Despite the sheer size of Ladybower there is natural fly life present so don’t always opt for the norm and fish a lure. The trout can quickly become accustomed to flies so bring a few variations of one pattern, varying in sizes and colours.
Hopefully the descriptions of the seasons will give you an indication as to what will fish well in the correct conditions that you may encounter during your visit to Ladybower.
These lures work well all over, whether you are fishing from the bank or boat. Varying your retrieve speed and style can result in fantastic sport.
For those of you who don’t like fishing lures the nymphs start to do really well as April arrives. By utilising the area in front of you and fan casting, you should improve your chances of catching as the fish quickly become wary of lures being cast in front of them. The fish tend to hug the banks and are never that far out.
Again successful imitative patterns are:
As things start to warm up, more terrestrials like the Hawthorn fly really get the trout going and bring them to the surface.
Keep your eyes peeled as chironomids start to hatch, so buzzers are effective. There is a good hatch of Mayfly, particularly round the Snake end. Sedges also make an appearance in the evenings (beware that the mayfly hatch comes around the end of the second week in June). The fish become more active now. With bright sunshine and the water warming up, the fish head out into the deeper water. Expect to be using the dries at this time of year as there is some brilliant sport to be had. Nymphs do really well with a slow figure of eight retrieve, targeting fish that are selectively feeding.
You can expect to be using flies such as:
Lures are now coming into play again. You should be looking to using dark colours. Boat anglers should be incorporating these with sinking lines covering the deeper water. Bank anglers should be looking at using intermediate lines during the day. But early mornings and late evenings you should be using floating lines. Don’t forget terrestrials and also small fry as they are in abundance now.
Again recommended patterns are: