England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 21st, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fishing improved over the weekend with the overcast conditions, especially in the evenings. Buzzers, nymphs and small sparsely dressed dries were successful when fished on floating lines with a very slow retrieve or static under an indicator.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Lots of fish in the 4lb to 8lb bracket were caught this week. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, landed a fully-finned 9lb 8oz rainbow from Chatton Lake as part of a 10-fish catch taken on Buzzers, Zonkers and Bloodworms. All three lakes are fishing well when overcast. On the bright calm days the fish are lying very deep with anglers having to work for their fish. Craig Nesbit, from Wallsend, caught a 6lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Yellow Dancer. Martin Watson, from Chapel House, caught 17 fish on CdCs. Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught nine fish on various dry flies. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 12 fish on Diawl Bachs and CdCs. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club enjoyed a great day on Saturday, fishing in the morning, then after lunch Paul Little AAPGAI give an informative talk on rods. Ali Brown (Chatton Fishery owner) landed a 4lb 8oz blue trout that put up a fantastic fight. It was taken on a Black and Silver Buzzer from Chatton Lake. The next Chatton Ladies Angling Club meeting will be held on Saturday September 12, meeting at 9.30am, everyone welcome. Best flies this week were Buzzers, CdCs, Daddies, Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs. Fishery closing at 9pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Lots of good catches were recorded this week despite sport being a little more patchy than recently. The rod average remained steady between two and three fish per angler, even after stocking 1,600 fish on Thursday, many of which have yet to be caught. Lots of bigger fish have come to the net this week with dozens of fish recorded between 3-5lb. M. Kenny took the pick of these at 5lb 8oz closely followed by P. McGirk. Bait anglers found Pow Hill to Hunter House the best areas with the bank in front of Hunter House the area of choice for PowerBait or floatfished worm. Mice-tails have also been working well, especially when fished on the leger with a short trace. Fly anglers found the bank west of the sailing club, Millshields and the Meadow providing great catches later in the week as the freshly stocked fish began to spread. Some of these fish were picked up by using lures but most fish on the fly have been taken using small traditional flies including buzzers and nymphs fished very slowly. Best flies are Bibio, Montana, Black Pennell, Damsel Nymph, Hoppers, Daddies, Muddlers and Buzzers.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 3-9 the 121 anglers caught 387 fish of which 278 were returned. Best bank areas are the creek, coarse bank and east arm. Top boat areas are the east arm, west arm, pylon point, and down the middle. Best patterns are small Damsel Nymph, dry adult Damsel, Daddy, Red or Green Diawl Bach, GRHE, Olive Shipman’s and white/green lures. Damsels are still hatching in large numbers on the warmer days with fish taking both nymph and adult. Some spooned fish have also been feeding on corixa and snails around the weedbeds. Small hatches of black or olive buzzers have also taken place, especially in the evening.
Best fish were 8lb 2oz to Mr Marshall, using a Damsel from the boat; 6lb 1oz to Jim Nixon, from Kettering, on a Bloodworm; 4lb 8oz to Mr Scott, from the Isle of Man; 4lb 4oz to Robert Lenton, from Milton Malsor, on a Blue-flash Damsel; and 4lb for Denis Rait, from Hemmingford Abbots. Half price boats continue for the whole of August.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
Peter Drummond, of Boothby Graffoe, went boat fishing and tempted eight hard-fighting rainbows on a combination of Daddies and Black Shipman’s Buzzers. Clive Moore, of Cottingham, also had success while boat fishing, using the indicator method and a Goldhead Buzzer fished deep in the main basin. Ed Burgass boat-fished and caught an estimated 4lb brown trout on a home-tied green butt Muddler Daddy. Mike Christie, from Selkirk, caught six rainbows on a Balloon Caddis. The British Float Tube Association enjoyed their recent outing at Eyebrook. At present the fishing at Eyebrook is best described as somewhat “challenging”.
A number of tagged fish have een introduced into the fishery. To qualify for entry into the 'Catch me if you can' competition and your chance to win vouchers to the value of £100 that can be redeemed at the fishery, you must first register your details with fishery staff at the Eyebrook fishing lodge. Entry fee is £5 and the competition runs until the end of fishing 2015.
