Fly Fishing: Dan makes use of new knowledge

Rocklands Mere Fishery – Quite unexpected catches have been recorded for this time of year, with increased temperatures usually meaning the fish find solace in the deeper water with the cooler mornings and evenings ensuring the predictable dry fly action.

However, surface sport has been prolific throughout the day with very few fish being caught on anything else.

Small olive or natural hares ear hoppers, grey dusters or cdc buzzers will all take fish, a good ripple being crucial with such clear water.

Newcomer Daniel Good from Gunton was back after his lesson last week and after being kitted out with a rod was soon catching fish on his own.

He bagged five rainbows in total and all caught from the lodge end of the lake on a floating line and small nymphs just under the surface.

As long as we keep having these autumn feeling days the fish should respond best to dry fly tactics – the smaller the better!

• For more information or to book call James at the lodge on 01953 483971

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Larkwood – The fishing has picked up again after an inconsistent couple of weeks, even so methods are widely variable, one day will see the fish on top taking dries and on the next on intermediate or slow sink on large 'fluffy objects' 10 feet down.

A number of better fish in the 4-8 lb range have been taken this week, with the best being a beautiful rainbow of around 11lbs which was returned. We stocked a brown trout of 8lbs which was caught and returned twice in one hour. Both lakes are very clear with light hatches of mayfly still coming off.

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