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

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
Another great fishing week, although the unexpected warmth and glorious Saturday sunshine, then the east wind and prevalent misty conditions on Sunday certainly made anglers work much harder. The best day of the week was Wednesday when anglers brought 86 fish to the bank and the rod average was 4.7. Floating lines have been the most frequently used, although there has been a steady increase in anglers catching on intermediate lines. Successful flies include Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm, Montana, Damsels, Daddy Longlegs, Shipman's Buzzer, Hopper, Diawl Bach, Minkies, Squirmy Worm and a Blob under a bung. Luke Thomas, Matt Russell and Kieron Jenkins made two visits, taking their limits each time, as did Keith Cox. John Buchanan had a frustrating few hours trying out different flies then hit the jackpot with a long-tailed Montana on a floating line, which brought him six fish. Keith Cox used a Goldhead Olive on an intermediate line to reach his bag limit. Helped by dad James and Kieron Jenkins, five-year-old Nikolai Petsch caught his first fish. Andrew Harvey and Huw Davies ventured into the wading area to take fish. Take care to test the depth ahead of you though, as the depth can alter quite quickly on the outer limits of the wading area. The fishery hotspots are the far bank and the point of the main island.

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The rod average for the week was 3.6 which is down on previous weeks but relatively good for this time of year. Mark Jones claimed the top bag of the week with 13lb 12oz. The heaviest fish at 3lb 12oz was caught by Geoff Weir from Mold. The higher than usual water temperature has kept the fish in the top two or three feet of water. The top flies have been nymphs, Damsels, Viva, Hare’s Ear, Sedge, Orange Fritz and Diawl Bach. Hotspots have been all around the lake with fish being seen and caught in all areas particularly Sailing Club Bay, Tower Bay and along the dam. The first week of November is traditionally ‘Pike Week’ and this year a pike of 8lb was caught by S. Carter. Adam Szardkowski, from Bradford, landed two pike at just over 7lb each.

Llyngwyn, Powys
Star angler last month was Terry Kerr, of Howey, who is a regular visitor to Llyngwyn. Terry landed two fish of 5lb each in a catch of four fish weighing 15lb, taken on a Cat's Whisker. Many fish of 4lb were landed, including those by Dave Smith of Knucklas, C. Reynolds of Aberystwyth, L. Wakelam of Delhelfa, and Bryn Jones of Rhayader. Other flies catching were Buzzers, Damsel, nymphs, Blobs and black lures. The annual Fur and Feather competition is to be held on Llyngwyn on Sunday December 20.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The last week of the season has seen a continuation of good returns from boat fishermen. Ken Pascoe reported a catch of six fish totalling 11lb from his boat session, while Keith Higgins and boat partner Shaun Cotterell landed four and two fish respectively. Stewart Morton caught three fish from his morning on the boat. Craig Bowles ended his season with a brace of trout. Bank fishing has resulted in a few fish coming from the top pond, but the majority of catches have been made on the bottom pond, particularly around the bush and Farmhouse Bay. Vice chairman Adrian Moyse added two fish to his earlier catch on the top pond, while Ken Bowring maintained his good catch levels with a further five fish from the bush. Terry O’Connor totalled seven fish from four sessions, while Martin Williams and Ivor Thomas each caught three rainbows. Barry Powell, Dave Howells, Paul Bevan and Ian Hewitt each had two trout, while the two heaviest fish of the week were landed by fisheries treasurer Colin Jones, with a rainbow weighing 5lb 6oz and Richard Haynes, who used a Cat’s Whisker pattern to take a specimen of 3lb 2oz.
The last weekend of the 2015 season saw a very well attended reservoir, with fish being caught from both ponds. On the top pond, Phil Harper and Colin Jones managed three fish each, Jeff Wilson caught two rainbows while John Mcindo and John Eynon each found fish from the railings bank. On the bottom pond, boat fishermen Ken Bowring and Stewart Gordon, ended their season with three and two fish respectively, whilst the bank fishing resulted in Stewart Gordon adding a further six fish and Ken Bowring an extra three trout to their boat totals. A brace of good rainbows were caught by Adrian Moyse and Keith Higgins, with Steve Mitchell, Alan Vaisey and Adrian Connor also landing their final season's catch.
Final returns for Ynys y fro recorded a total of 500 fish caught during October from visits by 300 permit holders and 100 day ticket visitors, giving a rod average of 1.25. The totals for the whole season recorded 7500 fish being caught from the bottom pond and 1950 from the top pond (total of approximately 9500).

 


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

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The stable weather resulted in some impressive returns. The water is still very clear in all the ponds which is always beneficial. When the wind picks up there have been a lot of falling leaves on the water and the fish are eating the terrestrials that are on them. This led to some great dry fly action. There are still many big fish featuring in the catch reports from all the ponds also. The Burnside has been really busy all week with a lot of the dry fly action coming on this pond. Very small Black Spiders have been best but as long as the presentation is good there are fish to be caught. Buzzer tactics have worked, as have lures on a sunk line with Damsels, Blobs and Bloodworms doing well. The best method has been the bung with a mixture of Buzzers, Blobs, Bloodworms and or course the Squirmy Worm fished between two and 10 feet deep depending on the day. Mr Valentine returned 21 fish on a Sunburst Blob on a sinker; Mr Watson returned 14 on Squirmys with the biggest around 8lb. Mr Jackson had the biggest fish of the week with a rainbow estimated around 12lb caught on a Buzzer.
The Boathouse have seen the fish high up in the water as well and very similar tactics to the Burnside have worked on this pond. Mr Bairner did very well on Saturday landing four fish for 24lb and returning six. Mr Chalmers returned 14 while fishing small dries and Spiders. Mr Connell had two for 5lb and returned 12 on a Squirmy under the bung.
The Bankside has seen more anglers fishing it and it has produced well. The fish are moving around all the time and don’t seem to be doing the same thing two days in a row. Mr Westland had 12 on Damsels and a floating line with the biggest around 12lb. Mr Sherriff returned 11 on Bloodworms. Mr Gordon had five with the largest around 10lb.
The Woodside has been very busy and is fishing very well. Over the weekend the 41 anglers landed 95 fish for a weight of 151lb with the largest a 5lb 3oz rainbow caught by Mr Middleton on Powerbait.
 
Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

Conditions for this time of year have been brilliant. Fish are feeding really well and are topping and tailing on the surface. Okey Dokeys are doing well, as are Bloodworms. On brighter days orange and pink do well. Fly choice changes from day to day so be prepared to change. Also, don’t stick to one retrieve or one line, variation at times is required. After a hard fight of nearly 20 minutes Willie McRobbie was finally rewarded with a beautiful blue of 11lb 8oz. Neil Smith had a great day with his first cast and first fish being a 9lb 4oz beauty, which had been hooked previously with a Montana Nymph in the scissors. He followed this up with another at 8lb 5oz making his return 17lb 9oz for two fish of his 10 landed on the day. Chris Johnston had 12 fish, best at 8lb; Jim Eddie returned an 8lb fish; Slater Scott had 14 fish; Gordon Grant eight; Tom Anderson seven. Rob Barsby, who is new to flyfishing, was delighted with his two fish. The winter league is now underway and anglers can still join in through the month.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
The lochs will remain open with the continued good weather and both lochs are fishing really well with some good fish being caught. Mr Morrison, from Glasgow, had a good day with a beauty of a blue at 9lb 8oz along with fish from 4lb up. Fish are fattening well on fry, which is normal at this time of year, and they are feeding hard under the tree lines.

Springwater Fishery, Ayr
On the fly loch the top rod this week was Graham Bickett who released 17 fish. Jim Bickett caught and released eight fish. The first leg of the winter league was won by Ross Veitch, second Stevie Cope and third George Young. Top rod on the bait loch was young Lucie Malcolm, age five, who caught a fish nearly bigger than her! It weighed 11lb 2oz and she also caught another two fish weighing 5lb 4oz. Colin Whinham also caught a big fish weighing 10lb 4oz.

Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire
As the unseasonably mild weather continues, the fish remain in the top two to three feet of the water. Floating lines and nymphs or small lures fished with a fast retrieve have been working well, with some fish still taking small dry flies, particularly on the small ponds. The heavy rain midweek briefly coloured the water, but conditions were back to excellent by the weekend. Fish are being taken all round the main pond and the two small ponds continue to fish really well. Tigers are still being seen in the burn area but are proving to be somewhat elusive. This week’s favourite patterns included Damsel, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Nomad, Diawl Bach, Cormorant, Spider, Kate McLaren and, especially on the small ponds, Buzzers. The Fishery is open 8am to 5pm every day.
John Small, from Dalkeith, caught two fish for 9lb 6oz including a 7lb 2oz tiger; Ricky Goodwin, four for 14lb 4oz; Nan Morrison, Stirling, four for 13lb 8oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two visits, eight for 23lb 8oz plus three caught and released; John Montague, Glasgow, four for 12lb 4oz; Alan Kyle and Ian Ritchie, Bridge of Weir, shared six for 17lb 12oz from the boat; Andy Henderson, Glasgow, three for 10lb 8oz; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, three for 10lb; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, three for 9lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Davy Quinn, Dunfermline, three for 9lb 4oz; Stephen Devlin, Coatbridge, two for 8lb 4oz and returned a brown; Jim Craig, Balloch, two for 7lb 8oz; Andy Tervit, Paisley, two for 6lb 8oz; Andy Reid, Alexandria, two for 6lb 8oz and returned a brown; John Mathieson, Doune, a 4lb 4oz rainbow; Alan Kirkham, Glasgow, caught and released 10 from the boat; Darren Hill, Alva, caught and released nine.
 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good rod average of 3.85 and 32% of all trout caught weighing 3lb and over. Best rainbow 4lb 7oz taken by Steve Cochrane. Bank anglers have had great sport from the dam, Seat, G Buoy, Willows and Deep Water Point with floating lines and Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Diawl Bachs, Claret Hoppers and small Sparklers being the best methods. Boat anglers have had a great week with the vast majority of fish being caught from around the margins. The best boat areas have been Sanctuary Bay, G Buoy, Willows, Seat and the dam. The best boat methods have been to fish fast glass or slime lines with Tubes, Snakes, GRHE, Minkies and Cat’s Whiskers. Predator anglers have also enjoyed good sport with pike caught up to 22lb, zander 17lb and perch to 3lb 8oz. The brown trout season has now ended and any browns caught must be returned safely to the water.  As from November 1 the western end of the reservoir is out of bounds until April 1. Boat restrictions are now in place along the western shore of the reservoir.

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

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

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

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

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

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Fry, shrimp and snails are on the menu for the trout this week and the fish have been very obliging with lots of nice specimens being taken from both boat and bank. The rod average for the week is 2.9. North Farm shore is still fishing very well from the bank with fish taking Shrimp patterns fished close to the shore. Boat anglers are catching through the Narrows and Brixworth Bay areas and the fish have come to various methods from floating line and nymphs all the way down to tubes and Minkies. The Small Half of the reservoir is now out of bounds until next April.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe continues to be in top form from both bank and boat. Platforms 3-11 and the dam are the areas to try from the bank. Floating lines and black and green lures or Red Diawl Bachs and Black Buzzers are best. Alan Duffing caught 10 rainbows this week from platform 5. The Fur & Feather (boat) match on November 1 saw 21 anglers fish to a rod average of 3.8. Winners were Frazer Duffy snr and Frazer Duffy jnr with 17lb 8oz, second Vic Byrne and Ian Footman with 17lb 2oz and third Stuart Payne and John Smith with 16lb 8oz.

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

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

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

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

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 30, 2015

Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
A cracking opening week with near perfect conditions keeping anglers very happy indeed. Mike James, Roger Martyn, Sally Ann Iles and Bernie Davies each took one and returned seven earlier in the week, with Mike netting another three later in the week. Sal and Bernie also returned to take two and return nine between them. Successful flies included Bloodworms, Buzzers, Damsels and a wrapped Minkie. Keith Higgins was on outstanding form on Thursday, taking one and returning 10 from a variety of platforms including the main island point. Keith used a little Damsel and an intermediate line
Stephen Curtis's Damsel on a floating line tempted six fish to the net, while the day before Mike Dummer used a Hopper to net two of his six fish, taking the rest on an Orange Blob.
Fishing guide John Symonds took one and returned another on an intermediate line. Peter Wesson took one and returned five. Colin Poole took one rainbow on a Montana. Wales international angler Kieron Jenkins netted his limit using a Rob's Wrapped Minkie and tempted a superb rainbow at 6lb 5oz off the main island point on an intermediate line.
A Goldhead Damsel and an Orange Blob brought Matt Russell his limit, taking one and releasing 10 rainbows, while son Callum also used the Rob's Wrapped Minkie. The brown trout have also been keen to show themselves this week, with several anglers bringing browns to the net including Mike James who netted three amongst his 11 fish. Rob Collier and son Tom caught seven fish each, all tempted on Bloodworms on a floating line. Garry Wharton and Paul Elsworthy each took one and returned four, while it was a total of six for Ken Bowring and John Parsons.
Youngest angler of the week was six-year-old Will Wellman, who took a cracking rainbow early on Saturday using a Sunburst Blob under a bung on a floating line (with a little bit of help from dad Tim).
It is critical that barbless or de-barbed hooks are used at all times, to ensure that fish are not damaged on release.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
While the bottom pond continues to outfish the top pond, vice chairman Adrian Moyse and head bailiff John Mcindo both caught fish from the top pond railings bank with Adrian landing a brace of good trout. On the bottom pond boat fisherman Keith Higgins continued his excellent season with a total of 19 fish over three sessions. Boat partners Shaun Cotterell and Bob Bradley caught 13 and four fish respectively. Another successful boat angler, Craig Bowles from Cowbridge, took a limit from his boat session. Stewart Gordon's boat ticket brought him two rainbows. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Ken Bowring again found fish, with a limit from the bush, while Cardiff member Alan Rees caught six fish over two visits. Ken Pascoe caught three rainbows while Mike and Robert Porteus each caught four fish. Association president Martin Williams, committee member Brian Wareham, and day ticket holders Ian Hewitt, Dave Arlotte, David Price and Paul Bevan all landed two trout.
At the weekend most sport was had around the bottom pond, with Ken Bowring taking six fish from the bush. Membership secretary, Phil Harper and treasurer Colin Jones, plus day ticket visitor C.A Wheeler found fish from the bush to Pipe Bay during late afternoon visits, while Stewart Morton and Barry Powell used the Association boats to land three and two fish respectively. It is to be hoped that as many members as possible attend the work party on Saturday November 6 from 10am onwards. The season ended on Saturday October 31 and will recommence at the beginning of March 2016.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 30, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Another week of perfect water levels and gin clear water in all the ponds which has resulted in some near perfect conditions and some anglers have done extremely well. There has been a run of big fish this last week as well with 10 doubles caught and released from the three fly ponds in the last seven days. The fish in the Burnside have been very active with huge numbers of fish feeding on the surface. With the leaves falling off the trees there has been lots of terrestrials land on the water and the fish are taking advantage. The rest of the fish don’t seem to be too deep with most fish being caught in the top three feet of water. When fishing dries Shipman’s, Beetles and Shuttlecocks have been best but anything small has worked. The bung has been the top method with Bloodworms, Squirmys and Blobs being favoured. Mr Simpson had 17 fish on the bung with the biggest around 11lb, Mr Adam had 12 with one around 12lb and another around 13lb. Mr Wallace had 14 fish while fishing dry flies with the biggest around 5lb.
The Boathouse has been very clear and the fish haven’t been chasing lures that much. The Bug has again been very effective but stalking fish has been the best option. Damsels, Orange Blobs, Squirmys and Buzzers have been the top flies but dries have been very good at times. The biggest fish of the week was caught by Mr Wilson with a blue around 14lb as well as a rainbow of around 10lb in his haul of eight fish on a small orange lure. Mr Jacobs had four fish for 15lb with the best a rainbow of 8lb.
The Bankside has been on good form for those who have cracked the method. Mr Sherriff had 11 fish on Bloodworms with the best around 5lb and Mr Sheppard had a great day, finding a lot of fish in the second bay hitting fry. He ended up with 16 fish, the biggest a blue of around 14lb. He caught on Damsels, wets and Hummies on a floating line. The Woodside has been very busy and the fish have really started moving around making the fishing much better. A float with orange Powerbait has been the top method as well as spinning. Over the weekend the 45 anglers landed 98 fish for 161lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A slower week with gales, rain and colder conditions seeing fish going deeper for most of the week. Only now and again did some surface to dry fly but overall it was intermediate lines and lures. Some good brownies were caught as they fed hard ready for winter with Slater Scott landing 18 fish and his best was a brownie around 5lb which was returned. Jim Walker had a good fish of 6lb1oz; John McKay had a fish of 6lb 8oz; Mark Bell an eight-pounder among his 10 fish; Neil Scowen had a beauty of a brown at 7lb-plus returned in his eight fish bag and Jimmy Rhind had eight fish. Decent averages per session of around four fish and only a few blank rods. Best flies have been Yellow Dancers, Vivas, White Fritzs, Okey Dokeys and lime and white patterns fished mainly on intermediate lines. At this time of year you need to be prepared to change tactics to suit conditions as they vary from day to day. The winter singles starts on November 1.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
It’s important to note that despite the rules being given to anglers who fish the lochs, there is always someone who will ignore them and take away some of the beautiful brown trout when most who fish the lochs know they all get returned. Pleas remember, all brown trout must be returned. The lochs have fished well and sport has continued to be good. The season on the lochs has just about finished although final closing date will depend on weather conditions.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The fundraising competition organised by Liz Frazer from the Scottish Ladies International team proved a great success. The 36 anglers came from all parts of central Scotland to give their support, raising nearly £1500, including monies gained from the raffle and auction, for the Ladies teams expenses for their trip to the 2016  Home International competition. The first prize of the day, a bottle of whisky, went to local angler George Telford for catching the first fish three minutes after the start. The overall winner, catching 11 fish, was Derek Hessett, second was Ian Earle with eight fish and third was Jim Fairley with seven fish. Of the visiting clubs Dalyell AC had 33 fish for 74lb 12oz and nearly the same on catch and release, while Broxburn FC had 20 fish for 56lb 8oz. Other good bags this week went to J. Allan four for 10lb, John Morton four for 10lb 8oz, Alex Pow four for 10lb, John Taylor four for 12lb 8oz, best 5lb 4oz, Mr Muir four for 12lb, J. Black four for 10lb, Alan Lawson four for 11lb, Jamie Stupart two for 11lb 4oz, best 9lb, J. Watson four for 11lb 8oz, best 4lb, John Miller four for 13lb 8oz and S. Burke four for 10lb 8oz. 
The closing day for the 2015 season is Sunday November 1. Visiting clubs are also reminded that bookings are now being taken for the 2016 season when opening day will be Saturday February 27, closing day Sunday October 30. Call the clubhouse on 01324 714190 or email
buzzerbill@virginmedia.com

