The weather has been scorching this week and that has obviously affected the fishing. The fish have gone much deeper in the water and so getting your flies down deep is the way to go. As I write this update, regular Jimmy Madden has just taken 4 fish in 2 hours, all on small weighted nymphs, fished deep.
The average size has again been over 3lb this past week and as before we have have had a near 100% catch rate. Don`t forget that we stock rainbows, browns and blue rainbows here at Chalk Springs with the sizes ranging from 2 – 3lb minimum size, right up to double figures.
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.
As we like to stress here, it`s important to move around the lakes and don`t fish one spot for ages. With the clear water, if you don`t move around, the fish will get wise and they will move away from you.
The annual Invitation Cup was held last week. This was the 22nd year of this competition and the weather was kind to us again.
As usual, the names were drawn `out of the hat` in pairs, the object being to catch the largest 6 fish bag. Paddy Hill and John Medlow were drawn together bringing despondent sighs from one or two of the other competitors – they were the early favourites. The fishing was lively from the first whistle and plenty of fish were caught all through the morning, with everyone keeping things close to their chests so as not to give the game away! After the barbecue lunch and the usual banter, the fishing continued until 3 o`clock and at the final whistle our `worst` fears were confirmed! Paddy and John had caught a magnificent 6 – fish bag weighing in at just under 26lb. Pete Lawrence and Jimmy Madden came in a creditable second with 22lb 15oz and Kev Hunt and Keith Potter third with 21lb.
All in all, another enjoyable day.
Also, don`t forget to buy your new season`s 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.
On a sad note, one of our oldest members and friends, `Splasher` Bill Thomson sadly passed away recently. I`m told he had been on a day`s salmon fishing in Scotland, where he now lives, returned home and quietly slipped away in an armchair. Bill was a lovely man who will be missed by us all at Chalk Springs. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
Tony Harrison (below) with a recent brown.