Winter report to mid March 2018
Apologies to those of you who regularly read our monthly reports, that there has not been one since November. We have been very, very busy improving the fishery. The winter has been hectic with improvements. Aaron has lead from the front and has transformed the grounds into the beautiful Fishery which Avington always had been, and once again is. It has taken a huge amount of work to once again control the vegetation that had begun to grow rampant. New manager Aaron Hopkins, has given in depth consideration to the modus operandi of the Fishery. Huge changes to benefit the anglers , starting with a 10% discount on tickets booked and paid for two weeks in advance of their use day. The weather forecasts are our worst enemy here at Avington and the weather is seldom as bad on the day as the forecasters would have us believe.
We heard on the grapevine that Roger Greentree, who has run Meon Springs for the past nine years had left the fishery and might be available, and we invited him in for a chat. He joined us full time on the 18th of March as Assistant to Aaron. Roger will spend most of his time at the sharp end meeting and greeting the anglers.
He has a vast amount of experience in fly fishing and is a qualified instructor, and we are anticipating that Avington and it’s regular anglers will benefit form his presence.
Needless to say, the fishing has been excellent, with the vast majority of the anglers bagging their limit. The average is still 5lbs showing that 4lb fish are pretty much the minimum weight. But fish that have been in the lakes for several months may have lost weight. There are fish in excess of 10lbs in all lakes every day. If you don’t catch one, come again and try again. Enjoy the experience of stalking them. If you can find them. They don’t give themselves up easily.
The monster browns have broken up the tackle of a number of unsuspecting anglers in the last few weeks. These are wily fish who stay deep and are beautifully camouflaged, so no easy to spot. Having been pricked and lost they will be even more difficult to take the fly. But eventually, an even wilier angler will outwit them.
One of our regular anglers and professional film make, Gerry Pomeroy, has over the past three years, made a documentary of Avington. His work is nearly complete and will be available for broadcasting and on DVD at the end of this year. The short five minute promo should now be on our web site. Enjoy.
With Spring not far away, we are looking forward to welcoming old friends back, and hearing laughter and happiness once again from anglers and staff alike
PS. We will get back into monthly reports again this year.
Avington Trout fishery have appointed Roger Greentree to run the fishery shop/showroom, read the full article in Avington News.