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire 
As the mild weather continues, the fishing conditions remain excellent and the fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and looking to chase small lures and nymphs. The heavy rain on Friday night-Saturday morning coloured the water a bit but it has now cleared and things are looking good for the coming week. Unfortunately the coloured water made things a bit harder on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, but the rest of the week there was some great sport to be had and some great bags taken. Another big tiger was landed midweek, taken from the burn area. Otherwise the fish are well spread out and being caught all around the pond. The small ponds continue to fish well, particularly the Meadow Pond. Favourite patterns included Buzzer, Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Black Nymph. Now that the clocks have changed the Fishery opening hours are 8am to 5pm every day.
David Aitken, from East Kilbride, caught three fish for 15lb 8oz including two tigers, the bigger one at 8lb 12oz; Robert Park, Glasgow, five for 16lb 12oz; Rab Bonnar, Alloa, in two visits, eight for 25lb including a 4lb 12oz rainbow and 3lb 8oz blue; Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, five for 15lb 8oz; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 15lb 4oz; Grant Mooney, Queenzieburn, four for 12lb 12oz; Ian Riddicks, Ayr, four for 12lb 4oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 12lb plus three caught and released; Kevin Cowling, East Kilbride, three for 10lb 8oz; Jamie Murphy, Blantyre, three for 10lb; Aaron Kirkwood, Fallin, three for 9lb; Stewart Marshall, Cambusbarron, three for 9lb plus two caught and released; Allan Whitton, Stirling, three for 8lb 12oz; Donald McMurchy, Fallin, two for 6lb 12oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, two for 6lb 4oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, two for 6lb.
 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 30, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
At last the trout are chasing the fry and several larger fish were caught at the weekend. Lots of action all over the lake. Cat’s Whiskers, Minkies, Damsels and Yellow Dancers on floating lines are catching well. Tuition is available here, two hours and two hours fishing afterwards is £50, a great Christmas present for someone!

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
Another great late season week with fish caught steadily throughout with some favoured days seeing the rod average spike to over six fish per angler. Charlie Hall and his dad, from Gosforth, completed their limit catch on Wednesday between the stream and first fence using orange and chartreuse PowerBait Mice-tails. Jon Robinson, from Bedlington, took one of the best catches of the week from disabled area with eight fish and a cracking four-pounder, all taken on legered PowerBait. Fly anglers also reported some good catches with the bank west of the sailing club offering good sport on intermediate lines and a Dawson’s Olive or small black wet flies. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Cooler autumnal weather this week pushed fish into deeper waters. However, anglers who heeded advice to fish the west end of the reservoir were well rewarded for their efforts. A fine example of this was Gerry Webber who fished the middle section of the north shore midweek. Gerry took the best catch of the week and best fish; a cracking home-grown 6lb 8oz rainbow caught on a legered mix of PowerBait Eggs. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Bibio, Cat’s Whisker and Black Gnat.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Anglers continue to enjoy good sport with a rod average of 3.5 and around 30% of the fish weighing 3lb or over. There have been plenty of bag limits with the bank fishing well from the Dam, Seat, G Buoy, Harbour and Deep Water Point. The best bank method has been to fish Shrimp patterns and GRHE, floating fry and dries. The biggest fish of the week was taken by Keith Jones, of Peterborough. Keith was bank fishing from the Harbour and caught and released a superb overwintered rainbow estimated between 5lb 8oz and 6lb on a floating line.
Boat anglers have also had a good week’s sport with plenty of bag limits. The most consistent areas for the boats were Deep Water Point, G Buoy, Willows, Dam, Gaynes Cove and the Seat. Boat anglers had the best results with floating or fast glass lines with Shrimp, GRHE, dries, Cat’ Whiskers, tubes and Snakes. The heaviest bag of the week was taken by Andy Axon who caught eight trout for 28lb 5oz on Shrimp patterns.
The last day for brown trout is Thursday October 29. Any Browns caught after this date must be returned to the water alive. As from November 1 the western end of the reservoir is out of bounds until April 1.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham   
The northern banks of Low Rigg and Rabbits bank have fished well this week with anglers choosing these spots over the more popular areas on the south side of the reservoir due to falling water levels. With water temperatures also dropping during the day we have seen fish going deep during these colder spells. That said, the trout are continuing to feed on fry making spinning and flyfishing with lure patterns the best methods when the fish are returning to the margins. Mr Embleton took the biggest fish of the week on Friday; a 5lb 2oz rainbow part of a six fish catch. This led us into an excellent day all round on Saturday with a number of anglers getting limit catches. Mr M. Foster took eight, of which three were taken on a Mepps spinners and five on chartreuse/scales PowerBait Eggs fished on the leger with a short trace. With temperatures set to stay low we expect the fish to remain deep so casting further should get results. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Floating Fry, and Cat’s Whisker.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
With perfect autumn conditions during the week, excellent sport was enjoyed around the Inlet and towards the shallows of the Peninsula. Many larger rainbows are being caught in greater numbers from both the bank and boats as anglers experience quality fishing. Denis Smith landed rainbows of 10lb 2oz, 9lb 12oz and 7lb 3oz whilst wading along the natural bank. He used a floating line with a team of Diawl Bachs on a long leader. On the same day Nigel Angus boat-fished the Inlet and tempted trout of 9lb 7oz, 9lb, 8lb 2oz and 8lb, as well as releasing eight fish using a hoglice pattern over shallow water. Nigel and Alan Stern also flyfished earlier in the week, including fish of 9lb 8oz and 8lb 14oz in their limit catches. Spinning has also proved an effective method with Mr Edvinas landing trout of 8lb 14oz and 7lb 6oz from the Goldfish Bowl on a silver lure. PowerBait remains the favourite bait but floatfished lobworm is also successful. Best flies are Montana, Damsel Nymph, Orange Fritz, White Zonker and Orange Blob.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Some windy conditions this week made it hard work to fish Hury at times. However, there were some notable fish caught with Mr C. Harrison taking a 5lb rainbow on Tuesday and Geordie Samms and Joe Watson taking four fish each on Saturday with weights of 11lb 4oz and 14lb 4oz which included the biggest fish of the week recorded at 5lb 8oz. Fish have been taken deep this week with water temperatures falling making a sinking or intermediate line a must. During warmer, calmer spells fish have been seen on the surface chasing roach fry and as the fish shoal it is giving excellent opportunities to pick off a number of feeding fish, with quick retrieved lure patterns. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio and Floating Fry. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The reservoir continues to fall with little or no rain this week. However, this has opened up even more bank areas. Kevin Johnson, from Hexham, managed to take his limit despite high onshore winds at Hawkhope slipway at the weekend. He had to repeatedly cast his bubble float against the wind but it was well worth the effort with 14lb of fish to take home. Due to high winds at the end of the week boats were unable to go out. Earlier in the week the flat calm water provided some excellent top of the water sport with the few last sedges and daddies showing on the surface. Deeply fished floating fry and lures have also taken some good catches. The best bank areas were Hawkhope, Stockie bay and the tip of Little Whickhope. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Boats are currently due back at the jetty at 3.30pm. Best flies are Black Fritz, Orange Blob and Daddies.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 72 rods catch 217 fish for an average of 3.01 per rod. The biggest fish last week was an 8lb 10oz rainbow caught by Jamie Nairn, of Solihull, who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and he took it on a Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. John Salisbury, of Warwick, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and he caught eight fish including fish of 7lb, 6lb and 5lb 10lb with all his fish falling to Buzzers and Bloodworm patterns fished on a floating line. Mike Ravenscroft, of Kenilworth, fished from a boat on the Park Meadow pool and caught eight fish to 4lb using Damsels and Buzzers. Fishery regular Dave Bratby, of Birmingham, caught and released eight fish to 6lb from the bank of Cocks Close and these fell to mini Cat’s Whiskers on a floating line. The changeable and sometimes windy conditions last week made it a little more difficult with the boat anglers generally catching better than those on the banks. Top flies have been Damsel Nymph, Black or Red Buzzer, Bloodworm, Minkies, Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole and Appetiser. The best areas have been around the old boat jetty corner and the high bank of Cocks Close. On Park Meadow, the middle of the dam wall area is best.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Another good week with a rod average of 5.0 and plenty of fish on the fry and snail and signs of them getting into the shrimp. Eddie Greenwood, from Newark, had a lovely day on Thursday, saying: “I am grateful for your friendly advice and hospitality. The fishing conditions were good, but the wind was approaching 20mph so I worked some of the more sheltered spots including Three Trees and Brixworth Bay, where I found a 6lb 8oz rainbow surface-feeding on snails. I plopped a size 16 Booby close by and he turned and took it without hesitation.” There were some impressive rainbows including a 6lb-plus specimen returned to the water by Mark Bradbury. Alex Ferguson returned a 7lb-plus rainbow tempted on a size 10 Cat’s Whisker near Ash Tree Bay. Roy Clark, from Worfield, returned a fabulous 4lb 10oz brown and had two other nice rainbows. Michael Shelton, of Northampton, caught two fish with three casts using a black/silver palmered lure on a floating line. 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 great week’s sport for both boat and bank anglers with a terrific rod average of 5.7. Boat anglers are catching well mostly on floating lines with dries, Black or Claret Hoppers, intermediate lines and sunken Daddies are also working well. Bank fishing has been superb this week. Charlie Watts had half a day at Pitsford last Monday and landed 30 fish on floating line with Red Diawl Bachs from Platform 3. Bob Draper caught four from Mongers. Alan Duffin also fished Mongers and landed 10 mostly on Black Buzzers. John Smith fished the dam and had six fish mostly on Red Diawl Bachs. Kevin Daykin landed 10 fish from Platform 5.
Mid Northants Flyfishers held the Bob Church President’s Trophy at Pitsford Water on Sunday. A great day was had by all with 32 anglers catching 162 fish for a rod average of 5.0. Top spot on the day went to David O’Farrell with six fish for 13lb. Second place went to Paul Gayton with six fish for 12lb 14oz. Richard Webb weighed in at 12lb 8oz for third place. The biggest fish weighed 2lb 11oz and was caught by Pip Jeffs.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Sport this week has been good for both bank and boat anglers. As the winds changed a slightly warmer front has improved conditions. Areas of the lake producing fish included Normanton and the main basin with fish showing along the dam wall, Yellowstone along to the end of the peninsula at Barnhill Creek and Carrot. Fish have also been caught along Green Bank with the usual scattering of fish (often better quality) being caught at the bottoms of the arms. Gibbets Gorse has also been worth a look.
Tactics employed have been varied, with some anglers sticking to the floating fry method and others opting for nymphs perhaps targeting the snail and corixa feeders out there. Both methods have proved successful in the right places. Mick Connor proved the first of those methods with a lumpy 7lb rainbow, well worth the walk up the south arm. Al Owen and John Slavin enjoyed some good sport on the boats this week with a variety of methods employed from tubes to nymphs doing the business.
Bank fishing continues to improve with anglers taking fish mostly on the peninsula with some anglers also experiencing success along the Normanton bank. Floating fry, Suspender Minkies and sunken Minkies have all worked along with Shrimp patterns and Hare’s Ear patterns all fished on floating/sink-tip lines.
The lake is in superb condition at present with crystal clear water all over. Some weed beds are still present and fish are often not far away. The banks have been seeing more and more anglers fishing. Roach/perch fry, snail, shrimp and corixa are at the top of the menu for the trout at the moment and feeding is often in sporadic windows through the day with crepuscular behaviour a common theme.
The George Moore Memorial rudder match was held last Saturday with nine pairs fishing for the trophy. The wet, miserable weather didn’t detract from the fishing with fish being recorded to every boat and some anglers weighed in double figures. The George Moore trophy for the best brace of fish was won by Jim Watts and Martin Hearth with 10lb 14oz. Martin took a personal best brown of 7lb. The best rainbow on the day was taken by Colan Bartrum with a fish of 3lb 9oz. The rudder series challenge concluded with this match and was awarded to the pair achieving the best combined weight across three matches. Another trophy for Martin’s ‘Hearth’, who alongside Jim Watts accumulated 48 fish for 116lb 11oz. Runners-up were Dave Porter and Steve Crowder with 46 fish for 105lb 15oz.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland  
Another stocking on Friday from our Lartington fish farm tempted Guisborough angler George Houston to brave the elements and head to the east end rocks. Armed with Yellow PowerBait and worm George caught his limit of eight rainbows with longer casts into deeper areas. Alongside George was Harry Noble, of Sleights, who managed four nice fish, all caught on blue mango PowerBait with an added orange Mice-tail as a tempter. From Sunday November 1 fishing hours are from 9am until 4pm. Best flies are Black Hopper and Black Spider.

