England Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 25th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fishing is getting better and better with lots of fish showing all over the lake. Top rod at the weekend was Darren Lee who had 12 fish including a couple on nice ones over 5lb which were returned. Damsel Nymphs, Buzzers and Olive Crunchers on floating lines are doing well. Lots of daddies about and hopefully the trout will turn their attention to feeding on them soon.

Burrator Reservoir, Devon
Water levels at are still around 50% full, with more bank areas available to bank anglers. The banks on the Longstone Peninsula are proving to be the most popular and productive and, with large numbers of daddies being blown onto the water, fish are looking up to feed (Hoppers and dry Daddies being the most popular and successful patterns). Subsurface patterns catching fish include Montanas, Diawl Bachs and Damsels Nymphs, with Bobbies and Nomads catching the deeper fish.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A great week of sport with some fantastic returns. No set patterns this week although Bloodworms, Buzzers and lures have been working well and even on the bright, sunny days fish have been caught on dries, especially Shipman’s and Sedges. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, enjoyed a couple of visits to the fishery this week, catching 13 fish on one visit and 14 on the next using Buzzers and Bloodworms. David Robinson, from Netherton, returned 16 fish using a Green Pea. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, kept three fish and returned 12 on lures. John Cowell, from Bedlington, kept five fish and returned seven on a Black Fritz, Buzzers and Sedges. Steve Bilbrough, from Cramlington, kept five fish and returned nine on a Montana and Kate Mclaren. Phil Bilbrough, from Bedlington, kept five fish and returned seven on a Hare’s Ear. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 11 fish on Blobs. Tony Robinson, from Howtel, kept one fish and returned eight on dries and Buzzers. Loll Seddon, from Stakeford, kept nine fish using Bloodworms while Dougie Purves, from Newcastle, kept four fish and returned nine using an Olive Fritz. Nyle Pickles, from Bedlington, returned 10 fish using CdCs and Blobs. Damian Walsh, from Amble, caught a 5lb rainbow from Ross Lake on a Dawson’s Olive. The Fishery is closing at 7pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
A variable and challenging start to the week steadily improved, reaching a peak with a rod average of 6.2 fish per angler on Friday and a tagged fish landed by David Dunn, from West Denton. He caught the 2lb 2oz fish at Pow Hill using legered chartreuse PowerBait eggs. Another angler enjoying the good times at Pow Hill was Mr Osborne, from Newcastle, who took a limit catch for 21lb, which included two beauties of 4lb and 4lb 8oz. Multi bait anglers also reported good catches from the area next to the stream near the dam wall using leger or spinning tactics. Fly anglers had some fantastic sport off the spillway and up the north bank. Brian Hardy took his eight fish limit in an hour and a half using an Orange Fritz while I. Hughes returned 10 up to 3lb 8oz on a Bibio. P. Robinson and G. Payne returned 13 and 11 respectively. Anglers report exciting sport as fish are willing to chase a Muddler and other surface lures stripped through the waves on a floating line. Best flies are Mini Cat’s Whisker, Bibio, Mini Muddler and Dry Sedge.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 14-20 the 124 anglers caught 397 fish of which 287 were returned. Most fish continue to be caught on or near the surface with 2015 being the best dry fly season for a number of years. There are huge numbers of daddies hatching now although on many days there has not been enough breeze to get them on the water. During the daytime over the next couple of weeks the fish are likely to be feeding on small buzzers, corixa and daddies. The evenings are seeing fish switching to small sedges and emerging buzzers. Fish are well spread. The weed is starting to die back making bank fishing easier. Best fish this week include 4lb 14oz to Jim Mason, from Bicester, on a Daddy from the boat; 4lb 11oz to D. Evans on a Black Shipman’s; 4lb 8oz for Roly Stanford, from Finedon, on a Black and White Buzzer from the boat. Best bank areas are coarse bank, east arm and boat bay; best boat areas are east arm, pylon point and down middle. Best patterns are wet or dry Daddy, Red Cruncher/Diawl Bach, small Black Buzzer, Black or Brown Shipman’s, Claret Hopper, Candy Blob/FAB, white/green or black/green lures. Half price boats continue for the rest of September.
The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will take place on Sunday November 8. Bookings are now being taken for boat and bank entries. 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.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland 
Water temperatures hovered around the 14 degrees mark this week as levels slowly dropped concentrating fish in the deeper areas of the reservoir where they could be seen topping during the morning and late afternoon. Currently there is an abundance of daddy longlegs and heather flies along the grassy banks, providing excellent surface food for the trout. Fly anglers imitating those naturals and fishing with Black Buzzers have done well this week while bait anglers have done best on legered PowerBait and spinners. John Lawton landed the best catch this week, mixing methods between bait and fly, to take eight rainbows totalling 15lb plus a further six fish returned carefully on the fly. Jim Hall had three specimens over 3lb in his catch of eight rainbows for 17lb 3oz caught in the North Shore bay. Irvine Brace also fishing the bay took eight rainbows for 14lb 8oz. George Todd landed the fish of the week, a 5lb rainbow on legered orange eggs near the north shore burn. This fine fish topped off a five fish catch for 11lb. Best flies are Black Buzzer, Daddy Longlegs and Kate McLaren. Best areas are north shore Burn and the dam wall.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Bank and boat anglers have enjoyed a good week with an excellent rod average of 4.09. Twenty five percent of the trout caught weighed 3lb or over. Most points along the north shore bank have given good consistent catch rates, along with the dam and Gaynes Cove. Season ticket holder Mick White, from St Neots, caught and released 34 trout from four bank visits during the last week. Mick fished a floating line with Shrimp patterns and GRHE from Deep Water Point and the Willows. Boat anglers have had a good week, especially fishing along the north shore. The most productive methods for boat anglers have been to fish either floating or Di-3 lines with Crunchers, GRHE, Shrimp patterns, FABs and Boobies from most points along the north shore (from Savages Creek to the Willows at the north end of the dam). Season ticket holder Steve Battle, from Bedford, had a great day while boat fishing at Hedge End, catching an excellent bag limit of eight fish for 28lb 4oz on a floating line with an orange thorax PTN. Steve also caught the biggest rainbow of the week, an overwintered specimen of 6lb 3oz.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
A consistent week at Grassholme with a rod average of four reported. The larger fish are still showing with R. Metcalfe landing an excellent quality 5lb 8oz rainbow mid week. Anglers have been achieving some great limit catches throughout the week. S. Duffin had 12 fish on a family ticket as did M. McKimm, M. Hunter and L. Callaghan. There were consistent catches of 3-4lb trout featuring in the returns all week, taken on spinners, worms, Powerbait Eggs and Mice Tails. With the cooler weather conditions the fish are increasing their efforts to feed and are covering much larger areas of the reservoir now so be prepared to travel light and wander the banks in search of feeding trout. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Foam Daddy, Black or Brown Hoppers. Best areas are the dam wall, north and south banks, and west end.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex  
Autumn can be a magical time, as temperatures begin to fall and the trout start to feed aggressively in the run up to winter. Stock levels are at their highest for many years and another 2,800 fish were introduced this week to boost numbers even further. After a very windy and wet start to the week there have been plenty of quality trout caught on most methods. The best areas have been the main bubble line or around the Peninsula. Tim Joyce and Vince Bushby boat-fished off Atlantis with dry flies on Sunday, catching a total of 35 rainbows on a catch and release flyfishing permit. Their catch included rainbows of 10lb 4oz and 8lb 6oz which were all safely returned. Another memorable 20 fish catch was made by Richard Smart from the bubble line using an intermediate line. Richard’s catch included rainbows of 9lb, 8lb and another over 7lb. These trout were again returned. PowerBait or lobworms continue to be premium baits from the bank with the Peninsula and Middlemead dam wall producing the best sport. Best flies are Montana, Damsel, Orange FM, Zonker and Orange Blobs.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
September is one of the best months of the year at Hury as the trout prepare to feed up for winter. Visiting anglers recorded some excellent catches with some larger rainbows featuring in the returns. Good numbers of 3-4lb rainbows have come to the net with Brian Humphries topping off his session on Saturday with a beautifully conditioned 5lb specimen. Dry flies fished in the waves, or in the flat calm were accounting for plenty of fish late in the day. During the afternoon trout could be found in deeper water and lures fished at speed gave anglers some excellent sport. The heather fly is still abundant so bear that in mind when selecting your flies for the day. 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 2.5 fish per angler throughout the month, with boat anglers faring slightly better than their bank counterparts. Both static and drifting tactics were successful for the boats, who caught most of their fish over the Middle, Narrows and Top End. The Top End and Narrows, along with Clampitts Bay, also proved to be the best location for bank anglers. Dark dry patterns fished well, particularly Black Gnats and dark Buzzer Emergers, and with natural daddies being blown onto the water, dry Daddies and Hopper patterns also fished well. Damsels, Diawl Bachs and teams of Buzzers caught sub-surface feeders, with orange lures taking the occasional deeper fish. Floating lines, sink-tips and intermediate lines were the favoured tactics. Michael Herring, from Thurstone, caught a 3lb 5oz rainbow from a boat in the Narrows using a dry Elk Hair Sedge, while 3lb rainbows were caught by Mr T. O’Keef using a Diawl Bach by the dam and by Mr D. O’Neil using a team of Buzzers from the bank.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
With the cooler weather fish have been taken deeper in the water. Those legering, and on sinking lines have had more success than those fishing the surface layers. John Rennings, from Morpeth, took his eight fish limit with a White Booby on a short leader fished on a Di-8 line. He also landed the largest fish of the week of 3lb 14oz from the Quarry. Jane Swither, from Hawick, landed seven trout for 13lb 11oz from Hawkhope slipway. Jane was legering on the bottom with a two foot leader, and floating Orange Powerbait. Lower water levels have opened up greater areas to bank anglers. Please note that sections of the bank, especially near stream inlets, can have large areas of unstable silt and sand. Please take extra care in these areas and when choosing your bank fishing location. Boats in time is now back at the jetty for 6pm. Best flies are Black Frizz, Orange Blob, Peacock Spider and various Boobies. Best boat areas are the Quarry and Gowanburn. Best bank areas are Hawkhope, Stocky Baya and Mathews Linn.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
After a ten-week break the trout fishery reopened on Saturday for day ticket and membership fishing on Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools. The weekend saw 34 rods catching 133 fish for an average of 3.91 per rod. Bright, flat calm conditions initially made the fishing difficult on Saturday but anglers found the fish quite deep and in pockets around the Cocks Close pool with the far corner and wires bank turning into a prolific area by early afternoon. Damsel Nymphs fished slow and deep accounted for a lot of fish with Black Buzzer, Bloodworm and Cat’s Whisker also getting plenty of takes. The biggest fish taken was an 8lb rainbow caught by Chis Gee, of Solihull, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. This was the best of his eight-fish catch taken on Cat’s Whiskers and Olive Buzzer. Harold Pritchett, of Mancetter, took a 7lb rainbow on a Damsel, again from a boat on Cocks Close. On Park Meadow pool, which is now open for day tickets for the first time, Tom Smith of Meriden caught a five fish bag with the best going 7lb 8oz. They all fell to a Damsel fished on a floating line.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has fished well again this week. The rod average is a healthy 3.7 with some nice fish showing including a couple of fine 4lb-plus brown trout. Anglers are now taking fish from the bank. Alec Urquhart fished the bank at Stilton Point and had six fish on a floating line and nymphs. Mr Goldie fished the bank at the Cliffs to take some nice fish up to 3lb 8oz. The father and son boat pairing of Messrs Polito, had 18 fish to the boat on dries including Claret Hoppers. Mr B. Croft reported a nice brown of 3lb 8oz as well as three other rainbows in his bag. George Hackett caught a lovely full-tailed brown trout of 4lb. The East Midlands Fly Fishers held a boat match on Thursday with Mick Stevens the top rod, taking six fish. Bill Knight had the biggest fish with a rainbow of 3lb 15oz.
Best methods are floating or midge-tip lines with Boobies or Blobs on the point and Diawls or Hare’s Ear nymphs on droppers. Daddies and Hoppers are also working and if conditions are favourable dries such as Hoppers, Bob’s Bits and CdCs are proving effective. The best areas are Stilton, Gorse and Cliffs from the bank. Boat anglers should look no further than the Narrows.
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 continue to enjoy top of the water sport with Hoppers, Daddies, Bob’s Bits and small Buzzers all working well. Drifting through the main bowl produced the best results, while the area between the Island and the boils was also profitable. The best bank sport was from the dam area. The water is quite low at the moment making conditions from the platforms difficult with anglers having to wade in front of them.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Big fish are starting to show around different areas. The best fish of the week was a stunning 6lb 6oz rainbow that fell to Tyne and Wear angler Gary Hays. He took this fish off the top on a dry fly while boat fishing the south arm. Season ticket holder Tony Tibbet, of Oakham, fished with his grandson Toff Crowther. Toff, who has represented England Youth Fly Fishers, advised Tony to be prepared to ‘hang the fly’ before re-casting and this advice resulted in Tony landing a very solid 6lb 4oz rainbow. He later added another quality rainbow of 4lb 9oz. The pair also took other fish, particularly from the bottom of the south arm. Bank angler Adi Naylor fished the Green Bank down the south arm last Monday and netted a 5lb 8oz rainbow that was moving in only two feet of water. Adi covered the fish with a Damsel Nymph and the fish took the fly straight away. The best brown of the week at 5lb 12oz was caught in the WaterAid charity event fished last Friday by Stephen Brown. Stock fish are being caught in good numbers, particularly in and around the aerators, although this did change slightly with the wind midweek blowing from the east, with fish showing out across the middle of open deeper water, from the fishing lodge to the sailing club. Bank anglers have caught off the Green Bank, Normanton, Yellowstones and Tim Appletons with dries, nymphs and fry patterns. The bigger fish are being caught in and around the weed beds down the bottom of the arms. There will also be good fish in other areas like the main basin, with drifts close into the shoreline which should expose these specimen fish.
The top three pairs in the Anglian Water Rudder Match on September 19 were Mike Barrett and Carl Peers with nine fish for 17lb; second Martin Hearth and Jim Watts with seven fish for 13lb 10oz and third Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with six fish for 12lb 1oz.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
A testing week for anglers with heavy rain and strong blustery winds. However bait anglers who battled the conditions have been well rewarded. With the weekly stockings the trout have spread well out and all areas have produced trout. George Goldsbrough, from Redcar, had an excellent day on Monday, recording an eight-fish limit for 24lb 14oz from the disabled jetty. With the trout feeding very close to the surface George alternated between fly and bait to catch his limit which included the heaviest rainbow of the week at 5lb. Craig Husband, from Lingdale, used a legered worm to take his eight-fish limit from the east end dam wall and included a nice 4lb 8oz rainbow. Lee Pearson, also from Lingdale, went home with his limit from the moor side all caught on yellow Mice Tails. Nigel Katib and daughter Mia, aged 11, from York, went home with eight rainbows including a 3lb 4oz rainbow caught from the east end bay on blue mango PowerBait. Best flies are Invicta, Kate McLaren, and Viva. Best areas are east end bay and the main dam wall.

Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Rods averaged just under two fish per angler over the month, with plenty of browns caught, the best being a 2lb 15oz fish by Mr J. Collman, from Plymouth. Sedge and dry Daddy patterns were the most popular surface flies, with Buzzers and Montanas catching subsurface feeders. Two Meadows and Stocky Bay proved to be the most productive areas. The best fish caught during the month was a 5lb 4oz rainbow caught by Wes Ower, from Lifton fishing from a boat. Wes also landed a 5lb fish on the same day on a dry Grasshopper.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one is now half cleared of weed and will soon be sectioned off with half turned into a beginners end and the other half will be brown trout only. This opens on October 9 when new stock for those pools arrive. Lake two has seen brilliant fishing all day on Damsels, fry patterns and Hoppers and Sedge late afternoon or early evening. Stalking on lake three is good as clarity is great with plenty of big fish to target.

Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
Drifting boat anglers have continued to enjoy the best sport with Bessoms, Ruggs, Cow Moor, the Upton Arm, Arthur’s Bay, Valentines and the deeper water by the dam the best locations. Bank anglers tended to stay around Ruggs and Bessoms. Foam-back Daddies, Black Gnats and dry Sedge patterns all fished well to rising fish, with Montanas, Hare’s Ears, Blobs and Cat’s Whiskers catching the deeper feeders. The best fish of the month was a 4lb 11oz rainbow, caught by Alan Riddell, from Newton Abbott, followed by a rainbow of 4lb 7oz, caught by Steven Floyd, from Moretonhampstead.

Withern Mill Trout Farm, Lincolnshire
With summer slipping away and the fry starting to feature in the diet some of the larger resident fish have started to show themselves. John Ashburn battled for over 20 minutes but was rewarded with a beautiful 12lb fully-finned rainbow. The fish was returned. Time to increase the leader strength and hold on tight!

