DAYTRIPPERS and tourists heading for a Saddleworth beauty spot will soon have a new attraction to help them wile away the hours.
Enterprising farmer Chris Crowther and his family are introducing fly fishing at Yeoman Hey reservoir, Dovestone’s little brother.
More than 500 blue rainbows were released on March 28 to join the descendants of brown trout originally stocked in the 1960s.
The first anglers are expected at the beauty spot adjacent to Dovestone Reservoir on April 1.
If initial interest is any guideline, the venture has already hooked the interest of locals and anglers from further afield.
Chris’ daughter Claire and his partner Angela Seddon have organised the initiative as Upperwood Estate Fishing.
“We have had the rights but never opened it up to the public before,” explained Chris.
“But we are always looking at different options to bring in extra income and leisure pursuits are becoming more popular.
“A lot of sheep farmers are nervous because of the uncertainty over Brexit.
“So, introducing trout fishing is one idea, assimilated game shooting is another.
“We will see how it goes and if there is demand we will re-stock in the summer.”
“I didn’t realise so many people were into their fishing,” added Angela. “We’ve had more enquiries for this than the home-made sausages we sell,” she laughed.
There will be a variety of options available for prospective fishermen and women including day, family and season tickets.
Individuals will be allowed two fish per ticket, available for £20.
There’s also a sportman’s ticket at £12 for anglers wishing to return the fish to the water.
The season will run through to November and fishing will be from the bank only. No boats will be allowed.
And Chris has promised to ensure conditions are adhered to and checks made to deter potential poachers.
“We will be putting up signs and providing advice to make sure only legal bait can be used and the right number of fish taken.
“And we will probably bailiff it with a drone a few times a day just to make sure everything is okay.”
• For more details on Upperwood Estate Fishing contact 07958 646432 or 07496 146250.
Tickets are also available from the Premier store on Chew Valley Road, Greenfield.