Bewl Water, Kent
Fishing has been steady this week, but most anglers have managed to catch. Rod average for the week is 3.37 which is still good for the time of year and weather conditions. The fish have remained in the top five or six feet but are beginning to move away from the banks and into open water. They are still feeding on daphnia and jelly fry. Average fish weight 2lb 4oz. Best places for boats have been Hook Straight, Chingley and from the dam to the cages. Best places for bank fishing have been the front of the playground, the dam wall (before 10am and after 6pm) and Chingley. Successful flies have been Damsels, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Cormorants, Blobs and Boobies. A further 1500 rainbows were stocked during the week. The BBFFC boat competition took place on Sunday when 39 anglers caught 129 trout giving a rod average of 3.3. Individual winner was Rob Toptalo with eight fish for 16lb 15oz. Winning boat pair was Ian Watts and Andrew Green with 16 fish for 30lb 11oz.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been taken at all depths. On overcast days all three lakes fished well to dries and wets on the surface and just under. On bright days many fish have been taken deeper with small lures, Buzzers, Bloodworms and various nymphs. Scott Wearmouth, from Alnwick, enjoyed a couple of visits this week, on his first day catching nine fish and his second visit catching 10 on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish on his two visits using dries, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. He also returned a fully finned 8lb 8oz brown trout. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 14 fish on Damsels, Pinkys and Apps’. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, caught 10 fish on Buzzers and Bunny Leeches. Mick Turnbull, from Kelso, kept three fish and returned 11 using a Fritz. The fish of the week was a 10lb rainbow caught from Ross Lake on a Yellow Muddler by Chris Barnes, from Blyth.
Keen young anglers from The King Edward VI School in Morpeth visited Chatton twice this week during their activities week. With help from Chatton Ladies Angling Club Level 2 Instructors Alison Anderson, Dawn Dixon and Chatton Ladies Member Jan Robinson they were fly dressing in the lodge on Tuesday and fished on Wednesday with nine of the 15 anglers catching fish.
The Eddie Brown Memorial Competition took place on June 7 and all competitors caught fish with a rod average of 4.3. The winner was Rob Frame with 11 fish receiving a trophy and £300 cash; Robbie Dodd came second with nine fish receiving £200 cash and John Pringle came third receiving £100. A special well done to Max Fawcus (aged 11) from Seahouses. It was his first competition and he caught six fish to receive a box of flies.
Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
The Derwent WaterAid Bank Master, sponsored by Hardy Greys, was held on Sunday with a good attendance of 47 anglers. Despite the wind, anglers netted some good catches with the fly anglers registering a rod average of 4.17 fish per angler with Cronkley and the Meadow fishing well. First place on the bait was Doug Pearson with eight fish for 19lb 2oz from Hunter House using a Toby spinner. First on the fly was Nathan Bryant with eight fish for 16lb 4oz from Cronkley. This area has fished well all week for fly anglers with small black traditional flies working well. The north bank has also offered some good sport when the wind allows as this area benefits from the prevailing westerly winds. Bait anglers have found Hunter House point and the first fence to Murray’s Point great. Ian and Stephanie Bailey, from Stanley, were fishing with their daughter Miley, aged six, and she caught six of the family’s 12 fish limit for 23lb including a nice 3lb 12oz rainbow on Pink Sparkle PowerBait Eggs fishing near the first fence. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Hawthorn, Bibio and Black & Peacock.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 1-7 the 184 anglers caught 728 fish of which 435 were returned. Strong winds and a changeable wind direction caused sport to be slightly slower last week although the rod average was still a respectable 3.9. Most fish are feeding on damsels during the day, predominantly nymphs although a few are taking the adult. From the bank try a small unweighted Damsel on a floating line with a jerky retrieve, or a washing-line with a Damsel Booby on the point and Diawl Bachs on the dropper. Boat anglers are catching at varying depths: mainly near the surface in the morning, deeper in the afternoon then off the top again late evening. On most evenings there is an excellent evening rise as long as the wind is not too strong although the action is mostly 9pm onwards. Fish are taking emerging buzzers and small longhorn sedges.
Best fish this week were 8lb 6oz to Nik Montali, from Rushden, on a Blue Damsel; 7lb 2oz to Dave Miles, from Wellingborough, on a Damsel Fritz from a boat; 7lb to Jean Clark, from Wellingborough, on a Blue-flash Damsel; 6lb 6oz for Bob Beardsley, from Kettering, on a Black Buzzer from a boat; 5lb 9oz to Tony Blann, from Wellingborough, on a Yellow Owl; 5lb 4oz for Pete Gomez, from Kettering; 5lb 3oz and 5lb 2oz to Robert Lenton, from Milton Malsor, on a Damsel; and 5lbfor Finbarr McSweeney, from Rushden, on a Damsel. The best brown of 4lb 2oz was caught by Mike Creamer, from Oakley.
