England Troutmasters reports for week-ending January 23rd, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
This is one of the best times to visit with floating lines and small lures producing “easy fishing” with hard-fighting rainbows in great condition. A nice warm lodge available. Several anglers this week caught into double-figures and some of the larger resident fish also made an appearance. Tuition and rod hire available for beginners, contact fishery manager Paul Speed on 07525 730447 or visit http://www.blackdykefishing.co.uk/ Blackdyke will be holding the first heat of the Airflo Bankmasters on Sunday February 15, details to be announced soon.

Chalk Springs Trout Fishery, Sussex
January has been a bit of a quieter month, and the weather hasn’t been exactly kind. For those fishermen brave enough to venture out, the fishing has been excellent. Most people have bagged-up fairly easily, with plenty of anglers returning for second or even third tickets. The best fly continues to be the Goldhead Damsel, but Bloodworms and Cat’s Whiskers have also been effective. Not much action on the surface, unsurprisingly, although occasionally one or two fish have been caught on dries or Buzzers. Rainbows to 9lb and browns to 8lb were among the best caught this month. A few of the blue rainbows have come out too, but they are quite fussy and hard to catch. Stalking the bigger fish has been a bit tricky due to the wind and rain.
This quieter period gives time to carry out any maintenance on the lakes and over the past few weeks, in between the weed cutting, staff have also been trimming out some overgrown trees and some of the reed beds around the lakes in preparation for the year ahead. Hopefully the weather will improve for February and we can look forward to some sunny days for the half-term week – don’t forget our ‘father and son’ discounted tickets.
The new-style season ticket is continuing to prove very popular. You simply join for 12 months for £150, then purchase blocks of 10 fish for £75 - you can then fish any number of times until the 10 fish have been caught. This gives you a guaranteed 100% catch rate. You then purchase further blocks of 10 fish, as and when required, until the annual renewal date. This is ideal for those fishermen who can’t always commit to a full day at a time, or only have short periods of free time to pop in for a quick fish. For full details, check the website or call at the fishery.
The fishing should continue to be consistent through February and into March, especially if things warm up a bit and some of the natural fly life starts to hatch.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Despite the mixed weather conditions all three lakes have been fishing well. On calmer days fish can be seen on the surface tempting some anglers to try dry flies. Lures have been very productive again this week. Chatton regular Dougie McMurdo, from Ashington, was delighted with a 5lb 6oz rainbow he caught from Ross Lake on a Black Fritz. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, caught 13 on a Black Bunny Leech. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 11 fish on Bloodworms and Zonkers. Robbie Bell, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, caught 10 fish using various lures. Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 11 fish on Black Buzzers. Peter Davidson, from New Hartley, caught 10 fish on Cormorants. The Fishery will be closing at 4.30pm this week.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham season starts on Friday, March 6. Season tickets will be available to purchase from Saturday February 21, with a wide range of options. Call 01480 810531 for details.

Pitsford Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Pitsford Water’s Open House day is on Saturday February 21 when anglers can meet Anglian Water’s fisheries team from 10am to 3pm. Talk to representatives from a number of fishing tackle manufacturers and fly suppliers. Season permits will be available and it’s a good opportunity to chat about the season, get some help with casting techniques and see the latest fly-tying techniques. The draw from last year’s season ticket catch returns will be held and the winning ticket will receive a Gold permit. Pitsford then opens for the season on Saturday February 28. Call 01604 781350 for details.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
The new season at Ravensthorpe opens on Friday, February 27 and runs to December 31 for bank anglers, with boat fishing available from opening day to the end of November, subject to weather conditions. Season tickets will be available to purchase from Saturday February 21, with a wide range of options. Call 01604 770875 for details.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Rutland opens on Friday March 13. Season tickets will be available to purchase from Saturday February 21, with a wide range of options. Call 01780 686441 for details.

Thornwood Springs Fly Fishery, Essex
On lake one Black Damsels, Blue-flash Damsels, Montanas, Dancers and Cat’s Whiskers were working well. Even a dry fly was used in a milder spell and had some offers. Anglers are taking up to six fish and the aerator is in use on frosty nights to keep the lake fishable. On lake two tungsten-bead n, Dancers and Buzzers are catching fish with a few double-figure browns recorded. All anglers on lake three are taking their limits, mainly to small Damsels with a blue hothead. Fish to 9lb taken. Work has started on a new lodge this week amongst a few other upgrades. Entry forms now available for the Iain Barr Airflo Bankmasters heats which take place on February 22 and March 29.