Fly Fishing: Deane leads the way at corporate event on mere

Rocklands Mere – The fishing last week has been as changeable as the recent weather we've had. Cold windy days have put the fish down slightly with longer leaders and weighted nymph or damsels working best. However, slightly warmer temperatures towards the end of the week and at the weekend meant that even in the wind and rain the fish were free rising and taking dry flies or buzzers just beneath the surface. Hoppers or small wake flies fished on choppy water have been doing very well with olive or black buzzers taking fish just beneath the surface. A corporate event on Sunday proved less than perfect for fly fishing, with strong winds and horizontal rain making it a challenge to say the least. The fishing on the other hand was incredible. With many of the group being newcomers to the sport after tuition in the morning and a little help they had all soon caught their first trout and were well and truly hooked on fly fishing. A mention must go to Karen, Becky and James for persevering in the awful weather. Anthony Deane caught the most fish of the day with 14 rainbows in total, Anthony was fishing into the wind with a green damsel nymph. Anthony's partner, Bex Thompson certainly showed she could keep up with the boys and as well as landing four overwintered rainbows, she managed two huge brown trout. Olive nymphs accounted for all of her fish. With warmer temperatures forecast this week and a little less wind and rain, the fishing should get even better, with buzzer hatches occurring later on in the day.

Willow Lakes – Both Willow Lakes are fishing well with fish rising all day to buzzers. Floating lines with nymphs the best methods, gold head damsel nymphs if it's cold and windy. Prospects excellent.

Larkwood – Sport has been good this week, with the fish coming up near the surface in the fresher weather (we had an inch and a half of 'fresh weather' this week). Just about any type of fly has been taking, with CDC's and black buzzer being the best choice. Our beginners courses were especially successful, with every participant catching at least one fish. Bookings are now being taken for May courses. Bring this report with you and receive a 20pc discount on an hours tuition. Please ring Ian on 07776 370348 to arrange a mutual time.

Blackdyke – Use buzzers and small drys when it's calm at Blackdyke and Damsels, montanas and cats whiskers on rough days. There's plenty of fish moving and can be seen topping all over the lake. We are open now till 8pm in the evening, rod hire and tuition are available at the lodge. Please call on 07525 730447 to book your place.

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