Salmon fishing in England
Previous seasons reports etc. in the ARCHIVE11/12/13
Well it wasn't going to last forever, but it was good while it lasted. It's been 46 days and 155 anglers since we had a blank but yesterday we lost that record. I won't publish names but I will post this picture of Nigel Liley who managed to catch three.
1/12/13 Catches are slowing slightly now the weather is colder but everyone is still catching salmon. See the Newsletter page for November's report. John Wilde from Llandinam in Wales sent me this picture from his visit earlier this month.
20/11/13 It's beginning to get dark early now but there was enough light to take this photo of Sarah Hinchcliffe from Whaley Bridge and Roger Worth, Congleton, with their catch today.
17/11/13 A quick look at the figures for this month shows that 34 anglers have caught 160 salmon in the first ten days of November mostly averaging around 7lb. Walking along the bank I often see a nice bag of salmon such as the one below and of course, a happy group of anglers.
06/11/13 Here is a picture of Terry Newton from Melton Mowbray who cashed in his surprise birthday present voucher today. I had to take this photo with my phone, as the flash on his camera, even on a dark November day with light rain, made the salmon too shiny. All four anglers took home their four keepers today.
04/11/13 It's good to see a father and son catching fish together. Here is Sam & Mark Tester from Rainham in Kent with Sam's first salmon. They went on to catch six each.
31/10/13 The lake is fishing just right now which is when all anglers catch a few. It's a delicate balance to be struck. I don't make any money if everyone bags up and anglers don't get any fun if they don't catch any. So in the last couple of days 12 anglers have caught 33 salmon and everyone was satisfied. Here is a picture of Lyn Cobley (on the right) who brought a party from Hereford and David Slade with the biggest of the day at 12lb. It was one of several salmon being caught recently which were stocked in the spring. They still found time to down a few beers as you can see from the table!
27/10/13 It's a howling gale out there which will bring a change in the weather I would guess. It's interesting how the catches have been rising and falling with the temperature this month. Last Tuesday, Stuart Joseph landed six, pictured with the four he kept.
And below is a picture of the Ardleigh flyfishers who landed eleven salmon between them.
19/10/13 The salmon are on the take now. In the last 8 days, 23 anglers have landed 105 fish, green and black the killer colours. Below is a picture of two salmon and a blue trout for your comparison.
14/10/13 Last Friday, Richard Mundy (second left) celebrated his 40th birthday with four of his mates. They landed these salmon between them, and nobody had a dry net at the end of the day.
07/10/13 On Saturday we had a first visit by Mark Rooney, resplendent with his England badges on his lapel. He top scored that day with six, four of which are here with him in the autumn sunshine.
06/10/13 I'm pleased to report that the catch rate is improving, I'll have to think about the timing of opening day. The first week of October has been the timing of season's start in previous years and that is where we are now. John Lewis from Litchfield sent me these pictures of Adam Walters' first salmon and also Stuart Glendenning with his first, after 4 years of trying on the Wye.
02/10/13 Anglers have been asking me to report on the first few days fishing here, so apologies for not updating more often. The catches have been well down on last season (when some anglers had bagged up by 11am). I've staggered the stocking more recently, but I think the lower catch rate is due to the water clarity, about 5ft now but crystal clear a year ago, and to the warm weather. 18 anglers have caught 35 salmon so far, so ones and twos mainly. On Sunday Warren Langridge did better than average with three, his first was this lovely silver salmon shining in the autumn sunshine.
25/09/13 New Season! Today is the first day of the 2013-4 season and six anglers enjoyed a beautiful autumn day catching fourteen fish between them. I say fish because there were a few trout amongst them left over from the summer but they don't count towards our anglers salmon allowance.
The first fish was netted at 9.10am by Colin Wigmore but it was his friend Andy Crane from Leicester that hooked it, the first fish Andy had ever caught on a fly rod!
The second and third salmon were caught by that excellent angler Bob Buckby, who knows how to tempt the salmon here.