Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A busy week with more than 100 rainbows caught along with a couple of browns as well. 80 fish were returned safely. Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels still the most successful patterns and both bank and boat anglers are having equal success. Open everyday apart from Christmas Day. Wishing all our customers a wonderful festive season.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Two double figure fish have been caught this week - the first by Joe Beattie from Edinburgh. Joe returned five fish, one a 10lb rainbow to Chatton Lake. Rob Frame from West Denton returned 16 fish on Sunday, best being a 13lb rainbow which was returned safely to Ross Lake. Graham Brown from Berwick returned an 8lb rainbow to Ross Lake after it was caught on a Montana. Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Caroline Brown from Longhorsley caught her personal best fish on Saturday using a Montana. Stephen Patterson from Wallsend tempted a 5lb 4oz rainbow on a Yellow Dancer on only his fourth time flyfishing. Fantastic sport again this week, many fish in the 3lb to 8lb bracket coming to the net. Lures (white/yellow or black/green), Bloodworms, Pheasant Tails, Buzzers and Tinnies are working well.
The fishery will be closed on December 24-25, open on Boxing Day for Festive Fun, closing on Saturday December 31 and January 1, 2017. Open as usual all other days.
We would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and all the very best for 2017.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week December 12-18 the 96 anglers caught 289 fish of which 221 were returned. Another decent week with a three fish average although many flat calm days combined with the extremely clear water made the fishing trickier. The mild weather has seen decent hatches of small black buzzers which have kept the fish near the surface. On days with a breeze the best method has been a floater or midge-tip with a Red Apps’ or red-head Damsel on the point and Diawl Bach on the dropper. Most fishing is taking place on the bank although Ray Ward had a couple of boat trips last week. He had an uncharacteristic blank on Wednesday but got his own back in style on Friday catching 21 fish to 4lb 15oz, 19 on a Red Apps’ and two on a Black Cruncher. Other good fish of 5lb 2oz and 5lb 1oz were taken by John Lashbrooke, from Corby, one an Appetiser, and the other on a Yellow Apps. Best bank areas are Goodfellow Bay, Pensioners Point, Brookside and dam. Best boat areas ar the dam and Goodfellow Bay. Best patterns are Red Apps’, Candy/Tequila FAB, Green Diawl Bach, Montana, small Damsel, white/green lures, and Black Buzzers.
Elinor is open for day ticket anglers until December 31.
Season permit holders may bank fish the whole of January. The 2017 season starts on Saturday February 11.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Good sport this week and the rod average is a respectable 3.5. Boat sport has picked up with many anglers recording 3lb-plus fish. The north shore is the best place to be for boats with intermediate lines and white or black and green lures being the most popular. However, the fish are still very high up in the water and are certainly after a chase. Other good areas include off the Seat, outside the sailing club and just outside the harbour.
Bank fishing is becoming tougher, due to the low level of the reservoir and to the shrimp being less active. Areas like the harbour or dam are proving popular with anglers looking for deeper water. Perry Point is still producing fish along with the Seat and Plummers, however the dam and the north shore are probably the better places to start. Mr Archer has managed a very good bag from Pylon Point recently, landing 10 fish.
There have been lots of reports of trout caught on dead baits recently. To help protect them we request anglers increase their dead bait size when finding this a common occurrence.
Just a reminder that the tackle shop is now closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Permits can be purchased from the Harbour View Café adjacent to the fishing lodge.
Trout and predator fishing at Grafham continue to January 31, 2017.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 53 rods caught 215 fish for an average of 4.05 fish per rod. The biggest fish of the week was a 9lb rainbow which was caught by J. Askins of Bridgnorth. This was the best of a six fish catch, all taken on Cat’s Whiskers while fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. Brian Mason of Sutton Coldfield caught four from Cocks Close and included rainbows of 7lb 8oz and 7lb caught on a Black Tadpole fished on a floating line. Alec Twaites of Coventry fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught eight fish to 4lb using Cat’s Whiskers on an intermediate line with most of his fish being caught around the lodge corner. Alex Kerr of Nuneaton fished from a boat on Cocks Close and took five rainbows and returned a further six which all fell to Martini lures and a Bloodworm pattern. The best flies have been Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Viva, Goldhead Damsel, Diawl Bach, various Buzzers and Bloodworm. The hotspots have been along the high bank and the lodge corner on Cocks Close and the dam wall on Park Meadow.
