England Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 10th, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
Although strong winds meant difficult fishing conditions and restrictions on areas for boat fishing at times, anglers were rewarded with plenty of good sport from bank and boat. Rod average for the week remains outstanding at 6.14 with fish within the top two or three feet. Most anglers have been having plenty of success with intermediate lines. Best areas for boats have been Rosemary Lane, Tinkers Marsh, Dunsters, Overy's, and Bryants to Green Bank. Best areas for bank fishing have been Tinkers Marsh, Rosemary Lane, Overy's, the Gorse Bushes and Dunsters. Anglers have also been catching in the area in front of the playground and Bramble Bay. A large variety of flies have been successful including Boobies, Blobs, Montanas, Vivas, Cat's Whiskers, Cormorants, Tadpoles and Buzzers. A further 2,000 rainbows were stocked this week. Weekends are getting very busy now so booking boats is strongly advised.

Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
The fishing just gets better and better and dries are now taking most fish. Emerging buzzers just left to drift in the ripple close in to the bank are working very well and anglers can see the fish coming up for the fly in the clear water. Eyebrook tackle shop will be at the fishery this Sunday (April 12).

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has been good. On the overcast days the fish have been feeding on the surface with some anglers enjoying top of the water sport. Top three to four feet of water has been productive with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, Pheasant Tails and various small dries. Tony Robinson, from Howtel, returned a 12lb rainbow to Ross Lake and caught a further nine fish. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, caught 16 fish in total, his first being a 12lb rainbow, caught on Bloodworms and Buzzers. Martin Currah, from Twizell, caught a 10lb 7oz rainbow on a Cat’s Whisker on Chatton Lake. Liz Pringle (Scottish Ladies Fishing Team) from Paisley was delighted with her first visit to the fishery, catching 12 fish on PTNs. Martin Watson, from Newcastle, caught 18 on Buzzers; Andy Richmond, from Irvine, caught 16 fish on Buzzers; Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 17 on Hare’s Ears and Shipman’s Buzzers; Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 14 fish on Tinnies and Buzzers; Julian Bales, from Wooler, caught 14 fish on Diawl Bachs; Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 17 fish on Diawl Bachs and returned a 9lb rainbow to Ross Lake. Alec Harvey, from Cramlington, enjoyed three visits over the Easter weekend, his best session returning 14 fish with 11 on dries. Willie Emery, from Newbiggin, caught 14 fish on Buzzers and dries.
Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday April 11 at 9.30am, everyone welcome (fishery open as normal). Fishery closing at 8pm this weekend (5pm on Saturdays).

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Spring arrived this week along with some of the best sport season so far. There have been dozens of excellent fish caught on both the fly and bait with the hotspots changing from day to day as large shoals circulate the margins of the reservoir. On Friday Wayne Jopling, from Gateshead, caught an 8lb beauty by the first fence on the south side of the reservoir using a Copper Toby. Sean Kane, from Towlaw, caught a 6lb 4oz fish on a Black and Green Blob on Saturday. A tagged fish worth £200 was caught by Ian Harold, from Gateshead, at Pow Hill using Orange and Yellow PowerBait. The north shore along from the Tower was packed with fish over the weekend and Mr Cleary and Mr Lowther both took advantage, taking out a ‘catch and release’ permit and returning 57 fish between them. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz and Orange Fritz. Best areas are Pow Hill to Hunter House, First Fence, north bank next to Tower and Meadow.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
Diane Orson of Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray, recently landed the fish of a lifetime at Eyebrook. Anchored at the willows, in motorboat number 13, Diane tempted a 10lb 11oz rainbow using a Cat’s Whisker. Gordon Price, of Wigston, also anchored at the willows and caught eight rainbows for 17lb 2oz including an overwintered 5lb specimen. Gordon took his fine catch on Black Buzzers. Members representing Leicestershire Handicapped Fly Fishers enjoyed some fine weather and a wonderful day afloat and caught a total of 61 rainbows, mostly taken on Black Buzzers. Season ticket holder Ian Campbell, of Cottingham, fished the bank at Sam’s Dyke and caught and released 16 rainbows, most of which fell to a Diawl Bach. Peterborough angler Dave Shaer enjoyed his bank fishing at the Hawthorns and caught many rainbows on a combination of Montana Nymphs and Black Buzzers. New season ticket holder Darren Blackshaw, of Blatherwycke, caught some decent rainbows from the bank at Robbos Cabin and also included a nice 3lb 8oz fish in his catch.
