England Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 31st, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
Bewl fished very well at the end of last week and over the weekend with many anglers catching eight or more trout from the surface. Catch average for the week remained high at an excellent 4.56. For the last few days, fishing has been more challenging. The depth of the fish has varied between two and 30 feet, depending on weather conditions. The water has also started to colour up but the good news is ‘The Bubble’ is back on. Best areas for boats are the main bowl, front of the playground and Chingley. Bank fishing is, as always in the summer, quite difficult. Best places have been the dam wall and Chingley. Successful flies have been Boobies, Blobs, Minkies, Cormorants and Buzzers. An early reminder that no boats are available on the following dates - September 16 (Grand Max) and October 17, 18, 19, 20, and 24 as there are large flyfishing competitions on these days. We regret breakfast will not be available in the Sailing Club at weekends and the clubhouse will be closed at least for the next few weeks.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fishing has improved with the cooler weather conditions and fish have been taken at all depths with a variety of lures and dries. Many fish in the 4lb to 8lb bracket were reported and the blue trout have been providing tremendous sport. The fish of the week was a 12lb brown trout caught by Brian Lavery, from Linton, on Dunnydeer Lake. Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught 14 fish on dries; Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caught 11 fish on Daddies and Buzzers; Michael Davison, from Rennington, caught eight fish on a Yellow Bug; Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 14 fish on an Apps’ Bloodworm; Nigel Turner, from Belford, caught 11 fish on dry Caddis and dry Deer Sedge; Dougie Purves, from Newcastle, kept three fish and returned eight on an Olive Fritz; Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 18 fish on black dries; and Willie Emery, from Newbiggin, caught 10 fish on Buzzers and dries.
Bob Scott, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, caught an 8lb 2oz rainbow from Ross Lake on a Black and Red Diawl Bach; Charlotte Moody (age six) from Newcastle, was delighted with a 4lb rainbow caught from Dunnydeer Lake on a White Bunny Leech; Ian Harrison, from Consett, caught a 5lb 3oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a White Bunny Leech; and Kevin Taylor-Walker, from North Shields, tempted three rainbows weighing 15lb 8oz in total using a red sunken Daddy and Red Diawl Bach. Members of the Hoy and Hope Fishing Club had a great day at Chatton, Stevie Greathead won the competition with the heaviest bag and received a voucher from the fishery. All the members caught fish apart from one who was presented with a Mars Bar!
School Holiday 'Junior Fly Fishing Taster Days' with Instructor Bob Smith are taking place. Limited spaces are available, please ring the fishery to book a place on 01668 215226.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Some of the best sport of the season delighted anglers over the last few days as the cool summer weather offers ideal summer feeding conditions for thousands of trout. Anglers were also delighted to cash in on recent stockings of tagged fish with four caught in just two days over the weekend. Peter Robinson, Ken Sharp, Nathan Surray and Emma Fullwood all went home £200 richer, taking the total handed out from the tagged fish pool so far this season to £3,600. Rod averages over the weekend were as high as five fish per angler and the reservoir produced some of the best summer sport seen for years. Most areas produced good catches with both sides of the dam wall proving hot spots. Fish were keen to take lures on floating lines and also legered Pink Mice-tails. Anglers also commented on the closeness of the fish to the margins which is very unusual for the summer months and can only be attributed to the unseasonably cold conditions. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black and Peacock Spider, Muddlers, Hawthorn, Black Gnat, Bibio, Black Fritz and Montana.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
