England Troutmasters reports for week-ending January 16th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Despite the windy conditions this week the fishing has been excellent. Cat’s Whiskers, Yellow Dancers and Apps’ Bloodworms fished on floating lines close to the bank are all catching well. Tuition is available at £30 an hour, contact Paul on 07525 730447 to book a lesson.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers braving the extreme weather conditions this week have had success on a variety of black lures (Bunny Leeches, Fritz and also Black Buzzers) using an intermediate line and a very slow retrieve. Cat’s Whiskers and Yellow Dancers have also been working well. Jean Collins, from Lancashire, was delighted with her first-ever rainbow caught during tuition with Bob Smith. Bill Hendry, from Morpeth, landed a 6lb rainbow from Ross Lake. Bill kept three fish and returned four on a Yellow Dancer. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club enjoyed fishing and fly-tying on Saturday (January 10). The next meeting is on Saturday February 14, everyone is welcome. The Fishery is closing at 4pm this week.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 54 rods caught 168 fish for an average of 3.11 fish per rod. The windy conditions that prevailed for much of the week meant that the fishery was quiet for most days. Those that braved the wind found sport to be good with plenty of fish in the 3-5lb range along with the odd bigger fish. The biggest fish of the week was an estimated 10lb rainbow caught by Jonathan Preston, of Solihull, who was fishing the bank of Cocks Close using a Peahead lure on an intermediate line and this was the best of a seven fish catch. Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and included a 9lb rainbow in a nine-fish catch which fell to his favourite Diawl Bach. Allan Bowen, of Birmingham, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught seven fish to 7lb using Bloodworms and white and green goldheads. The hotspots on Cocks Close were the high bank, road bank and old boat jetty corner. The top patterns have been Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, large Damsels, Bloodworm, Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach and the fish have been deeper down so intermediate lines have been best.

Seighford Lakes, Staffordshire
An excellent week’s sport and the trout have been feeding hard and taking a variety of flies from lures to dries. Local Stafford angler Andy Griffths landed 12 fish with 10 of them over 4lb including a fine 8lb rainbow. Andy caught most of his fish on a floating line and a white and green pattern with a hot orange bead fished high in the water. He also took a few of his fish on a Lime-green Buzzer under a indicator set at two feet. Derek Howard, also from Stafford, landed a fine brown trout around the 5lb mark using a Black Leech and an intermediate line on the Railway Pool. He finished the day on nine fish. Both lakes have had a fresh stock of fish this week and brown trout up to 7lb have gone into both pools. Brown trout are limited to one per ticket. If we do get any warm days then nymphs, Buzzers and even dry flies are all worth a go.

Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
December and now into January fishing has been productive, depending on weather conditions. On the warmer, settled days fishing has proved more prolific with trout being caught close to the surface on intermediate and floating lines fished with nymphs and mini lures. David Snell, of Bovey Tracey, landed a good seven-fish bag for 17lb 8oz using a Montana Nymph with a white thorax. David's best rainbow weighed in at 4lb 15oz. Richard Lister, of Penryn, landed a 3lb brown trout on a Yellow Tadpole.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one, floating lines and long leaders are the best approach in the milder spells, using Blue-flash Damsels and black and green skinny nymphs on a fast/twitchy retrieve. After cold nights try intermediate lines with Blobs and Fritz patterns moved much slower. More big fish are coming out of lake two with browns and rainbows to 11lb falling to black tungsten bead river nymph patterns twitched across the lake bed. Damsels, Dancers and Cat’s Whiskers also working well here when fished on floating lines. One lake three anglers are catching fish
to 7lb but much bigger specimens seen and lost.