Commercial Fisheries: Farmer on form at Blackdyke


After a snowy start here at Blackdyke trout fly fishery on Sunday the 14 members of Rib Valley fly club that braved the weather were rewarded with some good sport. Tiny black buzzers and cats whiskers took most fish – well done to Bart Farmer, who won with a weight of 9lb 13oz for four fish.

There are still places available for Tim Gaunt Bakers on Saturday morning – improve your techniques for catching salmon or trout. It is £25 a head – please ring the lodge on 07525 730447 to book.


The fishing has been consistent at Larkwood this week with an excellent rod average of around four with fish up to the 8lb mark.

The best flies have been a cats whisker and gold head diawl bach. West stow Lake has fished well in front of the lodge with the flies being pulled back fast about one foot down.

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Beginners courses are going well and we will be taking bookings for April after Easter.

We will be open over the whole of the Easter weekend every day from 9am to dusk, and hopefully it will be a bit warmer!


With the changeable weather recently and the onset of yet more winter weather, the few brave souls that have withstood the conditions have been rewarded with some great fishing. Strong winds have actually helped in some ways with various methods being more successful due to a good chop on the water. Floating lines with buzzers have still accounted for most fish, but wake flies such as small muddlers and hoppers have taken the odd fish when twitched through the ripple. Weighted nymphs such as small goldhead hares ears in natural or olive are, as usual, still the go to fly in most conditions. Tony Eagling and Andrew Wright withstood an onslaught of freezing cold winds on Sunday afternoon but managed to land seven fish between them, including a lovely over wintered brown trout. Black buzzers were the order of the day.

Remember the RMF open weekend at Easter for fly tying displays, smoking and filleting demos and fly fishing competition.

Call James at the lodge on 01953 483971 or visit

Willow Lakes

This year has been one of the worst on record for trout fishing. One hardy angler fished in the snow on Sunday and caught his limit. The trout are there and willing. Let us hope Easter weekend will be better, it can hardly be worse!