England Troutmasters reports for week-ending November 6th, 2015

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The fishing has picked up markedly and full bags are far easier to achieve. The fish are still keeping anglers on their toes however, changing their preferences each and every day. The morning periods are generally seeing fish willing to chase lures with Damsels in particular proving a favourite. Really fast retrieves seemed to be getting far more interest than a steady pull. Biggest fish of the month was a cracking rainbow of 17lb 7oz from lake one by Bob Peyami who used a small Hare’s Ear. Billy Porter landed a cracking 14lb 12oz rainbow, also from lake one. The fish had been unsuccessfully targeted by a number of anglers, including Billy, at the top of the lake in the shallow water before it moved down towards the middle and took his Damsel almost instantly.
The stock in lake two seem to have pushed out into the middle section and have been visibly feeding on emerging fly life. When this is evident lures tend to be ignored so a switch to something small and natural should prove far more effective. Small un-weighted nymphs are perfect in this situation but they must be fished with a slow, steady retrieve or figure-of-eight.
A special mention this month goes to Ron Underwood who decided to spend his 90th birthday at Avington. Owner Bob West presented Ron with a bottle of champagne.

Bewl Water, Kent
Fishing has proved unusually challenging for the time of year. The trout have remained high in the water but are proving hard to catch. Rod average for the week, based on returns, is 1.44. Best areas for boat fishing have been across the main bowl and Ferry Point while best areas to try for bank fishing are the dam wall, Chingley and Bramble Point.  Successful flies have again been Hoppers, Daddies and fry patterns such as Minkies and Boobies. The popular charity flyfishing competition "Boss's Day", organised by Vince Brooks, took place on Saturday October 24. Fishing was difficult and 53 anglers caught 86 fish giving a rod average of 1.62. Last year's winner Bernard Wautelet triumphed again with seven fish. Brian Beeney was second with five and Mr Dillon was third with four.  £1000 was raised for the Ante Natal ICU at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. Winners of the final monthly draw for 2015 are 1st Jim McGonigle, 2nd S. Farrell and 3rd N. King.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The fishery will be closed to the general public on Sunday (November 8) for a Children In Need competition and all places have gone. The fishing is great at the moment. Minkies on a slow intermediate or a weighted Cat’s Whisker on a floating line are working well, and the fish are still chasing the fry. Fishing vouchers are available if you need that extra Christmas present.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another great week of sport with fish being taken at all depths and dries still working well on the surface. Bloodworms have been very successful, also Buzzers and various lures. Lots of fish in the 4lb to 9lb bracket caught this week. David Kay, from Stakeford, had a fantastic day catching 14 fish and safely returning two double-figure fish. Mick Yeoman, from Coldstream, caught 14 fish on CdCs. Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caught 13 fish on dries. Rob Frame, from West Denton, caught 13 fish using various lures. Mick Latty, from Blyth, kept five fish and returned 13 on an Orange Blob. Howard Croston caught 10 fish using dries. B. Ion, from Blydon, kept four fish and returned 11using a Bloodworm. George Maddison, from Morpeth, caught 11 fish on Bloodworms. Keith Morley, from Newton Aycliffe, caught 14 fish on a GRHE. Edward Traish, from Jedburgh, enjoyed his best days fishing to date, keeping three fish including a 6lb rainbow, and returning seven, three of them being over 3lb. Max Fawcus, aged 12, from Seahouses, caught a 3lb rainbow using a Bloodworm.
A second heat of the TEFF was held at Chatton on Saturday October 31, when 70 fish were caught on the day making the rod average 4.3. Qualifiers are Lee Wilkinson from Consett (17 points), Brian Davis from Dudley (11 points) and Malcolm Robinson from Bedlington (6 points).
The fishery will be closing at 4.30pm this week - still stocking twice weekly.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
One of the best October weeks for years with mild, calm weather offering anglers a great opportunity to catch some quality fish. Most areas have seen good catches despite the shorter days and anglers using legered tactics on the bait or intermediate lines on the fly have done well. On Saturday Derek Hodgson and Les Little both took their limits by 10.30am using worm and chartreuse PowerBait Eggs on the leger at Hunter House point. This area has consistently fished well all week and is often the best place in November for some late season sport. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week October 26 to November 1 the 112 anglers caught 246 fish of which 154 were returned. Best fish at 5lb 12oz was taken by Ray Ward, from Olney, on a Black Cruncher from the boat. Best bank areas are the dam, Brookside, east arm and boat bay. Boats best in lodge end, east arm and pylon point. Successful patterns are Bloodworm, small Black Buzzer, Red or Green Diawl Bach, Cruncher, white/green or black/green lures and Candy Blobs. A more difficult week especially on the flat calm days with the fish easily spooked in the gin clear water. On milder days there were plenty of fish rising to tiny buzzers. Fish continue to feed on corixa in the margins. Boat anglers who ignored the rising fish caught using buzzers fished deeper or mini lures on an intermediate. Brown trout are now out of season and need to be carefully returned. Afternoon tickets now start at midday.
