Anglers battle the elements

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THe Met Office has stated that June was the wettest on record since 1920 so at least Carsington Fishery can be thankful for this keeping the water levels high this year.

On the other hand, it has made the fishing rather unsettled with the different water temperatures making more of a challenge.

Carsington anglers have made the most of the lighter evenings and it has been good to see boats staying out well into the evening.

This is the last week for fishing until 10pm.

The rod average for last week was 4.5 with 322 fish caught by 71 anglers.

The heaviest rainbow this week was 3.5lb caught by Nick Brown, the largest brown being recorded as 2lb by Martin Greatbatch.

During a week of mostly difficult conditions, Hall Wood, Middle Wood and Upperfields Bay have all fished well.

Intermediate and slow sinking lines are still the preferred and successful fishing methods.

However, on calmer late afternoons and the few less windy evenings, floating lines with dry flies have worked well. Buzzers, montanas and diawl bachs have all proved effective flies.

For those wanting to perfect their technique or find out some hints and tips for fishing on Carsington Water, the venue is able to offer tuition.

An instructor is able to tailor a session to suit exactly what you need, from casting, knots and entomology through to understanding boat handling, reading the water and fishing on the drift.

All tuition must be booked in advance, contact Reception for further information or to make a booking.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am. All boats are back to the jetty by 10pm. Please allow a few minutes to return from your fishing spot.

Please note that Carsington is a boat fishing water only. It is advisable that boat bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment.

Discounts are available for bookings of five or more boats.

Bookings are taken by telephone on 01629 540478 or email flyfishing@carsingtonwater.com