Afternoon all. The weather continues to keep rods away from the lakes over the last 7 days.
Lodge lake. Only 21 tested their skills. 61 fish caught. 17 dispatched. 44 returned. All fish between 1.5lb and 2.5lb. Nothing larger reported.
Lavender lake. Only 2 rods fished the lake but the best fish of the week were taken from Lavender. 4.8lb beauty and a 3.3lb Brown (returned) both to the flies of our expert Colin Chandler. He has not stopped telling everyone about the brown so I know he is pleased with himself… well done mate a great double.
Flies for the week… in Colin’s case a home made job. Black hackle with a black tail and tinsel body. The size of a average Montana is the best description I can give you having seen the fly this afternoon at the lakes when I caught up with him. Sink line.
Lodge lake. As previous week a huge selection, orange nymph, damsel, diawl Bach, buzzers, orange blob and dry fly. Both sink and float lines being used. Wind today from the South West quite stiff giving a good ripple across lakes. fishing today has been reported as, ‘a bit tough’ although fish are being caught, just not jumping on the hooks. Rods reported fish fighting like tigers when hooked. No reports of any Argulus (please report to me directly if you catch any fish with these and a picture would be great). Water temp is now 12 degrees. Tight lines for the coming 7 days. Kevin & Emi.
Fishing update last 7 days until Thursday eve 20/5.
Lodge lake. 28 rods fished. 159 fish caught. 69 dispatched. 82 C&R.
Flies: black/orange Montana. Nymphs. Dry flys, Black midge gnat. Hawthorn.
Lavender lake. Only 4 rods fished. 22 fish caught. 14 dispatched 8 C&R.
Lots of hatches even today. Tonight on Lavender a big hatch at far end until dusk. Lots of birds having a feast in very windy weather. Tight lines all. Kevin & Emi.
Weather conditions have again resulted in some days having no rods on lakes, or very few.
Water temp across all depths is now 10 degrees.
Lodge lake. 26 rods fished. 129 fish caught. 45 dispatched. 84 C&R.
Lavender. 24 rods fished. 97 fish caught. 42 dispatched. 55 C&R Buzzers taking fish on both lakes. All colours. Cats and Montana also still catching plus olive damsel.
Biggest fish fell to a guest. 12lb. He went home very happy I am sure. Our specimen man Ian only managed a 8.5lb this past week. Fish of all weights being caught with Joe having a beautiful 4lb 8oz fish that he decided to return for another day.
Despite the weather conditions being poor for at least 3 of the last 7 days I believe fishing on the lakes can still be viewed as very good. As always tactics play a very important role. If you are not catching and you see others doing well just ask them what is working. I have never had a member not tell me when I walk around or row past their boat. New members especially don’t be shy to ask. We want you to have success. Again if you feel you need help just drop me a text and we will sort for you. Tight lines all. And a very happy Easter. Kevin & Emi.
Me again. I have been asked to remind all members who bring a Guest or Junior to fish at the lakes.
Junior fishing :
Junior guests are classed as such if they are under 16 years of age. Over this age and they are classed as adult guests.
A junior can share a rod and the catch limit with the adult in charge. No charge payable to fish for the junior in this instance.
Juniors wishing to fish with their own rod. Charge is £10 and a 2 fish kill limit. All juniors MUST be booked in as a guest on the booking in sheets and clearly logged as a junior.
Juniors MUST always be with the adult. At no time is any junior allowed to go off fishing on their own at any time. When on a boat a Junior MUST be wearing a life jacket. Any member with a junior on a boat without a life jacket will be asked to return to shore and only fish from the bank.
Standing in boats. Juniors standing in a boat is not allowed.
Again a reminder to members. In bringing a guest to the lakes you, the member, must at all times ensure you are fishing with your guest. Guests are not allowed to wander off to fish alone either on the bank or in a boat.
Thank you all for your help in ensuring the fishing experience juniors and guests get at the lakes is special. We want them to return and become valued members in the future where possible. Kevin.
EFFC Development officer.
Fishing update to Thurs Night, 08April
Lodge. 15 rods fished. 60 fish caught. 23 dispatched. 37 C&R.
Lavender. 10 rods fished. 21 fish caught. 7 dispatched and 14 C&R.
Biggest fish reported this week was caught by John J. 5lb 12oz safely returned.
Again the chilly weather has resulted in not many rods on the lakes but those that did get out enjoyed the sport. Clearly more difficult to find the fish as most down deep.
