Fishery Consultant’s report for April 2019

The 2019 season started on Monday April 1st with a turn out of 37 anglers who, despite the cold wind, caught a total of 70 trout. The returns for the opening fortnight show that at 224 angler visits 430 trout were taken. Water levels were at 4ft from full; not a bad height for fishing. The average weight of the fish taken was 2 lb 8 oz. The largest trout from West Hallington was a brown that weighed 13lb 5oz and this was returned. Also taken and returned was an excellent Brown that measured 30”. The largest from East Hallington was a rainbow of 5lb 8oz which was taken on a small Dawson’s Olive. The returns for the month show that at 536 angler visits 1645 trout were taken. The trout were very close to the lake edges. Floating lines and small lures were best. Dawson’s and small Cats’ Whisker were the most successful flies. Kate McLaren, Green Montana and Viva did well for those fishing traditional patterns. Hatches of black midge have started to appear in the last week. Bank anglers are now starting to take good numbers of fish with dry flies.

Prospects for May
The water levels have started to fall.. Hatches of black fly are on the water now on all sunny days and with green midges hatching in the evenings more trout will be taken from the surface over the next few weeks. Anglers are now looking forward to some early May dry fly fishing.

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Members individual catches 2019