The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather is on this Sunday, November 8 from 9am - 3pm. Boats are fully booked but bank entries still available. Cost is £25 which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Proceeds from the raffle will be split between Air Ambulance and The British Heart Foundation. Please bring a small item so that everyone goes home with a prize.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Water temperatures and levels have remained consistent this week with most days featuring misty mornings giving way to mild sunny days with only a light breeze. The unseasonably warm conditions have seen prolific hatches of terrestrials although the fish are still lurking in deeper areas with anglers prepared to fish the western sections of the reservoir still being rewarded for their efforts. Chris Egdell fished various swims on both banks covering lots of water, signing out a four fish catch of rainbows totalling 8lb. George Todd and Christine Walton fished near the north shore burn after a day of rain and recorded a catch of seven rainbows weighing 12lb 2oz. Mr G. Taylor took one rainbow and a brace of fine brown trout weighing 2lb 12oz apiece. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Black Gladiator, Kate McLaren and Black Gnat.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good rod average of 3.85 and 32% of all trout caught weighing 3lb and over. Best rainbow 4lb 7oz taken by Steve Cochrane. Bank anglers have had great sport from the dam, Seat, G Buoy, Willows and Deep Water Point with floating lines and Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Diawl Bachs, Claret Hoppers and small Sparklers being the best methods. Boat anglers have had a great week with the vast majority of fish being caught from around the margins. The best boat areas have been Sanctuary Bay, G Buoy, Willows, Seat and the dam. The best boat methods have been to fish fast glass or slime lines with Tubes, Snakes, GRHE, Minkies and Cat’s Whiskers. Predator anglers have also enjoyed good sport with pike caught up to 22lb, zander 17lb and perch to 3lb 8oz. The brown trout season has now ended and any browns caught must be returned safely to the water.  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.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Grassholme has produced some good days this week with anglers who kept on the move finding the fish. Spinning remains a successful method but with water temperatures changing all the time fish are continuing to drift from the deeper water into the shallows so finding the right tactics remains a challenge. With warmer weather at the weekend, especially Sunday, fish began to show on the surface making targeting fish on the dry fly a must with excellent sport to be had on Black Hoppers or a Daddy. Martin Kuvinka had a good day on Wednesday, landing seven fish with his two friends taking six each.
As we head into November we expect it to get a lot colder, so as a thank you for your loyal support this season we will be offering free hot drinks to all anglers or you can make voluntary contribution to the North East Air Ambulance.
From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Floating Fry and Cat’s Whisker.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Light winds continued to offer anglers great late season conditions although thick fog did hamper activities occasionally. The water levels have continued to fall although the clarity is perfect and clear. All of the larger rainbows from the cage have now been released and these fish are producing fantastic sport from the Peninsula/Atlantis area, as well as the Inlet. The heaviest trout of the week was netted from the Goldfish Bowl by Agris Briedis. The 10lb 4oz fish was tempted by an SV pink/purple lure whilst spinning from the bank. Another specimen rainbow of 8lb was taken by Rolandas Vincianus on legered Salmon Egg PowerBait just off the main dam wall. Floatfished lobworm remains a attractive bait and is recommended as temperatures begin to cool. Fly anglers are still using floating lines successfully over shallow areas with fish feeding on daphnia and pin fry. Best flies are Montana, Damsel, Orange Fritz, White Zonker and Orange Blob. November opening times are 8.30am to 3.30pm.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Some good returns have been posted this week giving Hury an excellent rod average considering the time of year. Fish continue to take lure patterns in fairly deep water so probably best to start off with a sinking line and count down to locate the fish. Some warm days encouraged fly hatches into the afternoon so fish are continuing to be seen on the surface although these will be few and far between as we progress into November. Notable catches for the week included Mr Dawson returning six fish on Saturday with the fish of the week weighing in at 6lb. Mr J. Styles caught 10 fish on Sunday and with other anglers also posting good returns Sunday’s rod average reached six fish per angler. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio and Floating Fry.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Bank angler Paul Howie recorded the heaviest catch of the week with five rainbows for 14lb 2oz. Kieth Grugan caught an eight fish limit from the bank at Tower Knowe for a total weight of 19lb on worm. Boat angler Ken Proudlock caught fish of 3lb 4oz and 2lb 6oz on a Daddy Longlegs at Bull Crag. Water levels have continued to fall throughout the week and boat anglers are advised to stay well clear of the shoreline as there could be hidden obstructions close to the surface. Tower Knowe Visitor Centre will be open until November 15, 2015. From Sunday November 1 fishing is from 9am until 4pm. Boats are currently due back at the jetty at 3pm. Best flies are Pearl Blobs, Black and Peacock Spider, Green Montana and Orange Blob.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 50 rods catch 160 fish for an average of 3.20 per rod. The fishing has been like the weather, very changeable, one day fishing well, particularly on the more overcast days and the next fishing hard. The most popular patterns at the moment are Goldhead or Hot Head Damsels, Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer, Cat’s Whisker and Black Tadpole with floating lines working best combined with long leaders. The biggest rainbow was 12lb caught by Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and he took it on a Black Buzzer fished on a floating line which also accounted for another at 7lb. Mike Ravenscroft, of Kenilworth, caught eight fish to 7lb using Buzzers on a floating line whilst fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. Mark Goldney, of Nuneaton, fished both Cocks Close and Park Meadow catching eight fish in total to 3lb and these all came to Orange Hot Head Damsels fished on a floating line. Steve Gowan, of Knowle, caught seven fish from a boat on Cocks Close using Cat’s Whiskers.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Fry, shrimp and snails are on the menu for the trout this week and the fish have been very obliging with lots of nice specimens being taken from both boat and bank. The rod average for the week is 2.9. North Farm shore is still fishing very well from the bank with fish taking Shrimp patterns fished close to the shore. Boat anglers are catching through the Narrows and Brixworth Bay areas and the fish have come to various methods from floating line and nymphs all the way down to tubes and Minkies. The Small Half of the reservoir is now out of bounds until next April.
