Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Excellent catches this week with several anglers catching more than 10 fish in a session. Buzzers and dry flies are the successful patterns, along with Orange Blobs. Great conditions at the moment and the fish are fighting well. Stuart Illsley from Eyebrook Tackle Shop will be at the fishery this Sunday (July 3) when we hope to be in the new fishermans’ lodge. Lots of new customers visiting through the week too, which was great.
Chatton Fishery, Northumberland
It’s been another great week with fantastic top of the water and subsurface sport. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 18 fish during the all-nighter, including a beautiful brown trout. Ali Tait from Dudley matched the current fishery record in returning a fully-finned 20lb rainbow to Ross Lake at 4am on Sunday morning. Ali said: “cheers for a great night fishing dries in the dark, 18 fish tonight doesn't get much better than that and a personal best rainbow to date.”
Matty Divine from Hadson returned a 16lb 8oz rainbow catching 18 fish in total. Matty also returned a 7lb fish to Chatton Lake using Damsels and Diawl Bachs. In other catches, Keith Laidler from Chester le Street caught 12 fish on Black CdCs, Buzzers and dries. Trevor Wadds from Craster caught 13 fish on Buzzers and Bloodworms. Peter Davison from New Hartley caught 14 fish using Sedges and Daddies. Stu Younger from Blyth caught 14 fish using dries and Daddies. David Kay from Morpeth returned 14 fish. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend caught 10 fish using Diawl Bachs and Bunny Leeches.
The ATTEFF Individual Bank Championship and the Fritz 'n' Flies Pairs Bank Championships are being held on Saturday July 9 at Chatton. For further information or to book a place ring Jim Tuck on 07985 232437 after 6pm.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A steady week with a rod average of 3.3 recorded by the 138 anglers. A total of 459 fish were caught of which 329 were returned. Bank anglers had some good sport in the east arm or coarse bank while fishing dries or Damsel imitations. Mornings continue to fish better than afternoons. Boat anglers caught on a variety of methods from dries to deep Buzzers or Di-3 lines and Blobs. The majority of fish taken were over 2lb and in sparkling condition. Best fish were 6lb 6oz to Alan Rennocks, from Kettering, on an Orange Buzzer, from the boat; 6lb 3oz and 6lb 2oz for Steve Loveridge, Kettering, also on an Orange Buzzer from the boat; 6lb 1oz to Trevor Griggs, from Rushden, on a Diawl Bach; 5lb 8oz to Bryan Swain, from Brampton, on a Black Buzzer. Water clarity is very good and weed growth less than normal for late June. Best patterns are Green Cruncher, Fraser Nymph, Damsel, GRHE, Daddy, Shipman’s, and Orange Blob.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
The weekly rod average is 5.45 with fishing improving as the weather begins to settle and the westerly wind returns. Thunderstorms and hail have been commonplace with water temperatures falling. This has drawn the fish in closer to the bank with many fish seen feeding on fry and the odd dry fly in the evening. The fish are feeding on pin fry, green buzzer, daphnia and snail although the fish are really up for a fast chase when the cloud cover comes over. Boat hotspots are around G Buoy, Deep Water Point, the dam and the Willows with fish also showing off the Seat, Hill Farm and in the middle of the reservoir. Fish are being taken on varying methods and depths though most commonly within 10-20 feet depth of water, on Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, tubes, Snakes and lures.
Bank fishing has improved, predominantly around dawn and dusk, and particularly around areas harbouring fry. It would be worth trying the harbour arms in the evening due to the amount of fry currently holding in that area.
Predator anglers have seen a steady improvement with reports of specimen perch and zander being caught. A double-figure zander was caught on June 26 by Kieron Gumm.
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has fished well this week, despite some changeable conditions. Early morning or late afternoon is the best time to fish from the bank with the fish moving out into deeper water during the day. Dave Newens, who is a season ticket holder, continues to have success, taking six fish on home-tied buzzers from Stilton Point in a two-hour morning session. Chris Butcher had a good evening in Pitsford Creek, taking 10 fish on wets pulled across the surface. Head ranger David Rowe fished with Chris Whyte and both caught well on CdCs on Sailing Club Bank.
On Sunday Pitsford Water hosted the Julian Davies Pairs Competition organised by Mid Northants Fly Fishers. The 24 anglers caught 79 fish for a rod average of 3.3. The winning pair was Terry Bayes and David Currie with eight fish for 19lb 9oz. David Currie also took the biggest fish of the match, a fine brown of 5lb 15oz. A rainbow of 3lb 13oz fell to Richard Webb.
