England Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 25th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The lake is still fishing well and the trout have moved closer to the reed beds so can be easily targeted from the bank. A Blob on the point and a Buzzer on the dropper is working well alongside lures. We wish all our patrons here at Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery a very happy Christmas and tight lines in the New Year.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It’s been a busy week at the fishery with lots of good catches. Chris Turner, from Consett, caught eight fish on an Orange Blob. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, landed 12 fish using Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. David Robinson, from Netherton, caught eight fish on a Green Pea. Kenny McMahon, from Illderton, caught eight fish on lures. Andy Campbell, from Lynemouth, caught 16 fish on Blobs. Gregg Lewins, from Bevington, caught 10 fish in his four-hour ticket using lures. Ricky Taylor, from Penicuik, caught 10 fish using Bloodworms and a Yellow Fritz. Rob Frame, from West Denton, and Peter Davison, from West Hartley, caught 11 fish each using various lures. Brian Davis, from Dudley, Andy Saunders from Newton Aycliffe, and Darren Slaughter from Cramlington, all landed 10 fish using Bloodworms, Buzzers and hotheads. Lucy Bowden caught a 4lb rainbow using a buzzer from Chatton Lake. Lucy also won the box of flies tied and kindly donated by Andy Richmond, from Irvine. A total of £1850 was raised for the Great North Air Ambulance. A massive thank you to Andy Richmond for supplying the flies.
Chatton is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and open as normal the rest of the Festive Holidays.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is still in fine form with a rod average for the week of 4.28 and a third of the fish caught weighing 3lb or over. The reservoir is fishing its socks off and with the holidays just around the corner, we have a new social friendly competition to keep you busy before the New Year celebrations. Come and join us on Wednesday December 30 for a 9am start, weigh in at 3pm. Registration will be at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge. The entry fee is £10 (plus usual permit) with a six fish limit. To book your place please call the Lodge on 01480 810531. The best rainbow of the week at 6lb 4oz was taken by Dave Kennel, of Market Harborough. Bank anglers have again had a great week’s sport with plenty of good consistent catches coming from a number of different areas around the reservoir. The main hotspots for the week have been the Seat, Sludge Bank, Gaynes Cove, Pylon Point and G Bank. The most consistent methods for the bank anglers have been to fish floating or intermediate lines with Snakes, Minkie Booby, Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear and Cat’s Whiskers fished slowly.
Boat anglers have also had a great week’s fishing with most points along the north shore giving good consistent catch rates. These areas have been G Buoy, Pylon Point, Rectory Bay and the Willows. Gaynes Cove and the Seat area have also produced good catch rates when the south westerly winds have made the north shore too rough to fish. The preferred method for the boat anglers over the past week has been to fish intermediate lines with Snakes, Minkies, tubes, Hare’s Ear and Shrimp patterns.
Grafham Water will remain open to both boat and bank anglers, until January 31 (subject to weather conditions). Pre booking for boats is essential, call 01480 810531.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 54 rods caught 214 fish for an average of four per rod. There were a lot of good-sized fish caught topped by a 15lb rainbow which was safely returned by Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. Rod caught the fish on a Black Buzzer fished on a floating line and it was the best of an 11 fish catch which included three others over 5lb. Ray Inman, of Birmingham, also caught and returned 11 fish with his best going around the 10lb mark. These all came to a Bloodworm pattern fished on a floating line from Cocks Close. Paul Fleeman, of Redditch, had an 18 fish catch from a boat on Cocks Close with his best weighing in at 8lb 2oz. Again Bloodworm on a floating line was the successful tactic. Gary Owen, of Leicester, fished the Park Meadow pool and caught and returned 16 fish to 5lb and these all fell to a Pink Bloodworm on a floating line. Top patterns have been Bloodworm, Damsel Nymph, Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, GRHE and Blobs. The best areas have been along the high bank and old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close, with the deeper water in the middle of Park Meadow the most consistent area on there.
The fishery will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but open from 8am on all other days. Thank you for your support over the past year and we wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Pitsford Water and Ravensthorpe Reservoirs, Northamptonshire
Pitsford fishing lodge is now closed, re-opening February 20, 2016. Bank fishing at Pitsford continues to January 31 and at Ravensthorpe until December 31. For 2016 boat bookings for both Pitsford and Ravensthorpe please call 01480 810531. Pike boat fishing at Ravensthorpe takes place from February 13 – 21, 2016.

Rutland Water, Rutland
When winds have allowed bank anglers have been able to cash in. Good numbers of fish are coming out from the south shore from East Creek, down to Normanton Church right the way through to the hotspot (just before Fantasy Island), with anglers catching up to eight fish in a session. A couple of weeks ago one boat pair recorded eight fish limits taking drifts off the Normanton bank. Fish are mainly around the 2lb mark. However, season ticket holder Roy Taylor, of Oakham, managed a 4lb 9oz specimen recently. Most of the fish have been falling to nymphs, though Minkies have worked for some and even dry fly on some occasions. Fish have again been moving very close in to the shoreline which has made things interesting. Oakham angler Malcolm Shepherd recorded his 500th fish of the season recently.
Rutland Water has a festive treat lined up for anglers on Boxing Day. Join us for a day’s bank or boat fishing. All boats back at 3pm for refreshments. Call 01780 686441 to book a boat.
Subject to weather conditions boat fishing continues at Rutland Water until January 31, 2016. Pre booking is essential, call 01780 686441, 8am to 1pm Wednesday – Sunday; Monday and Tuesday call 07885 484113.

 

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 25th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
Fishing has been tough for some but excellent for others. Fishing high in the water with lures has been the most consistent method, with others catching well on Bloodworm patterns fished around on the wind. Luke Thomas and Huw Davies were the only two to brave Saturday's weather conditions, but it was worth the effort, with Luke taking one and returning 10 and Huw taking one and returning four using Rob's Wrapped Minkie and a Black Leech on a floating line. Lee Ashcroft also took one and released four on a Hothead Damsel on a more clement Sunday, while on Friday Craig Bowles also brought five to the net. Keith Higgins caught six good rainbows on an Apps’ Bloodworm and a Damsel using an intermediate, and had another good day on Sunday, taking one and returning five using an Orange Blob. Late Sunday afternoon Kieron Jenkins ventured out to take two fish, one on a Blob under a bung and the other on a fast intermediate using an un-weighted Grey Zonker. Kieron fished behind the island to the far bank to tempt five takes in just an hour.
Stewart Gordon caught three fish using a Cat’s Whisker on a slow intermediate. Regular Matt Russell managed an impressive eight fish on Bloodworms fished on a floater. Matt's son Callum caught four fish from both the main lake and lodge pond using a Bloodworm on a slow glass. Also bringing four to the bank earlier in the week were John Buchanan and Bill Williams, John using a Goldhead Montana and a floating line, and Bill an Apps’ Bloodworm. Ken Pascoe returned eight fish in the week, using a variety of flies from Woolly Buggers to white nymphs on a floating line. Ken also landed a fish which was estimated to be near 10lb. Over two visits Shaun Gunter tempted seven fish using a Black Cat’s Whisker on both floating and sinking lines, with Rhys Llywellyn landing two this Sunday afternoon with a White Minkie and a Cormorant.
The fishery is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Llyngwyn, Powys
The annual Fur & Feather Fly Fishing competition held by Rhayader and Elan Valley Angling Association at Llyngwyn was one of the best ever for fish caught. A total of 27 anglers competed from all over Wales and England, catching 86 fish, with a total weight of 180lb. The winner was Mark Morris, of Shrewsbury, with six fish for 17lb 13oz. He also had the heaviest fish weighing 6lb 15oz. In second place was Nicky Bull, of Knighton, with six fish weighing 14lb 4oz. Third was Alex Morris, of Shrewsbury, with six fish for 13lb 10oz. A big thank you goes to Bob the Butcher for his excellent selection of 14 poultry prizes, and the Lamb and Flag for providing an excellent Christmas dinner afterwards.
 

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 25th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has been kind to us in the past week and has made for some lovely conditions for catching fish. The mild weather has seen the fish high in the water and very active. The water has continued to clear in all the ponds helping improve the conditions furthermore. Over the festive period Kingennie will be open every day apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day when we will be closed.
The Boathouse, as of Monday morning, has about three to four feet of visibility and improving all the time. A real mix of flies and methods have been effective, a mix of different lures have worked but orange has been a trigger colour. Black Buzzers have been the best natural pattern in sizes 12 and 14, fished either straight lining or under the bung. The bung has been effective when it is calm but not so much when it has been windy, again Buzzers and Squirmys have been the chosen patterns. Mr Mill had a fish of 7lb 12oz in a bag of four for 14lb. Mr Leslie returned 19 fish on a mix of small lures. Miss Shanto returned three fish with the biggest estimated at 12-13lb.
The Burnside has been busy and some anglers are doing very well and some are struggling. The fish are very high in the water and a floating line is all that is needed. The washing-line is probably the most effective method with a bright FAB and a nymph with some orange in it. Mr Phillip returned 17 with the largest over 10lb on Blobs and FABs on a floater. Mr Cheetham had five fish for 10lb and returned another 19 including a fish of around 7lb. Mr Birse had a big fish of around 14lb on a Rob Roy.
The Bankside has been very under-fished in the past week, Mr Soave had three fish for 8lb on a black lure and Mr Campbell returned six on a Yellow Dancer. The Woodside has seen several anglers over the last week, with Powerbait under the float as always the best method. Mr Strachan landed the largest fish from the Woodside in recent memory with a specimen of 11lb. The fish was actually caught on a fly rod and a black and green lure. Mr Crawford and his son had four fish for 7lb on Powerbait.
Over the winter period Kingennie are going to be offering two hour catch and release permits on the fly ponds priced at £6 for the Burnside, £7 for the Bankside and £8 for the Boathouse. As with all catch and release flies must be barbless and you must stay on the pond that you have paid for while fishing on the two-hour permit. Details from 01382 350777.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Another wet and, at times, windy, but mild week saw very few anglers out. Those who did venture forth to brave the elements were treated to some excellent sport and great bags. The unseasonably mild weather, with the water temperature sitting around 8C, means that the fish are very high in the water for the time of year and are still being caught in the top couple of feet. Fish have been seen moving on the surface of all the ponds although they are not taking off the top on the main pond. However dry flies are still working on the small ponds. Favourite patterns this week included Damsel, Dancer, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Bloodworm, Kate McLaren and Cormorant.
Calum Perry, Stirling, caught four fish for 16lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 16lb 8oz from the Millpond including a 6lb 4oz rainbow and two blues; Bill Mouat, Shotts, three for 12lb including a 6lb 4oz rainbow; Robert Anderson, Stoneyburn, five for 11b 2oz from the small ponds, plus nine caught and released; Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, five for 10lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus seven caught and released; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 13lb 6oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, four for 11lb 12oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 11lb 12oz including two from Meadow Pond; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 10lb 4oz plus one caught and released; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 9lb 4oz plus five caught and released; Ian Munro, three for 7lb plus 12 caught and released from the Millpond; Alec Knox, Glasgow, caught a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Mark Bradley, Rosneath, caught and released 10 fish.
Opening times over the next few weeks are 8am to 4pm every day except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when the fishery is closed. On Sunday December 27 the annual Charity Competition is being held on Swanswater, 8.30 for a 9am start; the small ponds will be open 8.30am to 4pm. There are still a few spaces left for the competition.
Alasdair, Morna, Ian and Alan would like to wish all our anglers a very Merry Christmas!

