England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 28th, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
Little has changed over the last week with fishing still fairly challenging. Trout are showing on the surface at times and nipping at the flies but not taking them. Other times, in bright sunlight, they are going deeper. The water is beginning to clear after recent wind and showers. A further 1500 rainbows were stocked on August 12 and catch average for the week based on returns is 2.49 fish per rod, still very good for August. Best areas for boats are the main bowl, Chingley and Hook Straight. Bank fishing will improve as the water temperature cools, while for now anglers are catching a few in the deeper water by the dam wall and Chingley. Successful flies have once again been Minkies, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Boobies and Blobs. Catch and release is still suspended at the time of writing. Any method fishing is not available on Saturday September 5.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The fishing this week has been up and down again with some anglers catching well. Small flies are still the order of the day. Overcast days saw better sport. After many years of tuition Blackdyke’s fishery manager Paul Speed has passed the exam to become a professional game angling instructor.

Burrator Reservoir, Devon
Water levels at Burrator have now dropped fairly significantly and the reservoir is about 50% full. This means that a lot of the banks are now easily accessible for bank anglers. The Longstone Peninsula continues to be the most popular location and there are plenty of natural buzzers and sedges hatching, so Emerger patterns, dry Sedges and Hawthorns fished on the surface are producing good results. The best fishing, however, is to be had using nymphs, particularly Diawl Bachs, Montanas, Buzzers and Damsels, on an intermediate line. The best fish of the month was a 3lb 11oz rainbow, caught by local angler Peter Macconnell, using a Nomad fished from the bank.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has varied this week depending on the time of day and weather. During the day fishing has been challenging when it has been very bright and hot. When overcast fish have been rising and taking small dries. Evenings have been very productive and sport has been exciting. Wansbeck and Blyth Fly Fishing Club enjoyed a friendly competition on Saturday when Peter Marshall, from Blyth, landed a 4lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Buzzer. Bob Smith, from Morpeth, was delighted with a 5-6lb brown trout caught from Chatton Lake on a size 14 Black and Peacock Spider. Closing at 8.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
The warm weather pushed fish deep as water temperatures reached their highest of the season. Despite continued stocking the fish remained lethargic and given some fresher weather sport should improve. Despite challenging conditions better sport has been experienced between Pow Hill and Hunter House. Kevin Fletcher, from Wolsingham, had four nice fish last Monday including the biggest fish of the week at 4lb. Further eight fish catches from a similar area were taken on Wednesday and Thursday with D. Wilson and T. Ashbridge both taking 15lb catches on PowerBait. Bait anglers were best served with legered orange Mice Tails with the point at Hunter House the hotspot. Fly anglers are casting to an abundance of rising fish after 5pm on most nights that are feeding on small surface flies as well as water born insects. The best imitation for these has been Buzzers and nymphs fished under a bung or dry flies drifted on the surface. With fresher weather forecast we expect to see an improvement in sport as fish move back into the margins to feed. Best flies are Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, Viva and Nomad. Best areas are Pow Hill, Hunter House, Cronkley, Meadow, and North Bank.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week of August 17-23 the 112 anglers caught 306 fish of which 204 were returned. The fishing is still challenging but better than usual for the time of year. Along with the recent hotspots a few fish are coming from most areas of the lake. Water clarity has greatly improved over the last week. The last few damsels continue to hatch on the warmer days along with decent numbers of black buzzers. Trout are also feeding on snails and corixa near the weed beds and daphnia in the open water. With the water temperature continuing to drop the fishing should start to improve as we enter September. Best fish were 4lb 8oz to C. Peach on a Black Buzzer from a boat; 4lb 5oz to David Gill, from Newark, on a GRHE from a boat; and 4lb to Jim Nixon, from Kettering, on a Grey Duster. The best brown of 3lb 9oz was caught by Ronnie Madder, from Oundle, on a Black Buzzer. Best bank areas are the east arm, coarse bank, creek, and dam (in a north wind). Best boat areas are the east arm, west arm, pylon point, and down middle. Best patterns are Red or Green Cruncher, GRHE, Black/Brown or Claret Hopper, small Damsel, small Black Buzzer, and white/green lures. The half price boat offer will continue for the rest of August and the whole of September.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
