Tuesday 11th March
85 lb er caught by Andy Campbell !! He started his fishing session well , on his first cast he caught a Tattooed fish worth a fine £85 . (bottom lake next to diving board- damsel)
The fishing is first class – we are very proud of the lakes, the fish and you fly fishers.
So rewarding to serve enthusiastic fly fishers – who seem to embrace the challenge of each days weather conditions. To day we have a keen easterly breeze and bright sunshine – a selection of lines and flies ; intermediate lines taking most fish, Damsel, Cats Whisker, White dancer, Daddy Snatcher, Bloodworm, Cruncher
The days are drawing out , If you want to make the most of these fabulous evenings fishing continues till dusk -at the moment 6-45 ish
The last few days have been great drying days , the lakeside ia getting a lot more pleasurable too.
4 Hour : 1 Fish Member £22 /Non Member £25
After 1 fish caught catch & release 3 fish
6 Hour ; 2 Fish Member £32 /Non Member £35
After 2 fish caught catch & release 4 fish
CATCH AND RELEASE IN
Barbless or Flattened barbed hooks only size 10 max
Catch and Release Information
Some fisheries operate a return policy as part or the whole of the fishing ticket. It is a good opportunity to try out different techniques, flies and retrieves without killing a mass of fish. If you do not like killing fish then this is a way of satisfying your desire to fish.
The art of catch and release is to capture your fish as quickly and safely as possible and then release it without damage. So it is important to play the fish forcefully to minimise the amount of stress but without breaking off and leaving hook and line attached to the fish. Similarly the fish must not be touched as this will damage their skin and ultimately shorten their life.
Many fisheries will not allow catch and release during the hot summer months. The oxygen levels are at there lowest and an exhausted fish has very little chance of recovery.
Here are the main points to consider.
1/ Use only barbless or flattened barbed hooks-check the hook by setting it into some cloth and seeing whether it snags. Size 10 max Boobies and Egg Flies not permitted
2/ Use a short strong leader/tippet (2lb above normal); about a rod length is about right. 6/8 lb
3/ Use an approved hook remover such as the RELUM.
4/ If a net is used then make sure it is knotless and micro-mesh type.
5/ Play the fish for as short as possible without over bulling it and make sure that you do not break the line.
6/ Check lines and connections regularly for defects.
7/ Use only one fly at a time.
8/ Kneel down to unhook the fish.
9/ Do not handle the fish.
10/ Never lift the fish out of the water.
11/ If you have to handle the fish then wet your hands first
If a fish does not recover on its own then you may have to assist it by holding by the tail and move it slowly backwards and forwards to pass water through its gills – only let it go when the flicks its tail and it swims away under its own power.
It may be necessary to handle a fish if so hold it firmly by the tail, point its head downwards at an angle. Pointing downwards tends to stop it wriggling.
If the fish is deep hooked in the stomach and damage is predicted then leave nip of the hook leaving as little line as is possible, it will disappear after a short while and give the fish a better chance to survive.
It will only take a few days for the modern carbon steel hooks to dissolve.
Ed has made a fabulous video demonstration of Catch & Release – superb underwater water shots too !!!! It is on our Facebook page , please do have a look.
We do have spare nets and a stock of barbless flies available
Please let me reiterate this is a TRIAL on three counts; Fish welfare, ticket structure and fly fishers respect in the release process. If it is a success we may extend the trial period and /or consider doing it again next time the water is at its coolest.
I hope you enjoy the two lakes fishing, we are all pretty excited about having the lower lake back in action.
Looking forward to welcoming you – Tightest of lines
The Lenches Lakes
The Lenches Lakes
We are a small privately owned Trout Fishery: the lakes were first developed in 1971. In 1992/3 the two lakes were drained and deepened opening for fishing in 1994. They are well established and naturalised set amongst forty acres of unspoilt beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
The Lenches Lakes offer a unnique picturesque venue for functions such as Corporate Entertainment, Dinners,Lunches,Parties and Weddings
We are a certified Caravan Club Site offering five quiet pitches with electric hook ups, water and elsan point.
We welcome Tents and Motorhomes on another area of the estate also with electric hook ups, water and elsan point.