Flyfishing in February is fraught with risk. Heavy rain often finds the venue in flood, whilst too much cold weather renders the lake surfaces icy and unfishable. Previous seasons have seen a number of trips postponed at this time of year.
We managed to fulfill a trip this year, but only just. We drove down in snow showers to west Hampshire to fish the delightful lakes at Rockbourne, starting temperature -1c and defintely the right clothes and not the wrong weather to make the most of the opportunity. We had three residents from Mike Jackson House (Alderhsot) with us today, and although conditions were extremely challenging, we ended up having a great day.
Rockbourne is a collection of small clearwater stalking lakes close to Fordingbridge, lying on a tributary of the Hampshire Avon. We were made very welcome by owners Peter and Lynn Spratt and staff, and after pre-fishing briefing and excellent bacon rolls in the chalet, we started staking out fish in the exceptional clarity. Fishing alongside us today were Poole and Wimborne Flyfishers, who were having great fun in an early season match.
The six lakes at Rockbourne have individual and distinctive character, with a presentation of excellent quality trout of various spoecies stocked on a daily basis. Rainbows, browns, tigers, blues, sandies and even some arctic char! On our visit, the bag totalled over 100 fish, with the average fish bagging up at 3lb 8oz ! Impressive.
We were very grateful for catering laid on today by the fishery, bacon rolls at pre-fish briefing was followed up by a stunning chicken and asparagus pie. Top noshing!
Our three veterans on the day landed 5 out of 6 rainbows on their limits, a creditable performance given their limited time out on our local waters with a flyrod, and the cool temperatures which never climbed above 4c. Brrrrr!!!
Our grateful thanks again to Peter, Lynn, Simeon and Jeremy for a brilliant day which our veterans thoroughly enjoyed. Thanks also to Poole and Wimborne Flyfishers for their support during the day. We shall be back!
Next time out – Saturday 4th March – Albury Park – lake flyfishing again, fishing for the Steve Fisher Trophy. 10 confirmed participants so far, please send your appplications to fish to [email protected]
This is especially a great event for first timers with a flyrod, and there will be plenty of guides on hand to show you the ropes. Hope to see you there.