England Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 13th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A big thank you to all that contributed to the Children in Need competition. A great day was had by all, and £580 was raised for the charity. Cat’s Whiskers, orange lures and Hare’s Ears took most fish this week on floating lines. Top rod was Bill Morrise with 22 fish caught from a boat.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A heat of the Fitz 'n' Flies Festive Competition was held at Chatton on Saturday when 130 fish were caught, making the rod average five. Congratulations to the qualifiers Trevor Wadds (21 points), Gordon Swain (20 points), Scott Nellins (18 points), Johnny McMahon (14 points) and Rob Frame (13 points). The fly box for the week has been Bloodworms, various nymphs, Buzzers, dries and lures. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, enjoyed his session keeping three fish weighing 13lb in total and releasing two using Bloodworms and a black and green lure. Tony Robinson, from Howtel, kept one fish and returned nine using Bloodworms and nymphs. Tony also returned a 6lb brown trout to Dunnydeer Lake. John Cowell, from Ashington, caught 10 fish using lures. Robert Hedley, from Guidepost, kept five fish and returned an 8lb brown trout to Dunnydeer Lake. Robert was using a Bunny Leech and Diawl Bachs. Colin Reid, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, kept one fish at 4lb and returned a further six using Buzzers. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 17 fish using Bloodworms and lures, his best fish being a 9lb rainbow from Chatton Lake. Mark Moore, from Gateshead, caught a 3lb 8oz rainbow during tuition with local instructor Bob Smith. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting at the lodge on Saturday November 14 at 9.30am. Fishery will be closing at 4pm this week.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland  
Autumn finally arrived this week which has been greeted with mixed emotions. On one hand the wind and heavy rain has seen the reservoir finally begin to rise, however the wind has made conditions difficult some days. That said, any windows of decent weather have seen some excellent catches with the shallow areas of the reservoir producing the best catches. Joe Carr, Doug Pearson and Phil Bradford all took 10 fish limit catches west of the sailing club using a range of PowerBait and Mice-tails. The south side stream, which was in full flood over the weekend, also attracted lots of fish with some nice catches reported. Some areas of the reservoir will be closed Sunday November 15 as Derwent stage the Annual Coarse Fishing Championship. Please call the ranger team on 01207 255250 for more details. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are Hunter House, Cronkley, south side stream, and west of sailing club.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Blustery conditions at times forced anglers to work hard for their catches. As water levels rise top spots have been around the fast flowing inlets bringing fresh natural feed into the reservoir. The best catch of the week went to Mr R. Watson with five trout taken on legered baits. Mr D. Hancock and George Walton took four rainbows each and with lots of fish left in Fontburn and rising water levels we could see an exciting last three weeks of the season. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Consett Budgie and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are north shore middle section and south shore inlets.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good rod average of 3.63 and 45% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over. The best rainbow at 7lb was taken by Neil Cohen. Bank anglers continue to enjoy excellent sport with plenty of bag limits taken from the dam, Seat, Gaynes Cove, G Buoy and Deep Water Point. The most successful method has been to fish Shrimp patterns, Hare’s Ear, Minkies and Black Boobies on a floating line. Boat anglers have also had a great week’s fishing with plenty of trout being caught around the margins on floating or intermediate lines with tubes, Snakes, Minkies, Sparklers, Hare’s Ears and Shrimp patterns. The best boat areas have been G Buoy, Willows, Seat, Dam and Gaynes Cove.
Predator anglers have had pike up to 19lb, zander 13lb and perch to 3lb 8oz. The best areas for the predator anglers have been both towers, sludge bank and central drifts through the reservoir.
