England Troutmasters reports for week-ending January 30th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk

An unusual week in terms of the fishing with lures and Blobs doing well at the start of the week, but by midweek the fish were rising and taking small Hoppers on the top. Then at the weekend it was back to lures with Apps’ Bloodworms being the most consistent. The first Airflo Bankmasters is on Sunday February 15, entry forms can be picked up at the fishery or printed off the website at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk


Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

All three lakes fished exceptionally well over the weekend with many anglers well into double-figures. Fish have been deep with intermediate lines and a very slow retrieve working well. Best flies have been mainly Bloodworms (red and pink), Black Bunny Leeches, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers and PTNs. Simon Robinson, from Whickham, landed a well-conditioned 17lb 1oz rainbow from Chatton Lake on a lure. George Maddison, from Bedlington, caught 18 fish on Bloodworms and Bunny Leeches. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, caught 14 fish on green and white lures. Jim Tuck, from Ashington, caught 14 fish on a Chatton Chaser. Lee Cartmail, from Middlesbrough, caught 14 fish on Blobs. Steve Crisp, from Stockton, also tempted14 fish on various lures. Stu Younger, from Blyth, caught 10 fish on Buzzers. Robbie Bell, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, caught 14 fish on a wet Yellow Owl. Chatton regulars Max Fawcus (aged 10) and Brandon Tang (aged 12), both from Seahouses, used Bunny Leeches to take some nice fish, Max returning a beautiful 4lb brown trout to Chatton Lake. The fishery closes at 4.30pm this week.


Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

The new season starts on Saturday January 31, from 7.30am and all prices will remain unchanged for the start of the new season. However, the all-season long five hour catch and release ticket has been discontinued although this option and a reduced rate two-fish ticket will be available in the summer evenings. The 2014 season wasn’t the easiest and really was one of two halves. Toft fished exceptionally well with consistent rod averages right up until mid July, when the weather warmed and so did the water. This always has a dramatic impact on catch rates and the average dropped from 5.04 for the week ending July 18 to 1.37 the week following. The first week in October saw the slow upward trend begin again.