Thornwood Springs Fishery, Essex
Lake one has been split into two sections now with an easy fishing beginners end starting at £15, with the other end being mainly browns. Some 200 14oz to 1lb 8oz fish were stocked last week to add to the resident browns in the 1lb to 10lb range. It is catch and release at this end of this lake. Small black wet flies and nymphs are best for these brownies. Lake two has been restocked with 80 four-pounders and six were landed yesterday in the 6-9lb range amongst mixed bags of up to 15 fish. Damsels and Dancers are best on here. Lake three has also been restocked and fish up to 10lb were tempted on Montanas.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Temperatures dropped and winds picked through the second half of the week and with the season drawing to a close the lakes saw a quiet week. The 39 dedicated anglers who braved the chilly conditions returned a reasonable rod average of 3.3. The only angler to reach double -figures this week was R.M. McCullagh who caught 10 fish. G. Oliver caught seven on each of two separate visits. A. Spence and B. Wood also caught seven fish each, while P. Stonhouse and A. Hutchinson both caught five fish each. The best fish of the week was a fine 7lb specimen caught by A. Clarke. The catching flies have been the usual suspects including CdC Shuttlecocks and F-Flies, Bloodworm, Buzzers, Blobs, Hare’s Ears and one of the regulars has being doing well with Mini Damsels. With the forecast for a further drop in temperatures, coupled with mist and drizzle, sport is expected to slow down, especially as the end of the normal season approaches.

 


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

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
Water levels and clarity are just about perfect now and some excellent results have been achieved on all the ponds. Boathouse Pool has provided great conditions for stalking fish in the clear water and several large fish have been landed. Top spot goes to Chris Watson who caught and returned a 15lb rainbow and four others. Mr McDougall took a fine rainbow of 8lb 12oz. Damsels, Buzzers and dries have all taken fish. The Burnside Pool has received a lot of angling pressure recently but it has produced some wonderful fish. Bruce Thomson returned a rainbow of 14lb and Joe Westland also returned another beauty weighing 12lb. Mr Valentine returned one at 11lb 8oz and Stewart Duff took another at 10lb. Buzzers, Bloodworm imitations and Shipman’s were among the most successful patterns.
On the Bankside Pool Yellow Dancer and black/green lures had the most success. The Wilsons took a fine, deep rainbow weighing 11lb 12oz and returned a further 10. Michael King enjoyed brisk sport returning eight fish in a short session. The Woodside (any legal method pool) has fished steadily all week. Best returns were on Thursday when 22 anglers took 33 trout for a combined total of 53lb 4oz. A good number of these fell to the Scout Group supervised by Keith Prior. Green Powerbait has again proved the most consistent bait but most colours have also worked. A few fish have started to respond to spinning techniques as the trout turn their attention to feeding on fry.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Settled conditions throughout the week gave opportunity for some great late season sport. Plenty of fish wee topping on the surface and also feeding well on fry, which meant dries and fry patterns did best. But with fish being selective at times, going down to size 18s in some cases was the key to catching. Fish did show interest in larger patterns but were just not as confident in taking them. Daddies, Zonkers and Buzzers were the best patterns. John Kennedy had a 6lb 4oz fish, Derek O’Neill a four-pounder, Will Aitken had a 6lb 4oz fish, Scott Burness one of 7lb 4oz, David Morrison a 6lb fish. Decent averages around four fish per session with the best for Tom Anderson with 10, and a few eights reported. With the lochs now full of blue trout anglers are saying how hard they fight, so don't fish too light.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Steady fishing with fish rising everywhere and anglers catching on dries and lures. The lochs will close towards the end of the month, depending on weather, and may even go on into November, but that is purely down to conditions. It’s been a good year on the lochs and plenty of fish have been caught. The browns have certainly done very well as well as the blues. Heaviest fish this year was an 11lb rainbow to jimmy Rhind.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
It was the turn of the big blues to star this week with two cracking specimens landed, one at 8lb 6oz and the other at 7lb. The calm, settled weather led to some excellent fishing conditions and anglers were enjoying their sport in lovely autumn sunshine. The fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and are still active. The higher in the water the fly is presented, the quicker the retrieve the fish are looking for. Buzzers were successful around three feet down, with fast-pulled nymphs and small lures taking fish just under the surface. Water temperature is currently 8C and remains very clear. The fish are in excellent condition and anglers are reporting that they are fighting very hard, sometimes leading to fish being lost. All three ponds are fishing well and anglers are happy to move between ponds depending on conditions. The fishery is open until 6.30pm this week.
Kevan Lamb, from Uphall, caught five fish for 18lb 8oz including a 8lb 6oz blue plus a further 10 caught and released; Brian Quinn, Bonnyrigg, three for 12lb 14oz including a 7lb blue; Tam McGarry, Dumbarton, two for 8lb 12oz including a 6lb 4oz tiger; David Kinghorn, Dollar, a 5lb tiger; Rab Bonar, Alloa, in two visits, seven fish for 22lb 4oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 15lb plus two caught and released; Stephen Mullin and son, Liam, Pitlochry, shared five fish for 15lb; Dennis Lennon, Airdrie, five for 15lb plus one caught and released; Ian Kay, Bonnyrigg, four for 13lb 12oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, four for 12lb 4oz; William Williams, Alloa, four for 11lb from the small ponds; Ian Hunter, Alva, three for 10lb; Gordon Ferguson, Glasgow, three for 9lb 4oz; Henry Fulton, Greenock, three for 8lb 8oz plus two caught and released; junior angler Brian Eadie, three for 6lb 12oz from the Meadow Pond plus five caught and released; Scott Bullions, Bonnyrigg, two for 6lb 12oz; Craig Kilpatrick, Falkirk, two for 6lb 8oz; Alan Bundy, Dunblane, two for 6lb 4oz; Paul Casci, Falkirk, two for 6lb including a 4lb rainbow; Alan Burke, Alloa, two for 6lb including a blue; John Relf, Falkirk, a 4lb 8oz rainbow; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 11.


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

Cwm Hedd Trout Lakes, Gwent
Floating lines were favoured over the weekend. Ken Bowring took the first fish of the season off the point of the main island. He released another four, all on a Hothead Damsel. The new stock were mostly found in Sally's Bay to the north of the lodge, with Paul Elsworthy taking one and returning 10 on a Montana and a floating line, Colin Poole taking one and returning seven, while Ian Humphries and Rad Novacowich took two and returne 10 between them. Kieron Jenkins and Matt Russell each caught a 6lb 1oz rainbow. Kieron using a floating line with a Blob under a bung and Matt a fast glass with a Cat’s Whisker. Kieron netted 10 fish on Saturday from different areas of the lake and another five on Sunday, using Rob's wrapped Minkies and a fast intermediate. Matt and son Callum took two and released 10 and five respectively with Callum favouring a Damsel fly.
The majority of anglers took and released fish with Lee Ashcroft taking one and returning eight on a White and Green Damsel, Garry Wharton taking one and returning seven and Gareth Neale taking five. David Russell's Shipman's and a little Green Buzzer brought him five fish, while a Bloodworm and a Black and Green Fritz brought three for Sally Ann Iles. Father and son Robert and Luke Taylor brought four fish to the bank on a White Fritz and a Sunburst Blob, with a black and white and a Damsel bringing four to another father and son team, Rob and Tom Collier. Roy Western brought one to the bank and Alan Powell netted two.
The old entrance to the fishery is permanently closed. The new entrance is about halfway down the main farm drive where you can turn in right, behind the lodge.

Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Regular boat user Keith Higgins enjoyed two good boat sessions. He landed seven fish when he fished alongside Shaun Cotterell who caught four rainbows, and then followed with a limit catch, which included a fish of 4lb 8oz, with boat partner Bob Bradley landing two rainbows. New season member Stewart Gordon landed three fish from the top pond inlet, and then followed up with two boat sessions for a total of 14 fish. Craig Bowles, from Cowbridge, maintained his good boat record with a further six fish. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Ken Bowring fished from the bush to land 12 fish from two visits, while Troutmasters finalist, Dave Arlotte included a fish in excess of 5lb in his five fish catch. Cardiff permit holder Ivor Thomas also caught five rainbows. Day ticket visitor B. Cook landed four trout and other day ticket holders, W.R. Williams, Jeff Wilson and Steve Curtis each took three fish from their bank sessions. Head bailiff John Mcindo caught his brace from a late evening visit, with other members Ken Pascoe, John Morgan, Alan Rees, Bernard Hartland, membership secretary Phil Harper, Colin Jones and Brian Wareham all catching on either morning or evening visits. Most fish have been taken on Bloodworm patterns, along with Daddies and Blobs.
At the weekend Keith Higgins continued his good record from the boats, with a further catch and release limit. Around the banks of the reservoir, most catches have been recorded on the bottom pond, particularly from either side of the bush and from Pipe Bay. Ken Bowring achieved another limit when he fished from the bush, while John Eynon found fish between the bush and the boat moorings, landing five fish, mainly caught on a non-weighted Damsel Nymph. Stewart Gordon commenced on the top pond, but then moved to Pipe Bay on the bottom pond to catch six fish to 2lb on a Daddy Longlegs pattern. The same fly worked well for James Francis who landed four rainbows from the far side of Pipe Bay. Head bailiff John Mcindo took a brace of fish, again from Pipe Bay, while Mark Roberts fished close to the boat moorings for his two fish. Members Frank Wakeley and Alan Rees fished either side of the entrance to Farmhouse Bay for catches of three and two rainbows respectively, again using Sedge flies, while Gwyn Davies took his fish on a Baby Sun fly.

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
There is a huge amount of fry around the margins and this week a number of fish have been coming to Minkies and Floating Fry patterns fished around the weed beds. The rod average for the week is 3.1.
Fishery ranger Mark Mathison had the biggest fish of the week, a fine rainbow of 5lb 2oz which fell to a Cat Booby on a floater off Stilton Point. Mark had two other fish over 3lb. John Blazey, from Norfolk, caught eight fish including rainbows of 4lb, 3lb 8oz and 3lb 4oz.
Thursday saw the annual Anglian Water staff versus the Environment Agency match when 39 anglers caught 133 fish for a rod average of 3.4. Top rod on the day was AW employee Ben Farnsworth with eight fish for 17lb 8oz. Second was Pitsford’s own Dave Rowe with eight fish for 17lb 2oz. The biggest fish weighed 3lb 11oz with several more over 3lb. Best methods were either Fry patterns fished on floating lines or tubes fished on Di-7s. Bank fishing is improving daily and North Farm shore, Ash Tree Bay and No Fish Point are good areas with Hare’s Ear and Shrimp patterns starting to account for good fish.
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Anglers are still enjoying great sport with plenty of fish being caught on various methods. Popper Hoppers and dries in general are taking fish off te top. Good quality fish are being taken on sunken Daddies, Hoppers and Diawl Bachs. Plenty of fish are coming to Di-3 and Di-5 lines with Minkies, Cat’s Whiskers, Blobs, and black and green lures.
The Mick Griffin Challenge at the weekend was a huge success with all boats out on the water. A total of 113 fish were caught and plenty of fish released once anglers had bagged up. First were Dan Fletcher and Bob Aves with eight fish for 24lb 13oz; second Steve Johnson and Chris Young with eight fish for 22lb 7oz; third Fraser Duffy and Barry with eight fish for 20lb 6oz. The trophy for the biggest fish was awarded to Dan Fletcher for a superb 11lb 14oz rainbow which was also the biggest fish of the week. Best bank areas are the dam and Catwalk Corner.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 16th, 2015

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Light winds coupled with cloud cover and a water temperature at an above average 13C have produced some very good fishing conditions. There are still fish to be caught using dry flies such as Daddy Longlegs and Hoppers on a floating line but there has also been some success using an intermediate line pulling lures. The rod average has been maintained at a very healthy 4.3 fish. Phil Manchester, from St. Helens, landed a lovely 5lb rainbow, which is one of the heaviest fish of the season. Dave Gilbert, from Colwyn Bay, recorded a bag of 15lb 4oz for six fish, also one of the best of the season. The top flies this week have been Diawl Bach, Hoppers, Damsel, Cat’s Whiskers, Fritz, nymphs, Crunchers, Daddy Longlegs and other lures. The hotspots included Sailing Club Bay, Tower Bay, and the dam with the Brenig Arm fishing well over the weekend.
The weekend saw the final round of the Trout League with the Welsd Hawks claiming the titel for the second year in succession. Runners-up were the Brenig Cats and third place went to TCF Falcons. The main gates will be shutting at 6pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.15pm.

Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Returns for September indicate a continuation of good fishing. From a total of 530 visits, some 850 fish were caught from the two ponds, giving a rod average of 1.6. The current average for the season is estimated at 2.2 fish per visit. Both ponds still hold a good head of fish, and while fishing can be challenging, good catches can be made. For the remainder of the season (until October 31) the fish kill limit will be increased to six fish per visit. The top pond road bank continues to provide fish. Adrian Moyse landed 11 fish from two visits, and day ticket holders M. and P. Webb had four trout each using sight indicators, Buzzers and Egg flies. Colin Jones used an evening session to take two fish on a PTN with Ken Bowring also landing a brace. Ken also tempted a brown trout estimated at 2lb 8oz. On the bottom pond, Stewart Gordon boat-fished to take a limit, and then added a further two fish from the bank. Another regular boat user, Shaun Cotterell took his brace from a morning session. Craig Bowles landed three fish from a boat/ bank session on Hoppers and emerger patterns including fish to 2lb 8oz. Around the banks, day ticket holder Steve Curtis landed four fish, Colin Jones added a further two fish to his top pond catch, with Alan Rees, Barry Powell and W.R Williams also catching two rainbows. Brian Langley fished the boat bank to catch two fish on Sedge patterns.
At the weekend on the top pond day ticket visitors Alan Ball and C. Cross each landed two fish, whilst members Dean Morgan, Stewart Morton, Terry O'Connor and Adrian Connor all found fish from the road bank, with the inlet area proving most beneficial. Stewart Morton then moved to the bottom pond and boat-fished for an eight fish limit. Around the banks, Cardiff member Alan Rees caught four rainbows while Martin Rees fished from the bush to take three trout using a Stick Fly. James Francis used a morning and evening session to take his two fish, as did head bailiff John Mcindo. Other anglers to land fish from Farmhouse Bay included Frank Wakeley and Ivor Thomas. Successful flies included Buzzers on the top pond and Shipman’s Buzzers and dry Sedges on the bottom pond.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 16th, 2015

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A good week of fishing saw fish feeding hard on fry and, when conditions suited, Daddies did very well off the top. Certainly the bigger fish were on the move and chasing flies, leaving wakes behind the fly. Zonkers, Black Rabbits, Daddies and Cat’s Whiskers are the best flies. George Black had a good fish of 8lb 4oz; Blair MacDonald had an 11lb fish; Barry Ward one of 9lb 2oz; Tom Webster had 19 fish with his best at 9lb; Neil Scowen returned a nice double; Willie Liesk caught one of 6lb 8oz on a Daddy; George Downing landed a fish of 7lb 12oz; and best of the bunch went to Stu Hayden with a cracking double-figure blue which was returned safely. The winter singles begins in November and will finish in April and is open to everyone. Names are being taken now for this event and you can fish any day in the month and miss a month and fish two the following month if the weather is bad or due to work commitments.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Good fishing continued with Tim Pilkington landing a nice 4lb 8oz brownie returned and plenty of blues giving anglers a lot of sport. Fish are now feeding hard on fry and off the top. The lochs will be closed towards the end of October, depending on weather conditions, and will reopen early next year ready for the new season when fish will be well overwintered and ready to give good sport.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The Millhall Pairs took place last Sunday when competitors were drawn from the hat into pairs. A total of 36 fish were caught for a combined weight of 80lb 9oz. The winning pair, who caught all their fish on Blobs and Bloodworms, were Jim Dougall and Bill Sutherland with 10 for 23lb 8oz. Second were Gordon Anderson and Jimmy Fairley with eight for 18lb 10oz on Rabbits and Blobs. Jimmy also caught the heaviest fish at 7lb 4oz but was capped at 3lb for competition purposes. Third were father and son pair Derek and Brad Gair with seven for 16lb on Damsels. Junior angler Brad had five for 12lb 12oz only to be let down by his father who only caught two fish for 4lb 2oz! Bill Sutherland had the heaviest single bag of the competition with five fish for 14lb 3oz. This makes a grand total of 210 fish caught for a combined weight of 457lb 8oz for all five competitions. This result finalised Keith Lewis, who is this year’s Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open Champion, as the club champion for 2015 with 23 for 51lb 3oz. Second place went to Jimmy Fairley with 23 for 48lb 8oz and third was Bill Sutherland with 17 for 39lb 2oz.
The reservoir will be closed on Sunday October 25 for a fund-raiser for the Scottish Ladies team and all places have been filled, no boats are available. 
Visiting clubs are reminded that bookings are being taken for the 2016 season when opening day will be February 27. To book phone the clubhouse 01324 724190 or email buzzerbill@virginmedia.com or millhallreservoir@yahoo.co.uk

