England Troutmasters reports for week-ending December 18th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Another good week for those that ventured out with several anglers catching 10 or more fish in a session. Blobs, Cat’s Whiskers and Blue-flash Damsels accounted for most fish. The fishery will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. A merry Christmas to everyone and tight lines.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Bank anglers had a good week although Paul Dunstan had a bonanza 20-fish day on Crunchers from his float-tube. Lures are working well early morning. However, in the clear water the fish soon wise up and nymphs fished almost static continue to catch. It is pleasing to see the good number of browns being caught and released including the biggest for a few years by season ticket holder, Mike Creamer. Mike, from Oakley, caught a specimen of 8lb 4oz. For the week December 7 to 13 the 65 anglers caught 266 fish of which 228 were returned. Best areas are the dam, Brookside, east arm and boat bay. Best patterns are Cruncher, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, GRHE, Bloodworm, Damsel, white/green lures and Orange Blobs. 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.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 50 rods caught 198 fish for an average of just under 4 per rod. The weather was very changeable with high winds and rain at times and the fishing followed that trend with the boats fishing better one day then the bank the next. The best approach is to get a floating line or intermediate with the fish high up in the water with Damsel, Cat’s Whisker and, Bloodworm the best patterns. The biggest fish of the week was a 7lb rainbow caught by fishery stalwart Harold Lewis, of Knowle, who was fishing from a boat on the Cocks Close pool. It was the best of a seven fish catch taken on a Bloodworm pattern. Paul Fleeman, of Redditch, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released 10 fish to 6lb which again fell to a small Bloodworm fished on a floating line. Alex Kerr, of Nuneaton, fished from the bank of Cocks Close and caught 10 fish to 4lb 2oz which fell to an Apps’ Bloodworm pattern. David East, of Coventry, had a 5lb rainbow fishing from a boat on the Park Meadow pool and this fell to a Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate line. We would like to wish all our customers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. The fishery will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.