It's a trout bonanza at Bewl Water!

Fly anglers at Bewl Water in East Sussex are continuing to enjoy a hugely productive season, with a fish-per-rod average of more than 7 being enjoyed by visitors in July!

The management at the venue claim that the 'extraordinary success of those opting for catch and release' as the main reason behind the unprecedented productivity, which they have said would be remarkable for any part of the season, never mind for July.

At less than 18C, the water temperature has so far remained low for the time of the year, which has led to the trout staying close to the surface.

Best areas for boats are the Main Bowl, the area near the cages, Belgrano Bay, Canoe Club Corner and Seven Pound Creek. Successful flies are Boobies, Floating Fry, Hare's Ears, Diawl Bachs, Hoppers and Buzzers.

Most anglers have been catching using floating lines and as long a leader as can be managed. The dam wall and Chingley have once again been the best places for bank fishing.

Places are still available for Bewl's cash prize floating line competition on Sunday August 14.

There is a £1000 cash first prize and other cash prizes totalling £3000 in value - contact Fishing Lodge for details on 01892 890352.