STRAID FISH­ERY

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Where To Fish -

THREE lakes form Co. Antrim’s largest pri­vately-run fish­ery and cater for a wide va­ri­ety of an­gler. The main fly-fish­ing lake covers 20 acres and hosts a fleet of 14 boats and 1000m of ac­ces­si­ble bank angling, tar­get­ing rain­bow trout into dou­ble fig­ures. The depth of the lake ranges from four feet to 18 feet. At the two-acre Dis­cover Lake, mean­while, fam­ily fish­ing fun is the aim. Kept for fam­i­lies only (one adult per two un­der-12s) this any-method lake pro­vides the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to fish­ing, with trout, perch and roach in res­i­dence. If you’re un­fa­mil­iar with knots, meth­ods etc then you can pre-book an all-in, two-hour ses­sion with a guide, that in­cludes the use of two rods, bait and up to two trout, for £30. The new Horse­tail Re­treat Carp & Tench Lake, while a mem­bers-only fa­cil­ity for bait an­glers, can be used for oc­ca­sional pre­booked fly ses­sions. Banks and paths have been cleared at the fish­ery as a whole, to al­low easy ac­cess to the lakes’ mar­gins, and an­glers with re­stricted mo­bil­ity can be trans­ported by staff to their choice of fish­ing stand. If you’re not fish­ing, then en­joy the com­forts of home in the fish­ery’s newly mod­ernised-tea­room, where com­pli­men­tary tea, cof­fee and mi­crowave fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able, along with a se­lec­tion of fish­ing books and mag­a­zines. Re­fur­bished ladies and gents toi­lets are lo­cated nearby.

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