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

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
An excellent week’s fishing this week with lots of fish showing all over the lake. Cat’s Whiskers, Minkies and Yellow Dancers are taking most fish. Despite the very windy conditions on Sunday top rod was Aran Davies with 18 fish caught and released. His best rainbow was estimated at around the 7lb mark. A total of £660.10 was raised for Children in Need, a big thank you to all who contributed.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been deep this week with various lures and Bloodworms working well. Also worth a try are Bunny Leeches, Zonkers, Dancers, and Buzzers. John Tait, from Belford, caught the fish of the week, a 12lb rainbow on a Dancer which he returned to Ross Lake. Andy Richmond, from Irvine, caught 11 fish on Blobs and Minkies. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 12 fish using Buzzers. Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 15 fish using Blobs. Gareth Tilley, from Lanchester, kept four fish and returned six using Buzzers and Montanas. Simon Robinson, from Newcastle, returned eight fish using Zonkers. George Maddison, from Bedlington, caught 13 fish using Dancers. Andrew Elsbury, from Lanchester, kept four and returned four fish. Robbie Dodds, from Lanchester, caught a 5lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Pinkie. Robbie kept four fish and returned four. Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Lesley Johnton, from Chirnside, landed a rainbow estimated to weight 4lb from Chatton Lake. Most of the ladies caught on the day, either on Buzzers or black lures. Dawn Dixon, from Ashington, landed a rainbow on a self-tied Dawson’s Olive. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club have changed the date of their December meeting from Saturday December 12 to Sunday December 20, meeting in the lodge at 9.30am.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Derwent has had some cracking days this week with the rod average reaching five fish per angler on Wednesday and Saturday. Despite the poor weather conditions anglers caught well on overcast days and Phil Bradford, Joe Carr and Tommy Ashbridge were among those to net a 10 fish limit. The best catches have been coming from areas where flooded streams are carrying all manner of food items into the reservoir including the first fence, Cronkley and Winnows Hill. PowerBait Eggs are working well but the effectiveness is greatly increased by the addition of a worm. Water levels are rising all the time and fish are reacting positively to the influx of fresh water. Bait anglers are finding that when sport goes quiet, a change of colour on the hook often brings a positive response quite quickly. Fly anglers report traditional patterns such as a Bibio working well but lures are starting to prove most productive for fish willing to chase flashy patterns like a Silver Humungus. Spinning is also getting good results using a Silver Toby.
The end of season competition will be held on Saturday November 28, entry £18. Best flies are Silver Humungus, Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 9-15 the 78 anglers caught 195 fish of which 161 were returned. Best fish included a rainbow of 3lb 10oz for David Phillips, from Louth, on a Damsel; 4lb 15oz brown for Finbarr McSweeney, from Rushden; and a 4lb 2oz brown for Paul Dunstan, from Towcester, who was fishing from a float-tube. Best bank areas are Brookside, dam and Boat Bay. From the boat try east arm, Pylon Point and dam. Best patterns are Candy FAB, Tequila FAB, small Hare’s Ear, Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach, and black/green or white/green lures. Not many anglers ventured out in the wet and windy conditions. However with the mild weather, boat anglers caught well over open water. In the south west winds bank anglers concentrated on the Brookside bank. Best method has been a FAB on the point with small nymphs on the dropper fished very slowly. When colder temperatures finally arrive more fish will move into the margins, usually at the lodge end.
A high-class field of 15 anglers fished Saturdays ATTEFF Bank heat and caught 32 fish. The top three individuals and the top pair will fish the final at Farmoor next May. INDIVIDUALS: 1st Paul Haskey 6 fish from 5 pegs = 11 points; 2nd Andrew Scott 5 off 5 = 10; 3rd Iain Barr 5 off 3 = 8; 4th Rich Cooper 3 off 3 = 6; 5th Ian Watts 3 off 3 = 6; 6th Terry Phillips 3 off 2 = 5; 7th Charlie Abrahams 2 off 2 = 4; 8th Craig Barr 2 off 2 = 4; 9th Ed Foster 2 off 2 = 4; 10th Bart Farmer 1 off 1 = 2. PAIRS: 1st Paul Haskey/Ed Foster 8 fish off 7 pegs = 15 points; 2nd Iain Barr/Frank Sumnall 5 off 3 = 8; 3rd Rich Cooper/Ed Upton 3 off 3 = 6; 4th Charlie Abrahams/Bart Farmer 3 off 3 = 6; 5th Craig Barr/Andy Axon 2 off 2 = 4.
Elinor will be holding some pike fishing weekends on November 28-29, December 5-6, December 12-13. Boat fishing only, lures or sea deadbaits only may be used. Single anglers boat £25, two anglers in a boat £40. Fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm.
Elinor is open for boat and bank fishing until December 31.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
A wet and wild week with strong winds making conditions somewhat difficult as persistent rainfall brought water levels back to full capacity. Fontburn often fishes better when full so this should give late season anglers opportunity to catch fish which may have recently been unreachable. Feeder streams are continuing to bring a fresh influx of water and naturals into the reservoir making worm baits a good option for anglers. Fish of the week was a 2lb 8oz rainbow landed by Mr R. Ingham from the north shore middle section. Mr T. Patterson caught a 2lb rainbow whilst Mr J. Bradley returned a 12oz brownie taken on a spinner from the south shore.  The end of season competition will be held Sunday November 29, entry fee £18.  Best flies are Cat’s Whisker and Orange Blob. Best areas are north shore middle section and south shore inlets.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Keith Moray caught and released a fine brown of 5lb 7oz. He was fishing a Shrimp pattern on a floating line on the harbour arm. Keith went on to catch another brown of 5lb followed by another of 3lb. All three fish were returned to the water safely (the brown trout season has now finished). Excellent sport for the time of year with 30% of fish caught weighing 3lb or over. Sport has been predominantly from the south shore and dam with the best areas being the Seat, Gaynes Cove and the south dam. Floating line with Shrimp or Hare’s Ear or floating line with a Blob on the dropper and a Snake on the point are the most popular methods.
Grafham’s Fur and Feather bank match will be held on Sunday November 29. To reserve a place call in at the lodge or phone 01480 810531. During November the shop opening hours are 8am to 2pm (seven days a week). As from November 1 the western end of the reservoir is out of bounds until April 1. Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir, these are on display at the shop counter.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex    
Traditional November weather finally arrived with strong winds and heavy rain making conditions unpleasant. However, there are still heavy fish being recorded with Ian Rushbrook having a good day on the Natural Bank, catching two cracking rainbows weighing 7lb and 7lb 12oz using a team of Buzzers on a floating line.
When the wind settled and boats were out, success was found between the Inlet and Goldfish Bowl with good catches using small spinners and fry imitation flies. The banks have been fishing consistently with the usual hotspots of Peninsula and the main dam wall offering good sport with floatfished worm noted as the top bait, with PowerBait a close second. November opening times are 8.30am to 3.30pm. Best flies are Montana, Muddler, Orange FM, Zonker and Orange Blob.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The season at Kielder ended on Friday November 13 with no boats out during the last week due to high winds. There were only two bank anglers fishing this week with five rainbows recorded from Mounces Burn towards Hawkhirst Scout Camp. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all anglers for their continued support this season and look forward to inviting you all back for the new season in March 2016.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 56 rods catch 245 fish for an average of 4.45 per rod. It has been a good week with both bank and boat anglers catching well on Cocks Close and some nice fish coming out too. The biggest rainbow of the week was caught by fishery regular Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton. His 10lb 8oz fish fell to a small Buzzer fished on a floating line from a boat on Cocks Close. Mr Claypole, of Rugby, had an 8lb rainbow, the best of a seven fish bag caught from a boat on Cocks Close. The Packington Fly Fisheries annual bank match on Cocks Close was won by Mark Sturgess, of Nuneaton, with a five fish limit that included a 6lb 10oz rainbow. Mark had all of his fish on Cat’s Whiskers fished on an intermediate line. On Park Meadow, Ian Simpson of Kenilworth caught four fish to 7lb using a small Cat’s Whisker from a boat. The top flies have been Damsel Nymph, Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, sunken Daddies, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach and GRHE. The best areas have been the lodge corner and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and on Park Meadow, the area around the middle of the dam wall and the far bank from the jetty has been best.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
A blustery week with mixed fortunes for trout and pike anglers. The week started off slowly with only a few pike anglers fishing and enjoying little success apart from the odd follow from good fish. This all changed on Wednesday when Mr Butler hooked and landed a fine 20lb specimen. Wednesday was also a good day for Trevor Heseltine, from Bridgnorth, who landed a fantastic 12lb rainbow on a small Minkie. He and his boat partner had several other fish around the 2lb mark. On Saturday John Smith boat-fished alongside Mick Griffin and the pair boated several fish off Mongers. Best methods for trout from the boat and bank are various fry patterns on intermediate or fast sinking lines. Cat’s Whiskers, Snakes and Minkies are all worth a try. Bank anglers are still catching a few fish from the dam and Mongers with a roving approach the best bet. Best boat areas are Mongers and Tall Willows.

