March Newsletter

The big news is that conversion of the fishing lodge, function room and shop is underway!  The team started on Monday just gone, earlier than originally planned, but you don’t say ‘No’ to that.  Sooner it starts, the sooner the upheaval ends.

Work is on-going during the weekdays so apologies if there is some noise, though they keep the doors closed and the loud stuff should be finished this week.

Weekends are our own, peace reigns. 

The effect on anglers in the short term is that parking needs to be tidy, and on the left hand side of the car park during the week.  There are NO REFRESHMENTS available during the works.  Bring a flask and sandwich.  Book in at the house with Chris or Charlotte (card or cash as usual).

The booking out sheet will be at the front of the fishing lodge by the scales. 

Work is due to be completed at the end of April, leaving a month or so for Charlotte to do the finishing and furnishing, then an Open Afternoon so that people can have a nosey – we all want a look don’t we! Then hopefully we will be renting out from June.  Cross everything!

Thank you to 007 Steve Peck, longstanding member at Broad Oak, for arranging the third Steve Jones Memorial Fish in memory of Steve Jones, who loved to fish here, and fell asleep on more than one occasion on the sunny banks!  Steve’s friends and family come and fish for a trophy, and this year 007’s son Stuart Peck won!  Well done Stuart!  You see, you did catch even though you said you wouldn’t!

Fly of the month – Jan/Feb

January catches favoured Damsels and Montanas with a good sprinkling of blood worm, diawl bach and pheasant tail nymph.

February saw Montanas and Damsels still top the leader board when it comes to catch success.  More than top it actually, more than 90% of fish were taken on either one!!  The top fly has never been so conclusive before!!

Biggest Catch for Jan/Feb

January’s biggest catch was shared between Rob Recardo and Steve Peck, both with 3lb catches recorded.  We had some excellent bag weights recorded too, which may have held bigger individual fish, but not identified – so no mention!

February was a great month for our over-wintered fish.  There were some great bag weights of 51/4 – 61/2lb for 2 fish.  Top fish goes to Roger Pope for his 4lb rainbow, tempted by a Montana mid-month.  These larger fish have not been stocked recently and so are our ‘residents’ from last summer/autumn at least.  Great for us to see these more mature fish feeding as the water warms up.

Weather Forecast (taken from Met Office website)

We have had a fabulous February.  That is set to change for March.  Sunday sees Storm Freya hit the coast, so the start of next week will be wet and windy.  March is forecast to be wetter than recent weeks, and slightly cooler than the average for the time of year.  As the month progresses we should return to more settled conditions with a bit of sunshine to get the hatches going.

Events:

Members event: TBC –please let Charlotte know what sort of thing you might like to do – the last few events have been poorly attended and what we would really like to do is get you all together either to fish or socialise or both.  Please let us know.

Holiday Lodges Open Day: TBC – late May / early June.

If you have anything you would like to share, do let us know and we can include it in Fish Tales.

See you soon. Tight Lines

Chris and Charlotte

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