Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
After restocking on Monday the fishing went mad this week with lots of anglers catching into double-figures. Several of the larger fish showed up as well, one of 8lb 12oz being the best. Buzzers are hatching off, along with hawthorns and dark olive duns. Great sport on dries off the top on Sunday with a Shipman’s Buzzer accounting for a large number of fish.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A fantastic amount of insect life on the lakes and dries are working exceptionally well, along with Bloodworms, Buzzers and small lures. Beautiful brown trout have been coming to the net this week - Geoff Hobson from Holburn returned a 7lb brownie which he caught on a Black Hopper. Steve Bilbrough from Cramlington caught 16 fish on Friday returning a 10lb rainbow and a 5lb brown trout using Sedges, Buzzers and Hoppers. Jim Tuck from Ashington returned rainbows of 14lb and 15lb 2oz on Saturday. Brian Davis from Dudley caught 15 fish using Shipman’s; Robert Hedley from Guidepost kept five fish and returned nine using a Shipman’s; Trevor Wadds from Craster caught 11 fish using Zonkers and Bloodworms; G. Lumsdon from Newbiggin caught 15 fish on Black Buzzers through the day and CdC Shuttlecocks in the evening; Ali Tait from Morpeth caught 17 fish on dries and Buzzers; Stu Younger from Blyth returned 11 fish using Cormorants; Steve Cochrane from Guidepost caught 10 fish using CdCs and Black Spiders; Davie Bilborough from Gosforth caught 14 fish on Buzzers; Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 11 fish on PTNs; and Julian Bales from Wooler caught 12 fish, also using PTNs.
Chatton Trout Fishery regular Dougie McCurdo from Ashington celebrated his May 13th birthday with an 11lb rainbow caught from Ross Lake. Dougie also kept a 3lb 8oz rainbow. Gus Skene from St Abbs fished Dunnydeer Lake and kept three fish for 12lb 10oz, all caught on an Ally McCoist fly.
Chatton Lake and Dunnydeer Lakes are fully booked on Sunday May 22 from 9am to 4pm due to the Eddie Brown Memorial Compeition. Ross Lake will be open as usual and Chatton and Dunnydeer Lake will be available to fish from 4pm to 9pm after the competition. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday May 21, meeting in the fishing lodge at 9.30am, everyone welcome. Closing at 9pm this week - enjoy fantastic evening sport on a Friday and Saturday evening as the fishery closes at 10pm these evenings.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A great 5.6 rod average for the week with most days fishing well although in breezy, bright conditions the fishing was harder in the now extremely clear water. Large hatches of buzzers, mainly olive or black, are keeping the fish occupied. Boat anglers are catching good bags by changing depth throughout the day to keep in touch with the fish. Some cloud cover immediately brings some fish to the surface. On most evenings there is now a spectacular rise from 8.30pm onwards with dry flies such as Shipmans, Big Red and CdC Buzzers scoring. Best fish included 6lb 5oz for Roy Whitwell, from Whittlesey, on a Hare’s Ear; 5lb 9oz to Paul Laundon, Milton Keynes, on an Olive Buzzer; 5lb 6oz for Mal Broughton, Grantham, on a Damsel from the boat; 5lb 5oz for Peter Watkins, Nottingham, on an Olive Shipman’s. Plus there were a further 36 fish over 4lb reported. A brown of 5lb-plus was caught by Mr Henshaw, from Great Offley, using an Olive Buzzer from the boat. Best bank areas are boat bay, coarse bank, dam, and gravel bar. Boats doing well in all areas. Best patterns are Olive or Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Cruncher, Candy or Coral FAB, Damsel, GRHE, and Shipman’s.
