Fly Fishing: Attleborough’s Gary Ireland back with a bang as he lands bumper haul

Heavy rain last week didn't seem to affect the fishing at Rocklands Mere Fishery in the slightest, in fact if anything it cooled the water sufficiently and meant that dry flies and emergers were again the weapon of choice for most anglers.

After a short break from fly fishing, Gary Ireland from Attleborough, enjoyed his first session for over two years and was rewarded with 11 Rainbows in total. Gary was fishing small Olive nymphs just under the surface on a day when Damsels were hatching off in abundance.

Newcomer David Lincoln had a great first day at RMF landing 8 Rainbows and a monster Brown Trout estimated at 7lb. David was using olive parachute dries and stated that fishing choppy water was essential. With a dramatic turnaround in the weather this week and our first glimpse of Summer expect even more Damsel hatches, with the best fishing being during the afternoon or evening when the sun is a little lower in the sky with things returning to normal again with more unsettled weather forecast for next week. For more information or to book call James at the lodge on 01953 483971.

• Some good catches again this week at Blackdyke trout fly fishery with the boat anglers doing better at the weekend than the bank anglers, small drys, hoppers,buzzers all taking fish on floating lines with a slow drift with the wind or figure of eight retrieve .We will be holding a Family day Sunday 12th August come along and try fly fishing free tuition on the day by fishery manager Paul speed. Refreshments available and Eyebrook tackle shop in attendance with a range of sundries and rods for you to try before you buy come along for a great day all are welcome.

• Fishing at Larkwood Fishery has been more consistent with the settled weather. The best fish this week was a 7LB plus rainbow which was caught by Malcolm Cole. A number of brown trout have also started to show quite high in the water. The best flies have been gold head daddy long legs and damsels with a fast figure of eight retrieve, just under the surface but let it go deeper in the sunshine. Both lakes are gin clear so fine nylon is a must.

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