Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

FISH­ING HAS been most pro­duc­tive in the main basin. Some an­glers have vis­ited the arms but re­sults have been poor. How­ever there are plenty of weedbeds around the shore­line here. There are large quan­ti­ties of fry this year around th­ese weedbeds and so re­sults will im­prove. Boat an­glers have had very good sport drift­ing across the main basin. Long drifts from the church to the dam wall us­ing float­ing and slow in­ter­me­di­ate lines have been very pro­duc­tive. Tra­di­tional flies such as Soldier Palmers and Sil­ver In­vic­tas have taken num­bers of fish. The aer­a­tor ‘boils’ are also hold­ing large num­bers of qual­ity fish. Time spent on th­ese ‘boils’ will al­most cer­tainly pro­duce ter­rific sport with hard-fight­ing fish. I have no ex­pe­ri­ence of ‘fish find­ers’ how­ever while guid­ing I was asked by a client if he could use one. I was amazed that this ma­chine told us that at 25.5m deep there were large shoals of fish. At top level and mid-wa­ter there was noth­ing show­ing on the screen. Whether th­ese fish were trout I have no idea, but it showed that fish were hard on the bot­tom. Bank an­glers have found the fish­ing chal­leng­ing due to the very high wa­ter tem­per­a­tures in the mar­gins. The Nor­man­ton bank seems to have had ac­tion from the bank, par­tic­u­larly in the evenings. With the cooler weather and longer nights the fish will move closer to the shore­line. Over 6000 fish have been re­leased dur­ing the last two weeks of Au­gust, mainly into the deeper, cooler wa­ter. Over 50000 fish have been re­leased this sea­son. PROSPECTS The wa­ter level is now sev­eral feet down on top level. This will help the bank fish­ing to im­prove. With a high stocking level and the con­tin­ued catch and re­lease pol­icy, catches for the au­tumn and win­ter should be spec­tac­u­lar PETER HART­LEY.

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