on all the lakes.

The weather has been all over the place, with very warm days through September and October, this has meant that we still have quite warm water temperatures for the time of year.

As you will know from your own gardens, the grass has loved this warm weather, and at this rate we will be grass cutting on Christmas Eve!!!

The warm water has resulted in late fly activity, as well as a good daddy hatch – this has kept the fish near the surface which has resulted in most of the fish being caught on floating lines. The best flies through this period have been Blue Damsel and Daddies.

In mid October the water temperature had dropped enough to start stocking The Artctic Char, these lovely fish have been giving great sport and give a terrific fight – and I am reliably told that they taste really good. They can been seen in the lakes quite easily because of their distinguishing white edge to their pectoral and pelvic fins. Once the water temperature drops a little more we will be stocking them in Rosie’s and Coot, bearing in mind we bought these eggs from the Hood River in Alaska, they would probably love it if we had 3 foot of snow on the ground and the odd Brown Bear running around!

We now look forward to a busy Winter period with hopefully some great sport on all the lakes.
Let’s hope the weather stays reasonable and we can enjoy some great Winter fishing.

With cooler weather on the way, bear in mind that the fish will start to go deeper, with Winter patterns starting to work.

One thing to say with our new website up and running, is a huge thank you to David Hall, one of our members who has looked after the old site so well, and has put up with my bad spelling for long enough!

I am now being dragged into the modern age and you will see that we have Twitter on the web site, I will be tweeting every day to keep you up to date of what is happening in terms of news, conditions, fish catches etc, all of which should hopefully help everyone involved with the club to enjoy their sport more.

Day anglers, don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card, and look out for the special offers on membership.

We look forward to welcoming you Duncton Mill very soon.


First Artic Charr Caught!

Arctic Charr at Duncton Mill Fishery
Mr Derek Sansom caught our first Arctic Charr from Birch Lake on 15th October. It went like a torpedo apparently. Duncton Mill Fishery will be stocking these great fish right through the winter.

Martin’s September 2014 report on Duncton fishing

Well, what a Summer! All that continuous hot weather took its toll on the lakes with temperatures holding 24 degrees for most of August. These really high temperatures slowed the fishing, with the fish holding in the deeper areas to find the cooler water. For those fishing in the right places or the evening fishing proved reasonably productive, with the best flies being very small patterns, with black buzzer being the best option.

Thankfully the water temperatures began to drop at the end of August which got the fishing going on all the lakes. Fish are now starting to move on the surface with some good evening rises. The best patterns at the minute are black buzzer, montana and damsel. As we move into the cooler weather the fish should start moving even more with hopefully some good action to daddy log legs.

Once water temperatures drop to about 12 degrees we will be able to start stocking the Arctic Char, which we have been growing on in the farm over the past 2 years. These lovely looking fish should give some great sport through the Winter months.

A date for your diary – don’t forget we are running our Fishing For Hero’s Charity Day on Saturday 8th November. The idea as usual will be to enjoy a great day’s fishing and raise some money for a very worthy cause. For further information please call the office.

Please remember to use the club room, take a break from fishing, have a coffee, and piece of home made cake, and flick through a magazine.

If you have a group of friends or work colleagues who fancy a days fishing or who may want to learn to fish please speak to us and we can arrange a great day for experienced and novice anglers, we can also arrange shooting and other outdoor activities.

Enjoy the Autumn fishing and we look forward to welcoming you to Duncton soon.

Tight Lines,

Martin, Caroline, and Roger

Trout Masters

Duncton Mill Fishery

James Foulcher won the junior troutmasters title. Here he is with his Dad and Grandad, which was fitting as we all know as parents how much running around all these things take!

Fishing for Heroes 2014

It’s a long time away, but thought we would let you know the date for the popular event, so that you can put the it in your diary! This year our heat will be held on Saturday 8th November 2014. This has proved a fun event in the past – with a morning’s fishing followed by one of Caroline’s yummy lunches!

As usual the idea is to get sponsorship and raise as much money as possible for this worthy charity. If you would like to book your place or need any further details please call the office or see us at the fishery.