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Even though conditions were favourable the lakes had a very quiet week with visiting numbers much lower than of late. This being the case the lakes still fished very well and the anglers who did venture out returned a very commendable rod average of just under four. The 15 fish limit remained elusive to all anglers this week with the best of the rods being T. Ross who caught 13 fish. The only other angler to reach a double-figure bag was A. Clarke with 10 fish. Completing the sheets was T. Ross with eight fish on a second visit, P. Todd with seven fish, A.P. Carrol caught six fish and rounding off was J. Bainbridge with a bag of five fish. A.P. Carrol had the best fish of the week with a hard fighting 4lb 6oz rainbow. The top flies were Daddies, Hoppers, CdCs, Klinkhamer and Buzzers.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 18th, 2015

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The opportunities arising from Ynys y fro reservoirs remaining open during the summer months is well evidenced by some 500 visits being recorded, including over 160 day tickets. Some 700 fish were caught from the two ponds, giving a month's rod average of 1.4 fish per visit. The season average was measured at 2.3 fish representing a good return for both members and visitors alike. The bottom pond has received an extra stocking in preparation for the remaining six weeks of the season. The reservoirs will remain open until the October 31, with an end of season work party arranged for Saturday November 6 (from 10am onwards).
Insofar as the week's fishing is concerned, good returns have been recorded for both ponds. Terry O'Connor took a catch and release limit of eight fish from the top pond, with Ken Bowring and Dave Arlotte each catching six trout. Hugh Davies, Chris Daniels and Colin Jones each caught four rainbows with Colin including a fish of 2lb 11oz in his return, and then landing two more fish from an evening session. Graham Ingram Evans fished dry flies to take three fish with Aberdare member Bill Seward also landing three trout. Another Aberdare member, Alan Lock caught a brace of trout, as did Ian Hewitt. Most if not all fish caught were found off the road bank, with the outlet area providing most catches. On the bottom pond regular boat user Ken Pascoe landed his limit with Keith Higgins, Shaun Cotterell and Ken Bowring catching seven, five and six fish respectively from their boat sessions. Mark Roberts fished two bank sessions to land 10 trout with Hugh Davies adding a further seven fish to his top pond catch. Day ticket holder, Lee Carroll caught five rainbows fishing small dries in front of the house while three fish were landed and released by day ticket visitor Dave Hartman, Ian Wootton, Steve Kean, Terry O'Connor and Paul Jenkins. Alan Rees caught two fish from each of two visits, with a similar brace of trout being recorded by Colin Jones, Dave Arlotte, B. Powell, R. Marsh and Richard Bowles. The golf club bank provided two rainbows for Steve Mitchell using Shuttlecock Buzzers and for Adrian Connor with a Daddy Longlegs and Black Buzzer. The Pear Tree end of the dam and the area in front of the house have also provided good fishing, with most fish caught with Pheasant Tail and Diawl Bach flies.
At the weekend anglers on both ponds benefited from the presence of daddy longlegs on the water. On the top pond, dry fly exponents Gwyn Davies and Graham Ingram Evans both took good catches from the outlet end of the road bank. Gwyn landed three trout on emerger patterns and a further five on dry Daddy Longlegs, and Graham caught six rainbows, again on the same fly. The top pond also saw Ken Bowring add five fish to his earlier boat limit from the bottom pond, Colin Jones continue his regular evening sessions with a further five trout and Terry O'Connor landed his two fish on Egg flies fished under a float indicator. The bottom pond has also seen good catches being recorded, with day ticket holders James Williams and Simon Fenouthet taking a limit and six fish respectively, Terry O'Connor added a further six trout to his top pond catch. The Pear Tree side of the dam has fished well, with Adrian Connor and Dean Morgan landing five rainbows on Buzzers and Daddy Longlegs patterns. Martin Williams recorded a four fish total as did Martin Rees, plus Mike Brake, John Eynon and Mark Roberts each with three fish. Finally, NRFFA would wish to sincerely thank members Mike Brake and Brian Wareham for their repair work in refilling some dangerous potholes near the entrance to the reservoirs.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 18th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The water condition is still very good in the pond with the water clarity staying quite clear. On Sunday September 13 the fundraiser for the Scottish Stillwater team took place and the 14 competitors landed a total of 133 fish including four double-figure specimens. The winner was team captain Mike Cordiner with 22 fish, second went to Alan Gilbert with 21 fish. In total there was just over £700 raised so a big thank you to all who fished and bought raffle tickets to support the cause. The Boathouse has been busy this past week with some big fish showing up, these include M. Cordiner with a blue at around 9lb (returned); A. Gilbert with a rainbow around 11lb (returned); Mr Chatterton with a blue of around 13lb (returned); Mr Wilkins with a rainbow of around 10lb (returned). There has been a real mix of flies taking fish with Damsels, Blobs, nymphs and Squirmys doing well. The bung has also taken a lot of fish this week.
The Burnside has also seen a lot of big fish caught with Mr Birse, Mr Dickson, Mr Kydd, Mr Barlow and Mr Simpson all taking fish over 10lb. Again a real mix of flies have been working. Buzzers have had their moments where they have taken a lot of fish as well as the usual lures and dries when conditions suit. Mr Wallace took four fish for 13lb with the biggest a 7lb rainbow and returned another 12 on a mix of Crunchers and Daddy Longlegs.
The Bankside has been quiet at times but has fished well this week. The biggest fish this week was caught by Mr McGuiness with a blue estimated at around 12 to 13lb as well as another seven returned. Buzzers have been a good bet as well as dries. The fry are still very evident and can be seen getting chased very regularly.
The Woodside is very clear and the fish are moving around the pond a lot more. Powerbait under the float has been top method as well as spinning. Over the weekend the 59 rods landed 98 fish for 161lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
The week saw conditions go from one extreme to another, from cold to hot and back again. No wonder fish don't know if they are coming or going. Even insect life is behind or non-existent with no caenis hatch this year and daddy longlegs so far few and far between. The only consistency with flies has been white,and orange with black also doing well. Buzzers are also a good bet with Kate Mclarens, Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs always a good choice. Jimmy Rhind had a surprise golden trout this week along with a brown of 2lb 8oz; Brian Mackay had a 6lb fish; Ron Heatherington 6lb; Gary Ulke 4lb 2oz; George Angus 4lb 3oz. Fish are moving a lot more now and floating and intermediate lines are required to find them.
 
Millbuies Trout Fshery, Grampian
Fishing was good with some good size browns showing up and the top loch has done well over the week. With the weather changing it’s worth keeping an eye on reports as we enter into the colder conditions. Plenty of fish have been topping and dries have worked along with traditional patterns such as Bibio and Kate Mclarens. Hoppers have also done very well.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was a somewhat mixed week with some beautiful sunny, breezy days, and others that were dull and damp. For most of week the fish were in the top couple of feet and were often looking to chase dry flies on, or small nymphs just under, the surface. At other times Buzzers fished on a slow retrieve were also successful. The water remains very clear with a temperature around 12oC. The fish are still sometimes quite choosy which is normal for the time of year. Plenty are being seen showing on the surface and anglers are getting plenty of offers and, although not always managing to convert them to takes, most are enjoying lots of sport. Favourite patterns included Sedge, Muddler, PTN, Hare’s Ear, Hopper, Diawl Bach, and Buzzer.
From Monday September 14 the fishery will close at 7.30pm.
Alec Peachey, from Hamilton, in two visits, caught seven fish for 24lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 19lb plus nine caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 17lb 8oz; Paul Partmore, Edinburgh five for 15lb 12oz; Stephen Anderson, Glenrothes, five for 15lb; Steven McKendrick, Bridge of Allan, five for 13lb from the Meadow Pond; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 14lb 8oz plus five caught and released; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 14lb plus two caught and released; Alan Henderson, Grangemouth, four for 12lb 8oz; Iain MacDonald, Alva, three for 11lb 8oz including a 4lb rainbow; Les Cooper, Dunblane, three for 11lb including a 4lb rainbow; Alex Britton, Bellshill, three for 10lb 4oz including a 5lb rainbow; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 9lb 8oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 8lb 12oz including a 3lb brown; James Brooks, Grangemouth, two for 7lb 12oz; Jim Allan, Kilsyth, two for 7lb 10oz; Fraser Cooper, Glasgow, Justin Brake, Edinburgh, and Brian Maskell, Oban, all recorded two fish for 7lb; Gordon McPhee, Cumbernauld, two for 6lb 12oz; Clive Newington, Tunbridge Wells, a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 10 fish.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 18th, 2015

Bewl Water, Kent
The challenging fishing has continued for another week, however there are signs of improvement. The brown algae is slowly clearing and the water temperature is beginning to drop. Rod average for the week is a slightly better 1.73. Catch and release is still suspended until further notice. 1800 rainbows were stocked this week. Best areas for boats are from the dam to the cages, and for bank fishing the dam wall and Chingley. Best flies to try are Hoppers, Daddies, Boobies, Blobs and Cormorants. The Group 1 AMFC match took place at Bewl on Saturday September 5 when the 34 anglers caught 83 fish giving a rod average of 2.44. Rutland were the winners with Grafham second and Bewl third.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The recent stocking has livened up the lake with fish jumping all over the place. Regular Malcolm Foreman had 14 fish on Friday and Mark Nielson had six on Saturday afternoon. Small nymphs were the order of the day on floating lines.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has been good again this week with Buzzers, CdCs, nymphs, Bloodworms, Yellow Dancers and Montanas working well. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, was delighted with his free day’s fishing using his full loyalty card, keeping three fish weighing in at just under 10lb. Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Caroline Brown, from Longhorsley, caught a personal best 4lb 4oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Hopper. Abdul Muhit, from Morpeth, caught fish to 4lb caught on a Montana. Kevin Levell, from Hawick, returned six fish including a 10lb rainbow to Chatton Lake caught on Sedges. Eric Gassner, from Belford, caught eight fish in an hour on Buzzers and a black lure. Len Broxson, from Tanfield, had another great session, catching 12 fish on Buzzers and Fritzs. Bill Braithwaite caught 14 fish on a Sunburst Blob. Stu Yonger, from Blyth, caught 10 fish on Buzzers and Bushies. Julian Bales, from Wooler, caught 12 fish on Buzzers. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 13 fish on Buzzers and Bloodworms. John Boyle, from Hawick, caught 10 fish on a Deer Hair Emerger. The fishery will be closing at 7.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has fished well over the past week with an excellent rod average of 3.59. Simon Ashton, of Bourne, fished the various peninsulas along the north shore and got a good limit of daphnia feeders on a midge-tip. The bag included a rainbow of 5lb 3oz, a brown of 3lb and totalled 23lb. Bank anglers have had a great week fishing with the dam and most points along the north shore giving good consistent catch rates on floating lines with GRHE, Shrimp patterns, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Damsel Nymphs. Boat anglers have also enjoyed good sport this week with the north shore giving the most consistent catch rates. Local angler Martin Brocklebank enjoyed four fantastic days catching 33 fish with plenty of fish over 4lb, topped by a 5lb rainbow which was Grafham’s best fish of the week. The most prolific methods for boat anglers have been to fish either floating or fast glass lines with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Crunchers, FABs, Blobs and Boobies.
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.

Hanningfield Trout Fishery, Essex
Anglers continued to enjoy the autumn sport with lots of success using a variety of methods as we enter the most productive months of the season. It is natural instinct for fish to feed vigorously as days begin to shorten and water temperatures begin to cool and this often leads to the best catches of the season at Hanningfield. During the past few weeks many specimen rainbows released from the cage have given tremendous fishing for Richard Smart who continues to catch heavy trout with six fish on a catch and release permit including a fine 8lb rainbow. Boat anglers have found the bubble lines a magnet for these bigger trout in good numbers. Colin Neal can verify this when he netted three large trout which all topped 7lb-plus on an intermediate fly line. Another 2,800 trout were again introduced into the reservoir during the week near Lodge Bay adding plenty of stock fish to what will be a busy and traditionally productive period for visitors. Legered PowerBait and lobworm have continued to be favourite baits from the Peninsula. This area is shallow but large shoals of rainbows patrol the weed beds and many limit catches have been recorded from boats as well as the bank.   Best flies are Buzzer, Montana, Damsel, Orange FM Zonker and Orange Blob.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
The trout lakes will re-open on Saturday September 19 with boat and bank fishing available on Cocks Close and Park Meadow which can be fished on membership or day ticket. The cool summer has enabled us to re-open earlier than expected and with a large stocking of rainbows between 1.75lb and 10lb to be restocked, the fishing should be excellent. Please contact the lodge on 01676 522754 for availability and prices.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
This week’s rod average of 3.8 has been above average considering the weather conditions and low atmospheric pressure. The fish have still been found in open water and are not deep. Boat anglers have enjoyed the best sport this week, especially through the narrows. The weed is starting to provide more challenging fishing for our bank anglers. There have been reports of plentiful rudd and roach fry. Notable catches for the week include: Mark Benstead, Andy Shortland and Trevor Hall from the boat, Dave Mullen, Graham Hutchins on the bank (Cliffs), and Mick Barrett – wading off Stilton Point using Hare’s Ear, all have enjoyed catching 3-4lb rainbows. Mark Hawtin had five fish on his visit and caught a 4lb 2oz rainbow on an Orange Cruncher and had four of the five others on the same fly on a floating line with a FAB on the point. Season ticket holder B. Mourne had a cracking day with another four rainbows up to 3-4lb. Anne Cant had a super morning on a boat, bagging up with four fish between 2-3lb. John North, from Otley, wasn’t disappointed with six fish, including a 3lb rainbow. Bob Askew from Leamington Spa, also reported a 4lb rainbow amongst his catch.

Rutland Water, Rutland
John Levy and John Miller, from Edinburgh, made their second annual visit to Rutland Water this week and the pair enjoyed fantastic sport boat fishing mainly down the south arm. They employed nymph tactics to take 43 fish including numbers of rainbows and browns in the 3-4lb range. Season ticket holder Ron Oldroyd, of Empingham, fished the north arm and took a number of fish including two specimen browns which he estimated to be over 6lb and returned them safely to the water.
Boat partner regulars David Littler, from London, and Russell Armstrong, from Manchester, boat-fished around the weedbeds and hooked six rainbows including a couple over 4lb. They found the best tactics were to fish Floating Fry. Boat anglers fishing the main basin were rewarded with silvered-up stock fish. Anglers found fish by casting around the aerators and drifts in the deep open water on a variety of methods from dries and nymphs to mini and big lures fished on various sinking lines. Other areas producing fish were out in the open water from the sailing club through to the fishing lodge with Yellowstones also reportedly holding plenty of fish.
Few bank anglers are fishing but fish are being caught, with the Green Bank and Yellowstones and Normanton producing fish when the wind is in the east. Season ticket holder George Thrall, from Melton Mowbray, netted a quality 4lb 3oz rainbow on a dry off the Normanton shoreline. There is plenty of food available with fish feeding on sticklebacks, fry, corixa, daphnia, snails and various sized buzzers.
Boat anglers venturing further down the arms of the reservoir have been rewarded with the better fish. There are also bigger fish in the main basin closer in to the shoreline.
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.

Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
August and now into September has seen the fishing improve in the cooler conditions. Floating, sink tip and intermediate lines fished with small nymphs, Buzzers and dries have been most effective with trout feeding closer to the surface. Roger Rance, of Oxford, landed the largest rainbow at 3lb 12oz. Roger’s 5lb 6oz brace was taken on red emergers. John Twine, of Liskeard, landed four rainbows for 7lb fishing a dry Sedge and Buzzers. Sport was good for John as he also lost six trout, one of which was estimated at 5lb-plus.

Thornwood Springs Fishery, Essex
Weed clearance started on lake one and it is now fishable in a few swims. Montanas fished deep tempted a couple of fish. Lake two has been bang on for fry all week so Cormorants, Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers, Minkies and Snakes are best but rising fish also taking small CdCs. One lake three, GRHEs accounted for fish to 8lb, Water is gin clear and plenty of fish to see. Rod average from lake two was 5.6 fish per rod.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 18 the 79 rods caught 355 trout for a rod average of 4.5. Good consistent sport as you’d expect for mid September. The boats still have the edge over the bank with the biggest catches being taken 80-plus metres out. The fish remain high in the water, even on brighter days so don’t make the mistake of going too deep, if you can’t see them it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re not there. The usual team of a small buoyant pattern on the cast teamed with Crunchers, Diawl Bachs  or traditional wets might be the best approach. Ted Wherry, from Willoughby, near Alford, had the best fish of the week as part of his 17 fish catch fishing from a drifting boat. His 12lb rainbow came to a size 14 dry sedge! Plenty of daddies starting to show, Mr. Hoareau banked nine fish one afternoon after tying on a big Daddy as a last resort. The annual Toft Newton Cup will take place on Sunday October 25. Toft is open this season until Sunday December 13 and the friendly Fur & Feather match will take place on that day.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
A week of two seasons, with a chilly autumnal start and very warm summer-like conditions to round off the week. The 56 visiting anglers certainly found the going hard, but still returned a decent rod average of 3.2. In this tough week no one managed a double-figure bag, with the best of the week’s anglers being M.C. Fell with eight fish. J. Bean was close behind with a bag of six fish and the sheets were made up by D. Slack, N. Midgley and T. Ross all with five fish each. Once again Buzzers and CdCs of various varieties made the returns on a regular basis, but by far the strongest performing fly of the week was a Blob.

 

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 11th, 2015

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
A northerly wind for most of the week lowered the top of the water temperature to 14.2C. However, it has been a very productive week with a rod average of 4.4 fish and some excellent catches during the weekend’s Senior Welsh Trials. Top bag for the week at 12lb 8oz goes to Ivor Jones, from Llanrwst, while the heaviest fish of the week, a 3lb rainbow, was caught by Graham Rogers, from Wrexham. Despite the water cooling slightly the fish are still close to the surface and the recommended method has been a Coral Booby on a 12-foot fast midge tip. This weekend saw the third Senior Welsh Trials taking place over two days, with only one trial to go before the final places are decided. Both days saw rod averages of over 10 fish per angler. On Saturday the top rod was Phil Wood who caught an incredible 25 fish. In close second came Spencer Williams and in third was Tim Llewellyn. Sunday proved to be a slightly more difficult day but once again the top rod, Tony Bevan, caught an amazing 24 fish In second place came Marco Orsi while in third place was Geraint Roberts.
The top flies have been Montana, Diawl Bach, nymphs, Cat’s Whiskers, Cormorant, Black Gnat, Coral Booby, Claret Hopper, Daddy Longlegs, Orange Fritz and Dabbler. The hotspots have been at the southern end of the lake with the north wind pushing the fish towards the dam wall. The main gates will shut at 7.30pm and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.45pm.

Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds are providing relatively good fishing despite varying weather conditions and the reduced water level on the top pond. However, the repair work has been completed and the water level will be increased in time. Boat returns so far this week on the bottom pond have included an eight fish limit for Cowbridge member Craig Bowles with his fishing partner, Dave Smith landing two trout. Other regular users Ken Bowring and Keith Higgins both took limits with Keith finding the fish in the dam/Pear Tree Corner using a home-tied dry Black Hopper. Boat partner Shaun Cotterell used the same fly to take his five fish. The same three anglers also found fish from the railings bank of the top pond with each landing three rainbows. A further three fish were also caught by Andy Hofrock adding to his catch from the bush bank on the bottom pond. The bottom pond also saw Terry O’Connor take a limit from the dam plus a further five fish from a second visit. Keith Higgins moved from boat to bank to take a further limit on a second visit, as did day ticket holder Lee Carroll. Brian Langley landed 10 fish over two sessions with Association president Martin Williams also landing six trout. Cardiff member Alan Rees caught four rainbows, as did day ticket visitor Bob Cook, Keith Higgins and fisheries treasurer Colin Jones. Two other day ticket holders, Dean Walker and John Jones, caught and released three fish, with the same return being made by Mike Brake, who also included a specimen trout of 3lb 8oz in an earlier two-fish catch. Permit holders, Bernard Stephens, Keri Jones and Steve Mitchell each caught a brace of trout. Mark Roberts caught two fish off Farmhouse Bay, as did visitor J. Cripps and Gareth Neale.
At the weekend Keith Higgins continued to enjoy success on the Association boats with a further seven fish, from the deeper water adjacent to the dam. Another regular boat user, Ken Bowring took his usual limit. Around the banks of the bottom pond James Williams caught seven trout while a number of anglers recorded three fish catches. These included day ticket visitors D. Cross and A. Ball with the latter including two trout of 3lb and 4lb in his return. Day ticket holder Mark Roberts also landed three fish from off the bush. Season ticket holders Paul Jenkins and Paul Watkins each caught three rainbows, while membership secretary Phil Harper and fisheries treasurer Colin Jones both caught  fish during an evening session in front of the house. On the top pond Gwyn Davies landed eight rainbows to 3lb fishing close to the outlet/road bank using a weighted Buzzer as the point fly and Skinny Buzzers on the droppers. Other good catches on the top pond included four fish to Terry O'Connor and two rainbows for Ken Bowring. A long-handled landing net and care on the exposed stone footings of the pond is essential while the refilling process takes place, especially after rain.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 11th, 2015

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
It can be as frustrating for fishery managers as much as anglers when you put fish in and they just don't play the game! This week’s weather certainly had an effect on sport with heavy rain and winds unsettling fish and making them harder to catch. One angler could be catching and the next angler, using the same flies, not catching, probably due to different retrieves, length of leader, distance between droppers, type of line and so on. Despite the conditions over the week there were still some good fish caught, Chris Johnston had one around 7lb in his 10 fish catch, and Rob Scorer had a six-pounder. The average was around two fish per angler, but it was hard and Okey Dokey Buzzers and Diawl Bachs were best.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
With a lot more shelter on the lochs they tend to fish opposite to the norm and that was apparent this week as anglers still enjoyed some good fishing. Paul Keir had the pick with a fish of 9lb 12oz. Buzzers were best for most and all who fished had good sport. No huge numbers but plenty to make it a good session. Some anglers did find the top loch fished better and some the bottom so its worth a cast in both. The brown trout are all of a good size, well over 2lb and some near the 4lb mark. Weather permitting the lochs will stay open all season.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The fourth and last heat of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Millhall Open took place last Sunday evening in near perfect fishing weather. After a slow start due to strong sunshine, catches improved as the sun went down. In first place was George Telford, second was Keith Lewis, third Bill Sutherland and fourth Willie Barr. These four join the other qualifiers for the free final on Sunday October 4 during the day session. Linlithgow AC’s competition and prize-giving took place last Sunday when they caught 40 fish for a combined weight of 76lb 6oz. In first place was Ronnie Weir, second equal were George Thomson and Willie Orr. Colin Stewart caught the heaviest rainbow at 4lb, Johns Murray caught the heaviest blue at 3lb 8oz with Alistair Gentleman catching the heaviest brown trout at 2lb 4oz. The Scottish Disabled Angling Club (or the Lame Ducks as they are better known) had a bumper day last Sunday when six of their seven members bagged up, catching 27 fish and releasing another 31, for a combined weight of 54lb. Mark Pickering caught a blue-tagged fish in his bag of four for 8lb to win £100.  This Sunday (September 13) the reservoir will be closed to bank anglers for the Members only Memorial Trophy. Boats are still available to book, phone 01324 0714190. Please note the evening sessions are now closed.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The warm, mostly sunny days and, from the middle of the week, cool evenings and nights, led to some very good fishing conditions. Up until midweek a lot of fish were showing on the surface, getting caught in top foot or so of the water and looking to chase small wet and dry flies. The cool breeze and brighter sun towards the weekend sent them down a couple of feet and most were taken in the top three feet, where they were looking for small lures and nymphs fished on a slightly slower retrieve. Once again the boats were doing very well, but there were still plenty of fish being caught from all round the bank. Favourite patterns this week included Buzzer, Sedgehog, Hopper, Daddy, Sedge, Bibio, Kate McLaren, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Dancer and Tadpole. Opening hours are currently 8am to 8.30pm, every day.
Peter Bryce, from Alloa, caught two fish for 11lb 8oz including an 8lb blue; Stan Moore, Falkirk, a 5lb 12oz rainbow, plus three returned including two tigers; Tom Pate, Alloa, five for 18lb 8oz including a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Chris Perry, Bannockburn, and Derek Russell, Stoneyburn, each caught five for 15lb 12oz; Keith Lewis, South Queensferry, five for 15lb; Allan Laing, Carluke, four for 15lb 4oz including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 14lb 8oz plus five caught and released; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 14lb; Robert Anderson, Longrigg, and Tam Rogerson, Kennet, each with four for 13lb 8oz; Jim Milne, Alloa, four for 13lb; Keith Muckersie, Peebles, and Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, each with four for 12lb; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, Willie Nyguist, Stirling, and Stephen Murphy, Motherwell, all landed three fish for 10lb; James Elliott, Stirling, and Eddie McKillop, Glasgow, both with three for 9lb 4oz; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, and Bill Mouat, Shotts, each with three for 9lb; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, in two visits, four for 13lb plus 10 caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, two for 8lb; Chris Donnelly, Falkirk, two for 7lb 4oz; Andy Duffin, Fallin, two for 7lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, a 4lb 4oz tiger; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, caught and released 16
Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, in two visits, caught and released 16 including three browns; Conor Meiklejohn, Stirling, caught and released 10 fish.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending September 11th, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
The challenging fishing has continued for another week, however there are signs of improvement. The brown algae is slowly clearing and the water temperature is beginning to drop. Rod average for the week is a slightly better 1.73. Catch and release is still suspended until further notice. 1800 rainbows were stocked this week. Best areas for boats are from the dam to the cages, and for bank fishing the dam wall and Chingley. Best flies to try are much the same as the last few weeks Hoppers, Daddies, Boobies, Blobs and Cormorants. The Group 1 AMFC match took place at Bewl on Saturday September 5 when 34 anglers caught 83 fish giving a rod average of 2.44. Rutland were the winners with Grafham second and Bewl third. There are no boats available on Wednesday September 16 when the annual Grand Max competition will be taking place.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Some top of the water action this week with a few anglers catching on Daddies. With the cooler conditions hopefully fishing should continue to improve. The fishery will be closed to the general public this Sunday (September 13) for a triathlon.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has improved greatly over the last couple of weeks with the water in the lakes beginning to cool. Many fish are being taken subsurface but on the brighter days anglers need to fish deep. Sport proved to be more challenging at the weekend due to the easterly winds. Buzzers, dries, GRHE, Pheasant Tails and small lures are working well. Len Broxson, from Stanley, caught 16 fish including a 12lb 8oz rainbow, two rainbows at 9lb, three at 5lb and the rest at 2lb 8oz to 3lb using a Buzzer and a Bronze Fritz pulled subsurface. The Ellem Fishing Club (The Oldest Fishing Club in the World) fished at Chatton on Wednesday. Congratulations to Lt Col G Wood who won with the heaviest basket.
Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught 15 fish on lures; Stu Younger, from Blyth, caught 10 fish on Buzzers and Bushies; Steve Bilborough, from Cramlington, caught 10 fish on Hoppers and Sedgehogs; Julian Bales, from Wooler, caught 10 fish on Pheasant Tails; Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 12 fish on Bloodworms and Buzzers; Mick Latty, from Blyth, kept five fish and returned nine, one fish being a 7lb rainbow, using Buzzers, CdCs and Diawl Bachs; Tony Robinson, from Howtel, kept one fish and returned nine. David Astbury, from Embleton, caught two rainbow just under 8lb in total from Dunnydeer Lake. A Walker’s Killer pattern worked for John Eldon, from London, who was delighted with a 6lb 8oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday September 12 at 9.30am. There will be fly-tying with Paul Little AAPGAI, followed by fishing - all welcome. The fishery will be closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
It’s been a strange week at Derwent where fly anglers continue to take some great catches whereas bait anglers have struggled to take large numbers of fish. This can be attributed to the massive hatch of land and water born insects which have made the reservoir a frenzied feeding ground. This has been a little disappointing for bait anglers because when massive hatches occur fish will become very selective about their feed. Fly anglers have even found even the trustee Black Fritz and Dawson’s Olive ineffective and have had to try and match the hatch. Once the correct fly has been selected sport has been outstanding with almost all catch limits recorded on the fly. W. Gordon had the best of these catches with eight fish for over 21lb including a cracking 5lb 8oz fish from the meadow. Jim Houghton took eight fish and returned five up to 4lb. Best flies are Bibio, Daddy, Hopper, Black Muddler, Black Pennell, Damsel Nymph and Shipman’s Buzzer. Best areas are first fence to dam wall, Cronkley, Meadow, Tower and dam wall.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland 
A tough week for anglers as fish gorge on naturals at dawn and at dusk with a distinct lack of activity through the middle part of the day. Consequently early starts or late evening sessions have continued to produce the best results with spinners and lures cast into deeper areas tempting takes from specimen fish in the 3lb to 4lb range. The fish of the week was a 4lb rainbow caught on a small Mepp by T. Wallace with the same method being used by L. Mandle and W. Watson-Renwick to land 3lb 6oz and 3lb 8oz specimens respectively. Again it was quality over quantity for anglers who varied tactics and covered as much water as possible as A. Brown and Kyle Richardson discovered, each taking three fish over the 3lb mark to sign out catches of 9lb 8oz apiece. S. Marshall recorded the best catch of the week with five rainbows totalling 15lb 3oz whilst on the fly John Lawton landed a 3lb 12oz fish. Best flies are Black Gladiator, Dawson’s Olive and Grey Wulff. Best areas are north shore point and dam wall.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is in fantastic form with a rod average of 6.7 and 20% of all trout caught are weighing 3lb or more. Bank anglers have had a great week’s fishing with the dam and most points along the north shore giving consistent catch rates on floating lines with GRHE, Shrimp patterns, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Damsel Nymphs. Kevin Donovan, a season ticket holder from Shefford, caught and released 31 trout from five visits by fishing along the north shore on a floating line with a mixture of small nymphs.
Boat anglers have also had great sport with the north shore giving the most consistent catch rates. The most prolific methods for the boat anglers have been to fish either floating or fast glass lines with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Crunchers, FABs, Blobs and Boobies. Best rainbow  of the week at 5lb was taken by C. Witt. Best brown 4lb 14oz taken by John Archer, caught at the Seat.
The Fly Dressers Guild competition for the John Watt Trophy on August 29 saw the 14 four-man teams record an exceptional rod average of 7.44. The heaviest individual bag was caught by George Murray (New Haylie Fly Fishers) with 24lb 15oz. Martin Mathews (Team England Youth Red) caught the heaviest fish, an overwintered rainbow of 4lb 6oz. Top team on the day was England Youth Blue who caught 47 trout for 95lb 4oz. Second New Haylie Fly Fishers, 44 fish for 90lb 3oz and third Thames Valley Invicta, 40 fish for 78lb 11oz.
Predator fishing
The predator fishing at Grafham Water has started really well with lots of fish caught mainly from Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay and the North Tower. So far Grafham has produced pike up to 26lb 8oz, zander to 13lb 8oz and Pperch to 4lb. The biggest pike caught so far this season fell to John Sturt who caught a fine specimen of 26lb 8oz drifting from Sanctuary Bay to the North Tower.
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   
The autumnal chill in the mornings triggered some sensational feeding patterns giving anglers great sport all through the week. P. Davis, A. Wheeler and D. Gallimore all took limit catches at the beginning of the week with some excellent 3lb and 4lb fish amongst their catches. Jeff Walsh, one of Grassholme’s most consistent anglers, took a total catch weight of 15lb 8oz on Wednesday including several nice 3lb fish. As the week continued the bigger fish just kept coming with dozens of 4lb fish netted on all methods and even several 5lb beauties. G. Smith took a lovely 5lb rainbow on floatfished worm and the biggest of the week was 5lb 3oz from M. Loufrey. Floatfished worm and PowerBait cocktails fished well this week and Robert Carroll proved this, taking a lovely tagged specimen from the dam wall on Saturday. Lures have also fished consistently well from the dam wall and have accounted for some good fish. The bays along the south bank and the length of the north bank have been the most productive areas. Heather fly and daddy longlegs are hatching and are being blown on to the water so if you’re flyfishing in the coming week pack a Hopper, Bibio and a Foam Daddy.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
A very busy and productive week for both bank and boat anglers as cooler north-westerly winds resulted in excellent catches for many visitors. The hotspot was the bubble line where Richard Smart netted two specimen rainbows of 10lb 10oz and 8lb 10oz in an eight fish limit totalling 43lb 2oz. Richard was using imitation fry patterns with an intermediate line as this proved to be the best combination over deep water for these bigger fish. Another great return from the same area was recorded by Tony Briggs who netted trout of 8lb 9oz, 7lb 3oz and 7lb. Atlantis also yielded plenty of fish for Tim Joyce in shallow water, taking eight fish on two visits using dry flies and returning over 20 rainbows. Plenty of heavy trout have been taken by bank anglers off the Peninsula using garlic PowerBait, which included two fine fish of 7lb 4oz and 6lb 4oz for Radu Luduzan. Friday saw the introduction of 2,900 rainbows into Lodge Bay, boosting numbers for those anglers wading the natural bank down to the inlet. These autumn months usually produce some of the best fishing of the season and based on the number of large trout showing, fantastic sport can be expected in the months ahead. Best flies are Red Holo Diawl Bach, Montana, Dancer and Zonker.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham   
The grass at Hury was full of freshly hatched heather fly and daddy longlegs this week and even the lightest breeze was blowing the insects onto the surface of the reservoir. Dry patterns and wets fished through the surface and waves are triggering ferocious takes. The beginning of the week saw some excellent catches including Joe Watson’s fish of the week at 4lb 4oz and George Samms with a nice 3lb rainbow. Derek Carr and M. Davies also had nice fish to 3lb as anglers took advantage of the cooling weather and increased sport. George Wind had some nice fish including two 3lb rainbows and on Friday J. Grey netted yet another 3lb 8oz fish amongst his haul of rainbows. On the very bright days intermediate lines and briskly fished lures are still responsible for good numbers of fish but in the coming week make sure you pack a Daddy, Bibio, Kate McLaren and a Hopper as fish are surfacing all across the reservoir.

