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Old 15-07-2017, 07:00 AM
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Hi everybody I'm new to this forum my name is Henry from Norfolk.
I'm currently fishing billingford trout lake and have been from January, im having great difficulty catching in summer, I had plenty of fish in the colder months.
Any tips would be appreciated many thanks Henry
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Hello Henry and welcome, Summer?, best early or late but never say never, trout, if they are feeding, do so somewhat deeper during the day in summer but that is by no means a certainty, if fly fishing was predictable everyone would be an expert and would tire of it pretty quickly. From personal experience, on the kind of waters I fish, deep and slow is a good place to start but always be prepared to change if you see fish moving or other anglers are catching.
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Thanks I'll definitely put that in to practice next trip. I've started tying my own flies so I thought it may have had something to do with the lack of fish. But a day on the bank with no fish is better than not being on the bank at all. Many thanks
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A number of factors come into play as the year progresses.

Rainbows are a cold water species and will start to feed a lot less when the water temperature reaches 18 degrees. Above that they tend to migrate into the deeper water. Still catcheable but you will need to fish early and late for the best results.

Cold water holds more dissolved oxygen than warm water. Trout have a high dissolved oxygen requirement and will therefore be found where that requirement can be met. If the fishery has aeration then that is a focal point.

Invertebrate hatches change as the year goes by. Huge numbers of buzzers in April, May and into June. These then slow down - still present but not so many and different sizes and colours. The 10's & 12's of spring may need to drop to 14's & 16's, and black to olive and red. The trout may well start to feed on other food items - caddis, hog louse and fry for example, so your methods have to change.
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Welcome to the forum Henry.
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Could also have trouble catching as many small fisheries do not stock during July/August, but they will probably not tell you that. Of course, as Bob has outlined very well, they could be there but skulking.
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Welcome! Don't worry, the fish will come!
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Diversity is what the clever angler embraces. During the summer, go and find a fishery that allows you to fly-fish for decent sized carp. They love hot weather and are always slurping about on the surface looking for morsels at warmer times of the year. They will definitely pull your string if you connect.
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Thanks for welcomes and advice. It's good to hear that's it's not just my fishing techniques or flies letting me down. There are course fish with a small head of carp to twenty pounds in the lake, that you see but couldn't even tempt them with a dodgy attempt of tying a dog biscuit. I expected this time of year to see trout leaping feet out of the water hitting everything that moves but it's been quite the opposite. The carp fisherman on the next lake tell me the Trout keep them awake crashing in there hundreds so the fish are there. Thanks again.


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