72 rods caught a total of 299 trout for a decent rod average of 4.15
As is often the case early in the season a few fish still remain pretty tightly shoaled. as in keeping with recent years they tend to head upwind at this time of year – find a fish and you’ll usually find plenty. A mixture of tactics have scored over the last week with floating lines and washing line tactics scoring particularly well with patterns such as Organza shorty and hulk (ask Andy!), Diawl Bach, slim Hares Ear and Tequila Foam Arsed Blob all taking fish. For those preferring an alternative method intermediate lines with long tailed Damsels or Cats Whisker type lures as well as Snakes have all caught fish, sometimes a very mobile pattern can provoke an instant response.
Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin took to a boat on Sunday to explore some of Tofts deeper water, they boated 20 between them finding fish deeper down on Di-5 lines and booby patterns – they also had lots of other pulls and could have quite easily had a lot more fish if they had been sticking, its definitely worth taking to a boat to explore areas that bank anglers cant reach.
Monday/Tuesday next week will see another stocking of fish from Olsten Trout as we look to keep well topped up heading into the spring when the buzzer fishing should really get underway. Now is also the time to think about getting prepared in time for some of the best fishing of the year – Are your lines in good condition? Do you need a casting tune up? Do you need to stock up on some of our favorite Toft fly patterns to get you amongst the fish? We can help with all of this! To book a lesson or for general enquiries or advice please call Andy in the fishing lodge on 01673 878453.