In a week of mainly bright warm days interspersed with a couple of days of persistent rain anglers used a variety of tactics to record some fine catches. Floatfished natural worm or Mice Tails worked well near feeder streams while leger or spinning tactics were most effective on brighter days with early mornings and late afternoons the best times to find active fish. Barry Wilson had an early start last Friday, switching between leger and fly to record the heaviest catch of the week. Barry’s catch of eight rainbows weighed 24lb 12oz which included four fish over 3lb and one at 4lb 8oz. This catch was taken on chartreuse PowerBait Eggs and Barry also returned two taken on the fly. John Hall landed the fish of the week, a 5lb 3oz beauty caught on legered orange PowerBait to top off an eight-fish limit catch for 23lb 6oz. John Rollin used the same bait and method in the South Shore Bay to land a 4lb 14oz fish. Twelve-year-old Ethan Shergold accounted for the bulk of his family’s nine fish catch which included a personal best 3lb rainbow caught on floatfished yellow Mice Tails near the North Shore Burn. It was a happy birthday for Karl Slater who caught six rainbows for 16lb 12oz on leger and spinning tactics. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black Zonker, Peter Ross and Black Ant. Best areas are North Shore feeder stream and dam wall.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
The best rainbow of the week, and season to date weighed 6lb 11oz and was recorded by J. Hickson, of Colchester. The variable weather swinging from high winds one day to hot still the next has made fishing very unpredictable. The bank anglers have enjoyed a great week at the south end of the dam to the valve tower on floating lines with Shrimp patterns and Hare’s Ears. Some anglers are taking up to 12 fish up to 5lb, all catch and release. Boat fishing has again been good at the south end of the dam, especially from drifting boats into open water. Most anglers have been using an intermediate to fast glass lines with Boobies, Tequila Blobs, and Hare’s Ears. Floating lines with dry flies have proved successful as the fish have not been that deep, only around two feet. Areas producing fish this week include the Willows to G Buoy, 100 metres out from the shoreline. Some nice fish have been coming out of Savages Creek up to 4lb on dries and also from the Seat, approximately 100 metres out.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Consistency is the word this week as fish continue to be stocked at both ends twice a week giving the fish a chance to spread to all areas of the reservoir. Many anglers enjoyed walking the entire four miles around the reservoir in pursuit of the feeding fish. Changing methods often and alternating from worm to spinner and PowerBait has greatly improved catch rates. At the beginning of the week almost every angler caught fish and in good numbers too, Wednesday and Thursday saw lots of limit catches recorded. The north bank and the sheltered bays along the south bank as well as the west end produced some great sport with plenty of 3lb fish brought to the net. The bright weather at the weekend sent the fish a little deeper and floatfished worm on a long trace was very effective. C. Fall tempted the best fish of the week on worm at 4lb 4oz; Mick and Sharon McKimm had 10 fish using float and then leger; and on Sunday Ian Clark had six rainbows and two nice wild brownies. The Errington family also had nine fish between them with specimens up to 3lb. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cats Whisker. Best areas are the dam wall, White Post and sheltered bays.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
The introduction of some home-grown specimen rainbow trout has certainly spiced up the sport for visiting rods this week. Both bait, lure and fly anglers have landed some impressive trout this week particularly from the areas close to the inlet. David Fuegi enjoyed a day spinning and landed eight fish for 51lb 8oz. This heavyweight catch included rainbows of 8lb 8oz, 8lb 4oz, 7lb 8oz and 7lb. Hasan Ali landed the heaviest rainbow of the week and of the season to date, a fine specimen at 11lb. This fish was caught from the natural bank and was tempted on Powerbait. Junior anglers enjoyed some great sport with Eitvidas Preisegolavicius, aged 10, catching a fish of 8lb from the deep water on a spinner. A considerable number of prize rainbows have also been recorded from the boat and bank from the Peninsula this week. The best method was to use a floating line with nymphs accounting for numerous rainbows between 4lb and 8lb. Best flies are Buzzers, Montana, Damsel and Orange FM. Best bank areas are the Peninsula, dam wall, and inlet wall. Best boat areas are the Goldfish Bowl, inlet, main dam wall, and Bubbles Lines when on.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Top of the water sport has been good this week with lots of midges and some signs of heather fly on the water. The best method has been to use dry flies or teams of traditional wets pulled through the waves resulting in aggressive takes and fish on the bank. In the brighter conditions the fish are deeper and the usual suspects like Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker on a varied retrieve are still producing good catches. As in previous weeks lots of changing conditions mean lots of changing techniques and methods which, if nothing else keeps anglers on their toes. Warm weather means the fish are looking for oxygenated water at inlets and the boil and deeper water so it’s worth bearing this in mind when choosing marks to fish. Calm evenings have seen some fantastic rises across the reservoir and any dark dry fly should bring rewards. Best areas are the boil, Newhouse Bay and Corporal Hill.