There’s free admission to this year’s Eyebrook Country Summer Fayre which will be held on Saturday August 22, 2015. There will be fly casting and fly-tying demonstrations, a display of falconry, a hog roast and a live folk band. With a tombola and raffle all monies and donations raised from this event will benefit The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Cool nights kept water temperatures low enough to keep the fish active, producing some fantastic sport with many catches featuring total weights in excess of 20lb. Hungry fish have been spotted daily chasing fry and minnows around the margins, often into just two or three inches of water making spinners and lures the optimum choice for the active angler. Those seeking a more relaxing time found floatfished worm working well early morning and late evening while legered PowerBait produced best results during the middle of the day. S. Crook recorded the heaviest eight fish catch of rainbows totalling 24lb. Barry Wilson made a mid-week visit on his Loyalty Day and caught 10 rainbows for a whopping 27lb 12oz plus a further 20 fish returned from a barbless Dawson’s Olive in the north shore bay. Roy Athey signed out his eight fish for a 20lb total weight and S. Nichols found the specimens along the dam wall with four fish over 3lb and an eight fish limit catch of 20lb 15oz. Heaviest fish of the week was recorded by S. Gibson with a 5lb 10oz cracker. Best flies are Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio and Cat’s Whisker.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is fishing exceptionally well for the time of year with a rod average of 4.25. Both bank and boat anglers are enjoying great sport and the majority of fish are around the 2lb mark. The south end of the dam has continued to fish well for the bank anglers along with Deep Water Point. The best bank methods are floating lines and midge-tips with small Hare’s Ears, Crunchers and Diawl Bachs fished close to the margins. The Willows have also produced some good results. Boat anglers are enjoying good sport in a number of areas with consistent fishing mainly on intermediate lines with lures, Shrimp, Crunchers, Hare’s Ears and nymphs. The south dam, G Buoy, Savages Creek, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, the Seat and Central Drifts through the middle have all produced good consistent sport.
The final week of the Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League had one of the best turnouts with a few new faces. This week’s winner was season ticket holder Gary How who caught 17 and released eight trout from the Boils on a Di-5 with Boobies, Blobs and Crunchers. Second was Graham Bodsworth with eight trout and third David Moore with seven.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
The beginning of the week saw some beautiful sunny days and lots of anglers took advantage of the good weather. Kit Brown bought two tickets and enjoyed limit catches on both from the dam wall. There were fine catches on worm, Mice-tails and legered PowerBait and P. Sparrow had a beautiful three-pounder and D. Gallimore had seven fish for 15lb 8oz. The good weather continued and the fish dispersed around the reservoir following an early week stocking. Fly anglers did well using a variety of flies and lures at different depths, especially on the north bank in the deeper water. The catch returns showed that anglers searching out fish and remaining active around the reservoir were most successful. Friday saw torrential rain almost all day and only a handful of hardy anglers fished including members of the YMCA who held their annual competition. Billy Robson, fished the dam wall and finished first, taking four lovely fish on the fly, some on a floating line and a nice brownie of almost 3lb on a sinking line. On Saturday Jo Eggleston and her partner as well as Mick and Sharon McKimm had 12 fish limits on a couples tickets and many other anglers took limit catches. Fishing can be challenging during the hot, bright weather but early mornings and early evenings have produced good catches. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are dam wall, Pebble Beach and Brock Scar.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Another fantastic week on the reservoir with lots of large rainbows netted from both the bank and boats. The most memorable catch of seven fish was netted from the inlet by Paul Crowdy which included trout weighing 8lb 8oz, 8lb 4oz, 7lb 10oz, 7lb 4oz and a further three fish totalling 36lb. All rainbows were taken using an intermediate line in combination with Buzzers and an FM Orange fly. On Saturday Bob Rowley also made his mark from the same area taking trout of 7lb 8oz, 7lb 6oz and 6lb 8oz on similar tactics. Notable fish from the bank have included the biggest rainbow of the season at 8lb 12oz and another specimen taken by Marcel Simon of 7lb 10oz; both fell to yellow and spring green PowerBait. A large number of fish in the 6–8lb range have been recorded. Best flies are Buzzers, Montana, Damsel, and Orange FM.
