Foremark weekly report week ending 19th November 2017
Foremark Lodge Tel 01283 703202
Another tough week for Foremark anglers with a diverse set of weather conditions to contend with ranging from frosty starts, to mornings with double digit temperatures. Some days have seen relative calm followed by windy days with excessive gusts. The fish have still not been easy to tempt either although, as always, there are successes to report on. Whilst many anglers have already hung up their rods for a close season break, some of you are still determined to fish to the end & cannot be faulted!
The fishing has remained hard with a total of 35 anglers landing 31 rainbows, representing a disappointing rod average of just 0.88 for the week.
However this Monday our rod averaged jumped to 3+ with fry & shrimp patterns working, it shows the importance of keeping in touch with the lodge for latest reports, photo on Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
Many fish continued to hold very deep, particularly towards the lower end of the aerators & it has been suspected that they may have settled over a body of water with a temperature inversion or thermocline – possibly a consequence of the huge amount of new water pumped into the venue. However, the aerators have now been switched off & it has not taken long for fish to be showing up elsewhere, for boat & bank angler alike. A considerable volume of water has also been drawn off over this reporting period which has led to better bank angling prospects. Whilst the fry have yet to materialise in any significant numbers in & around the margins, the increasing presence of shrimp there has been notable. Interestingly though, numerous regulars have independently reported on the numbers of shrimp feeding fish they have hooked & lost whilst targeting them with, either bespoke patterns or various versions of Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymphs. The reasons for this are currently something of a mystery. Season ticket holder Paul Walker is one such angler who has recently experienced fish coming short. However, he clearly got the measure of them properly on Wednesday. In a terrific bank session, mostly on Hut Point, he landed a total of nine which was by far the best catch of the week. He followed it up on Friday with a further four.
Albeit still a bit “hit & miss”, regulars such as season rod Scott Wilson are also still finding sport from the boat. Fishing deep with fry patterns on Thursday Scott netted four good rainbows in the Cascade & Heron Bay using a Di7 sinking line in conjunction with a perch fry imitation.
Although just outside this reporting period (Monday), indications of a possible end of season spike in sport have just been highlighted with a catch of six rainbows, including a 3lbs+ blue from Scott Wilson’s boat right down on the wires at the bottom of the Carver’s Arm. And on the bank, DCAC rod Mr R Gilks landed four rainbows, two to fry patterns & two on Hare’s Ear nymphs. Our last day is Thursday 30th November.
Number Rods: 35 Number Trout Taken: 13 Number Trout Released: 18 Total Catch: 31
Weekly Rod Average: 0.88
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 till 16:00 Boat All Day: 08:30am to 16:00
Last 4 Hours from: 12:00 until 16:00 (Tickets on sale from 11:45)
All anglers to be off site by: 16:15
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the windowsill by the entrance door.
The Foremark Reservoir team
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