Kennick Reservoir, Devon
Rods consistently averaged around two fish per angler throughout the month, with boat anglers doing slightly better than their bank counterparts. Both static and drifting tactics were successful for the boats, who caught most of their fish over the Middle, Narrows and Top End of the fishery; the Top End and Narrows also proved to be the best location for bank anglers. Dark dry patterns fished well, particularly Hawthorns and dark Buzzer Emergers, while shallow fished nymph patterns, particularly Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Montanas and teams of Buzzers, proved to be the most productive tactics. Deeper fished lures (Boobies and Cat’s Whiskers) caught fish nearer the dam. A 4lb 4oz rainbow (as part of a full bag) was caught by M. Ure, from St Gennys, using Buzzers fished from a boat at the Top End. A. Willcocks, from Paignton, caught a full bag of rainbows up to 4lb 2oz using a Damsel Nymph fished from the bank at the Top End. Water levels at Kennick have held up well and are still at top level.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The fishing has been good with an overall rod average of 2.2 fish per angler and numerous good quality rainbows over 3lb have featured in returns. The heaviest fish caught this week was a cracking rainbow of 5lb 2oz taken by Jane Scott, from Rothbury. Jane was flyfishing at Leaplish with a Goldhead Hare’s Ear nymph. Boat anglers have also had some great top of the water sport in Whickhope and off Scotch Rocks. Anglers fishing a team of flies have had the best success, with a Floating Fry, Daddy or Muddler on the top dropper. These buoyant patterns create a wake and bring fish up to the surface. Nymphs and lures fished below those patterns have also taken fish. A large number of minnows and fry have been seen close to the shore on warmer days and trout have been actively feeding on them. Anglers targeting those fish using large fish-imitating lures or spinners have enjoyed some exciting sport as the trout chase their lures and take them close to the bank or boat. Best flies are Orange Muddler, Blobs, Montana and a Minkie lure. Best boat areas are the Belling Inlet, Whickhope and Scotch Rocks. Best bank areas are Stocky Bay and Leaplish. Boats in time is now back at the jetty for 7pm.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford continues to fish well from the boats but has steadied up from the bank. The rod average for the week is 2.5 and there have been some nice bags of fish coming to the scales. Mr Gamble boat-fished and had a fine rainbow of 4lb 8oz, while Paul Hopkins has been out twice this week fishing with dries and has had 12 fish. The Anglian Water Rudder match on August 22 was won by Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with 11 fish for 21lb 10oz. In second place were Jeff Bedford and Rob Teasdale with five fish for 12lb 8oz. Jeff Bedford took the biggest fish, a fine rainbow of 4lb 8oz. Best boat areas are Bog Bay, Stonebarn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are North Fields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, and Sailing Club Bay.
The lure fishing for trout continues until the end of the month and there have been some good catches to this method. Predator fishing has had mixed results this week with perch up to 3lb 13oz caught from the deep water at the dam.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe continues to fish well. Dry fly fishing is still accounting for most of the fish but the washing-line with Red Diawl Bachs and Crunchers is also working well. Charlie Watts opted for the washing-line to land 12 fish on Friday, fishing from a drifting boat and pulling them across the surface. Mick Spencer opted for the washing-line with Diawl Bachs and caught nine fish, again a drifting boat was best. Mr Turner fished small black dries from a drifting boat in the main bowl and landed five nice fish.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Boat anglers recorded plenty of fish last week including many limits with a very high rod average of 5.23. Fish are generally out in the deeper, cooler water of the reservoir, influencing the bank rod average which remains fairly quiet at 1.55. Fish were caught very quickly for those who sought out the aerators in the main basin. Most fish were falling to various lures from Blobs, Boobies, Snakes and tube flies throughout the week.However, Leicester angler Steve Buck had an enjoyable session fishing Silver Invicta, and Wingless Wickhams away from the aerators taking drifts up to the line of buoys at the dam.
Mainly stock fish around 2lb are showing, though there are signs of early season silvered-up fish finally being caught. Not many boats headed to the bottom of either of the arms, those who did fared better down the North Arm with fish caught at Tim Appletons and even more so at the Transformer, which saw two lots of fish stocked last week. The same number of fish was stocked at the Green Bank but it seems no boats opted to fish there.