For your chance to win a day motorboat at Eyebrook simply register your details at the fishing lodge or at the on-line booking facility. Send in your name and contact details including your email address and you will be entered into the weekly prize draw. Normal day permits will still apply. This week’s lucky winner is Dave Ward, of Broughton Astley.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Milder days finally made an appearance and stimulated sport throughout the week. A fair Thursday saw the best sport as the reservoir responded to a fresh stocking of 400 fish with a superb rod average of 4.5 fish being the highlight. Numerous limits were recorded with bait anglers favouring Magic Dust packed in feeders, brightly coloured PowerBait varieties and a mid length cast. Mr T. Thompson and Mr J. Dixon weighed in eight fish catch limits. Easter Sunday also saw some top sport and fly angler John Brennand had good sport in the north shore bay using a Yellow Dancer. Bait anger Anthony Whellens, from Morpeth, recorded the week’s best fish and catch limit with his 4lb rainbow trout topping an impressive 19lb overall weight. Ten-year-old Hannah Cook, from Cheltenham, fishing alongside brothers Ollie and Nick, weighed in three rainbow trout with the best at 2lb 8oz. Hannah was fishing PowerBait Mice Tails under a bubble float set-up. Sophie Robinson added to the junior successes catching her first-ever fish at 1lb 8oz in the north shore bay, again on a Mouse Tail, this time from a leger rig.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
The more settled weather over the Easter period ensured that both bank and boat anglers enjoyed better conditions and some good fishing. The rod average for the week was 3.92 and around 25% of the fish caught weighed 3lb or more. Best rainbow 4lb 2oz taken by Stephen Battle. Best brown 5lb 12oz taken by K. Euans from The Netherlands. Brown trout are back in season (one brown per bag). Bank anglers have had the best of the sport mainly due to the storms that prevailed at the beginning of the week and restricted the boats. The North Shore produced the most consistent catch rates for bank anglers with floating or intermediate lines with Pitsford Peas, Vivas, Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Cat’s Whisker Boobies and Black Buzzers producing good results when fished with a slow retrieve. The best bank areas last week were North Dam, Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Gaynes Cove. Over Easter boat conditions improved with some good fishing mainly on the North Shore along with the Willows, Marlow Bay, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Pig Bay, Hill Farm and the lodge frontage. The best boat methods were to fish slow/medium sink lines with Tequila Blobs, Montanas, Vivas, Cat’s Whisker Boobies, Diawl Bachs and gold/silver tubes. Please be aware of the bio security measures on the reservoir.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Fine, sunny weather finally arrived just in time for Easter and with it a bumper stocking with some cracking rainbows up to 14lb amongst them. Mr P. Cowley had an excellent limit catch of 27lb. Jo Egglestone was again in fantastic form with another limit catch. The biggest fish of the week, a 4lb 8oz rainbow, was caught by Michael Charlton on legered White PowerBait Eggs. Peter Hall became the third lucky recipient of the season to catch a tagged fish and the £200 jackpot using legered Yellow PowerBait Eggs. Best flies: are Black Fritz and Orange Fritz. All areas fishing well, especially the white post on the north bank.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Very strong winds greeted visitors on Tuesday and Wednesday ensuring boats were left on the jetty for safety reasons. However, as the week progressed, conditions improved considerably in the run up to a busy Easter Bank Holiday. Plenty of eight fish limits were reported from the boats, especially flyfishing the Inlet, Hall Point and out from the Peninsula. Heavy sinking lines continue to produce good results with orange, black and green or coral buoyant flies recommended as rainbows are feeding heavily on daphnia. Blobs and Montanas are probably favourites. Warmer days have brought about large buzzer hatches and prospects look good for bumper catches ahead. PowerBait remains the top bait from the bank, especially from favoured swims on the Peninsula where a number of 5lb rainbows have been landed. Spinning has improved over the last few days with the best fish of 5lb 6oz falling to this method and taken by Mr I. Bimitrov out from the Inlet.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Hury continues to fish extremely well with some brilliant sized fish being caught. George Wind had an outstanding day Thursday, netting three fish over 4lb as part of an excellent eight fish catch with a combined weight of 25lb 8oz, the best being an 8lb 4oz rainbow. The average fish being taken is in the region of 2lb-3lb. Lure tactics have been the most productive over the past week, with tried and tested favourites such as a Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz and Cat’s Whisker proving hard to beat. However, the warmer weather later in the week has stimulated the fly life for the first time this year with small black buzzers and various terrestrials beginning to tempt fish to feed from the surface when conditions have been favourable. 

