Double-figure personal best landed after 20-minute tussle

Keith Wallace caught this personal best 11lb 8oz rainbow during a visit to Withern Mill Trout Fishery, near Alford, Lincolnshire.

He was understandably delighted with his catch, which was taken on one of the special Withern Mill Hare’s Ears. The fish put up a spectacular fight for over 20 minutes but with gentle persuasion Keith managed to finally get it to the net.

The wet spell of weather we had has brought on a huge fly hatch at the venue, and dry fly action this week has been fantastic with numerous fish over 4lb being taken on small Black Gnats and Daddies.

The owners have recently stocked a number of fish in the 7lb to 8lb bracket, on top of the usual 2lb rainbows.