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11/08/13 Still waiting.......................
01/08/13 Waiting for the new season........... 28th September
18/07/13 Jeremy Martell from Ascot was the first angler to fish any method this summer. An early start in this very hot weather is a must, but I was still surprised by his success. He landed 10 salmon (biggest 16lb) and one trout all before lunchtime. The salmon have been very good this spring and summer having been reared differently from the usual routine. Brian Bollen caught 3 salmon ( biggest also 16lb) on fly last Sunday which augurs well for future summer fishing. Here is Jeremy with his freezer full, trout nearest.
10/07/13 You can never predict catching fish. Mick Sturgess and Steve Harvey started before 7am today but caught nothing until later in the day which is the reverse of what one would expect during this hot spell. It could have been down to them eventually finding the correct fly, small, green and black, which has indeed been the case recently. Mick (on the left) had 2 trout and 2 salmon while Steve caught 2 salmon and one trout.  
30/06/13 I thought yesterday would be good for salmon fishing as it was fresh and cooler and so it was proved by a party from Barnsley, organised by Danny Masserela, catching 7 salmon and 5 trout. In previous summers the salmon have become harder to catch but I think we may have found an answer. We will find out tomorrow as today has been the hottest of the yeart so far. We laid all the fish out and I suggested we needed something to measure the fish against. What a volunteer Steven Woodcock is, he laid down for one of the best photos I've seen for a while! Danny, second from right, had the biggest at 16lb, the fifth up from the bottom. 
21/06/13 The excellent catches are continuing, here in this picture is Wei Kio (who caught 3 trout and 3 salmon) in between Dave Davies and Dexter Davies. I let Kio catch and release as he is by now back in smog bound Singapore, he is holding the trout part of  the brother's catch.
17/06/13 Well I'm scratching my head trying to work out why only one trout has been caught in the last 3 days and no less than 14 salmon. The trout were to supplement the 'hard to catch' salmon but the anglers haven't been complaining. On Saturday Caroline Williams from Richmond landed her first salmon (top photo) and today Richard Muston from Leics took home these salmon, 12 & 14lb, part of a limit bag (below)

 
03/06/13 Trevor Couzens first visited us in January 2010 when he was on a mission to catch 100 species of British fish in three years. You can read his account on www.specieshunter.blogspot.com, his tally is now 104 and it was very interesting to talk to him. It can easily take 3 years to catch a salmon from the rivers but he manged to catch  these two last Saturday.  
The next day Mark Donoghue from Lincoln landed these salmon on his first visit. The weather was very bright but it had a cool fresh feel in the morning so it was no surprise that Brian Bollen, one of our resident expert anglers, caught seven by casting a small black fly along the bank where we have thousands of tadpoles at present.   
01/06/13 Here is Gilbert from Hatfield Heath with his largest salmon to date at 12lb which fell to a cat's whisker yesterday. The catches a up and down with the weather at the moment. Last Sunday 3 anglers couldn't get a bite in the bright sunshine but 2 days later, 3 anglers shared 10 salmon between them on an overcast day with occasional rain  .  
20/05/13 The cool weather has most complaining but it's good for the fishing, here is a collection of photos taken over the last few days.

15/05/13 Yesterday, George Barrett landed 6 including these 2, after a fruitless 3 days on the Tweed.

13/05/13 I often take a couple of photos of anglers with their fish, discard one and use the best one but twice recently I've just not been able to choose between the two. First is Corey Wright ,14, from Abergavenny with his two salmon 13.5 and 8.5lb.

and second is Janet Wilkinson and David Skanta with their four, 10, 11.5, 12.5 and 16lb. Who caught the 16 pounder? Janet of course! 

