England Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 11th, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
The challenging fishing has continued for another week, however there are signs of improvement. The brown algae is slowly clearing and the water temperature is beginning to drop. Rod average for the week is a slightly better 1.73. Catch and release is still suspended until further notice. 1800 rainbows were stocked this week. Best areas for boats are from the dam to the cages, and for bank fishing the dam wall and Chingley. Best flies to try are much the same as the last few weeks Hoppers, Daddies, Boobies, Blobs and Cormorants. The Group 1 AMFC match took place at Bewl on Saturday September 5 when 34 anglers caught 83 fish giving a rod average of 2.44. Rutland were the winners with Grafham second and Bewl third. There are no boats available on Wednesday September 16 when the annual Grand Max competition will be taking place.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Some top of the water action this week with a few anglers catching on Daddies. With the cooler conditions hopefully fishing should continue to improve. The fishery will be closed to the general public this Sunday (September 13) for a triathlon.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has improved greatly over the last couple of weeks with the water in the lakes beginning to cool. Many fish are being taken subsurface but on the brighter days anglers need to fish deep. Sport proved to be more challenging at the weekend due to the easterly winds. Buzzers, dries, GRHE, Pheasant Tails and small lures are working well. Len Broxson, from Stanley, caught 16 fish including a 12lb 8oz rainbow, two rainbows at 9lb, three at 5lb and the rest at 2lb 8oz to 3lb using a Buzzer and a Bronze Fritz pulled subsurface. The Ellem Fishing Club (The Oldest Fishing Club in the World) fished at Chatton on Wednesday. Congratulations to Lt Col G Wood who won with the heaviest basket.
Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught 15 fish on lures; Stu Younger, from Blyth, caught 10 fish on Buzzers and Bushies; Steve Bilborough, from Cramlington, caught 10 fish on Hoppers and Sedgehogs; Julian Bales, from Wooler, caught 10 fish on Pheasant Tails; Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 12 fish on Bloodworms and Buzzers; Mick Latty, from Blyth, kept five fish and returned nine, one fish being a 7lb rainbow, using Buzzers, CdCs and Diawl Bachs; Tony Robinson, from Howtel, kept one fish and returned nine. David Astbury, from Embleton, caught two rainbow just under 8lb in total from Dunnydeer Lake. A Walker’s Killer pattern worked for John Eldon, from London, who was delighted with a 6lb 8oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday September 12 at 9.30am. There will be fly-tying with Paul Little AAPGAI, followed by fishing - all welcome. The fishery will be closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
It’s been a strange week at Derwent where fly anglers continue to take some great catches whereas bait anglers have struggled to take large numbers of fish. This can be attributed to the massive hatch of land and water born insects which have made the reservoir a frenzied feeding ground. This has been a little disappointing for bait anglers because when massive hatches occur fish will become very selective about their feed. Fly anglers have even found even the trustee Black Fritz and Dawson’s Olive ineffective and have had to try and match the hatch. Once the correct fly has been selected sport has been outstanding with almost all catch limits recorded on the fly. W. Gordon had the best of these catches with eight fish for over 21lb including a cracking 5lb 8oz fish from the meadow. Jim Houghton took eight fish and returned five up to 4lb. Best flies are Bibio, Daddy, Hopper, Black Muddler, Black Pennell, Damsel Nymph and Shipman’s Buzzer. Best areas are first fence to dam wall, Cronkley, Meadow, Tower and dam wall.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland 
A tough week for anglers as fish gorge on naturals at dawn and at dusk with a distinct lack of activity through the middle part of the day. Consequently early starts or late evening sessions have continued to produce the best results with spinners and lures cast into deeper areas tempting takes from specimen fish in the 3lb to 4lb range. The fish of the week was a 4lb rainbow caught on a small Mepp by T. Wallace with the same method being used by L. Mandle and W. Watson-Renwick to land 3lb 6oz and 3lb 8oz specimens respectively. Again it was quality over quantity for anglers who varied tactics and covered as much water as possible as A. Brown and Kyle Richardson discovered, each taking three fish over the 3lb mark to sign out catches of 9lb 8oz apiece. S. Marshall recorded the best catch of the week with five rainbows totalling 15lb 3oz whilst on the fly John Lawton landed a 3lb 12oz fish. Best flies are Black Gladiator, Dawson’s Olive and Grey Wulff. Best areas are north shore point and dam wall.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is in fantastic form with a rod average of 6.7 and 20% of all trout caught are weighing 3lb or more. Bank anglers have had a great week’s fishing with the dam and most points along the north shore giving consistent catch rates on floating lines with GRHE, Shrimp patterns, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Damsel Nymphs. Kevin Donovan, a season ticket holder from Shefford, caught and released 31 trout from five visits by fishing along the north shore on a floating line with a mixture of small nymphs.
