As the sea fishing has been so grim over the past few weeks and giving Dave a ring at Fylde Trout Fishery to make sure the lake was free of ice we spent a very pleasant, if cold, Sunday morning doing our best to tempt Rainbow Trout out of the depths of the very cold water.
Our initial plan was me to fish an intermediate line with lures to search the depths while Wendy fished a floating line, also with lures, higher up in the water – hopefully covering all our options. Things looked good early on and I managed to hook up with two feisty Rainbow Trout on a lure called a Yellow Dancer only to have them come off. Not sure why they came off but at least they were there.
After an hour or so of this I switched over to a floating line as I started to see fish nearer the surface.
Wendy hadn’t had much luck until Dave, the owner, came round for a chat and mentioned that last week a few anglers had done well with small black and red fly patterns. Wendy quickly changed over to a black and red Diawl Bach and after letting it sink to the bottom started a very slow retrieve upon which the rod went solid and a lovely silvery Rainbow Trout was hooked. After a few heart stopping moments in the shallows we managed to net a beautiful fish of 2lb 7oz – our biggest trout so far.
After that I obviously switched over to a similar fly pattern but it was getting near lunch time and after standing on the bank for about 3½ hours we decided to call it a day as we could no longer feel our feet or fingers.
Again I am beaten by the trout but Wendy manages to catch but so long as we have a good time trying with the odd good result thrown in we’ll be back. I really must tell Wendy to change her photo pose in future though – the only thing different from the last trout photo is the size of the fish…