Renowned Angler and Journalist  Peter Cockwill visited Thornwood Springs to write a feature for the July issue of Trout Fisherman magazine. Fishing a dry fly most of the day in warm but at times very wet conditions he caught number of good sized Rainbows and a very pretty resident Brown from the stalking pond. Great to watch such an accomplished fly fisherman at work.

Trout Fisherman Magazine visit

Late March evening challenge, Peter trying a Snake lure on the Platinum ticket stalking pond. I think four casts brought two fantastic and very different looking Browns to the Bank. Plus a fine rainbow. The ponds were fizzing with very small fry and large shapes could be seen moving not far from the bank side. The low evening sun lit these up magnificently.

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March Monsters

Big Trout hunters day.

A competition day dedicated to fishing big lures and streamers. Seeking the very big Browns and Rainbows that inhabit ‘The Trenches’ Lake at Thornwood. Pics (C) CKJ2016.

Thronwood big fly match

Big streamers need big casts.

During mixed weather conditions no large browns were landed but several decent Rainbows were caught on streamers and a total of 58 fish were caught.

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The Winning fish, congratulations Tom!

Roll on the next one, Sunday the 13th March if you fancy a shot at the big time.

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Daniel always gets the pretty ones.

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Perfect

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Back for more.

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Stealth was helping

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Fry pattern lure.

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Changing light

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Some came to buzzers late on.

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Even Peter managed one.

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The smaller fish were active later in the day.

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Get in touch for the next Big Trout day.

7lb Rainbow fun

Congratulations to Paul Edwards on successfully playing a fine 7lb (est.) fish.

“It was the first really cold day of the winter and my hands and toes were numb. I had caught one that morning, a three pound rainbow, but approaching ‎midday I had no further luck. So I changed positions, put on a fresh 9 foot leader (7lb leeda tapered) and a new fly, a flexi bloodworm as recommended by the fishery owner Pete.

I then fished a slow sink/draw retrieve near the margins on intermediate line. Using a 7# rod and line. After the third cast I saw a subtle take on the drop, which I lifted into and hooked.  After the first run I knew it was a good fish. It took almost 10 minutes to get it to the net, no jumps, always down deep and making strong powerful runs. Roger ( a flycasting instructor who happened to be practising at the lake that day) netted the trout and returned it safely and quickly to the lake to fight another day.”