England Troutmasters reports for week-ending January 15th 2016

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A challenging week but lots of different methods were working well. Lures and Blobs have been used and then over the weekend Buzzers were catching the most when fished under an indicator. Blackdyke is hosting two heats of the Iain Barr Bankmasters competition. First leg is on Saturday Febuary 27, second leg is on Sunday March 6. Details can be found at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or you can pick up an entry form at the fishery. Entrance fee is £29 and everyone will receive a goody bag.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 65 rods caught 245 fish for an average of 4.02. There have been lots of fish caught in the 4 – 9lb range this week topped by a 9lb 4oz rainbow caught by Mr R. Mils, of Rugby, who was fishing the bank of Cocks Close. Father and son, Jonathan and Ben Preston had fish of 8lb 9oz and 8lb 8oz while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to a Black Buzzer and a silver sparkler lure. Ian Reeve, of Rugby, had an 8lb 12oz rainbow from Cocks Close and this fell to a Black Tadpole fished on an intermediate line. Fishery regular Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton, caught and returned 11 fish to 9lb using his favoured Diawl Bach on a floating line while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. The boat anglers have been fishing better than the bank anglers with the fish holding just out of range on some areas but the old boat jetty corner and the high bank have been best for the bank anglers. Small nymphs have been working well this week with Diawl Bach, Black Buzzers, Montana Nymph, GRHE and Damsel the most popular. There are still plenty of fish also coming to lures such as Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole and White Minkies.