Four top trout fisheries to visit this month
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.