Commercial fisheries: Tranter and son have day to remember


With some warmer days this week here at Blackdyke trout fly fishery we have seen the fish turn their attention to feeding better with lots of fish rising feeding on buzzers. A blob on the point fly and a couple of buzzers on droppers has proved a great tactic on floating lines with a slow draw retrieve.

This worked very well for Nigel Tranter and his son who had 12 fish between them on Sunday.

Tim Gaunt Baker will be holding a half day's fly fishing course here on March 30, it's £25 a head and it will cover all aspects of casting, knot tying, fly choice and any other things you want answers for. To book you place call 07525730447. The fishery will be closed to the general public on Sunday, March 17 for the next round of the Airflo Bank Masters competition.


Fishing at Larkwood picked up towards the end of the week after a slow start due to the warmer weather. This brought the bigger fish on to feed, with two huge fish being caught this week–- the best was a cracking rainbow of around 15lb caught by Andrew Clarkson, this fish was returned unharmed. The other notable fish was a 12lb 6oz rainbow taken by visiting angler Rob Shaw; both fish were caught on size 14 hare's ears, pulled very fast just below the surface.

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Season ticket holder Greg Herod had a good day with a bag of seven fish taken in two hours on cats whiskers and damsels.

Buzzers are now starting to hatch and should get more prolific and larger as the water warms up.

There are only two places left on March beginners' course, so ring Ian for details on 07776 370348.


Although night time temperatures are still only just above freezing, it is starting to feel a little more Spring like over the last few days at RMF.

With the first noticeable hatches occurring in the afternoons, anglers are now starting to enjoy some really exciting dry fly action as the buzzers start to appear.

Newcomer David Ellis from Trowse had a memorable first visit to RMF on Saturday when he landed seven rainbows in a morning session. David was fishing the far bay and took all his fish on a bloodworm buzzer.

Similarly, Matt Fisher did the same on Friday, landing eight rainbows on nymphs.

Gin clear water at present means that smaller flies are tending to work best, with hare's ear nymphs in olive or small buzzers fish almost static on a floating line producing takes. Dry flies such as cdc buzzers, emergers or shipmans working later in the day when slightly warmer.

For more information call James at the lodge on 01953 483971 or visit