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 18th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
A quiet week overall, although a glorious Wednesday brought a good number of anglers out to enjoy some very good fishing. The Apps’ Bloodworm was the fly of the day, bringing success to Keith Higgins, Gerald Williams, Bernie Davies, Roger Andrews and Steve Wakeham. Keith Higgins and Stewart Gordon each took one and returned seven. Bill Williams was on good form too, bringing four fish to the net. Craig Williams made a great start to his day, taking a fish on his first cast while a black and yellow lure used on a floating line brought another four fish throughout the day. Matt and Callum Russell landed 15 fish over the weekend, with a few more giving Matt the slip. Lee Ashcroft and Luke Thomas landed seven fish each over the weekend, both using the bung to good effect. Several anglers ventured into the wading area, where plenty of fish were caught.
Toby Merigan, from Funky Fly Tying, brought some festive cheer to the lodge on yet another wet and windy Saturday. Anglers enjoyed perusing the range of great products, and appreciated the fly-tying help and advice. The raffle raised £95 for Welsh Hearts, with the Airflo Super Stik rod donated by Kieron Jenkins being won by a delighted Phil Roe.
Christmas and New Year opening hours:  Mondays and Tuesdays: closed (as normal). Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve 8am-3pm, last admission 12 noon; Christmas Day and New Year's Day: closed. Boxing Day: 8am-4pm.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 18th, 2015

Forbes of Kinennie, Tayside
After all the recent rain this past week has been much more settled and the fishing has really improved. The light winds and much clearer water resulted in some outstanding returns. The Boathouse has been the most productive pond as it cleared almost gin clear. Lures have been successful but for the most consistent sport Buzzers have been the best option. Mr Robertson returned 24 fish on Black Buzzers and a Yellow Dancer. Mr Simpson returned 15 including two over 10lb on a mix of lures. Mr Doyle had three for 10lb and another 11 returned on Buzzers. The biggest fish was 13lb-plus caught by Mr Fisher as well as another six returned.
The Burnside has also been very good with visibility up to over two feet now and improving all the time. Regular angler Mr Barlow has had returns of 18, 13 and 28 fish over the last week with the largest weighing more than 12lb. His top patterns were a Squirmy Worm 2-5 feet under an indicator and small black nymphs. Mr Birse had 18 fish on a Rob Roy and a floating line. Mr Thompson had 11 on Buzzers with the biggest around 4lb.
The Bankside has not seen many anglers this week but those who fished did well. Mr Soave had four fish for 17lb with the largest weighing 9lb 8oz, a black and green lure doing best. Mr Sherriff had nine on Yellow Dancers with one around 6lb. The Woodside has had a steady stream of anglers with 25 anglers landing 54 fish for 91lb. Spinning has been very successful this week as well as Powerbait.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Some cracking 5lb to 7lb rainbows are being landed at Swanswater at present. The weather was pretty wet and windy for most of the week with a change to severe frost on Sunday. Fish were seen moving all week, including on Sunday, with some even taking dry flies on the small ponds on Saturday. In general the fish were well spread out and to be found around 2 to 3 feet down early in the week, going deeper on Sunday. Although the weather was pretty poor, the fishing was very good and the few who braved the conditions were well rewarded with some great catches and good bags. A variety of flies was taking fish with lures, nymphs and wets all catching. Favourite patterns included many of the usual favourites – Dancer, Cat, Montana, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer, Spider, Kate McLaren and Bibio.
Spaces are still available for the Annual Charity Competition on Sunday December 27. For full details and to reserve a place, please contact the Fishery.
Joe Hunter, from Alva, caught two fish for 11lb 12oz including a 7lb rainbow; Jim Kerr, a 6lb 2oz rainbow; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 15lb 4oz including a 6lb rainbow and a blue plus one caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, a 5lb 12oz rainbow; Willie Walker, Larbert, three for 12lb including a 5lb rainbow plus two caught and released; Malcolm Miller Clackmannan, five for 14lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Alec Knox, Glasgow, in two visits, four for 13lb 4oz including a 4lb rainbow; Edward Porter, Airdrie, four for 11llb 12oz; Rab Smith, Falkirk, four for 10lb 8oz including two from the Meadow Pond; Gavin Johnston, St Ninians, three for 10lb 10oz; Les Cooper, Dunblane, three for 10lb plus five caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, three for 9lb; John Mathieson, Doune, two for 7lb 9oz; S. Campbell, T. Whitfield and D. Jenkins, Livingston, caught and released 19; Tam Kennedy returned a 4lb brown.
 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 18th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Another good week for those that ventured out with several anglers catching 10 or more fish in a session. Blobs, Cat’s Whiskers and Blue-flash Damsels accounted for most fish. The fishery will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A merry Christmas to everyone and tight lines.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Bank anglers had a good week although Paul Dunstan had a bonanza 20-fish day on Crunchers from his float-tube. Lures are working well early morning. However, in the clear water the fish soon wise up and nymphs fished almost static continue to catch. It is pleasing to see the good number of browns being caught and released including the biggest for a few years by season ticket holder, Mike Creamer. Mike, from Oakley, caught a specimen of 8lb 4oz. For the week December 7 to 13 the 65 anglers caught 266 fish of which 228 were returned. Best areas are the dam, Brookside, east arm and boat bay. Best patterns are Cruncher, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, GRHE, Bloodworm, Damsel, white/green lures and Orange Blobs. Elinor is open for boat and bank fishing until December 31 and the 2016 season will start on February 13. Season ticket holders only can bank fish during January.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 50 rods caught 198 fish for an average of just under 4 per rod. The weather was very changeable with high winds and rain at times and the fishing followed that trend with the boats fishing better one day then the bank the next. The best approach is to get a floating line or intermediate with the fish high up in the water with Damsel, Cat’s Whisker and, Bloodworm the best patterns. The biggest fish of the week was a 7lb rainbow caught by fishery stalwart Harold Lewis, of Knowle, who was fishing from a boat on the Cocks Close pool. It was the best of a seven fish catch taken on a Bloodworm pattern. Paul Fleeman, of Redditch, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released 10 fish to 6lb which again fell to a small Bloodworm fished on a floating line. Alex Kerr, of Nuneaton, fished from the bank of Cocks Close and caught 10 fish to 4lb 2oz which fell to an Apps’ Bloodworm pattern. David East, of Coventry, had a 5lb rainbow fishing from a boat on the Park Meadow pool and this fell to a Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate line. We would like to wish all our customers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. The fishery will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 11th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
This past week of very heavy rain has affected the fishing as the venue was not able to avoid the flood water. The levels on all the ponds are normal but the colour of the water was dirty. There have still been anglers out when the weather has been settled. A floating or slow sinking line with lures of various colours have been best. On the Boathouse the biggest fish of the week fell to Mr Watson with a rainbow estimated at around 9lb as well as another six caught on a Damsel. Mr Woods had a good day keeping his four fish for 11lb on an Orange Blob. The Burnside has seen the fish sitting quite high in the water despite the weather. Mr Gowans had eight on a Damsel, Mr Simpson had nine on a Black Blob and Mr Jenkins had two for 5lb and put back six on a black and green lure. The Bankside has seen the fish holding up in the first bay and the north bank, Mr Barlow had eight on a Squirmy Worm, Mr young had five on an Orange Blob. The Woodside has not had many anglers on it but nearly every single person has taken their limit. Powerbait has been the best method fished under a float. Mr Irvine took his four fish for 7lb in just half an hour.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Weather dictated most of the fishing this week with storms deterring many from venturing out. Those who did fish caught well with Rob Harding hitting 15 fish for his session and others landed around six each. Most were caught on Okey Dokeys which at this time of year is always the pick of flies.
Nearer to the new year Glen of Rothes will be holding a Fishing Academy for young people. Ten young anglers, who are keen to get into the outdoors and fishing, will be supplied with all tackle and help and fishing for free in association with You Fish Scotland and volunteers, headed By Wendy Haywood. The course will run over six months to start with and more details will come later. The aim is to get young people into the outdoors and show them the passion and enjoyment that angling can bring.
The fishery will closed over the Christmas period on December 25-26 and New Year’s Day. On December 27 there will be a £50 bonus for the angler who catches the heaviest fish that day on a normal six-hour two-fish ticket.
 