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Seven-year-old Nicole Longstaff landed her best fish at Hawkhope. It was only her second time fishing and she landed the 2lb 8oz fish on a PowerBait/worm mix fished four feet below a bubble float. Both float fishing and legering are proving successful for bank anglers, mainly at the eastern end. Boat anglers are having the best success fishing teams of lures or Cormorants on a back drift. Lines ranging from a Di-3 to a Di-7 have had the greatest results. The majority of fish have been taken over sand bars and features, or within a hundred metres of the shore. Fewer fish are showing on the surface at the moment, so presenting the bait or a fly about a metre down seems to be best. The largest fish of the week at 4lb 3oz was taken by James Knight, from Wall, who fished a GRHE on a Di-6 line in Stockie Bay. He also had a further two fish for a total catch of 8lb 12oz. Best flies are Cormorants, GRHE, White and Tequila Blobs. Best baits are PowerBait Eggs and worms. Best bank areas are Hawkhope and south abutment while boats doing well at The Belling Inlet.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 115 rods caught 453 fish for an average of 3.94. The whole of the fishery is in excellent form with lots of fish moving and the imitative sport has been superb. Big buzzers have been hatching and the rises to these have seen fish moving on all parts of the lake. Olive Buzzer, CdC Emergers, Pearly Olive Spiders, Diawl Bach and PTNs are all catching on or near the top on floating lines. Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole and Minkies have been best of the lures. The biggest fish of the week was an estimated 20lb rainbow caught and returned by Mick Hanson, of Nuneaton, who was fishing from a boat on Park Meadow with a small Buzzer fished on a floating line. Robert White, of Lapworth, fished Cocks Close and included a 9lb 2oz rainbow off the bank in his four-fish bag on a Diawl Bach. Neil Hume, of Sutton Coldfield, caught seven fish to 9lb from the bank of Cocks Close using a Bloodworm pattern on a floating line. On the Great Pool, Mike Ravenscroft, of Kenilworth, fished from a boat and caught seven fish to 8lb using small nymphs on a floating line. The Troutmasters fish-off saw Malcolm Randle, of Bedworth, qualify for the final winning the event with five fish and a time bonus. This bank-only contest saw every competitor record a limit within the time allowed but Malc’s bag won the day. The best areas are the high bank and old boat jetty corner but fish are moving all over the pool. The Great Pool is best down towards the dam wall and Park Meadow is fishing well all over.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The weather leading up to Easter made conditions challenging both on the bank and off the boat. However, the weather improved considerably and there were large buzzer hatches at the end of the week. Richard Williams took more than 20 fish to the boat on Saturday, fishing off Stilton Point using a Di-7 line, Orange Blobs and Bloodworm. Bob Aves caught five on the buzzer while bank fishing The Gravels. Pat Flynn had a 3lb 8oz perch and also took 19 trout to the boat, a mix of rainbows and browns. Best boat areas are Causeway (Big Arm), Bog Bay, Stonebarn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, Gorse and Cliffs.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The trout fishing was challenging over the Bank Holiday weekend, with the fish taking very small green buzzers. Some anglers did well using a Green Buzzer imitation under an indicator. However most found the fishing difficult despite small dries nymphs being used. Earlier in the week size 18 or 20 F-Flies or Klinkhamers, or Olive patterns were needed to catch them.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe has fished its socks off despite the rather blustery conditions leading up to Easter. This week has seen an outstanding rod average of 9.2. Peter Gordon started the week in style boating the best fish at 9lb 12oz. Peter fished a Pitsford Pea on a Di-3 line at the Coton End. Mick Griffin and Graham Smith went out over the Easter weekend and while they had some success with dry fly the majority of their fish were caught down on the point or middle dropper. The bank fishing is still on fine form with fish being caught from the platforms and the dam. Stuart Payne fished platform 3 on Sunday and brought 13 fish to the net.
As last week’s winds eased the fishing slowed slightly with more fish taken deep on lures. But with the warmer, more settled conditions came some good hatches of brown midge and so buzzers really started to perform well. Fishing a team of Buzzers static on a floating line has been the most effective method with most boat anglers reporting catches in to double-figures. Buzzers fished under an indicator have produced fantastic results for some anglers with 55 fish being the biggest haul this week. The stamp of fish is fantastic and several fishermen including Mick O’Farrell, Charlie Watts and Patrick Kyte have landed fish over 5lb.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Despite the weather on April 1, several anglers braved the elements to take part in the Independence Day Trophy. Season ticket holder Stuart Young recorded a 2lb 13oz rainbow to take the coveted trophy. Winter restrictions for both bank and boat anglers were also lifted on April 1, allowing the whole of the reservoir to be fished once again and brown trout are also back in season. Jimmy Blair, of Shotten Colliery, Co Durham, took the best brown of the week at 4lb 11oz. By Easter weekend settled conditions prevailed with good numbers of fish taken with lures working well. There was a huge increase in the number of nymph anglers taking advantage of the excellent buzzer hatches. Anglers recorded a great rod average of 6.31 for the week.
