Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The fishing this month has been fantastic, with the vast majority of anglers bagging up quickly on a range of techniques and flies. The most popular method has been stripping flashy lures i.e Blue Flash Damsels, Humungus and Cat’s Whiskers. Alternatively, a sinking line and a Booby set-up has produced consistently. Fishing with Buzzers, Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymphs with a slow figure-of-eight retrieve has seen its fair share of captures as well. Unfortunately, the stalking conditions have been unfavorable due to low light levels. Biggest fish of the month goes to Ray Green with an impressive 16lb 12oz brown caught from lake two. Ray caught this fish casting blind towards the middle on a home-tied Damsel. He has also done extremely well fishing the Booby on a sinking line and has always caught his limit very quickly. Miles Booth tempted an 11lb brown from lake three on a day when three quarters of the lake was frozen! He cast a Cat’s Whiskers on top of the ice, dragged it off and the brown took it on the drop. Regular angler David managed to catch a lovely 10lb 2oz rainbow from lake one using a Black and Gold Humungus cast towards the overhanging trees at the bottom end of the lake.
If the fish have seen a lot of lures over the day a change to a Buzzer fished under an indicator is likely to keep the action flowing. It may be necessary to keep altering the depth when fishing in this manner, though in general the fish are sticking to the top two or three feet of water on anything but the coldest of mornings, where they will be found closer to the bottom.
The fish on the farm are coming on brilliantly and the stock fish are in perfect condition. There will be some fantastic specimens going into the lakes over the course of 2017.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
An excellent week’s catches with several anglers catching more than 10 fish in a session and several having lost a few. Bloodworms are favorite under an indicator on a floating line, also several fish coming out to Yellow Dancers and Cat’s Whiskers on an intermediate line. The fish are in superb condition at the moment and are fighting well. Martin Smith caught and safely released 18 on a Red Buzzer.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The final heat of the Fritz 'n' Flies Competition was fished by 32 anglers. Congratulations to the individual qualifiers Stuart Barclay, Gareth Tilley and Derek Parker and to the Pairs qualifiers Jock Kettle/Wullie Leach, Scott Aitken/Andrew McAdam, Davie Mordue/Tommy Stephenson, Alec Harvey/Wullie Emery. The fish of the week were caught by Michael Cothay from Stanley who landed a 13lb 8oz rainbow and a 9lb 8oz rainbow. The fly box this week has been Cat’s Whiskers, green and black lures, Bloodworms, nymphs and Tinnies. The fishery will be closing at 4.30pm.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers who have braved the cold weather this week have been rewarded with some very good sport with smaller natural patterns all working well. Various Buzzers, Crunchers and Hare’s Ears have been very productive and fishermen who found success last week stripping lures had to change tactics to attract fish. The fish of the week was landed and safely returned on a size 14 Buzzer by Grant Downie from Blagdon, a 13lb brown from Long Crag. James Carr from Blyth released 12 from Coe Crag on Apps’ Worms; John Radford from Consett netted nine on Damsels; Bill McCarroll from Morpeth returned seven from both lakes on Green Buzzers; Brian Groom from Morpeth had ‘an excellent day’ on Black Crunchers and Hare’s Ears, returning six; Mick Brown from Bedlington enjoyed his day on various Buzzers, releasing 16 fish from Long Crag lake; Colin Perkins from Pegswood landed a nice blue and a 10lb 8oz rainbow from both lakes on Apps’ Worms and Mini Appetisers; Mitch Fawcus from Blyth “missed loads” on Buzzers but still netted 13 from Long Crag; Grant Downie from Blagdon dropped five at the net but still brought 11 to the net including a 13lb brown on size 14 Buzzers; Paul Embleton from Consett had a good day releasing 12 from both lakes on Buzzers and Worms; Howard Croston from Morpeth returned 14 fish to 10lb 8oz from Coe Crag on various home-tied flies. Flies of the week were Crunchers, various coloured Buzzers, Hare’s Ears, Mini Appetisers, Black Fritz, Apps’ Worms, Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 4pm. On Friday February 24 - Junior Fly-Tying with Paul Griffin 10am – 12.30pm. Places are limited, please contact the Fishery 01665 574400.
Westlow Mere, Cheshire
For week-ending January 29, 2017, the 43 anglers caught 142 fish caught with a rod average of 3.3. Fish generally deeper down with the colder weather and anglers using long leaders or sinking lines finding fish. Deeps producing the most fish on Damsels with shallows producing to long leader tactics and small flies.