Boat anglers have also had great sport with the north shore giving the most consistent catch rates. The most prolific methods for the boat anglers have been to fish either floating or fast glass lines with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Crunchers, FABs, Blobs and Boobies. Best rainbow  of the week at 5lb was taken by C. Witt. Best brown 4lb 14oz taken by John Archer, caught at the Seat.
The Fly Dressers Guild competition for the John Watt Trophy on August 29 saw the 14 four-man teams record an exceptional rod average of 7.44. The heaviest individual bag was caught by George Murray (New Haylie Fly Fishers) with 24lb 15oz. Martin Mathews (Team England Youth Red) caught the heaviest fish, an overwintered rainbow of 4lb 6oz. Top team on the day was England Youth Blue who caught 47 trout for 95lb 4oz. Second New Haylie Fly Fishers, 44 fish for 90lb 3oz and third Thames Valley Invicta, 40 fish for 78lb 11oz.
Predator fishing
The predator fishing at Grafham Water has started really well with lots of fish caught mainly from Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay and the North Tower. So far Grafham has produced pike up to 26lb 8oz, zander to 13lb 8oz and Pperch to 4lb. The biggest pike caught so far this season fell to John Sturt who caught a fine specimen of 26lb 8oz drifting from Sanctuary Bay to the North Tower.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham   
The autumnal chill in the mornings triggered some sensational feeding patterns giving anglers great sport all through the week. P. Davis, A. Wheeler and D. Gallimore all took limit catches at the beginning of the week with some excellent 3lb and 4lb fish amongst their catches. Jeff Walsh, one of Grassholme’s most consistent anglers, took a total catch weight of 15lb 8oz on Wednesday including several nice 3lb fish. As the week continued the bigger fish just kept coming with dozens of 4lb fish netted on all methods and even several 5lb beauties. G. Smith took a lovely 5lb rainbow on floatfished worm and the biggest of the week was 5lb 3oz from M. Loufrey. Floatfished worm and PowerBait cocktails fished well this week and Robert Carroll proved this, taking a lovely tagged specimen from the dam wall on Saturday. Lures have also fished consistently well from the dam wall and have accounted for some good fish. The bays along the south bank and the length of the north bank have been the most productive areas. Heather fly and daddy longlegs are hatching and are being blown on to the water so if you’re flyfishing in the coming week pack a Hopper, Bibio and a Foam Daddy.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
A very busy and productive week for both bank and boat anglers as cooler north-westerly winds resulted in excellent catches for many visitors. The hotspot was the bubble line where Richard Smart netted two specimen rainbows of 10lb 10oz and 8lb 10oz in an eight fish limit totalling 43lb 2oz. Richard was using imitation fry patterns with an intermediate line as this proved to be the best combination over deep water for these bigger fish. Another great return from the same area was recorded by Tony Briggs who netted trout of 8lb 9oz, 7lb 3oz and 7lb. Atlantis also yielded plenty of fish for Tim Joyce in shallow water, taking eight fish on two visits using dry flies and returning over 20 rainbows. Plenty of heavy trout have been taken by bank anglers off the Peninsula using garlic PowerBait, which included two fine fish of 7lb 4oz and 6lb 4oz for Radu Luduzan. Friday saw the introduction of 2,900 rainbows into Lodge Bay, boosting numbers for those anglers wading the natural bank down to the inlet. These autumn months usually produce some of the best fishing of the season and based on the number of large trout showing, fantastic sport can be expected in the months ahead. Best flies are Red Holo Diawl Bach, Montana, Dancer and Zonker.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham   
