England Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 15th, 2016

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Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

The individual winners of the TEFF heat on Saturday were 1st James Stephenson, 2nd Lee Wilkinson and 3rd Craig Compton. The Pairs qualifiers were Lee Wilkinson and Connor Metcalf. The 'Oddfellows' Fishing Club had their friendly competition on Sunday and John Pringle won with the heaviest bag weighing 11lb 10oz. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club members are meeting on Sunday July 17 at 9.30am in the lodge.. Paul Little will be demonstrating different knots in the morning and fishing in the afternoon. Cost is £20 which includes fishing permit, tuition and lunch. A reminder of the Open day at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday August 13 with APGAI and GAIA qualified casting instructors, demonstrations, one to one instruction, advice and tips. Everyone welcome, £15 per person, £10 for under 16s. Advisable to book by contacting Barry Michell on 01670 518618 or 07979 023301, or contact the fishery.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire

For the week July 4 – 10 the 143 anglers caught 513 fish of which 373 were returned. Elinor continues to fish much better than usual for mid July helped by cooler water temperatures. Boat and bank anglers enjoyed good dry fly sport. Mornings continue to be best with lots of fish on the top until slowing down around 2pm. Damsels are the main food source. Fish are taking nymphs and adults. A few mayfly continue to hatch and on some days there have been good numbers of flying ants which the trout seem to love. Best fish 10lb 2oz for Andy Lane, from Hammersmith, on a Brown Shipman’s; 7lb 2oz and 6lb 4oz for Mike Brassett, Nether Heyford, from the boat; 6lb 13oz to John Wright, Spalding, on an Olive Shipman’s. Best bank areas are coarse bank, east arm, boat bay. Best boat areas are west arm, east arm, pylon point. Best patterns Olive/Hare’s Ear CdC, Olive/Brown Shipman’s, Daddy, Fraser Nymph, Olive Cruncher, Damsel Nymph, dry Damsel.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire

Fishing For Fun enjoyed a couple of day’s boat fishing and hospitality recently and 16 anglers caught a total of 109 fish. During the last week the Leicestershire bank has fished very well with a good many bank anglers catching on Buzzers and Crunchers.

Tom Muirie, from Tixove, a relative newcomer to the sport, enjoyed a quick brush-up with his casting technique and then further enjoyed an hour’s boat fishing anchored in Dogwood Bay. Tom fished a floating line set-up with two Daddies and immediately missed several good takes before setting the hook and landing a feisty hard-fighting 2lb rainbow. Season ticket holder Richard Watson of Marston Trussell released 12 rainbows on a Cruncher variant pattern.  Tim Brook of North Kilworth enjoyed a belated fathers day gift from his son Chris, a three-hour fishing tutorial with Eyebrook’s Andy Miller.Boat fishing on a very blustery day, Chris managed to catch a rainbow trout on a Daddy but unfortunately the fish eluded Tim’s fly. Farhan Adam of Evington and his son Hish caught four rainbows on Diawl Bachs from Mucky Bay. Mid Northants Fly Fishers enjoyed their recent Eyebrook boat competition where a total of 18 rods caught 64 fish, returning a rod average of 3.51. Senior warden Jobe Burnham successfully landed a 26lb pike on a fly this week.

The Eyebrook half season permits are now available. For prices and more information call the fishing lodge on 01536 772930 or online at www.eyebrook.com

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Another excellent week with plenty of fish caught and the rod average increasing to 7.49. The best bainbow of the season so far was a superb 6lb 12oz specimen landed by Mr Cox. Fish are showing almost everywhere, succumbing to differing methods and style, although predominantly up in surface layers of water, particularly when there is cloud cover. The pin fry still appear to be the main target for fish with snails, daphnia and shrimp also being common food items. Popular boat areas seem to be Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat. Drifting through the middle has produced many fish this week and is often worth a try if you are struggling for takes. Methods fishing well include back drifting with Snakes and tubes (in the surface layers), floating lines (washing-line style) with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs. There have also been some fantastic bags caught on dry flies throughout the day.

