Fly Fishing: Malcolm’s bag helps the heroes

Larkwood hosted the East of England heat of the Fishing For Heroes competition this week.

The anglers taking part raised �1,414, including donations.

The winner of the competition was Malcolm Cole and runner-up George Worth. Both did well on a difficult day, despite a restocking the day before. Malcolm's biggest fish was 5lb 4oz, which also helped towards heaviest bag. Malcolm and George now go forward to the finals at Dever Springs in Hampshire.

Blackdyke enjoyed a great day at their float tubing event. Bill Morris, a float tubing newcomer, caught a lovely rainbow. This week most fish have been taken off the surface.

Klinkhammers, sedges, black hoppers and beetle imitations are taking limit bags. With the lake free from weed and algae the fish can be seen rising to the fly in the clear water.

Rocklands Mere Fishery – generally in June, fishery managers start to worry about increased water temperatures and excessive weed growth and the measures to overcome it. So far June 2012 is not one of those Junes. With much lower than average water temperatures and cool, overcast days the fishing this past week has been exceptional with the majority of fish free rising and, on Sunday in particular, with overcast skies and slightly warmer air temperatures the fish were in their element.

Adrian Bordianu from Taverham fished an early evening session and in quite remarkable circumstances landed eight rainbows. Adrian was using a size 16 olive hares ear nymph fished on a floating line and just beneath the surface almost as an emerger.

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Adrian commented that olive was the key, with a standard grey hares ear nymph producing no interest at all. With the water continuing to be crystal clear, small flies will still be the order of the day in the coming weeks. Try small olive nymphs, buzzers and tiny comparaduns or parachute dries when fish are consistently rising.

Willow Lakes – the weather is dictating fishing methods at present. Floating lines with nymphs when the weather is fine and fish are rising, sinking lines with damsell nymphs and black and green lures and boobys when the weather is wet and/or windy. Prospects excellent.

Nar Valley's Hobbs Lake trout Fishery is in great form with some spectacular hatches of olives, mayfly, and sedges. The best methods appear to be slow retrieved emergers, nymphs, and buzzers, with a dry fly certainly well worth a go.