The grass at Hury was full of freshly hatched heather fly and daddy longlegs this week and even the lightest breeze was blowing the insects onto the surface of the reservoir. Dry patterns and wets fished through the surface and waves are triggering ferocious takes. The beginning of the week saw some excellent catches including Joe Watson’s fish of the week at 4lb 4oz and George Samms with a nice 3lb rainbow. Derek Carr and M. Davies also had nice fish to 3lb as anglers took advantage of the cooling weather and increased sport. George Wind had some nice fish including two 3lb rainbows and on Friday J. Grey netted yet another 3lb 8oz fish amongst his haul of rainbows. On the very bright days intermediate lines and briskly fished lures are still responsible for good numbers of fish but in the coming week make sure you pack a Daddy, Bibio, Kate McLaren and a Hopper as fish are surfacing all across the reservoir.

Kielder Water, Northumberland 
Bank anglers recorded nine catch limits from the west of Whickhope inlet towards Whickhope club house where a shoal of fish have offered some great sport throughout the week. Paul Howie landed the heaviest fish of the week from a boat at Whickhope, a beautiful rainbow of 5lb 2oz caught on worm and sweetcorn. Bank anglers who walked the north shore from the Hawkhope car park to the wave chamber have also been rewarded with good sport. Keith Blair recorded a limit catch of 18lb 4oz on worm and spinner off Belling Crag. The bay below Bakethin Weir has also continued to fish well and is ideally located where anglers can park to the side of the Bakethin Barrier and have only a short walk to the water. Boats at present should be back on the Leaplish finger jetty at 6pm, this will change as we go through September and October. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker and Pearl Blob. Best boat areas The Mirage, Gordon’s Wall and Whickhope.
Best bank areas are Matthew’s Linn and Little Whickhope.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has fished well this week with a very healthy rod average of 4.9. There are a lot of fish showing throughout the Narrows and drifts across here are productive. The fish are still predominantly on daphnia and FABs, Blobs and Boobies in orange or yellow are best. Some fish are coming to dries when conditions allow. Jim McGonigle had another good day with an eight fish limit for 19lb 4oz and included a nice 4lb rainbow in his catch. He fished Boobies and Cormorants on a fast glass line.
On Thursday the English Fly Fishers fished a match against a combined Royal Navy/Army team. 25 anglers caught 144 fish for a rod average of 5.75. The best bag was taken by Ray Storer of EFFA with eight fish for 17lb 8oz. The best fish was a lovely specimen of 4lb 8oz taken by Dave Norbury. The match was won by EFFA with 82 fish for 158lb 9oz. Best boat areas are Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers Stilton Point, and Sailing Club Bay.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Another week of challenging sport with lots of fish up in the water and showing, but proving difficult to catch. Drifting across the main bowl using floating line and dries has been the best method. The best dries have been Claret Hoppers and Foam Daddies. Blobs have also caught a few fish at times. The best fish of the week was a 7lb 12oz rainbow taken by N. Duffy. Bank fishing is difficult at the moment with the odd fish coming from the dam. The best methods have been floating line with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Rutland is in excellent form for boat anglers, with a rod average of 5.33. Anglers have employed various tactics from lure pulling out in the open water to fishing dries, nymphs and for some fry patterns around the bottom of the arms, shallows and weed beds. Bigger fish are now showing for those who put the effort in away from the main basin. Quality rainbows and browns are showing around the 3lb and 4lb mark and bigger. Bank anglers are taking a few fish around the peninsula using nymphs and dry fly.
