Fishing has been excellent at Larkwood, but has started to slow down due to the very cold weather.
However, fish are still being taken surprisingly close to the surface.
It is not many years ago that throughout the cold weather fishermen would use high density, fast sinking lines and would slowly retrieve flies such as a booby nymph just above the bottom of the lake.
Back then the fish tended to go very deep in cold weather, but nowadays — probably due to changes in the genetic make up of the rainbow trout — they seen to stay up in the water.
Regular fishermen will also have noticed that at certain times of year, rainbow trout ‘shoal up’ — again this is a fairly recent phenomenon as the rainbow is usually a solitary and quite territorially aggressive fish.
They now seem happy to bunch together, which can account for some anglers on certain days catching fish after fish and someone 20 yards away catching nothing.
However, at the moment at Larkwood the fish are well spread and can be taken on bloodworm, black tadpole or damsel.
n Entry forms can be picked up from Blackdyke Trout Fishery for the first Airflo Bank Masters heat at the Hockwold venue on Sunday, February 15.
Alternatively, they can be printed from Iain Barr’s Fly Fishing for Trout Flies — top prize £2,000.
Apps bloodworms and yellow blobs fished on floating lines with a slow retrieve have been the best ways of catching fish this last week.