April 2016

The new season is now in full swing with members catching well when the conditions permit. The prevailing heavy bursts of rain and low pressure, together with poor temperatures have not been hekpful.  Stocking policy will be as last year with regular deliveries through the season of rainbow trout at 2lb average. We are on a drive to report cormorant numbers in a log in the lodge with a view to getting enough evidence for action to be taken to reduce their numbers. If anyone catches a trout with obvious cormorant damage and can get a photo on their mobile please send to:


A new ticket outlet has been arranged at the Belmont Bull, which has opened a shop in the pub building itself. This replaces the now closed post office shop which was our previous outlet. We believe that at £15 for adults and £13 for under 18’s we offer a competitively priced day out in a splendid location. The ticket outlets have loyalty cards and a stamp. Ten stamps on a card entitles the bearer to a free ticket to fish on day. They also have parking cards to leave on the dashboard if you are parking by Raikes cottage.( across the causeway from the Hare and Hounds).This is no longer the sole prerogative of Withnell anglers.

We will continue to work on improving the backcasting areas on the Abbey Village side of the reservoir, adding to the steady progress we have already made. We continue to be in contact with PC Ken Mansfield and his rural crime team who may visit at random to check EA licences and membership cards or day tickets. Please be sure to make a return when you leave so my stats can be as complete as possible

The club aims to make you welcome and to offer any support and guidance we can to help you have an enjoyable and successful visit.

One thought on “April 2016

  1. First time I have fished here and enjoyed the day.
    Caught two lovely 2 1/2 lb rainbows and the members I met couldn’t do enough to help a relatively new fly fisher.

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