Brendan Griffin, on holiday from Perth, Australia, borrowed a drogue from one of the rangers and enjoyed half a day’s boat fishing with three 2lb-plus rainbows to show for his efforts.
Catching your very first fish on a fly that you have tied yourself is rewarding, and that’s just what Andrew Williamson, from Grantham, did last Thursday. But this one has to be unique - family pet parrot Bertie, an African Grey, obliged by plucking out one of his red tail feathers, which combined with ostrich feathers, landed Andrew a 2lb rainbow!
Week 13 of the Tuesday Night Boat League saw anglers able to fish the aerators and helped account for the 47 fish caught in total. Winner was Richard Cooper with eight fish for 16lb 12oz and he won the overall league for the third consecutive year, winning £50 in tackle vouchers and a free midweek boat. The biggest fish in the league, taken way back in week three, was Rob Teasdale’s superb 7lb 6oz brown which him £10 in tackle vouchers.
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. Give the lodge a call on 01780 686441 to book a place.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
It’s been a rollercoaster of a week with changing conditions affecting wind, pressure and temperatures which kept the fish in deeper waters for the majority of the time. However during calm conditions the trout could often be seen rising to the surface all around the reservoir. Both bait and fly anglers had to work for their rewards and those who kept on the move and changed bait and flies regularly had the best results. George Houston, from Guisborough, enjoyed his loyalty day fishing legered baits at the east end of the reservoir ending his day with nine rainbows. Dave Ward, from Middlesbrough, used both legered and floatfished baits around the jetty area to catch his eight fish limit. Tommy Johns, from Brotton, enjoyed an afternoon session on the fly, working his way along the south shore and east bay on a catch and release permit, returning seven rainbows, two of which were estimated to be over 3lb. Best flies are Invicta, Black Nymph and Kate McLaren. Best areas are east end and the jetty.

Siblyback Reservoir, Cornwall
The mixed weather conditions have resulted in some inconsistent fishing, with weekly rod averages varying between under one fish up to 2.3 fish per angler. Bank anglers have generally enjoyed better sport than boats, with the best fishing to be had in Stocky Bay, The Marshes and Diggers Bench. Sedges, Klinkhamers and Black and Peacock Spiders fished in the surface film have all produced good dry fly fishing, but the best sport was to be had with small nymph imitations, particularly Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Hare’s Ears as well as larger Damsel Nymphs. Pulled Cat’s Whiskers also produced some good sport. L. Roberts, from Plymouth, caught the best fish of the month, – a 5lb 2oz rainbow.

Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
As the month progressed and the water warmed, the boat anglers enjoyed the better sport. Weekly rod averages from the bank varied between 2.3 and 3.1 fish per angler with Ruggs and Bessoms the best areas. The boats improved from 2.8 to 8.6 fish per angler, fishing well when drifting into Ruggs and Bessoms, as well the Upton Arm and over the deeper water by the dam. Sedges, Black Gnats, CdC Olives and Daddies have caught well from the surface but small subsurface nymph patterns (particularly Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears and Diawl Bachs and Buzzers fished in teams) fished down to a depth of five foot on a floating line, have consistently produced the best results. Orange Blobs and Pink Nomads both caught fish in the deeper water by the dam. The best fish of the month was a superb 6lb brown trout, caught and released by R. Grisley from Miinehead.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
An improvement in visitor numbers last week, particularly due to a busy last weekend. The 69 anglers enjoyed a good week’s sport and returned a decent rod average of 3.3. J. Walton, managed to reach the 15 fish limit, closely followed by N. Hart and J. Bean with 10 fish each, while B. McKewon had eight fish and N. Midgley caught six fish. The best fish of the week was a nice 6lb rainbow caught by A.P. Carrol. CdC’s have dominated the catch sheets, particularly olive and black varieties. Also performing well were Wicked White Buzzers, Hare’s Ears and Shipman’s Buzzers. Last Sunday Willington and District Angling Club paid the lakes a visit to fish their annual K.D. Johnson Memorial Trophy competition. Club members along with some lakes regular competed to gain the heaviest three-fish bag with B. Conray coming out best with a total bag weight of 9lb. Second place went to N. Fletcher with 8lb and third place was a 7lb 8oz three-fish bag caught by E. Johnson.