The best boat areas are Brixworth Bay, the Boils and Cliffs. Methods to try include floating or slow intermediate lines, with teams of nymphs fished either washing-line or straight line nymphing. If conditions allow then try the dries or wets, particularly Wickhams and Invictas.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
A big thank you to all who helped out at Press Manor’s open day and a special thank you Keith Griffiths who coordinated the event. Young and old got some great instruction, with casting, carp fishing, coarse fishing, trout cooking from John Blewitt, and fly-tying from Tony from Walkers of Trowel. Thank you to the police, and their wildlife crimes officer and finally to Tesco for their support.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Both boat and bank anglers have had another productive week’s fishing. With the fish being up in the water small dries seem to be the winning method, as well as Diawl Bachs and Hoppers. Rob Edmunds had a good day, taking 25 fish. Rob and his boat partner (who took nine fish) drifted across the Coton End of the reservoir. Bank anglers are taking fish from platforms 4-8, fishing over the weed with a good number of fish coming to dries and Blobs. The dam is fishing consistently to Buzzers and Damsel Nymphs. The biggest rainbow of the week weighed 7lb 9oz and fell to Mr Mackenzie. The best boat areas are the main bowl and the Island.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Another good week with 2,061 fish recorded, including 450 that were returned, giving a rod average for the week of 4.12. Among those fish returned were a number of overwintered browns from both bank and boat. Norfolk angler Bill Coppin returned two browns, one estimated around the 6 to 7lb mark and another between 4-5lb while bank fishing off the Normanton Bank. Along the shoreline the Blue Pipes down to Fantasy Island on the Normanton bank was the place to be for most of the week with numbers of fish including many around the 2lb mark being caught.
Boat anglers opted for the main basin for mainly grown-on fighting fit stock fish with some boats hanging around the aerators. Drifting boats have fished along the Normanton bank, and Whitwell to the corner of Sykes Lane. The few boats that ventured up the arms were rewarded with quality fish. Season ticket holder Mick Connor, of Oakham, had the top of the North Arm all to himself. Mick only had five takes (missing one of them) in a half day session but the other four stuck and were quality fish in the shape of three browns between 3lb 8oz up to an estimated 5lb, and a 3lb 8oz rainbow. All of Mick’s fish fell to a Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Season ticket holder Ron Oldroyd of Empingham took a boat out and he too caught quality fish down the arms with a number of rainbows around the 3lb mark and one around 5lb. Best weighed brown was 4lb 2oz taken by M. Foreman of Bury St Edmunds.
Fish are feeding well on daphnia, buzzers, shrimp and pin fry. Another 2,000 rainbows were stocked last week, with yet another 2,000 stocked this Monday, bringing the total for the season to 48,200.
Many congratulations to Hilary Tomlinson for winning the sixth week of the Tuesday Night Boat League with an excellent haul of five rainbows for the evening! Second on the night was Rich Cooper, with Mick Bennett coming third. Best fish on week six was a 2lb 13oz rainbow for Paul Wild. Rich Cooper tops the league with 39 points followed by Keith Jones, then Kerry Richardson.
Thornwood Springs Flty Fishery, Essex
On lake one, the catch and keep end is producing fish to Montanas, Damsels and Diawl Bachs on floating line. At the other end the browns are taking Tadpoles, Minkies and Vat’s Whiskers. They seem to be feeding on golden rudd fry. On lake two it is mainly Buzzers and emergers. Good rise most evenings when conditions allow, but plenty of big browns visibly feeding, rolling just beneath the surface and also patrolling the margins, which are still cool. On lake three try deeper down with bloodworm feeding still going on.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending June 24 the 80 anglers caught 255 fish for a rod average of 3.2. Plenty of activity this week with fish visibly busy on the surface most of the time. A vast array of fly life, both aquatic and terrestrial, as well as a fresh hatch of coarse fish fry are keeping the trout busy. Therefore all manner of flies reported successful, from the usual Buzzer patterns to Sedge patterns including silver and ‘ordinary’ Invicta, Soldier Palmer and Grenadier. Dries good too with a few on Hoppers, Shipman’s, G&H and one chap returned good results fishing a tiny size 32 black dry. Evening rises have been present but late this last week. Spilsby angler Malc Janik fished on Friday evening and by 9.30 hadn’t had a fish, but by 10.30 he’d had nine. It really is worth taking the gamble and hanging on for some exciting top of the water sport if you’re able. A reminder that late evening fishing is available from Thursday to Sunday inclusive. Some nice fish out too including a lovely rainbow of 10lb 5oz to Tom Watchorn from Epworth and a well-mended rainbow of 5lb 9oz to Ravenshead season ticket holder Dave McGeever.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
It’s been a great week with an improvement in the weather bringing warmer conditions and a little cloud cover - which all made for some great sporting action. Anglers were kept busy returning a great rod average of nearly six. Three anglers managed to reach the 15 fish bag limit, they were A. Kerr, R. Maculloch and J. Campbell. Not far behind was T. Ross with 14 fish and not quite into double figures were E. Denison with nine fish and N. Midgley who caught eight fish. The best fish of the week was a hard-fighting 5lb 8oz rainbow caught by P. Admore. Successful flies this week were Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers, CdCs, Damsels, Blobs and Hoppers. A reminder that next Sunday (July 3) is the second session for the BADAC Junior Club at Witton Castle Lakes with expert tuition and guidance from Anne Woodcock.