The Tommy Wood Memorial took place on Sunday May 15 and the nine anglers weighed in 15 fish. A sunny day with a light variable wind should have been decent conditions for this floating line and buzzer imitation only bank competition, yet Matt Tuck was the only angler to manage a limit. He made the walk to the coarse bank worthwhile to catch his six fish for 12lb 8oz in just over an hour and went on to release a further 15 fish! Second was Phil Wagstaff with three fish for 7lb 2oz and third Gordon Anthony two fish for 4lb 1oz. A total of £388 was raised from the raffle and donations for Sue Ryder, Peterborough.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham continues to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a weekly rod average of 4.46. The best sport for bank anglers has been to fish mainly floating lines with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, GRHE, Damsel Nymphs and large black and green lures. The most consistent bank areas have been Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, Marlow Stones, Willows, South Dam and the Seat. Boat anglers have had great results by fishing either Black Buzzers and Diawl Bachs on floating lines or by fishing fast sink lines with Tequila Blobs, Vivas, Snakes, Cat’s Whisker Booby and Damsel Nymphs. The best boat areas have been Hill Farm, Hedge End, Deep Water Point, G Buoy, Willows, South Dam and the Seat. Rob Edmunds and his boat partner Martin had a great day boat fishing on May 12. Martin and Robert caught and released 10 browns between 4lb 8oz and 6lb 12oz. Their favourite methods were floating lines with Black Buzzers fishing from G Buoy and the Willows.
As part of Grafham Water’s 50th Birthday celebrations, on Wednesday May 25 boats will be half price. All boats must be in the harbour at 1pm to greet HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who is visiting Grafham.
The Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championships took place on May 14 when 39 anglers caught 144 trout for a rod average of 3.69. Top rod was Dave Eames with 10 fish for 18lb 4oz. Second Pascal Boulmier, nine fish for 17lb 15oz and third Simon Gaines, eight fish for 15lb 12oz. Al Gamble took the heaviest trout at 3lb 15oz.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 76 rods caught 269 fish for an average of 3.54 per rod. The fishing has been in decent form over the past week and despite the bright conditions fish have been moving well on both Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools. Dry flies have been working well with CdC Emergers, dry Olives, Hawthorn patterns and Black Gnat all taking fish. Small black or olive Buzzers are also working well. The largest fish was a 10lb rainbow caught by Clive Squires of Coventry who was fishing from a boat on Park Meadow. It was the best of a nine fish catch taken on a Peacock and Black. Robert White of Lapworth fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught eight fish, five taken and three released including a brown estimated around 6lb. Mr A. Lunn of Bromsgrove had a catch and release ticket and caught 23 rainbows and three browns which all came to small black dries while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. Mr D. Troth of Coventry had one at 6lb on a black dry fly while fishing Cocks Close on an evening ticket and this was the best of a four fish bag. The best areas on Cocks Close have been along the road bank and the high bank with the boat anglers catching well around the middle willows. On Park Meadow, the fish have been moving well all over the pool.
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has been in excellent form with a rod average of 5.42. Eight anglers fished a rudder match on May 7, catching 63 fish. Di-3 fast glass and tube flies were the order of the day. The best brown weighed 4lb 7oz and the best rainbow 4lb 9oz. Boat pair Roy Bartrum and Chris Binley won with a total weight of 38lb 8oz. On Sunday May 8 Mid Northants Fly Fishers fished the Bruce Richard Trophy with the 26 anglers catching 269 fish. Seumas Halliday took first place. Most popular methods were ghost and sink tips, and floating lines. An assortment of flies came into play with Pitsford Pea, Buzzers and Tequila Blobs proving popular. Grant Gibson caught 22 fish with Pip Jeffs landing the biggest fish at 3lb 5oz. The Arnold Haddon Charity match was fished on May 10 in support of the Arnold Haddon Cancer Charity. Chris Butcher took the best bag with eight fish for 24lb 9oz. Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club that started on May 10 and runs every Tuesday up to August 9. Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly-tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The warmer weather has brought on the insects and fish are rising to buzzers and hawthorns. Put a Hopper Bibio or a CdC pattern on your cast. Fish Buzzers or Diawl Bachs in the day, and go deeper in the sun, pulling Damsels on an intermediate. Evening tickets start at 3.30pm, fishing finishes just before 9pm.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
With a rod average of 9.3 Ravensthorpe is in terrific form. Boat anglers are catching most of their fish near the Domes and Coton End. Both floating and sinking lines have been effective with fish taking Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Blobs and some dries. Bank anglers have started to take fish off the dam and platforms 4-6. Mick Griffin had his floating line match with over 300 fish caught, (around 200 of these were returned). The match was won by Peter Webb with 111lb worth of fish. R. Kerrison took second place for 102lb 8oz and Chris Young was a close third with 102lb.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Anglers have enjoyed a very high rod average with 5.26 achieved for the week and fish coming out from many areas of the reservoir. Overwintered fish have featured again with rainbows and browns falling mainly to nymphs. Season ticket holder Cameron Neil recorded specimen browns at 5lb 7oz and 4lb 14oz, along with a 4lb 11oz rainbow from the bottom of the South Arm, all caught on nymphs. Peter Gover, Gary West and John Jones took 10 fish to their boat recently. The trio have amassed 248 years between them and were celebrating John’s 94th birthday.
