New life has been introduced into the lakes by an amount of fresh water from recent rains. Every day now the level of the lakes rises by a number of inches - over five feet in the past 30 days. The water now covers most of the beach area which is great for the trout that are now showing signs of spanwing in the shallows. As the water is still crystal clear, it is great to see the male and female fish circle in their mating dance in just a foot or two of water. The male follows the female in lazy circles and if you wait you may see here drop her eggs in the pebble area and see the males cover the eggs with his melt and then using mainly his tail cover up the eggs with pebbles. A sight to behold! If any one doubts that Rainbow Trout breed, come and have a look.
In the upper lake we have introduced new stock that are revelling in the natural clear limestone waters. Within days they quickly find their natural instincts take hold and they revert to feeding on the fly and insect life of the lake. From a fly anglers point of view it is difficult to establish what the trout are feeding on at this time of the year. However a very small - size 16 or 18 - nymph, a hare's ear or goldhead type seems to be the best. Size seems to matter!
Wrap up well it is January angling!