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Storm Desmond hit the fishery on Friday night and Saturday and deposited a huge amount of rain (over four inches) which led to a torrent running down the road from the top pond and over the overflow! Fortunately there was no serious damage, apart from some erosion to the road, and things quickly settled down again on Sunday. By this morning (Monday December 7), the lake was running clear and the water level was just about back to normal. For those who braved what was a pretty wet and wild week, the fishing was good with the fish to be found around two to four feet down and well spread out round the pond. Damsel, Buzzer, Black Fritz, Montana, Dancer and Ally McCoist were the favourite patterns and the fish were looking for a medium to fast retrieve. The small ponds also fished very well and offered a lot more shelter than the more exposed areas of the top pond.
Stewart Marshall, from Cambusbarron, had two visits and caught six fish for 17lb 8oz plus three caught and released. Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, in two visits, had five for 17lb 6oz plus three caught and released. Ian Whitelaw, Denny, tempted five fish for 11lb 4oz from the small ponds; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 12lb including a blue; Jim Milne, Alloa, three for 12lb 12oz including a 5lb rainbow; Martin Watt, Airdrie, two for 6lb 4oz from the Millpond including a blue; Gordon McCallum, Kirkmichael, a 5lb rainbow; John Relf, Falkirk, a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, Jim Dougall, Kincardine, and Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, each caught and released six fish.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 11th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
For those who brave the weather some good sport can be had. Mark Nielson visited last weekend and said: “When I arrived it was a little windy but not cold and I thought this could be a good day today, and what a day it turned out to be. I ended the day having caught 17 rainbows, all of which were returned. I absolutely love this time of year because every single fish I hooked nearly pulled my arm off trying to avoid the landing net and they were fin-perfect. One of the things that I absolutely love is seeing the bow waves as they chased the fly just beneath the surface, very exciting indeed”! The successful flies used were Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer and Blobs.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It has been quite a week with severe weather conditions making sport more challenging but it hasn't stopped some dedicated anglers enjoying their day out. Sport has been typical of this time of year with no set pattern and anglers having to work for their catches. Some lovely brown trout were caught this week and anglers commented on the fight of the fish. Peter Forster, from Newcastle, enjoyed his free day’s fishing using his full loyalty card, landing 12 fish using a Gold Humungus. Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caught nine fish using Bloodworms. Alex Harvey, from Cramlington, caught seven fish using various lures, while Matty Divine, from Hadston, landed nine on Bloodworms. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, also caught nine fish on Buzzers and Bloodworms. D. Soppitt, from Ashington, landed a 4lb 2oz rainbow and a further three fish caught on a Red Buzzer and a Black Fritz all from Chatton Lake. His total bag weight was 9lb. Top flies this week have been Buzzers, Bloodworms, Cormorants, Cat’s Whiskers, Montanas and Zonkers.
Chatton Ladies Angling Club are now meeting on Sunday December 20 at 9.30am instead of Saturday December 12. This new date will coincide with the raffle being drawn for the large box of flies, tied and kindly donated by Andy Richmond from Irvine, raising funds for the Great North Air Ambulance. Other prizes to be won on the day include a Greys rod, fishing vouchers and bottles of wine. The raffle will be drawn at 1pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served on the day.
The fishery will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and open as normal the rest of the festive holidays.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 30 - December 6 the 57 anglers caught 153 fish of which 121 were returned. An extremely windy week saw little angling pressure. Smaller, imitative patterns on a floater or midge-tip line worked best in the clear water. Majority of fish are being caught from the dam end although the whole of the Brookside bank is fishing OK. Bank anglers are in general doing better than boats. Best fish was a brown trout of 5lb 9oz caught by Finbarr McSweeney on a GRHE. Best patterns are GRHE, small Damsels, Crunchers, Green Diawl Bach, Boodworms, and white and green lures.
Elinor will be holding a final pike fishing weekend on December 12-13, boats only and lures or sea deadbaits only may be used. Single anglers boat is £25; two anglers in a boat £40 and fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm.
Elinor is open for boat and bank fishing until December 31 and the 2016 season will start on February 13. Season ticket holders only can bank fish during January.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well over the past week with a good rod average of 2.82 with 25% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. Best rainbow at 4lb 10oz was taken by Chris McLeod. Due to the high winds that have been present on the reservoir in recent weeks the bank anglers have had the best of the sport with only the southern bank being able to be fished. However, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, Gaynes Cove, Plummer bank and the south dam have all produced consistent catch rates on either floating or intermediate lines with Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear, Minkies and Snakes fished slowly.
Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir, these are on display at the shop counter.
During December the tackle shop will be open 8am to 1pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (Closed noon on 24 December and 25 December). Boats will be available Wednesday – Sunday, subject to weather conditions.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 52 rods caught 225 fish for an average of 4.33 per rod. Despite the very high winds and changeable conditions the fishery is in really good form with lots of fish in the 3–6lb range and the odd bigger specimen being caught. The biggest rainbow of the week was a 9lb 14oz fish caught by Ian Reeve, of Rugby, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the best of an eight-fish bag taken on Minkies and Bloodworms. Alan Mann, of Solihull, fished catch and release from a boat on Park Meadow and caught 11 fish to 5lb 8oz. These all fell to a Goldhead Damsel on a floating line. Robert White, of Lapworth, caught eight fish from the bank of Cocks Close including one at 7lb. He used Blobs and Daiwl Bachs. Jonathan Preston, of Solihull, fished with his son Jack on a boat on Cocks Close and they caught eight fish to 4lb between them using Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels on an intermediate line. Twelve-year-old Louie Parton took his first ever trout weighing 2lb 14oz from the bank of Cocks Close in very windy conditions. The best patterns are Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm, Black Tadpole, Orange Fritz, Black Buzzer and Montana Nymph. The hotspots have been the old boat jetty and the high bank of Cocks Close. On Park Meadow, the far bank from the boat jetty is the most successful area.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Highlight of the week was the popular Fur and Feather with well-stocked festive hampers awarded to the top three rods. Despite the unsettled weather leading up to Sunday’s match it was an amazing turnout with 48 anglers fishing the banks. Winner was Martin Hearth, of Hambleton, with six fish for 13lb 11oz taken on a Humungus from the Normanton Bank. Second was Iain Barr with six fish for 13lb exactly. Iain found fish in very shallow water in Barnhill Creek, fishing a floating fry on the point coupled with two nymphs. Third was Oakham’s Matt Gregory with four fish including the best rainbow of the competition at exactly 3lb. Matt’s bag limit went 8lb 8oz. Fish were caught from the Transformer, the Finches and Barnhill Creek on the Peninsula. Other popular spots included Old Disabled Bay, fishing lodge frontage and the Normanton bank.
Rutland Water has a festive treat lined up for anglers on Boxing Day. Join us for a day’s fishing with all boats back at 3pm for refreshments. Call 01780 686441 to book a boat. Bank fishing is also available.
During December the tackle shop will be open 8am to 2pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (Closed noon on 24 December and 25 December). Boats will be available Wednesday – Sunday, subject to weather conditions.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels are working at the beginners’ end, with bug-eyed dark green nymphs and black fry patterns for browns at the other end. On lake two Yellow Dancers, Rubber Daddy Longlegs, Shrimps and Blobs are best on intermediate lines with numerous 5-7lb fish showing up in mixed bags. Lake three anglers finding success to Montanas and GRHE down deep. Christmas matches on December 28 and 30 if enough anglers book a spot. Call 07588 669255 to book a place now. Also a full match programme planned for next year.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending December 4 the 34 rods caught 121 trout for a rod average of 3.56. A good steady rod average has been maintained with some quality silver fry-feeders amongst catches. Fry patterns on floating or intermediate lines have been best with Zonkers, Minkies and Humungus all playing an important part. The ever-reliable Cat’s Whisker has also taken a few fish. Slow retrieves have worked best, faster ones seeming to draw fish yet failing to get them to hang on. Sunday December 13 is the final day of the season and also features the annual fur and feather match. On behalf of all of us at Toft we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support in 2015, we are lucky to have had great sport and some good banter along the way.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 4th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
With wind speeds from 40 to over 50mph at the weekend, anglers were not surprisingly thin on the ground. On Sunday Luke Thomas and Ken Pascoe were the only two anglers mad enough to take on the torrential rain and high wind, but Luke took one fish and returned five: three on a Bloodworm under an indicator, and three with a White Fluff Cat. Meanwhile Ken landed two and lost two. Tom Collier took a 6lb 7oz rainbow on Saturday using a Mini Cat on a floating line. Remember that rainbows or blue trout of 5lb and over are charged at £4 per lb if taken. Catch rates have fluctuated this week in line with the weather, with a few anglers blanking or finding it difficult to return many after taking a first fish. A few bucked the trend though, including Keith Higgins who used a Damsel and a Rob's Wrapped Minkie with a fast intermediate line to tempt seven rainbows. An Olive Damsel tempted six fih for Roy Western while six fish were brought to the bank by Gary Wharton who used an Apps’ Bloodworm and Orange Blob. Roger Martyn's four fish included one over 5lb and his fell to a Damsel and a Shipman's Buzzer. The ever-popular Damsel and a Montana also brought four fish for Keith Cox who chose to fish a fast intermediate line. The Funky Flytying event takes place at Cwm Hedd on Saturday December 12 from 10am, when the Christmas raffle will be drawn in aid of Welsh Hearts.

Llyngwyn, Powys
Best fish of the month must go to Mike Bradbury, of Hereford, for catching and releasing a 4lb 8oz brown trout. Also Thomas Skipsey, of Rhayader, for his 4lb 5oz brown which was also caught and released. Mike Palfre, of Llandrindod Wells, landed a rainbow of 5lb 8oz. Terry Kerr, of Howey, had a nice bag of three fish for 13lb 8oz. Best flies were Montana, Cormorant, Cat's Whisker and Damsels.  The fish tended to be near the surface, so dry lines did well, with dry flies. The Annual Fur & Feather competition takes place at Llyngwyn on Sunday, December 20. Entries at the lake at 9am, fishing 10am to 3.30pm. Presentation and supper afterwards at the Lamb & Flag, Rhayader.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 4th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another week of wind, snow and rain has made for challenging conditions but those who braved the weather have done well with some outstanding returns from all the ponds. Different ponds are fishing better depending on the day and the amount of rain we have been getting which has caused some dirty water in the ponds. The Boathouse has fished best to lure with Damsels and black and green standing out as the top flies. Mr Noble had a great day returning 19 fish on lures with the largest around 5lb. Mr White had two fish for 7lb including a 5lb rainbow as well as another 11 returned. Mr Bairner continued his run of big fish with a 13lb 8oz rainbow on his second cast of the day in a bag of four for 21lb.
The Burnside has been the dirtiest pond this week but the fish are still high in the water taking a mix of lures fished on a floating line. The bung is still working very well set at around three feet with a Squirmy being the most popular fly. Mr Simpson released 20 fish on the bung, Mr Valentine had 18 on lures with the largest around 10lb, Mr Neri landed eight rainbows in two hours in the middle of a snowstorm while fishing the bung!
The Bankside has been quiet but the water has been the clearest in that pond. Mr Japp did well landing 11 on Diawl Bachs, Mr Stevens had two for 6lb and put back 11 including a double on orange lures. The Woodside has not seen many anglers but those who have ventured out have done well with a lot of fish being caught on floatfished Powerbait. Mr Bourne had four fish for 7lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s been a cold week but not a bad one for fishing and plenty of fish were caught. Fish were rising so Henry Fearne put on a Klinkhamer and landed a nice fish of 4lb 15oz. During the winter league Gordon Grant had 15 fish with his best weighed-in at 9lb 6oz. Depth again was key and freelined Buzzers worked well as did Blobs and Cat’s Whiskers retrieved slowly. Neill Smith had a good fish of 5lb 10oz on a home-tied fly. Check the fishery’s Facebook and website page for ice and weather updates. 2016 members’ season tickets are now due for renewal. Those on the waiting list will be offered tickets in the event of any renewal not being taken up.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs are now closed for the season and will overwinter ready for the new 2016 season. We look forward to seeing all our regulars and new anglers who want to enjoy the quality of these lochs again next year and a big thank you for your support this year.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The week started and finished with cold weather, including snow showers on Sunday, but there was some milder weather midweek. The fish were mostly to be found two to four feet down and well spread out round the pond, although the island and the far bay were probably the most popular areas partly due to the wind direction. The weather at the weekend deterred all but the most determined anglers, but those who did brave the wind, rain, sleet and snow, were mostly well rewarded with good catches. A good number of 4lb to 5lb rainbows are featuring in the catch returns along with the usual size of top-quality stocked fish. The small ponds continue to fish well and provided a more sheltered location in the worst of the weather. Most fish were taken on small lures this week, with nymphs also taking. Favourite patterns included the usual Dancer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Ally McCoist, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm and Buzzer.
Names are now being taken for the annual Charity Competition to be held on Sunday December 27. Please contact the fishery for details.
John Mooney, from Moodiesburn, caught four fish for 15lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Alan Armstrong, Dollar, four for 14lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Gordon Ferguson, Coatbridge, four for 11lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, three for 13lb 8oz including a 5lb 12oz rainbow; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 12lb including a 5lb rainbow, plus five caught and released; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb plus two caught and released; J. Murphy, three for 9lb; S. Ferguson, three for 8lb 8oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 8lb; Rab Smith, Airth, three for 6lb 12oz from the small ponds, plus seven caught and released; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 11.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 4th, 2015

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
Sport has really picked up this month with the fish chasing lures and most people bagging up. The water level is still surprisingly low for this time of year which seems to have pushed a lot of the fish out into the middle of the lakes. They can be seen just under the surface layers as there seems to be a hatch of midge larva and small flies such as Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails and goldhead nymphs have produced a good number of fish as well as some big fish this month. The biggest fish of the month, a 14lb 8oz rainbow, was caught by Conway Marsden from lake two using an emerger fished under the surface. This was Conway's first time flyfishing and he was introduced to Avington by regular Matthew Rule who also managed a 12lb 4oz rainbow earlier in the month. Joe Quinlivan tempted a 14lb 4oz rainbow on lake one using an Olive Damsel. Ben Whapshare landed a lovely 13lb 12oz rainbow from lake one which was caught using a tiny Copper Buzzer. The fish seem to be a lot more active and are more willing to chase big lures such as Damsel, Cat Whiskers and Humungus, Although the water clarity is good the fish are still difficult to see because of the winter light conditions, so keep watching the water for shows and bow waves. A good tip is to cast at showing fish and use a quick retrieve.
Anglers are asked to complete their catch returns before the winter closing time of 4pm so staff do not have to restock in the dark, avoiding any possible accidents.
Last but not least, we at Avington would like to wish everyone that has visited us this year, both old faces and new, a very Merry Christmas. We hope to see you all again in the New Year, ready to tackle some of the many big fish that we have ready for stocking.

Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
A big thank you to all who entered the English Bank Qualifier here on Sunday. After a very breezy day a total of 44 fish were caught by 12 anglers. In first place was Simon Kidd, second Lee Bartlett and third Bart Farmer. Cat’s Whiskers and Yellow Dancers accounted for most fish. Floating lines and slow intermediates are generally working well with a slow figure-of-eight retrieve.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
After a week of dreadful conditions which continued into the weekend anglers were sparse and many regulars cancelled their last trip of the season. However, the end of season competition was well attended Saturday with 27 anglers braving the wind and rain to take limited numbers of rainbows. The winning prize fund and prizes kindly donated by the Jolly Drover, Consett, went to Mr S. Rowland who took the largest fish of the day and the biggest catch went to Gary Steabler. The Derwent team would like to take this opportunity to thank all our anglers for their support during the 2015 season and look forward to welcoming you back for the new season on March 12, 2016.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
Restricted winter bank fishing started at the end of the boat fishing season and winter tickets were available until Sunday November 29 which also heralded the close of the 2015 Eyebrook season.
During the last month of fishing good numbers of trout ventured very close into the margins foraging for corixa, hoglouse and shrimp, and although the weather remained mild but wet only a small number of trout anglers ventured out. Season ticket holder Bill Whittle, of Grantham, bank-fished from the Three Trees to Pollards Jump area on several occasions and caught and released some well-conditioned rainbows on a floating line set-up and a Prince Nymph. Despite blustery conditions Bob Margery, of Market Harborough, fished the bank from the stones and caught several decent rainbows on a Black Cruncher and Cat’s Whisker. Wally Ogley, of Yaxley, continued to catch steadily on his faithful GRHE from Pollards and the Bell.
Twelve hardy anglers turned out to fish the last day of the 2015 season and they were met with a strong westerly wind ending with torrential downpours thrown in just for good measure. Pete Line, of Ropsley, took four decent rainbows from Dogwood Bay using a combination of a Black Tadpole and Orange Hopper. Ian Reeves, of Carlton Park, caught and released four rainbows and Dave Etty, of Kettering, also took four rainbows on a combination of floating fry and Hare’s Ear Nymph. Keith Johnson, of Kettering, caught and released what he considered to be his best looking rainbow of the season, a beautiful grown-on fish of 3lb 8oz. 
The 2015 pike trials progressed nicely, and the best pike taken was caught by Northampton’s Andy Baldock who landed a 26lb 10oz fish on a jerk bait. Andy’s boat partner Steve Dolphin caught a well-conditioned 17lb pike. The latest of the bigger pike to be caught at Eyebrook fell to the rod of Corby pike fisherman Alan Shiveral who landed a superb 25lb specimen on a home-made jerk bait, Chris James also landed a 26lb pike as well as an 18-pounder. Luke Kelbrick caught a 16lb 12oz pike. Brothers Matt and Phil Thomas fished deadbaits for pike from the bank and caught a well-conditioned rainbow trout estimated to weigh between 7-8lb from weedcutter bay.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported the fishery throughout 2015 and look forward to meeting you all again for the 2016 season. Also thanks to colleagues at Tata Steel Corby works for their support throughout 2015 and a big thank you to the Eyebrook fishery wardens Jobe Burnham, Simon Ware and Keith Johnson.
General boat bookings are now being taken for the 2016 season. To reserve boats or any other general fishery information call 01536 772930 or book online at www.eyebrook.com

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
As the season drew to a close heavy rain and high winds deterred all but the hardiest of anglers, seven of whom braved the elements to attend the end of season competition. Des Hodgson was worthy winner recording both heaviest fish and total catch. Fishing the north shore middle section past the burn, Des had a quiet start to the day until mid afternoon when the action started to pick up and Des finally weighed in a catch of four rainbows totalling 6lb 15oz including the 2lb 3oz best fish to secure the £50 cash prize. Runners-up were John Playford with a 1lb 14oz rainbow and Les Little with a brace of 1lb 10oz fish. May we take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support throughout the season and we look forward to seeing them again for the new season starting on March 12, 2016.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Despite the strong winds Grafham Water has continued to fish well over the past week with a good rod average of 3.73 and with 45% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. Bank anglers have had the cream of the sport this week with strong winds impacting boat sport. The best bank areas have been the south shore, Gaynes Cove, Seat, Sailing Club Bay, Plummer and the south end of the dam. The most productive methods have been floating lines with Shrimp patterns and Hare’s Ear or intermediate lines with Snakes or Minkies. Boat anglers have had some excellent sport when the weather has allowed the boat fleet to go out. The best boat methods have been to fish intermediate lines with Hare’s Ear, Minkies and Snakes at the Seat, Sludge Bank, Sailing Club Bay and Gaynes Cove.
Grafham Water’s Fur and Feather bank match was held on Sunday November 29 when the 25 anglers beat the elements to catch 80 trout for an excellent rod average of 3.47. The majority of anglers fished either the Seat or Plummer bank due to the gale force westerly winds. Top rod on the day was Mark Bradbury who caught six trout for 18lb 7oz with his best fish weighing 5lb 11oz. Mark fished the Plummer bank with an intermediate line with a Snake and a Shrimp. The best fish prize passed down the line to Leanne Frost who caught a rainbow of 4lb 6oz at Sailing Club Bay. Leanne took this on a White Snake.
During December the tackle shop will be open 8am to 1pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (Closed noon on 24 December and all of 25 December). Boats will be available Wednesday – Sunday, subject to weather conditions.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Again, the weather took centre stage this week with some horrendous conditions. Marion Marsden took three fish on a rain-soaked Monday morning and was one of the best catches of the week. Twenty very brave anglers took part in the end of season competition and got a complete hammering from the wind and rain for their efforts. With waves washing mud from the banks it made for some of the worst conditions for fishing as fish moved out into the shelter of deeper water. Jeff Walsh took the plaudits at the end of the competition by a slender 1oz margin. We would like to thank all our anglers for their continued support this season and we hope to see you back on March 12, 2016 for the new season.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex    
As windy conditions prevailed for most of the week, boats remained tied to the jetty for three days for the safety of anglers. These long periods of unsettled weather throughout November have disrupted the fishing, however on those days when boats were able to launch, trout were found in deeper water. Fly anglers continue to fish with sinking lines and had the best results from the Goldfish Bowl and off the dam wall. Ian Rushbrook netted the best rainbow of the week wading the Natural Bank close to the inlet where he captured a cracking fish of 8lb 12oz using a floating line and Diawl Bach combination.
After a very successful season and record numbers of visitors we would like to thank everyone for their custom and support during the 2015 season. The team at Hanningfield would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and enjoyable New Year and look forward to seeing you again when we open for the new season Saturday March 5, 2016.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
The last two weeks of the season have been ruined by some terrible conditions with winds you would struggle to stand up in, never mind cast a line. On the few days that presented the chance to fish, anglers have done reasonably well with mild temperatures bringing the fish into feed. Stand out catch of the week went to Derek Carr who had a brilliant end of season day taking six fish on Tuesday. Lure patterns such as a Black Fritz and Cat’s Whisker have fished well with an intermediate fly-line counted down to locate roaming fish. Hury has again, had a great season with an excellent rod average and many fish taken over the 4lb mark.
We would like to thank all our customers for their support over the past season and look forward to welcoming you back at the start of next season on March 12, 2016. We hope you all have an excellent Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 38 rods catch 197 fish for an average of 5.18. The weather has been very mixed over the last week, starting cold and frosty then turning to wet and windy conditions later in the week. The fishing for many has been excellent with most anglers catching their limits with plenty caught and released. Local angler Rod Lacey, who fishes two to three times a week, got amongst the bigger fish last week taking the best fish of the week at 11lb and another at 8lb which both fell to a Bloodworm pattern fished from a boat on Cocks Close on a floating line. Richard Lindsey, of Stafford, caught an 8lb 13oz rainbow in his eight fish catch, again from a boat on Cocks Close and these fell to a Snake Tequila pattern fished on an intermediate line. Allan Bowen, of Birmingham, caught eight fish to 5lb on small Buzzers fished on a floating line which again were caught while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. The best patterns have been Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Bloodworm, Orange Fritz and Diawl Bach. The hotspots have been the lodge corner, old boat jetty corner and the high bank of Cocks Close with fish following the wind down onto these areas.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The Jim Tuck Fritz ‘n’ Flies heat at Press Manor saw nine anglers fish all day in 40 mile an hour winds and horizontal rain! A total of 24 fish caught and in first place was Ian Ritchie with six fish off four pegs. Second was Andy Cooper with five fish off four pegs, and third Mark Poole with five fish off three pegs. Ian caught on Okey Dokey variants and Andy caught on Damsel Nymphs. The two now go through to the final at Chatton in February 2016.
The next heat at Press Manor is on Saturday January 16, 2016, please phone 07976 306073 to book your place.

Rutland Water, Rutland
On some days this week fishing has been virtually impossible, whereas during more pleasant weather the conditions have been favourable. A drop in temperature saw the pontoons at both Normanton and Whitwell Creek well populated with roach and perch fry with such concentrations drawing the attention of the carnivorous trout. A tell-tale sign at present is working cormorants – a great indicator to the whereabouts of feeding fish.
Last Thursday’s lighter winds resulted in some excellent sport for the boat anglers. Mike Barratt and Baz Street finished with seven fish. Meanwhile Ron Oldroyd and Rik Varley netted six fish. First season angler David Mann, from Barkby, boat-fished and netted three fish all over 2lb 8oz. Bank fishing has been good this week with some good specimens showing to fry patterns in several areas. Full time ranger Nigel Savage demonstrated his Rutland knowledge for an hour’s pre dusk fishing from the south shore. Nigel took a superbly conditioned ‘plump’ 6lb brown to a weighted white fry pattern. The fish was returned safely to the water and swam away strongly. Season ticket holder Cameron Neil has been enjoying sport early in the day on the north shore using floating fry patterns. Trout and Salmon editor Andy Flitcroft has had success in Barnhill Creek on the peninsula fishing in last light. Rutland Water’s head ranger, Andrew Ainscough, found a spare couple of hours on Thursday and chose Stockie Bay to target some fry feeders, catching three rainbows to floating line tactics with a Suspender Minkie. He then switched to a Floating Fry for the last half hour to tempt a nice 3lb brown.
Sport has also been seen along the Normanton bank which has been consistent when a favourable wind prevails. Again, floating line tactics are a must with fry patterns or Hare’s Ear variants at the business end. Predator anglers reported zander up to 8lb and pike to 21lb in a depth of about 60 feet.
The Fur and Feather match takes place on December 6. More information on 01780 686441.
During December the tackle shop will be open 8am to 2pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (Closed noon on 24 December and 25 December). Boats will be available Wednesday – Sunday, subject to weather conditions.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending November 26 the 42 rods caught 236 rods for a rod average of 5.62. A fantastic week with white lure patterns and predominantly Minkie patterns ruling the roost again. Numerous big fish came out out too including rainbows of 8lb-plus for Martin Rowson and Ronnie Milloy and one of 10lb 2oz for John Cooke. Most fish remain close in and bank anglers have enjoyed the best sport by far. Opportunities for boat fishing have been more limited due to windy weather. The final fortnight of the season should follow recent trends. A few fish are still to be found on the Buzzers although fry patterns offer more consistent sport. Slow retrieves are outfishing the fast ones by a clear margin. The final day of the season is Sunday December 13 featuring the popular Fur and Feather match. Just a reminder that it’s 8am opening for December.


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 27th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
A quiet week in terms of angler numbers, no doubt a result of some extremely unpleasant weather. Paul Elsworthy caught 11 fish using a black emerger and a ghost-tip line. Included in Paul's haul was a stunning 6lb 12oz brown trout (returned). Christian Jones, Jason LLoyd and Martin Rees caught 30 fish between them on a very blustery Saturday. On the same day John Eynon and James Williams each took one and released four and five respectively. Stuart Thomas netted a rainbow of 5lb 6oz, which was safely returned. On Thursday Ken Pascoe took one and released nine, while Garry Wharton took one and brought another six to the net including a brown. Steve Mogg had a great time on Friday, taking one and releasing 10. Successful flies are grey nymphs, Grey Hopper, black emerger, Damsel, Squirmy Worm, Blob, Egg Fly, Hare's Ear, Bloodworm, Black Tadpole, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whisker, Montana, Shipman's Buzzer and Snake. It's all about finding the fish, what depth they're at and trying out different flies.
The Heart Wales raffle tickets are selling well. There's a limit of two tickets per person (tickets £1 each), with the raffle to be drawn at the Funky Fly Tying event at Cwm Hedd on Saturday December 12. The limit of an hour and half or four fish is working well in respect of the point of the island, with all who wanted to try it being able to book their slot this week. Remember to book your place on arrival. Remember that there is a four fish limit on any platform (but only a time limit on the main island point).

