Hello and welcome to my Pro Blue Lake Dye website.
Let me tell you my back ground and why I started making the best lake dye liquid filter on the UK market.
Yes that’s a bold claim so I will tell you why….
In 1999 I took over the running of 100 acres of ex gravel extraction pits in the Nene valley for the purpose of angling and conservation, having worked in Aerospace then Motorsport engineering, it was good to get back outdoors rejuvenating a site which brought back the hard graft all weather skills of growing up on a farm.
Working on that site taught me a lot, all 4 pits were established, mature and very weedy waters. During those 2 years I used Casaron G weed killer coated grit, it worked its magic on the weedy areas, but as you might know with pressure from the Wildlife groups across the EU Casaron G got banned.
After moving areas, on my next water, a deep large windswept pit again a very weedy water, we had the back breaking job of dropping a 5’ metal triangle weed rake boated out into the lake. From dozens of positions which was attached to a 80m thick rope, then with a 4×4 it was dragged in over and over, yes it worked, but by christ it was tough work.
A couple of years later I was chatting away to a fella at the Wildlife trust. An ex angler who mentioned a lake his friends looked after they were using one or two brands of potato crop weed killers. These included ‘Diquat’ which was said to be toxic, but used cautiously it would kill your weed off. So after using my chemicals license to buy the Diquat based liquids over 3 years I tried the weed killer out with mixed effects. Yes it killed off the sub surface weeds, but one; the fish didn’t like it and two; it killed off the lakes eco system if you used too much. For me using Diquat was a tricky balancing act with the weather. Sometimes you put a dose in one of the lakes and it cleared all the weed then another time it didn’t so you put more in, it wasn’t the right solution for a happy eco system.
After a few more years of Summer/Autumn back breaking weed raking by hand I thought sod this so after watching one in action at a friends sailing/fishing lake I had a weed cutter boat in to do the work. Yes it did the job cutting down 4-5’ one day then clearing away all the floating weed onto the banks into dozens of piles the second day. A great job these fellas do which solves a problem within a day or two, but it still grows back and the bottom of the lake was still covered in Canadian/silkweed.
With the rise in lake dyes being manufactured in America for the use of treating there golf course ponds/lakes eventually they found there way to the UK, so skip forward 20 years here i was trying blue dyes in the lakes, I tried a few back then what I learnt is take a good look at the products small print details as there strength ratios are massively different, there are now dozens of online providers on the inter web selling blue this and black that but when you look at there strength most are 1 litre treats 40,000-120,000 lake litres max which may sound a lot but when you wish to treat a 10-100+ acre pit you need a better product.
For the last 15 years the only commercial strength dye out there has been the market leaders from up north, nowadays they do many versions of there dyes covering lots of water issues and long may they continue. I have used there liquids with no problems whatsoever and also tried there pva dissolving sachet powders the issues I had with these, they work once the lake water temps have warmed up enough to dissolve the sachets and lump of dye powder. But when I tried them in March into April they drifted into the windward margins and sat on the bottom like big blobs of toothpaste so after the lakes didn’t go as blue as I expected. There I was in a boat with a 10’ pole flicking the blobs of dye powders getting them to do there intended job. A tip that came to me off another lake owner if you wish to put the pva dye sachets into your water while the water temps are still below 12oC put the sachets in a bucket and pour a kettle of boiling water over them until they are now liquid then pour in.
Which to me seams pointless just use the liquid dye in the first place, but everyone to there own as they say. I was using blue dye liquids from Dyofix then the much cheaper Lakeserve company which also offered a 1 litre treats 5,750,000 strength ratio blue dye liquid. The one thing that bugged me about the latter company, their prices changed wildly depending who you were dealing with from one month to another. Now in my book that’s not right, it’s one price for the same product full stop. So when its being offered at half price in my mind alarm bells ring is the strength what it should be.
Like a few others before me I decided to make the dye for myself to use across the 100 acre site I have been developing for many years now . To save a lot of wasted time money and dye production I befriended a couple of former dye experts who kindly gave me all the knowledge and contacts I needed to produce an eco friendly non toxic or hazardous food dye, that kept its stability within the water course for as long as possible.
And after some testing I settled on what we have today the Pro Blue lake dye which is doing the job satisfactory with no environmental concerns. I explain to people who don’t know, all lake dye liquid dissolves from its concentrated form sold in its containers within your chosen water it is dispersed from the bottom to the surface Many a folk who try lake dyes buy someone’s product and find it looks well to start with, but within weeks its vanished or sank to the bottom. Others have to keep topping up each month to keep the filter strong enough to do the job.
In my mind if the lake dye is made correct in the first place with the right amount of dry powders it will last months if the correct quantity is used.
One thing led to another with word soon getting around and other venue owners started asking for some blue dye. I thought shall I do this as a part time business and provide a good quality product to the market at a better than the rest price to help prevent algae blooms and to reduce sub surface weed growth. Yes why not but I had this thing in my mind about a co operative where in time the more people who come on board it will become cheaper.
Considering we have just grown the business through a Covid year, things are looking great with adverts going into watersport and fishing titles with online promos and some charity giveaways. My aim is to keep it a one man business with the least amount of costs to keep the price down.
I have built a mixing barn with container store on a bit of spare land so there is no third party rent to cover in the costs. I try to use 2nd hand pure water containers too. I prefer to use clear containers so I can see how full each container is. One thing I’ve learnt is the stronger the concentrated liquid, the darker the finished product.
Most of my customers comment how strong it is, to me its the norm. Every batch I make myself, every batch I make as if it is for my waters the best I can. As I sell each batch off to a variety of venues I make a note which are from which batch so there can be no come back if a venue has there own problems during the summer months.
A lot of folk leave putting treatment in too late, partly because they don’t want to spend the money (I understand that I have been there), if you let your sub surface weeds grow out of control taking a pot luck with the weather from the spring to the summer months. Then you only have yourself to blame if you can not sail that boat or pull that water skier correctly or swim unhindered or fish effectively.
From a conservation point of view putting in a human grade food dye which in testing shows no ill effect or signs of problems too animals you are preventing the chances of an algae bloom which can kill off all your pond life in one night of low oxygen depletion that is the main reason why I continue to use it on the waters I control, the blue filter you add to your water prevents the red orange and yellow side of the suns light spectrum from reaching the depths which therefore slows down photosynthesis.
Another point I would like to make is unlike other lake dye providers, I don’t advocate the benefits of preventing all weed growth. You want a happy eco system within your waters so the organisms flourish which helps sustain a healthy natural balance. 20-30% of your shallower lake margins will be of great benefit to the resident and visiting wildlife.
There are more and more folk using lake dye each year. Nature conservation areas and parks are using them, a high percentage of inland watersport venues use them. Hundreds of golf course use them and the more pro active fisheries across the UK use them in their water management control and long may that continue.
While we are on the subject, I promote using just enough lake dye to work and not going gun ho, blitzing a water with way way too much. One; it’s a waste of money and two; finding a balance for your water is the key. Quite often I get asked by long term dye users how much of your stuff should I use as so and so suggested this much with top ups with this and that amount.
They have found we can get away with far less and save money, exactly after a couple of years you will find what amounts are right for your venue, I give out some ideas some order less some order more. But it goes without saying, if you don’t have enough blue lake dye in your water column throughout the Mar-Sept months the weed will keep growing. Also a lot of customers leave their first treatments until late April or May, in many cases that is too late. The weed is growing off the lake bed by then. Once it is growing at a steady rate throughout May/June it is hard to slow that growth rate without upsetting the natural balance, so my advise is add your first dye filter treatment as early as you can in March-April.
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