The Lake District

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Feb 26, 2002
Report just in from the Friends of Dragonbat in the Lake District thanks Bob.

Water , water everywhere. The lakes are full to overflowing as since the last report there has been almost non stop rain. Consequently some of the lakes are still slightly tinted. Following last weekend`s snow we are now in a milder spell, a little breezy but temperatures are around 9c

Wych Elm

This lake is still extremely full and many of the platforms are under water .Clarity is not at the usual Wych Elm level but each day the water is clearing and dropping by about 1". The railway side path is still partly submerged but if the rain lets up for a few days the path should reappear.

Despite all the rain the fishing has generally been very good and the daily average catch this last week or two has been 4.2 and a total of 475 trout has been caught. Some notable catches were 14lb 9oz to Jim Preston, 12lb 8oz to C Fallows, 10lb 2 oz to Tom Gibson etc etc. Several bags have been taken that were into the teens and a wide variety of fly patterns is working at present including buzzers, bloodworm, cats whisker, wooly buggers, daddy longlegs, tadploes, montana nymphs and cdcs when it has been calmer.

We have witnessed small hatches of buzzers and the fish have been quick to take advantage and a small black klinkhammer will produce well if there is any ripple. .


The water level is still very high but the fishing is still good for anglers facing the wind and rain. The lake received a decent restocking last Thursday so there are numerous fish to try for including plenty of doubles. The ever faithful buzzer fished either statically or slowly is producing and tadpoles in black, white or orange will produce on an intermediate line.

Esthwaite Water

Trout fishing has been slow but a huge restocking at the beginning of March means that it will turn to outstanding and usually the southern, shallow end of the lake fishes best on the fly at this time of year. Any method anglers will do well on sweetcorn, worm and spinners or small plugs.

Pike fishing continues to the end of the month and these past few days has seen excellent fishing. Adam Stopforth took a 24lb 8oz pike plus 4 doubles on static deadbait. John McGeachie took one of 23lb 8oz and Simon Warren had pike of 18lbs and 22lbs trolling deadbait. Burneside regular Nick Dean got yet another twenty at 20lb 4oz and Alex Barton of Crosthwaite had two twenties to 23lb 8oz plus four more doubles using jerk baits and trolled deadbaits.

Killington Reservoir

Fishing activity has been lighter because of the horrendous weather conditions but despite this roach are being taken on bread, corn and maggot and a few small pike reported. Activity will start any day now when fishing recommences in ernest for the numerous rainbow trout which will again be stocked in the next few days. Bait anglers have a choice of worms, sweetcorn, power bait or meaty bites or small spinners. If the wind eases then fly anglers with intermediate lines and any lure will catch some fish before they wise up and start to feed naturally.


Several of the lake including Grasmere and Rydal are producing a few pike to deadbaits but they are extremely full at present and should fish better when water levels drop. Blelham Tarn is still producing nice pike to deadbaits and one of our customers who is more used to bagging the salmon caught a terrific 22lb fish .

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