Commercial Fisheries: Dries out of favour as the mercury begins to fall


With the colder weather now settling in for the winter, the fishing over the last week has been pretty predictable.

Plenty of fish are being caught, with nymphs and sub-surface flies working better than dries as the water temperature decreases.

We are still getting the occasional late hatch and sporadic rise during warmer spells, but generally the fish have switched to fry feeding as they are now chasing nymphs and lures rather than the smaller, more scarce offerings.

Nick Wale enjoyed his first ever visit to Rocklands on Saturday and was rewarded with a fantastic day's sport. Nick was using a floating line and a variety of flies, including small white minkies, cats whiskers and yellow dancers and landed 12 fish in total, his last being a superb brown trout.

Expect much of the same as the temperatures continue to plummet as we head into winter.

Gin clear water as always at Rocklands means that lures and fry patterns will now work, but keep them small.

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This week at Blackdyke trout fishery has seen the return of the old favourites, with cats whiskers, damsels and montanas all catching well.

Eyebrook tackle shop will be at Blackdyke this Sunday and Tim Gaunt Baker will be giving a fault correcting class to help anglers with those niggly, silly mistakes that we all make.

There are a couple of places left for the Iain Barr day on Saturday, November 24. For inquiries and to book a place, call the lodge on 07525 730447.