The weather has been quite wet this week but the fishing has continued to be excellent.
The most effective flies have been the usual goldhead damsels, pheasant tails and buzzers, although when the going gets a bit tough try using small flies, maybe on a sink-tip line, such as Diawl Bachs, When All Else Fails and small hare`s ears. Not much rising to the dry at the moment, although they still can be tempted to the surface on any brighter, drier days.
Please note that the Membership ticket prices will increase slightly from April 1st. These tickets have remained at the current prices for 4 years and as with all things, increases are eventually inevitable. The increases will be minimal - just £10 on the membership fee and £5 on the fish blocks. Any member who wishes to renew or purchase blocks of fish before the increase may do so before the 1st of April, but still keep their original renewal date.
The annual Brass Monkeys competition was held last month. Now in its 23rd year, the turnout was superb. Thank you all for your support.
The object of this competition is to catch the largest 4-fish bag between the pairs (the pairs being drawn out of the hat as usual).
The double defending champions, Paddy Hill and Andy Cooper were unable to do so – mainly because Andy didn`t come, so Paddy was drawn with a new partner.
The day itself was fairly pleasant – the weather was fine but cold in the morning, with a breeze and some drizzle in the afternoon. The fishing was very lively all day, only interrupted for the fish & chips lunch.
At the weigh-in, new champions were crowned - Jimmy Madden and Kevin Hunt had a fantastic bag of 4 fish coming in at just under 18lb. Keith Potter and Dave Hennings weighed-in second with just under 16lb while Adrian Austin and John Medlow were third with just over 15lb.
Danny Leung continues his excellent recent form with this cracking 8lb Blue Rainbow.
Kev Hunt (above) with one of the fish that helped him to win this year`s Brass Monkeys competition.
Pete Lawrence with another lovely rainbow.
Also, don`t forget to buy your Environment Agency rod licence. PLEASE NOTE that these are no longer available at the fishery. They can be purchased from Post Offices, online at www.gov.uk/get-a-fishing-licence or by calling 0344 800 5386.