England Troutmasters reports for week-ending May 29th, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
Bright weather conditions have made the fishing slightly more challenging, however the rod average for the week was a still good 2.55. The trout are now 4-10 feet down in the water and still feeding on daphnia. Best areas for boats and bank have been the end of Hook Straight, Rosemary Lane, front of the playground and Chingley. Successful flies have been Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Black Buzzers and most black and green flies. Three competitions took place this week. The Anglian Water southern heat on Saturday was won by the Weald of Kent team with a total combined weight of 57lb 2oz and rod average was 3.66. On Tuesday, six teams competed in the AMFC match which was won by Team Invicta with 31lb. The police match on Wednesday yielded 37 trout for 24 anglers giving a rod average of 1.54. Weekends are now very busy, please book your book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
If it’s top of the water action you are after then get along to Blackdyke which is alive at the moment with fish rising everywhere. Daddies, Hawthorns, Mayfly and small beetle patterns are all taking fish. Several anglers are catching into double-figures.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another busy week with fantastic sport on and just under the surface. All three lakes are showing a tremendous amount of fish feeding on top and any small and black, wet or dry fly is showing great results. Peter Cully, from Gateshead, caught 18 fish on dries; Colin Grey, from Gateshead, caught 18 fish on dries; Davie Maddison, from Bedlington, caught 10 fish on dries; Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 13 fish on a Black Shipman’s; Davie Bilborough, from Gosforth, caught 11 fish on a Fritz; Steve Bilborough, from Bedlington, caught 18 on Buzzers; Mick Brown, from Bedlington, tempted 16 on Buzzers and Hawthorns; George Taylor, from Alnwick, caught 11 on a Black Zonker; and Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs.
Felton Cubs visited the fishery on Wednesday (May 20) and enjoyed seeing Chatton Lake being stocked with fish followed by casting tuition and then fishing. Two of the cubs caught fish, Max Moody (aged nine) was the first to land a fish followed by Yeverin Lobb (aged nine) who also landed a lovely rainbow. A big thank you to the Chatton Ladies Angling Club Level 2 Instructors Alison and Dawn Dixon, also to Jan Robinson (Chatton Ladies Member) for all their help on the evening. Members of the Game Anglers Forum enjoyed a get together at Chatton on Saturday. The fishery provided pie and peas with members giving a contribution towards the food which raised approximately £100 for the Great North Air Ambulance.
The ATTEFF Heat (England Bank Qualifier) on Sunday May 24 was won by Rob Frame, with second going to Simon Robinson and third Richard Haughton. The Team Heat was won by Jim Tuck and Rob Frame, second Ian McCarthur and Lee Cartmail, third Peter Davison and Brian Davis.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
A brilliant week of sport had anglers of all ages leaving with smiles on their faces with hundreds of quality fish landed including seven fish between 6lb-8lb. Rod averages rocketed during the latter part of the week as the winds dropped a little to allow the fish to move into the margins as sediment settled. Fly anglers saw the first hatch of hawthorn flies. This enticed fish into the top two feet over the weekend and feeding relentlessly on drowned hawthorn flies. Top rod over the weekend was Ernie Craster who returned 33 fish, closely followed by Peter Crowe and M. Findlay who both caught and returned 30 fish each. Other anglers also caught into double-figures on the catch and release permit with the Meadow and Henry’s plantation the hotspots using small, traditional black flies. Bait anglers also had some great sport at Murray’s Point east to the dam wall with pink baits including PowerBait Mice Tails the most popular. J. Stacey netted the biggest fish of the week at 7lb 12oz on PowerBait and another tagged fish was netted by John Batey using Orange PowerBait Eggs.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Fontburn has seen an unprecedented increase in fish movement around all margins of the reservoir this week. Catch returns shows many anglers with exceptional catches and many 2-4lb fish included in returns. Two tagged fish taken this week, firstly, James Jobling received £200 and Paul Dryden also netted the £200 jackpot. The biggest fish of the season so far was landed by P. James and family. This Fontburn specimen was a fully-finned rainbow at 11lb and their catch for the day weighed 33lb. Many more anglers recorded exceptional catch returns including G. Todd who netted a combined weight of 24lb 12oz. Mr and Mrs McKever visited Fontburn twice this week, recording a 20lb 8oz catch on their first trip and a 22lb 8oz catch on the second trip. D. Soppitt landed a double catch limit of 39lb 4oz. An abundance of hawthorn flies have also tempted fish to the surface and fly anglers are taking advantage including S. Barnes who recorded a limit catch and returning seven fish. Fly anglers reported Hawthorn and black nymphs were proving very effective as was a Cat’s Whisker on a quick retrieve. The best method for bait anglers were legered PowerBait in conjunction with a swimfeeder filled with Magic Dust or floatfished worm and PowerBait cocktail on a short trace.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham continues in great form with a tremendous rod average of 6.03. Around 20% of the trout caught are tipping the scales at 3lb or over. Boat anglers enjoyed a fantastic week with a large number of anglers catching limits. The most productive boat areas have been bowl of the dam, G Buoy, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Sanctuary Bay, Savages and Valley Creeks, Seat, Gaynes Cove and central drifts. There have been two main methods for boat anglers: floating/sink-tip lines with Black or Olive Buzzers, Tequila Blobs, Cat Boobies and Diawl Bachs fished slowly, or Di-5 lines with FABs, Cat Boobies, Vivas, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and small Damsel Nymphs fished at a steady retrieve. Bank anglers have found the fishing challenging mainly due to the fish moving out of the margins. However, there have been some good catches, particularly from Marlow Stones, Hill Farm rocks and the harbour arms. The best bank methods have been to fish floating lines with Buzzers and small nymphs fished with a slow retrieve.
