The rod average is 2.30

The reservoir actively encourages imitative dry fly or floating line nymph tactics but there are times, especially during the ‘dog days’ of August (when hatches are somewhat sparse), that tactics targeted at the trout’s aggressive nature can pay dividends.

This was certainly the case this week when a duo of match anglers using sinking lines and lures retrieved at a fast pace showed the potential of the fishery. However, most fish are still feeding in the top few feet of water especially over the deeper areas.

Creditable returns this week are all, bar one, from Thursday 9th with Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton recording a total of 8 fish from his boat on the South Lake in just 4 hours .

Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton paired up in a boat on the South Lake and also returned a boat total of 8 fish, all caught on dry flies ; visiting rods Mr. Terry Coging and Mr. Jeff Stanley enjoyed some great dry fly sport to record a total of 12 fish to their drifting boat on the South Lake and visiting rods Mr. Yousef Dar and Mr. Simon Caddy employed the afore-mentioned sinking line and lure tactics to record more than 60 fish to their boat, again on the South Lake.

Whilst this method is not for everyone, it certainly pays off in competitions when conditions are tough and numbers count.

On Saturday 11th Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler returned a total of 7 fish to his boat, all caught on Shipman’s buzzer patterns with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow trout.

With the advent of cooler evenings and the ever-improving water clarity prospects continue to look good for the coming days and weeks.