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Newsletter May 2018

News from the Chairman:   May 2018

Due to the continuing cold, wet and variable weather in April the number of anglers fishing was down on last year but some good fish were caught.

 Churnclough again fished very well with 49 anglers catching 244 trout, nearly all of which were returned thus maintaining  good stocks of fish at this reservoir.  More members fished Laneshaw and 237 trout were caught, including 41 browns, some of which I am told seemed to be healthy over wintered fish. Due to the cold weather, weighted nymphs seemed to work best at Laneshaw.

However…what a transformation over the last few days! I fished Laneshaw over the two very hot days of the early May bank holiday, not really expecting much surface activity in the bright sunny conditions, but there were fish rising everywhere in the middle, hottest, part of the day! Buzzers and olives were hatching off and there was a fall of small brown beetles, with fish rising for them all over the reservoir.  Black suspender buzzer, an olive spider fished “damp” and a foam back beetle imitation resulted in lots of takes (most of which I missed as usual!!), but some stuck and about half of the fish caught were hard fighting browns.

Anglers at Laneshaw have reported catching a few small brown trout of 5” to 6” (I got one as well!) which suggests these fish have been bred in the feeder stream and dropped back into the reservoir. Anyway it is a good sign for the future!

For those of you who fish Churnclough,  please let us know what you are catching and what is working best.  I want the Club to have a formative and interesting website and the more who contribute the better the website will be. At least two new members have joined this year after seeing what the Club has to offer on the website.

We shall be holding open days at Laneshaw over the weekend of 23rd and 24th June so if you know anyone who wants to get into fly fishing or already is, and wants to see at first hand what the Club is all about then ask them to come along. Or, use your guest tickets, but might I add a reminder that members intending to take a guest must first, by telephone, “book on” their guest with the head bailiff for the water concerned. For Churnclough this is Carl Ainsworth (Tel 07834 077874) and for Laneshaw, Bob Pearce (Tel 07761 376012). 

So more news and feedback please and tight lines!

Paul West          

Chairman, Colne Water Angling Club

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