The winter season offers some of the best fishing in the calendar and it offers an exciting opportunity to be either on the bank or in a boat at Toft.
Stocking will continue right through the winter period with lots of hard fighting rainbows and a good smattering of browns to pull your string on those cool days.
The best tactics of late have been subsurface with apps worms, humungus, minkies, various booby type patterns and snakes fished on various intermediate lines being a good way to get amongst the fish. A Di-3 sinker is a good alternative for when the fish go a little deeper. Washing line tactics still have a part to play on the calmer days and floating and midge tip lines can still be used to good effect, a sunburst Foam Arsed Blob has been a very good point fly recently.
In terms of retrieves it really pays to mix it up a bit, some days they like the flies fished slowly yet other days a faster retrieve may work. as always keep working the variables of depth, speed and colour and you should enjoy some success.
Lastly enjoy fishing during to colder months its essential to stay warm. good socks and a hat are money well spent as your body loses much of its heat through the head and the feet. A hot drink will help you to be comfortable and a decent flask doesn’t need to cost a fortune or alternatively you can make one in the lodge throughout the day.
As usual boats can be booked online (preferred) or by calling the fishery office on 01673 878453.