by Bridget Keep
I was really looking forward to seeing Molyneux again. It’s a lovely setting and the Willow trees around the lake are statuesque & beautiful.
Being not too distant from the ports it was relatively easy to include in 5 day trip to visit and catch up with a few of the venues.
I went out to visit the lake and check with owner Andrew Molyneux on the winters works and plans for 2008.
I arrived shortly after some pretty severe storms, and the winds and heavy rains had wreaked havoc! Several trees were down and Andrew who had just started to breathe easy after all the necessary maintenance was completed was taking a deep breath to get stuck in yet again to prepare everything for the first anglers of the season.
One of the changes for next year is the chef… Andrew had to prepare the meals for the latter part of the year himself (not his favourite job!) and for the coming season he has arranged for a good local chef to prepare the evening meals freeing up his time.
Weed was an issue across the whole of France last year for many lakes and changes in the regulations of how weed can be treated has posed serious problems for many owners. Many chemical treatments are now outlawed so Andrew has taken the advice of respected fishery consultant and has recently stocked around 75 grass carp from him to tackle the issue.
Looks like 2008 is just ready and waiting to go!