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Changeable weather during the week did not seem to disrupt the fishing and there was some great sport. Torrential rain on Tuesday afternoon coloured the water and raised the level but it also seemed to chase the big tigers out of the burn area. The water soon cleared and the level dropped again and fishing conditions were excellent for the rest of the week. Five big tigers were landed, including a new record for the fishery at 9lb 5oz by William Mair, from Falkirk. They were taken in different locations round the pond including the island, dam and from the boat. In general the fish are still in the top two to three feet of the water and are still looking for a fairly fast retrieve. Many anglers are reporting losing fish or being broken by some of the big fish that have been seen cruising round the pond. Dry flies were not so successful this week, with wets, nymphs and small lures fished just under the surface the best tactic. Favourite patterns included Cat’s Whisker, Dancer, Damsel, Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Buzzer, Viva, Montana and Kate McLaren. The fishery closing time is now 6.30pm
Danny Doherty, from Denny, caught three fish for 14lb 8oz including an 8lb 15oz tiger; Alex Knox, Glasgow, an 8lb Tiger; James McMillan, Glasgow, a 6lb 12oz blue; Robert Smith, Falkirk, three for 10lb 8oz including a 6lb 8oz tiger; Ryan Jamieson, Denny, a 5lb 8oz tiger; grandfather Roy Hatchard, and grandson, Cameron Smith, Alloa, shared six fish for 18lb 6oz from the boat, with Cameron taking five; Robert Anderson, Stoneyburn, and Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, each with five for 14lb 8oz; Jim Donnelly, Milton of Campsie, four for 13lb 12oz including a 4lb 4oz rainbow; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, George Dobbie, Glasgow, and Tony Kilanowski, Dalkeith, all with four for 12lb 6oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 11lb 4oz; Murray Ferguson, Stirling, three for 10lb 4oz; Willie Martin, Stirling, three for 10lb; Alec Allan, Clydebank, three for 9lb 8oz; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, three for 9lb; William Bruce, Beith, two for 7lb 8oz; Lloyd Pitcairn, Dunfermline, a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Willie Torrance, Glasgow, a 4lb 4oz rainbow.

   

 

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 16th, 2015

Bewl Water, Kent
Fishing has again been very good this week. Rod average based on returns is 3.59. The trout have remained in the top layers and continue to spread out. Best areas for boats have again been from the dam to past the cages in Hook Straight, Chingley and Ferry Point to Monty's Seat. Best areas for bank fishing are from the Sailing Club to the dam wall, Chingley and Bramble Point. Successful flies have been Daddies, Hoppers, Cormorants, Boobies and Minkies fished on a floating line. Sussex and North Kent Fly Dressers Guilds held their Annual Charity Pairs Competition on Sunday when 16 anglers caught 65 trout giving a rod average of 4.06. Weekends are very busy, so please be sure to book your boats in advance especially if you want a boat for three people. A reminder that no boats are available on October, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 24.

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Overcast days have been better for fishing this week with several of the larger fish showing. Mark Reed had his best rainbow to date at 8lb 4oz which was returned safely. Blobs, nymphs and lures are all accounting for fish which are well spread out all over the lake so anglers are advised to keep on the move. A selection of new Hardy and Greys rods are now available in the lodge for anglers to try out.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
A slow start to the week although as the weather improved so did the catches with a number of limit catches reported with the rod average pushing towards five fish per angler on some days. Mr A. Sedbury netted both the heaviest fish at 4lb 8oz and the heaviest eight fish catch of 17lb while Leslie Little took 12 fish on a Family Permit. When conditions have been calm PowerBait Mice-tails have that extra movement in the water to attract the trout and have been the top bait this week with fluorescent orange and chartreuse the top colour. Buzzers are still hatching along with some medium sedges which are keeping the fish in the upper water layers. The best fly combination has been a Bibio with Buzzers on the droppers fished slowly and John Balmer took his eight fish and returned two more with this method. With a change in wind direction indicating the onset of some colder weather then an Orange Nomad on an intermediate has been unbeatable. Fish are well spread out with catches coming from west of the sailing club, the meadow and along the North bank. It is noticeable that with the early frosts it may be after lunch before the fish really feed in earnest so a little patience is bringing rewards.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Anglers who took the ranger’s advice and walked the banks with spinners were rewarded for their efforts this week, taking some great catches. Legering techniques also proved productive, especially when combined with a swimfeeder and Magic Dust. Notable catches included Dave Kirkwood who netted seven fish for 14lb 8oz including a cracking 3lb 8oz rainbow. Mr G. Todd and Mr W .Simpson recorded limit catches of 14lb 4oz and 13lb 12oz respectively and Roy Athey took six fish home for 12lb. With stockings from the farm continuing to take place twice weekly around the reservoir there should be plenty of good sport to be had in all areas over the next weeks as the season moves into November. Best flies are Cats Whisker, Consett Budgie and Black Ant. Best areas are North Shore middle section and South Shore top section.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well for both bank and boat anglers with a good rod average of 3.53. Season ticket holder John Archer, from London, caught the biggest fish of the week, - a superb overwintered rainbow of 5lb 7oz. John caught this fine specimen on a Booby plus Shrimp combination using a washing-line at the south end of the dam. Bank anglers have had a good week’s sport with plenty of consistent catches coming from the south dam, Seat, Deep Water Point, G Buoy and the Willows. The main method for the bank anglers has been to fish Shrimp patterns and small nymphs almost static on a floating line. Boat anglers have had plenty of bag limits mainly from around the margins on floating or fast glass lines with Shrimp patterns, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Crunchers, FABs, Cat Boobies, Daddies and Tequila Blobs. The most consistent areas for boat anglers have been Deep Water and Pylon Points, G Buoy, Willows, Gaynes Cove, Sludge Bank, Valley Creek and Sanctuary Bay.
The BC Hall match was held on October 8 and fished very well indeed with a rod average of 4.04 and 101 fish recorded. First was Gary How with eight fish for 20lb 11oz; second Mark Searle with eight fish for 19lb 15oz; third Ray Storer with eight fish for 18lb 5oz; fourth Peter De Kremer eight fish for 17lb 12oz; and fifth Chris McLeod seven fish for 16lb 3oz.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
It was a week of unsettled weather but this did not disappoint anglers looking for some top quality late season sport. Mr G. Hodgson took eight pristine trout for 14lb 8oz as did Mr A. Smith who also netted an eight fish catch limit. Mr G. Parry also had a memorable day with a 10 fish Loyalty Day limit catch and was another of many anglers taking limits home this week. The biggest fish of the week goes to Mr J. Laybourn with a fully-finned rainbow of 3lb, one of four quality fish with a total weight of 9lb. Anglers reported the dam wall was fishing well as was the area in front of the fishing lodge and the west end car park. Chartreuse sparkly PowerBait still tops the list as the most successful bait but anglers using worm combined with PowerBait are also reporting a lot of interest from the bigger trout. With trout keen to gorge themselves on the fry a well placed spinner can also result in some good sport. Fly anglers reported that a Cat’s Whisker or a Black Fritz fished parallel to the bank at a distance of 10 to 15 feet out is also doing well.   

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
The autumn weather continues to provide excellent sport with great catches recorded throughout the week. The regular hotspots are proving irresistible for the big fish, as proven by boat partners Marius Talevicius and Linas Liudzius who caught a stunning pair of rainbows at 10lb and 9lb 13oz respectively. They fished micro spinners by the Inlet. The bubble lines are still holding plenty of fish with multiple catch limits being recorded as well as a few big fish netted. Rex Bislimi caught a cracking 8lb 14oz rainbow at the bubbles using a spinner and Richard Mead, on his first visit to the fishery, caught a lovely 7lb rainbow using a 3D minnow lure. The Peninsula, Atlantis and Goldfish Bowl have remained the best spots for bank anglers with numerous eight fish limits recorded. PowerBait remains the best bait on the leger although worms are a good alternative when floatfished. Best flies are Montana, Dancer, Orange FM, Zonkers and Orange Blobs.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
A week of unsettled weather didn’t stop anglers having some excellent sport and Joe Watson was delighted with his limit catch of eight fish for 19lb. Fishing alongside Joe was Geordie Samms who caught eight pristine rainbows for 17lb 8oz. Hury regular Derek Carr landed 10 quality rainbows on his Loyalty Day visit for 16lb, returning the next day to land another eight fish limit catch of 13lb 12oz, then returning a third day to land another five quality trout. There were lots of fly hatches with plenty of daddies visible on the surface. Fish are still chasing small roach fry in and around the margins so lures are still providing success with Fritz and Cat’s Whisker patterns doing well. Mr P. Eastwood caught the biggest fish of the week with a pristine rainbow of 4lb 8oz. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Hopper and Daddy Longlegs. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
The western half of the reservoir has been popular this week with notable returns from the bay below Bakethin weir with some decent catches also around Lewisburn Bridge and Matthew’s Linn. The biggest rainbow of the week was landed in Leaplish ski bay, a fine 3lb 8oz rainbow caught on PowerBait/worm by Mrs I. McDonough. The best catch of the week went to John Ige again fishing PowerBait/worm. He caught five rainbows from below Bakethin weir.  Boat hire will continue at Kielder up to the end of the season, weather permitting. Please check with the duty ranger as return times will change as the days shorten. Current boat in time is 5pm. Best flies are Orange Blob and Blue Winged Olive. Best boat areas are Needs Hill and The Belling Inlet. Best bank areas are Bakethin weir, Tower Knowe and Leaplish ski bay.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 73 rods catch 230 fish for an average of 3.15 per rod. The wet and windy weather at the start of the week gave way to more high pressure, bright conditions and the fishing was a little mixed with boat sport generally more consistent. Small lures such as Black Tadpole, mini Cat’s Whisker and Orange Fritz have accounted for plenty of fish and as the water continues to cool the fish will chase these more. Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Damsel Nymph, Daddy Longlegs and Black Buzzer were the best imitative patterns. The biggest fish of the week was an 8lb 4oz rainbow caught by John Salisbury, of Warwick, who was fishing in the Packington Fly Fishers Jubilee Cup held on Cocks Close on Sunday.  This fish helped John win the competition with his total bag of 14lb 10oz for five fish, which all came to Cat’s Whiskers fished on an intermediate line.  Fishery regular Harold Lewis, of Knowle, caught five fish to 6lb 4oz while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to Black Buzzers fished on a floating line. On the bank of Cocks Close, Dave Bratby, of Birmingham, caught seven fish to 5lb using sunken Daddies and Black Buzzers fished on a floating line. On the Park Meadow pool, Mr B. Stubbs, of Atherstone, caught seven fish using small Buzzers and Damsel Nymphs. The best areas have been the far corner and high bank of Cocks Close and the middle of the dam wall in the deeper water on Park Meadow.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The week has ended with an autumnal feel in the air. The fish have provided plenty of good sport in all areas of the reservoir. This is reflected in a fantastic rod average of 4.9. The fish have either been up in the water chasing fry and cleaning up on snail, or down deep where back drifting and Blobs have been successful. Pat Flynn had two lovely 5lb-plus rainbows together with many other fish to the boat and Geraldine Harris landed a 3lb 8oz full-tailed brownie which was released. A 21lb 8oz pike was caught by Pete Oakley, from Tring, using floatfish smelt along the narrows, 40 yards from the bank. Mick Shaw, from Hemel Hempstead, had two lovely hen fish weighing 12lb 7oz and 17lb 7oz caught on a sardine pattern. 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. Best boat areas are the dam, main basin, boils, Narrows, and Brixworth Bay. Bank areas are restricted with some weed growth but fishing quite well off the Pines, Pitsford Creek and Cliffs.

Rutland Water, Rutland
The 2015 Anglian Water Airflo International on Tuesday and Wednesday October 6-7 was won by Elinor for the second year running. Last year their winning margin was just 4lb, this year they managed to put more than 15lb between themselves and second placed Nymph-a-Maniacs. Bronze medal winners for the second consecutive year were Welsh Hawks.
Team Elinor, of captain Ed Foster, Brad Gifford, Richard Slater, Paul Haskey, Ian Donaldson and Mick O’Farrell received gold medals, the coveted silver salver, £1500 cash and tackle prizes. Over the two days the team weighed in 64 fish for 140lb.
Second placed Nymph-a-maniacs took silver, with 63 fish for 124lb 9oz and the Welsh Hawks had 57 fish for 122lb 13oz.
The top overseas team were Fly Fishing For Fun from Belgium who took sixth place overall. Top individual rod was Elinor’s Bradley Gifford, the only angler to take eight-fish limits on both days. Bradley recorded an impressive 39lb 10oz. The best fish of the match at 4lb 4oz fell to Nymph-a-Maniacs team member Rob Edmunds. 
The Anglian Water Pairs non-rudder and rudder event on October 10 attracted 36 anglers and the majority of anglers chose the rudder. In the rudder section Mark Haycock and Graham Pearson won their section with 14 fish for 32lb 9oz. Second were Al Owen and Gordon Bloodworth with 12 fish for 25lb. Boat regulars Jim Watts and Martin Hearth were third with 12 fish for 24lb 4oz. In the non-rudder section father and son pair Malcolm and James Hunter caught seven quality fish for 22lb 10oz. Their winning bag came from the top of the North Arm and included a 5lb 3oz brown and the best rainbow of the match at 3lb 8oz. Second place in this section went to local anglers Keith Jones and Richard Cooper with eight fish for 20lb 1oz, including browns of 4lb 5oz and 3lb 7oz. Stan Suthick and Steve Jones took third place with six fish for 11lb 7oz. The best brown of the match at 5lb 11oz went to Mark Haycock who had seen good browns moving whilst fishing up the North Arm during the AWAI final a few days previously. James Hunter took the best rainbow of the match at 3lb 8oz. Another notable fish taken last week was a brown of 5lb 15oz for Richard Humphrey, from Brighton. Richard took this fish with a White Humungus while boat fishing in Barnsdale Creek.
Bank anglers are now getting amongst the fish. Trout and Salmon editor Andy Flitcroft caught a 6lb-plus specimen using a size 14 Bob’s Bits from the North Arm shallows. Away from the Green Bank, the Sailing Club, Old Hall, the Normanton Bank from the blue pipes through to either side of the church are all worth trying. Dries, nymphs and fry patterns are working well. Anglers are reminded to bring their own landing nets and drogues.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Unsavoury conditions of wind and rain combined with a distinct drop in the temperature hindered the enjoyment for the first half of the week although some good catches were still recorded. The rest of the week was far more satisfactory and fish were seen surfacing early mornings and mid afternoons in the calm waters. Peter Lightfoot, from Redcar, started his morning on the wall at the west end with legered worm and PowerBait to land four rainbows within two hours. At noon he moved to the east end and by 2pm had caught another four completing his eight fish catch limit. In the same vein, George Houston, from Guisborough, and Harry Noble, from Whitby, began their day on the jetty, landing several fish each using Mice-tails. They then moved to the east end, finishing the day with eight rainbows each. The best fish of the week at 3lb was caught on a home-tied Humungus along the western section of the dam wall by regular fly angler Brian Lees from Teesdale. Best flies are Humungus, Coachman and Muddler.