Best bank areas are the peninsula, dam wall, and inlet wall with best boats areas the Goldfish Bowl, inlet, off inlet dam wall, and the bubbles when running.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
A very windy beginning to the week but Mr Harvey still managed to catch a lovely 3lb 4oz fish to start the week on a great note. The sunny, bright conditions during the middle of the week saw fish were rising early in the mornings and later in the evenings and well presented black and brown dries were successful when fish showed themselves. During the day the fish were in deeper water when sinking lines and Dawson’s Olives and Blobs fared well. The boil continued to attract fish with the higher oxygen content in the water proving attractive to fish which remained very mobile. The quality and size of fish caught has continued to be excellent with lots of fish between 2lb 8oz and 3lb 8oz. Mr J. Styles and Mr J. Spence had an excellent Saturday session achieving eight fish each, six of those fish over 3lb. Again, the most successful anglers changed tactics and location to suit the inconsistent conditions. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Buzzers, Bibio and Black Popper Hopper.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
With bright conditions through the day, success has favoured those willing to rise early or stay into the evening. Lots of limits were recorded once the fish were located following another large stocking. K. Beeney netted the heaviest catch of the week with 12 rainbows for 21lb 7oz. These were all caught on the worm off the rocks by Hawkhope slipway. The biggest fish of the week was a fine 5lb 2oz rainbow, again caught on the worm, by David Offer fishing in Stockie Bay. Boat anglers found the best results in the Belling Inlet, fishing towards the mouth of the inlet and also around Needs Hill in the bay by the Janus Chairs. Best flies are Cat’s Whiskers, Black and Peacock Spider, and Black Klinkhamer.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Fish have now moved out into deeper water but are still in the top layers feeding on the huge daphnia clouds. Try fishing midge-tip or intermediate lines with FABs or Booby patterns with Diawl Bachs and Crunchers particularly in red or green. Drifts in open water in the main basin are producing, as are short drifts across the Narrows, but don’t fish too deep as the fish seem to be in the top three feet. Bank anglers can still catch with the best areas being the Pines and the Cliffs with Diawl Bachs again the most effective pattern.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
The fish are still up and on the feed making for some very exciting and challenging dry fly sport. Small Bob’s Bits, Shipman’s Buzzer and Crippled Midge patterns are the order of the day with claret and light orange being the good colours. Presentation is key, particularly in calm conditions so short casts from a drifting boat with a degreased fine tippet is the most effective method on the dries. Several anglers have enjoyed catches of 20-plus fish on these tactics this week, drifting across the main basin or middle of the reservoir. Last Sunday Ravensthorpe hosted the Mick Griffin Challenge. Calm conditions on the day made for some very difficult fishing but the anglers still managed a rod average of 2.1 with only three blanks recorded from 31 fishing. Mick Clark took top spot with four fish for 9lb 1oz and seasoned veteran Vic Byrne came second with four fish for 8lb 7oz. Chris Young and Alex Ferguson shared third place with four fish for 8lb 5oz. The fish are in great condition with fantastic tails and have slimmed down to an average weight of around 2lb 4oz putting up a very good fight even in the warmer water. Bank fishing is best off the dam but has slowed considerably with morning until noon providing the best chance.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Good numbers of limits have been taken by boat anglers this week. Boat anglers have been taking stock fish from the main basin near the aerators, and drifts from the sailing club to the fishing lodge. Many of these fish were around the 2lb mark and had been feeding on daphnia. This was the case with the 30-plus fish taken by Robbie Dodds and Gareth Tilley, from Lanchester, Durham. They generously donated their 16 retained fish to the lodge to raise money for charity. Father and son boat pair Simon and Elliott Guthrie ventured down the South Arm and came up trumps with six fish for 18lb 8oz. The best fish at just under 4lb fell to Elliott and was taken on sparse Damsel Nymphs on a floating line. Shallow water was also the place to be for bank anglers John Wadham and Roger Marshall who had some prime fishing off the shoreline up the North Arm. John caught the best fish of the week, a rainbow of 5lb 3oz. Roger returned to the fishing lodge with a nice bag of rainbows with two around the 4lb mark and the rest between 2lb 8oz to 3lb plus. These fish were feeding heavily on corixa with the odd damsel nymph also making an appearance; dry flies and emergers were the successful patterns.
