Bewl Water Fishery, Kent
Another week of good fishing with most anglers catching full or part limits. Rod average for this week was a very good 3.72. The trout are still in the top layers of the water with some of them showing. They are also spread out around the reservoir and have remained close in to the margins and are feeding on daphnia. Best places for bank and boat have been Rosemary Lane, Hook Straight, Seven Pound Creek, Chingley and Monty's Seat. Successful flies have been Buzzers, Vivas, Montanas, Cormorants, Damsels (green) and Boobies. North Kent Fly Dressers Guild held their Domestic Shield Competition at Bewl on Sunday when the 16 anglers caught 65 trout giving a rod average of 4.06. Top individual bag was Martin Smith with eight fish for 15lb. Top combined weight were Martin Smith and Duncan Harker with 16 fish for 29lb 14oz. If you need a boat for three anglers, especially at weekends, please let the fishery know in advance when you book your boat.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Eyebrook tackle shop will be at the fishery this Sunday (May 17) with the new offerings from Scierra tackle. Come along and try the rods and have a look at their new clothing. The fishing has been superb with hawthorns and mayflies hatching everywhere and a lot of top of the water action. Buzzers are still catching on droppers with a dry on the point. Use a slow figure-of-eight retrieve or let it drift in the wind.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It has been a great week for the dry fly angler, even on windy days fish have been feeding on the surface producing great sport. CdC Buzzers, Hoppers, Black Midge, Black Gnats, Hawthorns, Pheasant Tails, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs have been very productive. Anglers have also been commenting on the large hatches of sedge, especially on Dunnydeer Lake. Keith Laidler, from Chester-le-Street, caught 13 fish on Hawthorns and Hoppers; Jimmy Brown, from Etal, caught nine fish on a small black dry fly; Peter Davison, from New Hartley, kept one fish and returned 11 on Buzzers; Steve Bilborough, from Cramlington, caught 18 fish on Black Gnats and Buzzers; Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish on Diawl Bachs and Pheasant Tails, returning a 9lb 4oz rainbow to Ross Lake; Michael Brown, from Bedlington, enjoyed his day catching 18 fish on Buzzers; Paul Weatherly kept three fish and returned 11 on Buzzers and Yellow Dancers.
The friendly Mixed Pairs competition on Saturday May 9 saw 22 anglers brave the wet and windy conditions with the winning pair Trish Macdonald and Andy Campbell (Jnr) being presented with trophies. With a fantastic raffle, prizes being kindly donated by local businesses and members of the public, plus generous donations a grand total of £1000 was raised which was presented to Robert Colgrave from the Great North Air Ambulance by Harry Baker-Cresswell who, following a recent serious accident, was airlifted by the GNAA.
The annual competition held at Chatton organised by Davie Myers from Eglingham, was held on Wednesday May 6, another wet and windy day with 17 anglers catching a total of 76 fish making the rod average of 4.4. The winner was Keith Myers, from Lowfell, with a 12lb bag weight.
The fishery closes at 9pm this week, 5pm on Saturdays and 10pm on Friday evenings.
Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
The sun was shining for Bank Holiday Monday and there was a great turnout of anglers. Graham Barton, from South Shields, took the seventh tagged fish of the season while spinning near the first fence. He completed a nice catch of seven fish for over 12lb. Other anglers in the same area also had some good sport although the strong westerly wind made it hard for fly anglers. The weekend was highlighted by young anglers taking the limelight as five-year-old Jaydan Bell proudly displayed his first fish taken using legered Orange PowerBait Paste next to the flooded stream. This area has proven a hotspot for bait anglers all week as the flooded stream brings in fresh, oxygen-rich water. Fly anglers found some great sport on the Meadow with intermediate lines and lures still offering the best returns. Best flies include Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker, Black Fritz and Black Zulu.
Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Another week of changeable conditions with legering tactics producing the best results as easterly winds appear to have pushed shoals of freshly stocked fish towards the west of the reservoir. Many of these fish can be openly viewed feeding on frequent hatches from the surface, particularly following heavy rain showers. Mr M. Wrightson made the heaviest eight fish catch of the week totalling 16lb 12oz from the north shore while his father K. Wrightson made a similar limit catch weighing 15lb 4oz. Geordie Clark fished the north shore bay to record eight rainbows for 16lb 8oz taken on orange and chartreuse PowerBait Eggs. Jack Vout took eight rainbows totalling 15lb 4oz in just five hours from the north shore middle section. David Bibby recorded the fish of the week with a cracking 7lb rainbow. On the fly, Sid Barnes found plenty of sport with a Cat’s Whisker to record a limit catch of rainbows, plus four additional fish returned to the water. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Orange Blob and Kate McLaren.
The annual Morpeth Lions competition was attended by 59 adults and four juniors where a total of 112 fish weighing 192lb were caught. Top rod was Alan Smith with 15lb 2oz, followed by Les Little with 14lb 5oz. Top two juniors were Lewis Eke and D. Pearson. Heaviest fish at 3lb 10oz was taken by Tony Reynolds.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is fishing well with a healthy rod average of 3.12. Stephen Battle, a season ticket holder from Bedford, caught the heaviest bag of the week, a cracking eight fish limit for 27lb 3oz which included fish from 3lb 1oz to 4lb 2oz. Stephen fished static Buzzers on a sink tip line from Hedge End. Best rainbow at 5lb was taken by Simon Sells. Boat anglers have caught bag limits when the weather conditions have been favourable. There have been two main methods for the boat anglers: either sink-tip lines with 20-25 foot leaders with Black or Olive Buzzers fished almost static, or Di-8 lines with Boobies and Blobs fished slowly with most of the takes coming on the lift. The best boat areas have been Valley Creek, L and G Buoys, Hedge End, Pylon and Deep Water Points, Willows and the Seat.
Bank anglers have again found the fishing a bit challenging with the harbour arms, Gaynes Cove and the Seat producing consistent sport. The most productive bank method has been to fish floating or sink-tip lines with Damsel Nymphs, GRHE and Diawl Bachs with a very slow retrieve.
The Snowbee Interclub Floating Line match on May 9 saw 18 four-man teams take part. This match was fished with floating lines only from a drifting boat with no weighted flies. Top team was Tunbridge with 11 trout for 22lb 13oz. Top individual was Ashley Cooper who caught four trout for 10lb 9oz. All competitors were restricted to fish Valley Creek and the Lodge frontage.
Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Anglers were greeted with some challenging weather at the beginning of the week as rain and strong winds dominated proceedings. However, as the weather improved, so did the fishing as fish moved off the bottom and in search of an easy meal. Thursday and Friday saw anglers at the west end of the reservoir finding fish and good catches were reported. Friday produced a very happy angler in Mr P. Davies, of Durham, who took his limit catch which included a tagged fish and left after a successful day with a £200 bonus. Through Saturday and Sunday the focus moved to the dam wall as a strong westerly wind congested fish into this area. Bradley, Jamie and dad Anthony Allen had a memorable day netting 16 fish between them on two permits using legered orange and yellow PowerBait Eggs as their most successful bait. Norman Fenwick also achieved his limit averaging a fish an hour using a bubble float and a suspended worm with a catch of 12lb, all taken from the dam wall. The most success came to those anglers moving to the middle sections where resident fish and many fish from preseason stocking are feeding in the shelter of bays and inlets. Best flies are Black Fritz, Dawson’s Olive and Bibio.