02/05/13 I had to take this picture of the salmon catch laid out by Gerald Beer's party from Beds the other day. All above 10lb bar the 2 at the top. 
25/04/13 Despite my best endevours we're back to fish-of-a-lifetime or blank at present, due mostly to the larger size being stocked now being harder to tempt.  For instance yesterday 4 anglers all fished the same fly in the same way, but 2 of those blanked, one had the line snapped twice, and John Lewis landed three salmon weighing 14, 16 and 19lb. Here he is with his first fish of the day.
23/04/13 Big salmon are coming thick and fast at the moment with 2 twenty pounders reported recently (of which I have no photographic evidence at present), but I did snap Stephen Ling from Rush Green with these 2 salmon, largest 19lb, on a warm sunny spring day last Saturday. 
20/04/13 Two reports here, first Jason Foster brought six anglers on a visit from Toft Newton trout fishery www.toftnewton.com. last Thursday.It was a slow day with only 5 salmon landed but the big average size continues, best fish was this 18 pounder caught by Steve Radford from Ripley. 
Then yesterday (Friday) Jonathan Bradley came with 4 friends from Suffolk. The largest weighed (held by the captor Caleb Bailey) half a pound less but 9 salmon were caught altogether on a much fresher feeling day.

15/04/13 Here is a splendid photo of 3 Hugarian fly fishermen with their catch yesterday. All 6 salmon weighed between 10 and 15 pounds, from the left, Thomas, Vicktor and Peter. (Ian Hume from Letchworth landed a 16 pounder today.)  
13/04/13 The thought has just occured to me that I have never caught a double figure fish, maybe a pike in Scotland in the early seventies but the memory is too hazy tempered by overfamiliarity with all these large salmon that I handle regularly. Fishing is a busman's holiday for me so it may never happen but it did happen today after 20 years angling to James Carson from Sheffield who landed this 14 pounder.
Anglers here are only catching one or two each, but many of these are fish that will stick in the memory for a very long time.
07/04/13 The biggest salmon of the season so far was caught yesterday by Roger Churchill from Hinkley, a very deep fish of 19 and a half pounds. Below him are Roger Stephens and Ed Dawes (all members of a party organised by Chris Skues) with part of their catches.
03/04/13 Another salmon which caught my eye is this 10 pounder caught by Arthur Sykes which shone in the sun and was notable for only having very few spots. Arthur also landed a 15 pounder but weight isn't always the making of a special fish, he was very pleased with two overwintered rainbows at Grafham's opening day rather than a bag full of stockies. 
30/03/13 Hot off my phone this morning is Warren Langridge with this fine salmon while currently fishing in the World Bank Masters at the fishery.  Darren went on to win the heat and added a 16 pounder to his 5 fish total.
20/03/13 It's impossible to predict how a day's fly fishing will turn out here at the moment, yesterday 3 anglers could only manage one between them but today 3 anglers shared 10 salmon. A minke booby fished very deep seemed to be the killer method, landing a 12 pounder for Colin Hill from Southampton above and a 16 pounder for Jim Tucker below. We seem to be getting some nice fish from the current batch of stocked salmon, the weights seem to be more spread out than I thought, probably being around 8-18 pounds. 
14/03/13 I would put Jeff Whyatt from Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincs on the same level as Rannulph Fiennes for his persistence earlier this week. He was not to be dissuaded from fishing in spite of freezing conditions and blizzards on Monday when the line froze solid in the rod rings mid cast! He didn't catch that day either! but the next day he was rewarded with this 18 pounder.
I've been sent this picture by Kevin Smith from Huntingdon holding his first salmon which weighed 11lb 6oz  
06/03/13 Here is Chris Ryans from Leicester with the largest salmon for a while at 17lb, which is the kind of salmon that is being stocked at the moment ,so look to come April/May if the bigger fish are what you are after. Chris runs www.leicesteraquatics.com so he's no stranger to all kinds of fish but I don't suppose he takes his stock home to eat, as I occasionally do.
03/03/13 Jordan Smith (13, from Johnstone) caught these 2 salmon today while his father, Tommy blanked. Tommy was hoping Jordan would fall asleep on the long journey home otherwise he would have to endure 5 hours of ribbing, which had already started before they left!
24/02/13 Catches could be described as quiet at the moment with most anglers getting one or two. Here is a picture of a group from Ardleigh Fly Fishing Club, Colchester, who cast a rod here yesterday. The trip was organised by their secretary, Len Booth, third from right and fittingly he had the most (4) and the biggest (12lb) salmon caught.  
15/02/13 Palm Springs is not the most exotic place to go fishing even though the results are up there with anywhere I would contend. There's probably a heirarchy of locations where the more expensive and remote, the better.Well, Gilbert Hla has cast a dry fly in Burma and I don't suppose there's many fly fisherman there. He was saying the Himalayas stretch to Burma and there's trout and salmon introductions being mooted, but we'll have to wait for the fighting to die down a bit first! Here he is with his first salmon from our humble fishery.  
09/02/13 Three reports in one today. Firstly a picture comes along occasionally where the angler's face tells a far bigger story than the salmon itself. In this case it's Sarah Hillon from Sileby and I need say no more.        
Back on the 29th of January we welcomed two anglers from Ireland and I've just been sent this photo taken by Mark Stroud. The long distance travellers are from the left, Jim McCarthy and Ken Smith with Tony Griffin from Northants.  
Finally Peter Seward from Pershore Worcs. had only one salmon on his first visit on the 7th but it turned out to be this fine 10 pounder.
  
