Commercial Fisheries: Drop in the water temp is good news


At last the fish are on the feed again at Blackdyke trout fishery. Lots of fish have risen this week – best flies have been small damsels, buzzers and small dries. Darren Trumper had a good day despite the wind on Friday with 12 fish to the boat and a nice rainbow of 12lb 1oz that was returned and entered into the trout masters competition – all caught on a blue flash damsel. Terry Baker and Paul Smith had a cracking day on Saturday, both catching and releasing a dozen apiece. For any more information please ring the lodge on 07525 730447.


Fish are still up near the top and are well spread in both lakes. The best fish this week went to visiting angler Matt Davies, a 13lb 8oz rainbow taken on a damsel. The best flies have been bloodworm and cats whisker, pulled fast just below the surface. We have also had 20 plus rainbows caught in the 3-4lb bracket. West Stow Lake is slightly coloured but Glebe Lake remains gin clear.

Bookings are now being taken for October tuition, ring 07776 370348 for details.

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With significantly cooler temperatures both at night and during the day, coupled with a persistent light breeze, the fishing over this last week has been consistently spectacular for everyone on the bank. Water temperatures are dropping like a stone and the fish are really responding, with a distinct increase in rising fish right throughout the day, particularly at the lodge end of the lake and along the new West bank.

Father and son Mike and Matt Bradbeer fished a day session on Saturday and were treated to some non stop sport right throughout the day.

Both used a floating line, flies varied between dries and nymphs with tiny hares ears accounting for a good number of fish for both. As well as numerous rainbows, Matt landed five brown trout, all averaging around the 3lb mark.

Over the last two weeks the rod average has nearly doubled, the main influencing factor being the weather and cooler temperatures. Expect this to continue right through the autumn, with sedge hatches as well as the infamous crane fly presence to add some really exciting dry fly action to the day. For more information or to book call James at the lodge on 01953 483971 or visit

Willow Lakes

With temperatures dropping the autumn fishing at Willow Lakes will remain excellent. Make the most of it as our season ends at the end of October. Must-have flies are still daddies and hares ear nymphs fished on a floating line. If the weather is rough, fish a black and green lure slow and deep.