|top junior fisheries|
WADAA has several game and coarse fisheries across South Cumbria. Some of them are perhaps better suited to older , more experienced anglers but there are plenty that are great for younger anglers. Here's the top four.
Ghyll Head. Well stocked with rainbow trout up to 7lbs. The most sheltered of our rainbow trout fisheries and fishes really well in March, April, May and early June. After that its best either early morning or in the evening. Sport picks up again in September and it can be good fishing right through into November. Top tip - don't stay in one spot, keep on the move.
Best Flies; Slim Buzzer pupa, small klinkhammers, Beetles (June), damsel nymphs.
High Newton. Exposed and windy at times but fantastic fishing when there is a nice light breeze. The trout in here are always willing to come up to dry flies and provide some really exciting sport. As with Ghyll Head it's best through to mid June then after the end of August. Top tip - fish in the mornings on brighter days.
Best Flies; Beetles, F fly, CDC buzzers, small Hoppers,
Atkinson's Tarn. This is the perfect fishery for novice anglers. It's absolutely full of all sorts of fish - carp, roach, rudd, tench, bream and crucians - with some bigger ones amongst them. Very easy access, plenty of shelter and there's even a toilet. All that's needed is a whip and a few maggots and you'll be catching straight away. Fishes best from mid April to mid October.
Ratherheath Tarn. Handy for Kendal and home to our largest carp. Junior members regularly catch carp of 18, 19 and even 20lbs from this water not to mention loads of smaller ones. There's also big bream, roach and tench plus some huge perch of 3lb or more. Ratherheath can fish well for carp right from early March , particularly on warmer days. Like Atkinson's this fishery is restricted to WADAA members only