Beat the summer heat
As summer sun warms the water, trout will then tend to swim more deeply, although still rising when light conditions become sombre or during the evening – hence the fabled ‘evening rise’ phrase . They will also be far more selective in their feeding habits.
Check out the weed-beds. Whilst it can be frustrating to keep de-weeding your fly hook, that is often where you will find fish grazing, and when you see cleared weed on lake banks during the summer months, take a closer look and discover exactly how many insects and creepy crawlies you can see.
On the lakes in high summer, look for fish shoaling, where they can then be easily targeted with accurate casting.
During the heat of summer it is far better to concentrate on the cooler flowing waters of the Tillingbourne, which makes Vale End’s river fed site such an excellent choice of venue during a heat wave.
Beat the Winter blues
As summer turns to autumn, trout rise again in the water column, as sport improves markedly, and will continue
in a rich vein right through the winter until bitter winter weather arrives, whereupon fish will swim deeper again,
this time for warmth!
Look around inflows or where you suspect spring flow to come in. These same spots remain ice free during the winter, so make a few mental notes next time Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.