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  • Fishing report 

    Fishing report – 17 July 2017 

    Sutton Bingham reservoir

    The fishing from the banks remains to be difficult with just the odd break when some anglers manage to find the odd pockets of fish. Mr Tony Conachie landed four rainbows for a bag weight of 10lbs 8oz from the north shore around the life buoy area in the deeper water, others found a few fish on the south bank point again where there’s a deep drop off.

    The boats however are still picking up their limits, not quite so easily as it has been but the fish are still in the air line, fishing with either a floating ling or sink tip letting the bubbles move the flies around but keeping in contact with the fly line anglers are taking fish on Dawson’s Olive, Cats Whiskers and Blue flash Damsels.

    Mr H. Billington took a limit for 12lbs 4oz beating his boat partner by ounces.

    Hawkridge reservoir

    Rainbow trout caught: 25
    Tiger trout caught: 2
    Blue trout caught: 3
    Arctic char caught: 1
    Rod average: 1.08

    What to try

    Floating/intermediate lines with black and green montana, blue flash damsel, suspended hoppers, buzzers and daiwl bach are the most common flies used at the moment.

    Fishing is difficult at the moment and we recommend that you call 01278 671840 to get the latest information.

    Clatworthy reservoir

    With the welcomed rain, it seems that the reservoir is holding its level well, however it has not had much effect on the water temperature.

    20c is the average temperature for the main and top body of water and the Dam and airline area being slightly cooler. Bank and boat anglers are still coming in with bag limits - Westcott Bay and Rowes End are being favoured by the bank anglers and right up into the shallow water is producing a lot of fish.

    Using a floating line with a team of red or green ribbed Diawl Bachs and letting the line swing around slowly with the wind is resulting in some hard hitting takes.

    Boat anglers are mainly heading off towards the Dam, again the floating or sink tip lines with a slow retrieve is bringing  fish in to the boat.

    Open water is not to be ignored as rising fish have been seen all this week from Syndercombe Woods down to Stolford Woods.

    Durleigh reservoir

    After a very good start to the month, the warm weather returned mid-June to slow things down again. However, the fishing was very good towards the end of the month.

    On Sunday 4 June Scott Hooper enjoyed some great sport on the far side (dam wall) taking five fish including two twenties – the biggest being a 22lb common. Scott returned to the same swim the day after and took another five on Larry’s. It was cool and wet on that Monday and fish came out all over the lake. Chris Navoy and Ed Page-Symonds took eight between them from the inlet which included three twenties and Nick Fursland had a 24lb 8oz common in his bag of three from the point swim.

    After this the heat started to build again and only a few fish were taken at last knockings but the last week of the month was cooler and the fishing picked up again. On the 28 June Matt Cuff and his dad landed sixteen fish with Matt taking eleven.

    The bream fishing has been very consistent again this month with a lot of anglers doing really well. It’s not difficult to catch bags in excess of 100lbs on the feeder using chopped worm or red maggot. Martin Addicott took seventeen slabs in five hours on the 25 June. Pete Scott came down with a couple of mates from Leicester on their annual pilgrimage and had a great couple of days on the lawns catching quality bream at forty yards.

    There are plenty of roach showing in the margins and some anglers did catch on the waggler but the best of the fishing is yet to come when the level drops.

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