Kielder Water, Northumberland 
Bank anglers recorded nine catch limits from the west of Whickhope inlet towards Whickhope club house where a shoal of fish have offered some great sport throughout the week. Paul Howie landed the heaviest fish of the week from a boat at Whickhope, a beautiful rainbow of 5lb 2oz caught on worm and sweetcorn. Bank anglers who walked the north shore from the Hawkhope car park to the wave chamber have also been rewarded with good sport. Keith Blair recorded a limit catch of 18lb 4oz on worm and spinner off Belling Crag. The bay below Bakethin Weir has also continued to fish well and is ideally located where anglers can park to the side of the Bakethin Barrier and have only a short walk to the water. Boats at present should be back on the Leaplish finger jetty at 6pm, this will change as we go through September and October. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker and Pearl Blob. Best boat areas The Mirage, Gordon’s Wall and Whickhope.
Best bank areas are Matthew’s Linn and Little Whickhope.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford has fished well this week with a very healthy rod average of 4.9. There are a lot of fish showing throughout the Narrows and drifts across here are productive. The fish are still predominantly on daphnia and FABs, Blobs and Boobies in orange or yellow are best. Some fish are coming to dries when conditions allow. Jim McGonigle had another good day with an eight fish limit for 19lb 4oz and included a nice 4lb rainbow in his catch. He fished Boobies and Cormorants on a fast glass line.
On Thursday the English Fly Fishers fished a match against a combined Royal Navy/Army team. 25 anglers caught 144 fish for a rod average of 5.75. The best bag was taken by Ray Storer of EFFA with eight fish for 17lb 8oz. The best fish was a lovely specimen of 4lb 8oz taken by Dave Norbury. The match was won by EFFA with 82 fish for 158lb 9oz. Best boat areas are Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers Stilton Point, and Sailing Club Bay.
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 challenging sport with lots of fish up in the water and showing, but proving difficult to catch. Drifting across the main bowl using floating line and dries has been the best method. The best dries have been Claret Hoppers and Foam Daddies. Blobs have also caught a few fish at times. The best fish of the week was a 7lb 12oz rainbow taken by N. Duffy. Bank fishing is difficult at the moment with the odd fish coming from the dam. The best methods have been floating line with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water 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
Rutland is in excellent form for boat anglers, with a rod average of 5.33. Anglers have employed various tactics from lure pulling out in the open water to fishing dries, nymphs and for some fry patterns around the bottom of the arms, shallows and weed beds. Bigger fish are now showing for those who put the effort in away from the main basin. Quality rainbows and browns are showing around the 3lb and 4lb mark and bigger. Bank anglers are taking a few fish around the peninsula using nymphs and dry fly.
Rutland hosted the Scierra Pairs final on Sunday and it was won convincingly by Leicestershire anglers Ronnie Gent and Lee Henfry who had a storming late finish with a superb bag of 16 fish weighing over 44lb (without time bonus!). Ronnie and Lee won the trophy, tackle prizes and a cheque for £1500, which was presented by organiser Phil Dixon. Second were the Isle of Man pairing of Russell Cowell and Phil Bell Scott, taking a cheque of £1000, while third place and a cheque for £750 went to Nigel Evans and Gary Murray. Fourth and a cheque for £500 went to Welsh anglers Gareth Dixon and Gareth Jones. The aerators were switched off before the event on Friday, with fish dispersing around the main basin. On match day boats went off in many directions, including the main basin, Yellowstones, and bottom of the arms.
Fish are feeding on many items including sticklebacks, fry, snails, daphnia, corixa and various sized buzzers. One or two daddy longlegs are starting to hatch, in small numbers at the moment.
2,000 more rainbows stocked the day after the Scierra Pairs, brought the season’s total to 77,450. They were released down the Green Bank, Transformer and Half Moon Spinney.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), 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             
A good start to the week with anglers catching in most areas. Temperatures dropped rapidly midweek and it became more frustrating as the fish began intermittently moving in and out from the depths, visibly surfacing yet reluctant to show interest in various baits. The most successful anglers were those who changed baits and tactics. Peter Lightfoot, from Redcar, began his day on the jetty and after trying all his bait tactics with no success changed over to spinner and was rewarded with three rainbows. He then moved position to the east end and caught another five rainbows after reverting back to legered worm and PowerBait. Several other anglers throughout the week enjoyed some good sport using the spinner method. Craig Husband, from Lingdale, fished at the east end of the dam wall using rainbow PowerBait Paste interchanging between leger and float rigs to be rewarded with his eight fish catch limit. The biggest rainbow of the week at 4lb was caught on Sunday in the shallow waters of the east end by Harry Noble, from Whitby, using a legered worm and PowerBait cocktail. Best flies are Invicta, Coachman and Pheasant Tail Nymph. Best areas are east end, south shore and high bank.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one has a section of water fishable again after clearing some weed. Lake two has been fishing well to fry patterns, mainly on intermediate line, but also at times to Buzzer, nymph and dry fly patterns. On lake three  Montanas have been taking fish with some visible doubles cruising around again in the cooling water. Restocking again this week and normal stocking will resume from now.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 4, the 85 rods caught 293 fish for an average of 3.4. A chilly, unsettled week to round off August and begin September and a few fish for bank anglers that are willing to cast and roam. Barry Tunnard managed eight fish in a short session earlier in the week. The majority of sport though is still to the boat anglers. Fishing on the drift is always best with the usual offerings, big bushy wets and the old fashioned loch-style, or a FAB or small Booby on the point whilst suspending Diawl Bachs from the droppers. A nice fish of 10lb came out to season ticket holder Brian Thorpe, from Barnby in the Willows, near Newark. Quite a few daddies around on the damp grass which could spell an exciting time over the next few weeks. A reminder that with nights pulling in evening tickets are no longer available. Also don’t forget the sponsored fun and frolics this Saturday (September 12) in aid of Cancer Research UK.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
The August Bank Holiday weekend started with a very busy Sunday and a quiet Monday and a big drop in temperatures as the week progressed. In total the 52 visiting anglers for the week returned a very good rod average of 3.8. Best of the anglers was A. Grabham who managed the 15 fish limit with N. Midgley close behind with a bag of 13 fish. J. Evans was the only other angler making it into double-figures with a catch of 10 fish. Making up the rest of the sheets were W. Kenny with nine fish and P. Ions and A. Kerr both catching seven fish each. The best fish of the week were two hard-fighting 4lb specimens caught by P. Green and A. Evans. The best flies of the week were mainly Buzzers, including Shipman’s, Copper John’s and Wicked Whites. CdC Shuttlecocks also made an appearance on the sheets later in the week.

 


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

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A decent week of fishing with a mix of lures working one day and dries/wets the next so it’s important to change if one method isn’t working for you. Many anglers tend to stick with indicators and while this method does work, it’s not successful all the time, especially when fish want flies off the top. Some good fish have been caught and some returned to fight another day. The best of the week was a 10lb 12oz rainbow caught by Neil Scowen. Scott Burness had a 4lb 11oz blue; Archie MacDonald a 4lb 6oz fish; Ian Munro fish of 4lb 9oz and 4lb 3oz. Average catch per angler was around four fish for an average four hour session with some doing much better. The start of September sees the start of the daddy season and sport is normally very good with surface activity on the increase as fish feed well ready for the onset of winter.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s been a busy week on the lochs and the fishing off the top has been good. Most fish are picking away around the tree lines and traditional wets including Kate McLarens, Bibios, Black Pennells and CdC Hoppers are all doing well. Millbuies will remain open all year, weather dependent of course, and the winter should see some great sport with fish fighting even harder as they are more suited to the cooler conditions.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The fish were still in the top few feet of the water for most of what was generally a very good week – both weather-wise and fishing-wise. Even midweek when there was some rain and heavy showers, fish were showing all over the ponds and being taken in the top foot or so of the water. The fish are very active and looking to chase a variety of flies, giving anglers a lot of great sport by following, swirling and often taking on or just under the surface. Favourite patterns included nymphs such as Diawl Bach, Damsel and Buzzer, wet flies including Kate McLaren, Black Spider and Bibio, and dries including Sedge, Caddis, Hopper and Daddy Longlegs. A few lures were also working for those who were fishing a bit deeper. At certain times, the fish seemed to be favouring the middle of Swanswater and the boats had an advantage over the bank, although those on the bank also did well.
The second biggest tiger ever landed at Swanswater was caught this week, by John Mathieson, from Doune, a cracking 7lb 9oz specimen, one of two in John’s bag of three for 14lb 8oz. Gary Stewart, from Glasgow, caught three fish for 16lb including a 7lb 8oz rainbow; Stan Moore, Falkirk, in two visits, caught a 6lb 8oz rainbow plus a further 18 caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 16lb 2oz plus four caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 15lb 2oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, in two visits, eight for 26lb including a 4lb 4oz rainbow, plus two caught and released; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, four for 14lb 8oz including a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, and Stuart Malcolm, Glasgow, each with four for 11lb 12oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, three for 9lb 12oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, three for 9lb 8oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 9lb including a 4lb rainbow; Brian McIntosh, jnr, Banknock, three for 9lb; James Henderson, Stirling, in two visits, five for 14lb 4oz; Allan Laing, Carluke, and Robert Erskine, Kincardine, each with two for 6lb 12oz; Alexander Allison, Kilmarnock, two for 5lb 4oz plus four browns returned; Peter Paterson, Menstrie, a 4lb 4oz rainbow.

 


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

Elan Valley, Powys
With the recent cool weather, the Reservoirs fished very well for August, with many nice, brown trout over the 1lb mark being caught. Mr Newbury, from Evesham, landed the largest at 1lb 4oz. Once again the best flies for the month were black dries and Hoppers. The Elan Valley season ends on October 17 until March 20, 2016.

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
A mixed bag of weather once again with variable winds and inconsistent temperatures bringing with it some interesting fishing conditions. The rod average of 4.4 fish per angler does reflect a week of very good fishing with some excellent bags caught and also some really nice fish. Tony Booth, from Staffordshire, took a five day fishing permit and caught the biggest fish of the week, a 3lb 4oz rainbow. Tony Bevan, from Aberystwyth, commented on a ‘brilliant day’ and Graham Land, from Llandudno, remarked that his day had been ‘good sport’. The top bag this week of 11lb 1oz for six fish was taken by Harry Owen, from Talysarn.
With the heather fly now making an appearance and the water temperature remaining at a fairly constant 15 degrees C there are lots of fish on the surface which is encouraging the use of the dry fly on a floating line. The fish are also lying quite close to the bank in some areas and there have been some really good bags caught by the bank fishermen. The results are now in for the Llanilar Angling Association Club competition held at Llyn Brenig the previous week. In first place and with the distinction of catching the heaviest fish, a mighty 4lb 12oz rainbow, was George Baron. Second was Brian Couch and third Dewi Rees. The hotspots for this week have tended to vary from day to day as the wind direction has been so unpredictable but Tower Bay, the dam wall, Sailing Club Bay and Water Sports Bay have all fished well as has Hafod Lom and Nant Glyn shore for the bank anglers . Top flies this week have been Diawl Bach, Buzzers, Daddy Longlegs, green nymphs, Black Gnats, Cat’s Whiskers, Sedge and Heather Fly. The main gates will be shutting at 7.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7pm.

Llyngwyn, Powys
Llyngwyn Lake drew in anglers from all over during the summer holiday period. Mr Haren, visiting from Holland, landed this month’s best bag weighing 12lb. In close second was Trevor Lange, of Leamington Spa. No especially large fish were caught this month, but the biggest, at 4lb was caught by D. Spring from Penn. The best flies this month were black dries, Montanas, Cat’s Whisker and Buzzers. Winter season permits are available from October 18.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite the lower water level on the Top Pond members and day ticket holders have found good fishing from the railings/road bank. Cardiff member Keith Higgins caught 10 fish over three visits using weighted nymphs. Fellow Cardiff angler, Mark Southwood landed five fish, while Ken Bowring and day ticket visitor Steve Curtis each landed three trout. The Bottom Pond has been restocked over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and despite the continuing poor weather, saw good catches, mainly by bank anglers. Dry fly exponent Ian Hewitt landed five fish with Keith Higgins adding a further three fish to his Top Pond catch. The majority of other anglers each landed two fish with Mike Brake including a specimen of 3lb in his brace of rainbows. Long time member, Bill Reed caught six rainbows over two visits, while another long serving member, Ian Wootton, landed two fish from his visit. Head bailiff John Mcindo, Dave Arlotte, Stuart Turner and Stewart Gordon also caught and released two fish. Association committee members Keri Jones and Laurie Fry plus Cardiff angler James Francis, also found trout, mainly from the areas around the dam and Farmhouse Bay. Despite the bad weather, Ken Bowring used the association boat to take five fish.
At the weekend the recent stocking of the Bottom Pond saw an increase in fish catches. Committee member Terry O'Connor took a limit from the dam while Keith Higgins landed seven fish. James Francis and Adrian Connor each caught four rainbows from an early morning session in Pipe Bay, using Buzzers and Pheasant Tail patterns. James added a further two fish from the dam. Four fish totals were also recorded by Alan Rees and Colin Jones. Ian Hewitt used a Sedge pattern to land his two rainbows with Brian Langley, Richard Haines and day ticket visitors R. Jones and P. Bevan also landing two fish. Ken Bowring again boat-fished to add a further five fish to his earlier total. On the Top Pond, Gwyn Davies used weighted nymphs to take his limit from the outlet end of the railings bank, with fellow fishermen Alan Lock and Bill Seward using similar patterns to land four and three trout, respectively. Vice chairman Adrian Moyse also used weighted nymphs to take seven fish from a midway point on the same bank. A further stocking is intended for the first week of September, ensuring a very good head of fish in both ponds.

 


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.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 28th, 2015

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
This week has been particularly unsettled with some very pleasant spells but also some very wet and windy spells. The water temperature hasn’t moved a great deal for the last month and remains at 15C keeping the fish in the top couple of feet of water. The rod average for this week stands at 4.3. On Saturday Brenig hosted a Llanillar Angling Association competition and despite the weather being a little inclement the competitors had an excellent day’s fishing with most catching six fish or more. George Barron landed the biggest fish of the day and indeed of the week with a splendid 4lb 12oz rainbow. The biggest bag this week weighing in at 12lb 2oz was caught by Dave Gilbert, from Colwyn Bay.
Fish have been rising all over the lake during the last week and there are plenty in the lake. The top flies mentioned in returns included Dabbler, Muddler, Black Cormorant, Black Fritz, Hopper, Diawl Bach, Pennell, nymphs, Nomad, Olive, Damsel and Daddy Longlegs. The fish have been caught in all parts of the lake as the wind has moved them around with Barrow Island, Sailing Club Bay, Nant Glyn, Hafod Lom, the dam and Tower Bay all being mentioned as areas that have caught well. Pike Week starts on Sunday November 1. Anglers are advised to book boats early. The main gates will shut at 7.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7pm.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The top pond continues to be the more challenging of the two reservoirs, the level of the water having been reduced by Welsh Water for maintenance purposes. Consequently, only the railings bank is producing fish. Once the work on the outlet pipe has been completed, the water level will be returned to normal. General treasurer Gwyn Davies enjoyed two fruitful sessions fishing from this bank to land one catch and release limit plus a further seven fish. Most of the fish have been caught on weighted Buzzers fished on a long leader, and allowed to sink slowly. Gwyn has also found fish on a Crippled Midge dry pattern and the same fly has also been effective on the bottom pond. Fishing from the same bank also brought a brace of trout for permit holder Dave Howells and day ticket visitor Richard Haines. On the bottom pond regular boat user Ken Bowring landed 14 fish over two visits, while Cardiff club member, Mark Southwood caught two rainbows. Day ticket visitor Richard Haines added to his top pond catch with two further trout, including a specimen of 3lb 10oz. Another day visitor, Alan Pool caught six fish while D. Walker landed two fish. Other good catches recorded included Steve Doherty with five rainbows caught off the golf club bank and four fish being taken by Dave Howells and Mark Roberts. Committee man Brian Wareham landed three fish following an evening session from the boat bank, while Jeff Wilson, Roger Martin, Bernard Stephens and stocking officer, Steve Kean all recorded a three fish catch. Day ticket holder S. Turner managed two fish, as did Dave Arlotte, Phil Harper, Dean Connelly John Eynon and Terry O'Connor. Diawl Bach patterns proved the most effective fly for most catches.
At the weekend there were some good reports received for the top pond, despite the lowering of the water levels. Keith Higgins landed an eight fish limit from the railings bank using Goldhead PTN as the point fly and a jungle cock Diawl Bach on the dropper. An eight fish limit was also recorded by club president Martin Williams from the same bank. Cardiff member Ivor Thomas caught three rainbows, as did Dave Howells and Steve Mitchell releasing three fish from the same bank. NRFFA would strongly advise all anglers intending to fish the top pond, to be very careful regarding the lower water level which necessitates fishing from the exposed stone footings, and also to use a long-handled net when landing fish. On the bottom pond, the dam area is fishing well, especially at the pear tree end. Membership secretary, Phil Harper caught three fish using dry Hoppers as did Dave Walker. Mike Brake and Adrian Connor each took two fish on Daddy Longlegs patterns and a pheasant tail dry fly. Terry O'Connor caught and released five fish from the golf bank side of Farmhouse Bay.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 28th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another week of fairly settled weather has brought on more great fishing with some anglers taking extremely good bags. The water is still very clear in all the pools and this is definitely helping with the fishing. The evening fishing is still available with off the water time at 9pm at the moment. On Sunday September 13 we will be holding a fundraising competition to help raise funds for the Scottish Stillwater Fly Fishing Team who will be travelling to Ireland in October for the international. This is a self-funded team and all support given to the team travelling to represent Scotland is greatly appreciated. The competition will be fished to catch to catch and release rules with lunch included and a raffle on the day. Fishing will be charged at £25 per head and starting at 9.15. If you would like any more information please call 01382 350777/350213.
The Boathouse has been fishing really well this week with the water very clear. The best method has been to fish small but they have also been taking lures. Top flies have been Buzzers and nymphs fished on the washing-line held up by a FAB. This was the method that Mr Kirk used to land 14 fish with the best being one of the big blues at around 10-11lb caught on an Orange FAB. Mr Crombie and his group had 51 fish between the seven of them, all of which were returned. The best was estimated at around 9lb with several fish from 4-6lb also caught.
The Burnside is getting clearer by the day and the buzzer fishing is getting better and better with it. Mr Barlow took 16 fish in three hours on small Black Buzzers, Mr Wilson had three for 8lb and put back nine on Black and Olive Buzzers under the bung. Mr Gowan had nine on a Damsel fished quick on a fast glass line, with the best around 6lb. There have also been fish out on dries and various lures at times but they have been fussy while chasing and have been hard to connect with, often just plucking at the tails.
The Bankside has been either very easy or very hard at times as the fish are moving around a lot. Mr Sherriff had an outstanding day landing 29 fish on a mixture of Dancers, Squirmys and Hoppers with the largest at around 6lb. Mr Spence had three for 10 with the biggest 5lb 8oz caught on a Cat’s Whisker. The fish have been very unpredictable recently and has made it challenging on this pond at times but one big positive is the fry-bashing just getting better and better every week. The Woodside has been very similar but the fish are moving about a bit more and location has been the key. If you are on the fish a blob of Powerbait will soon catch them. Over the weekend the 58 anglers landed a total of 93 fish for 148lb.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The warmth and bright sunshine led to a drop in oxygen levels which, in turn, led to the fish being slightly less active and more lethargic. In general the fish were still up in the water, except for the spells when it was really bright. Most were being taken just under the surface, although those fishing deeper at the weekend were doing better than those sticking to floating lines. Anglers fishing lures were successful deep down if they were not actually hitting fish on the drop; otherwise nymphs, wets and dries were taking fish in the top couple of feet. Dry flies were particularly successful on the small ponds. Those fishing near the surface were seeing fish following their flies right in, but in many cases they were turning away at the last minute rather than taking the fly. Favourite patterns this week included Buzzer, Damsel, Daddy, Klinkhamer, Yellow Owl, Sedge, Hopper, Diawl Bach and Bibio.
Willie Torrance, from Glasgow, caught a 5lb 8oz blue; Willie Hutchison, Glasgow, tempted five fish for 16lb 12oz; Darren Scott, Rosyth, five for 16lb 2oz; Brian Harvey, Prestonpans, and Peter Cockings, Southampton, shared seven for 19lb 6oz from the boat; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 14lb plus five caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, seven for 15lb 6oz; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 14lb 8oz plus four caught and released; Keith Muckersie, Peebles, four for 13lb 8oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 12lb 4oz; Davy Thorburn, Peebles, four for 12lb; Chris Kerr, East Kilbride, four for 11lb 4oz; Martin Watt. Glasgow, three for 9lb 4oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, two for 7lb 8oz; Billy Watt, Airdrie, two for 7lb; Gordon Ferguson two for 6lb 12oz; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, two for 6lb 8oz; R. Cummings, two for 6lb 4oz from the Meadow Pond plus a further seven caught and released; Andy McBride caught and released 11 in two visits; Jocky Weir, Shotts, caught and released nine.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 28th, 2015

