Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
Many anglers bagged up during July, despite the high temperatures during the first few weeks of the month. Plus, a number of fish over 10lb were caught. On the 3rd of the month Mr Kermick landed a 10.5lb rainbow, on the 7th Ray Green landed a 12.2lb rainbow and on the 14th Mr A. Clark landed one of 11.9lb. On the 16th, Matt Rule landed a fish of 11lb, on the 18th Grant Ashby managed an 11lb rainbow, and on the 26th Mr C. Goymer lander a fin-perfect 14.8lb rainbow. Avington now has a record of all “doubles” caught since 1971, more than 4000 in that time! Avington re-stock every evening. You can check the catch returns filled in by the anglers, and revisit a fine memory by having a look at the last “double” you caught in the “double” record book.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Many hard-fighting fish in the 4lb to 8lb bracket reported again this week using Buzzers, Hoppers, Daddies, Shipman’s Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Gary Burton from Wallsend caught an 8lb 4oz rainbow from Ross Lake. Davie Parker recorded another ‘grand slam’ with a rainbow, blue, brown and an approximate 6lb tiger trout, all from Chatton Lake and all caught on dries. Fishery closing at 9pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Fishing was difficult early last week but as the water temperature dropped the catches were better from Friday onwards. Fish continue to take damsels during the day with very little else hatching. Some fish taking corixa in shallow water. A reasonable buzzer hatch in the evening has seen fish moving in many areas of the lake whereas during the day the fish are more localised. The continued unsettled weather will help to keep the fishing reasonable. For the week July 31 - August 6 the 101 anglers caught 186 fish of which 144 were returned. Best fish 5lb 8oz for Derek Benamore, Finedon, on a wet Daddy; 5lb 8oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, Olive Buzzer, boat; 5lb 3oz Barry Cowland, Peterborough, Red Diawl Bach, boat, plus 8 other fish over 4lb. Best bank areas are east arm and boat bay. Best boat areas are pylon point, east arm, brookside bay. Successful patterns are Damsel Nymphs, adult Damsel, dry or wet Daddy, Black Hopper, Red Diawl, small Black Buzzer, Biscuit Booby.
Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
The unpredictable and changing weather played a large part in last week’s results but the indications are that things will improve further over the next few days. Some of the newly stocked fish that were introduced last Tuesday have been happy to feed on dries off the top. Due to a broken oil seal, the boils have not been working for the last few days and as a result the fish have started to spread across the reservoir again. The valve tower, numbers 1 and 4 buoys and following the recent rain, the cascade, have all produced fish, allowing the boat anglers to spread out a little bit more than of late. The bank anglers have still found the fishing very challenging with very few offers, but in the evenings a few trout are moving in to the margins and feeding on the fry.
Fishing the boils, a week last Sunday, Mr Easton and his son boated 10 fish on Buzzers, while Derby County member Michael Jacks boated 6 in a 4-hour evening session taking fish to over 3lb on red Pheasant Tails.
Monday was a poor day, although season ticket holders John Worley and Malcolm Spence recorded 5 to the boat for their morning session, while on Tuesday season ticket holder Scott Wilson netted 5 on olive lures fished on a Di-3 in the boils. Regulars Mr Coley and Mr Taft returned 4 fish for their session.
The fishing was very hard on Wednesday with only Mr Dyer catching fish, boating 2 caught with Daddies during an evening session from the boils, while Thursday wasn’t much better, with only staff member Mark Clarke catching more than one fish. The fishing improved on Friday with the cooler weather, causing the fish to move away from the area of the boils. Scott Wilson boated 3 while Mr Dyer took 6 on a Greenwell’s Daddy.
Saturday saw rapid weather changes with sun, showers, thunder and lightning and heavy downpours during the day. Ruth Tony Kirk took 4 fish during the day and reported lots of fish moving across the reservoir. Mr Perrie and his son landed 5 in their afternoon session. Sunday saw more settled weather with the majority of anglers catching fish, the best catch being made by Derby County member Michael Jacks who took advantage of the evening weather to land a nice brace on Damsels with the best fish being over 4lb.
Dates for your diary: Graham Tagg pairs boat match is on September 17.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers reported some good catches this week. With a lowering of the water temperature and changes in atmospheric pressure fish are showing more interest in feeding. Anglers who change flies regularly and alter depth are enjoying the most productive sessions. Robert Hopper from Durham safely returned 10 fish from Long Crag on Damsels and Olive CdCs; Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 9 on dries and Blobs; GAIA instructor Ian Philips from Liverpool landed 9 on PTNs; Corey Dow from North Shields returned 8 and lost loads on brown dries; John Cowell from Bedlington had a productive evening session on Coe Crag lake, returning 12 fish on Shipman’s and Sedge; Mitchell Dow released 7 on Hoppers from Long Crag; Willie Emery from Newbiggin tempted 11 from Long Crag on Buzzers; Ryton angler Stu Ritson brought 12 to the net on Long Crag lake using Buzzers; Ian Mclean from Broxburn released 15 back to Coe Crag using Jelly Egg flies; Consett anglers Paul Snaith and David Neilson had a great day, catching 12 and 11 respectively on Chamois Worms; Davy Kay of Morpeth returned 9 to Long Crag on Buzzers and dries; Rob Hall from Morpeth released 8 on Hare’s Ears and Damsels; Ian Callow released 8 from both lakes on Brown Hoppers and Buzzers; and GAIA instructor Nicole Phillips from Liverpool landed her personal best, a 4lb 13oz rainbow on a Black Buzzer.
There were some excellent junior sessions this week with Barry Mitchell and with the better weather all the children had a great experience. Joseph Graham was delighted to land a trout on a PTN during his CAST Level 4 session, while Jay McEwan landed a 3lb rainbow on a Blue-flash Damsel during his CAST lesson.
Best flies are CdCs, PTNs, Hoppers, Shipman’s Buzzers, Damsels, Chamois Worms and dries.