Buzzers were reported to take most fish.
Tight lines all. Kevin & Emi.
Fishing update last 7 days:
Lodge Lake. 20 rods fished. 95 fish caught. 23 dispatched. 51 C&R.
Lavender lake. 7 rods fished. 28 fish caught. 11 dispatched. 17 C&R.
Water temp is back down to 10 degrees. Cold weather again keeping members away but for anyone getting out fish are there waiting! Buzzers, damsel flys working best. Our specimen man Ian has been at it again in the past week with two fish a 5lb + and a 7lb plus both being returned. Some nice 4lb plus fish also caught this week. Intermediate line seems to be doing best but with warmer weather coming means we may see some nice hatches in the next week so may be reporting dry fly time has arrived next week. Tight lines all. Kevin & Emi
Your weekly fishing update.
Lodge lake. 38 rods fished. 163 fish caught. 64 dispatched. 99 returned. Nymph and buzzers doing well with fishing from the banks showing very good returns when compared to previous month. Still fish being taken on lures Montana black and orange. Lots of 3lb fish being landed so fishing can be described as excellent.
11 rods fished. 35 fish caught. 11 dispatched. 24 returned. Buzzers really fishing well. Bank fishing has been tough past month but this week has seen good fish taken from bank South side. Fish are in perfect condition and having fished twice here myself in the last week I can share that I took my first fish on dry fly for the year here on Tues eve. A super 2.10lb fish. Fought like a bull. Great fun.
Tight lines all. Kevin & Emi
Fishing update last 7 days to Thursday eve 29th.
Lodge lake: only 31 rods fished. 96 fish caught. 34 dispatched. 62 fish returned.
Lavender. Again only 9 rods fished. 26 fish caught. 14 dispatched. 12 returned.
On 4 days last week only a very small number of members decided to test their skills. The reduced numbers gave the fish a rest I guess, and this weeks returns reflect those reduced rods on both lakes.
Interesting info for me was the large number of reported flies used. In short, fish were caught on lures (all the normal ones, montana, anything orange) blobs, nymphs, buzzers and a small number on dry’s. I take from that the fish are not too fussy currently and are taking almost anything when a fly is put in front of their nose. In my case I can confirm buzzers takes were aggressive when fished almost static. Almost no retrieve, just slight movement letting the wind and ripple move them worked for best. Black and silver middle dropper above a weighted point fly on a intermediate line. Moved around a lot to find the fish. The fishing can best be described as ‘you need to work to find them’ but those prepared to do this had good sport with fish fighting very hard and in fantastic condition. Tight lines all for the next week. Kevin & Emi.
water temp. 7°C at all Levels in the lake.
The new 2021 season has certainly started with a bang. The results below are for 4 days…..
Lodge lake: 22 rods caught 118 fish. 34 dispatched and 84 C&R. Largest fish weighted 9 lbs, caught by Ralph D. He and Phil had a great first day of the season. I was lucky enough to be on the bank watching as he landed the monster. A belly just like a carp…. a real beauty safely landed and returned for another member to catch.
Lavender lake: 3 rods only fished and caught 18 fish. 9 dispatched and 9 C&R.
On Lodge lake the hot spots have been along the North bank (lodge side) with the pontoon and area where boats are moored producing great fishing to date. Strangely the Dam end has yet to live up to expectations. Bench end has produced fish but South bank been poor to date. Bank fishing has out performed boats as fish close in so a good catch has produced fish regularly. Fish are shoaling so find these and you will limit very quickly! Black point fly has been favourite. Snake, Montana and then switching to white, cats whisker when things go quite produced fish. Diawl Bach on dropper also taking fish regularly on the drop.
I used a ‘Rob Roy’ fly and had 5 fish within 90 mins bank fishing, it then went quiet before moving along the bank a bit to find another 5. Good fish most just going 2lb to 2.5lbs.
Lavender not been fished by many rods yet but again good fishing and fish in great condition was the report from rods that fished.
The weather again meant some days no rods fished on both lakes in the last week.
Lavender lake. only 3 rods fished in the last 7 days. 7 fish caught. I dispatched and 6 returned. There are boats now waiting to be used and the lake is fully stocked so a bit surprised we have not seen more rods testing their skills on this lake this past week. Clearly the place to be for great fishing and a bit of piece and quite….
