Today the strong woodland springs
which feed the lake are responsible for producing exciting sport on the fly for
rainbow trout in an enchanting parkland setting.
With dense beds of yellow iris
along the marginal shelf, where wooden stagings have been provided as casting
platforms, and a carpet of buttercup yellow flowered dwarf pond lily offering
surface shade, I just needed the trout to be co-operative.
And indeed they were.
From a mid-morning start in cloudy
conditions I set up a floating line and long leader combination with a size-10
long-shank, goldhead, hares-ear nymph. This
produced consistent action from where the main lake narrows and bends around a
promontory to form an attractive heavily wooded bay.
Most of the hits came to a slow
figure-of-eight retrieve with the nymph just a couple of feet below the surface.
With the stocking policy at
Boringwheel on the generous side, I landed several nice rainbows averaging
between 2-2 1/2 lb but missed out on a whopper by being too eager. The best fish I saw caught weighed about 8lb, though I understand there
is always a chance of a double here. These superbly shaped stock fish are supplied from Dorset trout farms
owned by The Who rock legend Roger Daltrey, who is passionate about the quality
of the rainbows he breeds. Everything
I caught had large, perfectly shaped tails and were extremely pretty,
silver-sided trout which fought incredibly hard.
After lunch I went out in one of
the punts available to all visitors at no extra cost. The sky had cleared and the sun had sent the trout down close to the
bottom in a flat calm, so a change of tactics was called for.
I swapped the floating line for a sink tip and on the end of the long
leader put up a black, leaded fritz nymph.
Those rainbow were certainly holding station close to the bottom in the
cooler water and they were interested only in a slow retrieve.