WALES TROUTMASTERS REPORTS FOR WEEK-ENDING SEPTEMBER 8th, 2017

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Reasonably good returns from both ponds during the week, thanks mainly to lower water temperatures. On the top pond Graham Ingram Evans included a 3lb rainbow in his total catch of 6 fish, while Roger Martin landed 5 trout using a Goldhead Damsel. Gwyn Davies netted 2 fish from the Hedge Bank and a second brace from Swan Bay, including a fish in excess of 3lb caught on a size 16 Baby Sun Fly pattern. Dave Howells recorded a 3-fish catch, as did Adrian Moyse, while Chris Daniels and Colin Jones each caught and released a brace of trout, with Colin adding a further two fish from another evening session. Martin Rees caught an excellent 3lb 8oz rainbow from the Railings Bank, with Brian Green, Alan Rees, Dean Connelly, Phil Harper and Dave Slocombe also finding fish along the same bank. Goldhead Damsels and Diawl Bach nymphs accounted for most catches. On the bottom pond Martin Williams caught four fish from the bank using Daddy patterns, with Gareth Neale and Steve Curtis each recording 2-fish returns. Dr John Morgan landed a fish of 2lb 9oz when he fished the bank. On the Association boats Ken Bowring caught 7 and 5 fish over two visits, mainly on Buzzers, while Ken Pascoe continued his good boat outings with a further 5 rainbows plus a 3- fish catch using a sunken Daddy pattern. Roy Mealing caught 4 trout when he boat-fished. Howard Davies, Lyndsey Kirkwood, Shaun Cotterell, and Bryn Burgess all found fish.
Fishing returns for August indicate that 175 fish were caught on the top pond with 225 landed by bank and boat fishermen from the bottom pond. With 480 visits being recorded the monthly rod average was slightly below one fish per angler. Both ponds have been restocked with a good quota of rainbow trout.
The early part of the weekend resulted in most catches being made on the top pond. Dave Slocombe landed 3 fish, with Del Haines, Colin Jones, Keith Higgins, Steve Curtis and day ticket visitor Gethin Bowes each catching a brace of trout. Also registering returns were Phil Harper, Steven Snape, Richie Young, Ivor Thomas, Adrian Connor and Andrew Edward. Most successful flies were again various Damsel patterns plus Buzzers. Best bottom pond results again fell to Ken Bowring, who boat-fished to land 4 fish, followed by John Eynon with a 3-fish return. Around the banks of the bottom pond Steve Curtis caught a "second cast" rainbow from Pipe Bay, while Mike Brake fished the same area of the pond to also land a good fish.

 

SCOTLAND TROUTMASTERS REPORTS FOR WEEK-ENDING SEPTEMBER 8th, 2017

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Changing weather patterns were again the order of the week. The more productive conditions combined a gentle westerly breeze with fairly overcast skies – while any easterly wind had a somewhat detrimental effect on the fishing. There is a substantial amount of natural food in the water at present, resulting in good numbers of fish cruising happily on the surface but not necessarily in any mood to chase a fly. Others are sulking somewhat as the water temperature is still on the high side for trout. On the Boathouse Pool Jock Leslie made the most of surface activity landing 9 rainbows on dries. Mr Tidcombe took 4 fish for a total weight of 10lb 8oz. Catch and release numbers were steady on the Burnside. Messrs. Roy and Nugent returned 13 fish each; George Birse returned 12; Mr Wales 11; Mr McCabe 10 and Alan Gray returned 6 with one estimated at 10lb. A variety of patterns succeeded including Floating Fry, Black Beetle, emerger patterns and Hothead Damsels.
Angling numbers were generally lower on the Bankside Pool but some decent fish up to around 5lb were returned. Lar Findlay took top spot returning 5 fish in a short session, with the Zonker being particularly useful. The Fotheringhams took 4 fish for 10lb 8oz and Messrs. Short and Kinney shared 4 fish for 9lb 8oz.
On the any legal method pool (Woodside) there were excellent results to float-fished Powerbait. On Monday seven anglers took 27 fish for a combined weight of 52lb. This was followed on Saturday by 11 anglers taking 29 fish for a total of 64lb.
The coarse pool (Blawearie Basin) is producing good numbers of small roach and perch and is ideal as a starter pool for youngsters or beginners.
 
