England Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 23rd, 2015

Bewl Water, Kent
A mixed week of fishing with some days harder than others, but on the whole the fishing has been good. Rod average for the week is a very good 3.54. Water temperature is steadily dropping. The trout are still high in the water and are now feeding on the fry. Best areas for boat are still across the main bowl and into Hook Straight, Chingley and the north end of Bewl Straight. Bank fishing is at last improving as the water temperature drops. Anglers have reported catching at Bramble Point, the Gorse Bushes, the dam wall, Canoe Club Corner and Chingley. Successful flies have been Daddies, Hoppers, Boobies, Minkies and Cat's Whiskers. Bewl hosted the 2015 National Final this week and over the two days, 200 anglers caught 725 fish giving a rod average of 3.62. National champion was Mark Miles.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
After a large stocking last Monday the new fish have stirred up the residents and the fish are showing all over the lake. Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers and Hare’s Ears are catching most fish on a floating line. With the overcast conditions this week fishing should get better and better.

Burrator Reservoir, Devon
Water levels are now rising and have reached 65% full at the time of writing. Anglers averaged 1.8 fish per rod, with the Longstone bank providing most of the fishing. Black Gnats and dry Daddies have produced the best surface sport, but most fish have been caught on subsurface patterns, Montanas, Damsel Nymphs and Diawl Bachs in particular, on either floating or intermediate lines.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It has been another week of great sport and when the conditions have been right dry flies have been working well. Other flies working this week are Bloodworms, Buzzers and lures. Lots of fish in the 4lb to 7lb bracket have been caught, many anglers commenting on the fight and condition of the fish. Brian Davis, from Dudley, caught 10 fish on lures. Alec Harvey, from Cramlington, caught 10 fish on Bloodworms and lures, his best fish being a 7lb 8oz rainbow with another three fish over 5lb. Tony Rowley, from North Shields, caught 10 fish on a Zebra. Jimmy Drew caught 14 fish on a black lure and Blob. Keith Levell, from Hawick, caught nine fish on a CdC Shuttlecock. George Maddison, from Morpeth, caught 10 fish on lures. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, kept three fish and returned seven using Bloodworms. David Kay, from Morpeth, caught 11 fish on lures. On Tuesday November 27 Chatton is holding a 'Half Term Junior Fly Fishing Taster Day' with instructor Bob Smith. The day consists of a morning session 10am to 12noon or an afternoon session 1pm to 3pm. The sessions cost £20 which includes qualified tuition, fishing ticket and tackle. Please ring the fishery on 01668 215226 to book a place as there are limited spaces available.
The fishery is closing at 6pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Late season sport impressed many visiting anglers with calm, cool conditions offering perfect October trout fishing weather. Mr A. Hall got the week off to an excellent start Monday when he caught a full house on his 10 fish Loyalty Day permit. Jim Gregory fished west of the sailing club and took his eight fish limit and returned a further 10 rainbows. Included in this catch was one of the season’s best fish weighing in at 9lb 2oz. All his fish were caught using a Bibio and Dawson’s Olive. A size 12 Bibio has been the fly of choice over recent weeks, especially when teamed with Buzzers, PTNs or Diawl Bachs as the recent huge hatch of small buzzers continued. Spinning with Gold or Silver Toby lures whilst the fish have been active at the surface has taken some nice fish and is a tactic which should not be overlooked. Legered chartreuse PowerBait in various forms has been the best bait with Mice-tails the top choice on calm days as the tail movement helps attract the fish. The point at Hunter House has again been a top mark along with both sides of the first fence at the dam.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland    
Conditions were near perfect this week with mild temperatures, patchy cloud cover and negligible wind virtually every day. This kept hungry trout feeding well on fry and terrestrial hatches in optimum water temperatures of around 11 degrees. Anglers prepared to move along the banks covering the water fared best as wary trout were being spooked by repeated casts into the same swim. Phil Green, touring Troutmasters waters in the area, made his Fontburn visit an autumn day to remember. Starting on the south shore and trying a variety of flies Phil had two netted and over 15 missed ‘offers’ by lunchtime. He then switched to the north shore and very quickly landed a further six to give a catch of eight rainbows totalling 17lb 2oz with a 4lb 2oz best fish taken on a Bibio. George Todd and Christine Walton found a hotspot near the north shore burn to account for 12 rainbows weighing in at 21lb 8oz using swimfeeder and PowerBait tactics. Bill Simpson caught five rainbows for 9lb from the same area and Mr S. Eke made a notable catch of four rainbows and one blue totalling 11lb 8oz from the north shore. Best flies are Bibio, Cat’s Whisker and Black Gnat. Best areas are north shore middle section and western sections.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Another good week with some excellent specimen rainbows and browns reported. The best fish of the week was a 6lb brown taken by season ticket holder Rick Barlow. Rick took this fish from the bank along with another brown trout of 5lb 2oz. Brian Naylor took the best rainbow of the week at 5lb 2oz. Both bank and boat anglers have recorded good numbers of fish with the rod average at 3.62. The most consistent bank sport has been from the south dam, Seat, Deep Water Point, G Buoy and the Willows. The main method for bank anglers has been to fish Shrimp patterns and small nymphs almost static on a floating line. Boat anglers have had a good week with a few bag limits. Guy Nicholson recorded the best weight at 23lb 5oz for eight fish. Most fish are being taken from around the margins on floating or glass lines with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Crunchers, FABs, Cat Boobies, Daddies and Tequila Blobs. The most consistent boat areas have been Deep Water and Pylon Points, G Buoy, Willows, Gaynes Cove, Sludge Bank, Valley Creek and Sanctuary Bay.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
With unsettled weather still dominating fishing changed from day to day with fish moving into the margins one day and moving into deep water the next. However, this did not stop anglers finding some good late season sport. Mr J. Walsh landed eight trout for 13lb 8oz. Mr K. Hall took eight pristine trout for 14lb and Mr R. Gough was delighted with his eight fish limit catch for 15lb. Catch of the week goes to Mark Wallis who landed four quality trout with one being the £400 tagged fish. Mr D. Gallimore landed the biggest fish of the week with a superb rainbow of 4lb 10oz. This was just a few of many catch limits recorded as anglers reported the dam wall fishing well, as was the area in front of the fishing lodge and the west end car park. Anglers willing to change tactics to suit weather conditions are having the most success. Fishing worm in the shallows where trout are hunting the fry is proving very productive and PowerBait and worm cocktail on a float is also having positive results. As the trout continue to hunt the fry, spinning is also giving the roving anglers some unforgettable sport. Fly anglers report that a Cat’s Whisker or a Black Fritz fished parallel to the bank at a distance of 10 to 15 feet is also doing well. 