Esthwaite Water, Cumbria
Trout fishing has been excellent recently with good bags of fish coming from both the bank and the boats and on all methods. Plenty of damsels, alders, olives and buzzer coming off the water, however flyfishing has been best first thing in the morning and last thing in the evenings. Best areas are Stockie Bay, Strickland Bay, Weather Bay and Swimming Pool. Hawkshead AC member Neville Jameson caught a 5lb-plus trout on a Buzzer pattern from the boats. Peter Turner, from Preston, fished a Cat’s Whisker on a sinking line and boated six brownies to 4lb. Fishing spinner from the boats Jimmy Whittaker landed five trout to 3lb-plus and David Johnson, from St Helens, managed four to spinner. Jonathon Davis landed five browns to 2lb from the boats on worm and Gary Tomlinson landed four fish to 2lb-plus from the car park bank, also on worm.
The Esthwaite Kayak Grand Slam 2015 was fished over two days and anglers had to catch trout, perch and pike. Thirty-five anglers fished the competition and the winner was Mike Redding with an overall length of 175cm, second Eddie Turner with 158cm and third Ben Quinn with 157cm.
The following weekend saw the Esthwaite Boat Grand Slam 2015, a pairs competition held over two days. Twenty-six anglers fished and the winners for the second year running were Stuart Fazackerley and John Ashurst (team Top Rods) with an overall length of 181.25 inches. Second were Karl Ashurst and Adam Wade (team Sambo Perch) with 133.5 inches and third Andy Sharpe and Tom Sharpe (team Sink ‘em) 132 inches.
There are still places left for the discounted flyfishing tuition days to be held on Sunday June 28 and Saturday July 4. These sessions start at 10am until 2pm and cost £15 per person. Bookings must be made in advance on 015394 36541.
Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
Rib Valley Fly Fishers enjoyed their boat pairs competition at Eyebrook with Ray Malyon and Mick Newton taking the honours with 16 rainbows for 33lb 7oz. Runners-up were Jeff Simmons and John Upcott with 14 rainbows for 29lb 4oz. Best tactic was the washing-line with a Damsel Booby on the point and Crunchers on the droppers. Alex Booth Fly Fishers also enjoyed their recent boat outing to Eyebrook and took many hard-fighting rainbows fishing the washing-line method. John Oram, of Desborough, fished the Bell Bank and caught seven rainbows on a Tequila Blob fished on a floating line. His regular fishing partner Dave Chadwick, of Ashley, fished from the platform at the Bell and caught on Damsels fished on the washing-line. Practising for the recent Scierra Pairs Eyebrook heat, Graeme Bell caught and returned a rainbo estimated to weigh about 7lb. Edinburgh anglers Reg Anderson, Blair Anderson, John McKenzie and Fraser Orris enjoyed some excellent ‘top of the water’ sport and returned many rainbows on Buzzers and FABs. Horace Wood, of Sapcote, boat-fished the main basin and caught eight rainbows on Crunchers and Diawl Bachs. Bill Stewart, of Corby, also boat-fished the main basin and took his fish on Damsels and Buzzers.
Discounted tickets are available at Eyebrook on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout June. Details from the fishing lodge on 01536 772930.
Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
More settled conditions and a variety of hatches saw plenty of good sport this week as fish continue to feed well around the margins. Leger tactics continue to produce the best results although the use of lures and spinners are also well worth a try as minnows and fry appear in greater numbers in the shallows. It was a great week for anglers receiving their free ‘Loyalty Day’ with Kenneth Offen and Dave Madderson each making 10 fish catches weighing 22lb 8oz and 20lb respectively. K. Dargue made his eight fish catch of rainbows totalling 18lb 4oz, as did J. Hall with a 17lb 8oz limit catch. Ray Davies also netted his limit with seven rainbows and one blue totalling 17lb 8oz, while Anthony Whellan caught seven rainbows for an impressive 18lb 5oz. The heaviest fish recorded this week were from Grace Flanighan with a 3lb 12oz rainbow caught on legered chartreuse PowerBait Eggs from the north shore and Kyle Whellan who also landed a 3lb 12oz cracker on White Mouse Tails from the dam wall. John Summerbell and Barry Wilson made the most of their day on the fly as John recorded three rainbows plus a further 12 returned on his own Cat’s Whisker pattern. Barry made his eight fish limit catch totalling 13lb 8oz whilst returning a further 14 fish taken on a Dawson’s Olive in the north shore bay. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Dawson’s Olive and Diawl Bach. Best areas are north shore middle section and dam wall.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has fished well over the past week with a healthy rod average of 3.45. The bank fishing has picked up with some good catches from the Harbour Arms, Marlow Stones, Bowl and south dam and Hedge End. The most productive bank method has been to fish floating lines with Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ear, Crunchers and Damsel Nymphs at a slow retrieve. The bank anglers have found the best sport is in the early morning and the evening. The changeable weather conditions have influenced boat fishing. However, when conditions have been settled there has been excellent fishing from most areas. Valley Creek, Sanctuary Bay, Hedge End, Pylon Point, G Buoy, bowl of dam and Gaynes Cove have all produced consistent fishing by using floating or Di-7 lines with Buzzers (black or green), Diawl Bachs, Cormorants, FABs, Cat’s Whisker Boobies and Crunchers. Best rainbow at 4lb 12oz was taken by Paul Knight; best browns, two at 6lb, taken by Gordon Bloodworth and Mick Treadaway.
The IFFA Ladies Loch Style Home International on June 3 saw teams competing from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. On match day the weather conditions changed with the wind veering 180 degrees and a flat calm for the first half of the day and high temperatures. The competition was a catch and release match with boatmen measuring the fish caught. Top individual was Dione Roberts, from Scotland, who caught and released seven trout from Pylon Point and Valley Creek, fishing a floating line with Buzzers and Diawl Bachs static. Team Scotland were crowned Home International Champions, catching 21 trout for 1548 points. The longest fish of the match, a 55cm rainbow, was caught by Mary-Jane Horgan, from Wales. Team results: 1st Scotland 21 trout for 1548 points; 2nd Wales 17 trout for 1314 points; 3rd England 16 trout for 1220 points; 4th Ireland 13 trout for 984 points
Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
The weather at the beginning of the week was extreme with waves crashing over the spillway. However, George Carrick and Dave Watson still fished and still caught! Wednesday was a little calmer and some nice fish were to be had, the majority of anglers landing at least six fish. J. Wompra had a beautiful 6lb rainbow on Orange PowerBait Mice Tails. Thursday in stark contrast saw the reservoir perfectly calm with blue skies and warm sunshine; fish were rising throughout the day to hawthorn flies drifting on to the water. Friday saw Michael Butler, from Newton Aycliffe, net a stunning fish of 7lb. As the day progressed lots of anglers returned excellent catches and many reached their eight fish limits. Mike Kirtley landed a beautiful 6lb 5oz fish during his session. Saturday and Sunday saw many limits reached with excellent catches recorded from all round the reservoir. The dam wall also produced excellent returns throughout the week with Yellow PowerBait Honey Worm being a very popular choice. Some of the bigger fish began to appear this week and reports of 3-4lb fish were common. Best flies are Black, White and Orange Fritz and Black Hoppers. Best areas are the dam wall and sheltered bays on south shore.
Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Yet another week of strong winds caused boats to remain on the jetty, as storms brought heavy rain with thunder and lightning. However, when anglers were eventually able to get afloat the hotspots changed from day to day as the fish remain active and mobile. Best flies are Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Black Buzzer, Montana and FM Orange. Adrian Cook caught five nice rainbows with the best weighing 6lb. Ian Rushbrook boat-fished Middlemead Bay and tempted the best rainbow of the week at 6lb 5oz using a floating line and a team of Buzzers. Bank anglers have struggled to locate the larger trout, however, lobworm and PowerBait remain the favourite baits for most visitors. Regular weekly stocking of specimen rainbows between 6-10lb continues. Spinning small lures along the west bank has recently proved productive as trout move into shallower waters after small fry.
Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
With amber weather warnings in place at the beginning of the week for gale force winds, not surprisingly few anglers ventured out to wet a fly. However, some anglers did brave the elements and found fish keen to take a fast-fished lure on a floating line. The middle and end of the week was, in contrast, calm with fish rising freely to the continuing hatches of hawthorn flies. Dry flies on a floating line and teams of wets fished just under the surface produced some excellent sport. Bram Booth had six fish including a 4lb and three 3lb fish. Derek Carr and Malcolm Gowland both landed eight fish on Friday following a stocking of another 150 fish, many of which were in the 3-4lb mark. The bigger fish are starting to show now and will hopefully continue to do so as the weather begins to improve. Best flies aare Dawson’s Olive, Black Fritz, Black Pennell, Black Daddy and Hawthorn. Best areas are disabled platform, Reedy Point and Corporal Hill.
