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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.
Keeping stock levels up is an ongoing task. So far the spring has proved excellent with good water levels, nice cold evenings and bright days to bring on the insect hatches. Peter gives us an update on the fishery and a look ahead with a what has been catching and what is hatching guide.
Steve Garred was pleased with his Rainbow from lake 2. We don’t have a weight but that is a 20inch net. Black GRHE on an intermediate line. Congratulations Steve.
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.
A couple of fine Rainbows from the platinum ticket area. This part of Thornwood is a real specialists paradise. Stocked with the finest Rainbows and Brows on offer. Stealth and fine presentation can see some incredible action and fine table fish.
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.
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.
Roll on the next one, Sunday the 13th March if you fancy a shot at the big time.
The first of two qualifiers this year saw 14 anglers brave the winds and chill to compete for prizes and a place in the next round.
Congratulations to Mick Loy on his win with his catch of of 9 fish. A total of 58 fish caught during the competition including two good browns.
A great full days tuition with Ian Barr. Tough, very windy conditions early on gave way to very bright sunshine. Proved to be a difficult fishing day but 25 fish were caught. Most described the day as really useful with a lot of new techniques learnt.
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.”
Peter stocking up for the start of the year.