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 27th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
It been a horrible week of wet, windy and even snowy weather making fishing quite unpleasant, although there have been quite a few anglers out braving the elements. All this rain has caused the water to colour up quite badly but it is already starting to clear and the Boathouse is now very clear again. Even though it is becoming much colder the fish are still very high in the water and a floating line is all that has been needed. Fly wise it has been the same on all the ponds, a black lure in any form seems to be catching around 90% of the fish. The other method has been the bung, fishing at around two feet deep at the most with Blobs and Squirmys. There have been good bags of fish being caught by catch and release anglers including Mr Birse with 13 in a day including two doubles, all out of the Burnside. Mr Johnston had 11 from the Boathouse on a black and green lure with one around 9lb. Mr Barns had nine out the Burnside on a Black Bunny Leech. Mr Soave had a couple of very good trips to the Bankside, catching five fish for 17lb and five for 15lb with the biggest fish at 7lb 8oz. Most were caught on a black and green lure. There have been fewer people on the Woodside but it has just produced the biggest fish of the year, an 8lb fish on green Powerbiat for Abe Ramsey with his very first cast of the day.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The first snow of the winter has arrived and some but not a lot of ice. It’s time to set pumps ready to keep the lochs open in the coming cold weather. It did not put the fish off feeding though and there was plenty caught in good numbers. Static tactics at this time of year do produce well and depth is very important. Plenty of blues featured and fish do fight harder during the winter months and knots need to be strong. Slater Scott had 10 fish, Rob Harding had nine, Jimmy Rhind had 11, Chris Johnston had 24, Gary Gormley had 14, Blair McDonald had nine including a fish of 9lb, Willie McRobbie had 12, his best at 7lb 5oz and Neill Smith had 16 fish. Best flies were Okey Dokeys, White Fritz, Silver Budgies and Cat’s Whiskers. As always anglers can keep up to date on the Facebook and web pages but lochs will always be open with plenty of fishing water unless it is severe weather.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Boats will be coming off the water this week but one will be available should the water remain open. Other than this the lochs will overwinter in readiness for opening next year. It’s been a good year on the lochs with some really first-class fishing and the fish have been in prime condition. The brown trout have been a major feature and should be even better next year. Blues and rainbows have been caught in good sizes and next year should be even better for the lochs. We look forward to seeing all our anglers again next year and thank you for all your support this year and keeping the lochs a special place to fish.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was a week of mixed weather – some days really wet and windy, other days with sunshine and showers and then the first frost of the winter at the weekend. The fishing was really good all week with fish getting caught in the top two feet of the water, including a few on dry flies, right up until the weekend when both weather and water turned a lot colder. The fish were still active at the weekend and were being caught around three to four feet down although plenty were still being seen moving on the surface. The fish were pretty well spread out for most of the week with all areas of the bank fishing well. The boats were also continuing to do well. On Sunday the fish moved up the channel and the front of the island became a hotspot fishing right across to the reeds on the roadside bank. Most fish were taken on small lures including Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Ally McCoist, with Spiders and Yellow Owl also taking a few fish midweek. At the weekend Buzzers were doing better than they had all week, as the water temperature dropped from 8oC on Monday to 5oC on Sunday. A good number of fish in the 4lb to 5lb range were landed this week with plenty more waiting to be caught.
Frank Barr, from Falkirk, in two visits, landed eight fish for 28lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Allan Laing, East Kilbride, five for 15lb 8oz; Brian MacIntosh, Banknock, four for 15lb 12oz; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, four for 14lb 12oz; Alan Burke, Alloa, four for 12lb 12oz; Alex Knox, Glasgow, in two visits, four for 12lb 12oz; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 12lb plus two caught and released; Eddie McKillop, jnr, Glasgow, three for 10lb 12oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Archie McClymont, Glasgow, three for 10lb 12oz; Andy Tervit, Paisley, three for 10lb; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb 12oz plus three caught and released; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, three for 9lb 12oz plus one caught and released; S. Narbrough, and Billy Weir, Stirling, each with three for 9lb 12oz; Ramsay Conroy, three for 9lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond, plus four caught and released; Glen Anderson, Haggs, two for 9lb 4oz; Adrian Duffy, Boness, two for 7lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, two for 6lb 12oz; Angus Auchinachie, Falkirk, 4lb 4oz tiger from the Meadow Pond; Geoff Gilbert, Isle of Man, over the course of four days caught and released 33 fish; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 14; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, caught and released 12.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 27th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
The fishery will be closed to the general public on Sunday November 29 as they are holding a Team England bank qualifier. Details can be found at te-ff-org/. Fishing is getting better and better with lots of anglers catching into double-figures. Nigel and Daniel Tranter fished on Sunday and had 22 between them. Daniel had a lovely rainbow weighing 4lb 11oz which was entered into the Troutmasters competition.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers have enjoyed good sport this week using a mixture of lures and Buzzers depending on the time of day and weather conditions. Colin Harris, from Whickham, caught 17 fish on Saturday using Zonkers in the morning and Buzzers in the afternoon. Abdul Muhit, from Morpeth, kept five fish for 13lb and returned five using a Bunny Leech. Robert Hedley, from Morpeth, kept five fish and returned four, also using a Bunny Leech. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 14 fish on Buzzers. Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 12 fish using Bloodworms and Blobs. Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caugth 11 fish using Buzzers and Cat’s Whiskers. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, landed a 5lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake using a Montana. Geert enjoyed his session, keeping three fish and returning three. Fishery closing at 4pm - still stocking twice weekly.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
The stream beside the disabled platform has been a magnet for fish this week with Colin Boughey taking nine fish at the start of the week and returning on Wednesday to net a further eight at the stream inflow. Colin’s successful method was a green and orange PowerBait Egg with a worm sandwiched in-between. His 20lb 8oz catch on Monday was topped with a 4lb 8oz rainbow in absolutely beautiful condition. The cold snap at the end of the week appears to have moved the fish away from the cooler inflowing water but has also put the bigger fish on the prowl with several anglers reporting losing big fish. Ken Thompson and David Wafer only fished four hours but took some nice fish from east of Millshield with the best at 4lb 4oz. Silver Tobies are still taking occasional fish as is a chain bead Silver Humungus. The milder air this week should provide anglers with a final opportunity to net a few fish. End of season competition is on Saturday November 28, £18 entry.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Anglers continue to enjoy good sport with a rod average of 3.57 for the week and one third of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. Bank anglers have had excellent fishing with the dam, Seat, Gaynes Cove, G Buoy and Deep Water Point all giving good, consistent fishing when the wind has permitted. The most consistent methods for the bank anglers have been to fish floating lines with Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear, Black Booby and Minkies close to the margins. Boat anglers have had a great week’s sport with the majority of trout caught coming from the margins. The best areas for the boat anglers, wind permitting, have been the Seat, dam, G Buoy, Willows, Deep Water Point and Sailing Club Bay The best methods for the boat anglers have been to fish floating or intermediate lines with Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear, Blobs, Minkies, tubes and Snakes.
Seven anglers fished GWFFA’s final bank match of the season, catching 39 trout for a rod average of 5.57. Top rod on the day was Chris Bobby, from Great Staughton, with eight 8 trout for 22lb 8oz, fishing a floating line with an Orange Blob and Snake from the Seat. John Vincent was second with eight fish for 21lb 8oz and third Steve Jones with six fish for 14lb 5oz. Dayood Sheik caught the biggest trout of the day, an overwintered rainbow of 4lb 15oz.
Grafham’s Fur and Feather bank match will be held on Sunday November 29. To reserve a place call in at the lodge or phone 01480 810531.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
High wind and rain battered Grassholme through the week which turned to snow through the weekend. Anglers that braved the cold found fishing challenging with fish refusing to feed and heading deep due to the big change in the water temperatures. Jeff Walsh refused to let the bad weather hamper his spirits, taking three decent fish from the boat jetty on a very wet Wednesday. Hopefully this week’s milder weather will bring the fish back into the margins to feed ready for the end of season competition on Sunday November 29 with £50 added to the pot for the heaviest fish. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Orange Blob. Best areas are Witch’s Hat and boat jetty.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Very strong winds and cold wintery temperatures finally arrived during the week bringing long periods where boats were unable to leave the jetty for safety reasons. For the most part, stormy weather continued almost every day, leaving little option for visitors other than to fish the banks where possible. When conditions improved boats managed to reach nearly all the hotspots, especially the drop-off near to Atlantis. P. Kaminskas fished this area and landed a prime rainbow of 8lb 2oz using a yellow pencil lure. Many of these larger trout have moved off the shallows into deeper water where anglers drifting with sinking lines and Minkies have recorded fish feeding predominantly on snails. Boat anglers should be aware of shallow sand bars off the Peninsula/Atlantis, so care should taken to avoid running aground. Bank anglers continue to find success using floatfished worm, although PowerBait still remains favourite bait for the majority. November opening times are 8.30am to 3.30pm. Best flies are Minkie, Orange Fritz, White Zonker, and Orange Blob.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 34 rods catch 141 fish for an average of 4.15 per rod. It has been a quiet week on the fishery with heavy rain and high winds putting anglers off but those that did brave the conditions found the fishing very good. The bank fishing on Cocks Close continues to improve with the fish starting to spread around the pool. Cat’s Whiskers, Damsel Nymph, Diawl Bach and Black Tadpole have been the outstanding flies on intermediate lines. The biggest fish of the week was an 8lb 6oz rainbow caught by Paul Flanner, of Worcester, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He also caught another weighing 7lb 4oz and they fell to a Damsel Nymph fished on a floating line. Dave Bratby, of Birmingham, fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught and returned eight fish to 4lb, again to Damsels. Steve Gowan, of Knowle, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught five fish and returned another four, also to Damsels. Mark Goldney, of Nuneaton, fished from a boat on Park Meadow and caught eight fish to 5lb on Hothead Damsels. The best areas have been the lodge corner, around the middle willows and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Another great week for the trout anglers with some good bank sport on fry patterns. The trout are actively feeding as the temperature drops and Minkies and Cat’s Whiskers on a sinking line from the boat has produced results. Bank anglers have also enjoyed success on smaller imitative patterns such as Corixa and Buzzers fished on the washing-line with a Popper Minkie or floating fry on the point. Alan Duffin caught a lovely 5lb 8oz rainbow from Mongers on a Grey Minkie. The best fish of the week fell to Dean Franklin, from Florida, who tempted a 9lb 8oz rainbow from in front of Platforms 13 and 14 on a sinking line with a Cat’s Whisker.
The pike sport has been slow this week with only a few small jacks caught but with the cold weather set to continue they may be on the feed in the coming days. Pike fishing at Ravensthorpe will end on Monday 30 November, coinciding with the last day for boats.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Anglers fishing the beginners end of lake 1 are catching on Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers. At the brown trout end the preference is for Black Pennells and Yellow Dancers. On lake two big resident browns are feeding well with plenty from 6lb-10lb recorded this week. Bloodworms, Red Buzzers and Cat’s Whisker or Cormorants are best for these. Some rainbows falling to sunken Daddies and Blobs. Lake three produced fish to 12lb on small black nymphs and Crunchers.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending November 20 the 43 rods caught 170 trout for a rod average of 3.95. Much of the fishing effort was kicked into touch by truly horrible wet and windy weather. A break in midweek saw a few venture out to find good sport on fry patterns on either floating or intermediate lines with an orange lure being a good change pattern. The final few weeks of the season should follow similar trends with fish staying pretty high in the water at present. With stocking still continuing there are plenty of fish to catch in top condition. It's fair to say that the bank is starting to edge the best of the sport just now, as always if your not catching then either change or move and it's always great to share your knowledge with other anglers. The annual Fur and Feather match is on the last day of the season, Sunday December 13. For more details call the fishery office on 01673 878453. A reminder too that from December 1 Toft will open at 8am.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
The last couple of weeks have been very quiet with only a handful or so of anglers braving the unpleasant weather conditions. The strong winds, heavy rains and recent cold temperatures have combined to keep visiting numbers low. The fishing has been very hard and there have been no notable catches to report, with most visiting anglers lucky to end up with a bag of more than five fish and the heaviest catches not getting much beyond 4lb. The best flies have been CdCs, Buzzers, Hare’s Ears, Diawl Bach and Blobs. The lakes will only be open Saturdays and Sundays after Sunday November 29 throughout the months of December, January and February until opening weekend of March 5-6, 2016, after which we will revert back to full time opening.