A week of unpredictable weather has resulted in fish moving from deeper water into shallows giving some great sport. Those that adapted their tactics and location to the conditions were by far the most successful and once feeding trout were located anglers enjoyed success using legered rigs with a combination of different baits such as PowerBait and worm. The top method still continues to be roaming tactics, casting and walking with Mepps and Toby lures as the trout still continue to come out of the depths and hunt and feed on fry in the shallows. This is more evident early in the morning or in the evening. Mr Green caught eight pristine trout for 30lb 12oz with his best fish weighing in at 6lb 8oz, 4lb 12oz and 4lb. These were all taken on the south shore using bait. J.B. Wilson took eight rainbows for 22lb 8oz and also returned 12 fish. Pete Watson also netted eight quality rainbow trout for 21lb taken on a Dawson’s Olive on the north shore. This was just a few of many limits in excess of 18lb this week. The best area for fly anglers has still been the western end near the nature reserve boundary or near the dam wall on an evening. Best flies are Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio and Cat’s Whisker.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good summer’s rod average of 3.79 and 30% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. The best rainbow of 5lb 8oz was taken by John Vincent. Bank anglers have enjoyed some good sport, particularly on the dam and the most effective bank methods have been fishing floating lines with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Crunchers and Diawl Bachs. However, when the wind direction has been favourable, Deep Water and Pylon Points have also produced good catch rates. Season ticket holder Johnny Johnson caught a superb overwintered rainbow of 5lb 2oz on a floating line with a GRHE while fishing the dam early morning. Boat anglers have also had a good week with plenty of bag limits taken from a number of areas on the reservoir particularly G,B and I Buoys, south dam, Rectory Bay, Deep Water Point, Arthur’s Cove and Gaynes Cove. The best boat methods have been to fish floating or fast glass lines with FABs, Blobs, Nemos, Crunchers, GRHE, Diawl Bachs and Cormorants at a steady or slow retrieve.
Six teams of six anglers fished the AWAI Midland Final, catching 223 trout for an impressive rod average of 6.19. Three places in the International final at Rutland Water in early October were up for grabs. The winning team on the day was Rio Masters who caught 44 trout for 95lb 5oz. Second were Reservoir Dogs with 43 fish for 91lb 8oz and third Elinor with 40 fish for 84lb 9oz. Top individual was Graham Pearson (Rio Masters) from Leicester who caught 14 trout for 28lb 13oz. Graham’s method on the day was to fish a fast glass line with a FAB, Cruncher, Blob and a Nemo at G buoy. The heaviest fish of the match was an overwintered 4lb 2oz rainbow caught by Ian Whiteside (Greylags). 
Keith Gilchrist was top rod in this week’s Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League, catching five trout from Sailing Club Bay on a Di-3 line with a Booby and a Blob.
Following the discovery of an invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), at Pitsford Water it is important that anglers continue to follow the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ procedures in place.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham  
The week started well on Monday when David Gallimore caught eight fish along with M. Cowin. Worm, PowerBait Eggs and spinner were all successful. Tuesday and Wednesday were very productive with lots of fish caught in shallow water in front of the lodge. As the week progressed the fish spread out and found their way into all areas of the reservoir. S. Hodgson landed eight fish at the white post, his biggest at 5lb was also the heaviest fish of the week. J. Walsh also had a good day at the west end with a total weigh in of 18lb 7oz for eight fish with PowerBait Eggs the successful bait for both anglers. The dam wall was the best location on Friday for Bram Booth and his two daughters who landed their limit which included four fish over 3lb. The fish are certainly spreading out now and successful anglers are those seeking out the fish, moving to different areas and exploring the entire reservoir. Fish were also at varied distances this week, moving with the changing conditions from the shallow to deep as temperatures rise and fall and the wind changes direction. When the winds drop fish could be seen feeding everywhere on the surface which many anglers took advantage of using fly and floatfished PowerBait. Best flies are Black Hopper, Black Zonker and Black Fritz.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Unsettled weather remained for the most of the week as blustery winds and heavy persistent rain presented difficult conditions for fishing over many days. Boats were left coupled to the jetty on Saturday as low pressure and unseasonal conditions continued to give visitors challenging periods throughout the week. Despite the challenging conditions anglers managed to locate fish over various marks, especially from the Goldfish Bowl and Hall Point where floating lines and Buzzers resulted in higher catch rates. Mr Kenward recorded the best catch of the week taking eight fish, which included a fine rainbow of 5lb 4oz. PowerBait remains the favourite bait from the bank with productive swims located on the main dam, Middlemead as well as between the Peninsula and Inlet. Best flies are Bloodworm, Black Buzzers, Montana and Damsel Nymph. From Monday July 13 until August 31, 2015 all midweek boats will be reduced to £10 and all weekend boats are reduced to £20 for a full day.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