In most cases the fish are reluctant to stay around the shoreline, even the 2,000 rainbows stocked off the Transformer and Green Bank shoreline last Thursday quickly moved out into the deeper water virtually straight away. Around 7,250 fish have been stocked in the last 5 weeks with another 6,600 planned.
All boats are booked on September 6 for the final of the Scierra Pairs.
The Anglian Water Autumn Pairs match is taking place on Saturday October 10. This is a popular match with sections for rudder and non-rudder. Give the lodge a call on 01780 686441 to book a place.
Week 12 of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Richard Cooper with five fish for 10lb 1oz, with Keith Jones taking second on three fish for 5lb 9oz. Third was Geoff Wanless with two fish for 4lb 3oz. Going into the final week Richard leads on 75 points with Keith close behind on 70.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.
We are very saddened to hear that John Maitland passed away last week after a long illness. John moved to Rutland many years ago and was a renowned angler who will be fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure to meet him. Our condolences go to John’s family at this sad time.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Warm sunshine at the beginning of the week had anglers working hard for their catches with the trout heading to the deep areas in the middle of dam. However, a cooler spell at the weekend and a bumper stocking Thursday saw anglers catching at both ends of the dam wall. Mark Sivills, from Brotton, fished the west end of the dam wall with legered worm and White Gulp Egg, taking his eight fish limit by early afternoon. Jake Dale, from Stokesley, and Harry Noble, from Whitby, both went to the east end rocks to get their eight fish limits using green and yellow PowerBait and worm. Fly anglers had consistent sport all week with a Silver Invicta the stand-out fly and all the action was recorded from the east end bay. Anthony Southworth took 12 cracking fish from the east end bay, returning four including a nice 4lb 8oz rainbow. All his fish fell to Invicta and Viva flies. Les Wheatley, from Skelton, fished the moorside and east end bay on a catch and release permit, returning four fish including a nice 3lb 12oz rainbow and the heaviest of week, a lovely 5lb rainbow, all caught on Kate McLaren and Silver Invicta.

Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
During July and now into August the fishing has been productive. Wet and cooler conditions have brought fish closer to the surface where they have been actively feeding. In these conditions anglers have been catching well, mainly with floating and intermediate lines fished with mini lures and nymphs. In a recent fishery match 13 anglers landed 47 trout. Chris Bolt, of Exeter, landed the largest rainbow of the month at 4lb 2oz fishing a Damsel Nymph. Chris's three-fish bag weighed 7lb 10oz. Christine Harris, of Penryn, landed a good seven-fish bag for 12lb 12oz using a Damsel Nymph.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending August 14 the 88 rods caught 254 fish for a rod average of three. On the whole a good week despite mainly bright conditions, apart from Thursday and Friday which were near perfect for mid August being showery and overcast. Water quality is still 100%. Boats have the edge over bank sport with the fish feeding well out over the depths. Even on clear, bright days fish are high up and feeding well. A drifting boat covering plenty of water is the best bet, fishing with traditional patterns such as Soldier Palmer, Silver Invicta etc. Don’t forget the washing-line with a FAB or small Booby on the point and Diawl Bachs and Crunchers somewhere along the cast. After a decent stocking of double figure fish a fortnight ago, Mr Alpin landed a cracking 10lb 11oz rainbow this week. Reduced rate evening tickets from 5.30pm are available until the end of this month and with fishing until 8:30 to 9pm a few good hours are still to be had.
A reminder of the fund-raising event for Cancer Research UK on September 12, organized by John Steels. If you’re unable to attend then donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/john-Steels

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
This last week we welcomed 50 visiting anglers compared with the previous week’s 64. But on both occasions anglers managed a rod average of well over three fish. Numbers have been kept low this week due to the recent rains which has started the runs of salmon on both the Tees and the Wear. R. Green caught 12 fish and was closely followed by M. Watson with 11 fish, B. McKewon caught 10 fish, M. Rook had seven and R.B. Roy caught six fish. The best fish of the week was a fine 7lb 2oz rainbow caught by C. Clarke. CdCs have been performing well as usual along with Pink Bloodworm, Olive Damsel, Black Zonkers and Black Buzzers. The lakes remain open until 7pm for the month of August.