England Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 3rd, 2015

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The fishing has become noticeably more difficult in the current hot conditions. The mornings are still as productive as ever with plenty of fish being caught in the first couple of hours. All three lakes produced fish comfortably into double-figures. The biggest fish was a 13lb 10oz rainbow from lake one by N. Bristow, closely followed by one of 13lb 8oz to J. Farley, from lake two. Both these were caught on Damsels. Ian Davison caught a fin-perfect brown of 10lb 8oz from lake two on a Buzzer. Unfortunately some very big fish have been lost this month after burying into the weed. It is imperative that anglers use leaders of at least 6lb, preferably 8lb, and make sure that knots are checked thoroughly. Lures such as Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers are only working consistently during the first couple of hours of the day. Once the sun has warmed the water for a few hours small but well weighted offerings such as Hare's Ears, stalking bugs and beaded Buzzers are ideal and accurate casting is essential. The weedboat has been out on lake two, trimming the top foot or so after the dropping water level left little depth over the top of the weed in the middle of the lake. Avington will be closed for corporate events on July 3, 17 and 22.

Bewl Fishery, Kent
This week the fishing has been more challenging, although a number of anglers have reported catching 10 or more trout at times. Hot, humid conditions have raised the water temperature to 21.7C. Based on returns, the rod average for the week is a very good 3.15. The trout are still in the top layers of the water but are not showing on the top in the bright sunlight. Best areas for boats have again been the main bowl, Canoe Club Corner, Chingley and Hook Straight. Best areas for bank fishing have been Canoe Club Corner, Ferry Point and Chingley. Successful flies include Damsels, Cormorants, Blobs, Buzzers and Hoppers. Winners of the monthly 'returns' draw for June 2015 are Mick Priest, Peter Clark and John Barham. They will be notified by post.  A further 1500 rainbows were stocked during the week.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Some settled weather saw the fish feeding well and there was lots of top of the water action at the end of this week. Klinkhamers, CdC Buzzers and Hoppers are all taking fish lots of fish close into the reeds. There will be another coaching day at the fishery on Wednesday July 8 from 10am to 2pm, cost is £35 a head. Please ring the lodge on 07525 730447 to book your place.