Bewl Fishery, Kent
Little has changed over the last week with fishing still fairly challenging. Trout are showing on the surface at times and nipping at the flies but not taking them. Other times, in bright sunlight, they are going deeper. The water is beginning to clear after recent wind and showers. A further 1500 rainbows were stocked on August 12 and catch average for the week based on returns is 2.49 fish per rod, still very good for August. Best areas for boats are the main bowl, Chingley and Hook Straight. Bank fishing will improve as the water temperature cools, while for now anglers are catching a few in the deeper water by the dam wall and Chingley. Successful flies have once again been Minkies, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Boobies and Blobs. Catch and release is still suspended at the time of writing. Any method fishing is not available on Saturday September 5.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The fishing this week has been up and down again with some anglers catching well. Small flies are still the order of the day. Overcast days saw better sport. After many years of tuition Blackdyke’s fishery manager Paul Speed has passed the exam to become a professional game angling instructor.

Burrator Reservoir, Devon
Water levels at Burrator have now dropped fairly significantly and the reservoir is about 50% full. This means that a lot of the banks are now easily accessible for bank anglers. The Longstone Peninsula continues to be the most popular location and there are plenty of natural buzzers and sedges hatching, so Emerger patterns, dry Sedges and Hawthorns fished on the surface are producing good results. The best fishing, however, is to be had using nymphs, particularly Diawl Bachs, Montanas, Buzzers and Damsels, on an intermediate line. The best fish of the month was a 3lb 11oz rainbow, caught by local angler Peter Macconnell, using a Nomad fished from the bank.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has varied this week depending on the time of day and weather. During the day fishing has been challenging when it has been very bright and hot. When overcast fish have been rising and taking small dries. Evenings have been very productive and sport has been exciting. Wansbeck and Blyth Fly Fishing Club enjoyed a friendly competition on Saturday when Peter Marshall, from Blyth, landed a 4lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Buzzer. Bob Smith, from Morpeth, was delighted with a 5-6lb brown trout caught from Chatton Lake on a size 14 Black and Peacock Spider. Closing at 8.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
The warm weather pushed fish deep as water temperatures reached their highest of the season. Despite continued stocking the fish remained lethargic and given some fresher weather sport should improve. Despite challenging conditions better sport has been experienced between Pow Hill and Hunter House. Kevin Fletcher, from Wolsingham, had four nice fish last Monday including the biggest fish of the week at 4lb. Further eight fish catches from a similar area were taken on Wednesday and Thursday with D. Wilson and T. Ashbridge both taking 15lb catches on PowerBait. Bait anglers were best served with legered orange Mice Tails with the point at Hunter House the hotspot. Fly anglers are casting to an abundance of rising fish after 5pm on most nights that are feeding on small surface flies as well as water born insects. The best imitation for these has been Buzzers and nymphs fished under a bung or dry flies drifted on the surface. With fresher weather forecast we expect to see an improvement in sport as fish move back into the margins to feed. Best flies are Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, Black and Peacock Spider, Bibio, Viva and Nomad. Best areas are Pow Hill, Hunter House, Cronkley, Meadow, and North Bank.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week of August 17-23 the 112 anglers caught 306 fish of which 204 were returned. The fishing is still challenging but better than usual for the time of year. Along with the recent hotspots a few fish are coming from most areas of the lake. Water clarity has greatly improved over the last week. The last few damsels continue to hatch on the warmer days along with decent numbers of black buzzers. Trout are also feeding on snails and corixa near the weed beds and daphnia in the open water. With the water temperature continuing to drop the fishing should start to improve as we enter September. Best fish were 4lb 8oz to C. Peach on a Black Buzzer from a boat; 4lb 5oz to David Gill, from Newark, on a GRHE from a boat; and 4lb to Jim Nixon, from Kettering, on a Grey Duster. The best brown of 3lb 9oz was caught by Ronnie Madder, from Oundle, on a Black Buzzer. Best bank areas are the east arm, coarse bank, creek, and dam (in a north wind). Best boat areas are the east arm, west arm, pylon point, and down middle. Best patterns are Red or Green Cruncher, GRHE, Black/Brown or Claret Hopper, small Damsel, small Black Buzzer, and white/green lures. The half price boat offer will continue for the rest of August and the whole of September.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
In a week of mainly bright warm days interspersed with a couple of days of persistent rain anglers used a variety of tactics to record some fine catches. Floatfished natural worm or Mice Tails worked well near feeder streams while leger or spinning tactics were most effective on brighter days with early mornings and late afternoons the best times to find active fish. Barry Wilson had an early start last Friday, switching between leger and fly to record the heaviest catch of the week. Barry’s catch of eight rainbows weighed 24lb 12oz which included four fish over 3lb and one at 4lb 8oz. This catch was taken on chartreuse PowerBait Eggs and Barry also returned two taken on the fly. John Hall landed the fish of the week, a 5lb 3oz beauty caught on legered orange PowerBait to top off an eight-fish limit catch for 23lb 6oz. John Rollin used the same bait and method in the South Shore Bay to land a 4lb 14oz fish. Twelve-year-old Ethan Shergold accounted for the bulk of his family’s nine fish catch which included a personal best 3lb rainbow caught on floatfished yellow Mice Tails near the North Shore Burn. It was a happy birthday for Karl Slater who caught six rainbows for 16lb 12oz on leger and spinning tactics. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black Zonker, Peter Ross and Black Ant. Best areas are North Shore feeder stream and dam wall.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
The best rainbow of the week, and season to date weighed 6lb 11oz and was recorded by J. Hickson, of Colchester. The variable weather swinging from high winds one day to hot still the next has made fishing very unpredictable. The bank anglers have enjoyed a great week at the south end of the dam to the valve tower on floating lines with Shrimp patterns and Hare’s Ears. Some anglers are taking up to 12 fish up to 5lb, all catch and release. Boat fishing has again been good at the south end of the dam, especially from drifting boats into open water. Most anglers have been using an 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, only around two feet. Areas producing fish this week include the Willows to G Buoy, 100 metres out from the shoreline. Some nice fish have been coming out of Savages Creek up to 4lb on dries and also from the Seat, approximately 100 metres out.
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 follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Consistency is the word this week as fish continue to be stocked at both ends twice a week giving the fish a chance to spread to all areas of the reservoir. Many anglers enjoyed walking the entire four miles around the reservoir in pursuit of the feeding fish. Changing methods often and alternating from worm to spinner and PowerBait has greatly improved catch rates. At the beginning of the week almost every angler caught fish and in good numbers too, Wednesday and Thursday saw lots of limit catches recorded. The north bank and the sheltered bays along the south bank as well as the west end produced some great sport with plenty of 3lb fish brought to the net. The bright weather at the weekend sent the fish a little deeper and floatfished worm on a long trace was very effective. C. Fall tempted the best fish of the week on worm at 4lb 4oz; Mick and Sharon McKimm had 10 fish using float and then leger; and on Sunday Ian Clark had six rainbows and two nice wild brownies. The Errington family also had nine fish between them with specimens up to 3lb. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cats Whisker. Best areas are the dam wall, White Post and sheltered bays.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
The introduction of some home-grown specimen rainbow trout has certainly spiced up the sport for visiting rods this week. Both bait, lure and fly anglers have landed some impressive trout this week particularly from the areas close to the inlet. David Fuegi enjoyed a day spinning and landed eight fish for 51lb 8oz. This heavyweight catch included rainbows of 8lb 8oz, 8lb 4oz, 7lb 8oz and 7lb. Hasan Ali landed the heaviest rainbow of the week and of the season to date, a fine specimen at 11lb. This fish was caught from the natural bank and was tempted on Powerbait. Junior anglers enjoyed some great sport with Eitvidas Preisegolavicius, aged 10, catching a fish of 8lb from the deep water on a spinner. A considerable number of prize rainbows have also been recorded from the boat and bank from the Peninsula this week. The best method was to use a floating line with nymphs accounting for numerous rainbows between 4lb and 8lb. Best flies are Buzzers, Montana, Damsel and Orange FM. Best bank areas are the Peninsula, dam wall, and inlet wall. Best boat areas are the Goldfish Bowl, inlet, main dam wall, and Bubbles Lines when on.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Top of the water sport has been good this week with lots of midges and some signs of heather fly on the water. The best method has been to use dry flies or teams of traditional wets pulled through the waves resulting in aggressive takes and fish on the bank. In the brighter conditions the fish are deeper and the usual suspects like Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker on a varied retrieve are still producing good catches. As in previous weeks lots of changing conditions mean lots of changing techniques and methods which, if nothing else keeps anglers on their toes. Warm weather means the fish are looking for oxygenated water at inlets and the boil and deeper water so it’s worth bearing this in mind when choosing marks to fish. Calm evenings have seen some fantastic rises across the reservoir and any dark dry fly should bring rewards. Best areas are the boil, Newhouse Bay and Corporal Hill.

Kennick Reservoir, Devon
Rods consistently averaged around two fish per angler throughout the month, with boat anglers doing slightly better than their bank counterparts. Both static and drifting tactics were successful for the boats, who caught most of their fish over the Middle, Narrows and Top End of the fishery; the Top End and Narrows also proved to be the best location for bank anglers. Dark dry patterns fished well, particularly Hawthorns and dark Buzzer Emergers, while shallow fished nymph patterns, particularly Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Montanas and teams of Buzzers, proved to be the most productive tactics. Deeper fished lures (Boobies and Cat’s Whiskers) caught fish nearer the dam. A 4lb 4oz rainbow (as part of a full bag) was caught by M. Ure, from St Gennys, using Buzzers fished from a boat at the Top End. A. Willcocks, from Paignton, caught a full bag of rainbows up to 4lb 2oz using a Damsel Nymph fished from the bank at the Top End. Water levels at Kennick have held up well and are still at top level.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The fishing has been good with an overall rod average of 2.2 fish per angler and numerous good quality rainbows over 3lb have featured in returns. The heaviest fish caught this week was a cracking rainbow of 5lb 2oz taken by Jane Scott, from Rothbury. Jane was flyfishing at Leaplish with a Goldhead Hare’s Ear nymph. Boat anglers have also had some great top of the water sport in Whickhope and off Scotch Rocks. Anglers fishing a team of flies have had the best success, with a Floating Fry, Daddy or Muddler on the top dropper. These buoyant patterns create a wake and bring fish up to the surface. Nymphs and lures fished below those patterns have also taken fish. A large number of minnows and fry have been seen close to the shore on warmer days and trout have been actively feeding on them. Anglers targeting those fish using large fish-imitating lures or spinners have enjoyed some exciting sport as the trout chase their lures and take them close to the bank or boat. Best flies are Orange Muddler, Blobs, Montana and a Minkie lure. Best boat areas are the Belling Inlet, Whickhope and Scotch Rocks. Best bank areas are Stocky Bay and Leaplish. Boats in time is now back at the jetty for 7pm.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford continues to fish well from the boats but has steadied up from the bank. The rod average for the week is 2.5 and there have been some nice bags of fish coming to the scales. Mr Gamble boat-fished and had a fine rainbow of 4lb 8oz, while Paul Hopkins has been out twice this week fishing with dries and has had 12 fish. The Anglian Water Rudder match on August 22 was won by Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with 11 fish for 21lb 10oz. In second place were Jeff Bedford and Rob Teasdale with five fish for 12lb 8oz. Jeff Bedford took the biggest fish, a fine rainbow of 4lb 8oz. Best boat areas are Bog Bay, Stonebarn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, and Sailing Club Bay. Best bank areas are North Fields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, and Sailing Club Bay.
The lure fishing for trout continues until the end of the month and there have been some good catches to this method. Predator fishing has had mixed results this week with perch up to 3lb 13oz caught from the deep water at 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 follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe continues to fish well. Dry fly fishing is still accounting for most of the fish but the washing-line with Red Diawl Bachs and Crunchers is also working well. Charlie Watts opted for the washing-line to land 12 fish on Friday, fishing from a drifting boat and pulling them across the surface. Mick Spencer opted for the washing-line with Diawl Bachs and caught nine fish, again a drifting boat was best. Mr Turner fished small black dries from a drifting boat in the main bowl and landed five nice fish.
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 follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Boat anglers recorded plenty of fish last week including many limits with a very high rod average of 5.23. Fish are generally out in the deeper, cooler water of the reservoir, influencing the bank rod average which remains fairly quiet at 1.55. Fish were caught very quickly for those who sought out the aerators in the main basin. Most fish were falling to various lures from Blobs, Boobies, Snakes and tube flies throughout the week.However, Leicester angler Steve Buck had an enjoyable session fishing Silver Invicta, and Wingless Wickhams away from the aerators taking drifts up to the line of buoys at the dam.
Mainly stock fish around 2lb are showing, though there are signs of early season silvered-up fish finally being caught. Not many boats headed to the bottom of either of the arms, those who did fared better down the North Arm with fish caught at Tim Appletons and even more so at the Transformer, which saw two lots of fish stocked last week. The same number of fish was stocked at the Green Bank but it seems no boats opted to fish there.
Brendan Griffin, on holiday from Perth, Australia, borrowed a drogue from one of the rangers and enjoyed half a day’s boat fishing with three 2lb-plus rainbows to show for his efforts.
Catching your very first fish on a fly that you have tied yourself is rewarding, and that’s just what Andrew Williamson, from Grantham, did last Thursday. But this one has to be unique - family pet parrot Bertie, an African Grey, obliged by plucking out one of his red tail feathers, which combined with ostrich feathers, landed Andrew a 2lb rainbow!
Week 13 of the Tuesday Night Boat League saw anglers able to fish the aerators and helped account for the 47 fish caught in total. Winner was Richard Cooper with eight fish for 16lb 12oz and he won the overall league for the third consecutive year, winning £50 in tackle vouchers and a free midweek boat. The biggest fish in the league, taken way back in week three, was Rob Teasdale’s superb 7lb 6oz brown which him £10 in tackle vouchers.
All boats are booked on September 6 for the final of the Scierra Pairs.
The Anglian Water Autumn Pairs match is taking place on Saturday October 10. Give the lodge a call on 01780 686441 to book a place.
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 follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
It’s been a rollercoaster of a week with changing conditions affecting wind, pressure and temperatures which kept the fish in deeper waters for the majority of the time. However during calm conditions the trout could often be seen rising to the surface all around the reservoir. Both bait and fly anglers had to work for their rewards and those who kept on the move and changed bait and flies regularly had the best results. George Houston, from Guisborough, enjoyed his loyalty day fishing legered baits at the east end of the reservoir ending his day with nine rainbows. Dave Ward, from Middlesbrough, used both legered and floatfished baits around the jetty area to catch his eight fish limit. Tommy Johns, from Brotton, enjoyed an afternoon session on the fly, working his way along the south shore and east bay on a catch and release permit, returning seven rainbows, two of which were estimated to be over 3lb. Best flies are Invicta, Black Nymph and Kate McLaren. Best areas are east end and the jetty.

Siblyback Reservoir, Cornwall
The mixed weather conditions have resulted in some inconsistent fishing, with weekly rod averages varying between under one fish up to 2.3 fish per angler. Bank anglers have generally enjoyed better sport than boats, with the best fishing to be had in Stocky Bay, The Marshes and Diggers Bench. Sedges, Klinkhamers and Black and Peacock Spiders fished in the surface film have all produced good dry fly fishing, but the best sport was to be had with small nymph imitations, particularly Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Hare’s Ears as well as larger Damsel Nymphs. Pulled Cat’s Whiskers also produced some good sport. L. Roberts, from Plymouth, caught the best fish of the month, – a 5lb 2oz rainbow.

