Fishing Reports

Fishing Reports

Fishery Report at Sunday 11th July 2021

Despite water temperatures going down a few degrees over the last week (it was 19.3 degrees when I checked today- Sunday) it is still far too warm for any number of our trout to feed and this is reflected in the catches over the last 14 days. 45 rod visits resulted  in only 10 trout being caught with best weighing in at 2.2 lbs. Very few rising fish have been seen although I am told one or two fish have been ‘seen up’ either early or late in the day. I know that two of the fish caught were taken on an intermediate line with small bead headed damsel and I am given to understand some of the other fish were caught using surface patterns pulled fairly quickly across the top but I have not had this confirmed. I fear that our trout fishing will now continue in the doldrums for a few weeks more yet so if you do go down be prepared for some hard and challenging fishing. Or why not forget the fishing, just take a picnic and enjoy time there and perhaps a walk around the lake – thanks to all the work of the maintenance gang there are most certainly far worse places to spend a pleasant hour or two. Or indeed why not try the coarse fishing on offer. Some super tench (one member had 8 in a session; another 6); big roach and some fine rudd have been caught and you just never know what our lake will turn up next!

Anyway whatever you do just enjoy it knowing that ‘time does seem to fly by quickly’ (especially as we get older) and before you know it autumn will be here and our stocking will re-commence.

Kind regards to you all.

Roger  

Fishery Report at 26th June 2021

Although water temperatures have gone down with this coolish weather we are having it has been hard going on the trout front. The last 14 days has seen 69 rod day visits result in 38 trout being caught of which 29 were 2lb + with the biggest  at 3.5 lbs. Total catch for the season to date has been 3424 with 5050 stocked. Members have reported seeing, on some days, some surface activity and one member managed his eight fish limit using dries after having located some rising fish on the north bank and top north west corner. Another member caught a few using a black popper hopper fish fastish just on/ in the surface film whilst I know of a few fish being taken deep on boobies and HiD lines. So it would seem the best advice I can give is to be prepared to walk the banks to try to find some rising fish and then fish on or near the top for them. Failing this concentrate on the deeper parts of the lake such as just by the club hut; the outlet or the top north west corner and use a sinking line with a small lure pattern. However do accept that at this time of year, particularly in our lake, the fishing will be challenging and perseverance is the key.

The coarse fishing on our lake is now under way and some super tench to 7lbs have been taken together with some magnificent rudd to 2lbs and a few good roach up the 1.5 lbs. Not many smaller fish have shown yet probably because the water is still reasonably clear. Best method by far has been ledgering with a swimfeeder (either open ended; block ended or method) with groundbait and maggot or corn on the hook. If you are tired of trying to catch our ‘somewhat reticent to feed trout’ why not give the coarse fishing a go- there are most certainly some super fish in our Lake to have a go at. As they say often ‘a change is as good as a rest’.

Roger 

Fishery Report 31st May to 12th June

Well we started well with some good catches recorded but then hot weather hit us and catches crashed. This period saw 147 visits result in 177 trout being caught with most of the fish  taken during the first week of this period. Water temperatures have now risen to 21.6 C when I checked on Friday, a temperature definitely not to our trouts’ liking. Having said that there are still some fish to be caught by those members prepared to fish to conditions which at present certainly means ‘getting down a bit’. Very very few of the fish caught over the last few days have been on  floating lines and few fish have been caught on top or rises seen.   Fast intermediates through to Di 7 lines fished well down with small lures, fished over the deeper water swims have seemed to be the best tactic using a fairly slow retrieve. The deepest water swims worth concentrating on when ‘things are hot’ are the pegs just up from the club hut; the 2 pegs just below the big willow downstream from the hut; by the outlet; the gravels and the top north west corner. Concentrating on these areas, based on past experience, would seem to offer the best opportunity of a fish while water temperatures remain high. Fishing deep and persevering are probably the two key elements to success at present.

Coarse fishing for members only starts on the Lake from Sunday 13th June and would all members who want to coarse fish please ensure they comply with the rules as posted in our weighing in kiosk. Also please ensure they fish only from the marked nominated swims. A list of where these are is displayed again in the weighing in kiosk.

Roger

Norfolk Fly Fishers' Club