Prospects look good with buzzers hatching during warmer spells and this is encouraging fish to come up in the water with many fish falling to Buzzers and nymphs on floating/midge-tip lines. A top tip is to make sure the cast is well anchored to search the water column effectively. Sinking lines and lures have also taken good numbers of fish with small Boobies and Blobs featuring heavily.
The first heats of the Lexus European Championships were hosted at Rutland with the individual heat on Friday April 3 and the team heat on Saturday 4. Both competitions were fished to international rules with a four fish limit weighed in, and up to a further 10 fish released safely back to the water.
In the Lexus individual qualifier 30 anglers caught 320 fish giving a superb rod average of 10.67. David Hoppe was the winner with 14 fish and time bonus for a total of 32lb 15oz. Richard Kesek took second place and his bag of 32lb 6oz included the best rainbow of the week at 4lb. Third place went to Mark Haycock with a 31lb 13oz bag. Other qualifiers were Andy Campbell, Ian Donaldson, Richard Slater and Gareth Tilley.
The Lexus team qualifier produced a spectacular rod average of 11.79 with 24 anglers catching 283 fish. The boats were well spread over various parts of the reservoir with a mixture of tactics scoring from ‘pulling’ with Di-7’s to nymphs and Buzzers on floating lines. Congratulations to Team Vision and Flash Attack Flies who both qualified for the team final. Phil Burgess recorded the best individual bag on the day, his 14 trout weighed in at 33lb 8oz, including time bonus.
Rutland Water Fly Fishers are holding a number of Bank Meetings in 2015. If you are a newcomer or an experienced flyfisher these bank meets provide something for everyone. There will be casting coaching and advice on how to fish the different locations on this vast water. Come along for a friendly chat. The sessions are fully supported by the club’s qualified coaches and volunteers. All are welcome – sessions are free and you don’t need to be a member for your first session. The first dates for 2015 are Sundays April 26 and May 17, then the first Sunday of the month through to October, 10am to noon. If you would like to take part just register your interest by emailing rutlandwaterflyfishers@gmail.com (Please note that children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian). More information on www.rwff.org.uk (go to Bank Meets tab).

Scaling Dam Reservoir, Cleveland
Another superb week with the weather transforming over the Easter weekend. There are massive shoals of fish all around the reservoir following a recent stocking of almost 3,000 fish and as a result there have been excellent numbers of full catch limits. Bait anglers have been enjoying sport using a variety of baits and methods including legered tactics, bubble floats and spinning. Fly anglers had just as much success with a large number of fish recorded between 3lb to 4lb 8oz. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black Pennell and Black Tadpole. Mr Vernon and Carol Tyreman, from Skelton, caught their first 12 rainbows by lunchtime using bait tactics on the south shoreline and after purchasing a second permit ended up with 23 fish in total. Alan Dalgleish, from Kirby Moorside, fished the dam wall with a worm and PowerBait cocktail and after purchasing his second permit at lunchtime went home with 16 rainbows. Curtis Husband, from Skelton, landed a cracking 3lb 4oz brown on a spinner at the west end of the dam wall. The biggest rainbow this week at 5lb 8oz was one of an eight fish limit caught by John Bland, from Lazenby, on legered worm and PowerBait.

Thornwood Springs Fly Fishery, Essex
On lake one different colour Buzzers and small nymphs are working for most of the day but try different depths for good results. This lake is being stocked next week with many new ticket options starting at £15 rising up to £30 for a full day (five fish). On lake two Shipman’s, Gnats, Duns and Spinners fished on top giving great results. Otherwise static drifted Buzzers also working extremely well. Brown trout appearing in the catch book daily and loads to stalk in the margins. Pools fishing well to mini Bloodworms with rising fish at dusk.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Every type of weather was thrown at the fishery last week with sleet, snow and hailstones to rain, sunshine and winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour. The weather definitely played its part in keeping visiting numbers down with only 43 anglers braving the conditions, however they still managed a decent rod average of 4.3. Two very hardy souls fished in atrocious conditions on Wednesday, one of whom had never fished before and he landed two fish! The weather picked up towards the end of the week and anglers were rewarded with an abundance of hatches across all the lakes with fish rising everywhere. Bloodworm, Buzzers and CdCs performed well earlier in the week with Hare’s Ears and Cat’s Whisker adding to the mix into the weekend. Young Ryan Mathews not only caught the best fish of the week - an outstanding 8lb rainbow and an equally impressive 7lb specimen - but also managed his 15 fish limit. Ryan was joined on 15 fish by A. Wood and A. Brouch, who were closely followed by P. Talbot with 13 fish and M. Turner with eight fish.