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
Ravensthorpe continues to be in top form from both bank and boat. Platforms 3-11 and the dam are the areas to try from the bank. Floating lines and black and green lures or Red Diawl Bachs and Black Buzzers are best. Alan Duffing caught 10 rainbows this week from platform 5. The Fur & Feather (boat) match on November 1 saw 21 anglers fish to a rod average of 3.8. Winners were Frazer Duffy snr and Frazer Duffy jnr with 17lb 8oz, second Vic Byrne and Ian Footman with 17lb 2oz and third Stuart Payne and John Smith with 16lb 8oz.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Simon Guthrie and his son Elliot returned to Manton Bay following a very successful catch there in August. The pair excelled again netting a bag of eight fish for 25lb with two exceptional fish – a 5lb 7oz rainbow for Simon and a 4lb 3oz brown for young Elliot. Specimen hunter Simon Ashton caught his best fish of the season with a cracking 6lb 7oz brown. The brown trout season has now ended and any caught from now on must be returned.
Fishing has not been easy. Fish have been seen to feed steadily on corixa, shrimp and fry around the lake with patterns mimicking those feeds producing best. While boat fishing has had the slight edge over bank fishing, sport has been found to both methods. Boat anglers employing fish and move tactics with lures and tubes resembling fry are having some success. Finding actively feeding fish has been the key to success. Although not easy to employ, this strategy has also worked for bank anglers who have enjoyed good fishing along the Normanton bank and from the peninsula through the week.
Winter restrictions commenced on November 1. No bank fishing from Barnsdale Road end around to the transformer of the North Arm and from Old Hall Point to the most western part of the Green Bank. Boats are now limited to the sailing restriction buoys at the bottom of both arms.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
A mixed bag of weather with cold spells, strong winds and very wet days but that didn’t stop George Houston from Guisborough having another great day fishing on the jetty with legered maggot and ending his day with eight rainbows. Brothers Geoff and Les Smith from Swainby, decided to fish the east end and using a mixture of worm and PowerBait managed to reel in 14 rainbows between them. The weekend brought warm, sunny, calm days which enticed the fish to become very active, rising in all areas of the reservoir. Fly angler Derek Ogden from Redcar enjoyed a brilliant day fishing with Goldhead Dawson’s Olive around the big tree area, catching his 10 fish limit and returning a further six rainbows. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Goldhead Dawson’s Olive, Invicta and Black Pennell.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one at the beginners end, 70 fish caught by 16 anglers aged from six to 70 so something for everyone on here! Rod average worked out at 4.375. Brown trout catch and release end saw 38 browns landed by 13 anglers, a rod average of 2.92. A few bigger resident fish turned up at each end of the lake. Damsels, Black Pennells and Spiders are best here. Lake two produced four browns in the 9lb-12lb range released and 57 fish were landed by 20 anglers, an average of 2.85 fish per rod. Best rainbow this week was a nine-pounder. Cat’s Whisker, Yellow Dancer, Montanas and Klinkhamers doing well. Lake three produced fish to 10lb on a Goldhead GRHE, and a few browns from 6lb were released.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
A mixed week with rain stopping play for many hence a lower turnout but the 61 rods caught 159 trout giving a rod average of 2.6. It's fair to say that a few frosts would certainly help to get the fish concentrating on the abundance of fry. Many fish have proved tricky with a lot of microscopic midges on the water. Those anglers prepared to scale things down could well find success with flies more akin to rivers than lakes. Most people have chosen to use a Minkie Booby teamed with small nymphs. Last Sunday saw 14 anglers take part in this year’s Toft Newton Cup. Winner was season ticket holder Martin Rowson from Wrawby, who caught his six fish in the last stage of the match fishing close in with a Minkie
Booby. The fish were nearly beaching themselves to take his fly. In second place was Rotherham angler Warren Langridge and third was Brandesburton angler John Cooke.
Prospects remain positive with the already mentioned methods proving the successful route. Fishing continues until December 13 with stocking until the end of November.