Lodge lake. 23 rods fished with a massive 129 fish caught. Ave 5.6 fish per rod. 44 fish dispatched 85 being returned.
No reported monsters this week but plenty on 3lb plus fish tested lines this week. Geoff Knight has a fantastic 10 fish max with several over 3lb (see photo below) and Simon had the fastest max for sure last Sunday, an hour!
North bank on Lodge has again, just like last week been the place to fish this past 7 days. Intermediate and sink tip lines producing best results. Fish taken near the top mostly on cats whisker, snakes, Montana (black/green) diawl Bach, all taking fish.
Not many members used boats but those that did again found fish casting back towards North bank or casting along its length.
For those with an interest in the threat of ‘argulus’ there was an interesting article in the Environment Agency Feb news letter. See link. https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/caring-for-our-fish/guide-to-fish-health/argulus-fish-louse?dm_i=3O4M,18XO0,5TD3PQ,4HOHN,1
Work party groups update. Many thanks to the volunteers to date. Still hoping for a few more in truth so please give some thought to helping to make your club an even better one for the future.
Fishing update last 7 days to close of fishing Thursday 18th.
Lodge lake. 22 rods fished. 62 fish caught. 28 fish dispatched. 34 returned.
With the wind from the SW fishing the lodge bank has been tough. Fish have gone deep. Maybe air pressure dropping has caused this.
Biggest fish was Ian Firth a superb estimated 10lb fish. Tactics. Intermediate lines had the better success. Lots of small flies in the air whenever sun comes out. Today fish also being caught on buzzers. More on that next update.
Lavender lake. 9 rods fished. 37 fish caught. 15 dispatched. 22 returned. Just like Lodge lake fish were caught mainly on intermediate line and weighted fly on or just off the bottom.
I am typing this while sitting at the lodge – a fantastic day here, perfect fishing conditions with the wind now from the north east. Small ripple.
Water temperature is now 8 degrees across all depths.
Lodge lake. 28 rods fished. 123 fish caught. 40 dispatched. 83 C&R.
Lavender lake. 23 rods fished. 127 fish caught. 52 dispatched. 75 C&R.
Tactics… buzzers have taken fish on both lakes now in large numbers. Fish across all depths depending on conditions on the day. Fish being caught from bank and boat and have seem to be spread out more across the lakes rather than just in tight shoals. All the other normal flies/ lures still working at times. Ian Lucas our current super star. He has had two specimen fish in the last 7 days, 8lbs and 8.5lbs. I believe that takes his total since joining in OCT to 7 specimen fish! Guessing I need to fish with him next week lol. Lots of 4lb and 5lb fish C&R safely by members. Many thanks to all.
Fishing can be described as very good.
Boats: We have taken delivery back of our second refurbished dingy. I think it looks amazing in truth. Another will return in 8 weeks. These are not cheap to have rebuilt. So can I ask all members using any boat to keep them both clean and tidy plus do not just drop anchors into the bottom of our boats. Doing this has caused massive damage over time to the hull strength. Dragging anchor chairs over gunnels again just rips them Apart. All can be prevented with a little care. Over to you please to help keep our boats serviceable.
Coarse fish management update. Another 90 Perch have been removed from Lodge in the last 7 days. All will help our future quality of fishing and help reduce Argulus going forward. Many thanks to the working party group doing this. Your help is very much appreciated. Tight lines all.
Tight lines all. Kevin and Emin
July 2020 thru Feb 2021
(no reports during Covid-19 Pandemic)
120 rods caught 220 and released 199 fish.
Among the fish caught, the largest were 4 fish between 4 lbs and 4 lbs 5 Oz, 2 x 5 lbs, 5 lbs 8 Oz and 6 lbs 8 Oz.
38 rods caught 51 and released 30 fish.
Two Brown Trout released on each lake.
Most popular flies were: Mayfly, dry Daddy, Klinkhammer, Popper Hopper, Cat`s Whisker, Hares Ear, Wingless Wickham, Cruncher and Buzzers.
Lodge Lake: 108 rods caught 225 and released 262 fish largest fish : 4 lbs 12 Oz × 2, 5 lbs and 5 lbs 10 Oz.
Lavender Lake : 55 rods caught 115 and released 110 rainbow + 1 Brown trout. Largest : 4 lbs and 4 lbs 5 Oz.
