ANGLING: It was another mixed bag last week at Blackdyke Trout Fishery from patterns that worked to the numbers of fish caught.

Some days it felt as if the fish were chasing nicely and up for it, then, just as quickly, they would switch off and disappear, for what seemed like ages. 

The changeable weather conditions continue to play their part with sport.

Fishing has definitely improved with the water temperature dropping considerably but the fish stocked at the end of last month have really kept out of the way a lot of the time with the majority of the trout caught being older fish. 

Most anglers have said they think that the inconsistent weather could have played a part in this along with the air pressure. 

The numbers are going up though, with regulars to the lake almost touching double figures and the best of the bunch, Martin Smith getting 12 using snakes and damsels. 

Plenty of other things also worked well last week such as traditional nymphs, fabs, eggs and blobs.  

Dries and emergers have caught plenty too at times. 

The fish have not been far out and have been nicely spread out so numbers caught by bank and boat anglers have been pretty much the same. 

With more fish going in next week we are hoping this will improve things further. 

Youngster Evan Webber enjoyed a good day fishing with his grandfather, where he managed to catch his first-ever trout on his new rod with the help of a small black lure.