Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
For those who brave the weather some good sport can be had. Mark Nielson visited last weekend and said: “When I arrived it was a little windy but not cold and I thought this could be a good day today, and what a day it turned out to be. I ended the day having caught 17 rainbows, all of which were returned. I absolutely love this time of year because every single fish I hooked nearly pulled my arm off trying to avoid the landing net and they were fin-perfect. One of the things that I absolutely love is seeing the bow waves as they chased the fly just beneath the surface, very exciting indeed”! The successful flies used were Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer and Blobs.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It has been quite a week with severe weather conditions making sport more challenging but it hasn't stopped some dedicated anglers enjoying their day out. Sport has been typical of this time of year with no set pattern and anglers having to work for their catches. Some lovely brown trout were caught this week and anglers commented on the fight of the fish. Peter Forster, from Newcastle, enjoyed his free day’s fishing using his full loyalty card, landing 12 fish using a Gold Humungus. Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caught nine fish using Bloodworms. Alex Harvey, from Cramlington, caught seven fish using various lures, while Matty Divine, from Hadston, landed nine on Bloodworms. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, also caught nine fish on Buzzers and Bloodworms. D. Soppitt, from Ashington, landed a 4lb 2oz rainbow and a further three fish caught on a Red Buzzer and a Black Fritz all from Chatton Lake. His total bag weight was 9lb. Top flies this week have been Buzzers, Bloodworms, Cormorants, Cat’s Whiskers, Montanas and Zonkers.
Chatton Ladies Angling Club are now meeting on Sunday December 20 at 9.30am instead of Saturday December 12. This new date will coincide with the raffle being drawn for the large box of flies, tied and kindly donated by Andy Richmond from Irvine, raising funds for the Great North Air Ambulance. Other prizes to be won on the day include a Greys rod, fishing vouchers and bottles of wine. The raffle will be drawn at 1pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served on the day.
The fishery will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day and open as normal the rest of the festive holidays.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 30 - December 6 the 57 anglers caught 153 fish of which 121 were returned. An extremely windy week saw little angling pressure. Smaller, imitative patterns on a floater or midge-tip line worked best in the clear water. Majority of fish are being caught from the dam end although the whole of the Brookside bank is fishing OK. Bank anglers are in general doing better than boats. Best fish was a brown trout of 5lb 9oz caught by Finbarr McSweeney on a GRHE. Best patterns are GRHE, small Damsels, Crunchers, Green Diawl Bach, Boodworms, and white and green lures.
Elinor will be holding a final pike fishing weekend on December 12-13, boats only and lures or sea deadbaits only may be used. Single anglers boat is £25; two anglers in a boat £40 and fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm.
Elinor is open for boat and bank fishing until December 31 and the 2016 season will start on February 13. Season ticket holders only can bank fish during January.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well over the past week with a good rod average of 2.82 with 25% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. Best rainbow at 4lb 10oz was taken by Chris McLeod. Due to the high winds that have been present on the reservoir in recent weeks the bank anglers have had the best of the sport with only the southern bank being able to be fished. However, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, Gaynes Cove, Plummer bank and the south dam have all produced consistent catch rates on either floating or intermediate lines with Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear, Minkies and Snakes fished slowly.
Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir, these are on display at the shop counter.
During December the tackle shop will be open 8am to 1pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (Closed noon on 24 December and 25 December). Boats will be available Wednesday – Sunday, subject to weather conditions.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 52 rods caught 225 fish for an average of 4.33 per rod. Despite the very high winds and changeable conditions the fishery is in really good form with lots of fish in the 3–6lb range and the odd bigger specimen being caught. The biggest rainbow of the week was a 9lb 14oz fish caught by Ian Reeve, of Rugby, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the best of an eight-fish bag taken on Minkies and Bloodworms. Alan Mann, of Solihull, fished catch and release from a boat on Park Meadow and caught 11 fish to 5lb 8oz. These all fell to a Goldhead Damsel on a floating line. Robert White, of Lapworth, caught eight fish from the bank of Cocks Close including one at 7lb. He used Blobs and Daiwl Bachs. Jonathan Preston, of Solihull, fished with his son Jack on a boat on Cocks Close and they caught eight fish to 4lb between them using Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels on an intermediate line. Twelve-year-old Louie Parton took his first ever trout weighing 2lb 14oz from the bank of Cocks Close in very windy conditions. The best patterns are Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm, Black Tadpole, Orange Fritz, Black Buzzer and Montana Nymph. The hotspots have been the old boat jetty and the high bank of Cocks Close. On Park Meadow, the far bank from the boat jetty is the most successful area.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Highlight of the week was the popular Fur and Feather with well-stocked festive hampers awarded to the top three rods. Despite the unsettled weather leading up to Sunday’s match it was an amazing turnout with 48 anglers fishing the banks. Winner was Martin Hearth, of Hambleton, with six fish for 13lb 11oz taken on a Humungus from the Normanton Bank. Second was Iain Barr with six fish for 13lb exactly. Iain found fish in very shallow water in Barnhill Creek, fishing a floating fry on the point coupled with two nymphs. Third was Oakham’s Matt Gregory with four fish including the best rainbow of the competition at exactly 3lb. Matt’s bag limit went 8lb 8oz. Fish were caught from the Transformer, the Finches and Barnhill Creek on the Peninsula. Other popular spots included Old Disabled Bay, fishing lodge frontage and the Normanton bank.
Rutland Water has a festive treat lined up for anglers on Boxing Day. Join us for a day’s fishing with all boats back at 3pm for refreshments. Call 01780 686441 to book a boat. Bank fishing is also available.
During December the tackle shop will be open 8am to 2pm, Wednesday to Sunday inclusive. (Closed noon on 24 December and 25 December). Boats will be available Wednesday – Sunday, subject to weather conditions.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels are working at the beginners’ end, with bug-eyed dark green nymphs and black fry patterns for browns at the other end. On lake two Yellow Dancers, Rubber Daddy Longlegs, Shrimps and Blobs are best on intermediate lines with numerous 5-7lb fish showing up in mixed bags. Lake three anglers finding success to Montanas and GRHE down deep. Christmas matches on December 28 and 30 if enough anglers book a spot. Call 07588 669255 to book a place now. Also a full match programme planned for next year.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending December 4 the 34 rods caught 121 trout for a rod average of 3.56. A good steady rod average has been maintained with some quality silver fry-feeders amongst catches. Fry patterns on floating or intermediate lines have been best with Zonkers, Minkies and Humungus all playing an important part. The ever-reliable Cat’s Whisker has also taken a few fish. Slow retrieves have worked best, faster ones seeming to draw fish yet failing to get them to hang on. Sunday December 13 is the final day of the season and also features the annual fur and feather match. On behalf of all of us at Toft we would like to say a big thank you for your continued support in 2015, we are lucky to have had great sport and some good banter along the way.