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Four top trout fish­eries to visit this month

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

LAKEDOWN lies in a se­cluded Wealden val­ley with scenic views and an abun­dance of an­i­mal and birdlife. Cre­ated some 30 years ago by ac­tor and rock leg­end Roger Dal­trey, its four spring-fed lakes cover ap­prox­i­mately 26 acres and en­joy an abun­dance of aquatic fly life. The ben­e­fi­cia­ries are rain­bow and brown trout, en­joy­ing a home which this magazine has de­scribed as“A vis­ual as­sault on the senses. There can be no pret­tier fish­ery in this land .” While three of the lakes per­mit float­ing and sink­ing lines, the fourth is float­ing line only, fish­ing dry flies and nymph pat­terns. Pre-book­ing your fish­ing is rec­om­mended. Wild brown trout in one lake have come in from the feeder stream and range from 8oz to 3lb. All are to be re­leased; the only catch-and-re­lease per­mit­ted at Lakedown. There are good hatches of alder and hawthorn, plenty of sedge and buzzers, the oc­ca­sional mayfly and plenty of dad­dies in late sum­mer. The lakes also boast plenty of damsel and dragon­fly lar­vae, along with shrimps and snails. In au­tumn, Lake 4 pro­duces a few roach fry, prompt­ing good lure sport. Sin­gle flies no big­ger than size 10 are to be fished and shooting heads and in­di­ca­tors are pro­hib­ited. Tea, cof­fee and re­fresh­ments are avail­able at the lodge, as well as toi­lets and a com­pre­hen­sive sup­ply of flies and leader. Cor­po­rate book­ings are wel­come and group or in­di­vid­ual tu­ition can be booked (12 peo­ple max.) with a res­i­dent qual­i­fied in­struc­tor.

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