A good, if cold, day out at Blackdyke

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Mark Nielson thoroughly enjoyed his day out at Blackdyke Trout Fishery in spite of the snow, sleet, rain and a strong, cold wind.

The angler took 13 good-quality fish to the net at the Hockwold venue.

Floating lines with lures, cats whiskers and yellow dancers caught the most fish last week.

n There was also excellent fishing at Larkwood over the holiday period, with the fish being in the top two-to-three feet of water, despite the cold weather.

The most productive methods have been fishing an indicator with a blood worm or red buzzer, or a slow draw with a black gold-head tadpole.

Another great fly has been the marabou damsel nymph, which accounted for most of the 12 fish caught by regular angler Eric Stevens.

Three fish were caught between 7lb and 9lb, which were returned.

Water quality on both West Stow and Glebe Lakes is gin clear.

Season tickets are available at the start of the New Year and beginners courses start mid-January — ring fishery manager Ian McGregor on 07776 370348 for more information.