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
As autumn sets in and the colder weather prevails, sport has seen week after week of improved catch returns with this week no exception. Boat anglers enjoyed great success at the bubble lines through to the inlet with Jonny Boulton enjoying a couple of great days. Jonny’s biggest catch was a fantastic 10lb 6oz rainbow along with another at 7lb 14oz using a floating line and a Zonker at the bubble lines. Andrej Voaoneck got in on the action at the inlet with a lovely 10lb rainbow taken on a blue and pink Wobble lure. Sport is improving weekly on the Natural Bank with Frank Marshall landing a cracking 9lb 12oz trout using a Brown Tadpole on a floating line. The Peninsula is the best bank spot with a great deal of fish being recorded throughout the week including Denis Smith’s 9lb 12oz rainbow caught with a Diawl Bach and floating line. The biggest fish of the year so far at 11lb 2oz was caught by Baiba Slava using legered worms in the Goldfish Bowl. PowerBait and worms are the most effective baits along the dam wall. Best flies are Montana, Dancer, Orange FM, Zonker and Orange Blob.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
With unsettled weather continuing this week fishing has been challenging but anglers with local knowledge have adapted tactics to suit. Fishing the margins before wading out is a must as many fish are feeding in the margins on the shoaling fry and stealth is required as feeding trout can be easily disturbed. Mr J. Styles landed seven pristine rainbows for 12lb. There were still the odd fly hatches being reported with daddies visible on top of the water. Lures are still providing success with fritz and Cat’s Whisker patterns doing well Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Hopper and Daddy Longlegs. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kennick Reservoir, Devon
Rods consistently averaged around 2.1 fish per angler throughout October, with boat and bank anglers fairing equally well. Most fish were caught in Clampitts Bay and the Narrows. Dry patterns fished well, particularly Hoppers, Dry Daddies, Elk-Hair Sedges and emerging Buzzer patterns but subsurface imitations produced the most fish, especially Damsel nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ear Nymphs, as well as teams of Buzzers and Diawl Bachs fished together. Most anglers used floating, intermediate or sink-tip lines, with the occasional fish caught on a sunk-line Booby. Barry Ware, from North Tawton, caught a superb brown trout of 3lb while fishing from the bank. Anglers should note that, for maintenance purposes, the water level at Kennick has now been dropped to 25% and no boats will be available for the remainder of the season.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The reservoir is several meters below top water and is offering a great opportunity for bank anglers to explore new fishing spots. Greg Chereski, from Hawick, fished under the road bridge at Lewisburn to take his eight fish for 17lb 12oz. The largest was a beautiful 4lb 12oz fish and were taken using a legered sweetcorn and worm combination. Boat anglers Joan and Frank Whittaker, from Bath, had a productive days fishing at Gowanburn landing 12 fish between them. The Chew and Blagdon reservoir regulars took their fish on Black Fritz, Silver Muddler and small spinners. Boat hire will continue at Kielder to the end of the season weather permitting. Please check with the duty ranger as return times will change as the days shorten. Current boat in time is 5pm, changing to 3.30pm when the clocks go back on October 25. Best flies are Black Fritz, Orange Blob and Peacock Spider. Best boat areas are The Quarry and Gowanburn. Best bank areas Hawkhope, Stockie Bay, Mathew’s Linn.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 90 rods catch 284 fish for an average of 3.15 per rod. For most of the week it has been high pressure combined with flat calm conditions and not exactly ideal for trout fishing. The top tactic has been to fish a Damsel on a long leader with a Black Buzzer or a Bloodworm on a dropper and fish it dead slow.  Other patterns that are catching a few are Cat’s Whiskers, Black or Orange Tadpoles, Diawl Bach and Montanas. The best areas have been the old boat jetty corner and the far corner from the lodge on Cocks Close.  Park Meadow has been fishing best in the deeper water right in the middle of the pool. The biggest fish of the week was a 9lb rainbow caught by Paul Crisford, of Kenilworth, who was fishing from a boat on Park Meadow and it was the best of a six fish catch taken on Black and Green Tadpole. Mick Hill, of Birmingham, fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught a 7lb 11oz rainbow which fell to his favourite Bloodworm pattern. Jason O’Neill, of Coventry, fished Park Meadow from a boat and caught eight fish to 6lb on a small Goldhead Nymph on a floating line. Ray Inman, of Birmingham, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and took eight fish to 6lb on a Diawl Bach.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
There is a huge amount of fry around the margins and this week a number of fish have been coming to Minkies and Floating Fry patterns fished around the weed beds. The rod average for the week is 3.1.
Fishery ranger Mark Mathison had the biggest fish of the week, a fine rainbow of 5lb 2oz which fell to a Cat Booby on a floater off Stilton Point. Mark had two other fish over 3lb. John Blazey, from Norfolk, caught eight fish including rainbows of 4lb, 3lb 8oz and 3lb 4oz.
Thursday saw the annual Anglian Water staff versus the Environment Agency match when 39 anglers caught 133 fish for a rod average of 3.4. Top rod on the day was AW employee Ben Farnsworth with eight fish for 17lb 8oz. Second was Pitsford’s own Dave Rowe with eight fish for 17lb 2oz. The biggest fish weighed 3lb 11oz with several more over 3lb. Best methods were either Fry patterns fished on floating lines or tubes fished on Di-7s. Bank fishing is improving daily and North Farm shore, Ash Tree Bay and No Fish Point are good areas with Hare’s Ear and Shrimp patterns starting to account for good fish.
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
Anglers are still enjoying great sport with plenty of fish being caught on various methods. Popper Hoppers and dries in general are taking fish off te top. Good quality fish are being taken on sunken Daddies, Hoppers and Diawl Bachs. Plenty of fish are coming to Di-3 and Di-5 lines with Minkies, Cat’s Whiskers, Blobs, and black and green lures.
The Mick Griffin Challenge at the weekend was a huge success with all boats out on the water. A total of 113 fish were caught and plenty of fish released once anglers had bagged up. First were Dan Fletcher and Bob Aves with eight fish for 24lb 13oz; second Steve Johnson and Chris Young with eight fish for 22lb 7oz; third Fraser Duffy and Barry with eight fish for 20lb 6oz. The trophy for the biggest fish was awarded to Dan Fletcher for a superb 11lb 14oz rainbow which was also the biggest fish of the week. Best bank areas are the dam and Catwalk Corner.

