Fishery Consultant’s report for September 2019
Having been stopped for over a fortnight in August due to heavy rain and the health and safety issues raised by the high water levels, East Hallington boats became available for use again on the 1st September as the water level started falling. Two stockings of East were carried out as soon as falling levels made most bank fishing possible again..The returns for the month show that at 452 angler visits 1662 trout were caught, 1159 from West Hallington and 503 from East. The fish taken had an average weight of 2 lb 8 oz. The largest were a 5 lb rainbow from West and a brown of 7 lb 2 oz from East. Floating lines with small black flies and small brown hoppers are doing best on west. Small bead heads are fishing best on east along with Damsel nymphs. Invicta and Sedge imitations are still taking fish in afternoon and evenings. Pumping into Hallington from the river has stopped so water levels should drop given no more severe rain. As the water level in East continues to fall, almost all of the lake is now fishable again. The rain shelter at the west end of West Hallington was given a new roof during the month, and a new stocking point for putting trout into East Hallington was finished and commissioned.
Prospects and flies
Floating lines with small black flies and small brown hoppers are still taking fish on west. On both lakes larger lures should start to take more trout as temperatures fall. Dawson’s Olive is always the best Hallington lure, with Cats Whisker and White Muddler always worth a try. Permission has been given for us to fish in the month of November this year. This will be the first time that Hallington has ever been fished in November, so we are awaiting the results with interest.