UK waters

Four top fish­eries to visit this month

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Contents -

ASPRING-FED lake, beau­ti­fully sit­u­ated in a se­cluded wooded val­ley, eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble from south-east and cen­tral Eng­land. Pri­mar­ily a mem­ber­ship water, the fish­ery is open to day-ticket an­glers each Tues­day. Day tick­ets are lim­ited to a max­i­mum of eight and need to be booked in ad­vance. The two-acre lake was cre­ated in the 1960s and falls to around 15 feet in depth at the dam end. It is fished ei­ther from grassy banks or plat­forms set in ar­eas of nat­u­ral veg­e­ta­tion. The abun­dant nat­u­ral food for the trout in­cludes buzzers, mayfly, damsel flies, sedges and oc­ca­sional olives, with daddy lon­glegs in the au­tumn. The lake is stocked, usu­ally fort­nightly, with rain­bows as well as some browns and blues. The nor­mal stock­ing size is 2-5lb with oc­ca­sional larger fish. There is a su­perb, fully-heated club­house lo­cated next to the lake, pro­vid­ing a club room and out­side water­front seat­ing. Break­fasts, light lunches and af­ter­noon tea are served, as well as drinks and snacks through the day. It also of­fers a boot room/ weigh­ing room, and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties. Within the club­house there is a small tackle shop stocked with a se­lec­tion of suit­able flies as well as line, con­sum­ables and a small se­lec­tion of ac­ces­sories. Day-ticket hold­ers au­to­mat­i­cally be­come Day Mem­bers; they and a guest may visit the club­house at any time when it is open, for a meal or a drink.

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