Syndicate Lake (Fly) (1)
Arrival time: 12..00
Weather: Warm with light breeze.
Swim: Roamed the lake
Tackle: 9’6” SONIK SK3 fly rod, floating line, leader of 7lb & 5lb flourocarbon.
Lures: Selection of flies.
I was offered membership of a syndicate in my area that comprises a trout lake and a coarse lake. The majority of the members fish the trout lake leaving the coarse lake almost unfished. This appealed to me and I will report on the coarse lake later. However, I thought this was the opportune time to take up fly fishing properly. I had been on a course a few years ago, and another one this year at Rutland Water, but I needed to acquire some decent fly fishing tackle. I ordered this once my membership had been confirmed, and this was my first visit to the water.
This first trip was as much about practising my casting as anything else. I started with a buzzer working at about 6 ft under the surface but there was no easy success. There were signs of fish and I cast at disturbances where fry were scampering, but to no avail. I tried different flies, including larger ones that could imitate small fish, but not a touch. I also roamed the lake in case it was a location issue, but again it didn’t yield any results. I also tried a small dry fly but this was attacked by small roach. Interestingly the roach also pursued vigorously the wet flies as I finished the retrieve through the shallows, so it wasn’t as if the flies weren’t appearing like food!
I fished on to about 17.30 but I had this feeling that I wasn’t going to succeed, and had decided to seek some advice from other members as to my approach. I thought that perhaps I needed to try a sinking line and fish deeper.
P.S. I contacted the member who proposed my membership and he said that the lake often doesn’t fish so well in July and August. Also, when I visited the coarse lake the next week, I checked the catch returns in the Lodge and only one person had caught. He had mentioned on the return that the fish were taken on the bottom.