Despite the fishing still being a bit challenging this past week, our pike anglers have been doing well. The Pike Fly Fishing Association had their outing on Sunday and caught 16 pike in “rock hard” conditions (their words, not ours!) including a cracking 14lb 4oz by Mark Golden who was pipped to the post by Mike Wilson who won the biggest fish prize of a Vision fly rod with a 15lb 2oz pike. Anglers commented the pike were taken sub-surface on slow fished flies. The biggest pike of the week was caught by a trout angler who was out with the Grizzle Cats group on Saturday weighing an estimated 20lb. Rod McLennan also caught a 19lb pike on the fly on Friday evening.
Trout anglers are managing to find some fish. The Ferry Fly Fishers were out on a very bright day on Sunday and managed 9 trout at 19lb 4oz for their 4 boats, mainly on buzzers, but 2 of their anglers started pulling and had 3 good sized trout. Lewis Kerr and his father were out on Saturday and Lewis caught a great looking 3lb fish (estimated). His dad had a good, but not good enough, contact with four fish but unfortunately, didn’t manage any to the boat. One of our regular anglers, Alan Campbell, has been picking up the odd fish but nothing very big.
The best area for trout continues to be in the Hole ‘O’ the Inch and Factor’s Pier and the Small Islands are the “hotspots” for a Pike or two.
Water temperature is steadily creeping up and is sitting at 11oc and the clarity is still much the same as the previous week at 1.8 metres.
Buzzers are still hatching but not as prolific as a couple of weeks ago but when conditions “fine” some nice hatches of buzzers are coming up and usually accompanied but a trout or two.