Bank fishing is much the same as last week and some very good fish have been landed. A brace of five pounders were taken by Mr Stern and a 6lb specimen was caught by Mr Dean. Some good advice is to try Shrimp patterns in the heat of the day for a chance of some fish close in, though wading out into deeper water is becoming a must in some places. The Seat has seen a few fish landed lately if you are feeling up to the walk, although the dam is the place to be.

Anglers can now enjoy a cooked breakfast at the Harbour View Restaurant above the fishing lodge.

Congratulations to Alice Davies and Enid Edwards who made some great decisions to win the Scierra Pairs on July 9. The pair took 16 fish for 42lb 9oz (including 7lb time bonus). Second were Trevor Davies and Simon Thuriwell with 16 fish for 40lb 10oz (including 6lb time bonus) and third Yvonne Webb and Simon Lehane with 16 fish for 40lb 2oz (including 3lb 8oz time bonus).

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

Season ticket holder Richard Williams loves to fish nymphs from a drifting boat and on Sunday he had 16 fish in a morning session, many weighed around 3lb. However, the same tactics only yielded two fish earlier in the week. Richard’s experience is a reflection of current tactics – there is no logic to the changing feeding habits of the fish but when they are ‘on’ both bank and boats are fishing extremely well. The weather is still influencing the fishing. One minute fish are up in the water and feeding hard on fry, snails, shrimp and buzzer. Then the next minute they are down in the water totally disinterested. Pip Jeffs fished the bank with wet flies and a floating line and had his limit in no time. David Mullens, who is relatively new to the sport, had two nice fish on Shrimp patterns. The fish are still in the upper layers and floating or slow glass lines are all that is necessary. Crunchers, Hare’s Ears, Shrimp and FABs are the best patterns.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire

Given the amount of rain and cloud the trout lake is still fishing well in the day. The fish are at two levels at least. A floating line with a Cat’s Whisker allowed to swing around in the wind and twitched back is working well. Or a medium sinking line with lures on will work. The boats are producing best results. Use dry fly after 4pm if it is overcast, Hoppers and midge imitations are best.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

Anglers have experienced mixed fortunes with the wind making fishing difficult mid week. The fish are high up in the water, so floating lines with small dries such as Hoppers, Klinkhamers and CdCs have been working well. The washing-line with small Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Buzzers or Damsel Nymphs are working as well. Mick Griffin had a brilliant morning fishing on Sunday. Using small dries from an anchored boat he caught and return 14 fish, several of which were around 4lb. Jamie Blaney also had a good morning on Sunday, catching 12 fish on CdC Buzzers on a floating line. The bank is also producing fish to the same methods. Best boat area is the main bowl. Best bank areas are the dam, platforms 4, 5 and 6.

Rutland Water, Rutland

Boat anglers are taking the majority of fish. The strengthening wind during the week, blowing in a westerly direction, put paid to the Normanton shoreline for bank anglers although other areas did produce fish, particularly Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Sykes Lane (Stockie Bay), Carrot and Barnhill Creek. Boat anglers did well in the main basin with many fish caught along the Normanton shoreline and Sykes Lane. The bottom of the arms produced a number of fish for those few that went down there with dries doing very well with corixa and shrimp and pin fry feeders. Ken Webb of Norwich took the best brown at 5lb 15oz from the bottom of the South Arm. A Snake pattern accounted for two large browns, one of 5lb 11oz for Alan Ayres and the other at 5lb 6oz for Dan Offen of Sutton Coldfield. John Slavin travelled south from his Scottish home to enjoy a week’s fishing and had many quality rainbows, including around a dozen over 3lb and browns of 4lb-plus. Only twice during the week did John record less than an eight fish limit.