The Lexus European Championships Team Heat on May 18 saw the 13 teams of six catch 604 trout for a stunning rod average of 7.74, with an average fish weight of 2lb 6oz. Team Elinor won with 71 trout for 172lb 2oz. Second were Nymph-a-Maniacs with 63 fish for 147lb 14oz and third Rio Masters with 60 fish for 146lb 7oz. Best fish of the day was a fin-perfect over wintered Rainbow of 4lb 13oz caught by Craig Smith. Top individual was Mark Haycock who caught 14 trout for 38lb. Mark fished a midge-tip line with a Tequila Blob and Cat Booby at Sanctuary Bay.
Twenty-one anglers fished the Annual Pilgrimage 2015 event, catching 132 trout for a rod average of 6.28. First was Andy Gourlay with eight fish for 21lb, second Anthony Bevan with eight fish for 20lb 13oz and third Kenny Miller with eight fish for 19lb 4oz.
The Angling Trust Team England Youth Loch Style National on May 24 was won by Robbie Turner, 16, from Huddersfield, who caught eight fish for 17lb 8oz plus time bonus for finishing in less than four hours. This put him just an ounce ahead of last year’s Youth Champion Graham Hayward, from Rutland, with 22lb 7oz, one of the heaviest bags recorded in the 30-year history of the championship. Robbie had practiced the day before and found fish off the western shore but it took an hour to discover they had moved north towards Savages Creek. Once he located them, Robbie used a quickly retrieved Di-5 sweep line with a Tequila Blob on the top dropper and a Black and Green Booby on the point. Third was Harry Upton with six trout for 14lb.
Heaviest fish of the day weighed 4lb 12oz and was taken by Ryan Campbell who was fourth equal with Jessica Tweddle from Co. Durham, the first girl to qualify for the England Team in three years.
The Championship was sponsored by Greys fishing tackle and Anglian Water.
The top ten rods qualifying for Team England 2016 are: 1. Robbie Turner, 2. Graham Hayward, 3. Harry Upton, 4= Jessica Tweddle and Ryan Campbell, 6. Ben Fox, 7. Daniel Tranter, 8.Ben Beckworth, 9. Elliot Fawdington, 10. Luke Hill.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
An outstanding week saw one of the highest rod averages of the season with anglers averaging well over five fish per angler! Monday saw a fabulous return for those prepared to brave the current conditions. Kit Brown had 12 fish on a Family permit. Steve Brown and Paul Gerard also left after a cracking days sport. Paul’s catch all fell to worm on legering tactics. Grassholme fished steadily through the week with weather conditions improving slightly as the week progressed and Friday saw great catches all around the water as anglers managed an amazing rod average of 7.3 fish per angler. Fish were also being attracted by a well-presented fly including a Teal and Black and a Dawson’s Olive. It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend with some exceptional catches and lots of people reaching their eight fish before lunch on Saturday and Sunday. PowerBait Paste and spinner were both successful and tempted some nice fish. Ian Grey, from West Auckland, finished his Bank Holiday weekend with a tagged fish from the dam wall and pocketed a £200 bonus.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Unsettled weather conditions hampered boats during the early part of the week. However, an improvement in conditions followed for the Bank Holiday weekend. Flyfishing from the Natural Bank to the Inlet has again been productive using floating lines and traditional Buzzer tactics, although intermediate lines and large lures such as a Cat’s Whisker or Orange Fritz have proven a useful alternative. Many rainbows are now in the 3lb weight class with a good number of caged fish between 6-10lb introduced over recent days. Bank fishing continues to give better results using legered PowerBait from deeper water along the dam wall. Good catches have also been recorded from the west bank as well as close to the Tower. Water levels remain high and clear with prospects looking good in the run up to summer.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Masses of hawthorn flies were taking to the wing during the week as temperatures rose and brought the fish nearer to the surface. Hury saw mixed weather conditions but consistent catch returns. Either side of the dam wall produced good fish, as did the bays further west towards the peninsular and Newhouse Bay. The week was dominated by persistent westerly winds but not with such recent ferocity allowing anglers a greater choice of tactics. Black Hawthorn flies on the surface and lures fished at speed are both doing well. Additionally, teams of wets drifting with the wind accounted for fish near the surface as fish feed on sunken hawthorn flies. George Wind and John Kerry, both of Newcastle, had an excellent morning, catching their limits by 11am.

