Fly Fishing: Damsels are in vogue for Blackdyke trout men


Damsel nymphs have been the most successful fly this week at Blackdyke trout fishery – unweighted and fished on floating lines in the boils of the aerators. Boats are still doing well with small nymphs, crunchers, dawel bachs and PTNs fishing to the drop off near the weed beds.

John Pollit hooked a big rainbow, but had his hook straighten as it was shown the net. Blackdyke will be celebrating their third anniversary on Saturday, September 15 and will be offering five fish for a four-fish ticket on the day. All are welcome – contact the lodge on 07525 730447 for any inquiries.


Fishing has been ideal for those anglers who enjoy using top of the water techniques. The best methods in the very clear water have been suspender buzzers or emergers fished static or small nymphs or lures pulled fast just below the surface.

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Watch out for the bow waves of the trout as they chase the fly and the flash of their white mouths as it is taken.

Last weekend's beginners course was very successful, with all the participants catching fish. A few places remain on the September courses.

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Best bag results this week were by Greg Herod and Graham Limer, who had 23 fish between them. Larkwood have also had a number of brown trout this week up to the 4lb mark – all of which were returned unharmed to the water.

Lots of tree clearing has been taking place this month, which has made some areas easier to cast – this is also allowing the breeze through to give more movement to the surface of the lakes.


With an abundance of Damsels still present it is not surprising that Olive Nymphs have been the fly of choice recently.

The inlet bay, being slightly shallower and with good weed growth, has been a haven for trout as they gorge themselves on the nymphs prior to them hatching into adults.

Peter Collett proved this theory by landing four rainbows and two browns from this area using unweighted damsel nymphs.

Dry flies are working too, with Dale Gardiner from Great Ellingham fishing on Saturday morning and landing six rainbows and a brown trout. All were taken off the top on an Olive Klinkhammer.

For more information or to book call James at the Lodge on 01953 483971 or visit

Willow Lakes

Lower temperatures and fresh fish have improved the fishing at Willow Lakes.

Fish are rising and most anglers are catching their limits.

Best fish this last week was a 5lb rainbow caught by Mr Denny of Southwold. Best flies are daddies and hares ear nymphs fished on a floating line.

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