Rutland Water, Rutland
With the weather turning much colder, mainly due to a brisk northerly wind rolling in, Rutland Water has seen some good sport this week with fish turning to feeding mode. Fish have been well spread and taken in open water in front of the fishing lodge, in the main basin along the Normanton bank, along Steep Bank, from Carrot Creek to Armley Wood and the bottom of the arms. Lures fished in open water have been effective for fish up to 2lb. Fry patterns seem to be accounting for increasing numbers of better quality fish as the temperature drops. Fish have been feeding heavily on snail, perch and roach fry, sticklebacks and a scattering of corixa.
Season ticket holder Cameron Neil fished Floating Fry in and around the harbour, landing a superb 5lb 9oz rainbow. Boat angler Simon Whitehead landed a lovely 5lb 4oz rainbow. Rutland guide Al Owen landed a 6lb 4oz specimen brown while boat fishing midweek.
Bank sport has much improved in the past week with fish being caught at the Green Bank, Old Hall, along the Normanton bank (plus the harbour) and at Steep Bank on the North shore. Shrimp patterns, Floating Fry and Hare’s Ear nymphs are accounting for most fish. Mike Netherclift reported a good week with sport to his own Shrimp pattern producing five fish all over 3lb.
The annual Fry Feeders Match on October 17-18 saw day one fished at Grafham and day two at Rutland Water. 100 anglers caught 678 fish across the two days with Wayne Jones coming out on top after a phenomenal bag of 26lb 3oz on day one and 11lb 9oz on day two. The best Rainbow was a 5lb 10oz fish that fell to Davy Auld, with Gareth Evans taking the best brown at 4lb 13oz.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland             
A drop in temperature pushed trout from the margins into deeper areas this week, however, anglers who braved the unpredictable weather have been well rewarded. Anglers found hotspots at the east end rocks and along the moor side. Michael Trenholme, from Stokesley, had a frantic Thursday morning and was home for 11am with his eight fish limit from the east end rocks; all caught on legered worm and Yellow PowerBait Paste. Martin McCabe, from Stockton on Tees, also found success at the east end with a worm and PowerBait cocktail catching his eight fish limit with longer casts. The moor side provided action for Dave Mead on Sunday. He decided to introduce his daughter to trout fishing and hit on the trout at the big tree. Braving the constant drizzle and wind they took home their eight fish limit including a nice 3lb rainbow. Local fly angler Andy Moscrop, from Loftus, worked the east end bay and moor side, taking home five fish including a nice 3lb 6oz rainbow which were all caught on a Black Hopper and Spider patterns.

