Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The great fishing continues at Avington. The Fishery has seen some fantastic sport throughout the month, with lower water temperatures charging the fish and inspiring hard fighting specimens. Water clarity is superb with all lakes fishing exceptionally well, Buzzers, Damsels and Daddies are getting most of the action. Many anglers are catching their full limit with a general average stocking size of between 5-7lb with the odd double gracing the banks; Freddy Hasslinger caught an 11lb 8oz rainbow on a Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Jeremy landed a 10lb rainbow caught on a Prince Nymph and Yusaf reported a 17lb 8oz rainbow. The team have been busy landscaping the fishery, cutting back areas of overgrowth enabling smoother casting methods as well as encouraging healthy new growth in the spring.
The Itchen carrier is open for grayling fishing during the trout close season, there are some lovely specimens of grayling and perch with fish up to 2lb often gracing the banks. We have received lots of positive feedback about the progress made, constructive comments are always encouraged and gratefully received. To ensure your place please book in advance, we have now opened the books for 2018, and already booked a number of corporate events.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Quiet week due to the much colder temperatures but Saturday and Sunday had great turnout with very good results. All bank and boat anglers caught, with the one angler on the boat landing 12 rainbow on lures, Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers. Fish taking just under the surface and have been quietly active this last few days. Still a few spaces for the Fur and Feather event on Sunday December 17. Visit our website www.blackdyketroutflyfishing.co.uk for more details.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
During the week November 27 to December 3 the 82 anglers caught 342 fish of which 291 were returned. Plenty of cloud cover saw Elinor back on excellent form with a good list of specimen fish and a rod average of just over 4. Fish continue to be well spread with most anglers getting action. Floater with washing-line is working well in shallower water. Floater with a mini lure and nymph combination best on windy days or over deeper water. Middle of the day generally best.
Best fish 8lb 2oz for Jim Nixon, from Kettering, on a Bloodworm; 8lb Andy Lane, North London, Candy Blob; 7lb 3oz Brad Gifford, Kettering, Candy FAB; 6lb 4oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, Bloodworm; 5lb 9oz Bill Stewart, Corby, Pink Apps’; 5lb 6oz John Thomson, Corby; 5lb 3oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, Red Apps’; 5lb 2oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, small Damsel, boat; 5lb 2oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, Pink Blob; 5lb Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, boat; 5lb Gary Turner, Blakesley. Best bank areas are lagoon, shallow bay, gravel bar, dam, boat bay, brookside. Best boat area are west arm, gravel bar, dam, boat bay. Best patterns are small Damsel, GRHE, Black Booby, Pitsford Pea, Red Cruncher, UV Cruncher.
Pike fishing finished on Sunday. Best fish of the weekend was a 16lb 15oz specimen caught by Daniel Brackley. Last day for trout fishing is Sunday December 31 although season ticket holders can bank-fish in January. The 2018 season starts on Saturday February 10.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 29 rods caught 113 fish for an average of 3.90. The fishing continues to improve with the fish more willing to chase lures now and most anglers have enjoyed some success. The far end of Cocks Close from the old boat jetty corner to the far corner has been the best area and fish have even been moving on the top around here. Damsel Nymphs, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Tadpoles and Minkies have been the top patterns on Cocks Close. On the Park Meadow pool, the far bank from the boat jetty and around the middle of the pool have been best. Damsel Nymphs and Diawl Bach have been the top flies on there. The biggest fish of the week was a 14lb rainbow caught by fishery regular Rod Lacey of Nuneaton who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and he caught it on a Diawl Bach on a floating line. Mark Goldney of Nuneaton was fishing catch and release and caught a fish of around 12lb using a Cat’s Whisker from the bank of Cocks Close. Father and son Nigel and Shane Lewis of Solihull shared a boat on Cocks Close and caught 10 fish up to around 5lb between them and all of these came to a Cat’s Whisker. Ben Stubbs and his son, of Atherstone, caught 11 fish between them to 3lb and these all came to a Hothead Damsel.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The cooler wintry weather hasn’t deterred anglers who have had some excellent sport with some fish still being caught high in the water and others being attracted between 4 and 6 feet down. The Fritz ‘n’ Flies qualifier saw 115 fish landed with a rod average of 5.75. The qualifiers in the singles were James Carr, Ali Tait, Andrew Keenan and Davy Kay. In the pairs Ali Tait and Pete Davison, Ross Nichols and James Carr along with Davy Kay and Rodney Burn all qualified. Thanks again to Jim Tuck for organising another successful competition. We would also like to thank Paul Griffin who held a fly-tying session with the Thrunton Juniors on Saturday. They are now becoming very proficient young tyers with one newcomer catching a fish on a Cruncher she tied in the lesson. On Sunday we once again welcomed the veterans from The Fishing for Heroes charity with their members all enjoying their fishing and lunch in the lodge. Thanks once again to Andy Richmond and Lucy Bowden for their expert tuition and support.
Good catches this week were reported by Bill Bonas from Consett with 7 fish on a Black Bunny Leech; Dougie McMurdo from Ashington landed 7 on a Black Fritz from both lakes; Kenny McMahon from Ilderton also netted 7 on Blobs from Coe Crag; Tony Maddocks from Wallsend returned 9 on black lures and Cat’s Whiskers; West Woodburn angler Ray Wood braved the snow storms and released 10 fish from both lakes on Bloodworms; Morpeth anglers Phil Raisbeck and Mark Cromer returned 8 and 7 on Blobs with Mark landing a 15lb rainbow; Willie Emery from Newbiggin used a Jungle Cock Viva to tempt 16 fish to the net from Long Crag; Newcastle angler Jim Burtle returned 20 from both lakes on small Cormorants; James Carr from Blyth netted 16 to win the Fritz ‘n’ Flies competition and qualify for the final in the singles and pairs; Also qualifying for the singles and pairs was Ali Tait from Morpeth with 14 fish from Long Crag; Andrew Keenan landed 9 to qualify for the final in his first ever competition; Bryon Ion had a good day on an Olive Damsel releasing 15 from Long Crag lake; Gareth Tilley from Lanchester used Zonkers to tempt 10 to the net; Andy Richmond from Dreghorn safely returned 18 fish on Fruit Salad Eggstacy and Black Buzzers; Terry Wood from South Shields landed 12 on various home-tied flies from both lakes; Guy Nicholson from Newcastle found Apps’ Bloodworms productive, returning 7 fish to Long Crag.
Best flies have been Damsels, dries, Cat’s Whisker, Blobs, Black Bunny Leech, Cormorants, Bloodworm, Black Fritz and various lures. Thrunton will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and 31 and on January 1, 2018.