Cat’s whisker, Diawl Bach, Damsel, Buzzers, dry Mayfly, Hopper, Black Gnat, Klinkhammer, Daddy…
April 2020 (incomplete report due to Covid lockdown)
March 2020 (incomplete report due to Covid lockdown)
Fluctuating weather, chilly westerly, North – North Westerly South Westerly wind throughout March and few warm spells characterized the whole month with water temperature more or less stable from 6 C – 8 C.
59 rods caught 119 and released 149 fish, largest being 5 lbs 4 Oz on Lodge and 62 rods caught 159 and released 201 fish, largest 6 lbs 8 Oz trout on Lavender lake.
Standard fly patterns worked:
Black and green Montana, Cat`s Whisker early in the month and Buzzers and Diawl Bachs later on.<
October can be split into two halves :
In the first half, as air temperature was falling from 170 C to 150 C and water cooling
from 160 C to 130 C, the fish were more active and the catch rate was better:
56 rods caught 110 and released 58 fish mainly on Hoppers, Diawl Bach, Cat`s whisker and black and green Montanas.
Second part of the month saw further drop in both, air and water temperature … 120
on average with couple of frosty nights/mornings and chilly winds. As a consequence,
there were fewer flies, the fish went deeper and the catch rate declined:
48 rods caught 26 and released 13 fish on Montanas, Cat`s whisker and Orange blob.
Occasionally, in warmer parts of the day, members tempted in to rising and taking a few
trout on dry flies :
Largest fish caught being: 3 lbs 12 Oz and 4 lbs.
With air temperature dropping from the thirties to mid to low twenties C in the first two weeks of September, and with winds cooling the water and longer nights increasing, trout became less lethargic and started to come to rise in the water.
It was when water temperature decreased to 17 C, and with light showers and damp weather, insects/flies (Daddy Long legs) began emerging, the started feeding more actively and fishing significantly improved.
Members reported wet/dry Daddys, Cat`s Whiskers, Red Flash Diawl Bachs, and Hoppers being the most successful flies.
75 members and 1 guest caught 56 and released 86 fish (1.9 fish/rod) on Lodge Lake.
Largest fish caught: 4 lbs 8 Oz.
As July’s hot weather of July continued into August, peaking at record 33C, so the water temperature rose to the low twenties. In turn, this discouraged both fish and anglers alike.
Towards the end of the month, a brief spell of wind and rain cooled the water temperature to 19C, but this wasn’t sufficient to re-ignite the appetites of the trout.
Fish were taken were on dries, damsels and daddies.
44 rods caught 43 and released 26 on Lodge (1.6/rod)
2 rods caught 5 and released none fish on Lavender Lake (2.5/rod)
Continuing from the end of June, the first week in July saw trout relatively lethargic, not showing any signs or willingness to feed. But then there was a period of around ten days when fish started rising to the top, picking flies and terrestrials and getting closer to the bank in search of fry.
With water temperature persisting in low twenties, fish jumping in the air in frustration, and with the occasional rise, this continued on and off for the whole month of July.
Some members did quite well with Damsel variations, Cat`s Whisker, Diawl Bach, Hoppers… catching a few larger trout: 4lbs 4oz, 4lbs 8oz, 5lbs 1oz and 5lbs 8oz.
59 rods caught 142 and released 75 on Lodge (2.4/rod)
11 rods caught 40 and released 17 fish on Lavender Lake (3.6/rod)
June started gloriously, up to mid – twenties in the first couple days, but then, we had a “fresh” spell when the air temperature dropped down. This did not affect the feeding habit of trout too much as the water temperature remained constant, flies still hatching, and the fish were rising to the upper layer of water and feeding on top.
Fishing was very good, mainly on dries, but with few wets also.
In the last week of June, air temp soared to high twenties and water temp to 21C. The fish retreated to deeper, cooler water, became lethargic, stopped feeding, and fishing became hard.
Members reported brown Mayfly, blue (dry) Damsel, Hopper, dry Daddy and also Hare`s Ear, small grey Buzzer, and blue flash Damsel being most popular.
On Lodge Lake 114 rods caught 165 and released 260 fish (3.7 per rod on av.).
Largest fish caught being: 4 lbs, 4 – 2, 4 – 4, 4 – 7, 4 – 8, 4 – 15, 3 x 5 lbs and 5 – 14.
On Lavender Lake 13 rods caught 26 and released 24 fish or 3.8 on av. per rod.