The fish have spread into all areas of the reservoir in recent days. Anglers prepared to explore the entire reservoir and change tactics to suit conditions have faired well this week. Lots of feeding fish have been seen at the boil at the west end and also at Newhouse Bay and Deep Bay. The rod average spiked Tuesday to an astonishing eight fish per angler and catches were excellent the rest of the week. Indeed, half of the anglers on Thursday caught their eight fish limits and specimens of up to 4lb were landed. Intermediate lines and Coral Dancers fished well again this week for George Samms and Joe Watson with six fish each, the best of them over 4lb 8oz. When calm waters were encountered Brown Daddies were the order of the day. However, weather conditions continued to disrupt anglers and fish feeding habits and the shallow waters close to the banks produced as many fish as the much deeper sections of the reservoir. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy and Diawl Bach. Best areas are the boil, Deep Bay, Newhouse Bay and both banks from the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The cooler midsummer interlude has invigorated feeding fish, which are freely rising and providing great top of the water sport. James Krone and his wife Claire, from Amble, fished a team of traditional flies to take 16 fish. The majority fell to a Black Hopper, Orange Muddler and a Goldhead Nymph on the point. They were caught in Plashetts and the tip of Whickhope Bay. With so many fish on the surface bait anglers have found bubble floats with worm and PowerBait the more productive method. Small spinners have also been taking fish along the Hawkhope Bank to the Belling Inlet. Best flies are Hoppers, Orange Blob, Cormorant and Montana Nymph.
Please note, the Kielder Team of Four boat competition is fully booked for Sunday August 2 and subsequently no boats are available for hire.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pat Flynn caught and returned over 60 fish in three visits to Pitsford fishing with nymphs on floating lines. D. Finch-Noyes has enjoyed some excellent evening bank fishing, taking fish of 5lb 4oz, 4lb 8oz and 3lb 12oz, along with several other smaller fish. The rod average continues at a healthy 3.7 for the week. It has been a mixed a week with some anglers finding the fishing easy while others have struggled. Fish are still in the margins and floating lines and imitative patterns are the best. The best boat areas are Sailing Club bank, Brixworth Bay, Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay. Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Point, Gravels, Rigby’s Point, Sailing Club Bank, and Duffers Reach.
Following the discovery of an invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), at Pitsford Water it is important that anglers continue to follow the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ procedures in place.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Drifting across the main bowl Mark Draper caught 20 fish on Thursday, all on dries from a drifting boat. A mixed week of sport, some days the fish have been up in the water feeding well and on other days fish have been harder to tempt. Best methods have been floating line with dries such as Hoppers or Daddies, small nymphs or Damsels fished washing-line style. Keith Bowen won the boat club again on Thursday evening with Mick Griffin second. Most anglers caught on Diawl Bachs or dries. Following the discovery of an invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), at Pitsford Water it is important that anglers continue to follow the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ procedures in place.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Chris Halliday, of Bourne, visited Rutland Water for the first time on Saturday guided by Cameron Neil. They ventured down the North Arm where Chris was rewarded with a specimen brown weighing 6lb 10oz, the best fish of the week. A fine specimen rainbow weighing 5lb 5oz fell to the rod of Mick Connor of Wetherby who fished a Suspender Hare’s Ear down the South Arm. Matthew Holroyd recorded consecutive limits over the weekend, Normanton bank being his preferred area. Those anglers persevering with the bottom of the North Arm have had sport from quality fish from the boats and bank with dry fly being the method. It is important not to disturb the shallow water down here as these corixa-feeding fish are easily spooked. In brighter conditions the washing-line method with floating line and a fluorocarbon leader with small FABs and small nymphs (sparsely tied size 12 to 14s) have scored.
