England Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 4th, 2015

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The morning periods through August have proved fairly productive but the afternoons have been particularly tricky, save for a couple of ‘mad’ half an hour slots that seem to see the fish turn on. The timing of these feeding spells has been fairly inconsistent but it has been regularly noted that, after a couple of hours of inactivity, a number of fish will be hooked almost simultaneously by those that have plugged away. The biggest fish of the month and of the year so far was a hugely impressive 19lb 5oz rainbow caught from lake one by regular Ian Davison. Scaling down to a small Buzzer produced the all-important take after a few different bigger flies had gained little response. Second biggest was a lovely fish of 15lb 4oz, again from lake one, this time caught by first time fly fisherman, Neil Doughty, from Wolverhampton, who used a small Hare’s Ear.
Plenty of other doubles ranging from 10-14lb were landed this month. Fly choice has been difficult to determine with one day completely different to the next. Lures are tending to work well in the mornings with Damsels and anything black scoring most consistently. In the afternoon it is advisable to scale down to smaller patterns like Buzzers and nymphs. A number of fish have been caught on dries this month, which is unusual, but after noticing a few rises plenty of anglers have managed to snatch a few bites off the surface. Big daddies right on the top and Hoppers or Spiders fished just subsurface have worked very well. After the relenting dry period the rain has arrived and water levels are already rising. Avington will be closed for corporate events on September 11, and October 2, 9 and 17.

Chalk Springs Fishery, West Sussex
The fishing has been very good as usual, with the catch rate again over the 80% mark. Most anglers are catching their ‘limits’, although sport can be a bit challenging on the hot and bright days, Gavin Moyce, one of the fishery’s regular anglers, caught 10 fish before lunchtime, all on dries. The usual flies continue to be productive: goldhead Damsels, Bloodworms, Daddy Longlegs and Buzzers among the most popular. This should continue to be the case over the coming month or so, depending on the weather. If it cools down a bit, the fish should rise more readily for dries, whereas if it stays hot and bright, the fish will stay a bit deeper. Rainbows to just over 10lb and browns to 9lb were the best caught this month. The Devon strain of rainbows stocked here are still fighting really well.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Derwent is again fishing very well after a couple of weeks of more challenging sport. The rod average for the last three days of the week stood at 3.5 fish per angler with both bait and fly anglers taking some great catches. Bait anglers are having most success anywhere from the first fence to the dam wall on legered Mice-tails. Carp fanatic Mr Eggleton brought his two sons, Liam and Mason to learn to fish and they had to buy a second permit after taking a limit by lunch time. The brothers from Greenside used legered brown and red PowerBait Mice-tails next the stream beside the dam wall. Seven-year-old Oliver Honan, fishing with his parents, landed the fish of the week with a 4lb 8oz rainbow next to the stream beside the dam and topped off a nice five fish catch. Fly anglers found a shoal of fish near the Tower all weekend which were taking flies off the surface and just under. It’s certainly a good time to dust of those Daddy patterns as numbers of the naturals are increasing by the day and the fish are already looking to the surface. Anglers are finding fish happy to take wet Daddies or foam-bodied patterns just in the surface and also a few heather fly found their way onto the water so Bibio patterns are working well.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
A challenging week and despite stocking on four separate days the fish were lethargic seeking cooler, deeper water during the majority of daylight hours. Early morning starters still found some action but it was after 6pm when the sport truly began as the evening rises saw trout emerging from the depths to actively take advantage of terrestrial hatches and vast shoals of minnow and pin fry. With several hundred 3lb fish stocked when the bites came the rods were bent double landing these fish which were being enticed on spinners and legered PowerBait. Kevin Dargue had a great day in the south shore bay, netting a 3lb 11oz beauty on orange PowerBait Eggs. Sid Barnes took the best of the week with a 3lb 12oz fish taken on a Black Fritz near the north shore burn. Martin Renwick stayed late for the evening rise, mixing tactics between spinning and bait and was well rewarded as four rainbows and four blues came to the net in the last two hours weighing in at a hefty 20lb 9oz. M. Brown recorded the heaviest catch of the week with five rainbows and three blues totalling 22lb 10oz. Barry Wilson was unable to make a limit catch this week but with six rainbows tipping the scales at 17lb 8oz and four fish over 3lb the early start was well worth while. Best flies are Black Fritz, Cat’s Whisker and Grey Wulff. Best areas are the north shore feeder stream and dam wall.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
The recent unpredictable weather has made fishing challenging. Bank anglers have had a great week at the south end of the dam to the valve tower on floating lines with Shrimp patterns and Hare’s Ears. The boat fishing has been best at the south end of the dam, and also from a drifting boat into open water and the points on the north shore. Most anglers have been using intermediate to fast glass lines with Boobies, Tequila Blobs, and Hare’s Ears. Floating lines with dry flies have proved successful as the fish have not been that deep, around two feet. Areas producing fish this week have been from the Willows to G Buoy, 100 metres out from the shoreline. Some nice fish up to 5lb have been coming out of Savages Creek on dries and also from the Seat, about 100 metres out. The best rainbow of 5lb was taken by Roger Tribe. The rod average is up slightly this week to 4.3 which is very healthy for this time of year.