Temple Trout Fishery, Cornwall
Warm overcast days have seen some good hatches of insects with plenty of trout surface feeding. On these days dry flies and Buzzers have been most productive. In cooler brighter conditions fish have been caught deeper in the lake with sinking and intermediate lines being most effective. The largest trout of the month was caught by Andy Dexter, of Pensilva, at 4lb 4oz. Andy caught a two-fish bag for 6lb 4oz which was taken on a Bibio and a Blue-flash Damsel. Paul Neild, of Newquay, also landed a good 4lb 3oz rainbow fishing a Damsel Nymph. Chris Short, of Illminster, landed eight fish for 15lb 12oz fishing a Humungus.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Since one end of lake one was restocked and reopened as a beginners catch and keep-only fishing pool, there have been limits for all with many anglers catching their first-ever trout. Most are going home with four fish each. Tickets on here start at £15. Daddies and Damsels have been best on here. On the other side of the net a few grown-on rainbows were landed and one brownie over the weekend even without much fishing going on, which was good. Next week 150 browns will be delivered for here to make it a brown-only pool. On lake two Daddies, Buzzers and Damsels caught fish to 8lb. On lake three fishery manager Peter Thurston caught a beautiful coloured fish with huge fins using a White Corixa. “Not a monster at about 5lb but one of the prettiest fish I’ve stalked from there for a while,” said Peter.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending October 2 the 69 rods caught 286 trout for a rod average of 4.1. An increased rod average perhaps helped by occasional overcast and showery conditions. Plenty of activity on or near the surface and anything with a touch of buoyancy, including Suspender Buzzers, FABs, Mini Boobies and Daddies, was worth a try. A cooler feel in the last couple of days, due to the chilly northerly winds, should see the fish turn to fry feeding so try a Suspender Minkie or Floating Fry fished on the top with a flashy Diawl Bach on the dropper. Bank sport is on the up and fish have at times reported to be very close in, a good sign that they've found the fry. Plenty of fish over 5lb reported and the best at 10lb 4oz fell to Scunthorpe octogenarian Pete Cowan on one of his mini FABs. A reminder that the Toft Newton Cup takes place on Sunday October 25, entry is £30 which includes the £24 six fish permit cost and £6 towards the prize pot.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Apart from the Wednesday wash-out everyone enjoyed a good week’s fishing in the predominantly pleasant conditions. The 57 visiting anglers through the gates returned another decent rod average of just over four fish. Catch rates were also up this week, with G.R. Oliver and A. Chedzey both making the 15 fish limit, although on separate days. Other anglers with double-figure bags were R. McCullagh who caught 13 fish, R.B. Roy had 12 fish and A. Moor caught 10 fish. Also making it onto the sheets were B. Wood with nine fish and N. Midgley with eight. The best fish of the week was a 6lb 3oz rainbow caught by J. Walton. The best flies have been CdCs, closely followed by Black and Olive Zonkers, Buzzers and Hare’s Ears.

 

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 9th, 2015

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The days took a little time to fully spark into life with some rather chilly and misty starts to the day, but by mid-morning the sun began to break through bathing the lake in a warm late summer glow. Even so, there was always a slightly chilly breeze keeping the fish a little bit down in the water. The water temperature also dropped down to 13C. The bright sunlight and somewhat calmer water made the fishing a little hard at times but when the conditions have been right the fishing picked up well and some fine fish have been caught. The rod average was 4.4 and a number of big fish were caught this week with two rainbows tipping the scales at 4lb. One was caught by Mr Bowlas, from Buckley, and the other by Glyn Jones, from Rhuddlan. The top bag at 12lb 4oz was recorded by Eifion from Bala. When there was a bit of a wind the best method was a Daddy Longlegs pulled on a floating or a slow intermediate line. However, bank anglers reported that Olive Damsels in the top four feet of water have produced a good return.
Sunday, October 11 will see the final round of the Brenig Trout League taking place. The Welsh Hawks are currently lying in first place with Brenig Cats second.
The top flies this week have been Daddy Longlegs, Damsel, Orange Fritz, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers, Viva and Hopper. With the wind blowing predominantly from the east this week the hotspots have tended to be on the west side of the lake with the Brenig Arm, Sailing Club Bay and Watersports Bay all fishing quite well. However fish have been caught in most parts of the lake with Hafod Lom being mentioned by a number of fishermen.
The main gates will be shutting at 6pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.15pm. This year fishing will continue right through the winter, with the reservoir only being closed for two weeks in March while stocking takes place.

Llyngwyn, Powys
This month provided anglers with excellent trout fishing, with many of the larger fish being caught. Mr Wakeham, from Dolhelfa, landed a 9lb rainbow which he returned to the water. Cliff Lloyd and Bryn Jones, both of Rhayader, landed fish over 6lb, and recorded bags of four fish for 16lb. Dry flies did well.  Damsel, Bibio, Hoppers and Daddies all worth a try. Winter season tickets are now available from Powell's Newsagents in West Street, Rhayader, and also from Nantymynach Farm.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
With the water levels for the top pond continuing to rise good returns are being made. Veteran member Ken Bowring landed 13 over two daytime visits with Terry O'Connor also maintaining his high catch and release record with a further six fish, again landed over two sessions. Day ticket visitors, M. and P. Webb each caught a brace of rainbows, while evening visits resulted in three fish for fisheries treasurer Colin Jones and two for committee member Brian Wareham. Boat fishing on the bottom pond has been limited, but Ken Bowring continues to find fish. Bank anglers enjoyed more success, with combinations of Diawl Bach nymphs, Sedges, Daddy Longlegs and Egg flies all taking fish. Cardiff member Ian Hewitt caught five fish from two visits, Roger Martin landed another four rainbows while Cardiff club president Fred Davies, permit holder Brian Langley and day ticket visitor Steve Ward all caught three trout. Morning visits by Dave Howells and Mark Roberts brought two fish to the net, with the same number being landed by Keri Jones and Chris Daniel when both fished from the bush side of Farmhouse Bay around dusk.
At the weekend the top pond again produced some good returns, with Ken Bowring finding a limit from the road bank, and Terry O'Connor landing four rainbows, again from the same area, using a Goldhead Egg fly fished below a sight indicator. Day ticket member Kevin Eley caught a brace of fish when he fished the same venue, while Gwyn Davies. used a traditional Buzzer approach to land three rainbows to 2lb 8oz. On the bottom pond boat users have had some success, with Adrian Moyse taking four trout, Stewart Gordon catching three fish and Barry Powell using his boat ticket for two trout. Bank fishermen have found the golf club/Farmhouse Bay producing fish, with Ian Hewitt, Roger Martin and Keith Higgins each catching three fish, mainly on small dry flies. A brace was landed by Rob Watkins and Richard Bowles. Gwyn Davies added to his top pond total with further fish using a Baby Sunfly pattern.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 9th, 2015

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather has finally turned colder and more autumnal but the past week has been great with warm days and light winds making the fishing really good. The Burnside has been the fishing the best and the top method by far has been Black Buzzers either fished straight-lined or, when the fish have been up in the water, fished on a washing-line. Dry flies have also taken fish at times as well as Hothead Damsels. Mr Barlow had 26 fish in a session on Black and Red Buzzers, Mr Westland had 19 including one at 9lb on Buzzers and Shipman’s, Mr Bruce had 17 with one at 8lb on Buzzers, Mr Wood returned 21 again on Black Buzzers and Mr Birse put back 23 on a Hothead Damsel.
The Boathouse has been busy this week with a run of big fish reported. Lures seem to be the most popular method with Yellow Dancers and Damsels doing well. Buzzers have also been effective fished under the bung, as have Squirmy Worms. The biggest fish of the week was taken by Stuart Sampson with a blue trout weighing 13lb 3oz taken on a Yellow Dancer. Mr Duncan returned two big fish in one night with a rainbow of around 8lb on a Squirmy and a blue of around 12lb on a Dry Daddy. Mr Miller had two fish for 10lb 11oz with the biggest at 8lb caught on a Montana. Young local angler Logan Cumming also had a big fish with a blue trout estimated at around 11lb 8oz taken on a Sparkly Damsel.
The water in the Bankside pool is still quite low and although quieter, the anglers who did fish have had some good results. Mr Sheriff returned 18 fish on nymphs and Mr Soave had seven fish for 16lb 5oz on Shuttlecocks. The Woodside has been fishing really well with floatfished worms and Powerbait still doing very well. Over the weekend the 43 anglers landed 79 fish for 126lb.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
The Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Open Final took place last Sunday in near perfect fishing weather when the 12 qualifiers caught a total of 31 fish for a combined weight of 68lb 3oz. In first place was Keith Lewis catching his five fish for 11lb 7oz on Buzzers and Blobs to win a Leeda fly rod. In second place was J. Johnston with five for 11lb to win a Greys fly reel, and third was Willie Brownlee with five for 10lb 8oz, also on Blobs. Keith also caught the heaviest fish at 3lb 6oz but had to forego the prize of a landing net to Les Grant whose only fish weighed in at 3lb 2oz. Of the visiting clubs this week Kirkcaldy Deaf FFC had a good day out, only four of their members took killing tickets and had 14 fish for 32lb, the other four had 25 on catch and release. Other good bags went to John Dailly with four for 10lb 4oz; Mr Catleugh four for 10lb; Alan Lawson four for 11lb on Bloodworms; M. Nelson four for 15lb 8oz, best 8lb 4oz on Black Buzzers; and J. Brogan four for 16lb, best 10lb on Diawl Bachs. J. Sneddon caught a blue-tagged fish in his bag of four for 8lb 4oz to win £100. 
The reservoir will be closed to bank anglers on Sunday October 11 for the last members only competition, the Millhall Pairs, during the day session. Boats will still be available. Bookings are now being taken for 2016 season with opening day February 27 and closing day October 30. To book phone 01324 714190.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
With Swanswater seeing weather more akin to the middle of summer than the start of October, anglers enjoyed some glorious days, if a little sunny for great fishing. The bright days coupled with night time temperatures starting to drop resulted in slowly dropping water temperatures and improved fishing. The fish were mostly in the top three feet of the water although little was taken on the surface. Many fish were taken on nymphs and wets including Daiwl Bach, Cruncher, Hare’s Ear, Kate McLaren, Black Spider. Others were taken deeper on Tadpoles, Cormorants, Dancers and Buzzers.
Peter Bryce, from Alloa, caught five fish for 17lb 12oz including a 7lb 5oz rainbow; Darren Hill, Cambus, three for 14lb including a 6lb tiger; Gary Stewart, Glasgow, five for 14lb 8oz; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, five for 14lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 13lb 8oz; Alec Knox, Glasgow, and Danny Doherty, Denny, each caught four fish for 11lb 8oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, three for 10lb 4oz; Jim Denny, Dunipace, three for 10lb from the small ponds; John Mathieson, Deanston, three for 9lb 6oz; Joe Malcolmson, Cumbernauld, Lee Petale, Stirling, and Tam Baillie, Kincardine, all had three fish for 9lb 4oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, three for 9lb; Jim Keyes, Cumbernauld, three for 8lb 6oz; Tom Brunton, three for 8lb 4oz; Chris McQuillian, Stirling, three for 8lb; Allan Laing, Carluke, two for 7lb; John Moyes, Grangemouth, two for 6lb 12oz; D Folks, two for 6lb 8oz; Jim Prentice, Glasgow, two for 6lb 4oz and returned a 6lb tench; John Montague, Glasgow, and Mike Chubb, Stirling, each with two for 6lb; Nan Morrison, Stirling, 2 for 5lb 12oz.
 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 9th, 2015

Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
The fishing is improving all the time, and during the recent spell of warm weather it was back to Buzzers, small Crunchers and Damsel Nymphs on floating lines. The return to wet weather should see lots of daddies on the water which should be good for sport. This Sunday (October 11) Eyebrook tackle shop will be on site with the new offerings from Sage, Hardys and Greys.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been caught at all depths this week with no set pattern standing out. Ken Glenton, from Ashington, caught nine fish on Blobs, dries and Buzzers. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught 13 on Blobs, Buzzers and Bloodworms. Howard Crafter, from Essex, caught 10 fish on a Hare’s Ear and Corixa. Malcolm Proudlock, from Stanley, caught 11 fish, his best fish being 8lb, on a Shipman’s Buzzer. Anthony Meadows, from Chopwell, caught 12 fish on a Shipman’s Buzzer and CdC Shuttlecock and returned a 5lb brown trout. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish on Diawl Bachs and CdC Buzzers, returning a 7lb rainbow and an 8lb brown trout. Brian Davis, from Dudley, caught nine fish on Bloodworms and Buzzers. Jeff Dodds, from Low Fell, caught a 5lb 8oz rainbow from Chatton Lake on a home-tied Buzzer. Geert Jan Van Zon, from Morpeth, tempted a 4lb rainbow on a Red Bloodworm from Chatton Lake. The Cramlington Renegades visited the fishery and Adam Calvin won the heaviest bag prize 16lb for five fish and for the heaviest fish weighing 4lb 8oz. Billy Ashcroft, from North Shields, landed a 6lb 10oz rainbow from Chatton Lake on a black and green lure.
The TEFF Heat held at Chatton on Sunday was won by Simon Robinson and Andrew Scott, with second place going to Trevor Wadds and Robbie Bell. The individual heat was won by Trevor Wadds, second Peter Davison and third Robbie Bell.
Fishery closing at 6.30pm and 5pm on Saturdays.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland  
Good catches have been taken from all areas this week with fish very eager to feed at times, whilst occasionally becoming very selective in what they take. Fly anglers in particular have had to work harder, often leaving the lures in the box and trying more imitative patterns as trout leisurely sipped down midge pupa and trapped insects in the calm conditions. Bibio and a Pheasant Tail Nymph in smaller sizes have worked extremely well. Brain Mann had a red-letter day using a Bibio to take an eight-fish limit and returning a further seven around Cronkley. Malcolm Gill and Keith James also took limits at Millshields. Fish were also patrolling the south bank only five to 10 metres from the edge and anglers using a short cast did very well using float, leger and spinning methods. The fish appear to be following feed into the margins and the large shallows between Pow Hill and Hunter House are still proving a magnet for hungry trout. Neil Smith found this out when his first cast produced a cracking silver 4lb beauty, the first of a six fish haul. Murray’s Point to the dam also produced good catches with Joe Carr and Ray Whaley both netting their 10 fish Loyalty Day limits. Best flies are Bibio, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Soldier Muddler and Black Nomad.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
Chris Woodward, of Frampton, accompanied Chris Simpkins on a boat and the pair enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport with Daddies. Karl Cowzer, of South Luffenham, caught quality rainbows on Hoppers, and Steve Quartly, of London, used his own fry pattern to tempt 17 hard-fighting fish. Norfolk Fly Fishers Club enjoyed their recent boat outing and organiser Roger Gibbons used various fly patterns to take five decent rainbows, as did his good lady Pat Gibbons. A total of eight police forces were represented at this year’s Police Pairs Boat Competition held on September 30 under the watchful eye of organiser Steve Owen. A total of 44 rods caught 174 fish, giving a very respectable rod average of 4.14. The winning pair were Kevin Pearson and Karl Woodall (West Midlands) with 16 fish for 32lb 1oz. Runners-up were Dave Allen and G. Fowles (Cheshire) with 16 fish for 31lb 15oz and in third place were Mick Cartlidge and Terry Walford (Staffs) with 16 fish for 31lb 4oz. The heaviest fish of the competition fell to the rod of Kevin Pearson (West Midlands) who included a 3lb 12oz rainbow in his winning bag.
Eyebrook’s pike trials started on October 1 using lures and sea deadbaits only. A number of boats have been allocated on each day throughout October for predator fishing. For more information and rules regarding predator fishing at Eyebrook go to www.eyebrook.com and click on the predator motif.