 

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 20th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
An excellent week’s fishing this week with lots of fish showing all over the lake. Cat’s Whiskers, Minkies and Yellow Dancers are taking most fish. Despite the very windy conditions on Sunday top rod was Aran Davies with 18 fish caught and released. His best rainbow was estimated at around the 7lb mark. A total of £660.10 was raised for Children in Need, a big thank you to all who contributed.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been deep this week with various lures and Bloodworms working well. Also worth a try are Bunny Leeches, Zonkers, Dancers, and Buzzers. John Tait, from Belford, caught the fish of the week, a 12lb rainbow on a Dancer which he returned to Ross Lake. Andy Richmond, from Irvine, caught 11 fish on Blobs and Minkies. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 12 fish using Buzzers. Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 15 fish using Blobs. Gareth Tilley, from Lanchester, kept four fish and returned six using Buzzers and Montanas. Simon Robinson, from Newcastle, returned eight fish using Zonkers. George Maddison, from Bedlington, caught 13 fish using Dancers. Andrew Elsbury, from Lanchester, kept four and returned four fish. Robbie Dodds, from Lanchester, caught a 5lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Pinkie. Robbie kept four fish and returned four. Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Lesley Johnton, from Chirnside, landed a rainbow estimated to weight 4lb from Chatton Lake. Most of the ladies caught on the day, either on Buzzers or black lures. Dawn Dixon, from Ashington, landed a rainbow on a self-tied Dawson’s Olive. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club have changed the date of their December meeting from Saturday December 12 to Sunday December 20, meeting in the lodge at 9.30am.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Derwent has had some cracking days this week with the rod average reaching five fish per angler on Wednesday and Saturday. Despite the poor weather conditions anglers caught well on overcast days and Phil Bradford, Joe Carr and Tommy Ashbridge were among those to net a 10 fish limit. The best catches have been coming from areas where flooded streams are carrying all manner of food items into the reservoir including the first fence, Cronkley and Winnows Hill. PowerBait Eggs are working well but the effectiveness is greatly increased by the addition of a worm. Water levels are rising all the time and fish are reacting positively to the influx of fresh water. Bait anglers are finding that when sport goes quiet, a change of colour on the hook often brings a positive response quite quickly. Fly anglers report traditional patterns such as a Bibio working well but lures are starting to prove most productive for fish willing to chase flashy patterns like a Silver Humungus. Spinning is also getting good results using a Silver Toby.
The end of season competition will be held on Saturday November 28, entry £18. Best flies are Silver Humungus, Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 9-15 the 78 anglers caught 195 fish of which 161 were returned. Best fish included a rainbow of 3lb 10oz for David Phillips, from Louth, on a Damsel; 4lb 15oz brown for Finbarr McSweeney, from Rushden; and a 4lb 2oz brown for Paul Dunstan, from Towcester, who was fishing from a float-tube. Best bank areas are Brookside, dam and Boat Bay. From the boat try east arm, Pylon Point and dam. Best patterns are Candy FAB, Tequila FAB, small Hare’s Ear, Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach, and black/green or white/green lures. Not many anglers ventured out in the wet and windy conditions. However with the mild weather, boat anglers caught well over open water. In the south west winds bank anglers concentrated on the Brookside bank. Best method has been a FAB on the point with small nymphs on the dropper fished very slowly. When colder temperatures finally arrive more fish will move into the margins, usually at the lodge end.
A high-class field of 15 anglers fished Saturdays ATTEFF Bank heat and caught 32 fish. The top three individuals and the top pair will fish the final at Farmoor next May. INDIVIDUALS: 1st Paul Haskey 6 fish from 5 pegs = 11 points; 2nd Andrew Scott 5 off 5 = 10; 3rd Iain Barr 5 off 3 = 8; 4th Rich Cooper 3 off 3 = 6; 5th Ian Watts 3 off 3 = 6; 6th Terry Phillips 3 off 2 = 5; 7th Charlie Abrahams 2 off 2 = 4; 8th Craig Barr 2 off 2 = 4; 9th Ed Foster 2 off 2 = 4; 10th Bart Farmer 1 off 1 = 2. PAIRS: 1st Paul Haskey/Ed Foster 8 fish off 7 pegs = 15 points; 2nd Iain Barr/Frank Sumnall 5 off 3 = 8; 3rd Rich Cooper/Ed Upton 3 off 3 = 6; 4th Charlie Abrahams/Bart Farmer 3 off 3 = 6; 5th Craig Barr/Andy Axon 2 off 2 = 4.
Elinor will be holding some pike fishing weekends on November 28-29, December 5-6, December 12-13. Boat fishing only, lures or sea deadbaits only may be used. Single anglers boat £25, two anglers in a boat £40. Fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm.
Elinor is open for boat and bank fishing until December 31.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
A wet and wild week with strong winds making conditions somewhat difficult as persistent rainfall brought water levels back to full capacity. Fontburn often fishes better when full so this should give late season anglers opportunity to catch fish which may have recently been unreachable. Feeder streams are continuing to bring a fresh influx of water and naturals into the reservoir making worm baits a good option for anglers. Fish of the week was a 2lb 8oz rainbow landed by Mr R. Ingham from the north shore middle section. Mr T. Patterson caught a 2lb rainbow whilst Mr J. Bradley returned a 12oz brownie taken on a spinner from the south shore.  The end of season competition will be held Sunday November 29, entry fee £18.  Best flies are Cat’s Whisker and Orange Blob. Best areas are north shore middle section and south shore inlets.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Keith Moray caught and released a fine brown of 5lb 7oz. He was fishing a Shrimp pattern on a floating line on the harbour arm. Keith went on to catch another brown of 5lb followed by another of 3lb. All three fish were returned to the water safely (the brown trout season has now finished). Excellent sport for the time of year with 30% of fish caught weighing 3lb or over. Sport has been predominantly from the south shore and dam with the best areas being the Seat, Gaynes Cove and the south dam. Floating line with Shrimp or Hare’s Ear or floating line with a Blob on the dropper and a Snake on the point are the most popular methods.
Grafham’s Fur and Feather bank match will be held on Sunday November 29. To reserve a place call in at the lodge or phone 01480 810531. During November the shop opening hours are 8am to 2pm (seven days a week). As from November 1 the western end of the reservoir is out of bounds until April 1. Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir, these are on display at the shop counter.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex    
Traditional November weather finally arrived with strong winds and heavy rain making conditions unpleasant. However, there are still heavy fish being recorded with Ian Rushbrook having a good day on the Natural Bank, catching two cracking rainbows weighing 7lb and 7lb 12oz using a team of Buzzers on a floating line.
When the wind settled and boats were out, success was found between the Inlet and Goldfish Bowl with good catches using small spinners and fry imitation flies. The banks have been fishing consistently with the usual hotspots of Peninsula and the main dam wall offering good sport with floatfished worm noted as the top bait, with PowerBait a close second. November opening times are 8.30am to 3.30pm. Best flies are Montana, Muddler, Orange FM, Zonker and Orange Blob.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The season at Kielder ended on Friday November 13 with no boats out during the last week due to high winds. There were only two bank anglers fishing this week with five rainbows recorded from Mounces Burn towards Hawkhirst Scout Camp. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all anglers for their continued support this season and look forward to inviting you all back for the new season in March 2016.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 56 rods catch 245 fish for an average of 4.45 per rod. It has been a good week with both bank and boat anglers catching well on Cocks Close and some nice fish coming out too. The biggest rainbow of the week was caught by fishery regular Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton. His 10lb 8oz fish fell to a small Buzzer fished on a floating line from a boat on Cocks Close. Mr Claypole, of Rugby, had an 8lb rainbow, the best of a seven fish bag caught from a boat on Cocks Close. The Packington Fly Fisheries annual bank match on Cocks Close was won by Mark Sturgess, of Nuneaton, with a five fish limit that included a 6lb 10oz rainbow. Mark had all of his fish on Cat’s Whiskers fished on an intermediate line. On Park Meadow, Ian Simpson of Kenilworth caught four fish to 7lb using a small Cat’s Whisker from a boat. The top flies have been Damsel Nymph, Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, sunken Daddies, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach and GRHE. The best areas have been the lodge corner and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and on Park Meadow, the area around the middle of the dam wall and the far bank from the jetty has been best.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
A blustery week with mixed fortunes for trout and pike anglers. The week started off slowly with only a few pike anglers fishing and enjoying little success apart from the odd follow from good fish. This all changed on Wednesday when Mr Butler hooked and landed a fine 20lb specimen. Wednesday was also a good day for Trevor Heseltine, from Bridgnorth, who landed a fantastic 12lb rainbow on a small Minkie. He and his boat partner had several other fish around the 2lb mark. On Saturday John Smith boat-fished alongside Mick Griffin and the pair boated several fish off Mongers. Best methods for trout from the boat and bank are various fry patterns on intermediate or fast sinking lines. Cat’s Whiskers, Snakes and Minkies are all worth a try. Bank anglers are still catching a few fish from the dam and Mongers with a roving approach the best bet. Best boat areas are Mongers and Tall Willows.

Rutland Water, Rutland
The strong winds last week disrupted boat fishing. On one of the calmer days Ron Oldroyd, of Empingham, had a cracking day with eight fish. Ron fished loch-style and found plenty of fish in many areas, fishing close in to the shoreline with nymphs and fry patterns. Among those fish caught were two large browns which were safely returned. Fish are moving closer in to the shoreline in search of fry, corixa, snails and shrimps. Bank anglers are again catching fish close in and those prepared to keep on the move had most success. However, in calm conditions the Normanton bank from the church is the place to be with fish very close in to the bank. Other areas to try are East Creek, the bays on the peninsula, Whitwell Creek and Ernie’s Point. The Fur and Feather match will be fished on Sunday December 6 and bookings are being taken. Around 15 boats will be available in December and January. Please note during December and January boats will not be available on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Some fantastic fishing last weekend on all the lakes, especially brownies which seemed to go into a feeding frenzy. Fish from 1lb to 9lb were caught with one angler landing 11 in about an hour on small Cormorants. Rainbows to 6lb were also taken. Wind and rain spoilt the rest of the week and there was not much angler activity, although the fish were still keen! Things have settled down again for this weekend’s sport and all lakes look a bit more full.
 
