The ‘dog days of August’ continued during the earlier part of the week with slow sport and little to be seen in terms of surface activity. However, change came when cooler night time temperatures triggered some buzzer hatches and the fish began to sip at the surface again.
Dry fly sport saw a resurgence as anglers began to record some fair bags to the boats on the South Lake. As a result the rod average is creeping back up as water temperatures become more favourable.
Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop decided to bring along his 16 year old grandson Peter Wright – who was visiting from Canada – for a few hours’ sport. Although Peter is a strapping 6’4” and looks capable of mastering anything, he is a complete novice when it comes to fly fishing so it was down to Grandad Geoff to carefully coach the youngster in the skills of casting and presenting a fly. With this great guidance it wasn’t too long before Peter was into his first trout and he ended the session with his first two fly-caught trout and a huge grin on his face !
Here at Blithfield we realise the importance of introducing youngsters to the great sport of fly fishing and offer free fishing to novice juniors when accompanied by a responsible adult.
Despite the slow start there were some notable returns this week including on the 22nd for Season Permit holder Mr. Joe Cravagan who returned 7 fish to his boat in just 4 hours using a red shuttlecock CdC. On the 23rd visiting rods Mr. Geoff Stanley and Mr. Terry Coging took a boat out on the South Lake and recorded a total of 10 to their boat during the day. The 25th saw father and son duo Mr. Graham Roden and Mr. Chris Roden visit the reservoir to enjoy a day’s sport in a boat on the South Lake and using dry flies to great effect, they returned 14 to the boat by the evening. On the 26th visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate enjoyed some great sport recording a total of 11 fish to his boat – all caught on dry flies including daddy long legs, hoppers and shuttlecock CdC patterns. The 27th saw a real upturn in sport with favourable conditions all day. Season Permit holder Mr. Martin Madden recorded 8 fish to his boat on the South Lake – all caught on hoppers during a few hours ; visiting rod Mr. J. Owen returned a total of 11 fish to his drifting boat, again with red dry flies producing the desired results and visiting father and son team Mr. Stuart Hartland and Mr. Ian Hartland recorded a creditable 8 fish to their boat using various dry flies, emerger and fry patterns.
Weekly stocking has continued and an additional 1000 brown trout were stocked in recent weeks thanks to proceeds from the Blithfield Brown Trout Fund – a fund that raises vital revenue to allow re-stocking of native brown trout at Blithfield
The rod average is 2.24
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Westlow catch returns