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A drop in water temperature at this time of year always switches the fish on and that is what happened to a certain extent this week leading to improved fishing, although there were still spells when the fish proved hard to tempt. Water temperature is now sitting at 13oC and water clarity remains very good. The fish are generally in the top 2 feet of the water with a large number of big browns being seen cruising and clearing the water, especially in the far bay. Most fish were taken on wet flies or nymphs with a reasonably fast retrieve working best. Most anglers favoured floating or midge-tip lines, although a few were having success fishing lures on an intermediate line. Once again, the golds were good indicators as to what speed of retrieve was needed or whether it was time to change the fly and try something different. Favourite patterns included Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Damsel, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Spider and Black Pennell
Kevin Aird, from Kincardine, in two visits, caught 4 fish for 16lb 10oz, including a 7lb 10oz rainbow and a Gold, plus two fish caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, 4 for 15lb 3oz including a 7lb 3oz rainbow; Frank Barr, Falkirk, 3 for 13lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, and Alan Whitton, Stirling, each caught 4 for 11lb; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, 4 for 10lb 8oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, 4 for 10lb 4oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Mike Bolton, Stirling, 3 for 8lb 8oz; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, 3 for 8lb; Steven Devlin, Coatbridge, 2 browns for 8lb 2oz; Kyle Crossan, Stirling 2 for 6lb 8oz; Tom Pate, Alloa, 2 for 5lb 8oz; Mark Sullivan, caught and released 9; Brandon Coulter, Valleyfield, caught and released 9; Robert Cummings, Valleyfield, caught and released 8; Tom Clark, Stirling, caught and released 8; Steve Irwin, caught and released 7; Blane O’Donnell, caught and released 6; Shaun Smith, caught and released 5.

 

ENGLAND TROUTMASTERS REPORTS FOR WEEK-ENDING SEPTEMBER 8th, 2017

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The Fishing for Bradley Fundraiser held on Saturday August 19 and raising funds for Neuroblastoma UK has raised £5000 to date. The generosity and kindness of everyone has been overwhelming...thank you. Sport had definitely improved this week with hard fighting quality fish coming to the net. Peter Davison from Blyth caught 18 fish including a double on Buzzers. Gordon Swain from Dipton released 18 fish. David Kay from Morpeth caught 12 fish on his visit. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 18 on dries. Peter Brack from Ashington caught 11 fish on Buzzers and lures. Malcolm McKenzie from Cramlington caught 9 fish on Spiders and black and green lures. S. Fish from Gateshead caught 9 fish using Buzzers and Zonkers. Brian Davis from Dudley caught a double-figure rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. Ryan (aged 7) from Wooler landed his first-ever rainbow, caught on an orange lure. The fishery is closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 28 - September 3 the 108 anglers caught 324 fish of which 243 were returned. Rod average has crept up to 3 although boat fishing has been more consistent than from the bank. Water clarity is much better with most of the lake free of algae apart from right at the bottom of the wind. There are plenty of fish rising on calmer days with a reasonable hatch of buzzers plus sedges in the evening. Stocking continues weekly and if the water temperature continues to fall the fishing will take off. Best fish 6lb 4oz to Mr G. Curtis from the boat; 5lb 13oz to Alan Rennocks, Kettering, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 8oz for Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough, white/green lure, boat; 5lb 4oz to Pete Welch, Boston, black/green Fritz, boat; 5lb 2oz for Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Red Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb to Steve Cracknell, St Neots, Tequila FAB, boat. Best bank areas are the east arm, boat bay, dam. Most areas are producing fish for the boat anglers. Best patterns are
Red Cruncher/Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer, Hothead Damsel, Brown Hopper, Tequila FAB, white/green or black/green lures.

Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The reservoir is continuing to fill, albeit slower than before, and the water temperature has remained steady at 16 degrees C. The aerators are now operational and the fish have continued to focus around the boils. Fish are feeding spasmodically on the fry within the pontoon basin and off the dam and there are plenty of fish to be found around the sailing club boat, numbers 1 and 2 buoys and the main basin. Bank anglers have found the fishing very challenging but the signs of the fish starting to feed on the fry bodes well for the future. The few hardy souls who ventured out have been rewarded with a few takes along the area up to Verdun’s Point and on or around Hut Point. Dry fly fishing is providing the best overall catch returns on the boats but a fast glass intermediate is doing the business from the shore.
On Bank Holiday Monday, season ticket holder Ricky Cotterell caught 8 fish on a home-tied version of a dry Bibio but Tuesday saw harder conditions with only 3 fish landed. Overcast conditions and a light wind together with intermittent showers on Wednesday brought the fish on the feed. Mike Reid kitted himself out with a 5wt set-up and proceeded to land 11 fish from the aerator area on a Black Hopper Popper, while Mr Scragg landed 3 from the Flamingo Bay area on his Bibio dry. The sunny weather returned on Thursday and although the rod average fell a little the bank produced some fish from the sailing club pontoon area and up to Verdun’s Point on a small Cormorant with a fast glass line being fished by Mr Skelton. Paul Walker managed 5 from the boils on a Minkie Booby and Gordon Richards caught a couple on a Sedge pattern. Friday saw Mr Tombs catch 4 on dries but the sunny weather slowed the catch rate down again. Saturday saw a visit from Ruth and Tony Kirk who landed 3 fish on Daddies and Tadpoles but they lost a number in the roving boat they chose. Regrettably the week finished poorly with only 2 fish being caught on Sunday.