First chance to try rainbow trout fly fisheries after recent stocking

Tom Hendy from Exeter

Tom Hendy from Exeter - Credit: Submitted

Freshwater anglers seem to be the only ones out there this week in the icy, wet and windy conditions that we have been suffering from.

South West Lakes Trust have opened the rainbow trout fly fisheries after a recent stocking with our nearest being Kennick, a beautiful, 48-acre reservoir on the edge of Dartmoor.

Season ticket holders had the first chance to fish it for the newly stocked fish prior to the general opening day.

Members of Kennick Flyfishers were keen to take advantage of this despite the conditions.

Ten anglers fished the day and all caught fish, notably Tom Hendy from Exeter and Mick McGee of Trusham, both with a fine bag of six hard fighting rainbows. John Hearn was not far behind with a bag of five fish. 

Mick McGee from Trusham with his catch of rainbow trout at Kennick Reservoir

Mick McGee from Trusham - Credit: Submitted

John Hearn with rainbow trout caught at Kennick

John Hearn with rainbow trout caught at Kennick - Credit: Submitted

Best flies were anything black and green, always good colours early season, with Diawl Bach’s and Orange Blobs also doing the damage.

The deeper end of the water seemed the best areas to fish.

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With the weather warming, the fishing should improve. If you want to fish Kennick, day tickets must be purchased in advance from the South West Lakes website.

The carp at Newbarn Farm Fishery seem to have adapted to the colder weather and continue to feed with Wayne Hockley finding three fish over 20lbs and Andy Porter landing a new personal best with a mirror carp of 16lbs 6oz.

Andy Porter a new personal best carp of 16lbs 6oz

Andy Porter a new personal best carp of 16lbs 6oz - Credit: Submitted

Wayne Hockley with a carp from Newbarn Farm Fishery

Wayne Hockley with a carp from Newbarn Farm Fishery - Credit: Submitted

The fish are putting on weight with the new policy of feeding the fish and removing some of the smaller carp and the silver fish to other pools on the complex, how long before someone catches one that breaks the magical 30lbs?

Exciting news comes this week in that Torquay Chamber of Commerce are supporting the campaign to allow a catch and release tuna fishery in the UK.

These huge fish a made a resurgence in UK waters in recent years with many being spotted around the Bay chasing mackerel shoals and indeed, one was spotted in the Exe estuary during the autumn.

The British rod caught record stands at a massive 851lbs and was caught of Whitby in 1933.

To fish for these magnificent sportfish would be great for anglers but would also give a huge boost to the local economy with tourism, charter boats and tackle shops all benefitting.

Regular readers of this column may remember that two have been caught locally by accident on Silver Halo, a Torquay charter boat while shark fishing.

If you wish to support this campaign, details can be found on the Torquay Chamber of Commerce Facebook page.

Stay local, Stay safe and tight lines.