Kielder Water, Northumberland
The highlight of a quiet week was a great effort from four-year-old J. Thompson who landed five rainbows on worm. The best catch of the week went to Shaun Brown using spinners to net 12 fish, seven rainbows and five brown at Leaplish. The largest rainbow of the week was a 5lb 3oz beauty caught by Matthew Bench, of Newcastle, using PowerBait and worm along Gordon’s Walls. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are Gordon’s Wall, Tower Knowe, Needs Hill, and Belling Inlet. Sunday June 21 will see the third and final heat of the Kielder Water WaterAid pairs competition. To book or for more information please call Lealish on 01434 251000.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 103 rods caught 238 fish for an average of 2.31. The fishing has been a little harder this week with the brighter conditions and hatches of caenis making it a little tricky on all of the pools. On the day ticket Cocks Close water, the boats are doing better than the bank with the fish pushing out into the middle of the lake. The biggest fish of the week was an 8lb 8oz rainbow caught by D. Jones of Coventry who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the best of a seven fish catch taken on Damsel Nymphs. John Considine, of Leicester, fishing from a boat on Cocks Close caught and returned 12 fish to 4lb and these all fell to a Buzzer on a floating line. On the members’ lake Great Pool, Clive Squires, of Coventry, caught eight fish to 4lb 3oz using small dries and Buzzers fished on a floating line while fishing from a boat. Paul Reay, of Birmingham, fished from a boat on Park Meadow pool and caught six fish to 4lb using small Klinkhamers and Black Buzzers. There are still lots of fish moving all over the pools but they have switched to caenis and are therefore more difficult to catch. Damsel Nymph pulled near the surface is a good tactic along with fishing small Buzzers on a washing-line with a brightly coloured Blob on the point. The fishery will close for a summer break on June 30 and will re-open on October 1.
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Trout season ticket holder Philip Jordan, of Milton Keynes, landed the biggest pike of the season so far at 27lb, plus six trout up to 5lb including two lovely browns. The weather conditions made life difficult this week with strong winds and cool temperatures. However, despite the weather many anglers reported catching and releasing some fantastic overwintered fish using a variety of methods. There seems to have been a particularly large number of decent sized browns taken as they have been nearer the top, whilst the elusive rainbows have stayed deep. Charles Kilner, from Earls Barton, boat-fished and had seven browns weighing 3-4lb each and rainbows too. Spooned fish have been full of large black buzzers. There have been many mayflies hatching and when the sun comes through the buzzer hatches also continue in great numbers. Best boat areas are The Gravels, Bog Bay, Stonebarn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stone Barn bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, Gorse and Cliffs.
On Saturday Pitsford hosted a Midland heat of the Anglian Water Airflo International. During the two days of practice some cracking fish were caught from all areas. Match day, however, was fished in strong south-westerly winds with gusts up to 30mph, making conditions very challenging. Top team on the day was the ‘Reservoir Dogs’ with 32 fish for 69lb 6oz. The second qualifying place went to the Greylags FFC with 27 fish for 62lb 12oz. Kim Green, fishing for the Greylags, was top rod with 13 fish for 30lb 6oz. Lloyd Pallet of the Reservoir Dogs took the prize for best fish with a lovely rainbow of 4lb 10oz. 78 fish were caught in the match for a rod average of 4.3.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe has produced some exciting sport this week with many fish up in the water and coming to emerger and dry fly patterns. Several notable catches of 20-plus fish have been achieved this week and the fish are in top condition. There has been no shortage of top of the water action with many anglers reporting fish coming just short of their flies on the hang. Fish have been feeding throughout the day with a midge-tip or very slow intermediate useful in blustery conditions. Flies to try include Bob’s Bits, Klinkhamers, Para Midge, CdC Emergers, Hoppers, Snatchers, Dabblers, and small Muddlers. Diawl Bachs and Buzzers are also working well on the washing-line with FABS or Boobies on the point. Don’t miss Ravensthorpe’s Thursday evening fishing club, 6pm to 9pm. Best boat areas are Island to Domes, Coton End, Catwalk to Island and dam. Best bank areas are the dam, Platforms four to eight and Coton End.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Overwintered fish have shown more to boat anglers, with the bottom of the South Arm, Manton Bay, Lax Hill and Cattle Trough Bay providing good sport on nymphs with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Crunchers working well on fish around the 5lb-plus mark. Boat partners Nick Coates and Ian McCartney had a terrific day. Nick weighed in six fish for 22lb 14oz, including a fine 4lb 14oz rainbow and Ian took five fish including a rainbow of 5lb 10oz, the best fish of the week. Dave Bradshaw also recorded a fine rainbow of 3lb 12oz – this was taken in the second match of the rudder series at Rutland. It was a week of mixed fortunes with some excellent sport on some days but the unsettled weather made it difficult at times. On Tuesday the wind prevented boat fishing and it also made conditions difficult on Saturday with a strong westerly for broad side drifting boats. On the other hand this suited anglers fishing the rudder match.