Rutland hosted the Scierra Pairs final on Sunday and it was won convincingly by Leicestershire anglers Ronnie Gent and Lee Henfry who had a storming late finish with a superb bag of 16 fish weighing over 44lb (without time bonus!). Ronnie and Lee won the trophy, tackle prizes and a cheque for £1500, which was presented by organiser Phil Dixon. Second were the Isle of Man pairing of Russell Cowell and Phil Bell Scott, taking a cheque of £1000, while third place and a cheque for £750 went to Nigel Evans and Gary Murray. Fourth and a cheque for £500 went to Welsh anglers Gareth Dixon and Gareth Jones. The aerators were switched off before the event on Friday, with fish dispersing around the main basin. On match day boats went off in many directions, including the main basin, Yellowstones, and bottom of the arms.
Fish are feeding on many items including sticklebacks, fry, snails, daphnia, corixa and various sized buzzers. One or two daddy longlegs are starting to hatch, in small numbers at the moment.
2,000 more rainbows stocked the day after the Scierra Pairs, brought the season’s total to 77,450. They were released down the Green Bank, Transformer and Half Moon Spinney.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland             
A good start to the week with anglers catching in most areas. Temperatures dropped rapidly midweek and it became more frustrating as the fish began intermittently moving in and out from the depths, visibly surfacing yet reluctant to show interest in various baits. The most successful anglers were those who changed baits and tactics. Peter Lightfoot, from Redcar, began his day on the jetty and after trying all his bait tactics with no success changed over to spinner and was rewarded with three rainbows. He then moved position to the east end and caught another five rainbows after reverting back to legered worm and PowerBait. Several other anglers throughout the week enjoyed some good sport using the spinner method. Craig Husband, from Lingdale, fished at the east end of the dam wall using rainbow PowerBait Paste interchanging between leger and float rigs to be rewarded with his eight fish catch limit. The biggest rainbow of the week at 4lb was caught on Sunday in the shallow waters of the east end by Harry Noble, from Whitby, using a legered worm and PowerBait cocktail. Best flies are Invicta, Coachman and Pheasant Tail Nymph. Best areas are east end, south shore and high bank.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one has a section of water fishable again after clearing some weed. Lake two has been fishing well to fry patterns, mainly on intermediate line, but also at times to Buzzer, nymph and dry fly patterns. On lake three  Montanas have been taking fish with some visible doubles cruising around again in the cooling water. Restocking again this week and normal stocking will resume from now.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 4, the 85 rods caught 293 fish for an average of 3.4. A chilly, unsettled week to round off August and begin September and a few fish for bank anglers that are willing to cast and roam. Barry Tunnard managed eight fish in a short session earlier in the week. The majority of sport though is still to the boat anglers. Fishing on the drift is always best with the usual offerings, big bushy wets and the old fashioned loch-style, or a FAB or small Booby on the point whilst suspending Diawl Bachs from the droppers. A nice fish of 10lb came out to season ticket holder Brian Thorpe, from Barnby in the Willows, near Newark. Quite a few daddies around on the damp grass which could spell an exciting time over the next few weeks. A reminder that with nights pulling in evening tickets are no longer available. Also don’t forget the sponsored fun and frolics this Saturday (September 12) in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
The August Bank Holiday weekend started with a very busy Sunday and a quiet Monday and a big drop in temperatures as the week progressed. In total the 52 visiting anglers for the week returned a very good rod average of 3.8. Best of the anglers was A. Grabham who managed the 15 fish limit with N. Midgley close behind with a bag of 13 fish. J. Evans was the only other angler making it into double-figures with a catch of 10 fish. Making up the rest of the sheets were W. Kenny with nine fish and P. Ions and A. Kerr both catching seven fish each. The best fish of the week were two hard-fighting 4lb specimens caught by P. Green and A. Evans. The best flies of the week were mainly Buzzers, including Shipman’s, Copper John’s and Wicked Whites. CdC Shuttlecocks also made an appearance on the sheets later in the week.