England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 14th, 2015

Bewl Water, Kent
After a weekend of very good fishing with some catch and release anglers catching up to 14 trout, the last two or three days have been more challenging as the water has coloured with brown algae and it is difficult to judge the depth of the fish. Rod average for the week was 2.56 - good for mid August. Best areas for boats are the main bowl and Hook Straight. Best areas for bank fishing are the dam wall and Chingley. Successful flies are Boobies, Blobs, Cormorants, Minkies and Tadpoles. Due to low oxygen levels in the water, catch and release has been temporarily suspended. Bank anglers will be able to purchase a brace (two fish) permit for £19 until catch and release resumes. A reminder that no boats are available on the following dates - 16 September (Grand Max) and 17, 18, 19, 20, and 24 October as there are large flyfishing competitions on these days.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The smaller the better this week as far as patterns are concerned. Jeff Wilkinson had a great day here on Saturday, fishing size 14-16 olive nymphs sparsely dressed under an indicator three foot down on a floating line. He managed to catch and release 12 with several browns. Lots of fish still around the margins with the aerators being the hotspots on the lake.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another busy week at Chatton with an Open Day on Sunday organised by Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA). Instructors were on hand to demonstrate and coach the use of single and double-handed rods. The event was a great success and well attended, a big thank you to instructor Barry Mitchell (07979 023301) for organising this event.
All three lakes are fishing well with various dries, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and small lures taking fish. Jim Tuck, from Ashington, caught 18 fish on a Chatton Chaser. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 15 fish on Blobs and dries. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish, best at 12lb 12oz, on Diawl Bachs and Damsels. Keith Laidler, from Chester le Street, enjoyed his free day’s fishing on a full loyalty card landing 10 fish, best at 7lb 8oz and 7lb. All were caught on a Shipman’s. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught nine fish on Zonkers and Buzzers. John Maguire, from Houghton le Spring, caught 10 fish on olives, Spiders and Bloodworms. Lee Cartmail, from Middlesbrough, caught 18 fish on Zonkers. Colin Harris, from Whickham, caught 18 on various dries. Other good catches went to David Brown, from Bedlington, with a 6lb 8oz rainbow caught from Ross Lake on a Sedge. Fishery regular Alec Fish caught a 4lb 10oz rainbow on a Diawl Bach from Chatton Lake. Ten-year-old Rinn Reekie, from Fife, on his first visit to Chatton landed a 3lb 10oz rainbow from Ross Lake. Mark Straughen from the Norham and Ladykirk Angling Association included rainbows of 6lb 8oz and 5lb in a total bag weight 16lb.
Fishery closing at 9pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday August 15 at 9.30am, everyone welcome.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Sport continued to be good this week, especially earlier in the week when cloudy, cool conditions brought fish close to the margins. Tuesday saw athletics legends Steve Cram and Daley Thompson take 12 fish between them on PowerBait and spinners. We had 24 catch limits in the first three days of the week with Mr K. Maxwell and Mr M. Osbourne taking eight fish limits well over 16lb. The catch of the week went to Mr Fenny who had over 20lb on Wednesday including some nice three-pounders The weekend was slightly less productive as the bright sunshine and rise in temperatures pushed fish out into the depths. However, some good catches were still recorded early and late in the day as fish moved back into the margins during these periods. Fly anglers using dries and wets just under the surface recorded the best catches with some outstanding rises on many evenings. Best flies areBlack Fritz, Black Gnat, Bibio, Montana, Black Pennell, Damsel Nymph, Hoppers, Daddies and Muddlers. Bait anglers had success on a variety of tactics depending on weather conditions and wind directions although PowerBait Mice-tails are still the most productive. 

