Buzzers are doing the trick at Rocklands Mere

Oliver Smith with his first ever trout, caught at Rocklands Mere. Picture: James Harrold

Oliver Smith with his first ever trout, caught at Rocklands Mere. Picture: James Harrold - Credit: Archant

It's been buzzers galore over the past week at Rocklands Mere Fishery, with the fish really switching on to the warmer weather and abundance of fly life present.

Buzzer hatches have been consistent throughout the day with small olive, tan and black buzzers working well.

Because of this sudden abundance the fishing hasn't been as easy as you would expect, with correct fly choice being much more important than usual.

Small cdc's and Shipmans have worked well on overcast breezy days, with subsurface buzzers, or scruffy buzzers in 14s fished static if it's a little brighter.

Damsel nymphs and blue flash damsels fished at the far end of the lake have also proved successful.


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There have been a number of anglers reaching double figures over the last few days, with Drew Patrick, Jimmy Sayer and Luis deSouza capitalising on the conditions.

A special mention must go to Oliver Smith, who, after a lesson from James Harrold on Saturday morning, managed to catch his first ever trout – and hopefully the first of many as he decides to take up fly fishing.

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Norfolk & Suffolk Flyfishers have had to restock their East Tuddenham waters yet again before the weekend as over 150 fish have been banked this week by 45 visitors.

They were topped off with a superb blue tempted by Roy Hopkins from Shipdham.

The warmer weather at the weekend is bound to encourage a bumper hatch so buzzers and drys are predicted to be the go-to flies to try first.

With many in the media bemoaning the fact that not enough youngsters are coming into the sport it was great to see hundreds of them besieging two of the society's 'Try the Fly' coaches – Tony Hull and Paul East – at the society's display at last week's Spring Fling.

The futures looking good – at least at East Tuddenham with the May Intro day now fully booked.

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