Burrator Reservoir, Devon
The banks at Longstone proved to be the most popular and the most consistently productive, with anglers averaging 2.8 fish per rod, with good numbers of fish caught on black dry patterns including Hawthorns, Beetles, Black Sedges, and Bibios. Most fish were caught on floating or intermediate lines, with successful sub-surface patterns including Montanas, Damsel Nymphs and Buzzers. Boobies and Nomads caught the deeper feeding fish on sinking lines.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another week of good sport and dries, CdCs, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and nymphs have been working well. Rob Frame, from West Denton, was delighted with a beautiful 6lb brown trout, which was returned to Dunnydeer Lake. He caught it on a Black Shipman’s and returned 11 fish in total. Darren Jacques, from Blanchland, caught 10 fish on a Hare’s Ear. Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught 11 fish on a dry Sedge. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 15 on dries and Diawl Bachs. Andy Westgarth, from Greenside, caught 18 fish on CdCs and Buzzers. James Percival caught 15 fish on CdCs and a Black Cat’s Whisker. Steve Birch, from Walsall, visited twice this week, keeping five fish both days and returning 12 and then 10 fish all caught on Buzzers. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 13 fish on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Tony Robinson, from Howtel, caught a 4lb 8oz rainbow on a copper head nymph and also returned a 6lb and 5lb rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake. Colin Reid, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, tempted a 4lb 1oz rainbow on a Black Buzzer.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Anglers slowly got to grips with the warming weather and some quality rainbows. Rainbows were mainly caught on legered PowerBait and Magic Dust although bubble floats and Mice Tails worked well when there was a ripple on the water. Helen McIntyre, from Kiln Pit Hill, caught a 7lb blue trout while fishing next to the first fence using legered PowerBait. Helen is yet another successful graduate of Northumbrian Water's 'Try it days'. The reservoir fished well on Saturday with 11 anglers leaving with their eight fish limit. Dave Wilson, from Howden in Crook, caught his eight fish at Pow Hill using chartreuse PowerBait Eggs. D. Gill also had a great day on Saturday when he caught a lovely 6lb rainbow and limit of 24lb. Fly anglers have seen some great sport this week using Dawson’s Olive and traditional black flies. Daddies fished dry on the surface have also seen excellent results, especially in the evenings.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
With wind directions changing regularly, fish were kept active to the benefit of anglers as some exceptionally good sport was recorded. A combination or cocktail bait is proving most productive. This can either be fished on a float or legered bait as both methods are producing good results. When fishing legered bait it’s a good tip to increase trace length to between two and three feet to insure your bait is well in view of fish on the bottom. Many fish over 2lb have been recorded as these bigger fish become more dominant when congested in small areas. D. Allen took eight fish for 19lb 8oz and L. Little also netted eight quality fish for 18lb. Mr Richardson was delighted with his limit catch of eight fish for 17lb 8oz with one fish tipping the scales at 3lb 8oz. Mr Aynsley landed a fine brace of fish at 3lb 11oz and 3lb 5oz. Fly anglers have also made the most of roaming fish, taking good catches with well presented small black flies at the west end of the reservoir near the nature reserve as insects are blown on to the water. R. Hadley returned four fish along side A. Cook who also had a good day on the fly returning seven fish. Best flies are Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat and Bibio.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is fishing well with a good rod average of 3.88 with around one third of the fish weighing 3lb or over. Bank anglers recorded some good catches coming from the dam on floating lines with Shrimp patterns, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and Hare’s Ears fished close to the margins. Fish have also been caught at Marlow Stones, Willows, Deep Water Point and the Seat. The biggest rainbow of the week was caught by Grafham regular Andy Linwood, of Perry. Andy caught a fin-perfect rainbow of 5lb exactly from the Seat on a floating line with a Green Cruncher. The best brown at 5lb 1oz was taken by Andy Hynds. The heaviest bag of the week was taken by season ticket holder Lloyd Chantrell who boated eight trout for 25lb 2oz on a Di-7 line with a gold and silver tube drifting between I Buoy and the dam. Boat anglers have recorded plenty of bag limits. The most productive boat areas have been G buoy, Valley Creek, Church Bay, Pylon and Deep Water Points, Hedge End and Sailing Club Bay. The best methods have been to fish floating or Di-3 lines with Buzzers, Hare’s Ears, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs, Shrimp patterns, FABs, Cat’s Whisker Booby and tubes.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Tuesday treated anglers to a flat calm with fish topping across the reservoir. Anglers started to fill in the returns sheet with fours, fives and sixes. Then, Fay and Alan Marley weighed in with 12 fish between them with Fay catching eight of the 12 on PowerBait Eggs of varied colours. All their fish were taken at the west end of the reservoir, an area which continues to offer some of the best sport. Wednesday saw the rod average up to 4.7 fish per angler and a third of anglers managed an eight fish limit with the best fish hitting 4lb 8oz. The weather was still disappointing for the end of June but the fishing certainly was not. Thursday, Duncan Busfield had five fish from the white post on the north bank using a float or legered worm and C. Boughey had eight fish totalling 15lb in the first four hours. Friday afternoon Paul Davies, from Durham, took eight fish from the dam wall and his last fish was a tagged rainbow netting him £200.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
After a previous week of high winds, weather conditions finally started to settle, bringing warmer days to help improve current catch rates all round. As an added bonus 2,000 rainbows were introduced into Middlemead Bay on Thursday. Boat anglers continued to capture fish on floating lines and Buzzers as trout remain high in the water feeding on daphnia, nymphs and small pin fry in the margins. The best rainbow reported weighed exactly 8lb and was taken from School Bay on Orange PowerBait by Tomasz Klej. While some areas of the reservoir have seen an increase in the amount of green algae, clearer locations can be more productive and should yield better returns. The bubble lines has produced good quality fish all week and this area is the best port of call in warm conditions as water is refreshed with oxygen. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Black Buzzer, Montana and FM Orange.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham       
The beginning of the week saw some very varied methods producing lots of fish, which were feeding at different levels. J. Wompra had six fish on a CdC Shuttlecock and his fishing partner A. Mordica had eight fish on a Pink Blob. George Wind had a cracking day Friday, catching eight fish and returning six with four of them over the 3lb mark. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black Buzzers, Blobs and small black dry flies. Best areas are the disabled platform, Corporal Hill and spillway.