As from November 1 the western end of the reservoir is out of bounds until April 1. Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir, these are on display at the shop counter.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
With weather conditions unpredictable and temperatures fluctuating, fishing has been challenging. However, more experienced or experimental angler has overcome these challenges by adopting different tactics. Mr J. Hall netted six quality rainbow trout at an average weight of 2lb and Mr S. Blackett had a superb day with seven pristine rainbows all taken on a floatfished worm. Mr A. Warick also had a memorable day with six rainbows, and these were just a few of the many catches recorded. The biggest fish of the week goes to Mr J. Close with a rainbow 4lb 6oz. Roving anglers are having a lot of quality sport by travelling light and covering a lot of water. At this time of the year trout like to feed on minnows so anglers are advised to use a stealthy approach when nearing the water as the trout are close to the margins chasing their prey. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, floating fry and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are the dam wall, north and south banks and Witch’s Hat.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Last week began with two days of blanket fog which resulted in all boats remaining on the jetty. Later in the week strong winds also kept boats tied to the jetty leaving only bank fishing possible during this period. However, visitors managed to locate some larger rainbows from Middlemead Bay and off the Peninsula into the Goldfish Bowl. Radoslaw Waszkowski netted a specimen trout of 7lb on a legered worm while Vasile David tempted a rainbow weighing 6lb on a small white jelly lure. The biggest fish of the week was tempted from the Peninsula by Nicuor Pupaza, at 8lb 4oz and caught on fluorescent green and yellow PowerBait. The biggest surprise catch of the week was taken by anglers Rudy Huygens and his 14-year-old son Louis. They had a break from flyfishing and chose to pursue the pike. They floatfished sardine dead baits in expectation of a pike but their bait was picked up by two fin-perfect rainbows. Mr Huygens caught a 4lb fish and Louis tempted an overwintered 8lb trout. November opening times are 8.30am to 3.30pm. Best flies are Montana, Orange Blob and White Zonker.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham        
Good catch returns have been posted again this week giving anglers an excellent opportunity for some late season sport. With fly hatches in the warm afternoons continuing, fish have been feeding on the surface. Mr D. Carr landed 10 pristine rainbows with one weighing 4lb 8oz and a total catch weight of 21lb. He then returned two days later and landed another seven quality fish for a combined weight of 11lb 8oz. Mr B. Raine had a really good day’s sport with five fish and a total weight of 10lb 8oz with one trout weighing in at 4lb. A Dawson’s Olive continues to be the lure attracting the most attention from the hunting trout. Yet again, it is advised that anglers fish the margins first as many fish are still patrolling in the shallows for wind blown prey. Once the margins have been fished a sinking line is then best, counted down to locate the fish. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio and floating fry. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The dramatic deterioration of the weather may have put many off visiting Kielder over the week, however, those who persevered had some steady results. The most notable catch was a cracking eight fish limit from Mr J.M. Sinkinson who was fishing at Hawkhope on the worm with all fish weighing between 2lb and 2lb 7oz. The biggest rainbow of the week at 3lb 5oz was netted in Stockie Bay, again caught on the worm by Michael Hayes. Tower Knowe Visitor Centre will be open until November 15, 2015. Boats are due back to the jetty at 3pm. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker ans Orange Blob. Best boat area is the Belling Inlet, best bank areas are Hawkhope and Stockie Bay.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 58 rods catch 227 fish for an average of 3.91 per rod. A good week with plenty of fish being caught particularly from the boats on both Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools. The bank has been a little more difficult with the fish harder to find but the better catches have come from where the wind is blowing into. The old boat jetty corner and the sand bank of Cocks Close have been the most consistent areas. The best patterns have been Damsel, Diawl Bach, Black Tadpole, Black Buzzers, Montana Nymph and Cat’s Whisker. The largest fish of the week was a 9lb rainbow caught by Jonathan Preston, of Solihull, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and it fell to a Cat’s Whisker on a floating line. Paul Fleeman, of Redditch, fished catch and release on Cocks Close and caught 17 fish to 7lb using small Bloodworm patterns on a floating line. Alan Mann, of Solihull, caught six fish on Park Meadow including specimens of 6lb and 5lb which all fell to Goldhead Damsels. Mr B. Stubbs, of Atherstone, caught 11from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to Damsels and Minkies fished on a floating line.