We are now well into the Summer – hot weather with Wednesday being the hottest July day on record, as you can imagine the water temperatures are now shooting up, this sort of weather with hot nights gives no respite for the lakes with resulting high water temperatures, this means that we are now running the main lakes at a temperature of 22 degrees with Birch a little cooler. This means that the fish are staying in all the deep water areas during the day, and feeding late in the evening. If you visit Duncton during the day in this hot weather fish Birch and go deep, the best flies are Blue Damsel, PTN, and Black Buzzer, if you fish Rosies or Coot try a sink line and drop the fly into all the deep parts of the lake. We are getting great evening rises on Birch and Rosies, and at these times try a Dry Black Gnat or Alder.
As you can imagine cold water trout are only just surviving in these conditions and many fisheries are losing fish, we are fortunate here at Duncton as the lakes are spring fed which makes a huge difference and keeps the fish relatively happy!
To help your fishing, please read Ians report to gain a few tips at this challenging time of year.
Some fly suggestions for those for hot and difficult Dog Days in July and August.
These two months can be most frustrating if the days are hot and sunny. Early mornings or the cooler late evenings is best time to try for an elusive summer trout.
When the sun eventually goes down the wind tends to drops and it can be a magic time. You just won’t credit just how many fish are now showing out there in the lakes.
For day time fishing try.
Blue flash Damsel or a orange version, if fishing over weed on Rosie’s or Coot try using an un- weighted Damsel imitations such as the Prime Dandy.
Gold Rib Hairs Ear, Pheasant Tail and of course some small Buzzers in black, green or red. My current favourite is the Copper John size 12.
Later on in August, try a Dry or Sunk Daddy also Hoppers in black, ginger or wine colour, they do work fished dry or sunk on retrieves so also the traditional Bibio can be well worth a try.
If you stay late and lucky to see a big rise then try Grey Duster size 14 or 16, Shipman’s Buzzers, in orang or grey, or any Sedge imitation. Black also works in fading light as the silhouette is much more pronounced, they say?
For Lure’s (if you must) Cats Whisker in white /green or an all Orange version. Orange or Pink Blobs or the current favourite Blob called laughingly Rhubarb and Custard.
It seems to work for some on hot sunny days, do not know what trout make of it but it catches generally when pulled fast.
Water Temperature 22 degrees
John Dockerill – Blue 2lb 1oz
J Smith – Rainbow 9lb
P Lansoon – Brown 5lb 3oz
P Smart – Artic Char 2lb 4oz