New owners for Roughlee fishery

Barrowford born, Louise Cousins is pictured at Roughlee Trout Fisheries. G130312/7
Barrowford born, Louise Cousins is pictured at Roughlee Trout Fisheries. G130312/7

A PENDLESIDE fishery has been given a new lease of life after being taken over by a Pendle couple.

Louise Cousins and partner Mark Duerdan are the new owners of Roughlee Trout Fishery, off Pasture Lane, and are hoping to reel people back into fishing.

Although the 2.5 acre lake has been a fishery for around 20 years, in recent years it has only been open during certain periods and its new owners are now keen to put it back on the Roughlee map.

Taking up residence at the site last month, Louise and Mark are looking to re-establish the fishery and have been fishing around for ideas to make it central to the community once again.

The former Barrowford woman and hairdresser has just moved back to the country from Texas, after leaving Pendle when she was 17 with her late father who was in the oil business.

And Mark - who is a keen fly-fisher, is the co-owner of Barnoldswick based business Custom Colour Anodising.

She said: “We are really hoping to get it all going. We found the property online and thought it was amazing. We want to focus on developing and making it a community place where everyone can come and make it a family thing. We’ve got rainbow trout and brown trout and people are regularly catching 6lb ones. We have just put some big fish in and will be re-stocking it again on March 31st.”

Already looking to the warmer months, they will be preparing a series of fishing competitions and community events including barbecues to boost community spirit. They have also enrolled onto the Trout Masters competition for anglers who catch big fish.

“We are hoping to do a lot of different competitions like father and son and husband and wife. We are looking to encourage the women to come out and learn, it’s really relaxing.

“We’re also looking at organising days out for children with special needs. If we can give back to the community we will. It’s a beautiful place and we want everyone to enjoy it.”

The lake is set to be open all year round and special weekends are to be put on where people can learn how to fish.

“It gives people the opportunity to come down and see if they like it. All skills and levels are welcome from beginners to master fly fishers.”

Equipment is available to rent and there are two chalets to shelter in with facilities to make refreshments.

The fishery is open from 8-30 a.m. until dark and there is a pay as you go facility and self service in operation. For booking and more information please call 07568 080733 or visit the Facebook page Roughlee Trout Fishery.