For the past 2 months we’ve been busy refurbishing all the swims here at Oakwood Fisheries. I can thankfully say that all this work is finally complete and ready for the new season – 2 days before our first guests were due!
All the swims have had the full treatment including new wooden fronts, fully boarded and bark chipped for a professional look.
First of all we began by selecting large straight trees to cut down for the new fronts. We felled 4 large ash tree and lengths of up to 7 meters were cut for the fronts. The next job was to get the cut lengths into the water so they could be towed by boat down the lake to their designated swim. This was no mean feat as they were extremely heavy!
Next we dug the tree trunks into the front of all the swims and staked them in position. We then had a visit from my friend with his mini digger and he scraped away a 4m x 4m area 15cm deep which was then boarded with planks, levelled and finally filled with bark chips from the local saw mill.
It was a lot of back breaking work but in my eyes definitely worth the effort.
Fishing France at Oakwood