03/02/12 On a day with a bitter north wind these four anglers stuck it out to catch 9 salmon altogether. From the left, Alan Tomlinson from Southend, Alan Heyward and Tat Thompson, Liecs and Andy Gohl, Amersham. 
12/01/13 I've come away from the fishery this morning where 3 salmon were already on the bank including this one caught by Adam King from Airdrie.
07/01/13 George Barrett from Chingford has sent me this fine photo of his son Micheal with their salmon catch caught last Saturday. This was Micheal's first visit and he landed 2, but George, who's becoming a bit of a regular, landed 6.    05/01/13 It's always good to see someone from the fishery's early days. Tony Blackwell from Loughborough was our 10th visitor whose first expedition here was in December 2008. He held the record for the most caught in a day (20!) when there were a lot fewer anglers. Today, 5 anglers landed 15. Here he is with one of his salmon and he's not changed a bit, still taking the mickey out of everyone!  
04/01/13 One never knows how any fishery will fish after a few days break so I was very pleased to see no less than 33 salmon caught by this group from the Sheffield area today. Above is Norman Addy with some of his catch (he killed one that was damged on top of his 2) and below are the anglers at the end of the day.  
22/12/12 Yesterday, on the shortest day of the year I had to get this photo in quick before it got dark as my cameraphone has no flash. It shows, from the left  Andy McKay, Steven Page, Brent Inglis and Sydney Bell, all from Lincolnshire with some of their salmon. They caught 15 between them and I was pleased to see some of the more recently stocked, larger fish being landed, biggest 12lb, average 9-10lb. 
17/12/12 When Malcolm Philips from Redditch landed his first salmon he thought it was a good enough experience to light this cigar he had been keeping for a special occasion. He went on to land 2 more and his mate Dave Pacey in the background (who was under pressure at that point!) had his 2 to take home as well. 
   27/11/12 Persistence is something I admire and it will remove most barriers that we find in our way. Take Robert Hynds from Clydebank who came on a day trip with his son Liam and Adam King from Caldercruix. That's 12 hours roundtrip drive and their second visit. Here is Robert and Liam with one of Liam's 2 salmon, while Adam had a 7 catch limit and they were happy enough to say they'll be back. 
18/11/12 Pictured here with his two salmon is Prof John Thompson who is the first professor to cast a line at our fishery.
11/11/12 Saturday saw 8 anglers land the remarkable total of 50 salmon, I could see they were all skilled fisherfolk who knew what they were doing. The trip was organised by Tat Thompson, second left below. in a picture with five of the group. In the middle is Norma Prime holding one of her salmon, a near 10 pounder. The silver colour of her recently stocked fish could not contrast more with Gary Owen's 21 pounder, below, a dark hen probably stocked in the spring.  Interestingly the salmon usually mature 6 to 18 months after they are introduced into the lake, but not at the rearing unit where they are grown. 
05/11/12 Here is Tony Nash from Norwich holding the biggest salmon of November so far at 18lb. Pictured with him is (from left) Carl Palmer, Stuart Goldsmith and Vic Gerrard all sharing a total haul of 16 fish netted.  
29/10/2012 Quite a few anglers have caught their first salmon recently. Here is Stephen Ashton from Sheffield with his, and he went on to catch 6 more, last Saturday.
21/10/12 Here is a picture of Nick Avery holding the month's largest salmon so far, a coloured hen weighing 17lb. He is up from Devon with Tony Nockolds and their wives, today was the first day of a 2 day visit so I wonder what tomorrow will bring? 
19/10/12 The only thing out of the ordinary to report here is someone who fails to catch his/her limit, see Newsetter page for some changes this has brought about. One angler returned a 16 pounder earlier this week. Here is Jane Tilley with her first salmon (in some footwear with an interesting camo pattern) and a nice bag of 3 salmon on the bank.
10/10/12 I think we could say that we overshot the mark trying to increase the catch average. 24 anglers have caught 153 salmon in the first 8 days of the season, an average of 6.37 including old stock removed, caused by a combination of cool weather and better lake management. It's slowing a little now (from too easy really) but 3 anglers had one each by 10am this morning and more fish will be stocked this week. No big salmon have appeared yet and the average is 6-7lb as shown here by Keith Eaton from Swanwick, Derbys.
 
