Autumn Newsletter

The Fishermans Lodge is finally ready for use!

We have a small gas camping stove and kettle, water, tea coffee and milk.  Two of the settles from the old fishing lodge are in there too.   You will find the returns record in there too, and the scales hanging outside.  Chris plans a covered veranda with decking/paving slabs in the spring.  That’ll be proper nice then!

The fishery has been quiet.  We expected some decline as a result of losing the big fishing lodge, but the impact has surprised us.  One aspect that was news to us – we heard via jungle drums somewhere – apparently we’ve shut and become a carp fishery: Untrue. 

The fishery is still here, looking as beautiful as ever, there is somewhere to sit, have a brew and a chat, views to die for and the same hard fighting excellent quality fish.   What more could any fly-angler want?

We are taking advantage and have decided to

CLOSED next week (12th – 18th November 2019). We re-open Tuesday 19th November and look forward to seeing you.

Top Flies

Montanas seem to be a top fly at the moment.  Red ones are popular, at many fisheries apparently, as Charlotte has been unable to buy any to sell.  Damsel nymphs and dawsons olive have also been top feed lately as one would expect for this time of year.  The warm September and early October still saw dragonflies about so not surprising the nymphs are plentiful at Broad Oak.

Catch report

Those still venturing out are being rewarded by excellent catches from both lakes.  Regular 2lb-ers are still getting the adrenaline going with a good number of 3-3.5lb-ers too.  Well done to Mike Gribble and Mike Lomax for their excellent catches.

Awards should go to the ‘Alistair Dale Group’ who came out on a VERY wet Saturday in October, when the lakes were at their fullest!  It was a heavy nights’ rain!

Awards not necessarily for catches but for striving in the face of adversity!  Let’s hope next years meet up has better weather!!

Weather Forecast (taken from Met Office website)

Autumn / Winter is definitely in the balance.  The forecast does not describe balmy settled conditions!  We are looking at rain showers and cooler temperatures.  However, we won’t be frozen, or flooded, and as long as you have wellington boots and waterproof top-layers your will be warm and dry inside, while the fish will relish the cool well oxygenated water and provide you with a great days’ sport.  Come on! Live a little!

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