Full report from Esthwaite as water clarity improves and the fish feed hard.
The water clarity is now better than it has been since May and fish are feeding well, despite the falling temperatures. Hatches of small buzzer are evident and fish are feeding on the surface, albeit delicately. The fry have been the trout’s main target as they shoal tightly ready for the onset of winter and the best tactics have been the sinking line and fry pattern approach.
One such angler to employ these successful back-end tactics is season ticket holder Jim Miller who used a Di-3 line in conjunction with cats whiskers from the boats to take four rainbows to over 3lb. Tom Nelson from Consett also took a nice 4lb rainbow on similar tactics from the boats, plus four other back-up fish.
Worm and spin anglers have been doing consistently well also. Andrew Coates, who usually is a seasoned competition fly angler, fished from the bank off the boathouse stretch with son Zac and took three rainbows to 3lb on worm.
Another bank angler Dave Bell, a Hawkshead Angling Club member, fished just outside the ticket office and caught four nice rainbows on legered worm.
Meanwhile season ticket rod John Gardner also fished worm, but this time from a boat and recorded two rainbows and a cracking over-wintered brownie of over 3lb.
Richard Maddox from Barrow-in-Furness fished spinner from the boats to record five rainbows to 4lb 5oz