UK wa­ters top fish­eries to visit this month

A spot­light on five fish­eries to visit this month

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

AMULTI-faceted op­er­a­tion, Bessy Beck has grown over the last 14 years to in­cor­po­rate not only three fly-only lakes but also a tackle shop, smoke­house and farm shop. Spring-fed, the qual­ity of the wa­ter en­sures hard-fighting fish and fly-fish­ing has now been ex­tended to in­clude the Heron Lake, pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional fish­ing for the more ex­pe­ri­enced an­gler. The Is­land lake is ap­prox­i­mately two acres and the Heron Lake one acre, the depth of the lakes vary­ing from four feet to 11 feet. Be­tween them, they can ac­com­mo­date up to 30 an­glers at any one time. An­glers are re­quested to move po­si­tions at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, to give all an­glers the fair chance at ‘hot spots’. Catch and re­lease is al­lowed on both lakes, but an­glers may take up to three fish per ses­sion then fish catch-and-re­lease up to their per­mit­ted hours. The fish­ery is stocked with rainbow and blue trout and there are a num­ber of wild browns (all of which must be re­turned). Most fish are 2lb to 5lb but ‘dou­bles’ to 15lb are reg­u­larly caught. No fish above 10lb is to be killed. An aer­a­tor at the heart of each lake oxy­genates the wa­ter in the sum­mer, en­sur­ing bet­ter sport when tem­per­a­tures are high and in the win­ter, they pre­vent most of the lake from freez­ing over. Win­ter sees fish gen­er­ally caught on lures or static Buzzers, al­though on warmer days dry flies can be suc­cess­ful. The best win­ter flies are Cat’s Whisker, Hu­mun­gus, Yel­low Dancer, Blood­worm and Black Buzzer. Spring is nor­mally prime time, when hatches of hawthorn fly and midge have fish feed­ing from dawn un­til dusk. The best spring flies are Hawthorn, Black Klinkhamer, Hare’s Ear and Pheas­ant Tailed Nymph. Sum­mer is weather-de­pen­dant, but morn­ings and evenings are gen­er­ally best, with dries, CdCs and Buzzers down to 18s do­ing well; Sedges in the evening. Then, in au­tumn, Dad­dies fish well into October and small lures start to catch fish. The Mal­lard Lake cov­ers 1.5 acres with a depth of around 10 feet and flat, eas­ily-ac­ces­si­ble banks. The lake is fly-fish­ing only with a catch and kill pol­icy which en­sures eas­ier fly-fish­ing for the less-ex­pe­ri­enced an­gler. Stocked with fish be­tween 1lb 4oz and 2lb, a good eat­ing size, it of­fers the per­fect set­ting for tu­ition, fun days and cor­po­rate events. Bessy Beck Trout Fish­ery is ideal for dis­abled an­glers, with wheel­chair ac­cess pos­si­ble around all lakes. Fly tackle can be hired by all an­glers and tu­ition can be ar­ranged. An on-site tackle shop means you can try out rods and lines be­fore buy­ing them, as well as tak­ing your pick from more than 400 fly pat­terns from Lure­flash and Fulling Mill, as well as a wide range of leader ma­te­rial. Vouch­ers for tackle and fish­ing are avail­able.

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