Lakedown Trout Fishery

Lakedown Trout Fishery

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My son is very new to fly fishing, his first trout from Lakedown (his second ever) a stunning blue! He went on to catch his brace, with a hard fighting rainbow caught on the last cast reeling in!
Thought I’d posted this already - 29th April same day as 6 1/2lb brownie what a brace on a two fish ticket 😳
Lovely 6lb brownie on a dry πŸ‘πŸ» fantastic venue, my favourite 😊
Always lovely fish in here - 4 1/2lb Brownie from Lake 4. I’ve now had a Brownie from all four lakes, best was 6 1/2lb 😊
What a day 😳 6 1/2 and 4 1/2 brownies plus a 3lb rainbow which I'd normally be delighted with omg 😊
A beautiful brownie I've been trying to catch for three weeks now, well worth the wait, on my basic hand held scales it's 6 1/2lbs wow 😊
What a lovely way to spend a Saturday.

Lakedown fly fishery offers four scenic spring fed lakes and over 17 acres of water for anglers to immerse themselves in the beauty of a secluded Wealden valley.

Operating as usual

I still can’t decide which of our Lakes is my favourite.....but seeing fish caught off the point on No3 is always a pretty picture. 🎣#lakedowntroutfishery #stillwaterflyfishing #sussexcountryside

#reflecting at #goldenhour with some magical tall #oaktrees at #lakedowntroutfishery

Thank you @cockwillpeter for a wonderful write up for #lakedowntroutfishery in the September issue of @troutandsalmon #flyfishinguk #stillwaterflyfishing

[07/31/20]   Lakedown will be closed tomorrow, Saturday 1st of August
, for a private function.

Absolute belter of a 4.3lb brownie caught out of lake 3 today. #stillwaterflyfishing #sussexflyfishing

Interesting to see what the trout are feeding on this time of year. It was good to see an abundance of #Daphnia #corixa and #bloodwormlarva showing a healthy biodiversity in the lakes #lakedowntroutfishery #stillwaterflyfishing

Thank you @charlie_j_flyfisher for a wonderful write up on Lakedown in this months Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine. #ffft #flyfishingandflytyingmagazine #lakedowntroutfishery #charlesjardine #flyfishinguk

The heat of the day makes fishing hard so Lubos made a good call arriving early. 5 fish at 12lbs before midday! (3 off the top πŸ‘πŸΌ) #stillwaterflyfishing #flyfishinguk #lakedowntroutfishery #rainbowtrout

It’s great getting to watch a fish landed on lake 1 from the lodge

Great to see freshwaterinformer.com Is back! And a lovely write up from The Friendly Fisherman On Lakedown

It took us a while to get there but the new terrace is almost complete. A great spot at the end of the day to enjoy whatever is in your flask πŸ˜‰ #stillwaterflyfishing #lakedowntroutfishery #flyfishinguk #sussexcountryside

I still can’t decide which of our Lakes is my favourite.....but seeing fish caught off the point on No3 is always a pretty picture. 🎣#lakedowntroutfishery #stillwaterflyfishing #sussexcountryside

Another beautiful brownie getting used to the new water temp #stillwaterflyfishing #flyfishinguk

Summer fishing is tough. Especially when the fish tease you like this #stillwaterflyfishing #fishshoal

The decking has finally gone! Watch this space πŸ‘€

Water lily flowers brightening up the scenery at #lakedowntroutfishery #waterlilyflowers #stillwaterflyfishing

The fishing has already improved since the weather broke on Friday with a catch rate around 55% yesterday. The forecast suggests Lakedown will be fishing well this week!

No wonder Blue flash damsels are catching well #damselfly #lakedowntroutfishery #stillwaterflyfishing @ Lakedown Trout Fishery

Another tough days fishing, but that didn’t stop another 5lb rainbow being caught. #sussexsunset #lakedowntroutfishery #stillwaterflyfishing

[06/15/20]   14th June - Week Report
Cooler conditions saw slightly improved fishing this week although a hot weekend slowed things down a touch. Overall the catch rate stood at around 60% with fish being caught from all 4 lakes. The catch of the week was a 9lb raindow from lake 3 caught on a blue flash damsel. Most fish were caught in shallower waters than the previous week with Black gnats and hoppers both catching well. The only spooned fish of the week had been feeding on corixas.

What a catch for Jordan. A 9lb rainbow from lake 3 #lakedowntroutfishery #flyfishinguk #rainbowtrout

It was tough fishing all weekend then Monday comes and someone goes and gets their 4 fish bag in 2 hours! With a beautiful little brown and a 4lb rainbow to boot. #rainbowtrout #browntrout #lakedowntroutfishery #flyfishing #stillwaterflyfishing

Simply stunning Sussex #lakedowntroutfishery #flyfishinguk #stillwaterflyfishing

The weather has finally started to break and the fishing has responded at Lakedown. Fish were caught in shallow waters and with more cool weather ahead things should only get better! 🎣

If Carlsberg did offices.....

#dragonfly taking a well deserved break

Rainbows taking a quick bath before entering their new home

Foxgloves adding even more colours at Lakedown.

Top angler today had to be Duncan with 2 fish at 12lb (8&4). 🎣

Always amazed by the amount of damsel fly we Have at Lakedown. No wonder a blue flash fishes so well!

A great write up. Thanks Andy!

The weather has such a big influence on my choice of where to fish and what for.

James Gardner and I decided to pop down to Lakedown Trout Fishery near Burwash for a mornings fishing. Our intention was to start early and finish at lunchtime before it got too bright and hot.

A new era has dawned at Lakedown the new man at the helm is Jamie Daltrey. Ted Cocklin, a vastly experienced fly fisherman, is still the manager and will advise Jamie on the day to day running of the fishery. The pair are keen to see Lakedown restored to its former glory. Lots of hard work has already taken place. Lots of pruning has seen overgrown casting positioned reopened around all of the lakes.

James and I were worried that the exceptionally hot spring weather would have warmed the water too much and the trout would be sulking down deep. Fortunately high winds and heavy rain over the preceding two days saw the water temperature drop and the fish responded by becoming active again.

We both headed for our favourite lake 2, the wind was piling down onto the dam and there was quite a bit of cloud cover. I elected to cast across the wind towards the small island from one of the casting promontories. I choose to use a Rio Midge Tip long, its 6ft sink tip allowed me to retrieve my fly at a variety of speeds without rising up in the water. I was using a semi-buoyant FAB Blob; I chose this attractor fly because there were so many new stock fish in the lakes. If I retrieved quickly my fly would go deeper and slowing down or stopping would see in rise. With a bit of imagination I could tease the fish into chasing and catching my fly. A great plan and it worked!

My four fish weighed 12lbs with the best going 3lb 8oz. The fish were in superb condition and fought very well. There are a few surprises in amongst the regular stock fish be prepared with good quality, strong leader material.

Tight lines.
Andy Lush

Lakedown lake 3 looking stunning this evening.

If Carlsberg did offices.....

Looking forward to tight lines in 2020

Looking forward to tight lines in 2020

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Lakedown Trout Fishery, Swife Lane, Broad Oak
Heathfield
TN21 8UX

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Monday 08:00 - 19:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 20:00
Thursday 08:00 - 19:00
Friday 08:00 - 19:00
Saturday 08:00 - 19:00
Sunday 08:00 - 19:00
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