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending November 13, the 43 rods caught 182 trout for a rod average of 4.23. Good steady sport reflected by a higher rod average. The fry feeders have put in a better appearance and those fortunate to be in the right areas have reaped the rewards – in particular Martin Rowson with a catch of 19 fish taken on Minkie Booby patterns on a floating line. When targeting these fish look for scattering fry, grebes and other wildlife on the water. The rest of the season is expected to follow a similar format and any lures with some white or silver should be capable of catching fish. Calmer days may still see some dry fly action, at the weekend a few fish were caught on Shipman’s Buzzers. Toft’s Fur & Feather match is on the last day of the season, Sunday December 13. Pay on the day and bring something as a prize.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 20th, 2015

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A much quieter week as gales and typical seasonal weather arrived, not ideal angling conditions. The wind, which was mainly from the west, didn't affect the Glen as much as the hills either side offer some protection, something to bear in mind for future when deciding whether to go fishing. Those who did fish had decent returns with some larger fish among them. Gerry Grant had three good days with fish of 7lb 11oz, 7lb 9oz and 7lb 5oz all on separate days. John Deans had a 4lb 10oz fish and Andrew More had one of 7lb 6oz. Mark Bell had 10 fish, Tom Anderson nine, and on another visit Andrew More had 10 fish. Chris Johnston caught eight, Slater Scott 8, and overall averages were up around four per session. Budgies and Okey Dokeys did best with Cat’s Whiskers and Yellow Dancers also working.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Now that the weather has turned colder only a few anglers are taking advantage of the boats, but they did do well and caught plenty of fish with lures and Buzzers working. Opening times will now be weather dependent with the lochs left to overwinter ready for opening again in the new year.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
After some pretty horrific weather which saw around six and a half inches of rain fall over the course of the week, the water level was left high with slight colouration. Despite this the clarity wasn’t bad enough to affect the fishing and anglers were still able to see a couple of feet into the water. This led to some excellent fishing for the brave souls who ventured out in the wind and rain. Like previous weeks fish are still being taken near the surface with floating lines being most effective, with fish looking for a medium to fast retrieve. A mix of lures proved most successful with black and green proving to be the best colour. Nymphs such a Diawl Bach were also enticing fish.
Alan Whitton, from Stirling, caught four fish for 17lb 4oz including a 7lb 13oz blue; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, in two visits, caught nine fish for 27lb 12oz; Gregor McGregor, Falkirk, in two visits, six for 19lb 12oz plus five caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 13lb 8oz plus two caught and released; Steven and young son Liam Mullen, Pitlochry, shared four for 12lb; John Knox, Crossgates, four for 12lb plus two browns caught and released; Eddie A’Hara, three for 11lb 4oz; Robert Baillie, Dunfermline, three for 9lb 12oz and John Mathieson, Falkirk, each with three for 9lb 12oz; Alan Burke, Falkirk, three for 9lb 4oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, in two visits, had 24 caught and released; Sinclair Grant, Cambusbarron, two for 6lb 8oz plus four caught and released; Steven Goldie, Falkirk, two for 6lb.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 20th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
On Sunday Kieron Jenkins caught and returned a fish estimated to weigh over 7lb using a Blob under a bung. On Saturday he had caught a cracking 7lb 13oz rainbow which has been entered into Troutmasters. Also entering Troutmasters earlier this week was Ken Pascoe with a 5lb 12oz rainbow, part of a seven-fish bag taken on a Diawl Bach and Buzzers on a floating line. He returned on Sunday to catch another five, again using a Diawl Bach. First in on Saturday was Paul Elsworthy with four fish taken on a Montana and a floating line. Kristian Davies was also on good form in the driving rain, taking one and returning eight using a Blob. Matt and Callum Russell took two and returned 16 between them. Matt fished a Blob under a bung, Callum used Minkies. They were back on Sunday netting eight fish between them. Bernie Davies took one and returned five, a couple on FABs, two on nymphs and the rest on lures. It was Bernie's second visit of the week, previously taking one and returning three. Sally Ann Iles had three on Bloodworm, a Green Buzzer and a Yellow-orange Buzzer.
Oliver Spear took his first Cwm Hedd rainbow, a fish just under 3lb that took a gold and silver fry pattern on an intermediate line. Jim McKay, Colin Cox, Andrew Harvey, Chris Griffiths, Barry Powell, Gerald Williams, Gareth West, John Morgan, Steve Curtis, James Hawley, Paul Smith and Tony Hopkins all took fish. Rhys Llewellyn took one and returned six: three on floating Minkies, two on Minkie lures and two on a black UV Snatcher. Stuart Thomas and Bob Mayers each brought four to the net. Ken Bowring was on great form as usual, taking one fish and returning 10 using a Cat’s Whisker, black lure and a Muddler. A Hothead Damsel worked for Lee Ashcroft, who took one and returned six.
As the point of the main island has been quite a hotspot, a strict time limit is now in place, to allow more anglers a chance to fish it. There's now an hour and a half or a four fish limit (whichever comes first), so book your place on arrival.
Funky Fly Tying will be at the fishery on Saturday December 12, from 10am, with fly-tying demonstrations and products for sale. Welsh Hearts raffle tickets will be on sale from Wednesday and the raffle will be drawn at the above event, with profits going to the Welsh Hearts charity.
Cwm Hedd will host the second heat of the 2016 Bank Team trials on February 28, 2016. For further information email James Miller at garnffrwd@sky.com or message James on the Garnffrwd Fly Fishing Facebook page.


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 13th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
Downpours during the week could not dampen the spirits of those who have braved the elements. Paul Elsworthy arrived for opening time on Saturday and was back in the lodge just after 10am, a little damp but delighted to have taken one rainbow and released 10. Using a floating line, Paul caught the first two with a White Fritz then switched to a Montana. On Wednesday, the most difficult day, Ken Bowring took one and released eight switching between floating and intermediate lines, with a Cat’s whisker and a Black and Green Damsel. Jim McKay took two fish on a Tadpole and floating line, while Lee Ashcroft caught six.
The best days were Friday and Saturday, bringing a rod average of over five. The point of the main island and the far bank are fairly consistent hotspots, so it's always good to see anglers trying out different areas. Working their way around the lake and finishing up on the platforms along the front Christian Jones and Rhys Llewellyn had some very good sport towards the end of the day on Sunday. Both using Minkies and floating lines, Rhys brought five rainbows to the net while Christian had seven. Christian’s advice after finding fish in the weedy areas was to just pull the line quickly over the top of the weed and most of the time fish can be caught. Huw Davies netted a lovely brown while working his way around the lake, including the wading area, as did Luke Thomas, who took his first four of 11 rainbows off the main island.
Good to see a number of anglers making their first visit or returning for the first time this season, among them Tony and Oliver Spear, James Williams, Mark Rees, Martin Davies who took one fish and released five, Neil Thomas, James Williams and Adrian Moyse, the latter taking one and releasing seven. Regulars Matt Russell and Callum Russell made two visits over the weekend, catching 30 fish between them, while Stuart Thomas's seven fish on Friday were tempted by three different flies. Mark and John Gunter brought 15 rainbows to the bank between them.
Most anglers this week used floating or intermediate lines. Successful flies this week included black and green patterns such as Damsel, Montana, Fritz, Tadpole and Dancer, plus Cat’s Whisker, Blob, Minkie, White or Olive Fluff Cat, Shipman's Buzzer, orange-thorax PTN, Coral Egg fly and Dawson's Olive.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite difficult weather conditions, some 20 members were present at the reservoirs for the end of season work party. Both of the Association's boats were removed from the water, and safely secured for the winter, while the fishing hut was cleared and litter taken up from both ponds. Particular thanks are due to Laurie Fry and Ivor Thomas for the latter work. The association intends to continue with general maintenance during the close season, meeting on Wednesday mornings from 10am onwards. Any member wishing to offer assistance would be very welcome. The Annual General Meeting takes place at Risca Rugby Club on Thursday November 19 at 7.30pm.


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 13th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The unseasonably mild weather has resulted in a number of anglers still catching fish on dry flies. Water levels have now risen to autumn heights and overall the fishing has been highly productive. The Boathouse Pool received a lot of attention this week; consequently some exceptional fish were landed. Mr Connell took a beautifully conditioned rainbow weighing 15lb; Mr Williamson returned another fine fish at 14lb, while the Baikies returned rainbows of 12lb and 10lb. Fish were taken on everything from dries to standard lures. There is a lot of leaf-fall on the surface but this has not dissuaded the fish from feeding. On the Burnside Pool there has been a number of fish taken on dries but there has also been good results on Buzzers and nymphs. Andy Wood had 39 fish on catch and release, with Ian Barlow releasing 20. Robert Gibson, Davie Simpson and George Birse returned 14 each, with the latter including fish of 10lb and 7lb.
Frank Sherriff led the field on the Bankside Pool with nine fish on catch and release, the largest being a fine 6lb rainbow. Best patterns included Bloodworm variations, Buzzers and black/green lures. On the any legal method pool, the Woodside, Powerbait again ruled supreme. However, increasing numbers of fish are being taken on small spinners. On Saturday six anglers took 26 fish for a total weight of 38lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Autumn has arrived, bringing with it gales and rain but on the better days plenty of fish are there to be caught. Okey Dokeys, Budgies, Yellow Dancers and Fritz patterns are most successful. Plenty of decent fish caught and also lost as they fight much harder in the colder temperatures. Take a few seconds to ensure knots are secure. Floating and intermediate lines are needed at this time of year as fish go up and down during the changes in conditions. Slater Scott had 11 fish including one of 5lb returned; Alan Morgan had a beauty of 11lb 4oz; Mark Bell had a 5lb 15oz fish; Brian Wallace caught one of 7lb 7oz; Andrew More returned a 10lb-plus blue and Gerry Grant had a 7lb 9oz fish. Averages were lower this week with three per session recorded and only a few blanks. The winter league is going well with some good scores on the doors.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs remain open at the moment with anglers still catching well. With the keys now being collected at the Glen of Rothes, anglers can collect keys anytime during the day for their session. It is still preferable to book first, but on occasions, if a boat is available, the keys are here. The closing date is dependent on the weather and anglers can find up-to-date information on the fishery Facebook and website pages.
 
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Although the sunshine was replaced by damp, misty weather this week, it remained very mild for the time of year and the fishing conditions continued to be excellent. The fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and are very active, looking to chase a wide variety of small lures, nymphs and wet flies. On the really calm days fish were seen moving on the surface but few were tempted by dry flies. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Nomad, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Cormorant, Black Spider and Buzzer and the best tactic was a floating line and a fast retrieve. Fish are being taken all round the main pond and although the boats were doing very well at the weekend, the bank fished well during the week. The two small ponds are also producing a good number of fish for those choosing to fish there. The fishery is now open 8am to 4.30pm every day.
Robert Smith, from Airth, caught two fish for 12lb 8oz including a 8lb 12oz blue; Greg Guthrie, Callander, four for 17lb; Gary McLachlan, Greenock, five for 14lb 8oz plus two caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb plus three caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, four for 12lb; Stuart McBean, Clydebank, four for 12lb; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 11lb plus two caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, six for 19lb plus three caught and released; Ian Steele, Duntocher, three for 9lb 8oz; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Rab Bonar, Alloa, three for 9lb 8oz; Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, three for 9lb including one from the Meadow Pond; D. Dougall, Eyemouth, two for 7lb 4oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; I. Callow, Eyemouth, three for 6lb 8oz; Ged Fulton, Greenock, and Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, each with two for 6lb 4oz; Alex Knox, Glasgow, a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and returned 23 from the boat.
 