The main basin has provided the bulk of sport for anglers on the boats this week, with large numbers of fish congregated from Normanton Church all the way through to Fantasy Island, feeding hard on daphnia. The rudder has scored on days with more wind and these fish have been taken relatively high in the water with Di-3 being most consistent and glass lines coming into their own when less wind has prevailed. Anglers fishing loch-style have also successfully targeted the Normanton bank, mostly with Di-3 and combinations of Blobs and small Boobies doing the damage. Yellowstone has seen fish taken within casting range of the bank with a midge-tip/nymph attack scoring well.
An excellent return for the anglers fishing the Tuesday Night Boat League last week with 11 anglers recording 33 fish. Top rod on the evening was Toff Crowther with seven fish for 13lb 12oz, in second was Keith Jones with six fish for 12lb 4oz and in third Mick Bennett with five fish for 9lb 3oz. The biggest fish of the evening fell to Chris Binley at 3lb 12oz. This week’s result saw Keith Jones overtaking Richard Cooper at the top of the league with 47 points to Richard’s 42.
Following the discovery of an invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), at Pitsford Water it is important that anglers continue to follow the ‘Check, Clean, Dry’ procedures in place.

Scaling Dam Reservoir, Cleveland
Cooler more stabile conditions meant the fish were very active, once again preferring the shallow waters around the east end of the reservoir and some superb catches were recorded by both bait and fly anglers. The week got off to a flying start on Monday with a rod average of 5.9 and Derek Ogden, from Redcar, enjoying a fantastic Loyalty Day on fly catching 29 rainbows and returning 19 using a combination of a Silver and Gold Invicta and Cow Dung flies. Mid week the rod average reached six fish per angler some days with anglers buying second permits and totalling 16 fish for the day. Not quite all the action was at the east end as Mac Allen, from Eston, landed a very nice 3lb 7oz rainbow from the Jetty on a worm and White PowerBait cocktail. Two rainbows topped the chart this week, both caught at the east end and both weighing 4lb 12oz. One of these beauties was one of 16 caught by Harry Noble, from Whitby, and the second was one of 12 caught by Michelle Wheeler, from Redcar, and partner on a family permit. Michelle landed this beauty last cast of the day on blue PowerBait with white Mice-tail cocktail. Best flies are Silver Invicta, March Brown, Mallard & Claret and Cow Dung.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending July 24, the 73 rods caught 197 trout for a rod average of 2.7. With the school summer holidays now upon us there has been a slightly reduced footfall this past week which is a shame as decent fishing conditions have kept a fairly stable rod average for the time of year. Sport has been reasonable from boat and bank with a variety of methods worth a shot. From the bank options are more limited due to the weed growth. Those that enjoy surface fishing should embrace this and fish a short controlled line. Orange and Fiery Brown Shipman’s have been the best patterns from the bank. From the boats dry fly sport has been good and on other days intermediates and sinkers teamed with Blobs, Boobies and Sparklers have all pulled their fair share of fish. As always cover the water by fishing on the drift using a drogue on breezier days.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
The quiet spell on the waters has continued and the 62 visiting anglers returned another very hard-fought rod average of 2.1 fish. What the lakes lacked in bag numbers this week was certainly made up for by the quality of fish caught. M. Dorritt and C. Pinkney both caught an impressive 8lb rainbow each, T. Carr caught a fine 7lb specimen while P. Rowland had an equally impressive 6lb rainbow. A. Spencer had the best bag of the week managing six fish, R.L. Jordan and S. Kirkbridge both had five fish each and R.B. Roy caught four fish. By far the best flies in this tricky week have been CdCs and Buzzers.