Sport: The rain we had last week has pushed the water level up over a metre and has changed the fishing in a number of ways. The bank is much easier under foot now the water level is above the silt line and as a consequence the water is much clearer now the wind and wave action is not continually washing against the fine silt. The water is a bit cooler which makes the trout feel more comfortable and so more willing to feed and whereas the trout have been staying out in open water they have now started to move closer to the shore which is good news for bank anglers. Last week the bouy line and Eaking shallows were dry but now the freshly flooded ground is holding good numbers of trout and has probably been the best area for the boats. Phil Winterbottom and boat partner landed 11 trout between them from this area finding the fish keen to take Montanas, black and green lures and zonkers. Although they were fishing in quite shallow water sinking lines worked the best with a fast or roly poly retrieve. Tony Dryden also fished along the bouy line to take his trout but found a more imitative approach best with a team of black buzzers working for him. Peter Andrews and Andrew Bentley had a bumper day yesterday landing a total of 26 trout between them. They drifted all over the newly flooded northern end of the lake catching on both nymphs and lures finding the trout high in the water and eager to feed. Roy Duckworth enjoyed lots of action fishing from the shore near the jetty. Roy landed fish up to 3lb in weight and had much more action to his black and green patterns. Alan Grant fished from Bell point to land 6 fish with his fish falling to a small black nymph on a sink tip line. Richard Wincer was also amongst the trout landing 7 of them on a tan foam daddy. The best spot for Richard was next to the jetty. Jamie Presho had an action packed few hours landing 8 fish and having a good number of other chances whilst fishing between the jetty and Hollins bay. Jamie found a floating line and green holo / green pea combo his most effective set up. The trout are still on the feed today with Neil Ashworth landing 9 fish on a half day ticket. With Neil fishing a competition next week he had a good drift around the water and found a few different areas and patterns working. Syotw Paul.
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