News from the Chairman: April 2018
Well the season got off to a cold wet start and as a result the fish were slow to spread out after stocking. Those who found the concentrated shoal had bumper days! Towards the end of March the fish had started to move, producing in my opinion, more rewarding fishing.
Churnclough in particular fished very well. 26 anglers fished, catching 130 trout nearly all of which were returned. Laneshaw was snowed in for a few days, but still some 76 fish were caught. Unsurprisingly, lures were the most successful for people but a few, including yours truly, persevered with small black buzzers fished very slowly on the wind and came up with a few fish. As temperatures rise (!!) buzzers and small nymphs and dry files should produce the goods in April.
If you’re reading this then you will have logged onto the Club website! I hope you will appreciate the improvements that have been made and thanks to Liam for this.
As mentioned last month I believe it is important for the website to look fresh and be up to date. It is important that members contribute, so if you have anything to say about the Club and the fishing and don’t mind sharing then please submit it to me . If you have any photographs then so much the better!
You will know that we will no longer have the fishing rights at Smellows after the end of April so you have a couple of weeks left to try and catch some of the large trout, particularly browns that are in this water. If anyone wants to buy a boat or two, or knows someone who does, then please contact me!
Finally, a reminder from last month about the use of guest tickets, which is an excellent way of introducing our club and its waters to other anglers. Members intending to take a guest must first, by telephone, “book on” their guest with the head bailiff for the water concerned. This applies to both those guests using your “free tickets” and those on the half price day tickets.
For Churnclough this is Carl Ainsworth (Tel 07834 077874) and for Laneshaw, Bob Pearce (Tel 07761 376012).
Paul West Chairman, Colne Water Angling Club