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
A week of settled weather resulted in some good sport on favoured, cooler days. Minnows shoaling on all banks resulted in feeding trout showing in all areas as they gorge on the abundance of fry. Anglers using a spinner/float or a legered bait did not have to cast very far as the feeding trout were extremely close to the margins. There were some excellent catches recorded throughout and Mr A. Olsen netted eight pristine rainbows for 23lb. He was closely followed by Mr J.B. Wilson who caught eight superb rainbows for 20lb 8oz including the biggest fish of the week at 3lb 8oz. Mr R. Marshall was delighted with his eight fish catch limit totalling 20lb 6oz and this was just a few of the recorded eight fish catch limits. Fly anglers continued to reap the rewards of travelling light and covering a lot more bank, especially on an evening when there are frequent hatches. Best flies are Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio and Cat’s Whisker. Top tip for anglers wanting to spin for trout is to find a quiet piece of bank and cast your spinner adjacent to the bank about 10 to 15 feet from the margins. of some of the best catches. Best areas are north shore middle section and dam wall on an evening with all areas fishing well.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good summer’s rod average of 3.55 and a lot of fish coming in at more than 3lb. The best rainbow at 6lb was taken by Charles Williams. The dam has been the most productive area for bank anglers with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, PTNs and Crunchers fished close to the margin. However, when the winds have been favourable, Deep Water and Pylon Points have also produced consistent fishing. Boat anglers have enjoyed a good week’s sport with the south dam, G,I,N and B Buoys, Savages Creek, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Seat and central drifts through the middle all producing good consistent fishing. Best boat methods have been to fish mainly on medium to fast sink lines with lures and nymphs.
The Scierra Pairs match on August 2 saw 14 pairs catch 127 fish for a great match rod average of 4.53. The top pair was Mark Haycock and Julian Hubbard with 16 trout for 46lb 10oz. They fished gold and silver tubes on a Di-8 line drifting from the middle of the reservoir to G Buoy/Marlow Bay. The heaviest rainbow of the match at 4lb 10oz was caught by Rob Edmunds/Kieron Bonas who finished second with 16 fish for 41lb 3oz. This fish was also taken on a gold and silver tube from I Buoy.
Third were Ian Watts and Baz Reece with 13 fish for 28lb 15oz and fourth Andy Cooper and Phil Green with 14 fish for 26lb 1oz.
The winner of this week’s Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League was season ticket holder Graham Bodsworth who caught and released six trout from the south dam on a floating line with Diawl Bachs and Crunchers. Sharing second place were Alan Briggs and Keith Gilchrist each with three fish.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Bright sunshine and gales made for some testing days. However, a rod average of almost three fish per angler for the week during the summer months remains respectable as the cool weather kept fish active and feeding well. Tuesday brought rain and a cold wind and Mr W.J. Currie caught 10 fish on his Loyalty Day close to the Witch’s Hat. Anglers willing to roam the banks this week have had the most success. As water temperatures rise fish are heading to the deeper water and some of the lesser fished spots like Pebble Beach and Brock Scar have produced great catches. Changing methods have also helped during these difficult conditions with many people catching best late afternoon whilst spinning using small lures and Toby spinners. Derek Hodgson, of Chester le Street, caught the biggest fish of the week on Saturday; a beautiful 6lb rainbow taken at Brock Scar on legered PowerBait Mice-tails. Derek and his friend took home 12 fish between them. There’s been some good fly hatches early evening with surface-feeding fish taking well presented dries. That said, with flat calm water these fish are very easily spooked so fishing on the move has been key. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black/Orange Hopper, and Bibio.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
A vast improvement in weather conditions as last week’s strong winds gave way to calmer, sunny days. This produced plenty of action around the inlet, where moving cooler water and added oxygen attracted high numbers of the larger rainbows. Nikolai Nikolov caught the largest trout of the season weighing 8lb 10oz using Garlic PowerBait Eggs. Other notable specimens of 7lb 14oz fell to David Fuegi who was spinning and Mr R. Dignam who took an 8lb 4oz fish. A good number of rainbows over 7lb have also been recorded from the Bubble Lines where sinking lines and large lures have improved catches. Richard Smart netted an 8lb 8oz rainbow on Sunday. Bank anglers on the Peninsula have reported better results from amongst the weeded areas using PowerBait. As water levels are still falling fast we remind visitors using boats that Atlantis is very shallow and should be avoided as there is a risk of grounding the boat. Best flies: Buzzers are Montana, Damsel, and Orange FM. Best bank areas are the Peninsula, dam wall and inlet wall. Boats doing well at the Goldfish Bowl, inlet, inlet dam wall, and Bubbles Lines when running.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