Kennick Reservoir, Devon
Anglers averaged just under two fish per rod throughout June, with a lot of fish over 3lb caught, many to dry flies. Boat anglers proved to be slightly more successful, catching most fish in the Narrows and the deeper water in the middle, mainly from static boats anchored up. Bank anglers caught most of their fish from the Lawns, fishing by the dam and into Boat Bay. With prolific numbers of beetles, emerging buzzers and sedges, dry patterns proved increasingly popular as the month progressed - particularly Hawthorns, Coch-y-Bondhus, Hoppers, Claret Snafflers, Daddy Longlegs and Sedge patterns. Shallow fished Damsel Nymphs, Buzzers and Montanas on floating and intermediate lines proved to be as reliable as ever. The best fish of the month was a 4lb 12oz rainbow caught by Chris Bee, from Starcross, using a Damsel Nymph fished from the Lawns bank.

Kielder Water, Northumberland  
With the increase in water temperature the amount of natural food available to feeding fish is abundant. Large shoals of fry have been seen around the reservoir close to the bank. Greg McGasken, from Hawick, used a small spinning minnow from Scotch Rocks to land eight fish for 17lb 4oz. Dense gatherings of tadpoles have also been seen in the weedy bays around Whickhope which has given boat anglers some great sport while fishing any black lures close to the bottom on slow retrieved intermediates or Di-3 lines. The more traditional anglers have benefited from a late hatch of mayfly which was spotted at Gowanburn, Lewisburn and in the Belling Inlet. This can present some great sport whilst fishing for the wild brown trout or resident rainbows.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has continued to produce some superb overwintered fish this week with 4lb fish commonplace. The best brown of the week weighed 5lb 8oz and was taken by Stephen McLean from Bathgate. Keith Harding and his boat partner from Knowle caught and returned 41 fish on Buzzers and Crunchers. The best method is to fish imitation patterns in the top couple of feet of water, with Buzzers, Diawls and Crunchers favoured. Fish are now starting to turn onto the huge amount of damsel nymphs that are showing. Best boat areas are Sailing Club Bank, Brixworth Bay, Bog Bay, and Stone Barn Bay. Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Point, Gravels, Rigby’s Point, Sailing Club bank and Duffers Reach. The Alex Booth Flyfishers Charity match on Thursday June 25 saw the 39 anglers record a rod average of 3.75. Top rod was Clive Chatwin with 12 fish. The best fish was a rainbow of 4lb 2oz taken by Gerald Hubbard.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Anglers have enjoyed a great week’s fishing. After a slow start the fish have switched on and produced some hectic sport. Mr Lorrimer had 31 fish to the boat on Thursday. He fished a sink-tip line with a black and green lure. His best fish weighed more than 11lb and was safely returned to the water. He also landed a rainbow of 5lb. One of the best fish of the week went to Mr Cross who weighed in a superb rainbow of 8lb 10oz. Andy Cress also managed 30-plus fish to the boat using Damsels and dries. Mick Griffin had 30-plus fish to the boat using a floating line with a Damsel on the point and Diawl Bachs on the droppers. Mick’s best fish went to 6lb 6oz. James Day also had 30-plus fish using the same method as Mick. Best boat areas are the boils and Coton End. Best bank areas are the dam, and platforms 11 and 12. Don’t miss Ravensthorpe’s Thursday evening fishing club, 6pm to 9pm.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Fish are well spread out and are rising in all areas. Pin fry feeders are starting to show although there are good numbers of fish still gorging on daphnia and buzzers too. The pin fry feeders have been tempted by small dry flies such as CdCs and Hare’s Ear. Rutland Water ranger Nigel Savage caught and released 13 rainbows in the Sailing Club Bay using a single size 14 Hare’s Ear cast across moving fish. The most productive areas this week have been the Sailing Club, Normanton bank and main basin with action still being seen at the bottoms of the arms. Fish are also being taken on the Finches bank on the peninsula with Three Trees being a popular spot. Yellowstone is currently holding large numbers of fish with a small FAB on the point and nymphs up the cast being the preferred method. Bank sport has been seen in a number of areas with numerous damsels, weed growth and once again pin fry bringing fish close in to the margins. Damsel Nymphs or Diawl Bachs could be well worth a swim. During the evening good hatches of sedge and caenis are taking place,. A feature of the week is also huge columns of large buzzers during the late evening.
This week’s winner of the Tuesday Night Boat League was Graham Hayward with six fish for 13lb 10oz, including a 3lb 3oz rainbow. Second was Gary Cooper with five fish for 10lb 14oz and Adi Naylor took third with three fish for 5lb 9oz. Mick Bennet recorded the biggest fish of the evening at 3lb 3oz.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland        
After a stormy start on Monday the rest of the week was bright and warm. A large shoal remained consistently at the east bay, drifting from deep to shallow waters and anglers enjoyed themselves with some excellent catches recorded. Other areas were not so active but some good-sized rainbows were caught from all around the dam. Bruce Hodgson, from Brotton, had a wonderful time on his ‘Loyalty Day’ catching his maximum 10 rainbows amongst the rocks section at the east end in shallow waters fishing legered Blue Mango PowerBait and Mice-tails. Included in his catch were two fine rainbows at 4lb and 3lb. Also fishing the east end was Harry Noble, from Whitby, who caught eight fish in two hours and after a second permit ending his day at 1pm with 16 rainbows, all caught on legered worm with Green PowerBait. Several other 4lb rainbows were caught this week, one by Brian Palmer, from Redcar, using green PowerBait and another by Mac Porter, from Swainby, on a worm and red PowerBait cocktail. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker and Orange Fritz.

Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
With a rod average of 3.1 fish per angler, Siblyback produced some excellent fishing throughout the month, with most fish caught at, or near, the surface. Shallow fished nymphs (particularly Buzzers, Black Spiders, Diawl Bachs and Hare’s Ears) caught the most fish, with dry patterns such as Sedges, Black Gnats, Hawthorns and Hoppers catching more as the month progressed. Stocky Bay, Two Meadows and the North Shore proved to be the most productive locations, with bank anglers doing slightly better than those on boats. A. Johnstone, from St Austell, caught both the best rainbow at 3lb 6oz and the best brown trout at 3lb.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending June 26 the 108 rods caught 236 trout for a rod average of 2.19. A little harder this week, largely due to the abundance of pin fry in the margins which many fish are feeding on. Anglers fishing appropriate patterns did well. Washing-line set-ups with Pearly PTN, Flashback Diawl Bachs, Silver Invicta, or a small Sparkler Booby have scored pretty well. With many fish still close in anglers are encouraged to fish the margins thoroughly first before making casts into open water. A copolymer leader is a good idea as it sinks that bit slower than fluorocarbon, allowing more time for fish to find your flies. Evening sport is pretty good with prolific sedge hatches most evenings. If heatwave conditions continue best sport could be in the evenings or, if fishing through the day, take a boat out into deeper water.

Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
The lake produced some excellent fishing, with a rod average for the month being an outstanding 4.9 fish per angler. The bank anglers enjoyed the most success, particularly from Bessoms and Ruggs banks, Sailing Club banks and Cow Moor. Boats anchored at Bessoms Bay, the Upton Arm or drifting close to the banks in Cow Moor, caught plenty of fish. With mayflies abundant in the mouth of the Upton Arm, dry patterns proved increasingly successful as the month progressed, particularly Mayfly patterns, Hawthorns, Sedges and dry Daddies.  Successful subsurface patterns fished on sink tip or intermediate lines included Hare’s Ears, Pheasant Tails, Buzzers and Montanas. If all else failed an Orange Blob could be relied on to catch the more difficult fish. The best fish of the month was a 4lb 8oz rainbow caught by Fred Cass, fishing from the bank.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Conditions for fishing have been favourable this week, although anglers did find the going hard. The 65 anglers for the week returned a hard-fought rod average of just over three. No one managed the 15 fish limit this week and only two anglers made it into double figures; they were T. Ross and J. Campbell who both caught 10 fish each. The only other bags of note were T. Grabham who had eight fish and B. Patterson caught seven fish. The best fish of the week was a beautiful 7lb rainbow caught by D. Dixon. The best flies were Damsels, Shipman’s Buzzers, CdC Shuttlecocks, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ears.