The first mayfly of the season was seen at Little Bognor on Tuesday 30 April. The typically spring weather has been perfect for fishing, the river and lakes are looking beautiful. The occasional shower has been absorbed into the parched fields and the river has not risen or become coloured.


Lakes – Mayfly, Olives and Alder fly are hatching and midges are always present on all the lakes. Members visited the lakes on 34 occasions and caught a total of 112 trout, 79 of which were returned. The lakes are fishing very well despite the record cold weather over the Bank Holiday.

The south-westerly breeze forecast for the next few days should ensure a nice ripple on the water which will help hide the tippet when using a dry fly. Swinging a nymph or an emerger across the wind is also a good tactic when the fish are rising.


River  – the river is looking at it’s best. The streamer weed is starting to grow, the water level and colour are perfect. Last week members visited the river on 19 occasions and caught 4 trout including a fish of 3lbs.


This afternoon the willows were shedding seeds, swallows were skimming the surface of the river and a buzzard was hunting across the fields at Rotherbridge. The Alder fly is hatching in large numbers along the river and there are also olives about. Several fish were rising in the early evening.