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Old 17-05-2010, 03:16 PM   #1
Meadow Fishery, Cheshire
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Has anyone fished here recently? The last time i went large parts of the larger water were weed chocked.
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Fished here on Sunday 8th Feb.

Only a couple of guys on Willow. Mallard and Meadow mostly frozen. Managed one Rainbow to a yellow dancer. One guy managed three, other chap had one all to cats whiskers...

Nice fishery, all fish in good condition and fought well.

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I love this place so rather than just big the place up, let me give some of you some general pointers if you fancy a visit.

The three lakes, Meadow, Willow and Mallard do vary in structure and required approaches. If I could give one bit of advice that covers all three lakes is, think naturals and think to imitate small. This is most certainly a fishery that is not overstocked with the majority of fish having grown on, so if you want to go chasing stockies with lures good luck.

Meadow lake
This is the oldest and largest of the three lakes. Being relatively shallow it does promote much weed growth during the summer months. As such this puts many a first timer off where erratic and constant retrieves will pick up weed. Use a washing line rig or similar with a small shipman's or parachute dry fly on the point and small nymphs suspended in the upper layers. The natural fly life on this lake is phenomenal with spring bringing prolific pond olive hatches that the overwintered rainbows gorge on. This lake is rarely fished during the winter months so when the spring hatches start, quite often in tandem with hawthorn falls, overwintered 3lb'ers will take you down to the backing...
I rarely fish anything bigger than a 14 here, and this is only during the spring upwing hatches. Olive is generally the go to colour for this pool and concentrate on the top 18" of water...good dry fly water.
BTW there are some huge, I mean huuuuge grass carp in this lake so if you see a pod of big fish look twice to establish what they are. I've seen many an angler flogging the proverbial trying to entice one of these without realising what they are.

Willow
Willow is the middle and most popular lake. Upto 18' deep with the drop offs quite clearly defined. The depth here does appeal to the lure and pulling angler, hence the popularity. Away from the lazy days of summer, buzzers and small nymphs rule, generally around size 16 and on the dark side. Conversly, my little secret so don't tell anybody, is a white/cream buzzer with a black head. Unless you can see pods of fish to cast to, let the conditions and natural water movement bring your cast around and into the steep drop offs. If you feel the need to retrieve then sloowwww...just stay in touch. If you wish to go dry on this lake think 18, 20's or 22's or the smallest your tippet can thread.

Mallard
Smallest and most varied of the three lakes, generally requiring small casts to features and fish. I've found there is no 'rule of thumb' on this lake but follow instinct, and the fish if you can see them. Best day I ever had on this lake was an early spring when fish were for the first time in the top layers. A size 16 shipman's fished in the film didn't initiate a response until a quick flick to sink the fly then wallop, wallop, wallop, wallop.

Happy to give any advice to any would be first timers.
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Thanks for this Pedros. Very useful info and as Meadow is my joint closest water, I'll be sure to pay it another visit soon...
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Fished here on 30th December and had the place to myself for most of the afternoon. Caught 4 rainbows, two each to a cats whisker and the good old squirmy worm all from Willow. Plenty of fish showing out in the middle, seemed to be feeding avidly on buzzers but tantalisingly out of reach of my 5 weight outfit. Determined to return with heavier outfit to see if I can get my flies in with a shout!
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Good going...

The fish shoal on Willow are generally out of range but do occasionally move within reach. I've been hitting them with a #20 Griffiths gnat even in December...resident fish too as I had a 4lb Brown and no Browns have been stocked since Spring
Once lures are thrown over the top of them they move out again...

Meadow has fished quite well, I was there on the 28th December where small Chrinomids were hatching and attracting fish in the shallow water adjacent to the island nearest Willow pool. Balmy December hey...
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Not getting out much recently but had a Sunday afternoon here on the 20th March. Determined to fish buzzers exclusively, I started out with black buzzers and had one early on but action was slow until I moved onto the middle lake where fish were (predictably) rising well. I managed one on a dry hopper, that absolutely smashed the fly almost as soon as it touched down and fought like something double it's weight!

I had a chat to a friendly chap doing well on olive buzzers I change the point to an olive but after another hour of no action my determination crumbled and on went a pink unweighted squirmy worm which immediately produced a fish, several missed takes and a snap off! Friendly chap came over to see what I'd caught on and when I admitted the squirmy worm, he muttered "oh dear" (in a friendly way) and said he'd been doing well on a good old PTN.

I went on to land another two before close of play to the squirmy and one to a buzzer on the dropper above the worm. Really enjoyed myself and will be back soon!
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