04/10/12 Three more maximums today. On the right, Kevin Knights from Newmarket, biggest 12lb; on the left, Dave Kempson from Birmingham who took home three 9 pounders with his friend Jeff Faulks from Kidderminster in the middle. 
02/10/2012 It's good to be filing these reports again and although there were a couple of anglers in September we can call this report the first of a new season. It maybe the last of the first though as I think we may be able to fish right through the summer in future as we learn more about manging the fishery. Four anglers cast their lines today and with all the new stock and quite a few old stock present I must say the salmon were a bit too easy to catch, which may have been a good thing as they only had the morning for most of their effort. Above is Leslie Simmens caught the first salmon, one of five. His son Roger had these two in the middle, while below is Leslie with Tony Dighton (6 salmon). Also fishing with the party was John Green who had a maximum of 6, making a total of 19 salmon landed. It looks like the catch rate will be good from the off this year as quite a few caught today were recently stocked fish, (maybe due to the cooler weather), we shall see.      

11/08/13 Still waiting.......................
01/08/13 Waiting for the new season........... 28th September
18/07/13 Jeremy Martell from Ascot was the first angler to fish any method this summer. An early start in this very hot weather is a must, but I was still surprised by his success. He landed 10 salmon (biggest 16lb) and one trout all before lunchtime. The salmon have been very good this spring and summer having been reared differently from the usual routine. Brian Bollen caught 3 salmon ( biggest also 16lb) on fly last Sunday which augurs well for future summer fishing. Here is Jeremy with his freezer full, trout nearest.
10/07/13 You can never predict catching fish. Mick Sturgess and Steve Harvey started before 7am today but caught nothing until later in the day which is the reverse of what one would expect during this hot spell. It could have been down to them eventually finding the correct fly, small, green and black, which has indeed been the case recently. Mick (on the left) had 2 trout and 2 salmon while Steve caught 2 salmon and one trout.  
30/06/13 I thought yesterday would be good for salmon fishing as it was fresh and cooler and so it was proved by a party from Barnsley, organised by Danny Masserela, catching 7 salmon and 5 trout. In previous summers the salmon have become harder to catch but I think we may have found an answer. We will find out tomorrow as today has been the hottest of the yeart so far. We laid all the fish out and I suggested we needed something to measure the fish against. What a volunteer Steven Woodcock is, he laid down for one of the best photos I've seen for a while! Danny, second from right, had the biggest at 16lb, the fifth up from the bottom. 
21/06/13 The excellent catches are continuing, here in this picture is Wei Kio (who caught 3 trout and 3 salmon) in between Dave Davies and Dexter Davies. I let Kio catch and release as he is by now back in smog bound Singapore, he is holding the trout part of  the brother's catch.
17/06/13 Well I'm scratching my head trying to work out why only one trout has been caught in the last 3 days and no less than 14 salmon. The trout were to supplement the 'hard to catch' salmon but the anglers haven't been complaining. On Saturday Caroline Williams from Richmond landed her first salmon (top photo) and today Richard Muston from Leics took home these salmon, 12 & 14lb, part of a limit bag (below)