Rich Cooper won the eighth week of the Tuesday Night Boat League. He recorded eight fish in Manton Bay, all falling to a Big Red dry fly. He also managed the biggest fish of the evening to win the mid week boat and to earn five additional points to the 10 points he notched up for winning on the night. Keith Jones took second place with five fish and Adi Naylor was third with four fish. Rich now leads the league with 55 points, followed by Ziggy Lesiakowski 36 pts; Keith Jones 31; Adi Naylor 26; Kerry Richardson 22; Chris Evans 17.

The English Disabled Flyfishers match on Wednesday July 6 saw the 19 anglers take 71 fish for a rod average of 3.73. Trevor Ashby of Wing won the main prize for the biggest fish, an impressive 4lb 2oz brown.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Trout in lake one at the catch and keep end are taking Damsels, Daddies and Cat’s Whiskers, with Sedge taking a few in the evening. At the brown trout end, fish slower and deeper with Buzzers. Sport on lake two was all down deep last week on Zonkers, Snakes and Bblobs but since a night of heavy rain on Tuesday surface activity has resumed. Shuttlecock Buzzers, CdCs, Wulffs and Grey Buzzers drifted were scoring well. In the evening big fish have been seen jumping and bolting after fry. They are also still in the margins. On lake three fish are down deep and Danny hooked, saw and lost his first high double-figure grown-on fish. Upgrade the 13lb tippet to 15lb for next assault!

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending July 8 the 96 rods caught 310 trout for a rod average of 3.23. A better turnout this week with dries still the standout method. Sport has been good for both boat and bank anglers fishing over the top of the weed beds waiting for fish to come up for the fly. The rainfall and breeze has served to keep the water temperatures sensible and anglers have really benefitted from this, with hard-fighting well-mended fish featuring in returns. Fiery brown and olive emerger type patterns seem to be the way forward. The Suspender Buzzer has been a great fly too, it's foam head making it a low maintenance pattern and as such is easy to float again after catching a fish. Sport has been consistent both through the day and in the evening with a cast and walk approach the most effective. Travel light, put your essentials in a waistcoat or small bag and allow yourself to move freely. Best fish caught and released this week at 10lb-plus to Jim Turner on an Orange Shipman’s. Towards the end of the week Martin Rowson found a few fish to a Pink Snake fly showing that the larger patterns can be worth a go to stir things up a little.

West House Trout Lakes, Cleveland 


Unsettled weather at the moment means the fishing keeps changing all the time. Plenty of fish being caught on the surface, especially in the evenings. West House is open every evening until 9pm. Big stocking planned before this weekend. On Saturday August 6 there will be a tagged fish event and the lakes will be stocked with a number of tagged fish. Catch a tagged fish to win a prize including rods, day tickets etc. Some excellent catches this week including a nice rainbow of 10lb 10oz caught on a Black Buzzer by Kevin Postill. Nigel Winters caught 15 fish on a selection of dries and Buzzers, the best being a fish of 8lb. Jonathon Dixon of Cumbria, making his first visit to the fishery, caught 19 fish mainly on dries including a nice brown trout of 6lb. Best flies
are Black Buzzers, Black Hopper, Bloodworms, Damsels, Shipman’s, CdC patterns

The lakes are now open from 8am until 9pm every day.
Free tea and coffee is now available from the lodge for anglers.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

The changeable weather conditions has meant for a quiet week with just 44 anglers fishing the lakes. Those anglers who did fish enjoyed some great top of the water action and returned a decent rod average of 3.5. Only one angler, J. Campbell, managed the 15 fish bag limit with all other anglers in single figures. D. Pugh was just short with a catch of nine fish, then E. Carmichael, A. Roe, R. Hill and F. Walton all had bags of eight fish each. The best fish of the week was a lovely 5lb specimen caught by D. Pugh and a hard-fighting 4lb rainbow caught by I. Joplin. Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Damsels and Blobs have caught the most fish. A few anglers have been taking advantage of the later opening time with longer afternoon sessions and the four-hour evening ticket. The 9am opening runs through July and is Monday to Friday only. The weather forecast is for temperatures to stay warm through the week and quite humid, which should help bring on some more hatches and keep the top of the water action busy.