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 13th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A big thank you to all that contributed to the Children in Need competition. A great day was had by all, and £580 was raised for the charity. Cat’s Whiskers, orange lures and Hare’s Ears took most fish this week on floating lines. Top rod was Bill Morrise with 22 fish caught from a boat.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A heat of the Fitz 'n' Flies Festive Competition was held at Chatton on Saturday when 130 fish were caught, making the rod average five. Congratulations to the qualifiers Trevor Wadds (21 points), Gordon Swain (20 points), Scott Nellins (18 points), Johnny McMahon (14 points) and Rob Frame (13 points). The fly box for the week has been Bloodworms, various nymphs, Buzzers, dries and lures. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, enjoyed his session keeping three fish weighing 13lb in total and releasing two using Bloodworms and a black and green lure. Tony Robinson, from Howtel, kept one fish and returned nine using Bloodworms and nymphs. Tony also returned a 6lb brown trout to Dunnydeer Lake. John Cowell, from Ashington, caught 10 fish using lures. Robert Hedley, from Guidepost, kept five fish and returned an 8lb brown trout to Dunnydeer Lake. Robert was using a Bunny Leech and Diawl Bachs. Colin Reid, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, kept one fish at 4lb and returned a further six using Buzzers. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 17 fish using Bloodworms and lures, his best fish being a 9lb rainbow from Chatton Lake. Mark Moore, from Gateshead, caught a 3lb 8oz rainbow during tuition with local instructor Bob Smith. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting at the lodge on Saturday November 14 at 9.30am. Fishery will be closing at 4pm this week.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland  
Autumn finally arrived this week which has been greeted with mixed emotions. On one hand the wind and heavy rain has seen the reservoir finally begin to rise, however the wind has made conditions difficult some days. That said, any windows of decent weather have seen some excellent catches with the shallow areas of the reservoir producing the best catches. Joe Carr, Doug Pearson and Phil Bradford all took 10 fish limit catches west of the sailing club using a range of PowerBait and Mice-tails. The south side stream, which was in full flood over the weekend, also attracted lots of fish with some nice catches reported. Some areas of the reservoir will be closed Sunday November 15 as Derwent stage the Annual Coarse Fishing Championship. Please call the ranger team on 01207 255250 for more details. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are Hunter House, Cronkley, south side stream, and west of sailing club.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Blustery conditions at times forced anglers to work hard for their catches. As water levels rise top spots have been around the fast flowing inlets bringing fresh natural feed into the reservoir. The best catch of the week went to Mr R. Watson with five trout taken on legered baits. Mr D. Hancock and George Walton took four rainbows each and with lots of fish left in Fontburn and rising water levels we could see an exciting last three weeks of the season. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Consett Budgie and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are north shore middle section and south shore inlets.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good rod average of 3.63 and 45% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. The best rainbow at 7lb was taken by Neil Cohen. Bank anglers continue to enjoy excellent sport with plenty of bag limits taken from the dam, Seat, Gaynes Cove, G Buoy and Deep Water Point. The most successful method has been to fish Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear, Minkies and Black Boobies on a floating line. Boat anglers have also had a great week’s fishing with plenty of trout being caught around the margins on floating or intermediate lines with tubes, Snakes, Minkies, Sparklers, Hare’s Ears and Shrimp patterns. The best boat areas have been G Buoy, Willows, Seat, Dam and Gaynes Cove.
Predator anglers have had pike up to 19lb, zander 13lb and perch to 3lb 8oz. The best areas for the predator anglers have been both towers, sludge bank and central drifts through the reservoir.
As from November 1 the western end of the reservoir is out of bounds until April 1. Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir, these are on display at the shop counter.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
With weather conditions unpredictable and temperatures fluctuating, fishing has been challenging. However, more experienced or experimental angler has overcome these challenges by adopting different tactics. Mr J. Hall netted six quality rainbow trout at an average weight of 2lb and Mr S. Blackett had a superb day with seven pristine rainbows all taken on a floatfished worm. Mr A. Warick also had a memorable day with six rainbows, and these were just a few of the many catches recorded. The biggest fish of the week goes to Mr J. Close with a rainbow 4lb 6oz. Roving anglers are having a lot of quality sport by travelling light and covering a lot of water. At this time of the year trout like to feed on minnows so anglers are advised to use a stealthy approach when nearing the water as the trout are close to the margins chasing their prey. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, floating fry and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are the dam wall, north and south banks and Witch’s Hat.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Last week began with two days of blanket fog which resulted in all boats remaining on the jetty. Later in the week strong winds also kept boats tied to the jetty leaving only bank fishing possible during this period. However, visitors managed to locate some larger rainbows from Middlemead Bay and off the Peninsula into the Goldfish Bowl. Radoslaw Waszkowski netted a specimen trout of 7lb on a legered worm while Vasile David tempted a rainbow weighing 6lb on a small white jelly lure. The biggest fish of the week was tempted from the Peninsula by Nicuor Pupaza, at 8lb 4oz and caught on fluorescent green and yellow PowerBait. The biggest surprise catch of the week was taken by anglers Rudy Huygens and his 14-year-old son Louis. They had a break from flyfishing and chose to pursue the pike. They floatfished sardine dead baits in expectation of a pike but their bait was picked up by two fin-perfect rainbows. Mr Huygens caught a 4lb fish and Louis tempted an overwintered 8lb trout. November opening times are 8.30am to 3.30pm. Best flies are Montana, Orange Blob and White Zonker.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham        
Good catch returns have been posted again this week giving anglers an excellent opportunity for some late season sport. With fly hatches in the warm afternoons continuing, fish have been feeding on the surface. Mr D. Carr landed 10 pristine rainbows with one weighing 4lb 8oz and a total catch weight of 21lb. He then returned two days later and landed another seven quality fish for a combined weight of 11lb 8oz. Mr B. Raine had a really good day’s sport with five fish and a total weight of 10lb 8oz with one trout weighing in at 4lb. A Dawson’s Olive continues to be the lure attracting the most attention from the hunting trout. Yet again, it is advised that anglers fish the margins first as many fish are still patrolling in the shallows for wind blown prey. Once the margins have been fished a sinking line is then best, counted down to locate the fish. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio and floating fry. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The dramatic deterioration of the weather may have put many off visiting Kielder over the week, however, those who persevered had some steady results. The most notable catch was a cracking eight fish limit from Mr J.M. Sinkinson who was fishing at Hawkhope on the worm with all fish weighing between 2lb and 2lb 7oz. The biggest rainbow of the week at 3lb 5oz was netted in Stockie Bay, again caught on the worm by Michael Hayes. Tower Knowe Visitor Centre will be open until November 15, 2015. Boats are due back to the jetty at 3pm. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker ans Orange Blob. Best boat area is the Belling Inlet, best bank areas are Hawkhope and Stockie Bay.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 58 rods catch 227 fish for an average of 3.91 per rod. A good week with plenty of fish being caught particularly from the boats on both Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools. The bank has been a little more difficult with the fish harder to find but the better catches have come from where the wind is blowing into. The old boat jetty corner and the sand bank of Cocks Close have been the most consistent areas. The best patterns have been Damsel, Diawl Bach, Black Tadpole, Black Buzzers, Montana Nymph and Cat’s Whisker. The largest fish of the week was a 9lb rainbow caught by Jonathan Preston, of Solihull, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and it fell to a Cat’s Whisker on a floating line. Paul Fleeman, of Redditch, fished catch and release on Cocks Close and caught 17 fish to 7lb using small Bloodworm patterns on a floating line. Alan Mann, of Solihull, caught six fish on Park Meadow including specimens of 6lb and 5lb which all fell to Goldhead Damsels. Mr B. Stubbs, of Atherstone, caught 11from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to Damsels and Minkies fished on a floating line.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The Pitsford Fur and Feather boat match was well attended with 45 anglers recording a total of 106 fish for a rod average of 2.3. The winning boat pair of Yvonne Webb and Simon Lehane caught 12 fish for 25lb 8oz. Second place went to Rick Cooper and Graham Hayward with 11 fish for 22lb 7oz. Messrs Davis and Davis were third with 10 fish for 20lb 12oz. The prize for the biggest rainbow went to Rob Edmunds with a fish of 4lb 6oz. Bank anglers continue to enjoy success on the North Farm shore, Cliffs and Ash Tree or Hell Bay. Floating lines with Blobs and Shrimp patterns are best. Boat anglers are catching fish on fry patterns, or Snakes in the main basin or on drifts across the Narrows. The Small Half of the reservoir is now out of bounds until next April. On the second Saturday of each month Pitsford will be open for fly-tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Another week of good sport from the bank and the boats. Best rainbow at 3lb 4oz was taken by A. Topping. Various methods have been working including lures, blobs and Minkies. However, with the clear water fish have been coming up to dries and small nymphs fished just under the surface. The bank has been producing fish using black and green lures, Buzzers or Diawl Bachs on a floating line. Best bank areas are in front of platforms 4,5,13 and 14 and the dam. The best pike of the week was a fish estimated at about 20lb taken on a Red Mohican fly by Derek Coles. A few smaller pike have also been caught mainly on lures.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Bank anglers have been out in steady numbers when the weather has permitted. Last Sunday a number of fish were caught close in off the Normanton bank from the Church to Fantasy Island. Andy Mosely, from Mansfield, used dry fly to good effect with three fish by early afternoon. Dries, nymphs and fry patterns have accounted for good conditioned rainbows. Some fish were feeding in less than two feet of water amongst the dying weed beds and shoreline. Al Owen guided two customers on Friday with five rainbows coming to their boat. Out of season browns are showing in many areas, any caught must be returned to the water as soon as possible.
Bank anglers should avoid wading as fish are very close in to the shore in a lot of areas. Anglers fishing the rudder have had a few fish. Fry are feeding in the old weed beds scattered around the shoreline. The Fur and Feather match will be fished on Sunday December 6 and bookings are being taken. Around 15 boats will be available in December and January. Please note during December and January boats will not be available on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Heavy rain and winds made conditions difficult at times. The fish shoaled up in the less choppy waters along the south shore and anglers who worked their way along this bank were rewarded with some good catches. David Mead, from Middlesbrough, caught eight rainbows including a very nice fish of 3lb on a worm and PowerBait cocktail. Fly angler Tommy Johns, from Brotton, returned five rainbows at the big tree, an area which has fished well throughout the month. Phil Green, from Consett, caught nine rainbows using fritz combinations among which was the best of the week just topping the scales at 3lb 1oz. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black and White Fritz. Best areas are timber groyne, big tree and jetty.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending November 6 the 58 rods caught 152 trout for a rod average of 2.62. A week of unsettled yet still fairly warm weather kept many anglers at home, but those brave enough to face the elements enjoyed decent sport with fry patterns. A few fish have also been caught on dries with the majority of fish still in the top foot or so thanks to the unusually warm weather. Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin shared a catch of over 30 fish on Snakes and Fry patterns, with Neil's four fish bag weighing 28lb 4oz. Some cooler weather and frost should concentrate the fish more onto the fry giving some of the most exciting sport of the year. The last day of the season and also the fur and feather match is on Sunday December 13. For more details call the fishery office on 01673 878453.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Unseasonably warm weather this week and there have even been hatches of buzzers, daddies and hoppers to keep anglers busy. The 39 visiting anglers returned a decent rod average of just under three. One angler, R. McCullagh, managed to reach the 15 fish limit, closely followed by T. Ross who caught 10 fish. A. Ross had six fish, while A. Carle, J. Walker and J. Garget all caught four fish each. The best fish of the week were a fine 8lb rainbow caught by J. Walker, and rainbows of 7lb to both G. Oliver and K. Hewitson. The successful flies have been Diawl Bach, Buzzers, CdCs, Blobs and lures. Witton Castle Lakes will remain open as normal throughout November, and will then revert to winter weekends only (Friday to Sunday) opening for December, January and February.