I hadn’t realised how long it had been since I’d update the website, rather than our Facebook page. So apologies for that and rather cover the whole period, I’ll focus on the last couple of weeks.
Frankly, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag what with the weather. As usual, some anglers did better than others, but if I recall correctly, every angler has managed to catch fish, even though they didn’t land them! Despite the fall in temperature and wind, anglers have continued to attract both rainbows and brown trout to various dries. One angler even managed to tempt 9 using a Daddy through some fairly strong waves. The dries that have proved successful have included, besides a Daddy, a dark Hopper and Emergers. Rather than trying to keep on the surface, the tactic has been to allow the fly to be swamped so they are just on or under the water. When kept on the surface and with fish rising, the trout have been inclined to smash into them to put them under the water. Buzzers have again had little success, but a blob did account for a decent number of rainbows.
Besides the rainbows a good number of brown trout continue to be caught and the photograph shows one of around 3 lbs that was safely returned. Reports of other brownies ranging from one in the photo to smaller ones of around 3/4 lbs have been recorded. In fact today, 3 Oct 18, a visitor tempted a similar brownie of between 2 1/2 and 3 lbs.
Few anglers have used lures, but the WSW and MacKenzie Menace was successful for some visiting anglers who managed to get into double figures for their visit. Other than these lures, few trout have been tempted. However, with the cooler weather and shorter days, I’m sure that it will not be long before the trout are keen to sample something a bit bigger than a size 16 dry.