May was an interesting month with quite unseasonable weather – temperatures have stayed pretty constant with many days having quite a cold wind, all of this has resulted that in the four weeks of May the water temperatures only rose 1.5 degrees from start t finish. This is quite unusual for May, but this will be good in the long term as it will take longer for the temperatures to peek once the warmer weather eventually arrives.
Following on from the very lake week growth last year the weed in the lakes has been incredibly late growing this year and we have only had to cut one small area on Rosies so far – Coot as the minute has no growth at all. Some of you may have noticed that Rosies has had a alight algae growth for a time in May, this was due to the lack of weed. Basically the weed uses available nutrients to grow, if there is n’t any weed these nutrients are freely available, at which point single cell algae will flourish. This is why for management reasons we want some weed growth, for those of you who fish reservoirs this is the reason you get large algae growths at this time of year – basically there are large amounts of nutrients available with no weed.
Coming back to Duncton – in the last week the weed is slowly growing, with the result that the water in Rosies is clearing, we are often asked why we don’t cut all the weed out, hopefully the explanation above makes things a little clearer.
During May the fish have stayed quite low during the day, with Intermedate lines or sink tp working well, the best patterns have been B;acl Buzzer Blue Damsel and PTN, we are now getting large eveningrises on Rosies and Birch and still have a shoal of Char in Birch which are getting more and more wily, a few get caught each week with a little bit of stalking you can be successful in catching one. The largest Char of the season was caught by Mr Dodd a couple of weeks ago weighing in at 4lb.
The Char are growing well on the farm and we will have some lovely specimens this Autumn.
I know that some of you are new to the sport or may need a little advice on the best ways to fish at Duncton, so with that in mind I am getting Ian Hoper one of our instructors to give a few tips each month, so please read his words of wisdom, as Ian is a very accomplished angler.
We look forward to a lovely Summer, and we hope you enjoy your fishing at Duncton….
Martin and Caroline
Water Temp 17.5 degrees
P Neale – Brown Trout 4lb 10oz
C Dodd – Arctic Char 4lb
A Dobson – Blue 3lb 8oz
C Turner – Rainbow 5lb 8oz