Commercial Fisheries: Plenty of activity in the rain


Plenty of fish moving around the bank this week at Blackdyke, with small drys, buzzers and fry patterns taking fish. Blackdyke will be having a Christmas tackle sale from Eyebrook tackle shop on Sunday, November 11 – come along and stock up. All are welcome, refreshment available. Places are going quickly for the Iain Barr day on Saturday, November. Call 07525 730447 to book your place �50 plus normal day's fishing fee.


With heavy rain and windy days recently, the trout have really been in their element, even if the anglers have not. Plenty of fish being caught on all manner of flies, with dries still working really well at all times of the day. Large sedges are still showing on the warmer days, so hoppers, elk hair caddies or walkers sedge fished on a good ripple have been successful. I hate to say it, but even lures are now starting to take fish. With more and more brown trout coming to the bank, the biggest recently weighing 8lb and caught by Tom Connor from Ireland, it is proving that this colder weather really does induce the fish to feed. It should remain this way for a good few weeks and as stocking is continuing right throughout the winter expect some great sport even on the coldest of days. For more information or to book call James at the lodge on 01953 483971 or visit

Willow Lakes

The mild, settled weather has kept the trout at Willow Lakes rising all day to insects on the surface. Colder weather forecast for this weekend could change this so be prepared to use slow sinking lines and lures fished slow. Willow Lakes closes on October 31.