The new format of the Grafham Tuesday Evening Club has been a big success with 34 anglers taking part in the series. Winner was Chris McLeod with 32 points, second Graham Bodsworth 23 and third Gary How 19.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Rod averages surged this week as temperatures cooled and the instinctive reaction of fish to feed resulted in some great catches with the quality of fish outstanding. K. Smith, A. Smith and D. Hartfield all had nice catches at the beginning of the week and Colin Boughey had a total catch weight of 17lb 12oz. A. Meadows had the biggest fish of the week at 5lb 5oz as well as many fish between 3lb and 5lb coming to the net throughout the week. As we moved toward the weekend the catch returns showed more outstanding sport and I. MacMurray took 12 nice fish with lots of other anglers achieving eight fish limits. Spinners, worm and PowerBait were all successful and choosing the right location and depth was the key to success. Stuart Allen, from Binchester, achieved a limit catch from the dam wall on Mice-tails for a total weight of 21lb and Peter Wilkinson also took a limit catch from the dam wall for 19lb 8oz.  Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas the dam wall, West End and sheltered bays.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
The week started off with heavy rain and strong winds and Wednesday saw boat fishing cancelled due to winds in excess of 19mph. However the weather improved midweek with a change in pressure and the sun made an appearance. From Thursday leading through the Bank Holiday weekend boats saw the greatest returns with a number of large fish caught. On Friday Louis Hoygens and his dad Rudy tempted a number of fish to the boat but Louis stole the show taking an 8lb rainbow on the fly while fishing on the bubble lines. Boats on Saturday also did well around the bubbles producing many good catches. Boat partners Edvinas Jusevicius and Erika Kasminskas caught rainbows of 7lb 14oz and 7lb 15oz while fishing worm on the float. Sunday saw most anglers on the boats returning to the jetty with numbers of fish close to or at their catch limits. A big well done goes to anglers Seva Litvjakos and Aivar Eglitis who had an exceptional days fishing by the bubbles. This was their first time at Hanningfield and between them caught nine trout for 57lb 4oz. Five of their fish were over the 7lb mark with the largest weighing 7lb 13oz caught using a small brown trout imitation jelly lure deep down. Throughout the weekend bank anglers along the inlet dam wall and peninsula found fish using legered Salmon egg or spring green PowerBait. Best flies are Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer and Montana.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
An overcast week with some showers has offered some perfect late summer fishing conditions as temperatures begin to cool and fish go on the search for feed. Anglers took full advantage of this and returned some nice catches. John Currie and George Wind both had a good start to the week with George netting 12 fish and returning eight. Derek Carr had two good days this week taking a catch limit Tuesday and Thursday. A trusty Dawson’s Olive accounted for many fish and continues to be the most successful fly of the season so far. Reports of a Bibio working extremely well coincides with the first major heather fly hatch of the season. Small black dry flies are also working well when drifted in the wind, even if the fish are not seen rising. Towards the end of the week J. Spence and J. Stiles both had an excellent day with six and four fish respectively and Sunday saw J. Jack and L. Carr with five and eight fish respectively, Mr Carr returning all eight. Many fish have been reported up to 4lb 8oz with dozens of 3lb-4lb fish included in catch returns as these bigger fish become more active. Best areas are The Boil, Newhouse Bay, Corporal Hill, and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Cooler conditions prevailed towards the weekend and following another bumper stocking, fish responded well with rod averages increasing as the week passed eventually settling at well over three fish per angler. The more popular bank areas either side of the dam wall have offered great rewards, though some notable results have also been found in the less frequently fished areas at Matthew’s Linn and the bay below Bakethin Weir. Largest rainbow of the week went to Paul Cooper with a fine 4lb 8oz rainbow caught on the east side of Little Whickhope on sweetcorn for a six fish catch of 14lb 6oz. The heaviest catch of the week was an impressive eight rainbows for 18lb 11oz and went to Rhys Thompson, fishing Gordon’s Walls on a worm and PowerBait combination. Those fishing from the boat had most success around the Needs Hill, Janus Chair and Belling inlet areas with some recording catches around the point of Bull Crag and in to Whickhope. Boats are currently due back at the jetty at 6.30pm. Best flies are Orange Blob and Cat’s Whisker.