Fly Fishing: Fisheries have really come alive

Nar Valley – Hobbs Lake trout fishery has really switched on with the improved weather conditions and higher temperatures. We are witnessing some superb hatches of black gnats and buzzers in the morning and late afternoons. Members have had success fishing buzzers and nymphs in the upper layers, some using a fast retrieve and others preferring a drifting approach.

Hobbs lake will host a junior introduction dayTuesday, April 10. For all details and bookings contact Chris on 01553 636507.

Larkwood – The trout have been deeper in the lakes in the brighter weather this week, with static black buzzers being the best flies. Season ticket holder Bob Clements had the best fish this week – a cracking brownie of around 8lb.

Blackdyke – Excellent catches again this week with lots of fish being caught on buzzers as the day warms up. Early morning tactics using small damsels, hares ears, pheasant tail nymphs are all working well with a slow retrieve and all fished on a floating line. We will be holding another Hardys greys day on Sunday, April 15, with a chance to try their latest rods. Tim Gaunt Baker will be on hand for all your casting remedies.

Rocklands Mere Fishery – The opening weekend at Rocklands Mere Fishery was certainly one to remember for all those who attended.


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The weather on the Saturday was perfect for top of the water fishing, with a slight wind and overcast skies. Most fish fell to dry flies such as cdc buzzers and olive buzzers fished just below the surface. Notable returns included Kevin Knights who landed seven fish in total, one of which was returned at 5lb+ and Pat Curtis who also had seven fish, including two large over-wintered Brown Trout. Richard Mainprize from Wymondham fished an evening session and was rewarded with 'his best evening's fishing ever'. Richard caught 13 fish in total, all released to fight another day and all caught from the inlet point on a mixture of pheasant tail nymphs and emergers. Gin clear water and an abundance of fly life means that things should continue this way for weeks.

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