Still not easy

9th August.  The unsettled summer conditions have kept the trout waters relatively cool for the time of year - but the fishing is by no means easy. Ghyll Head, High Newton and Bigland are all holding plenty of fish but these are well educated trout that won't be easily fooled. The trick at this time of year is to go hunting rather than fishing. Keep on the move until you find a pocket of feeding fish or spot a patrolling trout along the margins. Look to the ripple edge with small cdc's for quietly smutting fish or work the weedbeds with a slim damsel nymphs. Lots of fish will have gone down deep especially in the afternoons - they can be difficult to fool with sinking lines and lures but buzzers fished static with a long leader and floater can often prove a deadly combination. Evenings are probably the best bet but any rise can be shortlived. Be ready for it - and try and avoid that over excited tangle just as things really get going!

Sport will pick up gradually as the month moves on and by early September normal service and actively feeding fish should have resumed.

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Ratherheath Closed Dates 2017 - 2018

We've now got the list of closed dates at Ratherheath for the remainder of this year and into early 2018. Remember there is strictly no access to any part of the fishery on the dates listed.

Ratherheath Closed Dates 2017 - 2018


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Another cracker from Ghyll Head

23.05.17.  Scott Patterson had this lovely 7lb rainbow from Ghyll Head last week on a damsel. The quality of fish on all the clubs waters has been exceptional this year and has included a much higher proportion of bigger fish.

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Ghyll Head

25.4.17.  Day ticket angler Mark Forsyth from Keswick had this superb rainbow from Ghyll Head over the last weekend. Mark estimated the fish at 7-8lbs. Despite the cold conditions hatches of buzzer are bringing fish up and all areas of the reservoir are holding trout. With temperatures finally set to rise after the weekend sport should get even better.

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Ghyll Head Video
ghyll head videoDean Bell sent in this video of a recent trip to Ghyll Head. The headcam angle puts you right in the action - and it gets even better a couple of minutes in when he wipes the rain off the lens! Click on the image.
Fly caught on Grasmere

Tony Dryden with a big Grasmere pike taken on the fly yesterday - despite the bitterly cold wind. Quite an achievement. We used to have several members who regularly fly fished for pike from float tubes with some considerable success – but invariably during the warmer months.

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Carp waters on form

13th April. A good day on the carp waters for Paul Mattinson last Saturday. Five fish out of Ratherheath between 10lbs & 14lbs 8oz topped off with two from Cleabarrow weighing in at 11lbs & 10lbs 4oz. Despite the cool temperatures both waters are currently producing some very nice fish with other reports of good bream and tench.

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jim duncanWe're pleased to report that Jim Duncan has been appointed as our new Fishery Officer, taking over the job from Bill Williams who retired at the end of last year. Jim is a keen fly angler  who has has been with the club for several years and he will already be familiar to quite a few of our members. Expect to see Jim round and about on the fisheries checking that all is as it should be as well as being involved with all the other work that goes into running our waters.  I'm sure members will give him their full support.

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