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Fly Fishing in Kennick Lake

Fishing in the glittering Kennick Lake

Kennick Lake is nestled in Dartmoor and is probably one of the prettiest locations for a stillwater angler to visit.

At just over 50 acres it is big enough to be interesting for even the most experienced angler, but not too big to frighten the beginner or newcomer fishing a larger water for the first time.

Kennick offers both bank and boat fishing for hard fighting rainbow trout but there is also a head of wild brown trout. The fishing is varied, interesting and always fun!

If you are planning to visit Kennick we have put a few pointers of where to fish, the best flies and a month by month guide.

In early season (April) fish tend to shoal until they spread out and start to settle into their new surroundings.

If space is available Boat Bank is favourite but last season the best of the action was up towards the Causeway (at the top end of the lake) so be prepared to walk. If you can find the stockies then they will usually oblige to a fast pulled fly.

Remember fish are cold blooded so they might not "switch on" until 11 o' clock, This can definitely be the case if we have had cold conditions in the previous few days.

A sinking line is a must, but the depth you will have to fish will very much depend on the temperature. Incidentally,fish are taken on a floating line early season but the retrieve will have to be slow and the leader long with some heavy weighted patterns.

Some students netting a catch at Kennick
Greg fly fishs on Kennick
A group session learning to fly fishs

Generally speaking we have not known the fish to be too fussy as to the pattern, but we have certainly known them to take confidently; they will follow, tap and swirl at the flies. If this is happening try shortening the tail if you are fishing a lure, or if you are fishing nymphs slow the retireve right down. This should reduce missed takes.Another approach is don't strike, just keep a steady retrieve, this way you won't pull the fly away from an interested fish.

Patterns for early season are Cat's Whisker, Montana, Orange Lures and Weighted Hares Ear.

May - July at Kennick offers some of the best sport with hatches of Damsel flies bringing the fish to life. Rising fish will be easy to spot as they patrol the shorelines looking for Damsels in distress.

All areas of the lake have the potential to fish well, but our choice is Smithacott and Laployds. The water here is relatively shallow compared with the rest of the lake. Fish seem to move into this area when the water temperature starts to rise and the fish are willing takers of the fly.

Patterns to try are Damsel Nymphs, Montana, Buzzers, Bristol Hoppers and Bits.

August - October is when the hot days send the fish retreating to the cooler, deeper water. This is where a boat is a definite advantage. Fish buzzers deep and slow.

On the cooler days of summer, buzzer patterns can also produce from the bank. Fish them slow and let them swing if there is a breeze.The buzzer will work best from mid morning just as the temperature starts to rise. As soon as you start to see splashy rises don't ignore the dries in your box.

On the surface the Daddies will start to appear, and the evenings can really outshine the day with fish choosing to cash in on the Caddis activity which can be an exciting last hour of the day.

Day patterns: Daddies, Damsels, PTN, Montana & Buzzers, Evening patterns: Elk Hair Caddis, Klinkhammers & Daddies

Kennick is in our back yard so we are there most days. Please feel free to conatct us for an up to date fishing report.