Wimbleball Lake, Somerset
As the month progressed and the water warmed, the boat anglers enjoyed the better sport. Weekly rod averages from the bank varied between 2.3 and 3.1 fish per angler with Ruggs and Bessoms the best areas. The boats improved from 2.8 to 8.6 fish per angler, fishing well when drifting into Ruggs and Bessoms, as well the Upton Arm and over the deeper water by the dam. Sedges, Black Gnats, CdC Olives and Daddies have caught well from the surface but small subsurface nymph patterns (particularly Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears and Diawl Bachs and Buzzers fished in teams) fished down to a depth of five foot on a floating line, have consistently produced the best results. Orange Blobs and Pink Nomads both caught fish in the deeper water by the dam. The best fish of the month was a superb 6lb brown trout, caught and released by R. Grisley from Miinehead.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
An improvement in visitor numbers last week, particularly due to a busy last weekend. The 69 anglers enjoyed a good week’s sport and returned a decent rod average of 3.3. J. Walton, managed to reach the 15 fish limit, closely followed by N. Hart and J. Bean with 10 fish each, while B. McKewon had eight fish and N. Midgley caught six fish. The best fish of the week was a nice 6lb rainbow caught by A.P. Carrol. CdC’s have dominated the catch sheets, particularly olive and black varieties. Also performing well were Wicked White Buzzers, Hare’s Ears and Shipman’s Buzzers. Last Sunday Willington and District Angling Club paid the lakes a visit to fish their annual K.D. Johnson Memorial Trophy competition. Club members along with some lakes regular competed to gain the heaviest three-fish bag with B. Conray coming out best with a total bag weight of 9lb. Second place went to N. Fletcher with 8lb and third place was a 7lb 8oz three-fish bag caught by E. Johnson.

 

 

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 21st, 2015

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Not only has the weather been quite erratic this week but also the wind direction which has tended to blow from all the directions of the compass. This in turn made the fishing rather unpredictable with some days proving to be very productive and other days proving very difficult. The rod average of 4.2 fish doesn’t tell the full story as obviously for some days the fish were very reluctant to be enticed by the fly whereas other days proved far more fruitful.
With the water temperature remaining at 15C for a number of weeks now the fish have tended to be in the top few feet encouraging the use of a floating line or a slow intermediate. Stephen Roberts, from Bethesda, landed the biggest fish of the week, a lovely 3lb 12oz rainbow. J. Wilson, from Ellesmere Port, wasn’t too far behind when he landed a 3lb 5oz rainbow. Colin Ellingham, from Trefriw, claimed top bag which weighed 14lb 7oz. Clive Gilbert had a splendid bag which weighed in at 13lb 6oz. Young Rooney Moore recorded a bag weight of 11lb 8oz for six fish. Cwmllynfell Fly Fishing Club held their Jeff Evans Memorial Cup competition on Saturday. Top rod was Kevin James with Lyn Evans taking second.
The hotspots for the week have varied as the wind direction has altered but Tower Bay and the dam wall have fished well, as has the Quarry. The top flies have been Hoppers, Dabblers, Hare’s Ears, Tadpole, Orange Fritz, Black and Green Fritz, Daddy Longlegs, Cat’s Whiskers and Coral Boobies.
On Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23 Llyn Brenig is holding its annual country fair. There will be a BBQ, a variety of stalls selling local products and crafts, and activities for all the family including archery, fly casting (with prizes), and a duck herding exhibition!
The main gates will shut at 8pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30pm.
There have recently been problems with a number of trail bikers who have been using Brenig as if it was a racetrack. It has got to the point where the police are involved and if anyone has information that will lead to identifying the culprits it would be gratefully received.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite some difficult weather conditions, catch returns for the week indicate that, particularly on the bottom pond, the majority of anglers are finding fish. On the Association's boats Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell returned figures of seven and three fish respectively, Ken Pascoe also landed three fish, while Ken Bowring maintained his good season's returns with a further six fish. Ken also enjoyed success on the top pond with six fish caught over two visits. Beddau member Dave Howells landed three rainbows. The railings bank continues to be the most fishable area of the top pond. On the bottom pond day ticket visitor Mark Davies landed six fish from Pear Tree Bank using a combination of Bloodworm and dry Sedge patterns. Another day ticket holder, Mr W. Williams landed four fish, with long-time member Gino Alonzi taking three fish on his ticket. James Williams and Ken Bowring each caught four rainbows while three fish went to Steve Mitchell and Martin Rees. A number of permit holders and day visitors caught a brace of trout. These included, Cardiff Reservoirs club veteran member Fred Davies, along with fellow Cardiff members Alan Rees and Ivor Thomas. NRFFA committee members Colin Jones, Steve Kean, Terry O'Connor and Adrian Moyse also took two fish, as did Mark Roberts, Gary Wharton, James Francis and Richard Haines.
At the weekend Cowbridge angler Craig Bowles enjoyed a good boat session, with an eight fish catch and release limit taken on CdC Black Emergers. Around the banks, permit holders James Francis and Adrian Moyse, each took a brace of fish from the golf club bank/dam outlet corner. NRFFA would wish to congratulate long time committee man Brian Wareham for his first Troutmasters badge awarded for an excellent 5lb 7oz rainbow. Badges also went to Keith Higgins for his 5lb 8oz fish and Newport Sea Anglers treasurer Granville Thomas who landed a specimen of 4lb 8oz.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 21st, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another fine week of weather with just a few rain showers around. The fishing has been steady in all the ponds with each one having spells of doing very well. The clarity in all the ponds is becoming really good with the Woodside and Bankside being extremely clear making for some interesting and sometimes frustrating fishing. The evening fishing is still available with the off the water time at 9.30pm at the moment. The Boathouse has been on good form with the fish well spread out and taking a number of different patterns. Lures have been best with Hothead Damsels the best fly. Dries are also doing well when conditions suit, with Mr Saunders landing a 10lb-plus rainbow on a Shuttlecock. The Burnside has been good but you have to go deep to get them. A sinking line and various lures have been the best approach, letting the flies go down deep. The bung fished fairly deep has been the other taking method with small Buzzers and a Cat Bug popular patterns. Mr Stevens had 13 fish on Buzzers with the best around 6lb. Mr Rice had the best fish of the week with one of the big blues taken on a Damsel.
The Bankside has been the hardest of the ponds with the fish sat out at range at times. The best patterns have been a Floating Fry and other small nymphs with a bit of pearl in the dressing. Mr Easson had eight fish on the Fry and Buzzers and Mr Whyte had an 8lb rainbow on a Black Nomad.
The Woodside has been very busy and this, combined with the heat, has put the fish very deep. Powerbait fished with a lead has been the best method by far. Over the past week the 146 anglers landed 241 fish for a total weight of 385lb.
On Sunday September 13 Kingennie will be holding a fundraising competition for the Scottish Stillwater Fly Fishing Team who will be travelling to Ireland in October for the international. The competition will be fished to catch and release rules with lunch included and a raffle on the day. Fishing will be charged at £25 per head. If you would like any more information please call 01382 350777/350213.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Apart from a couple of days when the damp and wet suited the midges more than the anglers, the rest of the week gave good fishing with plenty being caught. Somewhere close to the normal tactics for the time of year with dries and wets working best and it was good to see fish rising, something which has been missing this year due to unusual weather conditions. Kate Mclarens, CdCs, Buzzers and Suspender Buzzers have been best along with Cat’s Whiskers doing well. Slater Scott had 11 fish; Mark Bell had nine fish; John Watt had a 4lb 15oz fish; Billy Campbell caught 10; Jim Eddie had a 4lb 14oz fish; Ian Baird one of 4lb 2oz; Bob Sutherland 5lb 9oz; John Reading 5lb 4oz; Tony May 4lb 10oz; M. Sutherland a fish of 4lb 8oz; Alan Graham a five-pounder and Jeff Geddes a fish of 5lb 9oz.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Excellent fishing with perfect conditions for top of the water sport. Plenty of fish rising and taking dries although there were times when anglers needed to fish down a little to locate fish. Tree lines produced most sport rather than open water as fish waited for insects to fall off trees. Some good returns of browns to 3lb and plenty of lively blues and rainbows gave anglers great sport. Best flies have been black traditionals and lures such as Tadpoles and Cat’s Whiskers.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
Warmer sunny conditions towards the end of last week and over the weekend have not stopped fish from feeding, especially early morning and later during the evening sessions. Some anglers took their bag limit before the afternoon heat and sun and during the last two hours of the evening. The best bank catches of the week were caught from the dam wall and the south shore where rainbows, an occasional brown and a few blue trout made up mixed bags. Anglers using floating or intermediate lines with Buzzers, PTNs and small traditional wets were doing better than anglers pulling lures, especially during overcast evening sessions. During the sunny afternoons boat anglers are doing better than bank anglers where they can take advantage of deeper water. John Taylor caught a green-tagged fish in his bag of four for 8lb 4oz to win £100, and L. Skinner caught a white-tagged fish to win a free day’s fishing. Of the visiting clubs, Falkirk FC had 13 for 29lb with A. Kidd top rod with 9lb 8oz; The 1314 Flyfishers had 16 for 37lb with Scott Walker winning the prize for the heaviest fish at 3lb 8oz; and Dalziel FC taking 37 for 77lb 4oz and releasing another 26, P. Lawson won a free day’s fishing for the heaviest bag at 9lb 8oz.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
The biggest tiger ever landed at Swanswater was taken this week, a cracking 8lb 11oz specimen caught by Frank Barr, from Falkirk, fishing from the boat. In two visits Frank caught eight fish for 27lb 8oz. In a week with probably the kindest weather for months, including some warm sunshine, the fishing continued to be good. For most of the week fish were seen moving on or just below the surface and many were actively looking for flies to chase. Towards the weekend they went a little deeper but were still feeding in the top three feet or so. On Saturday, anglers fishing Buzzers deep and slow were successful as were those trying dries and nymphs on or just under the surface. Conditions were a little harder on Sunday and although fish were still showing all they were interested in were small nymphs or dry flies. Favourite patterns included Green Nymph, Diawl Bach, Sedgehog, Damsel, Greenwell, Kate McLaren, Spider, Sedge and various Buzzers.
Rab Bonner, fishing from the bank this weekend, was broken by a 4lb rainbow that took his Buzzer and indicator. Fortunately for Rab, Jim Donnelly, fishing from the boat, managed to hook the indicator and play and land the fish before returning fish and tackle to Rab!
Stewart Nicholson, from Knightswood, in two visits. Caught six fish for 28lb 12oz including an 8lb 6oz rainbow and 7lb 10oz blue; David Aitken, East Kilbride, four for 14lb 5oz including a 7lb 2oz tiger; Douglas Murray, Bridge of Allan, two for 11lb including a 7lb blue and a 4lb brown; Charlie Waldie, Airdrie, caught a 6lb blue, his first ever fish on the fly; Stephen Mullin and young son, Liam, Pitlochry, shared six for 16lb 8oz including tigers at 4lb and 3lb 2oz from Swanswater and four from the Meadow Pond; Alec Wilkie, Glasgow, five for 18lb; George Crooks, Glasgow, five for 15lb 4oz plus a further 11 caught and released; Robert Park, Glasgow, four for 14lb; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 13lb 8oz plus nine caught and released; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 13lb 4oz plus five caught and released; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, four for 12lb 2oz; James Henderson, Stirling, four for 12lb including a 4lb 3oz rainbow; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, in two visits, four for 11lb 12oz; Brian Stewart, Falkirk, three for 10lb; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, three for 9lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, two for 6lb 12oz; Connor Meiklejohn, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz from the Meadow Pond; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, caught and released nine; South African visitor R. Irvine, caught and released seven.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 21st, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fishing improved over the weekend with the overcast conditions, especially in the evenings. Buzzers, nymphs and small sparsely dressed dries were successful when fished on floating lines with a very slow retrieve or static under an indicator.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Lots of fish in the 4lb to 8lb bracket were caught this week. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, landed a fully-finned 9lb 8oz rainbow from Chatton Lake as part of a 10-fish catch taken on Buzzers, Zonkers and Bloodworms. All three lakes are fishing well when overcast. On the bright calm days the fish are lying very deep with anglers having to work for their fish. Craig Nesbit, from Wallsend, caught a 6lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Yellow Dancer. Martin Watson, from Chapel House, caught 17 fish on CdCs. Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught nine fish on various dry flies. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 12 fish on Diawl Bachs and CdCs. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club enjoyed a great day on Saturday, fishing in the morning, then after lunch Paul Little AAPGAI give an informative talk on rods. Ali Brown (Chatton Fishery owner) landed a 4lb 8oz blue trout that put up a fantastic fight. It was taken on a Black and Silver Buzzer from Chatton Lake. The next Chatton Ladies Angling Club meeting will be held on Saturday September 12, meeting at 9.30am, everyone welcome. Best flies this week were Buzzers, CdCs, Daddies, Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs. Fishery closing at 9pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Lots of good catches were recorded this week despite sport being a little more patchy than recently. The rod average remained steady between two and three fish per angler, even after stocking 1,600 fish on Thursday, many of which have yet to be caught. Lots of bigger fish have come to the net this week with dozens of fish recorded between 3-5lb. M. Kenny took the pick of these at 5lb 8oz closely followed by P. McGirk. Bait anglers found Pow Hill to Hunter House the best areas with the bank in front of Hunter House the area of choice for PowerBait or floatfished worm. Mice-tails have also been working well, especially when fished on the leger with a short trace. Fly anglers found the bank west of the sailing club, Millshields and the Meadow providing great catches later in the week as the freshly stocked fish began to spread. Some of these fish were picked up by using lures but most fish on the fly have been taken using small traditional flies including buzzers and nymphs fished very slowly. Best flies are Bibio, Montana, Black Pennell, Damsel Nymph, Hoppers, Daddies, Muddlers and Buzzers.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 3-9 the 121 anglers caught 387 fish of which 278 were returned. Best bank areas are the creek, coarse bank and east arm. Top boat areas are the east arm, west arm, pylon point, and down the middle. Best patterns are small Damsel Nymph, dry adult Damsel, Daddy, Red or Green Diawl Bach, GRHE, Olive Shipman’s and white/green lures. Damsels are still hatching in large numbers on the warmer days with fish taking both nymph and adult. Some spooned fish have also been feeding on corixa and snails around the weedbeds. Small hatches of black or olive buzzers have also taken place, especially in the evening.
Best fish were 8lb 2oz to Mr Marshall, using a Damsel from the boat; 6lb 1oz to Jim Nixon, from Kettering, on a Bloodworm; 4lb 8oz to Mr Scott, from the Isle of Man; 4lb 4oz to Robert Lenton, from Milton Malsor, on a Blue-flash Damsel; and 4lb for Denis Rait, from Hemmingford Abbots. Half price boats continue for the whole of August.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
Peter Drummond, of Boothby Graffoe, went boat fishing and tempted eight hard-fighting rainbows on a combination of Daddies and Black Shipman’s Buzzers. Clive Moore, of Cottingham, also had success while boat fishing, using the indicator method and a Goldhead Buzzer fished deep in the main basin. Ed Burgass boat-fished and caught an estimated 4lb brown trout on a home-tied green butt Muddler Daddy. Mike Christie, from Selkirk, caught six rainbows on a Balloon Caddis. The British Float Tube Association enjoyed their recent outing at Eyebrook. At present the fishing at Eyebrook is best described as somewhat “challenging”.
A number of tagged fish have een introduced into the fishery. To qualify for entry into the 'Catch me if you can' competition and your chance to win vouchers to the value of £100 that can be redeemed at the fishery, you must first register your details with fishery staff at the Eyebrook fishing lodge. Entry fee is £5 and the competition runs until the end of fishing 2015.
There’s free admission to this year’s Eyebrook Country Summer Fayre which will be held on Saturday August 22, 2015. There will be fly casting and fly-tying demonstrations, a display of falconry, a hog roast and a live folk band. With a tombola and raffle all monies and donations raised from this event will benefit The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Cool nights kept water temperatures low enough to keep the fish active, producing some fantastic sport with many catches featuring total weights in excess of 20lb. Hungry fish have been spotted daily chasing fry and minnows around the margins, often into just two or three inches of water making spinners and lures the optimum choice for the active angler. Those seeking a more relaxing time found floatfished worm working well early morning and late evening while legered PowerBait produced best results during the middle of the day. S. Crook recorded the heaviest eight fish catch of rainbows totalling 24lb. Barry Wilson made a mid-week visit on his Loyalty Day and caught 10 rainbows for a whopping 27lb 12oz plus a further 20 fish returned from a barbless Dawson’s Olive in the north shore bay. Roy Athey signed out his eight fish for a 20lb total weight and S. Nichols found the specimens along the dam wall with four fish over 3lb and an eight fish limit catch of 20lb 15oz. Heaviest fish of the week was recorded by S. Gibson with a 5lb 10oz cracker. Best flies are Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio and Cat’s Whisker.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is fishing exceptionally well for the time of year with a rod average of 4.25. Both bank and boat anglers are enjoying great sport and the majority of fish are around the 2lb mark. The south end of the dam has continued to fish well for the bank anglers along with Deep Water Point. The best bank methods are floating lines and midge-tips with small Hare’s Ears, Crunchers and Diawl Bachs fished close to the margins. The Willows have also produced some good results. Boat anglers are enjoying good sport in a number of areas with consistent fishing mainly on intermediate lines with lures, Shrimp, Crunchers, Hare’s Ears and nymphs. The south dam, G Buoy, Savages Creek, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, the Seat and Central Drifts through the middle have all produced good consistent sport.
The final week of the Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League had one of the best turnouts with a few new faces. This week’s winner was season ticket holder Gary How who caught 17 and released eight trout from the Boils on a Di-5 with Boobies, Blobs and Crunchers. Second was Graham Bodsworth with eight trout and third David Moore with seven.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore 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
The beginning of the week saw some beautiful sunny days and lots of anglers took advantage of the good weather. Kit Brown bought two tickets and enjoyed limit catches on both from the dam wall. There were fine catches on worm, Mice-tails and legered PowerBait and P. Sparrow had a beautiful three-pounder and D. Gallimore had seven fish for 15lb 8oz. The good weather continued and the fish dispersed around the reservoir following an early week stocking. Fly anglers did well using a variety of flies and lures at different depths, especially on the north bank in the deeper water. The catch returns showed that anglers searching out fish and remaining active around the reservoir were most successful. Friday saw torrential rain almost all day and only a handful of hardy anglers fished including members of the YMCA who held their annual competition. Billy Robson, fished the dam wall and finished first, taking four lovely fish on the fly, some on a floating line and a nice brownie of almost 3lb on a sinking line. On Saturday Jo Eggleston and her partner as well as Mick and Sharon McKimm had 12 fish limits on a couples tickets and many other anglers took limit catches. Fishing can be challenging during the hot, bright weather but early mornings and early evenings have produced good catches. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive and Cat’s Whisker. Best areas are dam wall, Pebble Beach and Brock Scar.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Another fantastic week on the reservoir with lots of large rainbows netted from both the bank and boats. The most memorable catch of seven fish was netted from the inlet by Paul Crowdy which included trout weighing 8lb 8oz, 8lb 4oz, 7lb 10oz, 7lb 4oz and a further three fish totalling 36lb. All rainbows were taken using an intermediate line in combination with Buzzers and an FM Orange fly. On Saturday Bob Rowley also made his mark from the same area taking trout of 7lb 8oz, 7lb 6oz and 6lb 8oz on similar tactics. Notable fish from the bank have included the biggest rainbow of the season at 8lb 12oz and another specimen taken by Marcel Simon of 7lb 10oz; both fell to yellow and spring green PowerBait. A large number of fish in the 6–8lb range have been recorded. Best flies are Buzzers, Montana, Damsel, and Orange FM.
Best bank areas are the peninsula, dam wall, and inlet wall with best boats areas the Goldfish Bowl, inlet, off inlet dam wall, and the bubbles when running.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
A very windy beginning to the week but Mr Harvey still managed to catch a lovely 3lb 4oz fish to start the week on a great note. The sunny, bright conditions during the middle of the week saw fish were rising early in the mornings and later in the evenings and well presented black and brown dries were successful when fish showed themselves. During the day the fish were in deeper water when sinking lines and Dawson’s Olives and Blobs fared well. The boil continued to attract fish with the higher oxygen content in the water proving attractive to fish which remained very mobile. The quality and size of fish caught has continued to be excellent with lots of fish between 2lb 8oz and 3lb 8oz. Mr J. Styles and Mr J. Spence had an excellent Saturday session achieving eight fish each, six of those fish over 3lb. Again, the most successful anglers changed tactics and location to suit the inconsistent conditions. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Buzzers, Bibio and Black Popper Hopper.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
With bright conditions through the day, success has favoured those willing to rise early or stay into the evening. Lots of limits were recorded once the fish were located following another large stocking. K. Beeney netted the heaviest catch of the week with 12 rainbows for 21lb 7oz. These were all caught on the worm off the rocks by Hawkhope slipway. The biggest fish of the week was a fine 5lb 2oz rainbow, again caught on the worm, by David Offer fishing in Stockie Bay. Boat anglers found the best results in the Belling Inlet, fishing towards the mouth of the inlet and also around Needs Hill in the bay by the Janus Chairs. Best flies are Cat’s Whiskers, Black and Peacock Spider, and Black Klinkhamer.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Fish have now moved out into deeper water but are still in the top layers feeding on the huge daphnia clouds. Try fishing midge-tip or intermediate lines with FABs or Booby patterns with Diawl Bachs and Crunchers particularly in red or green. Drifts in open water in the main basin are producing, as are short drifts across the Narrows, but don’t fish too deep as the fish seem to be in the top three feet. Bank anglers can still catch with the best areas being the Pines and the Cliffs with Diawl Bachs again the most effective pattern.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore 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 fish are still up and on the feed making for some very exciting and challenging dry fly sport. Small Bob’s Bits, Shipman’s Buzzer and Crippled Midge patterns are the order of the day with claret and light orange being the good colours. Presentation is key, particularly in calm conditions so short casts from a drifting boat with a degreased fine tippet is the most effective method on the dries. Several anglers have enjoyed catches of 20-plus fish on these tactics this week, drifting across the main basin or middle of the reservoir. Last Sunday Ravensthorpe hosted the Mick Griffin Challenge. Calm conditions on the day made for some very difficult fishing but the anglers still managed a rod average of 2.1 with only three blanks recorded from 31 fishing. Mick Clark took top spot with four fish for 9lb 1oz and seasoned veteran Vic Byrne came second with four fish for 8lb 7oz. Chris Young and Alex Ferguson shared third place with four fish for 8lb 5oz. The fish are in great condition with fantastic tails and have slimmed down to an average weight of around 2lb 4oz putting up a very good fight even in the warmer water. Bank fishing is best off the dam but has slowed considerably with morning until noon providing the best chance.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Good numbers of limits have been taken by boat anglers this week. Boat anglers have been taking stock fish from the main basin near the aerators, and drifts from the sailing club to the fishing lodge. Many of these fish were around the 2lb mark and had been feeding on daphnia. This was the case with the 30-plus fish taken by Robbie Dodds and Gareth Tilley, from Lanchester, Durham. They generously donated their 16 retained fish to the lodge to raise money for charity. Father and son boat pair Simon and Elliott Guthrie ventured down the South Arm and came up trumps with six fish for 18lb 8oz. The best fish at just under 4lb fell to Elliott and was taken on sparse Damsel Nymphs on a floating line. Shallow water was also the place to be for bank anglers John Wadham and Roger Marshall who had some prime fishing off the shoreline up the North Arm. John caught the best fish of the week, a rainbow of 5lb 3oz. Roger returned to the fishing lodge with a nice bag of rainbows with two around the 4lb mark and the rest between 2lb 8oz to 3lb plus. These fish were feeding heavily on corixa with the odd damsel nymph also making an appearance; dry flies and emergers were the successful patterns.
In most cases the fish are reluctant to stay around the shoreline, even the 2,000 rainbows stocked off the Transformer and Green Bank shoreline last Thursday quickly moved out into the deeper water virtually straight away. Around 7,250 fish have been stocked in the last 5 weeks with another 6,600 planned.
All boats are booked on September 6 for the final of the Scierra Pairs.
The Anglian Water Autumn Pairs match is taking place on Saturday October 10. This is a popular match with sections for rudder and non-rudder. Give the lodge a call on 01780 686441 to book a place.
Week 12 of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Richard Cooper with five fish for 10lb 1oz, with Keith Jones taking second on three fish for 5lb 9oz. Third was Geoff Wanless with two fish for 4lb 3oz. Going into the final week Richard leads on 75 points with Keith close behind on 70.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire. It is therefore important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.
We are very saddened to hear that John Maitland passed away last week after a long illness. John moved to Rutland many years ago and was a renowned angler who will be fondly remembered by all who had the pleasure to meet him. Our condolences go to John’s family at this sad time.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Warm sunshine at the beginning of the week had anglers working hard for their catches with the trout heading to the deep areas in the middle of dam. However, a cooler spell at the weekend and a bumper stocking Thursday saw anglers catching at both ends of the dam wall. Mark Sivills, from Brotton, fished the west end of the dam wall with legered worm and White Gulp Egg, taking his eight fish limit by early afternoon. Jake Dale, from Stokesley, and Harry Noble, from Whitby, both went to the east end rocks to get their eight fish limits using green and yellow PowerBait and worm. Fly anglers had consistent sport all week with a Silver Invicta the stand-out fly and all the action was recorded from the east end bay. Anthony Southworth took 12 cracking fish from the east end bay, returning four including a nice 4lb 8oz rainbow. All his fish fell to Invicta and Viva flies. Les Wheatley, from Skelton, fished the moorside and east end bay on a catch and release permit, returning four fish including a nice 3lb 12oz rainbow and the heaviest of week, a lovely 5lb rainbow, all caught on Kate McLaren and Silver Invicta.

Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
During July and now into August the fishing has been productive. Wet and cooler conditions have brought fish closer to the surface where they have been actively feeding. In these conditions anglers have been catching well, mainly with floating and intermediate lines fished with mini lures and nymphs. In a recent fishery match 13 anglers landed 47 trout. Chris Bolt, of Exeter, landed the largest rainbow of the month at 4lb 2oz fishing a Damsel Nymph. Chris's three-fish bag weighed 7lb 10oz. Christine Harris, of Penryn, landed a good seven-fish bag for 12lb 12oz using a Damsel Nymph.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending August 14 the 88 rods caught 254 fish for a rod average of three. On the whole a good week despite mainly bright conditions, apart from Thursday and Friday which were near perfect for mid August being showery and overcast. Water quality is still 100%. Boats have the edge over bank sport with the fish feeding well out over the depths. Even on clear, bright days fish are high up and feeding well. A drifting boat covering plenty of water is the best bet, fishing with traditional patterns such as Soldier Palmer, Silver Invicta etc. Don’t forget the washing-line with a FAB or small Booby on the point and Diawl Bachs and Crunchers somewhere along the cast. After a decent stocking of double figure fish a fortnight ago, Mr Alpin landed a cracking 10lb 11oz rainbow this week. Reduced rate evening tickets from 5.30pm are available until the end of this month and with fishing until 8:30 to 9pm a few good hours are still to be had.
A reminder of the fund-raising event for Cancer Research UK on September 12, organized by John Steels. If you’re unable to attend then donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/john-Steels

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
This last week we welcomed 50 visiting anglers compared with the previous week’s 64. But on both occasions anglers managed a rod average of well over three fish. Numbers have been kept low this week due to the recent rains which has started the runs of salmon on both the Tees and the Wear. R. Green caught 12 fish and was closely followed by M. Watson with 11 fish, B. McKewon caught 10 fish, M. Rook had seven and R.B. Roy caught six fish. The best fish of the week was a fine 7lb 2oz rainbow caught by C. Clarke. CdCs have been performing well as usual along with Pink Bloodworm, Olive Damsel, Black Zonkers and Black Buzzers. The lakes remain open until 7pm for the month of August.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 14th, 2015

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The Association's boats have been in regular use during the week, with good returns being made. Keith Higgins landed 15 fish over two sessions, while Shaun Cotterell caught 11 fish from his two boat tickets. Ken Bowring took his usual limit, while Steve Mitchell's first boat session realised seven rainbows. Day ticket members Leigh Kirkwood and Bob Bradley each landed five fish, Ken Pascoe caught four and an evening session saw committee man Keri Jones land three trout to a goldhead pattern. Around the banks of the reservoir, the top pond continues to be challenging but permit holder Jeff Wilson added a good fish to his bottom pond total of eight fish over two sessions, with a green and white lure proving very effective. Fisheries treasurer Colin Jones continues to enjoy a good season, with a further 11 fish caught over three evenings, mainly from the boat bank. Dave Arlotte caught five rainbows with Ken Pascoe, Roger Martin and James Francis each catching four fish mainly on nymphs. Cardiff member Ivor Thomas landed six fish over two visits with a further three fish being caught by Association president Martin Williams. Permit holders Brian Langley, Dave Howells, Alan Rees, Bernard Stephens and Martin Rees all caught two rainbows, while day ticket holder, Gino Alonzi also landed a brace. Fish are again showing mainly between the bush and the boat moorings while Pipe Bay has seen a good head of fish around the water inlet. Most effective flies during the week have been CdC and Shuttlecock Buzzers. Subject to weather conditions and subsequent water temperatures, the Association plans further stockings around the August Bank Holiday period.
At the weekend the weather conditions made fishing quite challenging, with bright sunlight and a flat calm for most of the day. Nevertheless general treasurer Gwyn Davies took advantage of some rare cloud cover, plus a hatch of ants, to land five good rainbows from the Pear Tree/dam corner, using an ant imitation dry fly. This catch added to Gwyn's earlier success on the top pond with two fish taken from the railings bank on weighted nymphs. Day visitor Mr W. Williams had good value for his £12 ticket with five trout to 2lb. An early morning session, fishing from the bush/Pipe Bay, by James Francis provided a brace of fish, with Adrian Connor also taking two fish to 2lb 8oz, from the boat steps on a Buzzer and a dry fly ant pattern, again from an early morning start.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 14th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has been changeable again but settled down for the weekend and it has fished well as a result. The water is reasonable clear in all the ponds and that has certainly helped. The Boathouse pool is still fishing really well with most of the fish coming to either dry flies or lures such as Yellow Dancers and Hothead Damsels. The biggest fish from the pond at 10lb 12oz was caught by C. Walker on a black lure. Other notable catches were the Deed Ferret group with 12 fish for 46lb with the largest a 9lb 8oz rainbow. The Fishing Inc group took 12 fish for 41lb with the largest at 6lb.
The Burnside pool has been very changeable and the fish have been moving around a lot, one minute they are on the surface taking dries the next they are 10 feet down wanting to chase lures so it has paid to be mobile and change tactics. Floating Fry has been taking a lot of fish as well as Sedges and Shipman’s. Top lures are Damsels, Orange Blobs and Black and Green Fritz. Mr McNeil had the biggest of the week from here with an 8 to 9lb blue trout (returned) taken on a Blob.
On the Bankside most fish are still sat in the first bay down to the dam wall. Again the Floating Fry has been the best fly. Other fry patterns doing well are Pearly Pheasant Tails, Mini Cats and Yellow Dancers. Mr Birse returned 23 in three visits on fry patterns and Mr Forbes had the biggest fish on the complex this week with a 11lb 12oz rainbow taken on a Yellow Dancer.
There are a lot of fish being caught on the Woodside but it has been very noticeable when the fish are feeding and when they are not. Powerbait is still the best bait fished fairly deep down but other baits are working as well. Over the weekend 58 anglers landed 91 fish for 152lb.
On Sunday September 13 Kingennie will be holding a fundraising event for the Scottish Stillwater flyfishing team that will be travelling to Ireland in October for the international. Entry will be £25 per person and will include lunch and prizes.There will also be a raffle on the day. The fishing will be fished on Burnside and Boathouse to catch and release rules. Anyone who would like to fish the competition please call 01382 350777/350213 for more details and to reserve a place.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire  
The fishing conditions continue to be pretty good for the time of year with water temperature sitting 12-13C and great water clarity. A lot of fish are showing on the surface but most are taking just under. The fishing was at its best when the breeze was coming out of the west with things a little harder when the wind moved round to the east. At the weekend anglers were seeing loads of fish cruising round, but tempting them out was a bit harder. Big fish are still being seen, and caught, with some cracking tigers still in the area around the burn mouth. Favourite patterns included Sedge, Hopper, Daddy Longlegs, Bibio, Snatcher, Kate McLaren, plus the usual lures and Buzzers. Most of the time the fish are looking to chase and anglers are getting a lot of sport with fish following the fly in and turning away at the last minute. The Fishery is now open from 8am to 9pm every day.
Sean McGill, from Airdrie, caught two fish for 9lb 8oz including a 7lb 4oz tiger; Nan Morrison, Stirling, three for 11lb 13oz including a 6lb 10oz rainbow; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, a 5lb tiger; Stewart Nicholson, Knightswood, five fish for 17lb 4oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 14lb 12oz plus four caught and released; Allan Laing, Carluke, five for 14lb plus three caught and released; Robin Scott Penicuik, five for 14lb; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, in three visits, 10 for 31lb 12oz plus four caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, nine for 25lb; Stephan and Paul Miller, Stirling, shared eight for 22lb; William Williams, Alloa, three for 10lb 8oz including a 4lb rainbow; Tam Morgan, Motherwell, three for 9lb plus eight caught and released; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, two for 8lb 12oz; Alan Smith, Cumbernauld, two for 6lb 8oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Gary Smith, Alloa, two for 6lb 8oz; James Elliott, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz; Malcolm McKay, Dunfermline, two for 6lb 8oz; and Martin Stewart, Glasgow, two for 6lb.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 14th, 2015

