Variety is the spice of life
Despite its smaller size Hawkridge reservoir provides a level and variety of sport to rival the best in the UK. If you favour smaller waters then this place is for you.
This trout reservoir, situated on the edge of the Quantock Hills, offers depths of up to 70ft. The lodge bank slopes steeply towards the water line and a short distance out is a weed bank with a lot of fish located just beyond it. The venue responds well to floating lines and intermediates, with a variety of flies successful, including damsels, hare’s ears and montana, plus nymphs including buzzers and diawl bach.
The trout stocked in this reservoir provide a cosmopolitan variety of rainbows, browns, tigers, golden and blue trout so you really do not know what you will catch next. Ranger Gary Howe oversees the stocking programme, which provides some stunning homegrown doubles as well as regular deliveries from Torre Fisheries.
The fishing lodge provides an angler’s lounge for relaxing and socialising. The ticket office and returns facilities are also housed within the lodge and just outside are the scales to weigh your catch.
Brimming with fish
During 2014 the size and numbers of fish stocked in Hawkridge were increased, with arctic char being introduced for the first time to give even more variety. For 2015 we will again be stocking good quality trout and surprise doubles to maintain the incredibly high standards this fishery set itself in 2014. Due to the popularity of this fishery last season, we will open on 27 February this year.
There is not a good deal of bank space at Hawkridge, in itself a small reservoir, and consequently no walking is permitted around the site. There are a number of public footpaths which link to the reservoir and enable visitors to enjoy this particularly picturesque area. The reservoir and its birdlife can be viewed from both the layby on Lawyers Hill and one of the nearby public footpaths. Because of safety concerns regarding incidents of dog fouling and lack of supervision by some owners, no dogs are allowed around this reservoir
Hawkridge reservoir adjoins the Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is designated as a County Wildlife Site. It provides a valuable habitat for insects, amphibians and wildfowl. Wildlife interest at the site is concentrated on the reservoir itself, which is important for over wintering birds and areas of broadleaved woodland and marshy grassland around the reservoir.
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