Thorpe-Le-Vale Lake

A Cracking Day At Thorpe-Le-Vale – 30/01/20

February 11, 2020 Off By Ian Whitcombe

I’d been told about Thorpe-Le-Vale, but had never visited it before today so, despite the 2 hour each way drive time, I gave it a go.

It’s a little hard to find and isn’t signposted very well, so I found it best to rely on Google Maps to get me there. Something it did with no problems whatsoever.

The road down to the farm is full of potholes, so I’d recommend taking it slowly. The roads within the farm are also very muddy at this time of year, so care should be taken to avoid getting stuck.

The venue consists of 2 lakes, 1 small and one larger, both containing a good head of rainbows and browns. I chose the first lake as my car was unlikely to be able to make it through the mud to the larger one.

Booking in is unusual as they operate an honour system, whereby you choose your ticket, write your name in the book with which ticket you want and then put the cash in an envelope with your name on it in the safe.

Prices are excellent as shown below:

Catch and Release £12.00
Catch and Take – 2 Fish £12.50
Catch and Take – 4 Fish £16.50

I opted for the 2 fish ticket and started with a washing line with a two tone FAB on the point and two diawl backs on the droppers. I fished this practically static with only using the figure of eight to keep in touch with the line.

I was soon in to a fish and was disappointed to find myself snapped and a red diawl back being lost. I re-set and tried again.

Fish were being caught around me with hare’s ear and white cat’s whisker working well, but I persisted with my method, moving every 10 minutes or so.

Once I moved opposite the windmill, I really started to find the fish. The FAB was taken and a nice fish of around 2 lb was the result. This was followed by a whacking take and I found myself playing 2 fish at once, one on a red diawl back and another on the FAB.

Luckily I managed to get them both in and to my utter surprise, found that the fish I’d hooked on the red diawl back, a 3lb rainbow, was the fish I’d snapped off on earlier that day. It still had the red diawl back from the previous take in it’s jaws !

Sport was steady for the rest of the day and I left feeling very happy with the day. I will be back to the Thorpe-Le-Vale again, even with the long drive, as it’s a lovely venue, well run, with a good head of fish.

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