The waters of Hury were clashed with winds one minute to be followed by bright sunshine the next and neither being good conditions for flyfishing. However, there were some good catches to note including Malcolm Gowland who took 10 fish on Wednesday on his Loyalty Day on Reedy Bank. John Currie and George Wind landed eight and seven fish respectively. The west end of the reservoir at the boil and Newhouse Bay produced some excellent evening sport with fish surface feeding on small black dries. As summer water temperatures climb fish are shoaling around Low New House taking advantage of the higher oxygen released from the boil giving anglers excellent chances to catch good numbers of fish. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Coral Dancer, Buzzers, Bibio and Black Popper Hopper. Best areas are the boil, Newhouse Bay and both banks from the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Gordon Scott, from Newcastleton, fished the South Abutment area and in less than an hour he had landed his eight fish limit, then purchased another permit and promptly caught another eight rainbows! Boat angler Joe Thomas caught fish of 3lb 4oz and 3lb 7oz on a Daddy Longlegs off the field at Needs Hill. Other anglers have recorded limits with dry flies taking front stage as the fish look to the surface to feed. Bait anglers have also caught well with worm and Red PowerBait Eggs one of the most successful combinations. On Sunday Lee Hollings and his son fished for the first time at Hawkhope Slipway. Aidan aged six, landed a 4lb 11oz fish, the largest of the week, using a bunch of worms fished below a bubble float. Best flies are Pearl Blob, Black and Peacock Spider, Green Montana, and Orange Blob. Best boat areas are Mirage, Belling Inlet, and Whickhope. Best banks are Merlin Brae, Matthews Linn, and Little Whickhope.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The rise in temperature this week along with the warming water has made the bank fishing more challenging. However, the rod average for the week is 2.7 and there have been some notable catches. Phil Jordan has had several good days from the bank using Diawl Bachs. He returned 20 fish in three sessions. Rick Barlow has returned 34 fish and taken a rainbow at 4lb 3oz. The best bank areas have been the Cliffs, Sermans and the north shore. Boat anglers are finding fish in the Boills and Main Basin. Fish are still high in the water and feeding on the large daphnia clouds in the main basin. An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Anglers continue to enjoy good sport despite difficult weather and water conditions. Bank fishing has been hard, with anglers taking a few fish from the dam. Boat anglers are having most success by drifting across the main basin with dry fly and emerger tactics as top of the water sport continues. K. Harney returned 20 fish, as did Paul and Dave Newham on dry fly tactics. Fraser Duffy Senior and Fraser Duffy Junior and Mick Clark caught well on dries and emergers. Mary Harkin, from Dublin, fished Foam Daddies to net over 30 fish during a two session visit, with partner Pete Matthison also enjoying good sport on similar tactics. Trevor Hall landed the best fish of the week, a fine rainbow of 8lb 14oz which took a Red/Black Crisp Packet Buzzer fished washing-line style near the Boils. Congratulations go to Ray Edgely who, at 87 years old, caught three rainbows on dry flies. Ray has now been fishing Ravensthorpe for over 50 years.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
The biggest fish of the week fell to Morpeth (Northumberland) angler Paul Smith who tempted a 5lb 12oz rainbow from the South Arm. This fish had been feeding on large snails. A large red dry fly was the successful pattern. Prior to this rainbow Paul hooked and lost a very large brown. He fished both shallows of each arm on his visit, managing over 20 fish in total. Season ticket holder Keith Jones took a number of quality fish up to 5lb last Friday from both arms. The majority of boat anglers have fished the Sailing Club down through to the dam with rainbows averaging over 2lb reported. The most popular tactic is broadside drifting with lures and nymphs and rudder anglers with tube flies with fish feeding on daphnia. By the end of the week the aerators started to produce plenty of fish with various lures fished on sinking lines coupled with a variable stop-start retrieve working. The rod average at Rutland has been 3.37 for the week. The few anglers who ventured out onto the banks took fish from the North Arm shallows and the Normanton bank from the east side of Normanton Church through to the blue pipes down to Fantasy Island.