The trout fishery will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day but open for business as usual on all the other days. We would like to wish all our customers a merry Christmas and ‘tight lines’ for the new year. Further details and bookings, please ring 01676 522754.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The Lake is open weekends and Wednesdays. The trout lake is fishing well, with fish being caught on small midge imitations and Damesel Nymphs on an intermediate line. The cafe is open weekends with the logburner on.
Rutland Water, Rutland
A wonderful week with fish caught in many areas with some exceptional catches. Mansfield anglers Andy Mosely and John Battison had 16 rainbows to their boat. The pair drifted off the Normanton shoreline near the lodge with Shipman’s Buzzers and nymphs cast to rising fish in very light wind conditions. Keith Jones and Cameron Neil reported 40-plus fish on Saturday with browns to an estimated 5lb returned along with rainbows up to 3lb-plus. Saturday was also a great day for father and son Gary and Richard Cooper. Richard caught an estimated 30-plus fish on a mixture of fry patterns and nymphs.
Bank anglers are finding fish off the Normanton shoreline but the peninsula at the moment is producing more fish with a good number found moving very close into the shoreline, feeding on snails, corixa and shrimp. Rob Holloway had five rainbows and four browns off the fishing lodge frontage, all on Minkies. On Sunday local anglers Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward brought an estimated 25 fish to the boat. They then enjoyed an impromptu half hour on the harbour wall with another four fish, including a brown estimated at 6lb for Graham. Paul Runec and Ben Race made the journey from Middlesbrough worthwhile, taking around 25 fish including a personal best brown (safely returned) for Ben estimated at 5lb. Bank angler Dan Pitcher had a good day on Sunday with three browns, the best around 5lb and a quality rainbow at 5lb 8oz.
During the winter only 15 boats are available each day and demand is very high with predator and trout anglers. Please phone the lodge to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Predator sport is also very good at the moment with above average size zander between 6-8lb reported. Andy Lush of the Friendly Fisherman and James Gardener netted 78 zander for the day last Thursday, their best fish went to around 7lb.
Trout and predator fishing at Rutland continues to January 31, 2017.
Sharpley Springs Fly Fishery, Co Durham
A good week for double-figure fish and a rod average of 5.6. Jim Brown from South Shields had a cracking 18-pounder. Tom Reay from Felling returned 11 fish including one of 17lb. Gary Jenkins from Sunderland caught fish from 8-10lb in his bag of seven using a Black Zonker. Barry Pattinson caught an eight-pounder, and one of the biggest bags of the week went to David Leonard with 18 trout. Colin Grey from Gateshead and Peter Cully both released 20 fish each. Tom Cowan landed a 12lb 8oz rainbow, while Ant Meadows from Chopwell brought a 16lb 5oz fish to the net.
The relatively static high pressure system ensured another unseasonably mild week. This meant trickle hatches of small black buzzers and trout rose steadily. The dry fly fishing was consequently excellent again with small black offerings presented in the path of cruisers the way forward. Grizzle Spiders, small black parachutes and the like fooled the splashy risers while traditional Spiders just subsurface provided the answer at other stages of the hatch. Bloodworms figure-of-eighted in a breeze provided the answer pre-hatch and the usual lures took their share also. Best patterns included Damsel, Black Buzzer, Black/Grizzle Spider, Parachute Midge, Griffith’s Gnat, Pinky, Squirmy, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Black/green Nomad, Mini Cat, Black Zonker and Blobs.
Open every day as usual over Christmas and New Year. Free catch and release only fishing on Christmas Day.