 
03/06/13 Trevor Couzens first visited us in January 2010 when he was on a mission to catch 100 species of British fish in three years. You can read his account on www.specieshunter.blogspot.com, his tally is now 104 and it was very interesting to talk to him. It can easily take 3 years to catch a salmon from the rivers but he manged to catch  these two last Saturday.  
The next day Mark Donoghue from Lincoln landed these salmon on his first visit. The weather was very bright but it had a cool fresh feel in the morning so it was no surprise that Brian Bollen, one of our resident expert anglers, caught seven by casting a small black fly along the bank where we have thousands of tadpoles at present.   
01/06/13 Here is Gilbert from Hatfield Heath with his largest salmon to date at 12lb which fell to a cat's whisker yesterday. The catches a up and down with the weather at the moment. Last Sunday 3 anglers couldn't get a bite in the bright sunshine but 2 days later, 3 anglers shared 10 salmon between them on an overcast day with occasional rain  .  
20/05/13 The cool weather has most complaining but it's good for the fishing, here is a collection of photos taken over the last few days.

15/05/13 Yesterday, George Barrett landed 6 including these 2, after a fruitless 3 days on the Tweed.

13/05/13 I often take a couple of photos of anglers with their fish, discard one and use the best one but twice recently I've just not been able to choose between the two. First is Corey Wright ,14, from Abergavenny with his two salmon 13.5 and 8.5lb.

and second is Janet Wilkinson and David Skanta with their four, 10, 11.5, 12.5 and 16lb. Who caught the 16 pounder? Janet of course! 

02/05/13 I had to take this picture of the salmon catch laid out by Gerald Beer's party from Beds the other day. All above 10lb bar the 2 at the top. 
25/04/13 Despite my best endevours we're back to fish-of-a-lifetime or blank at present, due mostly to the larger size being stocked now being harder to tempt.  For instance yesterday 4 anglers all fished the same fly in the same way, but 2 of those blanked, one had the line snapped twice, and John Lewis landed three salmon weighing 14, 16 and 19lb. Here he is with his first fish of the day.
23/04/13 Big salmon are coming thick and fast at the moment with 2 twenty pounders reported recently (of which I have no photographic evidence at present), but I did snap Stephen Ling from Rush Green with these 2 salmon, largest 19lb, on a warm sunny spring day last Saturday. 
20/04/13 Two reports here, first Jason Foster brought six anglers on a visit from Toft Newton trout fishery www.toftnewton.com. last Thursday.It was a slow day with only 5 salmon landed but the big average size continues, best fish was this 18 pounder caught by Steve Radford from Ripley. 
Then yesterday (Friday) Jonathan Bradley came with 4 friends from Suffolk. The largest weighed (held by the captor Caleb Bailey) half a pound less but 9 salmon were caught altogether on a much fresher feeling day.