Advance notice that all boats are booked for the Scierra Pairs final on September 5-6 and there are a limited number of boats available September 1-4 inclusive.
The Anglian Water Rudder Match on August 8 was won by Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with 14 fish for 27lb 4oz; second Martin Hearth and Jim Watts  with five fish for 8lb 11oz; third Rob Teasdale and Mick Connor with three fish for 5lb 13oz; fourth Jeff Bedford and Matt Bedford with two fish for 4lb 3oz; and fifth Mick Bennett and Ian Dolby, one fish for 2lb.
Week 11 of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Keith Jones with eight fish for 14lb 11oz; second Richard Cooper with eight fish for 13lb 13oz and third Mick Bennett  with five fish for 8lb 9oz. It’s now level pegging at the top of the league with Keith Jones and Richard Cooper on 63 points apiece. Officially there are just two weeks of the league remaining, but it is proving so popular that a couple more weeks may be added, more information to follow. In the meantime, please note that from this week the start time has been brought forward to 5.30pm.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.
Rutland Water Fly Fishers and Anglian Water are hosting an open weekend at the Fishing Lodge on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, 10am to 5pm. There will be a chance to talk to the experts, try fly-tying, fly casting and flyfishing from a boat (taster session - limited availability).

Scaling Dam Reservoir, Cleveland
Apart from the odd gusty day it’s been quite a pleasant week with some great catches recorded by bait anglers in various locations around the reservoir. Fly anglers working along the south shore and east bay areas have also had good results, especially those who regularly changed fly. Bruce Hodgson, from Brotton, fished the east end with legered blue mango PowerBait and caught his eight fish limit. Jake Dale, from Stokesley, also fished the east end and caught his 10 fish Loyalty Day limit on green and yellow PowerBait and worm. Fly angler Mark Hammond, from Redcar, returned five and Tommy Johns, from Brotton, returned 10 rainbows including two between 4-5lb. The two biggest rainbows of the week weighing 5lb each were both landed on fly, one of three caught by Brian Lees from South Bank and one of four caught and two returned by Anthony Southworth, from Middlesbrough.  Best flies are Silver Invicta, Hoppers, Kate McLaren and Viva. Best areas are both ends of the dam wall, and south shore.

Thornwood Springs Fly Fishery, Essex
Lake two has produced some very good fishing on some days. Over a three-day period lots of rising rainbows could be seen in the rippled areas and some big browns were seen hunting in the margins after the fry. Lake two today (Friday) saw some fantastic surface action for Lee Bartlett who was using CdC Buzzers. His catch up until lunch included an 11lb grown-on rainbow. Rainbows are taking CdC dry flies, with Damsels, Montana, Buzzers and Shipman’s Buzzer also scoring. Early mornings and into the evenings usually witness a good rise. Lake one is about to be de-weeded and will change to brown trout only with a beginner’s pool as well.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending August 7 the 100 anglers caught 341 trout for a rod average of 3.41. A very respectable rod average for the time of year, possibly helped along by airborne terrestrials being in abundance thanks to the harvesting in surrounding fields. Fish have been very happy to feed on or near the surface, even during spells of bright weather. Patterns with some orange or fiery brown in them have done well and the popular Shipman’s is proving ever reliable. Both boat and bank anglers found a few fish with the boats edging the best of the sport. Bank anglers are advised to keep on the move, particularly if takes and offers dry up a little. The water is still clear and the weed is just starting to drop back a little. Dries will continue to produce as really will most methods on the right day. It's also worth keeping an eye out for a few early fry feeders. A few good fish out this week with plenty around 4 to 5lb. Jason James, from Alford, Lincs, managed a nicely conditioned 5lb 2oz rainbow on a dry fly.