Siblyback Reservoir, Cornwall
Weekly rod averages fluctuated considerably over the month, with the best week producing a rod average of 3.4 fish per rod. Anglers enjoyed the most success when fishing in Stocky Bay, with bank anglers catching more than the boats. Subsurface patterns proved to be the most popular, with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Damsels Nymphs fished on a floating or sink-tip line the most successful.

Thornwood Springs Fly Fishery, Essex
Catch and kill end of lake one now offers tickets starting at £15 for one fish going to £35 for five fish. Limit bags recorded on here with Daddies and Damsels doing well. The other end of the lake is catch and release only for mainly brown trout and another 200 are being stocked next week. Lake two saw some great sport midweek to small brown Daddy dry flies. All anglers fishing this fly on one particular day hooked at least one brown with biggest a low double. The browns were highly active on the day just before the rain. Lake three saw small black nymphs tempt fish to 8lb but a few big doubles were also seen.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending October 16, the 85 rods caught 279 trout for a rod average of 3.3. A slight drop in the average which is probably down to the prolonged chilly winds. A huge drop in fly life as you'd expect but the fish remain high in the water so don't make the mistake of going too deep. Pulling anything along the top will provoke a response and Muddlers, Floating Fry and Suspender Minkies have all been successful. Mini Boobies and FABs teamed with a flashy Cormorant or Diawl Bach have been good. A good number of 5lb-plus fish reported again this week with the best rainbow at 7lb 8oz caught from a boat by Mr Andrews. A reminder that the Toft Newton Cup takes place on Sunday October 25, entry is £30 which includes the £24 six-fish permit cost and
£6 towards the prize pot.

Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
Drifting boat anglers have continued to enjoy the best sport, especially in the Narrows and The Upton Arm, with bank anglers fishing Ruggs and Bessoms Banks. Fish tended to be closer in to the banks in early mornings, moving out to open water as the day progressed. Rods averaged four fish per rod over the month, with Foam-backed Daddies and dry Sedge patterns producing good surface sport. Shallow subsurface feeders were caught on Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs and Hare’s Ear patterns on floating and intermediate lines, while sunk-line lure patterns (Orange Blobs and Cat’s Whiskers) caught the deeper lying fish. The best fish of the month was a 6lb 7oz rainbow, caught by Mike Stone, from Starcross; Peter Kempton, from Exeter, caught a 4lb 8oz rainbow. The ‘Best of the Best’ competition final was won by Andrew Gooding, from Liverton, for the second consecutive year. Lee Ratcliff, from St Austell, was the runner-up, narrowly losing out by 5oz.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Temperatures certainly dipped over the last week but remained reasonably pleasant and fishing conditions were good. All the same it was a very quiet week with only 34 visiting anglers, who returned a decent rod average of 4.3. R.M. McCullagh was the only angler of the week to reach the 15 fish limit and the only angler in double-figures. A. Chedzey, B. Richardson and T. Ross all caught eight fish each, while F. Walton and D. Morris had seven fish each. The best fish of the week was an impressive 10lb rainbow caught by F. Walton and a nice 7lb rainbow caught by G.R. Oliver. CdCs have been the best performing flies again this week, particularly small size 18s. Black and Olive Zonkers, Buzzers and Hare’s Ears are also taking fish.