Kennick Reservoir, Devon
Kennick has produced 14 rainbows over 4lb in the last three weeks with the rod average being around 3.5 fish. Mike Herring landed the biggest fish of the season with a stunning 7lb 8oz brown caught on a Damsel from a boat, from the Forest Bay. Eddy Carter, of Starcross, landed cracking rainbows of 6lb 8oz, 5lb 8oz and 5lb all in the last two weeks. The Peninsula Classic competition is on Sunday June 7 with the top prize being a season ticket for 2016. There will also be some fantastic prizes from sponsors Fly Fishing Tackle of Crediton.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
High winds greeted anglers for the second heat of the Kielder WaterAid pairs competition. Despite the strong winds hampering drifts and the control of fly-lines, anglers averaged three fish per rod with the winners landing an impressive nine fish. Winners Richard Wood and Ian Coatsworth progress to the final along with second place Alan Morton and John Cowell. Taking third spot was father and son pair Ray and Stephen Appleby. The best areas on the day were the sheltered Belling and Stockie Bay. Elsewhere on the reservoir the most success from the bank was found mainly in Stockie Bay with notable results also recorded from Gordon’s Walls and Hawkhope. D. Watson recorded both the biggest fish and catch of the week netting his eight fish limit in Stockie Bay on a worm and PowerBait combination for a total weight of 18lb 5oz with the biggest rainbow of 4lb. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Orange Fritz and Hare’s Ear. The third and final heat of the WaterAid pairs will be held Sunday June 21. Boats can now stay out until 8pm. Half-day boats are also available throughout the week.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 99 rods caught 287 fish for an average of 2.90. Although there are lots of fish moving all day on all of the lakes it was a little harder to tempt them over the past week. Small imitative patterns fished on a floating line have been the best approach with Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Hoppers, CdC Emergers, Bloodworm and Damsel Nymph all accounting for a few fish. The biggest fish of the week was a 10lb rainbow caught by the fishery’s own Tom Smith, of Meriden, who was fishing from a boat on the Great Pool and he tempted it with a Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Clive Squires, of Coventry, also had a lovely day on Great Pool, catching 11 fish with the biggest at 7lb. He caught them all on a Green Buzzer fished on a floating line. On the Park Meadow pool, Bill Dunne, of Birmingham, caught seven fish to 4lb using a Damsel Nymph. Chris Gee, of Solihull, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released 14 fish to 8lb using a small Cat’s Whisker. Paul Fleeman, of Redditch, fished small Klinkhamer dries from a boat on Cocks Close and caught six fish to 6lb.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
More settled weather meant the fish have really switched on this week and some fantastic bags were reported. The Bull Fly Fishing competition reported a fabulous 7.3 average and most anglers were using either Green Buzzers or Diawl Bachs. Jon Kitching won with his 21 fish bag and Charlie McCormick had the biggest fish of the day at 2lb 12oz. The Anglian Water Pairs Rudder Match on May 23 produced some great results. Lloyd Chantrell and Neil Young won with 16 fish for 41lb 7oz. Jim Watts and Martin Hearth came second with 10 fish for 27lb. Jim had eight fish for 20lb 15oz, all overwintered, and also the biggest fish of the day weighing 4lb 7oz. In third was Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with three fish weighing 8lb 14oz. 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.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Have your dry fly gear at the ready as hawthorn flies are about in the afternoon. Fish can be tricky to hook as some trout are splashing at the naturals and then coming back to take them. Just cast out with the wind at your back and don’t cast too far. Nymphs (under an indicator) and lures (particularly Orange Blobs) are also working.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Anglers have enjoyed some top quality sport this week in the gin-clear water. Best methods have been floating line with a team of Buzzers or Diawl Bachs. Lures and Blobs still catching as well, but the better fish are coming to Buzzers. Bank angler Alan Duffin caught 17 fish off the dam, mostly to Black Buzzers. His best fish, and the biggest fish of the week, weighed 11lb 4oz and fell to a Pitsford Pea. Mick Griffin organised a floating line match on Sunday May 24 when the 29 anglers took 102 fish and many more were returned. The best fish of 6lb 6oz was taken by Dan Fletcher who went on to win the match with four fish for 13lb 10oz. Second was Mick Clark with four fish for 11lb 10oz and third Mick Griffin with four fish for 10lb 4oz. All anglers caught fish, mainly on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Some of the most notable catches of the week included the week’s best brown at 5lb 2oz taken by John Farnsworth of Tilton on the Hill. The best rainbow fell to boat angler Gareth Tilley. Gareth’s fish weighed 6lb 3oz and was taken with a Black Buzzer. He also lost a much larger fish, estimated between 10 and 15lb, when it threw the hook. Overwintered fish have made sporadic appearances in the form of an 8lb 2oz blue trout caught by Glyn Dring, of Derby, which fell to a black lure in the Yellowstone area. Season ticket holder John Lee took some nice fish in a couple of short sessions towards the end of the week from the bank with dark lures most productive. Fish are feeding heavily on daphnia in open water and they continue to gorge on buzzers around the reservoir. Damsel nymphs have also been spotted. Boat fishing has proved more yielding than bank fishing although the latter has certainly improved with fish feeding in time windows and in deeper water. Best methods are Black and Olive Buzzers on floating/midge-tip lines, mini lures on sinking lines and tubes on fast sink lines.
