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

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The aerators kept most of Chatton Lake ice-free at the beginning of the week and all three lakes were clear by Thursday and have been producing fantastic sport. Lots of anglers have been well into double-figures with a rod average of 6.1. A variety of patterns and methods have worked well but lures have been the most successful. Some anglers even had success with dries on the surface. This week George Burton, from Ashington, kept two fish and returned 10 caught on a Peach Cat’s Whisker. Rodney Burn, from Blyth, kept three fish and returned seven on a Yellow Dancer, black lures and Bloodworms. Abdul Muhit, from Morpeth, kept five fish and returned 11 using a White Fritz and Diawl Bachs. Michael Cothay, from Stanley, kept four and returned 11 using Cat’s Whiskers. Father and son Peter and Ryan Matthews, from Bishop Auckland, caught 28 fish between them on black lures. Scott Nellins, from Ashington, caught 14 fish on Buzzers. Steve Cochrane, from Guidepost, kept four and returned 15 using lures. Colin Harrison, from Whickham, had a great day using Buzzers and lures to catch 17 fish. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, caught 14 fish on Squirmy Worms.
Members of the Chatton Ladies Angling Club enjoyed their monthly get together on Saturday February 14, with the majority of the ladies catching fish. The next meeting is on Saturday March 14 starting at 9.30am and everyone is welcome.
Chatton regular Max Fawcus, aged 11, from Seahouses, caught two rainbows on a Black and Red Buzzer and a Red Bloodworm.
Chatton Ladies AC member Marion Matthewman, from Horncliffe, caught a 4lb 7oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Red Buzzer.
Steven Gillespie, from Blyth, caught a 5lb rainbow from Ross Lake on an Amber Bloodworm. The fishery will be closing at 5pm this week.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A fantastic opening weekend on February 14-15 with reasonable weather, a rod average of over eight and 74 fish over 4lb reported. The 88 anglers caught 714 fish of which 522 were returned. Bank anglers did better than boat anglers with most fish being caught within 15 yards of the bank. Quite a few overwintered fish were caught including a superb 9lb 11oz rainbow. Many anglers used small lures and caught well if they used a slow retrieve. Best fish included one of 10lb 8oz for Paul Gillies, from Desborough, on a white/green lure; 10lb 2oz for Barry Read, from Northampton, on a Damsel; 9lb 11oz for David Cheesley, from Cambridge, on a Bloodworm; and 9lb 7oz for Sean Roe, from Kettering, on a white/green lure. All bank areas are holding fish, especially dam, brookside and shallow bay. Boats doing well anchored off the dam, and at gravel bar and shallow bay. Best patterns are Green Pea, Montana, Cat’s Whisker, small Damsel, Orange or Tequila Blob, Bloodworm, GRHE and Black Buzzer.
Elinor will be holding the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 19 with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. The final will be filmed by the Sky Sports 'Tight Lines' programme. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 14 and April 5. Full details and entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham Water opens for the season on Friday March 6.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Come and meet Anglian Water’s fisheries team at Pitsford Water’s Open House on February 21, from 10am to 3pm (the fishery opens for the season on February 28). This is a great opportunity to meet with fishery staff. Flash Attack Flies and Greys will also be present. Senior coach Peter Hartley will be on hand, offering casting sessions. Light refreshments will be served, copies of our new Hooked 2015 magazine will be available and season permits will be on sale. Fisheries manager Jon Marshall said: “We are really looking forward to meeting anglers for a chat about the new season. One of the highlights will be the draw from last season’s ticket returns which will see one lucky angler winning a Gold Season ticket to fish the 2015 season for free!”

Ravensthorpe Water, Northamptonshire
Plans for the new season are well under way. Pike anglers have already been out on the water with fish being taken on the lure as well as dead baits. Trout fishing starts on Friday February 27 with expectations high for some good-sized fish.

Rutland Water, Rutland
It will be an early start to the season with Rutland Water opening on Friday March 13. Stocking will commence very early in March with rainbows and browns.

Stocks Reservoir, Lancashire
Stocks Reservoir opens this Saturday (February 21), and to get their 20th anniversary season off to a flying start they have stocked with some specimen browns. One of these huge specimen fish has been sponsored by Hardy Greys and its capture will earn you a new Greys GR50 fly rod of your choice and the new GTS700 reel to match. Stocks will load on a Greys Platinum floating line and backing to complete a great outfit. These prize brownies are over and above the usual tagged fish that, on capture, will earn you anything from a free day’s fishing to £50 and £100 tackle vouchers and the star prize of £500 cash! Please note that brownies do have to be returned until they come into season March 15. If a tagged brownie is caught prior to this date, the tag may be removed and brought up to the lodge. Over 4000 top quality trout, including some really big browns and rainbows, have been released into the reservoir so don’t go too light with the leader strength. All the boats have been booked for the opening day, to book a boat after that call Stocks on 01200 446602.

Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
Poor weather has restricted fishing throughout January and into February. In freezing conditions the lake has been frozen over. On the days when conditions have been favourable anglers have ventured out to fish and have been rewarded. Chris Tippett, of Whiddon Down, landed a five fish bag for 10lb 2oz fishing a black and red fritz. Alan Thomson, of Roche, landed a good 4lb 12oz rainbow fishing a black and green fritz. Alan landed three rainbows for 8lb 8oz.