Hanningfield Trout Fishery, Essex
Bank Holiday Monday was an exceptionally busy day with perfect fishing conditions drawing around 300 anglers onto the bank and boats. As a complete contrast, Tuesday and Wednesday brought gale force winds, making casting difficult and leaving all boats on the jetty for the duration. Even so, Bernard Carter managed to land the largest rainbow of the season from the Peninsula on Green PowerBait, which weighed in at 8lb 8oz. Another 3,000 trout were introduced into the reservoir on Tuesday near Lodge Bay, where many visitors consistently caught their eight fish limits using a wide variety of methods. Copper Toby type lures have worked especially well but large numbers of fish were also taken on legered PowerBait using Spring Green and Salmon Egg Paste. Fly anglers are finding good sport near Atlantis on nymphs as well as the other traditional favourite hotspots off Hall Point, the Goldfish Bowl and the Peninsula. Floating and intermediate lines are recommended in the clear water as fish continue to patrol in the top layers. Best flies are Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Black Buzzer, Montana and Yellow Dancer. Many fish in the 2lb - 4lb range have been making up heavier catches with the odd specimen rainbow over 6lb.
Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Strong winds at the beginning of the week made casting a fly difficult even for the most accomplished anglers. However, on Bank Holiday Monday there were some good returns. Sinking lines and slow-fished lures seemed to be the order of the day in sheltered bays and inlets. Fish were landed on the south bank from the dam wall along to the deep bay and as ever, Reedy Bank to Howgill Point fished well throughout the week. Anglers using wet flies and lures including Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whiskers and Black Fritz did well. Mr M. Fraser had a productive day on Monday with eight fish, his biggest a 3lb 8oz rainbow making a catch limit of 15lb 8oz. Other anglers had mixed catches of rainbows and blues and Mr G. Thorn had some good sport returning 10 after a very successful day. Early mornings have seen more and more rising fish as traditional, imitation flies fished in the top layers should become the order of the day. A well-presented dry fly should also return to fashion over the coming weeks providing Mother Nature is a little more accommodating.
Kielder Water, Northumberland
The Kielder heat of the Scierra Pairs was held on Saturday May 9. Nine boats had a total catch of 115 rainbows giving an impressive rod average of 6.3. Winners were Peter Pattinson and Raymond Fothergill with 46lb 12oz including time bonus, Second were Paul and Jessica Tweedle with 38lb 10oz including time bonus, and third Peter Crowe and Neil Hodgson with 35lb 10oz including time bonus. The top five teams all caught their limit of 16 fish per boat. The heaviest fish of the week, and the season so far, was a rainbow of 6lb 4oz caught by bank angler Ken Watson. Ashington Kingfishers also held their loch-style boat competition over the weekend and first place went to Steve Bowden with seven fish for 7.2kg, second was Ian Fairgreave, also with seven fish for 6.02kg and third was Dave Surphlis with six fish for 3.92kg. Best flies are Orange Blob, Pearl Blob, Black Fritz and Orange Tadpole. Best baits worm and sweetcorn. Best bank areas are Hawkhope Slipway and Stockie Bay. Best boat areas are Needs Hill and Tower Knowe. Boats can now stay out until 8pm. Half-day boats are also available throughout the week. For bookings call Leaplish Waterside Park on 01434 251000.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 92 rods caught 284 fish for an average of 3.08. It has been a little trickier this week with lots of fish moving on all of the pools but they have been a little harder to tempt. Small dries such as Hoppers, CdC Emergers, Pearly Olives and Shipman’s Buzzers are the top patterns to catch them off the surface but pulling a Damsel Nymph or Diawl Bach or a team of Buzzers has also accounted for a few fish this week. The biggest fish of the week was a 6lb rainbow caught by Mick Hood, of Nuneaton, who was fishing from a boat with David Green and they both had their five fish limit catch on Buzzers fished on floating lines. Paul Flanner, of Worcester, fished small emerger patterns on a floating line to tempt 12 fish to 4lb, again from a boat on Cocks Close. On the members’ water Great Pool, Nic Howarth, of Nuneaton, caught seven fish to 5lb 8oz and they were all caught on small Buzzers on a floating line. Paul Reay, of Birmingham, fished from a boat on Park Meadow and caught seven fish to 5lb 8oz which all came to Black Buzzers fished on a floating line. The best areas have been the old boat jetty and lodge corner of Cocks Close, the dam wall on Park Meadow and the middle island down to the dam on Great Pool.