Fontburn Reservoir, Northumberland
Water levels and temperatures dropped slowly but steadily throughout the week but overnight fog and mist helped the early rising fish to extend surface feeding well into mid-morning. Fish have then been retreating into deeper areas during the afternoon as the sun appears and temperatures rise quickly. Mr T. Gibbons recorded the heaviest eight-fish catch of the week with six rainbows and two blues totalling 17lb 8oz topped off with a fine 3lb 8oz specimen taken in the north shore bay. Barry Wilson and Peter Stainthorpe fished the same area and also found a large shoal taking eight rainbows totalling 12lb 8oz and seven rainbows totalling 14lb 2oz respectively. Irvine Brace used his knowledge of the reservoir to get the casting distance just right to take six rainbows totalling 11lb whilst others nearby struggled to locate the fish in bright, warm autumn sunshine. George Todd and Christine Walton had no problems getting bites at their favourite spot near the north shore burn, producing a catch of 12 rainbows totalling 22lb. Fly angler John Brennand was also getting takes on a Damsel Nymph pattern, eventually returning eight rainbows from various swims along the north bank. Fish of the week was a 4lb 8oz rainbow taken on PowerBait Eggs by R. Embleton from the dam wall corner. Best flies are Damsel Nymph, Daddy Longlegs, and Clan Chief.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Another good week for both bank and boat anglers with a rod average of just over four fish and 20% of the trout caught weighing 3lb or over. Bank anglers have again enjoyed good sport, catching consistently from the south dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Deep Water Point, G Buoy and the Willows. The main method for bank anglers has been to fish Shrimp patterns and small nymphs almost static on a floating line. Season ticket holder Roland Hudson caught and released 49 fish in six visits. Roland fished Shrimp patterns on a floating line from the south end of the dam. Season ticket holder Johnny Johnson caught the biggest fish of the week, a superb overwintered brown of 7lb which he caught on a Shrimp pattern at the south end of the dam on a floating line. Boat anglers have again taken many limits, mainly from around the margins on floating or fast glass lines with Shrimp patterns, GRHE, Crunchers, FABs, Cat Boobies, Daddies and Tequila Blobs. The most consistent boat areas have been Deep Water and Pylon Points, G Buoy, Willows, Gaynes Cove, Sludge Bank, Valley Creek and Sanctuary Bay.
The Bob Church Classic event saw the 95 anglers catch 475 fish for an excellent rod average of 5.0. Top rod on the day was former world champion Iain Barr who caught 16 fish for 42lb 6oz. Second place went to Ray Maylon with 12 trout for 28lb 14oz. Graham Willis took third with 11 trout for 27lb 2oz. The biggest fish of the day, a 4lb 10oz rainbow, was caught by Iain Barr. Congratulations to Bob Church who will receive the MBE he was awarded in the Queen’s Birthday Honours this week.
The GWFFA bank match on September 27 saw 10 anglers catch 27 trout for an excellent rod average of 5.7. Steve Jones was top rod with eight trout for 19lb 3oz, taken on a floating line with three Shrimp patterns from the south end of the dam. Second place went to John Vincent who took eight trout for 18lb 10oz and third was Mark Brinkman with eight fish for 17lb.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham   
Grassholme had the best weather of the year this week and while the bright sunshine and glass-like water surface was not ideal for fishing anglers did well with some good returns posted. The latter part of the week saw rod averages at around four fish per angler, the best rod average since the spring. Peter Coglan took the pick of the best catches with his eight fish limit, returning another six on the fly. Spinning seems to be the method of choice at the moment with large amounts of fry close to the banks attracting the attention of larger rainbows. During sunnier days there have been some excellent evening fly hatches with plenty of fish showing on the surface taking small black patterns and daddies, giving fly anglers the very best sport. Chartreuse PowerBait Eggs have fished well this week for bait anglers, as have a number of different coloured Mice-tails either on the float or leger. Colin Boughey, of Crook, had two good visits this week taking 10 fish on his Loyalty Day and returned on Saturday to take another limit from the banks of Brock Scar. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Foam Daddy, Black or Brown Hopper. Best areas are the dam wall, north and south banks, and west end.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
Yet another successful week at the fishery with almost record numbers of anglers in attendance. Conditions were perfect and summer sunshine with light winds made the weekend an ideal time to visit. Autumn is always a very productive period with large rainbows being caught from the regular hotspots, including a magnificent 9lb 2oz trout taken off the bubbles by Tache Serban using a black spinner. Lobworm was effective from the same area for Raivis Trecaks who netted a fish of 8lb 6oz. Many of these larger rainbows are attracted to the bubble lines because of the abundance of food and oxygen making this the number one location for boat anglers over the next few weeks. The Inlet remained a good holding area with Jonny Boulton catching a trout of 8lb 15oz on an Orange Blob and a floating line. Plenty of eight-fish limit catches have been reported from the shallows around the Peninsula which has remained a rewarding spot for many visitors on the bank and the boats. PowerBait is still the best bait when legering but worm is also becoming a good alternative when floatfished. Best flies are Montana, Dancer, Orange FM, Zonker and Orange Blob.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham        
Bright sunny days and flat calm surfaces had anglers scratching their heads this week as unseasonal weather brought a lot of fly hatches with plenty of daddies dancing across the top for hungry trout to pick off with ease. Fish have also been feeding on small roach fry in and around the margins so lures have provided success with fritz patterns doing well. Mr M. Fraser had an excellent limit catch of 20lb 12oz on Monday with his best a 5lb 6oz rainbow taken on a Black Fritz pattern. With the water temperatures looking set to drop in the coming weeks the fish are expected to turn their attention toward the abundant small roach fry which are congregating around the bank features. Quickly retrieved large lures such as Cat’s Whiskers and Humungus should be an effective tactic if these feeding patterns are visible in the margins. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Hopper, and Daddy Longlegs. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Boat anglers have been hampered by foggy conditions this week and boats have only been able to venture out when the weather has cleared. Alan Jeffries and Paul Horton recorded limit catches from a boat, catching most of their fish at Needs Hill and Hawkhirst on Claret Hoppers and Daddy Longlegs. The heaviest fish of the week was a rainbow of 4lb 4oz caught from Beeches Walk at Leaplish Waterside Park by Ian Wilson on a mix of worm and sweetcorn. Ian also caught another rainbow at 3lb 5oz. As the water level continues to fall anglers should be aware of soft areas and mud around the shoreline, especially at the mouths of burns and feeder streams. Boat hire will continue at Kielder up to the end of the season weather permitting, please check with the duty ranger as return times will change as the days shorten. Best flies are Daddy Longlegs, Claret Hoppers and Heather Fly. Best boat areas are Needs Hill and Hawkhirst. Best bank areas are Matthews’s Linn and Little Whickhope.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 85 rods catch 300 fish for an average of 3.53 per rod. With most days seeing flat calm and bright conditions, the fishing has been really good with both boat and bank anglers catching well now. The top patterns have been Damsel Nymph, Black Buzzer, Goldhead Daddy Longlegs, Cat’s Whisker, Bloodworm and Diawl Bach. Fish have been moving on the top on both Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools with floating line and long leader the best tactic. The biggest fish of the week was a 9lb rainbow caught by regular angler Harold Pritchett, of Atherstone, who was fishing from a boat on Park Meadow. Harold took the fish, which was the best of an eight fish catch, on a Damsel Nymph fished on a floating line. Mr J. Woodcock, of Higham-on-the-Hill, caught a 7lb 12oz rainbow while fishing the bank of Cocks Close and he took this on a Cat’s Whisker on a floating line. Rod Lacey, of Nuneaton, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released 16 fish to 6lb which all fell to a Bloodworm pattern on a floating line. Tom Lyon, of Yardley, took five and released a further six fish to 3lb using a Damsel Nymph while fishing from the bank of Cocks Close.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The cooler weather conditions have brought the trout into the margins and the bank fishing has improved. The best areas are the Cliffs, North Shore and Stilton with patterns such as fry patterns and Daddies performing best. Boat anglers have had good sport from the Causeway basin, Narrows and Pines. The rod average for the week has been a very good 4.06 with many fish in the 3-4lb mark. Best methods are floating or intermediate lines with Daddies or teams of nymphs fished washing-line style. Pat Flynn bucked the trend by fishing with a Di-7 with Boobies to take 32 fish. Tim Polito had eight fish for 18lb. Terry Wright and Ian Pickering pike-fished from kayaks and had a great day and included a rainbow of approximately 6lb in their catch.
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
Both trout and pike anglers are enjoying some fantastic sport. Boat partners D. Naylor and and S. Houldon had 22 trout to the boat each. The Spencer brothers took 10 fish each. Other trout anglers recording good numbers of fish included Mr Simons who landed nine to the boat and Mr Keeble who returned nine fish and took two. Hoppers, Popper Hoppers and Daddies are all taking fish. Bank anglers are taking plenty of fish with John Smith taking fish off the dam on Buzzers. Bob Draper caught off platform 14 on lures and nymphs. Best boat area is the main bowl. Best bank area is the dam. Best rainbow reported was 6lb.
Ravensthorpe’s Fur and Feather event is on Sunday November 1. Please call the fishing lodge on 01604 770875 to book a place.
Pike fishing is a great success. Nathan Andrews took specimens of 24lb, 21lb and 19lb. Marek Zwierschowski landed a whopping pike of 29lb 3oz and also had two at 18lb and 17lb. Ray Matthews had a 26lb 14oz pike and a 4lb perch.

Rutland Water, Rutland
A season’s best rainbow of 11lb 14oz was caught from the South Arm by season ticket holder Rik Varley from Yorkshire. He caught the fish close in to the boat whilehe was flyfishing for pike. A superb 6lb 10oz (returned) rainbow fell to Colin Lidstone. Teams were busy practicing for the Anglian Water Airflo International Final over the weekend and on Sunday Gareth Jones and Rob Edmunds both managed creditable browns of 5lb 8oz and 6lb 2oz respectively. A 6lb 8oz brown was reported by the members of Norfolk Fly Fishers who went down the South Arm last Friday. Fish of 4lb-plus are being caught around the shoreline and weed beds, while silvered-up rainbows are showing to many boat anglers fishing out over the deeper water, falling to all manner of tactics including lures, dries, nymphs and tube flies. Bank anglers are getting amongst the fish with one season ticket holder reporting a 6lb rainbow caught on a floating fry pattern off the Green Bank. Fish have been moving close in feeding on sticklebacks, corixa, snails, perch and roach fry.
Prospects look very good with the weed beds holding plenty of fish. Both boat and bank anglers pursuing specimen fish should head to these areas. There are also plenty of fish in the open water for boat anglers to target.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland            
Despite a few days of thick fog and the intermittent feeding behaviour of the fish, anglers have enjoyed some good sport in most areas, with many taking home their catch limits. Leger and float methods have worked well and regular changing of baits with varied casting distances seemed to have the best effect. Dave Dresser and his friend Brian Lane, from Billingham, had an excellent day on Tuesday, catching their eight fish limits while legering at the west end of the dam. Dave bought a second permit in the afternoon and ended up with a total of 12 rainbows. Tommy Bullock, from Hemlington, landed a nice 3lb rainbow using legered worm on the jetty. Also fishing from the jetty this week was Jeff Walsh, from Stockton, who caught his eight fish limit by 11am and included among them was the best of the week, a super 3lb 8oz rainbow which he caught on an Orange Mice-tail. Best flies are Invicta, Bibio and various Sedge patterns. Best areas are both ends of the dam wall, and south shore.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one continues its Buzzer dominance with the odd dry Shipman’s Buzzer also tempting a fish or two. This lake is now split in half and one end is dedicated to beginners flyfishing with tickets from £15 and up, catch and kill only on here. The other side of net is brown trout only catch and release with fresh brownies to top up residents arriving in two weeks time. Lake two saw great sport to dry Daddies, Sedges and Hoppers but also fry patterns, nymphs and Buzzers having moments of action. Best brown this week was a six-pounder to a White Moth and best rainbow 9lb on a Blob. Lake three saw Montanas and GRHE tempt fish to 8lb with plenty of browns seen in the edges.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending October 2, the 110 rods caught 324 trout for a rod average of 2.95. A week of difficult still, bright conditions led to a drop in the rod average with fish appearing more cagey than usual. Some reasonable sport was found from both boat and bank with nymphs and dries generally being the way forward. The washing-line method was a firm favourite and a Hare’s Ear was the outstanding pattern. Andy Hutson used a flashback variation to good effect during a short session on the bank. Long casts aren't always required with an accurate approach being far more important. The ability to cover moving or cruising fish is currently the key to putting more fish in your net and wearing a decent set of polarised glasses will help to spot fish. With the mornings beginning to feel somewhat cooler it shouldn't be long before fry patterns start to feature.
The Toft Newton Cup takes place on Sunday October 25, cost is £30 which includes the £24 six-fish permit cost and
£6 towards the prize pot. For further details and to book for this bank event call the lodge on 01673 878453.

Witton Castle Lakes, Do Durham
The warmer weather conditions saw an improvement in visitor numbers and the 53 anglers were kept busy out on the lakes with a high catch rate and returned a very good rod average of 4.5. One angler, T. Ross, managed the 15 fish limit this week, closely followed by G. Oliver and N. Midgley with 12 fish each and N. Midgley also had 11 fish on a second visit. Rounding off the sheets were I. Purvis with eight fish then J. Bainbridge and N. Puncheon both caught seven fish each. The best fish of the week was a fine 10lb-plus rainbow caught by F. Walton. A variety of flies have proved successful including CdCs topping the lists, followed by Black and Green Fritz, Cruncher and Black Diawl Bach. Black Spiders proved the most successful fly for a group of eight anglers from the Gladhope Inn Fishing Club in Galashiels. They caught a total of 46 fish and returned a great rod average between them of 5.75. Two anglers, F. Daly and B. Swatin, had the best bags of the day with 10 fish each.

 


Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 2nd, 2015

Cwm Hedd Trout Lakes, Gwent
Cwm Hedd will be re-opening from its summer break on Saturday October 17 at 8am. Plenty of resident fish have been showing over the relatively cool summer and with the new stock arriving before opening day all is set for a great season. Traffic may be a problem in Bassaleg due to the ongoing work renewing the gas main, so allow plenty of time for your journey and avoid the weekday rush hour especially during school term time. The old fishery entrance is permanently closed. The new entrance is about halfway down the main farm drive where you can turn in right, behind the lodge. The car park may fill quickly on opening weekend, so please try to park thoughtfully and not block anyone in.

Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Clear skies and some really warm days saw the lake at its wonderful best. Despite the warm week there has been a cool breeze blowing across the lake and this has meant that the top water temperature has dropped down to 13.3C. The fish, however, are still relatively high in the water and are being caught on a slow glass or a floating line. The rod average stands at 4.3 and the biggest two fish of 3lb 4oz each were caught by Tom Sinton, from Nannerch, and D. Roberts, from Little Sutton. The top bag of 11lb 8oz was claimed by H. Owen. September 24 saw Brenig hosting the Welsh Blue Light flyfishing championships when 34 anglers caught 206 fish with a rod average of 6.05. The winning team were the Fire Service and the top rod was Mike Williams from the Fire Service with 15 fish. Second was Malcolm Edwards, also from the Fire Service, and third Gareth Evans from the Ambulance Service with 12 fish. On the day £920 was raised for the Welsh youth team. The hotspots for this week have been the Quarry, Brenig Arm and Nant Glyn point with Tower Bay also fishing quite well on a number of days. Top flies were Damsel, Coch y bondhu, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whiskers, Daddy Longlegs, Black Fritz, Viva, Cormorant and various Boobies and Blobs.
Head ranger Ian Lavender will be retiring at the end of the year after over 30 years working at Llyn Brenig. He has made a huge contribution to the success of Brenig through his dedication, enthusiasm and hard work and his knowledge and wisdom will be greatly missed by all.
The main gates will be shutting at 6.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.30pm.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
With few exceptions most of this week's good catch returns have come from the bottom pond. However, regular top pond fisherman Gwyn Davies and day ticket holders Dean Morgan and Steve Doherty, all found fish from the railings bank, close to the outlet point. Gwyn landed two rainbows to 2lb 8oz using a Damsel Nymph and a Corixa pattern, while Dean and Steve caught three and four fish respectively using Red Diawl Bachs and weighted Buzzers. The bottom pond boat fishing returns saw Ken Bowring take an eight fish catch and release limit despite having to fish through heavy rain showers, which he then followed with a further five fish. Craig Bowles added another limit to his season's record, while Keith Higgins landed 18 fish over three sessions and his boat partner Shaun Cotterell recorded eight rainbows from two outings. Around the bottom pond banks, Stewart Gordon fished a Damsel Nymph from the bush to take seven fish while treasurer Colin Jones again found fish catching five trout using a combination of PTNs and Diawl Bachs. Another catch of five fish was recorded by Martin Rees using Buzzers, with Gwyn Davies adding four trout to his top pond brace when he fished small dry flies from the dam. Roger Martin returned fished the dam end of Pear Tree bank catching four fish on PTNs, and Association president Martin Williams also landed four trout from in front of the house. Cardiff member, Alan Rees caught three fish as did Ian Oakley with Ivor Thomas taking four trout from two visits. Dave Smith, from Cowbridge, Terry O'Connor, long time member Benny Hill, Dave Howells, Bernard Stephens, Ian Hewitt and Keri Jones all landed a brace of fish, as did new member Gareth Neale and Coleford day ticket member Paul Bevan. Successful flies during the week have included Daddy Longlegs, Sedges, Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs and Pheasant Tail dries.
At the weekend the top pond provided some good returns, with the water level slowly returning to normal. Permit holder Terry O'Connor landed five fish from the road bank using a Black Diawl Bach pattern, while day ticket visitor Antony Vaisey fished alongside Terry to land three rainbows. Ken Bowring caught a brace to add to an earlier boat total of six trout from the bottom pond. Gwyn Davies used a red-ribbed Diawl Bach for his top pond catch, switching to a Crippled Midge dry fly on the bottom pond. Day ticket visitor B. Davies landed four fish from his session from the dam/golf club bank including a specimen of 3lb 8oz. Another day ticket holder, Kevin Eley caught two trout. Cardiff member Alan Rees registered a four fish total while John Eynon fished a boat session for two rainbows.

