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Despite the icy temperatures, fish were being taken on the surface with small white dry flies. But, at the end of the week with the warmer breeze, the fishing was excellent.

Small orange lures or cats whisker were the best flies being cast out and left to drift with the breeze on a floating line.

First time visitor to the fishery, David Evans, had a fine rainbow of 11lb 6oz - the best fish out of a bag of eight rainbows.

Both lakes are very clear and fish can be spotted in the margins, fish close in to start with.

There are a limited number of season tickets available from January 2013 - the cheapest in the area. Books of 10 day tickets can also be purchased at a greatly discounted price.

Please note, the fishery is only closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, open all other days.

Telephone Ian on 07776 370348 for further information.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

The fishery would like to wish all its patrons a happy Christmas and tight lines in the new year.

A free half an hour’s lesson will be offered to any beginners who are given fly tackle for Christmas through January.

Telephone the lodge to book a time on 07525 730447.

The fishing is excellent at present at Blackdyke - humungus, cats whiskers, damsels and minkies all catching well.

A nice warm lodge awaits on cold days, with several anglers coming in and out for a drink and a warm up.