Lodge: 103 rods caught 460 fish (4 lbs 5 Oz, 4 lbs 10 Oz, 5 lbs) and released 254 Rainbows – 4.5 / rod
Lavender: 17 rods caught 71 (4 lbs 8 Oz, 5 lbs 2 Oz, 5 lbs 12 Oz) and released 28 fish – 4.2 / rod
Largest fish : 4 lbs, 4 lbs 2 Oz, 4 lbs 8 Oz, 4 lbs 15 Oz, 5 lbs 5 Oz
Even early May, despite chilly easterly winds, saw fish rising to the top and feeding on Hawthorns. With air (14C – 23C) and water (13C – 18C) temperature steadily rising, it was around mid-May (14 -15) when water temp. reached 18C, Damsel and Mayflies started hatching in greater numbers and fish gorging themselves, became spectacular to watch.
Especially fascinating were Mayflies. After a year or two spent in a mud and silt, they would suddenly pop up to the surface, starting new but short airbourne lives looking for a mate.
Most effective flies reported, were Black Gnat, Damsel Nymph, Klinkhammer, small Daddies, Emergers, Hoppers, Pheasant Tail, Buzzers…
Lodge: 77 rods caught 355 fish (4 lbs 5 Oz, 4 lbs 10 Oz, 5 lbs) and released 236 Rainbows – 4.6 / rod
Lavender: 55 rods caught 339 (4 lbs 8 Oz, 5 lbs 2 Oz, 5 lbs 12 Oz) and released 170 fish – 6.1 / rod
April started with fresh mornings and chilly SE, Easterly and NE winds which, despite moderate temp from 9C – 15C, made it feel bitterly cold with occasional hail showers.
Fish, still shoaling together, could be found deeper down and also within casting distances close to the bank. Then, in the second half of the month, as the temperatures rose to 24C, the fishing became more pleasant.
With water temp from 10C – 13C, we have seen good hatches of Alder and many Hawthorn flies. Later in the month as the fish spread over the lakes, they started rising to the surface to feed, and many were caught on dry flies.
Most effective flies used, members reported, were Buzzers, Hare`s Ears, Pheasant Tails, Damsel Nymphs, Damsels and Cat`s Whiskers.
Lodge: 68 rods caught 414 (262 released) – 6 / rod
Largest fish: 5lbs 0oz (J. Stock) returned
1 brownie returned
Lavender: 46 rods caught 273 and released 148 fish – 5.9 / rod
Largest: 6lbs 11oz. Andrew R.)
1 brownie returned
Fluctuating weather – wind, rain, and warm spells. Most standard fly patterns worked.
Water temperature 7C – 10C
With water temperature now falling (14C average), trout came closer to the banks in search of fry where bank anglers were successful with Cat`s Whisker, black sparkly Minnow, Damsel Fly variants and sparkly PTN/Montana. Following a few frosty nights, the warmer parts of the day saw fish feeding on top and just under water surface on buzzers and small aphids – and at times casting a hopper or a small black gnats to a rising fish resulted in quite spectacular sport.
Members also reported Damsel Nymphs, Damsel Flies, red headed Diawl Bachs and Daddies as being very successful.
In total, 132 rods caught 513 and released 257 or 3.9 fish per rod on average.
Lavender: Both bank and boat fishing being badly affected due to the abstraction of water and previous intense heat, no anglers fished the lake this month.
Water temperature 18C-13C
Lodge: Traditionally, fish tend to be closer to the banks at this time of year. But, because of the unusually warm weather and high water temp. (from 17 – 19 Celsius), most fish kept to the deeper water. Accordingly, fishing from the boats, drifting or moving often, using a simple black lure just under the surface, produced more fish.
White lures (appetiser), wet daddy, pheasant tail, diawl bach etc. were, reportedly, the more successful flies. And for some reason, first and last weeks in Sep. achieved best catch rates.
85 rods caught 113 and released 77 fish or 2.2 fish per rod and 2.2 lbs in weight on average.
Lavender: Both bank and boat fishing were badly affected due to the abstraction of water. No anglers fished the lake this month.
Water temperature 17C-19C
Lodge: 39 rods caught 21 and released 5 fish – 0.5 fish per rod on average
With the high temperatures persisting, sport declined and very few fish came to the net.
Lavender: Both bank and boat fishing were badly affected due to the abstraction of water. No anglers fished the lake this month.
