Fisheries report February 2014
This report takes in the five week period to 9th February 2014.
Over the past five weeks, there has been little respite from a constant stream of Atlantic storms passing over the region, providing enormous amounts of rain, flooding issues, and damage to some of our bigger trees.
This spell of weather has been with us since mid December, and there seems little chance of a change any time to soon.
Anglers have had to make the most of accuracy in the forecast, and fish on the drier and less windy days, and it has been remarkable how many fish have been caught. A total of 673!
Where lakes are river fed, we can shut inlets to preserve clarity, but there is so much groundwater moving right now, there is often a dull taint to most waters. Weston Main lake has stayed perfectly clear throughout.
With an absence of any cold weather, the water is also quite warm for the time of year, which has greatly helped fish catching. Our waters have still been able to offer consistent sport to floating line, with weighted nymphs accounting for most fish – BFDs, Cats Whiskers and Bloodworm patterns have taken the lion’s share.
Anglers have remarked on how hard the fish have been fighting, often taking over 5 minutes to bring in. Testament to our fully finned stock, an integral part of your day’s flyfishing at Albury.
We have had some difficulties at Weston Fishery, with excess water flashing off the sand quarry area, turning Millhouse lake a rather unattractive yellow colour! Site managers are on the case and hopefully providing a solution to this issue. Inspite of this, the two upper lakes at Weston have fished particularly well in the period.
Given the weather, our programme of lake maintenance has been put behind schedule; we are currently working on Park Lake, redefining the drainage to a central point.
On the river beats, we have been concentrating on bank strengthening in key areas, whilst some new pools have been created on Church Beat, Park, in readiness for the new season. In other areas, the river has been creating sandbanks all by itself, and at Vale End, meeting a creeping landslide!
Whilst the weather has been in the angler’s favour, our rods have benefitted from £4 off daily membership, in an attempt to try and beat the storms!
Rainbow Captures of 7lbs+.
From catch returns, these were the largest fish taken during the period:
Key: PM = Powdermills, W = Weston, VE = Vale End, BFD = Blue Flash Damsel, CW = Cats Whiskers!
11lb 10oz Tony Summers BFD VE
10lb 8oz Brian Wakefield BFD W
10lb 2oz Paul Sheppard BFD W
9lb 10oz Ray Warren White Fritz W
9lb 8oz Alex Sinclair CW VE
8lb 0oz Tony Summers BFD VE
7lb 3oz John Rolph Orange Damsel PM
7lb 0oz Alan Hines CW PM
Top Patterns at Albury:
BlueFlashDamsel Cats Whiskers
GH Daddy Bloodworm
Of the best bags:
Powdermills Lake: 4 fish Roger Golding x2 and Peter Coventry, 3 fish Dave Bridger.
Vale End: 9 fish Tony Jackman, 8 fish Sean Flanagan, 6 fish Tony Summers and Mick Hook, 5 fish David Weinand, Peter Coventry, Kyrie Argyrides, Mike Byrne and Mike DeCoverly; 4 fish Campbell Morrow, JH Brasier A Dooley, John Stone, James Powell, David March, Darren Baxter and Kil Hamilton.
Weston: 7 fish Tony Jackman, 6 fish Dave Taylor and Tony Jackman, 5 fish Stuart Catchpole, Andy Bragg and Mike Byrne, 4 fish Paul Sheppard, P Cliszcz, D Landsdowne, John Knights and Paul Sheppard.
Fishery catch totals for the period were:
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Remember to have your membership card on you at all times; also remember to sign in and sign out as you arrive/vacate each fishery, and leave the appropriate number of fish tokens in the returns boxes provided.
Download a PDF version: AEF Report – 10 02 14