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.