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The weather has been unsettled but many boat anglers bagged up this week with an overall rod average of 5.7 recorded for the week. R. Dobson landed a brownie of 4lb-plus and S. Goodchild caught a 3lb-plus rainbow. Season ticket holder Alex Ferguson has enjoyed some good fishing this week, bagging up on two consecutive days. He found most of his fish in the Narrows using Muddlers and dries on a midge-tip line. Mick Foster and Dick Osbourne also had a fabulous day with 15 fish to the boat weighing 36lb 8oz and a great fish weighing 4lb 8oz. All were taken on Red Diawl Bach with a FAB on the point. Pat Flynn had 28 fish using the same method and David Brady and John Fletcher had 12 fish to the boat, all on Blobs. Sam Grzyk had a brilliant day out with his father with rainbows averaging 2-3lb. A Pitsford pike angler reported catching and safely releasing a 3lb-plus brownie off Duck Bank on his second cast of the day. Best boat areas are the dam, main basin, boils, and the Narrows. Bank fishing is restricted with some weed growth but fishing quite well off the Pines and Pitsford Creek. The spinning season for trout is now over.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. 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
The water has been alive with fish showing everywhere but they are proving difficult to catch. The exception to this was boat pair Mick O’Farrel and Jeff Makin who fished on Saturday and described it as “the best day dry fly fishing we have ever experienced”. They estimated around 80 fish between them. Most anglers are taking two or three fish per session, mostly on dries, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. One or two fish are even being taken on Minkies. Best boat area is the main bowl, best bank area is the dam.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Another good week’s fishing with boat anglers taking the bulk of the fish with the main basin providing very quick limits. Many fish around the 2lb mark, though a steady number of silvered up 3lb-plus fish are finally starting to appear. Most methods are working with lures favourite in the main basin. However, nymphs and dries in particular are proving effective. Oakham angler Mike Netherclift took drifts from the dam down to the blue pipes for a good morning’s sport on dry fly. For the specimen hunters the bottom of the arms are the places to be. Young England angler Toff Crowther managed eight quality fish using dry fly down the south arm. Toff, from Oakham, used a single dry Yellow Owl. His best fish was a 4lb 15oz brown which with seven rainbows made a total bag weight of 30lb 2oz. There have been a few boat anglers fishing down the bottom of the arms, particularly the south arm weed beds. A group of Scottish anglers found quality browns and rainbows with Hoppers fished on a floating line, catching and releasing fish up to an estimated 5lb.
Bank anglers are still picking up the odd fish, but it has been hard work. However, with temperatures starting to fall and with the nights drawing in quickly, bank fishing will improve.
It is with a heavy heart that we report the recent passing of John Maitland, a highly respected flyfisherman and president of Rutland Water FlyFishers. Members of RWFF remembered John and observed a minute’s silence at their John Maitland Trophy match fished at Grafham on Sunday August 30. RWFF took the trophy home to Rutland winning by just 1lb 8oz.
2,000 more fish were stocked at the Transformer and Green bank recently. Boat fishing remains very good with plenty of stock fish and limits being taken in the main basin. Cooler water temperatures should see fish come back to the shoreline, and bank anglers keeping on the move will get the best results.
