Commercial fisheries: Chris Butcher raids new stock

TOP CATCH: Chris Butcher.

TOP CATCH: Chris Butcher. - Credit: Archant

LARKWOOD: A stocking of larger fish paid dividends, with seven fish over 7lbs caught. The biggest was a cracking fully-finned rainbow of just under 15lbs which was caught by Chris Butcher, who returned the fish safely to the water. The biggest bag of 13 fish went to regular angler Greg Herod.

Most consistent flies on West Stow Lake have been black buzzer and CDC Emergers. Glebe Lake has responded best to Gold Head Marabou Damsel fished on a floating line at around 8-10 feet, Willow Bay being the most successful area. Both lakes are very clear so fishing with a fine fluoro-carbon nylon is recommended. The fishery has been chosen to hold the East Anglian heat of the 'Fishing For Heroes Competition' again this year. Limited spaces remain – anyone who can raise some sponsorship and would like to take part, or for donations, call Ian on 07776 370348.

WILLOW LAKES: The weather has improved, trout are rising to natural insects and anglers are enjoying their fishing among primroses, daffodils and violets. A wide variety of flies are catching fish – gold heads in particular. A few minutes looking for rising fish is time well spent.

BLACKDYKE: With the cold nights lures have been favourites first thing, but as the temperature has risen buzzers,corixia and crunchers are working well all on floating lines with a slow figure of eight retrieve.

Well done to Gavin Cairns for winning the Trout Masters heat on Sunday; he is through to the final at Grafham on September 2.


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Tim Gaunt Baker will be at Blackdykee on Saturday, April 21 to help anyone who needs tuition in fly tying – £5 for 30 minutes.

NAR VALLEY: The coarse fishing season has now finished. Permits are vailable for the 2013/14 season from the local tackle shops or directly from Chris on 01553 636507. Hobbs Lake Trout Fishery is in great shape with plenty of trout moving to the array of insects and invertebrates multiplying in the water. Most fish are being taken on black lures and nymphs fished at depths from 3-6 feet. This trout water is available on an annual permit, but for the next few Thursdays in April it will be accessible on a day permit basis for those wishing to sample some great sport. The day permits must be arranged in advance by contacting Chris. For all enquiries relating to Nar Valley Fisheries contact Chris on 01553 636507.

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