FLY FISHING AT BURTON SPRINGS
I am afraid it is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that we will not be running a fly fishing season for trout here at Burton Springs this winter 2018.
Our regular fly fisherman who have visited us over the last few winters will know that we have tried many different schemes to drive business, including changing prices, stocking levels and sizes, and even changing suppliers, but unfortunately the numbers simply do not justify the work involved in stocking the lake. We do not grow our own fish on site so are reliant on buying fish in and this has a massive impact on the margins we work to.
Our customers will also be aware that over the past couple of winters we have used the time to carry out maintenance to the fishery whilst we have remained open. The balance required to keep the fishery open and do the necessary work has proved difficult so we are going to implement a short closed season. This will run from the 24th December 2018 until the 1st February 2019. During this period the entire fishery will be closed, this will allow the fishing lakes to have a good rest, something which the fish have not had for nearly 18 years since Burton Springs was opened. It will also give us the opportunity to carry out necessary maintenance work during this period.
Catfishing on Kingfisher lake will therefore be available up until the 23rd December on winter tickets at a reduced price of £15 for 24 hours or £8 for a day ticket (available from 1st November until 23rd December). We have recently constructed a new camping pod on Kingfisher Lake which will be available to hire with fishing during the colder months so anglers will have the comfort of electricity and a TV when fishing. We will be continuing to encourage fly fishing for coarse fish during the summer months, which is something that is proving more and more popular. In fact, over the last couple of weeks, we had two separate groups of anglers learning this new fishing skill.
Kirsty and I would like to express our thanks for the support we have received from our fly anglers over the years and please be assured this is not a decision we have taken lightly. From a purely business perspective this was the only decision left to us. I hope everyone can understand our reasons behind making this decision.