Rutland Water, Rutland
The strong winds last week disrupted boat fishing. On one of the calmer days Ron Oldroyd, of Empingham, had a cracking day with eight fish. Ron fished loch-style and found plenty of fish in many areas, fishing close in to the shoreline with nymphs and fry patterns. Among those fish caught were two large browns which were safely returned. Fish are moving closer in to the shoreline in search of fry, corixa, snails and shrimps. Bank anglers are again catching fish close in and those prepared to keep on the move had most success. However, in calm conditions the Normanton bank from the church is the place to be with fish very close in to the bank. Other areas to try are East Creek, the bays on the peninsula, Whitwell Creek and Ernie’s Point. The Fur and Feather match will be fished on Sunday December 6 and bookings are being taken. Around 15 boats will be available in December and January. Please note during December and January boats will not be available on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Some fantastic fishing last weekend on all the lakes, especially brownies which seemed to go into a feeding frenzy. Fish from 1lb to 9lb were caught with one angler landing 11 in about an hour on small Cormorants. Rainbows to 6lb were also taken. Wind and rain spoilt the rest of the week and there was not much angler activity, although the fish were still keen! Things have settled down again for this weekend’s sport and all lakes look a bit more full.
 
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending November 13, the 43 rods caught 182 trout for a rod average of 4.23. Good steady sport reflected by a higher rod average. The fry feeders have put in a better appearance and those fortunate to be in the right areas have reaped the rewards – in particular Martin Rowson with a catch of 19 fish taken on Minkie Booby patterns on a floating line. When targeting these fish look for scattering fry, grebes and other wildlife on the water. The rest of the season is expected to follow a similar format and any lures with some white or silver should be capable of catching fish. Calmer days may still see some dry fly action, at the weekend a few fish were caught on Shipman’s Buzzers. Toft’s Fur & Feather match is on the last day of the season, Sunday December 13. Pay on the day and bring something as a prize.