Bewl Water, Kent
After a weekend of very good fishing with some catch and release anglers catching up to 14 trout, the last two or three days have been more challenging as the water has coloured with brown algae and it is difficult to judge the depth of the fish. Rod average for the week was 2.56 - good for mid August. Best areas for boats are the main bowl and Hook Straight. Best areas for bank fishing are the dam wall and Chingley. Successful flies are Boobies, Blobs, Cormorants, Minkies and Tadpoles. Due to low oxygen levels in the water, catch and release has been temporarily suspended. Bank anglers will be able to purchase a brace (two fish) permit for £19 until catch and release resumes. A reminder that no boats are available on the following dates - 16 September (Grand Max) and 17, 18, 19, 20, and 24 October as there are large flyfishing competitions on these days.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The smaller the better this week as far as patterns are concerned. Jeff Wilkinson had a great day here on Saturday, fishing size 14-16 olive nymphs sparsely dressed under an indicator three foot down on a floating line. He managed to catch and release 12 with several browns. Lots of fish still around the margins with the aerators being the hotspots on the lake.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another busy week at Chatton with an Open Day on Sunday organised by Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA). Instructors were on hand to demonstrate and coach the use of single and double-handed rods. The event was a great success and well attended, a big thank you to instructor Barry Mitchell (07979 023301) for organising this event.
All three lakes are fishing well with various dries, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and small lures taking fish. Jim Tuck, from Ashington, caught 18 fish on a Chatton Chaser. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught 15 fish on Blobs and dries. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish, best at 12lb 12oz, on Diawl Bachs and Damsels. Keith Laidler, from Chester le Street, enjoyed his free day’s fishing on a full loyalty card landing 10 fish, best at 7lb 8oz and 7lb. All were caught on a Shipman’s. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught nine fish on Zonkers and Buzzers. John Maguire, from Houghton le Spring, caught 10 fish on olives, Spiders and Bloodworms. Lee Cartmail, from Middlesbrough, caught 18 fish on Zonkers. Colin Harris, from Whickham, caught 18 on various dries. Other good catches went to David Brown, from Bedlington, with a 6lb 8oz rainbow caught from Ross Lake on a Sedge. Fishery regular Alec Fish caught a 4lb 10oz rainbow on a Diawl Bach from Chatton Lake. Ten-year-old Rinn Reekie, from Fife, on his first visit to Chatton landed a 3lb 10oz rainbow from Ross Lake. Mark Straughen from the Norham and Ladykirk Angling Association included rainbows of 6lb 8oz and 5lb in a total bag weight 16lb.
Fishery closing at 9pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday August 15 at 9.30am, everyone welcome.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Sport continued to be good this week, especially earlier in the week when cloudy, cool conditions brought fish close to the margins. Tuesday saw athletics legends Steve Cram and Daley Thompson take 12 fish between them on PowerBait and spinners. We had 24 catch limits in the first three days of the week with Mr K. Maxwell and Mr M. Osbourne taking eight fish limits well over 16lb. The catch of the week went to Mr Fenny who had over 20lb on Wednesday including some nice three-pounders The weekend was slightly less productive as the bright sunshine and rise in temperatures pushed fish out into the depths. However, some good catches were still recorded early and late in the day as fish moved back into the margins during these periods. Fly anglers using dries and wets just under the surface recorded the best catches with some outstanding rises on many evenings. Best flies areBlack Fritz, Black Gnat, Bibio, Montana, Black Pennell, Damsel Nymph, Hoppers, Daddies and Muddlers. Bait anglers had success on a variety of tactics depending on weather conditions and wind directions although PowerBait Mice-tails are still the most productive. 

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
A week of settled weather resulted in some good sport on favoured, cooler days. Minnows shoaling on all banks resulted in feeding trout showing in all areas as they gorge on the abundance of fry. Anglers using a spinner/float or a legered bait did not have to cast very far as the feeding trout were extremely close to the margins. There were some excellent catches recorded throughout and Mr A. Olsen netted eight pristine rainbows for 23lb. He was closely followed by Mr J.B. Wilson who caught eight superb rainbows for 20lb 8oz including the biggest fish of the week at 3lb 8oz. Mr R. Marshall was delighted with his eight fish catch limit totalling 20lb 6oz and this was just a few of the recorded eight fish catch limits. Fly anglers continued to reap the rewards of travelling light and covering a lot more bank, especially on an evening when there are frequent hatches. Best flies are Hawthorn, Dawson’s Olive, Black Gnat, Bibio and Cat’s Whisker. Top tip for anglers wanting to spin for trout is to find a quiet piece of bank and cast your spinner adjacent to the bank about 10 to 15 feet from the margins. of some of the best catches. Best areas are north shore middle section and dam wall on an evening with all areas fishing well.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good summer’s rod average of 3.55 and a lot of fish coming in at more than 3lb. The best rainbow at 6lb was taken by Charles Williams. The dam has been the most productive area for bank anglers with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, PTNs and Crunchers fished close to the margin. However, when the winds have been favourable, Deep Water and Pylon Points have also produced consistent fishing. Boat anglers have enjoyed a good week’s sport with the south dam, G,I,N and B Buoys, Savages Creek, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Seat and central drifts through the middle all producing good consistent fishing. Best boat methods have been to fish mainly on medium to fast sink lines with lures and nymphs.
The Scierra Pairs match on August 2 saw 14 pairs catch 127 fish for a great match rod average of 4.53. The top pair was Mark Haycock and Julian Hubbard with 16 trout for 46lb 10oz. They fished gold and silver tubes on a Di-8 line drifting from the middle of the reservoir to G Buoy/Marlow Bay. The heaviest rainbow of the match at 4lb 10oz was caught by Rob Edmunds/Kieron Bonas who finished second with 16 fish for 41lb 3oz. This fish was also taken on a gold and silver tube from I Buoy.
Third were Ian Watts and Baz Reece with 13 fish for 28lb 15oz and fourth Andy Cooper and Phil Green with 14 fish for 26lb 1oz.
The winner of this week’s Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League was season ticket holder Graham Bodsworth who caught and released six trout from the south dam on a floating line with Diawl Bachs and Crunchers. Sharing second place were Alan Briggs and Keith Gilchrist each with three fish.
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
Bright sunshine and gales made for some testing days. However, a rod average of almost three fish per angler for the week during the summer months remains respectable as the cool weather kept fish active and feeding well. Tuesday brought rain and a cold wind and Mr W.J. Currie caught 10 fish on his Loyalty Day close to the Witch’s Hat. Anglers willing to roam the banks this week have had the most success. As water temperatures rise fish are heading to the deeper water and some of the lesser fished spots like Pebble Beach and Brock Scar have produced great catches. Changing methods have also helped during these difficult conditions with many people catching best late afternoon whilst spinning using small lures and Toby spinners. Derek Hodgson, of Chester le Street, caught the biggest fish of the week on Saturday; a beautiful 6lb rainbow taken at Brock Scar on legered PowerBait Mice-tails. Derek and his friend took home 12 fish between them. There’s been some good fly hatches early evening with surface-feeding fish taking well presented dries. That said, with flat calm water these fish are very easily spooked so fishing on the move has been key. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Black/Orange Hopper, and Bibio.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
A vast improvement in weather conditions as last week’s strong winds gave way to calmer, sunny days. This produced plenty of action around the inlet, where moving cooler water and added oxygen attracted high numbers of the larger rainbows. Nikolai Nikolov caught the largest trout of the season weighing 8lb 10oz using Garlic PowerBait Eggs. Other notable specimens of 7lb 14oz fell to David Fuegi who was spinning and Mr R. Dignam who took an 8lb 4oz fish. A good number of rainbows over 7lb have also been recorded from the Bubble Lines where sinking lines and large lures have improved catches. Richard Smart netted an 8lb 8oz rainbow on Sunday. Bank anglers on the Peninsula have reported better results from amongst the weeded areas using PowerBait. As water levels are still falling fast we remind visitors using boats that Atlantis is very shallow and should be avoided as there is a risk of grounding the boat. Best flies: Buzzers are Montana, Damsel, and Orange FM. Best bank areas are the Peninsula, dam wall and inlet wall. Boats doing well at the Goldfish Bowl, inlet, inlet dam wall, and Bubbles Lines when running.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
The waters of Hury were clashed with winds one minute to be followed by bright sunshine the next and neither being good conditions for flyfishing. However, there were some good catches to note including Malcolm Gowland who took 10 fish on Wednesday on his Loyalty Day on Reedy Bank. John Currie and George Wind landed eight and seven fish respectively. The west end of the reservoir at the boil and Newhouse Bay produced some excellent evening sport with fish surface feeding on small black dries. As summer water temperatures climb fish are shoaling around Low New House taking advantage of the higher oxygen released from the boil giving anglers excellent chances to catch good numbers of fish. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Brown Daddy, Coral Dancer, Buzzers, Bibio and Black Popper Hopper. Best areas are the boil, Newhouse Bay and both banks from the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Gordon Scott, from Newcastleton, fished the South Abutment area and in less than an hour he had landed his eight fish limit, then purchased another permit and promptly caught another eight rainbows! Boat angler Joe Thomas caught fish of 3lb 4oz and 3lb 7oz on a Daddy Longlegs off the field at Needs Hill. Other anglers have recorded limits with dry flies taking front stage as the fish look to the surface to feed. Bait anglers have also caught well with worm and Red PowerBait Eggs one of the most successful combinations. On Sunday Lee Hollings and his son fished for the first time at Hawkhope Slipway. Aidan aged six, landed a 4lb 11oz fish, the largest of the week, using a bunch of worms fished below a bubble float. Best flies are Pearl Blob, Black and Peacock Spider, Green Montana, and Orange Blob. Best boat areas are Mirage, Belling Inlet, and Whickhope. Best banks are Merlin Brae, Matthews Linn, and Little Whickhope.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The rise in temperature this week along with the warming water has made the bank fishing more challenging. However, the rod average for the week is 2.7 and there have been some notable catches. Phil Jordan has had several good days from the bank using Diawl Bachs. He returned 20 fish in three sessions. Rick Barlow has returned 34 fish and taken a rainbow at 4lb 3oz. The best bank areas have been the Cliffs, Sermans and the north shore. Boat anglers are finding fish in the Boills and Main Basin. Fish are still high in the water and feeding on the large daphnia clouds in the main basin. 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 continue to enjoy good sport despite difficult weather and water conditions. Bank fishing has been hard, with anglers taking a few fish from the dam. Boat anglers are having most success by drifting across the main basin with dry fly and emerger tactics as top of the water sport continues. K. Harney returned 20 fish, as did Paul and Dave Newham on dry fly tactics. Fraser Duffy Senior and Fraser Duffy Junior and Mick Clark caught well on dries and emergers. Mary Harkin, from Dublin, fished Foam Daddies to net over 30 fish during a two session visit, with partner Pete Matthison also enjoying good sport on similar tactics. Trevor Hall landed the best fish of the week, a fine rainbow of 8lb 14oz which took a Red/Black Crisp Packet Buzzer fished washing-line style near the Boils. Congratulations go to Ray Edgely who, at 87 years old, caught three rainbows on dry flies. Ray has now been fishing Ravensthorpe for over 50 years.
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
The biggest fish of the week fell to Morpeth (Northumberland) angler Paul Smith who tempted a 5lb 12oz rainbow from the South Arm. This fish had been feeding on large snails. A large red dry fly was the successful pattern. Prior to this rainbow Paul hooked and lost a very large brown. He fished both shallows of each arm on his visit, managing over 20 fish in total. Season ticket holder Keith Jones took a number of quality fish up to 5lb last Friday from both arms. The majority of boat anglers have fished the Sailing Club down through to the dam with rainbows averaging over 2lb reported. The most popular tactic is broadside drifting with lures and nymphs and rudder anglers with tube flies with fish feeding on daphnia. By the end of the week the aerators started to produce plenty of fish with various lures fished on sinking lines coupled with a variable stop-start retrieve working. The rod average at Rutland has been 3.37 for the week. The few anglers who ventured out onto the banks took fish from the North Arm shallows and the Normanton bank from the east side of Normanton Church through to the blue pipes down to Fantasy Island.
Advance notice that all boats are booked for the Scierra Pairs final on September 5-6 and there are a limited number of boats available September 1-4 inclusive.
The Anglian Water Rudder Match on August 8 was won by Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with 14 fish for 27lb 4oz; second Martin Hearth and Jim Watts  with five fish for 8lb 11oz; third Rob Teasdale and Mick Connor with three fish for 5lb 13oz; fourth Jeff Bedford and Matt Bedford with two fish for 4lb 3oz; and fifth Mick Bennett and Ian Dolby, one fish for 2lb.
Week 11 of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Keith Jones with eight fish for 14lb 11oz; second Richard Cooper with eight fish for 13lb 13oz and third Mick Bennett  with five fish for 8lb 9oz. It’s now level pegging at the top of the league with Keith Jones and Richard Cooper on 63 points apiece. Officially there are just two weeks of the league remaining, but it is proving so popular that a couple more weeks may be added, more information to follow. In the meantime, please note that from this week the start time has been brought forward to 5.30pm.
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 Fly Fishers and Anglian Water are hosting an open weekend at the Fishing Lodge on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August, 10am to 5pm. There will be a chance to talk to the experts, try fly-tying, fly casting and flyfishing from a boat (taster session - limited availability).

Scaling Dam Reservoir, Cleveland
Apart from the odd gusty day it’s been quite a pleasant week with some great catches recorded by bait anglers in various locations around the reservoir. Fly anglers working along the south shore and east bay areas have also had good results, especially those who regularly changed fly. Bruce Hodgson, from Brotton, fished the east end with legered blue mango PowerBait and caught his eight fish limit. Jake Dale, from Stokesley, also fished the east end and caught his 10 fish Loyalty Day limit on green and yellow PowerBait and worm. Fly angler Mark Hammond, from Redcar, returned five and Tommy Johns, from Brotton, returned 10 rainbows including two between 4-5lb. The two biggest rainbows of the week weighing 5lb each were both landed on fly, one of three caught by Brian Lees from South Bank and one of four caught and two returned by Anthony Southworth, from Middlesbrough.  Best flies are Silver Invicta, Hoppers, Kate McLaren and Viva. Best areas are both ends of the dam wall, and south shore.

Thornwood Springs Fly Fishery, Essex
Lake two has produced some very good fishing on some days. Over a three-day period lots of rising rainbows could be seen in the rippled areas and some big browns were seen hunting in the margins after the fry. Lake two today (Friday) saw some fantastic surface action for Lee Bartlett who was using CdC Buzzers. His catch up until lunch included an 11lb grown-on rainbow. Rainbows are taking CdC dry flies, with Damsels, Montana, Buzzers and Shipman’s Buzzer also scoring. Early mornings and into the evenings usually witness a good rise. Lake one is about to be de-weeded and will change to brown trout only with a beginner’s pool as well.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending August 7 the 100 anglers caught 341 trout for a rod average of 3.41. A very respectable rod average for the time of year, possibly helped along by airborne terrestrials being in abundance thanks to the harvesting in surrounding fields. Fish have been very happy to feed on or near the surface, even during spells of bright weather. Patterns with some orange or fiery brown in them have done well and the popular Shipman’s is proving ever reliable. Both boat and bank anglers found a few fish with the boats edging the best of the sport. Bank anglers are advised to keep on the move, particularly if takes and offers dry up a little. The water is still clear and the weed is just starting to drop back a little. Dries will continue to produce as really will most methods on the right day. It's also worth keeping an eye out for a few early fry feeders. A few good fish out this week with plenty around 4 to 5lb. Jason James, from Alford, Lincs, managed a nicely conditioned 5lb 2oz rainbow on a dry fly.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 7th, 2015

Elan Valley, Powys
The Elan Valley has fished well, with many wild browns in the 12oz to 1lb range being caught. Mr Taylor, of Bewdley, landed a number of fish for 12oz. Best flies are Hoppers, Black & Peacock, Zulu, Bibio and Black Spider.

Llyngwyn, Powys
The warm weather seems to have put the larger fish down. Harry Edwards, of Llandrindod Wells, was the only one to catch a fish in the 6-7 lb region. Terry Kerr landed one for 4lb and Harry Edwards another for 3lb 8oz. Best flies were Cat's Whisker and Damsels, fished deep, with Buzzers, nymphs and Hoppers on or near the surface.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Boat anglers continue to find fish around the bottom pond, with Ken Bowring taking a succession of limits, mainly on intermediate lines. Craig Bowles caught seven fish up to 3lb on his boat ticket, while Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell each landed four rainbows. Around the banks of the bottom pond, day ticket visitors Colin Chapman and Bob Cook caught four and two fish respectively, while members using day tickets also enjoyed good sport. Mark Roberts landed 12 fish over two sessions, and five fish were caught by Ken Pascoe. Aberdare members Alan Lock and Bill Seward each caught three fish with a brace of trout going to Steve Curtis, Graham Neale, Martin Williams and John James. Cardiff day ticket holder, Viv Jenkins included a good specimen of 2lb in his catch. Association permit holders also continue to do well, with Roger Martin recording two limits, Steve Doherty and Stewart Gordon each taking eight catch and release trout, with Stewart adding an extra four fish on a second visit. Small fly exponents Dave Howells and Ian Hewitt each caught five rainbows. Four fish totals were recorded by Steve Kean and Adrian Connor, while Graham Ingram Evans and Colin Jones both landed three trout. Regular evening fishermen James Francis and Geoff Evans caught two fish, as did Alan Rees and John Morgan. In terms of flies and locations, Damsel Nymphs, Shuttlecock Buzzers, CdC nymphs, Hoppers and Daddy Longlegs are all catching. Either side of the bush and the boat bank are seeing trout moving well, especially in the early parts of the day, while fishing in front of the house and also in Pipe Bay can be successful.
At the weekend general treasurer Gwyn Davies and day ticket visitor Colin Chapman, both managed to find a brace of trout on the railings bank on the top pond. Weighted nymphs proved successful. Gwyn then moved to the bottom pond to land a further three fish from the Farmhouse Bay area using dry flies. Another exponent of the dry fly, Graham Ingram Evans, landed five fish from the boat bank with five fish also being caught by day ticket holder Mark Roberts. An early morning session by James Francis realised four trout taken on a PTN while Adrian Connor caught three fish on Black Buzzers from around the bush. Colin Jones landed his three fish from the car park bank on an evening session, while boat users Adrian Moyse and Keith Higgins caught six and four fish respectively.