The formal part of the Tuesday Night Boat League concluded on August 18 but anglers requested a couple of extra evenings. The first was on Tuesday 25 and anglers managed an impressive 38 fish in less than three hours. Chris Binley won on the night with eight fish for 16lb 13oz. Second was Mick Bennett with eight fish for 15lb 13oz and third was Loughborough youngster Elliot Fordington who had seven fish for 13lb 4oz.
With predator fishing (lures only) for zander and pike now available mid week at Rutland Water boat demand is very high. Please book boats in advance to avoid disappointment.
The Scierra Pairs final will be fished at Rutland Water on Sunday 6 September and all boats are booked for both Saturday 5 and Sunday 6.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Despite strong winds and poor conditions for the first half of the week anglers were rewarded with some good catches, especially fly anglers who braved the elements. As the conditions improved the reservoir became alive with activity and anglers were catching in all areas with some fantastic fish recorded. Fly anglers enjoyed some great sport on a variety of dry and wet flies whereas bait anglers were most productive using a combination of worm and pop-up baits such as PowerBait. Terry Tyreman and friend J. Purvis, from Whitby, both had a great morning fishing the west end of the dam wall with legered rainbow PowerBait. Both caught their eight fish limits by noon and then bought a second permit each. Eight-year-old Jack Forster, from Redcar, fished with his granddad at the east end of the reservoir, catching eight fish for a total weight of 19lb 8oz including a cracking 5lb 8oz rainbow. Father and son team Tommy and Leon Haslam, from Middlesbrough, had an excellent day fishing the east end of the reservoir on legered rainbow and blue PowerBait. Both caught their eight fish limits and Liam was chuffed when he landed a super 5lb rainbow. However dad Tommy had to go one better and included in his catch was the biggest of the week, a superb 6lb rainbow. Best flies are Damsel Nymph, Knotted Midge, March Brown, Shipman’s Buzzer and CdC Emerger.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Since the rain started a couple of weeks ago the lake levels have increased by a few inches and the result is much more active fish with longer feeding periods. From last Sunday and onwards the rod average is 2.8 fish per rod. Most anglers are coming for short sessions (ie. morning, afternoon or evening). The best bag caught last week on an evening session was five fish. Fish to 8lb have been landed, with a six-pounder showing every day. Blobs, Shrimps, Egg flies and Bibios are the successful flies, all fished static or drifted. Restocking next week.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending August 28 the 69 rods caught 212 trout for a rod average of 3.07. A somewhat mixed week, however some fantastic fish came out - the best ones being an estimated 12-pounder by Toft’s own Andy, an 11lb 10oz fish for Ravenshead season ticket holder Dave Mcgeever and a fish of 9lb 2oz to Pete Cowan, from Scunthorpe. Either dries or washing-line tactics have been the most consistent. Neil Deakin had a bumper catch of 33 fish while drifting from a boat on a windy day. The boats generally have the upper hand though fish are catchable from the bank, Ronnie Milloy and Andy had bank sessions, each catching 11 fish. A more structured approach is required, don't cast too far and when a fish rises make sure you cover it if you can. Build a leader that you can turn over properly rather than one that you can't - and as always keep on the move. Toft’s fun day in aid of Cancer Research UK take place on Saturday September 12, fishing available from dawn till dusk. For sponsorship forms and further details contact the fishery office on 01673 878453.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Mixed weather conditions and, in particular, strong winds conspired to keep visiting numbers low this week. The 55 visiting anglers braved the blustery conditions and managed to return a very respectable rod average of 3.7. Two anglers managed to make it to the 15 fish limit this week, they were D.B oyd and A.P. Carroll. N. Midgley had double-figure bags on two separate visits this week, one of 12 and one of 11 fish. Rounding off the sheets were A. Currie with nine fish and E. Looney and T. Ross both with seven fish each. The best fish of the week, an 8lb 3oz rainbow, went to S. Hall. Buzzers and CdCs have continued to perform well and this week they were joined by Daddies, Hoppers and the Suspender Buzzer.

Woolaston Court Trout Lakes, Gloucestershire
The lakes reopened on Wednesday September 2. All prices remain the same as the start of the year. This summer a blue vegetable dye has been trialed in the lakes to suppress the weed growth, which has worked very well. The lake temperature is 17C, so fishing is expected to be good as the lakes reopen.