Week one of the Tuesday Night Boat League saw nine anglers brave heavy rain just prior to the boats leaving the pontoon. Richard Cooper, last year’s champion, continued his excellent form to win on the night with eight fish; second place went to Adi Naylor and Sean Hillaby took third. The first winner of a free mid week boat for the best fish on the night was Adi Naylor with a 3lb 13oz brown. Many areas are fishing well for the boats, from the bottom of the Arms, through to the main basin. Best bank areas are Old Hall, Sykes Lane, Normanton, Barn Hill Creek.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one the browns are falling to Buzzers and streamers. Fish are still midwater and deeper down on here. It is easier at the catch and kill end for rainbows as the mayfly are on top. Buzzers and Blobs also taking fish. Lake two saw great dry fly fishing all week. Shipman’s Buzzer, Mayfly, Sedge and all types of emergers are taking well, but the best was a Renegade fished by Peter Cockwill during a Trout Fisherman feature. He had terrific sport on the surface in the margins with some beautiful perfect rainbows. Lake three saw some mid double-figure browns lost this week and Peter did manage to stalk and land a stunning brownie in a previously unfished spot amongst trees and reeds. Some anglers last week did get into 15-plus browns and rainbows with Buzzers and Shipman’s the most consistent flies. The stock for summer arrives soon and more than 600 fish will be held on site to replenish the lakes when needed. Water temperatures are still cool and levels very high. All manner of flies hatching this week including mayfly, hawthorn, sedge and daddies.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending May 13 the 100 rods caught 342 fish for a rod average of 3.4. Changeable weather once again, 20 degrees one day and nearer 10 the next with strong and cold northerly winds at times. On Sunday the weather was kind and masses of buzzers of all sizes were emerging. Straight-line fishing with a single pattern such as a Cruncher, Diawl Bach or Hare’s Ear has worked well. If you want to show them a little more then opt for a washing-line set-up with a FAB or small Booby on the point and nymphs or Buzzers on the droppers. No particular best areas although tower around to black pipe worth the first shot as that’s where the strong winds have been heading. Best fish this week was a rainbow of 8ln to Chesterfield angler Jim Sperry who fished a black and green lure.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
The week may have ended a little damp and cold at but for the rest of the week anglers enjoyed some glorious conditions. The heat also brought on some prolific hatches creating some top of the water action. The weather brought with it 59 visiting anglers who did find the going quite hard and returned a rod average of just 2.7. A. Grabham was the only angler to make it into double figures with a bag of 11 fish, D. Grabham (no relation) caught nine fish, I. Purvis had seven and S. Berriman caught six fish with the majority of anglers taking bags of three and four fish. By far the best fish was an impressive 12lb rainbow caught by R. Hill, while C. Johnson had a fine 10lb specimen. The top flies are Black Buzzers with Bloodworms taking some fish towards the end of the week.