Fly fishing: Hawes lands a beautiful 11lb rainbow

South Elmham Lakes. Catch of the week was Dennis Hawes with an estimated 11lb rainbow, which was safely returned to Old Hall Lake. He used a blue flash damsel. Don Juler returned another which he estimated at 7.5lbs. And David Graham recorded two more at 5.5lbs and 6.75lbs. Jack and Richard Fielder returned four Brownies between them in the 4lb to 5lb weight range. Both lakes are clear and the fish are fighting hard.Blackdyke trout fishery. With the introduction of a large stocking this week most anglers have been getting limit bags at Blackdyke. The best fish this week was a beautiful brown for Rob Tilbrook weighing 7lb 9ozs caught on a damsel nymph. Dries still taking plenty of fish with lures catching well.

Willow trout fishery has been mostly bag limits, best flies have been black buzzers and black dries. There are still fish rising around the lake. Next week sees the final restocking before the end of the season which should see the fishing pick up. Lures fished on a floating line or slow sinker work well.

Nar Valley Fisheries' Lake Geneva continues to perform well despite the changing weather conditions. The week's highlight has been the father and son double-act of Phil and Nicholas Dix. The very memorable session commenced when Nicholas banked a superb 31lb 8oz Mirror Carp. Not to be out-done by his son, Phil landed an immaculate Common Carp of 30lb 2oz. The session was rounded off with Nicholas adding a 22lb Common to his tally, while Phil caught a beautiful Mirror of 28lb. These two fish have raised the season's total to 15 reported 30-pound plus carp from the venue. Nar Valley Fisheries are currently working on a new stillwater trout fishery. It will be a permit-only fishery and will open in March 2012. For more information contact Chris on 01553 636507.

Larkwood has seen good fishing recently with the cooler weather with the fish being easy to spot either on or just under the surface. Catch of the week was an amazing 26 rainbows from Glebe Lake, by regular angler Mick Mears, who caught his fish on a mixture of dries and small nymphs. Best fish was a fully finned rainbow taken by season ticket holder Dave Clements of around 9lb which was returned unharmed. Best flies have been green buzzer, emergers or hare's ear.


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