Tony Woods and I decided to try and banish the severe case of cabin fever we were suffering from by shooting up to Ellerdine yesterday. As we travelled the M54 the snow all around us made us slightly nervous of what to expect but on the West side of Telford there was no sign of the white stuff. There was however a huge amount of standing water and on arrival at the fishery the lake levels were very high and the surrounding grassland sodden.
With the temperature hovering around 2 degrees we decided that a breakfast was needed and Paul cooked us up a plateful of goodies which fortified us for the day.
The lakes had been busy the day before with nearly 60 visitors but on the day only around 8-10 anglers were out.
With coloured water and low temperatures it was going to be tough but we stuck it out with floating lines and weighted flies. We managed a few within an hour or so to various patterns and methods. I guessed that the fish may not have seen too many big and horrible flies so put on a 4″ black Snake fly and after a few abortive plucks latched into a substantial fish which you can see below was a superb brown trout of 8 – 10lbs in great condition. He went back alive as they all did. The Sporting ticket at £17 is great value.
Other fish followed and by 3.30 we decided the warmth of the car could not be resisted and we packed in.
The fishery must be well worth another club trip when the spring arrives as it boasts such good facilities. If only they would repair the potholes in the drive!