Bank anglers found fish along the Normanton Bank, East Creek, New Zealand Point to Sailing Club Point, Armley Wood to Carrot and Barn Hill Creek, fish are moving close in although very late in the evenings from 9pm onwards with one or two falling to dry fly.
The IBM event, now in its 27th year, saw the 26 anglers record 86 fish over two days. The top team was Hursley Cormorants with 21 fish weighing 37lb 15oz. Overall top individual was Dave Green who had a limit on both days giving him a total weight of 29lb 12oz.
The Anglian Water Rudder match on June 6 saw six boats fish the match with four of them recording 16 fish to the boat and 12 anglers took 78 fish. Top three were 1st Adi Naylor and Dave Bradshaw, 16 fish for 37lb 15oz; 2nd Martin Hearth and Steve Crowder, 16 fish for 36lb 13oz; 3rd Dave Porter and Steve Crowder, 16 fish for 34lb 8oz.
The Scierra Pairs match on June 7 was won by Mark Rose and John Hardy with 16 fish for 39lb 6oz; 2nd Glen Appleby and Dean Appleby with 16 fish for 37lb 6oz; 3rd Alister Beaumont and Dave Morris, 16 fish for 35lb 15oz.
Scaling Dam Reservoir, Cleveland
After a slow start to the week, the latter half certainly made up for it with some superb catches recorded and once again, lots of fish above 3lb caught. Keith Hall, from Normanby, braved very strong winds and fished the jetty with legered worm and PowerBait to tempt eight fish including a fine 3lb 8oz rainbow. On Thursday, both Steve Lynas, from Hinderwell, and Geoff Smith, from Swainby, fished the west end of the dam and caught a fine 4lb rainbow each. Bryn Roberts also fished the west end of the dam and landed the biggest rainbow of the week, a cracking 6lb fish which he tempted with a legered red headed, natural bodied Mice Tail. On Friday, George Houston, from Guisborough, had a astonishing day fishing with legered Natural Honey Worm on the disabled jetty and after buying his second permit he ended the day with 16 rainbows. George’s catch included two 5lb beauties, one at 4lb and a tagged fish to collect a £200 prize! Best flies are Montana, Bibio and Muddler.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending June 5, the 102 rods caught 617 trout for a rod average of 6.05. Many fish were caught on a whole host of methods from dries to lures, the key being to use what you can effectively control on the day depending largely on the wind. Many fish in the 3-4lb bracket were reported with season ticket holder Martin Rowson landing one of around 8lb. Anglers have caught well from both boat and bank. Anglers requiring boats are advised to book in advance by calling the fishery office on 01673 878453. Prospects look good with lots of fine fish out there to be caught. In then evenings it’s best to roam with a floating line. Being accurate certainly pays off.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
A slow start to the week, no doubt due to the blustery conditions and cooler temperatures. But the week picked up as the weather improved and the 70 anglers turned a decent rod average of 3.2. D. Grabham was the only anglers to reach the 15 fish limit this week. He was followed by I. Hutchinson on 11, T. Crooks who caught 10 fish and S. Cliff caught eight fish, while I. Purvis and R. Hatfield both caught seven fish each. The best fish off the week were a very impressive 8lb 8oz rainbow caught by J. W. Gargett and B. McKewan was successful with a 7lb beauty and an equally impressive 5lb specimen. Hare’s Ears and Diawl Bach have been quite successful this week but by far the best performing of the flies have been CdCs. The Northumberland branch of the Salmon & Trout Association gave away a day’s fishing for two rods in their 2014 annual draw. The two lucky anglers, Tony Lawson and Michael Pickering, both bailiffs on the Derwent, fished the lakes on Saturday, albeit in very blustering conditions and Tony landed a superb 6lb-plus rainbow.
Woolaston Court Trout Lake, Gloucestershire
The lakes will be closed on Saturday and Sunday June 20-21 for a family wedding. They will then reopen as usual on Monday June 22. Woolaston then closed on Monday June 29 for the summer break, reopening on Wednesday September 2, 2015.