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South west rainbow trout fishing continues until Christmas

As the South West Lakes Trust's brown trout fisheries close, and England entered its second lockdown phase, the Trust announced its rainbow trout fisheries will remain open until Christmas, with both boat and bank fishing available.

This means Kennick, Siblyback, Stithians and Burrator will continue to operate, with tickets only available for purchase on-line or over the phone during office hours (Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm; tel. 01566 771930).

Anglers fishing the Trust's waters will need to operate to the Covid guidelines:
• You can only leave home to fish with members of your own household, your support bubble or with one other individual.
• You can travel to go fishing but long journeys should be avoided ‘wherever possible’. Go local wherever possible.
• Adhere to social distancing measures: Hand, Face and Space.
• Competition fishing or any other organised fishing event is prohibited by law during lockdown.
• Boat fishing can continue and the boat fishing rules and regulations during covid-19 remain in place.

Kennick, in Devon, recorded three fish per angler last week and has been fishing best from the boats, but with anglers catching from the bank too. Fishing deep with sunk lures has been most productive – either with goldhead nymphs (Damsels, Pheasant Tails and Diawl Bachs), or deep-fished Tadpoles and Boobies. Mike Steer took a six-fish bag from the bank weighing between 2lb 6oz and 3lb 2oz from the bank at Clampitts using an Orange Lure. A few fish were taken on dry Daddies.

In Cornwall, Siblyback' sfishing was challenging but regular stocking continues. All fish caught are being taken fairly deep, on either lures (Cats Whiskers or Orange Blobs) or sunk nymph patterns (Montanas, Bibios or Damsels).

However, at Stithians a few fish were caught on dry patterns, such as Deer Hair Sedges, small Black Ants, Black Beetles, Hoppers and Orange Half-Hogs, with nymph patterns – Damsels, Montanas (and Bibios) also catching fish. The Sailing Club Bank is fishing especially well.

At Devon's Burrator a few fish are still looking up to take dry patterns – Klinkhammers, Daddies and Spiders fished in the surface film – helping maintain a rod average of around two fish per angler. Most fish have been caught sub-surface, with Damsels and Montanas working well mid-water, and Cats Whiskers, Nomads and Boobies catching the deeper fish.

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