As I write, only 14 days to go before the start of the Season – how do I know this – well it’s because the two Canada Geese are here again.¬† They come every year at exactly the same time, and they stay until the start of the fishing Season.¬† I have no idea what their game plan is;¬† they are a devoted couple, never more than a metre apart, but have never nested here.
We have been blessed with a continuation of last year’s average weather;¬† it has been a mild winter, no proper ice at all, and no floods.¬† The consequence is that the water in the Bottom Lake is crystal clear and the Stonewort has never really died back.¬† It all looks very good for the start of the Season, and I think we can all be reasonably confident of enjoying ideal conditions.¬† The Top Lake remains an unknown quantity;¬† obviously the incoming water and the sediments remain a problem but, who knows, perhaps this is the year when it clears!
We have the same issue as every year:-¬† please, no barbed hooks, or at least properly-crushed barbs only, and all fish to be released in the water at all times.¬†¬† Every year I see some¬†trout with damaged mouths, which can only be the result of a fisher struggling to remove a barbed hook.¬† Not only is it essential for the health of the fish, it is so much nicer not to have to struggle to get a hook out.
The big Unknown will be the insect life – it has certainly been poor in recent years, the same here as all over – but conditions in the Bottom Lake look so good, surely it is only a matter of time before the up-winged flies especially start to make a comeback.¬† I shall watch with interest.
Tight lines for the coming Season!