We’ve not done much sea fishing recently due to one thing or another but last weekend we visited a new (to us) fly fishing venue, Fylde Trout Fishery, after I’d chatted about it to John at Ted Carter Fishing Tackle last week.
We agreed to meet up with Dave, the fishery manager, to get a few pointers as we’re still very new to this fly fishing game and he informed us that the fishing at the moment was very hard but to try a few lures such as ‘Cat’s Whisker’, ‘Black Cat’ or ‘Viva’.
Although we did try with lures and I’m sure I felt a pluck at the Cat the most exciting thing was when evening started to fall and noticing a few large black natural (reel) flies on the water I changed over to a floating pattern called a hopper which imitates a fly, funnily enough, in the surface film of the water. Three times, THREE!! a trout took the fly and I missed it each time. The first I was too slow, second far to eager and to be honest the third I missed because it was too dark to see.
It was brilliant though, tense, but brilliant.
We’ll definitely be going back and Dave mentioned they’re restocking today and in about 4 days these stock fish will hit almost anything put in front of them as they’ll be hungry and not know any difference. So I think another trip is due out next Sunday.
Sorry about the dodgy photo, there was a grubby mark on the lens which I didn’t notice – the problem of not using an SLR.