15/04/13 Here is a splendid photo of 3 Hugarian fly fishermen with their catch yesterday. All 6 salmon weighed between 10 and 15 pounds, from the left, Thomas, Vicktor and Peter. (Ian Hume from Letchworth landed a 16 pounder today.)  
13/04/13 The thought has just occured to me that I have never caught a double figure fish, maybe a pike in Scotland in the early seventies but the memory is too hazy tempered by overfamiliarity with all these large salmon that I handle regularly. Fishing is a busman's holiday for me so it may never happen but it did happen today after 20 years angling to James Carson from Sheffield who landed this 14 pounder.
Anglers here are only catching one or two each, but many of these are fish that will stick in the memory for a very long time.
07/04/13 The biggest salmon of the season so far was caught yesterday by Roger Churchill from Hinkley, a very deep fish of 19 and a half pounds. Below him are Roger Stephens and Ed Dawes (all members of a party organised by Chris Skues) with part of their catches.
03/04/13 Another salmon which caught my eye is this 10 pounder caught by Arthur Sykes which shone in the sun and was notable for only having very few spots. Arthur also landed a 15 pounder but weight isn't always the making of a special fish, he was very pleased with two overwintered rainbows at Grafham's opening day rather than a bag full of stockies. 
30/03/13 Hot off my phone this morning is Warren Langridge with this fine salmon while currently fishing in the World Bank Masters at the fishery.  Darren went on to win the heat and added a 16 pounder to his 5 fish total.
20/03/13 It's impossible to predict how a day's fly fishing will turn out here at the moment, yesterday 3 anglers could only manage one between them but today 3 anglers shared 10 salmon. A minke booby fished very deep seemed to be the killer method, landing a 12 pounder for Colin Hill from Southampton above and a 16 pounder for Jim Tucker below. We seem to be getting some nice fish from the current batch of stocked salmon, the weights seem to be more spread out than I thought, probably being around 8-18 pounds. 
14/03/13 I would put Jeff Whyatt from Burgh-le-Marsh, Lincs on the same level as Rannulph Fiennes for his persistence earlier this week. He was not to be dissuaded from fishing in spite of freezing conditions and blizzards on Monday when the line froze solid in the rod rings mid cast! He didn't catch that day either! but the next day he was rewarded with this 18 pounder.
I've been sent this picture by Kevin Smith from Huntingdon holding his first salmon which weighed 11lb 6oz  
06/03/13 Here is Chris Ryans from Leicester with the largest salmon for a while at 17lb, which is the kind of salmon that is being stocked at the moment ,so look to come April/May if the bigger fish are what you are after. Chris runs www.leicesteraquatics.com so he's no stranger to all kinds of fish but I don't suppose he takes his stock home to eat, as I occasionally do.
03/03/13 Jordan Smith (13, from Johnstone) caught these 2 salmon today while his father, Tommy blanked. Tommy was hoping Jordan would fall asleep on the long journey home otherwise he would have to endure 5 hours of ribbing, which had already started before they left!
24/02/13 Catches could be described as quiet at the moment with most anglers getting one or two. Here is a picture of a group from Ardleigh Fly Fishing Club, Colchester, who cast a rod here yesterday. The trip was organised by their secretary, Len Booth, third from right and fittingly he had the most (4) and the biggest (12lb) salmon caught.  
15/02/13 Palm Springs is not the most exotic place to go fishing even though the results are up there with anywhere I would contend. There's probably a heirarchy of locations where the more expensive and remote, the better.Well, Gilbert Hla has cast a dry fly in Burma and I don't suppose there's many fly fisherman there. He was saying the Himalayas stretch to Burma and there's trout and salmon introductions being mooted, but we'll have to wait for the fighting to die down a bit first! Here he is with his first salmon from our humble fishery.  
09/02/13 Three reports in one today. Firstly a picture comes along occasionally where the angler's face tells a far bigger story than the salmon itself. In this case it's Sarah Hillon from Sileby and I need say no more.        
Back on the 29th of January we welcomed two anglers from Ireland and I've just been sent this photo taken by Mark Stroud. The long distance travellers are from the left, Jim McCarthy and Ken Smith with Tony Griffin from Northants.  
Finally Peter Seward from Pershore Worcs. had only one salmon on his first visit on the 7th but it turned out to be this fine 10 pounder.
  