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
As the weather has improved there have been large buzzer hatches, which have encouraged the fish to the surface. Many anglers using floating lines with midge-tips have had some good catches and the rod average has risen to 5.4. On Saturday Pat Flynn had 53 fish to the boat in Bog Bay using Orange Blobs, but other anglers have had success fishing green/black lures and teams of Buzzers. As the temperatures have fallen again the fish have been deep but there have been plenty to find in Bog Bay, Stilton Point and off the Cliffs. Martin Nelson and Fabien Lepine both landed beautiful 4lb-plus brownies and Graham Pearson had good-sized rainbows this week. Best boat areas are Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are North Fields shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, Gorse and Cliffs.
Twenty-five anglers contested the MNTFA Bruce Richardson Trophy on Sunday and recorded 169 fish for a rod average of 6.7. Chris White won the trophy with 18lb 8oz, Grant Gibson came a very close second with 18lb 7oz and Mark Jeyes took third with 18lb 4oz.
From 16 May anglers will be able to flyfish for predators from the boat. There will be demonstrations of fish tracking equipment on Saturday 16 and Sunday May 17.
On the second Saturday of each month Pitsford Water will be hosting fly-tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice. Call the fishing lodge on 01604 781350 for more information.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Catches have been mixed with some anglers getting 10 or more trout and others two or three. Diawl Bachs are working best either straight-lined or under an indicator. The Troutmasters fish-off took place last week with John Hall, from Yorkshire, taking first place using Buzzers and Damsels under an indicator. However, as he can’t fish the final at Grafham, Andy Hewkin (pulling orange lures on a variety of sinking lines) will take his place as he came second. Brian Simmonds was third.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe continues to be in top form. Mick Griffin and Graham Smith had a great day on Sunday, bringing 32 fish to their boat using floating lines with a FAB on the point, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs on the dropper. David Brady fished in the week with floating lines and Buzzers accounting for 26 hard-fighting rainbows. Mark Salt also had a great day’s boat fishing taking 29 fish. The dam is the place to fish from the bank with either early or later in the day being the best time on bright days. Floating lines and Buzzers are accounting for the majority of fish. The Thursday evening boat-fishing club is now under way, starting at 6pm.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Ady Naylor, of Uppingham, will be representing Rutland Water at the Troutmasters finals at Grafham Water in September after winning the fish-off last Saturday. He fished brilliantly, having to contend with a very strong west wind that was battering the reservoir’s shoreline. Ady started off very well with a 5lb 11oz brown on his second cast in Whitwell. When things fell quiet Ady moved to another area and quickly added seven fish (all rainbows). These fish all fell to small Black Tadpoles and then Buzzers and he ended up with a good bag limit of eight fish for 18lb 12oz. John Horsey took the best rainbow of the week at 4lb 5oz.
Season ticket holder Al Owen and holidaying boat partner John Slavin, from Scotland, took a good number of fish around the 3-3lb 8oz mark last Sunday. The pair found fish well out in the deeper parts of the main basin using fast sink lines and lures to good effect. Al said that all the fish had been feeding heavily on daphnia.
Boat anglers have fared best, apart from very windy days. Bank anglers need settled conditions to locate fish with a few fish just starting to move on some settled evenings. Fly hatches remain very good and there are now good numbers of hawthorn flies about.
The Dave Hodgson Memorial on May 10 was fished by 26 anglers, with conditions far better than the previous day when anglers had to endure strong westerlies during practice. The southerly wind and overcast conditions on Sunday were more favourable and 113 fish were caught giving a rod average of 4.3 for the day with all anglers fishing to Davy’s favoured fly-line (midge-tip). Top rod was Osprey’s team captain Steve Peart with eight fish for 17lb 10oz. Tom Davis took second with eight fish following an eventful disembarkation from his boat at the pontoon. Tom’s freezer box fell apart as he climbed from the boat and one of his eight rainbows fell into the harbour. After a few minutes with his landing net he managed to ‘fish’ it out and claim second spot. Top lady rod was Scarlett Hodgson, Davy’s daughter. Gary Wright took the best fish, a 3lb 1oz rainbow.
Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Despite challenging weather conditions this week Scaling returned an excellent rod average of over four fish per angler. George Houston, from Guisborough, kicked off a fantastic Bank Holiday Monday on his ‘Loyalty Day’ catching his 10 fish limit including the biggest fish of the season, a lovely 6lb rainbow caught on green/yellow PowerBait Paste from the jetty. Alan Ellison, from Whitby, took his ‘Loyalty Day’ limit from the margins of the east end moor side on yellow Gulp Eggs tipped with worm. Chris Fall, from Richmond, had a fantastic first ever visit to Scaling and in a frantic two hours had his eight fish limit for 17lb 8oz from the east end of the dam wall, all caught on orange Mice Tails. Andrew Bogan, from Stockton, continued his excellent season catching 21 fish on a Yellow Dancer and returning 13 with his sister Katie taking eight on PowerBait Mice Tails. Jordan Smurthwaite, from Whitby, hit the east end bay on a new catch and release ticket and caught 13 on a Cat’s Whisker and Orange/Green Fritz.
Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
Warm overcast days have fished exceptionally well with plenty of trout surface feeding. Hawthorn flies have started to show and in these favourable conditions floating lines fished with dries, Buzzers and small nymphs have been very productive. In cooler conditions sinking and sink-tip lines have been most productive fished with mini lures and weighted nymphs. The largest rainbow of the month at 5lb 1oz was taken by Ian Smart, of St Neot, on a Dawson's Olive. Ian landed an additional two rainbows to give him a total three fish bag of 9lb 14oz. Andy Dexter, of Pensilva, landed a good six fish bag for 13lb 4oz fishing a Blue-flash Damsel Nymph. Reuben Girling, of West Cornwall, landed nine fish for 20llb 1oz on a Dawson's Olive.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one has seen fantastic sport to Green and Black Buzzers and emergers with plenty of overwintered fish featuring, along with a few bonus browns. One lake two, anglers reported some great sport on Snakes, Dancers, and other fry patterns on sinking or intermediate lines. Orange Blobs are worth a go on those cold windy days. Otherwise it’s dry fly tactics with Hawthorn, Sedge and Daddies. Some trickier evenings but lots to see when trout are hoovering up the caenis. On lake three Montanas, GRHE and Crunchers are the best patterns.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending May 8, the 89 rods caught 396 trout. Still a great rod average of 4.45 with fish feeding on a plentiful supply of buzzers meaning tactics should follow the same format as they have in the last 2-3 weeks. High winds in the middle of the week kept many anglers at home though some did enjoy some good sport in spite of difficult conditions. Decent size Buzzer patterns in black, brown, olive and grey are doing well. The epoxy types usually fare well but it’s advisable to keep some lighter patterns such as Diawl Bachs and Crunchers for when the fish are higher in the water. Warmer weather should see fish respond more consistently to dries and evening sport is certainly well worth experiencing. A few tagged fish have come out lately, Dinnington plumbing ace Trev Ward caught three fish in two visits.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
A good mixture of sunshine and showers this week and also some rather cool temperatures, all making for a number of very successful sessions. The 68 anglers enjoyed some good sporting action and caught nearly 400 fish, returning a great rod average of nearly six. A number of anglers reached the 15 fish limit and they were R. Frame, P. Appleby, A. Grabham, G. Wharton, J. Walker and R. Mathews with most of the other visiting anglers managing to make it into double-figures. The best fish of the week was a 5lb-plus rainbow which was caught by N. Dickson. A number of flies have proved to be highly efficient, especially CdCs, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ears, Cat’s Whisker and Shipmans. The forecast for the week ahead is for much of the same but with improving temperatures, so here’s to another successful week.