April Newsletter

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Conversion of the fishing lodge is almost complete!  Rob and the guys have worked super hard to help get Forest Lodge and Fern Lodge up and running in time for the spring/summer season.  As of next week the work is down to Charlotte to get the Lodges kitted out and looking pretty.  An open-house event will be advertised so that everyone who would like to can come and have a look before the first guests arrive!!  We have bookings already!

The Fishery Office will be functional from 10th April, so anglers and visitors will book in there rather than at the house.  The Office is through the door also used for the loo/shower and sign-posted ‘Fishery Office’.  If the office is un-manned a notice will tell you where we are. The booking out sheet will be in the office until the Fishermans Hut is ready.   All anglers and visitors must book in before heading out to the lakes. 

The Fishermans Hut is now next on the list.  Anglers will have a shepherds hut by the coppice to tackle up, shelter and take a break.  Work has begun, just, but until this is functioning there are still no refreshment facilities during the works.  Bring a flask and sandwich. 

Thank you for your forbearance.

Rod Licences

Don’t forget to update your rod licence.  New ones were issued in time for March.  Our new website has a direct link if you need to buy one before coming here, or anywhere.  Bailiffs do check, and they also check online for Facebook or Twitter posts!  People have been caught out that way.  Don’t risk it for £30. 

Fly of the month – March

March flies were a lovely mixed bag.  Still the Damsels and Montanas caught most but there was a great range in the record book; black buzzer, little black nymphs, viva, pheasant tail, sunken daddy, cats whisker.  All of these also caught multiples of fish.  It just goes to show that the lakes are livening up and there are plenty of hatches.

Biggest Catch for March

Fishing has been HOT!  There have been great bag weights and lots of full bag limits being taken home.  Unless you just catch the lakes at a bright moment it seems you just can’t go wrong.  Individual weights are about average with top fish going to Tony Addison and Pete Venn for their 3 ¼ lb rainbows. There were a good few 3lbers hooked also. Some great bag weights, but we know those don’t often get a mention!

Checkout this bag of fish!  Jim Weston and Mike Saunders couldn’t go wrong –returning to the office for a second ticket! Not bad for first trout caught – Jim’s name is on 6 of these.  Well done! We can’t promise that every day will be as prolific as this – that is why it’s known as fishing, and not catching!

Mike and Jim’s big day

Weather Forecast(taken from Met Office website)

Well March came in like a lion… not really out like a mouse but the start of April has woken us up a bit!

The longer term forecast is pretty good, being generally warm at seasonal averages and with a few showers in an afternoon –April showers I expect.  Later in the month it warms up a bit more and then ends with a bit of a wetting before May which has the chance of being ‘warm and dry’ (with low confidence say Met  Office).  It’ll be warm enough, just bring a waterproof layer and all will be well.  The fish won’t mind.


Members event: TBC

Holiday Lodges Open Day: TBC – early to mid May!

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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