Rutland Water’s recently retired senior warden, John Seaton, organised an invitational Hunt Servants match last Monday. The 46 anglers returned 168 fish at an average of 3.6 a rod. The winning pair was rudder expert Jim Watts and John Farnsworth with a total bag weight of 38lb for 15 fish. John Farnsworth almost completed a clean sweep with best bag (21lb 11oz) and best brown (5lb 2oz). However Andy Leville netted the match’s best rainbow of 3lb 3oz. Second spot went to Jim and Tom Gamble with 35lb 9oz and third place went to Di Farrin and Paul Friend with 31lb 15oz.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Bait and fly anglers had a difficult start to the week with the trout pushed from the margins into deeper areas. However, Scaling came alive for the weekend with calmer conditions and some nice 3lb- 8lb trout being caught. Matty Bell, from Guisborough, had a fantastic day on the west end of the dam wall catching his eight fish limit on PowerBait Mice Tails including a lovely 4lb 14oz rainbow and a total catch limit weighing 15lb 12oz. Harry Noble, from Sleights, went home with his 10 fish Loyalty Day limit from the east end rocks including a nice 4lb 6oz rainbow all caught on White Gulp Eggs and worm. George Houston, from Guisborough, also took his eight fish limit from the east end rocks on Blue Mango PowerBait Paste tipped with worm. Bailey Baldwin, aged 11, from Norton, earned himself a free day’s fishing when he pulled in a lovely 5lb 8oz tagged blue on Yellow PowerBait Eggs from the west end of the dam wall. The biggest fish of the season was caught by Bruce Hodgson, from Brotton, who caught a lovely 7lb 9oz rainbow on Yellow/Orange PowerBait Mice Tails from the west end of the dam wall. Best flies are Montana, Fritz patterns, Bibio and Dawson’s Olive.

Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Siblyback has continued to produce high rod averages of just under four fish per person for the month so far with rainbows caught over the 3lb mark. Crilla Bay and Two Meadows have been the most productive areas with Hoppers, Hawthorns and Sedges providing terrific dry fly sport.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week the 87 rods caught 384 trout for a rod average of 4.41. The usual Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and Hare’s Ears are all taking a few fish, as are dries when the fish are up. Try Blobs and Boobies on the days that the fish are prepared to chase. Lots of good quality fish showing with many in the 3-5lb bracket and in super fit condition. Wrawby angler Dave Clark had two 8lb-plus rainbows on different days and Ravenshead angler Dave McGeever landed a fish of 7lb 2oz. Evening rises have become slightly more consistent – large buzzers seem to be what they’re taking and it certainly pays to make sure you have patterns in a range of sizes and colours.

Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
The lake has produced amazing sport with rod averages between four and five fish the whole month (five being the full bag limit). B. Parker landed the largest rainbow at 3lb 9oz with a lot of fish being caught by boat from Cow Moor using Hawthorn flies.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Pleasant conditions this week even with the prevalence of a chilly breeze. The 72 visiting anglers enjoyed a good week’s sport and returned a rod average of 3.2. A. Grabham and B. Patterson both caught 12 fish each. J. Campbell caught 11, M. Appleby had nine fish while T. Ross, M. Turner and R. Vickers all caught eight fish each. The best of the fish was a nice 4lb 8oz rainbow caught by B. Pounder. Anglers have been sticking to small naturals this week due to the abundance of hatches across all lakes. Amongst the most successful have been Hare’s Ears, CdCs and Diawl Bach.
The lakes had a visit from the local TV programme ‘Made in Tyne & Wear’ who interviewed two of our Under-17 club members during Tuesday evenings Junior Troutmasters fish-off. Luckily the promised rain stayed away and the youngsters enjoyed a good session with fish rising everywhere and as a bonus they will be seeing themselves on TV.