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The Pitsford Fur and Feather boat match was well attended with 45 anglers recording a total of 106 fish for a rod average of 2.3. The winning boat pair of Yvonne Webb and Simon Lehane caught 12 fish for 25lb 8oz. Second place went to Rick Cooper and Graham Hayward with 11 fish for 22lb 7oz. Messrs Davis and Davis were third with 10 fish for 20lb 12oz. The prize for the biggest rainbow went to Rob Edmunds with a fish of 4lb 6oz. Bank anglers continue to enjoy success on the North Farm shore, Cliffs and Ash Tree or Hell Bay. Floating lines with Blobs and Shrimp patterns are best. Boat anglers are catching fish on fry patterns, or Snakes in the main basin or on drifts across the Narrows. The Small Half of the reservoir is now out of bounds until next April. On the second Saturday of each month Pitsford will be open for fly-tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Another week of good sport from the bank and the boats. Best rainbow at 3lb 4oz was taken by A. Topping. Various methods have been working including lures, blobs and Minkies. However, with the clear water fish have been coming up to dries and small nymphs fished just under the surface. The bank has been producing fish using black and green lures, Buzzers or Diawl Bachs on a floating line. Best bank areas are in front of platforms 4,5,13 and 14 and the dam. The best pike of the week was a fish estimated at about 20lb taken on a Red Mohican fly by Derek Coles. A few smaller pike have also been caught mainly on lures.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Bank anglers have been out in steady numbers when the weather has permitted. Last Sunday a number of fish were caught close in off the Normanton bank from the Church to Fantasy Island. Andy Mosely, from Mansfield, used dry fly to good effect with three fish by early afternoon. Dries, nymphs and fry patterns have accounted for good conditioned rainbows. Some fish were feeding in less than two feet of water amongst the dying weed beds and shoreline. Al Owen guided two customers on Friday with five rainbows coming to their boat. Out of season browns are showing in many areas, any caught must be returned to the water as soon as possible.
Bank anglers should avoid wading as fish are very close in to the shore in a lot of areas. Anglers fishing the rudder have had a few fish. Fry are feeding in the old weed beds scattered around the shoreline. The Fur and Feather match will be fished on Sunday December 6 and bookings are being taken. Around 15 boats will be available in December and January. Please note during December and January boats will not be available on Mondays or Tuesdays.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Heavy rain and winds made conditions difficult at times. The fish shoaled up in the less choppy waters along the south shore and anglers who worked their way along this bank were rewarded with some good catches. David Mead, from Middlesbrough, caught eight rainbows including a very nice fish of 3lb on a worm and PowerBait cocktail. Fly angler Tommy Johns, from Brotton, returned five rainbows at the big tree, an area which has fished well throughout the month. Phil Green, from Consett, caught nine rainbows using fritz combinations among which was the best of the week just topping the scales at 3lb 1oz. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black and White Fritz. Best areas are timber groyne, big tree and jetty.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending November 6 the 58 rods caught 152 trout for a rod average of 2.62. A week of unsettled yet still fairly warm weather kept many anglers at home, but those brave enough to face the elements enjoyed decent sport with fry patterns. A few fish have also been caught on dries with the majority of fish still in the top foot or so thanks to the unusually warm weather. Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin shared a catch of over 30 fish on Snakes and Fry patterns, with Neil's four fish bag weighing 28lb 4oz. Some cooler weather and frost should concentrate the fish more onto the fry giving some of the most exciting sport of the year. The last day of the season and also the fur and feather match is on Sunday December 13. For more details call the fishery office on 01673 878453.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Unseasonably warm weather this week and there have even been hatches of buzzers, daddies and hoppers to keep anglers busy. The 39 visiting anglers returned a decent rod average of just under three. One angler, R. McCullagh, managed to reach the 15 fish limit, closely followed by T. Ross who caught 10 fish. A. Ross had six fish, while A. Carle, J. Walker and J. Garget all caught four fish each. The best fish of the week were a fine 8lb rainbow caught by J. Walker, and rainbows of 7lb to both G. Oliver and K. Hewitson. The successful flies have been Diawl Bach, Buzzers, CdCs, Blobs and lures. Witton Castle Lakes will remain open as normal throughout November, and will then revert to winter weekends only (Friday to Sunday) opening for December, January and February.