Bank House Fly Fishery: June so far

DATE                          June so far  Report by Ben Dobson
BEST CATCH           14 trout for James Atkinson
BEST BAG OF 4       16lbs 3oz for Norman Chapman
BEST RAINBOW     8lbs 8oz Dennis Tallyntire
BEST BROWN          3lb 8oz for Ian Ritchie
BEST BLUE               9lbs Mr P Herd from Abbeystead
BEST TIGER             3lbs Mr Beercham from Norfolk
ROD AVERAGE       3.31 fish per angler
SPORT: Bank House fly fishery has been fishing really well. There are currently a lot of rainbows and blues around the 4lb and 5lb mark that really fight hard.  They are proving tricky customers to land often running between across the swims and between the islands. There are plenty of tiger trout around as well with the best of them around the 3lb 8oz mark. There are also some really big brownies. I’ve heard plenty of stories about anglers encountering these big specimens but none have been landed in the last couple of weeks.
The best catch this month was caught by form young angler James Atkinson. James is a really adaptable fisherman who will readily change his method to find the most productive way to catch. Although he caught on a few differing methods the most productive style for him was small buzzers suspended under a sight bob. James caught 14 trout.  On June the 9th James won the Bank House heat on the Airflo Bank Fishing Championship.  Good luck James hopefully we’ll see you on the Team England bank fishing team.
Several other anglers have caught into double figures and there have been some good bags of trout caught. Norman Chapman weighed in 4 rainbows for 16lbs 3oz his best fish was 5lbs so all four must have been a good size. Norman caught all his fish on black fritz and black nymphs. The best rainbow recorded in the returns was 8lbs 8oz and tempted to a buzzer fished by Dennis Tallyntire. Dennis landed five trout and his bag also included a 6lb 8oz blue trout. I do know that there has been a couple double figure rainbows caught recently but unfortunately the anglers did not fill out the return book. Mr P Herd caught a cracking 9lb blue trout as part of a seven fish catch that also included a 5lb rainbow. Mr Herd caught all these fish on gold ribbed hare’s ears and buzzers. Mr S Beercham caught a nice 3lb tiger on a dry fly, which incidentally, I think is one of the best ways to catch these fish. Tigers do lie deep near the lake bottom, but as Bank House is only shallow they can always pick out food on the surface, and as they are deep their cone of vision allows them to scan a large area of surface at any one time.
The evenings on Bank House are one of the best times to pick up a few hours of sport. It is looking particularly beautiful at this time of year and we are seeing great evening rises. F Flies, shuttlecock buzzers, Klinks and daddies will all score well, but sometimes a small spider or Griffith’s gnat twitched back just subsurface can produce a bumper catch. We are well worth a visit to idle away a few hours, casting dries into the shadows, what better way to spend an evening. Tight Lines Ben