Thursday 17th April 2014
I drove first around the reservoir before deciding where to fish. I was pleased to meet Kit, the SW Lakes Trust warden, at the recently opened anglers' ticket hut and introduce myself. Over at Longstone I was easily able to drive my mother-in-law's small Kia Picanto in through the gate and over the rutted ground left by the tree-felling contractors. A little while later Pat and then Mark arrived. They both fished around the point area while I stayed at the trough.
I saw very few trout on the surface but had quite a few unconnected plucks and tugs using a slow sinker and various flies - Montana, Diawl Bach, booby etc. In the afternoon the light breeze increased and went around more northerly bringing cloud cover and an unwelcome drop in temperature. I landed three rainbows - biggest about 1lb 12oz - and a lovely surprise brownie of around 2lbs on the orange booby. After a quick photo it swam off strongly.
I was glad to have the use of my Kelly Kettle to produce four very welcome brews during the day - a great piece of gear.