Commercial Fisheries: Stevens has a week to remember
Challenging conditions this week with that cold north west winds here at Blackdyke. Blood worm buzzers and cats whiskers are working well on floating lines with a slow figure of eight retrieve. Just a few places left for the Airflo Bank Masters competition on March 17. We will be shut to the general public on February 24 for the competition. The lake is very clear at the moment and the fish can be seen following your fly close in. It's a great time to come out and try to spot the big one and win yourself £50 – only a £1 to enter.
With both lakes at Larkwood gin clear, the fish have come up to very near the surface, with fish being taken this week on dry flies.
Another successful method has been white fritz or a cats whisker with a slow retrieve or static. Regular angler Eric Stevens has had an excellent week, with numerous fish up to the 3lb mark. We have also had a number of brown trout being caught and returned, these were in excellent condition despite the time of year. We are having a delivery of slightly larger fish coming this week, so be prepared.
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The recent unsettled weather has meant very few anglers venturing on to the banks. A handful of pike anglers have fished Lake Geneva, Fenn Lake, and Geneva North to find a few jacks and low doubles. Not many carp anglers have ventured out, but those braving the elements have reported fish on the move with sightings of rolling carp and line bites towards the business end. As the weather improves the prospects of some late season carp looks very good. The renewal invitations have been sent to all our current members, should you not receive one please contact Chris on 01553 636507.
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The new season is well under way at Nar Valleys Trout fishery 'Hobbs Lake'. Plenty of fighting-fit rainbow trout, between 2 and 4lbs, are on the move and willing to accept dark coloured patterns fished at 4 to 6 feet on intermediate lines. For further information contact Chris on 01553 636507.
The anglers that have braved the weather recently have mainly only fished short sessions, but have been rewarded for their efforts with some spring like fishing. Buzzers have now started to catch fish and with the occasional afternoon hatch on the 'warmer' days things are starting to look up as we head towards March and hopefully some warmer temperatures. Andrew Harrison fished a short Friday afternoon session and despite the adverse conditions, noticed that a few fish were rising. Using a small klinkhammer, Andrew managed to land five rainbows in total. All fish last week were caught on floating lines and most fell to buzzers or emerger patterns. For more information call James at the Lodge on 01953 483971.