February 2017 Newsletter
I can’t quite believe it, another season nearly over and a new exciting one just around the corner. The fishing over the last few months has been fantastic, as it should be at this time of year with low water temperatures and hard fighting well conditioned trout.
There have been good numbers of fish in the 5lb to 8lb class taken recently. If you are lucky enough to catch one of these fish please let the bailiff know, as we love to get pictures of these special fish and for you to fill out a Troutmaster form. This years Troutmaster fish off will be at Weston on the 22nd April. We already have 12 confirmed entrants with the winner going on to represent the fishery at the Final at Grafham Reservoir later in the year.
Tactics over the past months have been about keeping things simple with floating lines more often than not covering most situations with the occasional angler dropping down to intermediate and sinking lines in the colder weather. The most successful fly patterns have been gold head damsels with the most popular versions being the orange hot head and blue flash. Cats Whisker and bloodworm patterns, as well as the controversial ‘mop fly’ have also accounted for good numbers of fish and on milder days some fish have been taken on dry flies, particularly emerger type patterns which sit in the surface film.
We have some exciting developments happening on the fishery at the moment which will see a new section of river opened up at Vale End and two new small pools opened at Weston.
The new section of river will be an extension of the current river beat running back towards Albury village. It will offer an extra 150 yards of fishing and will be available to fish as part of your day ticket. It is anticipated that this will be ready for the start of the river season (1st April) and should offer up a good opportunity to connect with a wild trout or two.
The two new pools at Weston although small will be supplied by Silent pool and offer fishing in crystal clear water ideal for stalking, dry fly and nymph fishing. They will also be a reliable source of sport during the hottest weather due to the nice cool spring water from Silent pool. It is anticipated they should be open late spring/early summer.
Trout landed at Vale End and Weston
— SYON PARK NEWS —
Whilst the fishing at Syon Park has been good through the winter months, after having endured two weeks of ice cover and some painfully bitter winds, we are looking forward the much milder conditions of spring.
Although we have just experienced the two warmest years on record it didn’t feel like it here over the last couple of months. The banks here at Syon are a lot more exposed than Albury and when a north or east wind blows there is no hiding from it!
The fishery produced some stunning fish at the end of last year. The Brown trout in particular were much prized with some beautiful examples up to 12lb being landed. The Syon Park Troutmasters fish off is taking place on Sunday 26th March and we have two disabled children’s days hosted by the free Mason’s Fly Fishing Charity on 10th May and 22nd June.
Unsurprisingly the best winter fly patterns were the reliable gold-head versions of Cats Whisker and Blue Flash Damsel with a few Bloodworm also featuring well, fished on floating lines with long leaders, or intermediate lines in the colder conditions when the fish were at depth. It will soon be time to dust off those skinny Buzzers and emerger patterns that do so well here in the warmer months.
— OTHER NEWS —
In other news please remember that the current yellow fish tokens will expire at the end of March. It is expected that the new 2017/18 tickets will become available to purchase at the beginning of March, keep an eye on the website for any updates.
Date for your diary. The fishery will have a stand at the upcoming London Fly Fishing Fair. It is looking like being a big event and is being held on the 10th and 11th March. Visit www.thelondonflyfishingfair.co.uk for details.
Finally, Tony still has a few places left on his very popular Teach In Days which offer a great introductory experience into the world of fly fishing.
The instruction events will start at 9am and finish at 4pm, price per head is £33 and includes instruction throughout the day. Places can be booked booked on line, just visit the Teach In Page.
Finally I would like to wish you all our best regards and Tight lines.
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