England Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 5th, 2016

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The fishing this month has been really productive although stalking has been challenging with fish very difficult to spot. The fish have a tendency to shoal up this time of year, usually a little further out towards the middle of the lake and will move out gradually depending on fishing pressure throughout the day. Biggest fish of the month came on the last day with Bob Forsythe catching a lovely 16lb 10oz rainbow from lake two. The fish was temped on a Nomad using a fast retrieve. Roger Woodhams caught a fin-perfect rainbow of 14lb 7oz from the bottom of lake one using a Black Humungus. Regular angler Grant Ashby, from Coventry, managed a mint condition rainbow of 12lb 8oz from lake two using a small Bloodworm with an indicator. Grant also hooked the big brown which has been in lake two since April 2015. Unfortunately the fish managed to shake the hook. Anthony Brown took lovely rainbows of 11lb 8oz and 8lb 12oz on a short session, both fish came from lake two to a Blue-flash Damsel. Ray Green, 77, from Kent, hooked a rainbow of 14-15lb on a Hare’s Ear but after a 15 minute fight the fish managed to straighten the hook!
Fly choice has been largely dominated by lures. Cats Whisker's have been consistent, especially in white and green, along with the typical Damsel variations and Rutland Humungus. If the fish have seen a lot of lures over the day a change to a Buzzer fished under an indicator is likely to keep the action flowing. In general the fish are sticking to the top two to three feet of water on anything but the coldest of mornings where they will be found closer to the bottom.
One of Avington’s regular anglers has recently passed away. Gordon Rettie, aged 82, from Aberdeen came to the fishery every year for the past 30 years. Gordon's dry Scottish humour was much appreciated. He will be sadly missed by all and we extend our sympathy to his family especially Roger his son in law, who always accompanied him on his fishing trips.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Despite the changeable conditions this week the fishing has still been good. The best tactics have been a floating line and small nymphs, Buzzers and the occasional Blob. Gavin Cairns caught a nice brownie of about 4lb which was entered into the Troutmasters competition. Restocking this week.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 52 rods caught 189 fish for an average of 3.6. It was another good week at the fishery with plenty of fish coming out including a lot of fish in the 4 – 8lb range. The biggest rainbow of the week was 8lb 12oz caught by Mr J. Wadrup, of Birmingham, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the best of an eight fish catch taken on Black Damsel Nymphs fished on a floating line. Mr Staff, of Leicester, fished a Girdle Bug and caught eight fish to 7lb 14oz from a boat on Cocks Close. Jonathan Preston and his son Jack, of Solihull, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and had eight fish to 7lb 12oz between them on Damsel Nymphs. Mark Goldney, of Nuneaton, fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught eight fish to 4lb which fell to a variety of lures including a Cat’s Whisker on a floating line. The road bank and the old boat jetty corner have been the hotspots on Cocks Close with most anglers fishing from boats. The best tactics have been to fish flies such as Black Tadpoles, Goldhead Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers using floating lines and long leaders.