Water temperature 21C-26C
Lodge: 55 rods caught 66 and released 39 fish – 1.2 fish per rod on average
As the weather broke high temperature records, fish and wildlife in general suffered badly throughout the south eastern region. Water quality deteriorated as weeds flourished and trout began suffering accordingly. Fishing became difficult, but anglers reported some success with Montana nymphs, Damsel flies, and white muddlers/stalking bugs. Shipmans buzzers and pheasant tail nymphs also saw moderate success.
Lavender: 5 rods caught 3 and released 1 fish – 0.6 fish per rod on average
With water being extracted for irrigation requirements, in addition to the unseasonably hot weather, Lavender lake became very difficult to fish especially as the weeds flourished.
Water temperature 21C-26C
Lodge: 109 rods caught 200 and released 232 fish – 4 fish per rod on average
As warmer weather extended into June, water temp. rose from 19C to 21 C by the end of the month. There were good hatches of May Flies, margins were full of tadpoles and banks were covered with Damsel flies (especially on Lavender). Very popular and most successful flies on Lodge Lake were Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Dry Sedges, Daddy Long Legs fished near the top.
Lavender: 27 rods caught 60 and released 40 fish – 3.7 fish per rod on average
Members reported having success with Hares Ear, Black Buzzer, weighted Blue Damsel, Diawl Bach and dry Damsel on top.
Largest Rainbows reported were: 4 lbs, 5 lbs 5 oz and 5 lbs 8 oz and all from Lavender Lake.
Water temperature 19C- 21C
Lodge: 112 rods caught 480 and released 218 – average 4.3 / rod
As water temperature ranged from 10 – 19 C, members reported catching fish on Buzzers, Diawl Bach`s, black/ green/ red Montana`s, Damsel flies, Black and Green Fritz and black Beetle on top by the end of the month,
Lavender: 46 rods caught 191 and released 96 fish – average 4.1 / rod
Buzzers, Diawl Bach`s, Hares Ear, Hawthorn fly, dries (Dry Sedges).
Largest Rainbows: 4 lbs 9 oz, 4 lbs 11 oz
Water temperature 10C- 19C
Lodge: 66 rods caught 313 (201 released) – 4.7 / rod
Largest fish: 4lbs 3oz
Lavender: 74 rods caught 401 and released 223 fish – 5.4 / rod
Largest: 4 lbs, 4 lbs 3 oz, 5 lbs 8 oz.
First half of April, fish were caught on Buzzers: (black body with fluorescent green, fluorescent red/orange head), Shipman`s Buzzer, Gold ribbed Hare`s Ear, Diawl Bach, near the top and for a couple warmer days Black Gnat and Dry flies.
Second half, as chilly wind cooled water and fish went deeper and further out, Black Pennel, Green and Black Fritz, Cats Whisker Fritz, Hawthorn Fly, Olives.
Water temperature 9C
Lodge 62 rods caught 334 (187 released) – 5.4 / rod
Lavender 22 rods caught 130 ( 94 released) – 5.9 / rod
The biggest fish caught on Lodge weighed 3lbs 2oz and 4lbs 6oz caught on Lavender Lake.
Two Brown Trout, caught on Lavender, were released.
Water temperature range : 5C
Most popular fly was Black – Green Montana down deep not far from the bank at the beginning of the month. Later on, when fish started coming to the top to feed, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs were among the more successful flies.
Lodge 123 rods caught 560 (89 released) – 4.5 / rod
2 Browns released ; Best fish 4lb 4oz Rainbow
Lavender (incomplete figures due to previous lake restriction)
Water temperature range : 19C-15C
Lodge 92 rods caught 213 (89 released) – 2.3 / rod
3 Browns released ; Best fish 3lb 14oz Rainbow
Lavender (incomplete figures due to previous lake restriction)
Water temperature range : 21C-23C
Lodge 96 rods caught 224 (96 released) – 2.3 / rod
Lavender (incomplete figures due to previous lake restriction)
Water temperature range : 20C-24C
Lodge 106 rods caught 408 (225released) – 3.8 / rod
Lavender (incomplete figures due to lake restriction)
Water temperature range : 15C-18C
Lodge 96 rods caught 465 (317 released, 5 brown) – 4,8 / rod
Lavender 66 rods caught 186 ( 66 released, 3 brown) – 4.3 / rod
The biggest fish caught on Lodge weighed 5lbs and 4.6lbs caught on Lavender Lake.
Eight Brown Trout, five on Lodge, three on Lavender were released.
