It’s exactly a month since we reopened our doors at Anchor Lake and since then a whopping 262 rods have caught 594 Trout for an average of 2.3 fish per angler.
The fishing has been really interesting, mainly gin clear water offering testing conditions. Some have struggled and not tried out the new deep water areas, while plenty of anglers have cracked it by exploring with fine leaders, small flies and slow retrieves to take their fish. Big flies stripped fast have not been working well.
Showing the adults the way is up and coming junior angler Seth Mayhew-Tuson, age 16, who has just won our heat of the Greys Junior Bank National supported by the Angling Trust. Seth has picked up many tips having become part of the England Youth Fly Fishing squad, using this knowledge to great effect to secure top spot with 3 fish weighing exactly 10lb.
The fish were caught within 2 hours so Seth also gained himself an extra 2lb 8oz time bonus to finish well ahead of the field. His successful tactics included an intermediate line and mixed up retrieve (mainly slow figure eight) with a combination of Blobs and Nymphs fished around the deep water inlet.
In second spot was last year’s third placed angler, Toby Bennett, with two fish weighing 5lb 14oz. He caught these quickly, also in the deep water inlet using a floating line but couldn’t add to his bag before the match finished at 1pm. Toby is studying fisheries management at college and is an incredible caster winning a major tournament earlier this year with a cast of 32 metres!
Meanwhile the youngest angler, Charlie Cooper, couldn’t get the fish to stick and lost 3 before finally netting a 2lb 14oz Trout to collect third prize of a fly line and line snips. This was a fantastic effort and the ten year old will now progress on to the 2017 final to be held next April. Charlie used an intermediate line to catch his fish and it was great to see Seth helping out the younger anglers after he had completed his limit. This is what competition fly fishing is all about, sharing, learning and meeting new people.
Greys supplied some prizes but we also donated a few extras to ensure the top three anglers were rewarded for their efforts. All 6 junior anglers received a fly box and line nippers courtesy of Greys, even though three of them did not manage to catch. They all kept persevering though in very tough conditions including a bitterly cold North East Wind and spells of bright sunshine.
Special mention goes to James Mockridge who had a load of takes but couldn’t get the fish to stick this time. Even so I was impressed by his never give up attitude and awarded him the most determined angler prize ... a Sushi dinner complete with chopsticks. Take a close look and you will see it is the kid friendly version!
Our senior anglers have also been getting in on the action including some of my fly fishing school guests. Terry and Dan had a great bag last week after I helped out with their casting before showing them the magic of the washing line technique fished nice and slow.
John Hall bagged himself one of the best fish of the week at 7lbs during his third ever go at fly fishing. John and I spent the morning casting and then we fished during the afternoon using Suspender Crunchers and Buzzers to seduce the Trout.
Spectacular fun in spectacular autumnal weather which had us stripping down to shirt sleeves and applying the sunscreen. It’s always great to see guests catching fish and to hear from them afterwards. John said “Thank you so much for your time & effort yesterday, you have an amazing place”. All part of the service John, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
Thanks also to everyone who has visited during the last few weeks. The majority seem pleased with the work which we have carried out and plenty of new faces have been trying out the facilities including Mr Potter fishing this weekend. He caught 5 fish weighing 14lbs and said “First time here and will definitely be back soon” Four of the bag took a Blue Flash Damsel and the limit was completed using a Buzzer.
Ian Nadin also used similar tactics and said “Nice Sport on Buzzers” with a 5 fish bag totalling 14lb 8oz while his fishing buddy Perry managed to get the Trout to chase lures also landing a 5 fish limit. There are too many others to mention who have commented on their returns that they will be back soon. I hope they do visit as the water temperatures are nice and low, the clarity exceptional and the Trout are fighting very hard indeed in the high oxygen conditions. If you have not tried the lake since the work remember we are open throughout the autumn and winter; this really is prime time!
Look out for more updates and catch reports online soon via this website or for day by day catch news please check out facebook. We are also on the end of the phone at 01398 323008 if you would like to find out how the lakes are fishing.
Thanks for reading & best fishes.