Fly Fishing: Phil lands a personal best at Rocklands

Larkwood – The best of both worlds this week for those who like to fish different methods. Glebe Lake is very clear with the fish just subsurface and close to the margins, so a stealthy approach is advisable.

They are taking very small buzzers and diawl bachs while on West Stow Lake, which is slightly coloured due to flooding from the River Lark, the fish are three to four feet down and taking small brightly coloured lures.

The biggest fish this week was caught by Warren Barwick, a beautifully marked brown trout of around 7lbs which was returned.

The best bag was taken by Trevor Hagger who caught 10 rainbows in a morning's fishing.

We have very few spaces left on our May beginners' courses due to last week's offer, so I am now taking bookings for June, contact Ian on 07776 370348.

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Blackdykes – Fishery manager Paul Speed had his personal best rainbow this week, a nice overwintered specimen about 9lb caught on a yellow dancer which was returned to fight another day. Buzzers, hawthorns and small drys are taking plenty of fish, damsels and cats whiskers on rough days.Tuition and rod hire is available at the lodge come along and have a go. Contact 07525730447.

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Nar Valley – The trout in Hobbs Lake are very active despite the miserable weather.

The climate is reminiscent of early spring but the trout have moved from buzzers and hares ear lures to showing an interest in mayfly nymphs and pheasant tail nymphs. With fish between 1lb 8oz and 4lb the bulk of recent catches, the prospect for some larger fish being caught is good. Coarse fishing permits for Nar Valley Fisheries are now in the local tackle shops, Anglers Corner and Shipshape Tackle in King's Lynn, and Kev's Tackle in Swaffham.

For information of Hobbs Lake Trout fishery and all other enquiries contact Chris on 01553 636507.

Rocklands Mere Fishery – With slightly warmer temperatures and a little less rain on average than the previous week, things are starting to feel a bit more Spring-like at RMF.

Buzzer hatches become quite prolific if the rain and cold winds hold off for a couple of hours, with Hawthornes and Alder flies present when the sun graces us with its presence.

The bank holiday weekend was busy, with many anglers fishing afternoon or evening sessions to make the most of the improved conditions as the day went on.

Philip Bodie from Heckingham fished an afternoon session on Monday and although the wind was keen, it provided a good ripple on which to float a dry fly. Philip caught 21 rainbows in total and ended the day with our biggest brown trout since opening in 2005, a 13lb monster and a new personal best for him. The fish went back to fight another day.

Size 14 black gnats and comparaduns were Philip's flies of choice and most of the takes came from the north end of the lake close to the windward bank.

Last week also saw an increase in the number of over-wintered brown trout caught with many averaging 6-7lb. The rod average was 5.8

Willow Lakes – Almost any fly is catching fish providing it's dark. Best method has to be a floating line with buzzer or damsell nymphs. Warmer weather forecast later in the week should make fishing more enjoyable but bring waterproofs.

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