 


Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 2nd, 2015

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
A very good week that saw plenty of quality fish coming to the net. The best of these was a beautiful blue of 10lb 8oz taken by Del McPherson. Archie Miller wasn't far behind with a fish of 7lb 2oz and another of 4lb 14oz. Wullie Wood had a fish of 4lb 9oz, Sean Davidson 4lb 1oz and Michael Parkinson had a tagged fish but returned it as he was on catch and release. Some good bags caught with Tom Webster taking 20 on a Black Rabbit, Josh Davidson had 10 on Bloodworms. Dries took quite a few fish this week with Shipman’s doing well and average per session was five fish.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
Plenty of fish moving which is always encouraging. Dry flies worked for some anglers and lures for others with plenty of fish being caught. A good mix of blues, rainbow and browns taken. Keys can now be collected from the Glen of Rothes and returned at Millbuies so no need to come back to the Glen to drop keys off.

Millhall Reservoir, Falkirk
With the weather slightly milder and sunnier this week the reservoir has been very busy and the fish are still feeding in the top few feet. As the fish are fattening up for the winter pulling lures seems to be the preferred method. In the shallows, where most fish are being caught, fish are falling to intermediate, floating or midge-tip lines and flies like Cat’s Whiskers, Damsel variants, Olive Growlers, Ally McCoist, Yellow Dancers and Blobs.  Traditional wets like Kate McLaren, Bibios, Black Spiders and Diawl Bachs are also catching fish when fished with a slow figure-of-eight retrieve. Static or drifting Buzzers from the boats or dam wall in the deeper water has also been giving good sport. Of the visiting clubs Dalzell AC had a bumper day when all eight members bagged up with 32 fish for 70lb 2oz and nearly returned the same amount on catch and release. Not only did Harry Kane have the heaviest bag with four for 10lb but it included a green-tagged fish to win £100. Another member, Kenny Gray, caught a white-tagged fish to win a free day’s fishing. Falkirk AC had 22 fish for 45lb 12oz with Ronnie Wood top rod with 9lb 8oz.
Qualifiers are reminded that the final of the Rod and Creel (Carronshore) sponsored Millhall Open is this Sunday October 4, 9am to 4pm with good prizes for the winners and a free lunch. Club rules apply. Bookings are now being taken for 2016 season with opening day February 27 and closing day October 30. To book phone 01324 714190.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
This week’s somewhat mixed weather, with cool nights and some warm days, meant mixed fishing at Swanswater. Once again lots of fish were being seen and anglers were getting loads of follows, but sometimes it was hard to connect or hang on to fish. On the days when it was calm and overcast the fish were up in the top 18 inches of the water and taking dry flies, other days they were a bit deeper and looking for small lures or nymphs. Anglers fishing a reasonably quick retrieve were getting a huge amount of sport either on or just below the surface; those fishing static often fared less well. Favourite patterns this week included Sedge, Yellow Owl, Caddis, Bumble, Cormorant, PTN, Greenwell, Kate McLaren, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Dancer and Buzzers – when retrieved.
Martin Stewart, from Glasgow, caught a 5lb 8oz tiger; Keith Muckersie, Peebles, five for 14lb; Alan Knox, Peebles, five for 11lb 12oz from the small ponds; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 13lb 4oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb 8oz; B. and M. Dale shared four for 12lb; Gregor McGregor, Alloa, three for 9lb 4oz; Jim Craig, Balloch, three for 9lb; Eddie Murphy, Oban, three for 8lb 8oz including two blues; Billy Weir, Bannockburn, three for 8lb 4oz including a brown; John Mooney, Queenzieburn, and Mike Bolton, Maddiston, both with two for 8lb; Willie Martin, Stirling, two for 6lb 12oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Rudi Graham, Oban, two blues for 6lb 8oz; James Henderson, Stirling, two for 6lb 8oz; David Halcrow, Stenhousemuir, two for 6lb; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 15 from the boat; Blane O’Donnell caught and released eight. The fishery is now closing at 7pm.

 


England Troutmasters reports for week-ending October 2nd, 2015

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The first couple of weeks in September saw the fish remaining fairly lethargic and anglers had to work hard for their bags. In the past couple of weeks, the fish have really turned on to the feed and are obliging once more. The drop in temperature and increased water level have both had a very positive impact on how the stock are behaving and fish are now chasing lures. Biggest of the month at 17lb 8oz went to regular Billie Porter. He fished lake one with a Damsel. Lee Randell caught a fin-perfect specimen of 14lb 8oz from lake three, again on a Damsel. Dozens of other fish between 10 and 14lb have been caught this month. Damsels have produced a large number of the big fish with heavy bugs effective into the bright afternoons when the fish have pushed into the deeper water. One angler had consistent sport using a Ginked Daddy fished just subsurface. Cat’s Whiskers and Buzzers are also picking off a good number of fish.
The carrier stream is also producing well. The water level has come up comfortably in the past week and in turn the fishing has become a little easier with plenty of beautiful wild browns nudging 1lb and lots of grayling in the 8oz to 1lb 8oz bracket being caught.
The fishery will be closed for corporate days on October 9, 17 and 27. Avington are now running a Facebook and Twitter account, follow the links from the website homepage.

Bewl Fishery, Kent
After a spell of challenging fishing Bewl continues to improve daily now that the brown algae has gone and oxygen levels in the water have improved. The rod average based on returns is an excellent 2.88. A number of anglers have caught their eight-fish limits which have included trout weighing 3lb-plus. The fish are on or near the top of the water and best areas for boats have been across the main bowl from the dam to  the cages, including Bramble Bay, Chingley and Ferry Point. Best areas for bank fishing are the dam wall and Chingley. Bramble Bay/Point is beginning to improve as well. Successful flies include Boobies on the point with Hoppers on the droppers, Daddies, Cormorants , Minkies and Diawl Bachs. A reminder that there are no boats available on 17, 18, 19, 20 and 24 October. Anyone wanting to take part in Boss's Day on October 24 can contact Vince on 07955 174210 or leave a message at the lodge.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has been very weather dependent this week. When overcast, dries are working both surface and subsurface. On the bright still days fish have been caught on intermediate lines with lures and Bloodworms. The fly box this week has been Buzzers, nymphs, Bloodworms, lures and dries. Steve Cochrane, from Guidepost, caught 14 fish on Damsels, dries and Zonkers. Brian Davis, from Dudley, caught nine fish on Bloodworms and Buzzers. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 18 fish on Bloodworms and nymphs. Mark Dunlop, from Belford, caught nine fish a Hare’s Ear and Bloodworms. Peter Davison, from New Hartley, caught nine fish using Blobs. Davie Parker, from Wallsend, caught 16 fish on Blobs and dries. Jimmy Drew, from Wallsend, enjoyed his free fishing with a full loyalty card catching 14 fish on Blobs and wets. G. Bonas, from Chopwell, caught nine fish on Suspender Buzzers. Steve Bilbrough, from Cramlington, caught 16 fish using Buzzers, Kate Mclaren and Damsels. David Kay, from  Morpeth, caught 14 fish using Damsels. Lawrence Geary, from Howtel, caught a 4lb 10oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Damsel Nymph. Eric Gassner, from Belford, caught eight fish in a two-hour evening session, including two rainbows weighing in at 8lb, all caught on a black lure. Jimmy Brown from Etal hooked a 5lb rainbow from Ross Lake when fishing with instructor Bob Smith. The fishery will be closing at 7pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.

Derwent Reservoir, Northumberland
A week of contrasts in weather highlighted just what an affect it can have on the behaviour of the fish. Saturday was overcast and fish were landed in numbers on both banks but after a night frost followed by brilliant sunshine on Sunday almost all anglers found the fish in a dour and difficult mood. Despite the conditions, Gary Limond, from Delves Lane, managed to catch his first trout, taking a nice 2lb rainbow on legered Orange PowerBait Mice-tails. Other notable catches were T. Deneri and P. Buckley both taking 10 fish on their free ‘Loyalty Day’ and the best catch was M. Kenny with a total weight for 18lb 8oz taken using fly and spinner. Anglers need to adapt to the conditions with regard to the depth and distance from shore as the conditions dictate. A huge hatch of small buzzers has enticed fish to the surface on occasions and flies such as a Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach or Pheasant Tail Nymphs drifted on the breeze has worked well. The majority of bait anglers have used leger methods but fish were also taken on floatfished worm using a short trace.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 21-27 the 146 anglers caught 463 fish of which 285 were returned. Best fish Included one of 4lb 9oz for Steven Watson, from Cambridge, on a Daddy from the boat; 4lb 4oz to S. Jones, from St Albans, on an Olive Cruncher; and 4lb 1oz to David Humpherson, from Oundle, on an Olive Booby from the boat. Water clarity is superb and fish are being taken from most areas. Plenty of daddies hatching and the majority of fish are being caught in the top three foot using either dries or washing-line on a floater or midge-tip. High dissolved oxygen levels mean the fish are fighting extremely hard with lots of 2-3lb grown-on specimens being taken. Weed continues to lessen and prospects look good for the back end of the season. Best bank areas are brookside, coarse bank and dam (in a north wind). Boat anglers found that most areas are holding fish. Best patterns are wet or dry Daddies, Olive Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach, small Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, white/green lure, Tequila or Candy FAB.
The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will take place on Sunday November 8 and 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  
With water temperatures still hovering around the 14 degrees mark and water levels slowly dropping, fish are being concentrated into deeper areas of the reservoir where they could be seen topping during the morning sun. Later in the day these fish move into the margins hunting fry and terrestrial life that has blown onto the water. Daddy longlegs and heather flies can be seen in large numbers on the surface along the margins providing excellent surface feed for trout. Roving fly anglers willing to venture near to the nature reserve are being rewarded with some excellent late season sport as trout gauge themselves on fry and terrestrials. Bait anglers are having best success using legered PowerBait fished on a long trace allowing the bait to move and enticing the feeding trout. Spinners have really come into their own as they account for a high percentage of fish taken. Mr and Mrs McKiever landed the best catch of the week with 12 rainbows totalling over 21lb. M. Flanigan landed 11 trout for an impressive total weight of 19lb 12oz. Wayne Jopling netted five pristine rainbows using a variety of spinners for a respectable weight of 10lb 2oz. B. Dobey landed the fish of the week, a rainbow of 6lb 9oz on legered Orange PowerBait Eggs near the ramp. Best flies are Black Buzzer, Daddy Longlegs and Kate McLaren.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Anglers have enjoyed an amazing week, including the biggest fish of the season so far. Andy Cooper caught the 8lb 10oz rainbow on a Black Snake on a Di-5 line from a boat at D Buoy. Best brown at 4lb 6oz was taken by S. Riley of Surrey. Boat anglers have recorded plenty of bag limits from most areas. The best methods from the boats have been to fish either floating or Di-3 lines with Crunchers, Diawl Bachs, GRHE, Shrimp patterns, Black or White Snakes, FABs and Cat’s Whisker Boobies. Most popular boat areas have been Sanctuary Bay, Hedge End, Deep Water Point, G and D Buoys, Willows, bowl of the dam, Gaynes Cove and the Seat. Bank anglers have enjoyed great sport with the most consistent areas being the dam, Deep Water Point, G Buoy, Willows, Gaynes Cove and the Seat. The most effective methods have been to fish Shrimp patterns and small nymphs on floating lines.

Grassholme Reservoir, Co Durham
Grassholme had a mix of weather conditions this week but it has not affected the sport. Mark Stephenson, from Bishop Auckland, had an excellent morning fishing at the Witch’s Hat, catching his eight fish limit for 17lb 8oz using a mixture of Orange PowerBait Eggs and worm on a leger. The secret to Mark’s success was to fish only 10 to 15 yards from the bank where he found fish patrolling for food. The hotspots over the weekend were the west end car park and in front of the fishing lodge with Bob Watson and Billy McKenna from Washington Angling Club both catching their limits using various PowerBait Eggs. David Hancock and John Temple, from Washington, also caught their eight fish limits straight in front of the fishing lodge. Dan Mills caught the heaviest fish of the week weighing 4lb 10oz. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Foam Daddy and Black or Brown Hopper.

Hanningfield Reservoir, Essex
A very busy weekend was enjoyed by all with 100 anglers on the bank for Saturday and Sunday as the late summer weather conditions helped boost visitor numbers. All boats were also sold each day with perfect conditions allowing anglers to reach the main hotspots around the bubbles and Peninsula shallows. Lobworm and PowerBait have yet again proven very effective baits along the main dam wall and inlet. Furthermore, Middlemead Bay has started to show better catch returns after a lean period. Boats have continued to fish the bubble lines for specimen rainbows and these are now showing in larger numbers. Gintautas Rimkus used floatfished prawn in this area to net a fine trout weighing 8lb 10oz plus six additional fish. Another heavy rainbow of 8lb 8oz was taken by Edvinas Jusevicius in an eight fish limit using freelined worm over deep water. Intermediate lines in combination with fry patterns are now working well and unusually shoals of fish remain high in the water, although sinking lines will soon be required when colder temperatures arrive. Best flies are Montana, Damsel, Orange FM, Zonker and Orange Blob.

Hury Reservoir, Co Durham
Blustery conditions earlier in the week made way for calmer days later in the week when fish started to take flies from the surface as they patrolled the banks for food. Those who explored the reservoir got their rewards for their persistence. I. Wells had a good day at Reedy Bank and the west end of the reservoir, catching his eight fish limit and returning a further three fish. Mr Wells caught the majority of his fish on a Bibio and a Black Hopper. George Wind, from Newcastle, caught the heaviest fish of the week at 5lb 4oz, George’s limit weighed an impressive 24lb 8oz. Best flies are Dawson’s Olive, Bibio, Black Hopper and Daddy Longlegs. Best areas are Corporal Hill and both sides of the dam wall.