03/02/12 On a day with a bitter north wind these four anglers stuck it out to catch 9 salmon altogether. From the left, Alan Tomlinson from Southend, Alan Heyward and Tat Thompson, Liecs and Andy Gohl, Amersham. 
12/01/13 I've come away from the fishery this morning where 3 salmon were already on the bank including this one caught by Adam King from Airdrie.
07/01/13 George Barrett from Chingford has sent me this fine photo of his son Micheal with their salmon catch caught last Saturday. This was Micheal's first visit and he landed 2, but George, who's becoming a bit of a regular, landed 6.    05/01/13 It's always good to see someone from the fishery's early days. Tony Blackwell from Loughborough was our 10th visitor whose first expedition here was in December 2008. He held the record for the most caught in a day (20!) when there were a lot fewer anglers. Today, 5 anglers landed 15. Here he is with one of his salmon and he's not changed a bit, still taking the mickey out of everyone!  
04/01/13 One never knows how any fishery will fish after a few days break so I was very pleased to see no less than 33 salmon caught by this group from the Sheffield area today. Above is Norman Addy with some of his catch (he killed one that was damged on top of his 2) and below are the anglers at the end of the day.  
22/12/12 Yesterday, on the shortest day of the year I had to get this photo in quick before it got dark as my cameraphone has no flash. It shows, from the left  Andy McKay, Steven Page, Brent Inglis and Sydney Bell, all from Lincolnshire with some of their salmon. They caught 15 between them and I was pleased to see some of the more recently stocked, larger fish being landed, biggest 12lb, average 9-10lb. 
17/12/12 When Malcolm Philips from Redditch landed his first salmon he thought it was a good enough experience to light this cigar he had been keeping for a special occasion. He went on to land 2 more and his mate Dave Pacey in the background (who was under pressure at that point!) had his 2 to take home as well. 
   27/11/12 Persistence is something I admire and it will remove most barriers that we find in our way. Take Robert Hynds from Clydebank who came on a day trip with his son Liam and Adam King from Caldercruix. That's 12 hours roundtrip drive and their second visit. Here is Robert and Liam with one of Liam's 2 salmon, while Adam had a 7 catch limit and they were happy enough to say they'll be back. 
18/11/12 Pictured here with his two salmon is Prof John Thompson who is the first professor to cast a line at our fishery.
11/11/12 Saturday saw 8 anglers land the remarkable total of 50 salmon, I could see they were all skilled fisherfolk who knew what they were doing. The trip was organised by Tat Thompson, second left below. in a picture with five of the group. In the middle is Norma Prime holding one of her salmon, a near 10 pounder. The silver colour of her recently stocked fish could not contrast more with Gary Owen's 21 pounder, below, a dark hen probably stocked in the spring.  Interestingly the salmon usually mature 6 to 18 months after they are introduced into the lake, but not at the rearing unit where they are grown. 
05/11/12 Here is Tony Nash from Norwich holding the biggest salmon of November so far at 18lb. Pictured with him is (from left) Carl Palmer, Stuart Goldsmith and Vic Gerrard all sharing a total haul of 16 fish netted.  
29/10/2012 Quite a few anglers have caught their first salmon recently. Here is Stephen Ashton from Sheffield with his, and he went on to catch 6 more, last Saturday.
21/10/12 Here is a picture of Nick Avery holding the month's largest salmon so far, a coloured hen weighing 17lb. He is up from Devon with Tony Nockolds and their wives, today was the first day of a 2 day visit so I wonder what tomorrow will bring? 
19/10/12 The only thing out of the ordinary to report here is someone who fails to catch his/her limit, see Newsetter page for some changes this has brought about. One angler returned a 16 pounder earlier this week. Here is Jane Tilley with her first salmon (in some footwear with an interesting camo pattern) and a nice bag of 3 salmon on the bank.
10/10/12 I think we could say that we overshot the mark trying to increase the catch average. 24 anglers have caught 153 salmon in the first 8 days of the season, an average of 6.37 including old stock removed, caused by a combination of cool weather and better lake management. It's slowing a little now (from too easy really) but 3 anglers had one each by 10am this morning and more fish will be stocked this week. No big salmon have appeared yet and the average is 6-7lb as shown here by Keith Eaton from Swanwick, Derbys.
 
04/10/12 Three more maximums today. On the right, Kevin Knights from Newmarket, biggest 12lb; on the left, Dave Kempson from Birmingham who took home three 9 pounders with his friend Jeff Faulks from Kidderminster in the middle. 
02/10/2012 It's good to be filing these reports again and although there were a couple of anglers in September we can call this report the first of a new season. It maybe the last of the first though as I think we may be able to fish right through the summer in future as we learn more about manging the fishery. Four anglers cast their lines today and with all the new stock and quite a few old stock present I must say the salmon were a bit too easy to catch, which may have been a good thing as they only had the morning for most of their effort. Above is Leslie Simmens caught the first salmon, one of five. His son Roger had these two in the middle, while below is Leslie with Tony Dighton (6 salmon). Also fishing with the party was John Green who had a maximum of 6, making a total of 19 salmon landed. It looks like the catch rate will be good from the off this year as quite a few caught today were recently stocked fish, (maybe due to the cooler weather), we shall see.      

 

 









 


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