May 2019 Newsletter
Albury Estate Newsletter
Firstly apologies for the lack of newsletters, I think the last one was in March. It has been really busy on the fishery over the last couple of months.
Fishing conditions have generally been good with good water clarity in all of the lakes with just some algae on the surface of some of the Weston lakes which we are keeping on top of with our weed net. See picture below.
Hot news is that we had a large stocking of Spartic and Tiger trout today (23rdMay).
May is always one of my most enjoyable fishing months especially with the abundance of natural food around for the fish to feed on. Most notably is the magnificent Mayfly which has in the last few days appeared in good numbers and will continue into early June. The best times to target this hatch is early afternoon until dusk. Both the river and the lakes will see fish moving to Mayfly.
One of my favourite Mayfly patterns is the Mohican Mayfly pictured below in the corner of the mouth of this stunning wild brown trout taken from Office Beat at Weston. When fishing with big mayfly patterns do not mess about with light leaders. Leaders of around 5lb are best as these big patterns are not very aerodynamic and will twist your leader if you fish too light. Also the takes can be very aggressive and will snap light leaders. Other hatches of flies have been small olives and sedges.
The buzzer fishing has continued to put a lot of fish on the bank with small size 14 to 16 buzzers incorporating the colours black and red being reliable patterns. Also small nymphs in sizes 12 to 16 will work well. Outside of fishing these smaller more natural patterns the BFD is still producing lots of fish as are montana’s, cats whisker and hot head damsels. Also do not discount a bit of stalking as the lake water clarity is good enough to target individual fish. This can often be the way to get the larger fish with specially designed stalking bugs that are designed to sink quickly with the fish taking the fly on the drop.
Other news is that Michael Hancock has now left us to start a new career but we welcome a new member of the Albury Fishery Team, Steve Moon (pic below).
Steve has worked at a number of fisheries and fish farms in the south of England including 10 years at Chalk Springs Fishery. Steve is a mad keen fly fisherman especially on the rivers and will be more than happy to have a chat and share his knowledge.
TEACH IN DAYS
Teach In Days – we still have places available for Teach In Days on the the 14thJune. These days offer a fantastic introduction to fly fishing and make great gifts for any novice angler. Bookable via the Website.
ENGLAND RIVERS FLY FISHING TEAM
As many of you know I am competing for the England Fly Fishing Team in the Home Internationals in Northern Ireland at the beginning of July. We raised a fantastic amount in auctioning off fishing days with members of the team, just over £1,300 to help fund the teams trip to Ireland which is self funded.
A few of you have expressed interest in helping me go to Ireland so I have set up a Just Giving Page.
Your support, interest and help with this is much appreciated and I will keep you all informed on how we do.
Finally I would like to wish you all best regards and Tight lines.