Kielder Water, Northumberland
Boat anglers found success around the inlet streams as well as Belling and Whickhope proving the better spots with some finding Matthew’s Linn worth a try. Bank anglers had most success around Tower Knowe and Stockie Bay where Jon E. Clark netted the biggest rainbow of the week, a fine 3lb 12oz rainbow caught on a worm and a PowerBait combination. The best catch of the week caught around Tower Knowe using spinners and Toby lures was taken by Tony Gradwell with eight rainbows for 23lb. Best flies are Orange Blob, Cat’s Whisker and Dawson’s Olive.
Kielder will once again be holding the annual marathon this weekend (October 3-4) resulting in restricted access to car parks and the bank due to the footpath closures in place for the event. Anybody wishing to fish can purchase permits at Leaplish prior to 8am or Tower Knowe prior to 10am. After these times access to Leaplish is unavailable and access to Tower Knowe will be limited. Bank angling will only be permitted between Tower Knowe and Stockie Bay. Boats are unavailable throughout the weekend.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week saw 70 rods catch 204 fish for an average of 2.92 per rod. Despite unfavourable weather conditions the fishing has been good on Cocks Close and even better on Park Meadow pool. Flat calm and bright sun usually makes for a hard day’s trout fishing but most anglers have had some success to varying degrees. Black or Olive Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, Cat’s Whisher, Bloodworm and small Black Tadpoles fished slow and deep have been working well. The boat anglers have enjoyed the best success but as the week went on the bank fishing has improved. Matthew Bird, of Atherstone, fished from a boat on Cocks Cose and caught nine fish to 4lb on various nymphs fished on a floating line and long leader. John Riley, also from Atherstone, used small Black Buzzers to tempt eight fish to 4lb, again from a boat on Cocks Close. Malc Randle, of Bedworth, fished the bank and caught nine fish to 3lb 8oz which all fell to Buzzers on a floating line. On Park Meadow Clare Meade, of Leamington, caught six fish to 4lb on Hothead Damsels fished on a floating line.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Despite the bright and windy weather anglers achieved a rod average of 3.7 this week. The fish have been up in the water but feeding subsurface on a variety of dries and wet fly patterns. The fish that have been caught have been in cracking condition and provided good sport. Notable catches for the week include Dave Mullen (from the bank) and Richard Williams (boat), both anglers taking rainbows in the 3-6lb range. Tony Millyard fished off the Pines/Rigby’s Corner on a black water beetle-type nymph to take a rainbow of 4lb 8oz. Bill Kingston landed five rainbows for 12lb 8oz and Pat Flynn took 17 fish to the boat. Gavin Friell had a great day while fishing with some Scottish angling friends. He took nine rainbows between 2lb and 4lb and three browns up to 7lb-plus – all fish were returned. Best boat areas are the dam, main basin, Boils, Narrows, and Brixworth Bay. Bank areas are restricted with some weed growth, but fishing quite well off the Pines, Pitsford Creek and Cliffs. 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 have enjoyed an excellent week with a rod average of 5.3. There are loads of fish showing on the surface. Four browns were caught earlier in the week. Significant catches included 10 fish landed by boat angler Frazer Duffy using the washing-line method. A group of Welsh anglers landed 36 fish to the boat. Best methods have been Daddies and Hoppers.  Thirteen members of GWFFA had a superb 'Dry Fly Day' on Saturday 19th with a rod average of over 10. Harley Smith was top rod with 21 fish taken on very light tackle, followed by Martin Brocklebank 18, John Vincent 17 and David Moore 15.

Rutland Water, Rutland
All eyes are on Rutland Water as we start the countdown to the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International taking place on October Tuesday 6 and Wednesday October 7. Teams will be busy putting in valuable practice from Saturday October 3 with all boats booked through to the conclusion of the competition. Please telephone Rutland Lodge on 01780 686441 to check for boat availability either side of these dates.
Good numbers of fish have been taken in many areas, with fish over the deep water from the Sailing Club to Normanton Church. The bottom of the arms, including the shallows and weed beds are producing even bigger fish. Boat anglers have used many methods with rudder anglers catching plenty of fish (including limits). One of the best days last week was Wednesday with anglers bagging up quickly and boats returning to the pontoon early in the afternoon. A good westerly wind helped to move boats along and anglers were catching mainly silvered up stock fish averaging around 1lb 12oz to just over 2lb.
Anglers seeking dry fly, nymph and fry sport fished the bottom of the arms and got to grips with the bigger quality 3lb and 4lb rainbows and browns feeding on sticklebacks, corixa, snails and a few shrimp. Among those anglers heading down the arms were England Youth team members Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward who returned to the fishing lodge with around nine fish, of which five went to 3lb 8oz to 4lb as did Trout and Salmon editor Andrew Flitcroft who had an excellent brace of rainbows around the 4lb mark.
Bank anglers fished from Tim Appletons, the Green bank, Old Hall, Normanton and Sykes Lane. One angler recorded five fish last Saturday despite the bright, still conditions, using a Hare’s ear and floating line whilst fishing off the peninsula. A lot of weed beds have appeared close in from Spud Bay all the way round to Armley Wood. Best rainbow 6lb 6oz taken by Gary Hays of Tyne & Wear. Best brown 4lb 2oz taken by Malcolm Foreman of Bury St Edmunds.

Scaling Dam, Cleveland
Cool morning temperatures saw trout feeding in deeper water and anglers found success with longer casts and natural baits such as worm and maggot. Warm sunshine in the afternoons forced anglers to change tactics with the trout feeding closer to the surface. Geoff Smith, from Swainby, found success with a PowerBait cocktail tipped with Yellow Mice-tails on the morning, switching to a more natural worm on a bubble float for the afternoon and was rewarded with seven quality rainbows. His first cast produced a tagged rainbow which earned Geoff £200 and his biggest was a pristine 4lb rainbow. Peter Hood, from Boosbeck, decided to head to the deeper stretches of the dam wall and was rewarded with five rainbows including the biggest of the week; a lovely 4lb 6oz specimen. Andrew Hodgson, from Hartlepool, braved late afternoon rain on a ‘credit cruncher’ and went home with three rainbows all caught on worm with a bubble float. Best flies are Invicta and Dawson’s Olive.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
One end of lake one is now weed-free and fish are starting to show again. Buzzers and fry patterns took a few fish for those that cast a line. Deweeding continues but should be clear next week ready for the arrival of fresh stock. This lake is going to be a one-acre beginners’ flyfishing pool with tickets from £15. The remaining two acres is going to be mainly brown trout with a few token 3lb rainbows. Lake two is on fire to dry fly sport with Sedge, Daddies, Gnats, Muddlers stripped through the ripple doing well. Buzzers also good with a big brown reported on Wednesday. Lake three saw fish taking nymphs and Buzzers with fish to 10lb landed but plenty to stalk. Fresh stock arriving next week for this lake as well. Lodge now ready and there will be an opening day BBQ when that and the beginners’ pool are fully functional.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 25, the 82 rods caught 425 trout for a rod average of 5.2. Slightly improved rod average which is bolstered by some fantastic individual catches from the boat anglers. Those afloat still have an advantage over the bank anglers. All manner of methods working from small dries to large fry patterns and pretty much everything in between. Perhaps the best bet for bank anglers is to head for the weed beds along the south bank and target the fry feeders, Minkies, Zonkers and Floating Fry patterns all worth a try. Boats always best fishing on the drift covering fresh water and casting short. Dries have been very good with Sedge patterns, Daddies and small Shipman’s giving good results. Best rainbow this week at 10lb-plus to season ticket holder Brian Thorpe, his second double-figure fish this month.
 
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
In what turned out to be a milder week than forecast, Witton Castle Lakes welcomed a total of 57 anglers who returned an excellent rod average of just over five fish. It has also been a week of big fish, with the biggest being a 12lb 8oz rainbow caught by J. Sharp. B. McKewon took three rainbows weighing in at 5lb 8oz, 6lb 8oz and 7lb 8oz. J. Purvis had two fish at 6lb and 9lb and A.P. Carroll caught a great nine-pounder. J. Sharp was the only angler to make the 15 fish limit this week - twice in fact, on two separate visits. A number of anglers also made it into double-figures, including T. Ross with 14 fish, I. Purvis had 13 fish, G. Wharton caught 12 fish and D. Moody had 11 fish. The warm and slightly humid conditions saw a late hatch of olives across the lakes, making Olives the best performing fly of the week. Also on the sheets were Shipman’s Buzzers, CdC F-Flies and, later in the week, Black Spiders. On Friday the lakes were paid a visit by a party from the Sirius Group who fished the lakes along with a session of clay pigeon shooting at Hamsterley. The first fish of the day was a rainbow, caught by David Worrall on a Red Shipman’s Buzzer. The event was jointly organised by Bishop Auckland District AC and LyonHarte Field Sports and the fishing group were given expert guidance from angling coach Lucy Bowden, ably assisted by club chairman Len Hird, club secretary John Waterland and head bailiff John Atkinson.

 


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

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Fishing has been particularly good on the bottom pond for both boat and bank anglers. Cardiff member Ray Tucker managed a limit in and around Pipe Bay using a combination of Hoppers and Buzzers, while Association president Martin Williams landed seven fish from the same area,a dding two more fish from another visit. Colin Jones and day ticket holder Barry Powell each caught six rainbows with both then catching a further two and three trout respectively. Ian Wootton caught five fish from his evening visit. Permit holders Alan Rees, Stewart Gordon, Robert Watkins and Terry O'Connor each caught four rainbows, while a brace of fish were landed by Ian Hewitt. John Mcindo, Mark Roberts, Chris Neale, Mike Brake, Chris Daniels, Steve Kean and day ticket visitors R. Amesbury and A. Jones. Boat fisherman Shaun Cotterell used his boat sessions alongside Keith Higgins to land a total of 11 rainbows while Craig Howells and Lindsey Kirkwood shared a boat to catch seven and two fish respectively. Ken Bowring's boat outing realised five fish. On the top pond Colin Jones and Terry O'Connor added three and two fish to their bottom pond catches, while Coleford member Paul Bevan used his day ticket to take two fish. Successful flies during the week included Deer Hair Sedge, Hoppers, Daddies and Pheasant Tail Nymphs.
At the weekend regular boat user Craig Bowles, from Cowbridge, used a combination of dries and Shipman’s Buzzers to land seven fish, including a brace weighing 2lb 8oz and 2lb 7oz. Ken Bowring and Ken Pascoe boat-fished in a dead calm but managed seven and four trout from a morning session. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Mike Brake landed five rainbows from the dam and Farmhouse Bay, using Diawl Bachs and PTNs. Day ticket visitor Brian Jailler caught four fish, as did permit holder Alan Rees. Head bailiff John Mcindo and fisheries treasurer Colin Jones each landed three fish from the bush over an evening session. Day ticket visitor M. Hurst caught his brace of fish, with a similar catch being made by Ian Wootton and John Morgan. Committee member Laurie Fry caught and released a specimen trout of 3lb in his evening catch. The top pond has seen less activity but Aberdare member Bill Seward found fish from the railings bank, landing three rainbows to 2lb 8oz on a combination of Bloodworm, Buzzers and Daddy Longlegs. Users of the Association website will be pleased to learn that a second video of Ynys y fro has been produced by member Andy Hofrock.


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

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
The weather conditions have been great all week with very little wind and overcast most days. This has brought the fish right up to the surface with floating lines being all that’s needed to catch them. The nights are starting to draw in now but the ponds are still open until around 7.45pm. The Boathouse is still very clear and this has led to the fish not chasing flies quite as much but they are still getting caught with Cat’s Whiskers, Blobs, Squirmys, Black Buzzers and dries doing well. The biggest fish of the week, a blue trout estimated at around 14lb, was caught and returned by John Thompson. He caught it on a Cat’s Whisker along with another seven fish. Other notable captures have been Mr Watson with 12 fish returned on the washing-line with fish of 8lb, 9lb and 10lb as well. Mr Stones had three for 11lb with the largest weighing 6lb 8oz on Damsels.
The Burnside has been fishing fantastically this past week with some outstanding returns. The water has got even clearer and this has helped but you have to get the method right. By far the best return was by regular David Simpson who caught and returned 43 fish with the largest estimated at around 12lb. His fish were taken on a mix of Blobs and Squirmys on a floating line. Mr Barlow continued to catch plenty of fish with an Orange Sedge and small Buzzers taking 25 fish in an evening session. There have been a lot of big fish caught and released this week which is nice to see. Some of these captures include Mr Thompson with an 11lb blue on a black and green lure; Mr Birse 11lb rainbow on a Damsel; Mr Birse 12lb blue on a floating fry; Mr Kydd 11lb rainbow on a Cat; Mr Valentine 14lb rainbow on a Hothead Cat.
The Bankside has not seen many anglers due to the water level being down around 12 inches and because the Burnside has been fishing so well. Some of those anglers that have fished have done very well though, Mr Gordon took 10 fish on a small yellow lure, the biggest being around 5 lb. Mr Jones had nine on Buzzers and a Floating Fry.
The Woodside is still very busy and plenty of fish are getting caught. A bubble float and Powerbait is still the best method but there have been lots of fish on maggots which makes a change. The best fish of the weekend went to Mr McAllister with a 2lb 12oz rainbow on a maggot. There were 58 anglers fishing over the weekend, landing a total of 93 fish for 153lb.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Settled conditions made fishing a lot better this week and the returns showed good bags as fish took advantage of the better weather and were feeding very well. Plenty of fish were showing on or near the surface and floating and intermediate lines were required as despite the clear skies it was still cold at times until the day warmed. Bigger fish are moving around and frustrating anglers as they roll just off their fly or rise right in front of them. But some did succumb and one of the big blues was lost at the net. Safic Ahmed landed a fish just over the 10lb mark, his best to date. Jim Eddie landed a beauty of 8lb 7oz; Willie McRobbie had one of 7lb 9oz; Tim Wright one of 7lb 4oz; Jimmy Rhind 5lb 13oz; Bill Thompson 4lb 5oz and Alec Miller 4lb. Numbers caught went up well with Andrew More on 17, Gordon Grant 14, Tim Wright 11, Ian Wilson 12 and most others averaged five and six plus for their individual sessions. Best flies have been Yellow Dancers, Buzzers and Budgies. The return leg of the club match was closely fought and with nearly a 40lb deficit to catch up the Glenbuies club did well to just miss out on the shield by 5lb. Overall winner was Willie McRobbie.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
With the nights closing in the evening session has now finished and only the day session remains. As October comes opening times will depend on the weather with ice the biggest problem on the lochs. Fish are still feeding well and the lochs are bubbling with activity. Careful handling of fish, especially from a boat, is very important so not to damage them and we ask anglers to respect this when returning them. Top flies are still traditionals and plenty of fish are sitting around the margins topping up on food for the winter months. Some good fish up to 4lb have been recorded with some much bigger caught by anglers.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
A good week’s sport with lots of follows and takes being experienced, although at times it was a little frustrating. It was sometimes hard to get the fish to actually commit and quite a number were lost. Several anglers reported being broken or having hooks straightened which shows the big fish are still interested and putting up a great fight. Yet another big tiger was taken from the burn area, this one weighing in at 8lb 9oz. Fish are still to be seen moving and feeding on or just under the surface, but they are a bit picky. Having said all that, plenty of fish were taken during the week, although the weekend proved to be a bit harder. The fish are well spread out round the ponds with no particular hotspots. The water remains beautifully clear and the weed is well under control. Early in the week dry flies were doing very well with Sedges being favoured in particular. Other successful flies included Damsel, Diawl Bach, Dancer, Montana, PTN, Kate McLaren, Blob, Hopper, Cruncher and Buzzer.
Gregor Bulloch, from Polmont, landed the 8lb 9oz tiger; Willie Martin, Stirling, caught five fish for 17lb 4oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, five for 16lb 5oz plus three caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, four for 13lb 12oz; Ricky Goodwin, Larbert, four for 12lb 8oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, and Andy Henderson, Glasgow, each with four for 12lb 4oz; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, four for 12lb; Agris Kalns, Stirling, three for 10lb; Peter Bryce, Alloa, three for 9lb 12oz; Sandy Donald, Dunblane, three for 9lb 6oz; Brian Eadie, Cowie, three for 9lb 4oz; Brian Maskell, Oban, two for 7lb 6oz including a 4lb rainbow; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, two for 7lb 4oz plus two caught and released; Alistair Irvine a 4lb 12oz rainbow; Allan Whitton, Stirling, a 4lb rainbow; and Donald McMurchie, Fallin, a 3lb brown.