Water temperature range : 13C-15
Lodge 72 rods caught 302 (203 released) – 4,2 / rod
Lavender 66 rods caught 248 ( 55 released) – 3.8 / rod
The biggest fish caught on Lodge weighted 4lbs 7oz and 5.12lbs caught on Lavender Lake.
Three Brown Trout, one on Lodge, two on Lavender were released.
Water temperature range : 10C-13C
Lodge 90 rods caught 413 (203 released) – 4.6 / rod
Lavender 32 rods caught 112 ( 55 released) – 3.5 / rod
The biggest fish caught on Lodge weighed 4lbs 12oz and 4lbs caught on Lavender Lake.
Two Brown Trout, one on each lake, were released.
Water temperature range : 8C-10C
With water temperature slowly dropping compared to the previous two months – and especially that at the beginning of September, fish have been further out from the bank, almost out of casting range, and were feeding on dries and terrestrials.
But real sport started soon afterwards. Fish started coming nearer the bank and were all over the lake – at the top picking flies from the surface ; in the first 2 – 3 feet of water chasing wet Daddy Long Legs and Black Spiders retrieved slowly, Black and Green Montana Nymphs, Hot-Head Diawl Bachs, mini Cats Whiskers, Orange Fritz and so forth…
- Over a dozen 3lbs+ were caught as well as several 4lbs+ and a beautifully proportioned 5.25 pounder.
- 190 fish were taken and 130 returned by 88 rods.
As the warm weather continued, the story was similar to that of July’s. The fishing was often challenging with some fish occasionally leaping out of the water, and others being quite sluggish and in no mood to feed as the water temperature rose to 22C by mid August.
But soon, as the heat dropped to 19C, with overcast skies and little breeze towards the end of the month, the fish started rising again further out from the bank and it paid off to take out a boat.
Successful members caught fish on buzzers, Hares Ear, muddlers… on the top (4 – 6 feet of water).
- 66 fish were taken and 48 returned by 46 rods (2.5 fish per rod) on Lodge Lake
- 50 fish were taken and 25 released by 31 rods (2.4 fish per rod) on Lavender.
- 77 fish were taken and 38 returned by 61 rods (1.9 fish per rod) on Lodge Lake
- 79 fish were taken and 46 released by 37 rods (3.8 fish per rod) on Lavender.
- 238 fish were taken and 202* returned by 101 rods (4.4 fish per rod) on Lodge Lake
- 41 fish were taken and 31 released by 16 rods (4.5 fish per rod) on Lavender.
(* including four brownies)
The water has warmed up significantly (13C – 16C) and most trout actively covered large areas of water looking for fly hatches.
They like to take fly just before and during hatching (emerger stage) as well as buzzers and hawthorn fly.
In early May, fishing with buzzer imitation and letting the fly drift – giving the occasional twitch or a very slow retrieve proved very successful as was fishing with nymphs, Hares Ear, Damsel and Hopper flies nearer the end of the month.
- 163 fish were taken and 235 returned by 75 rods (5.3 fish per rod) on Lodge Lake
- 132 fish were taken and 98 released by 47 rods (4.9 fish per rod) on Lavender.
- 160 fish were taken and 184 returned by 63 rods (5.4 fish per rod) on Lodge Lake
- 159 fish were taken and 69 released by 49 rods (4.6 fish per rod) on Lavender.
- Montana – black and green, black and red, black and yellow
- Olive Damsel
- Diawl Bach early April
- and White/Orange lures, Emergers, Nymphs and Buzzers later on in the month
At the beginning of the season – early March – the water temperature was around 6C in both lakes, and as the sunlight warmed the shallower water, larvae began to emerge from the mud and silt. Many fish were taken on intermediate lines with black lures on cloudy days and white ones on bright days – the flies being cast out and allowed to sink then slowly retrieved with occasional pauses.
By mid and late March, as the water temperature rose to 8C, hatches of flies appeared, and fish were seen rising occasionally and splashing the surface. Floating lines with a weighted attractor point fly and buzzers on droppers produced results.
Members reported catches on Black and Green Montana, Damsel Fly, Diawl Bach, Daddies, Yellow Cats Whisker, and Buzzers.
- 31 rods caught 88 and released 80 fish on Lodge Lake (5.5 per rod)
- 45 rods caught 153 and released 18 fish on Lavender Lake ((3.8 per rod)
Interestingly, this month we had the lesser popular lake returning a better catch/rod rate.