Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
The fishing has been fantastic sport this month, the fish are really active and have been hitting the lures with power and aggression. With low lights levels and brisk winds rippling the surface it has made spotting the big ones especially difficult, although we have still seen some specimens grace the bank. Regular angler Ray Green recorded his second double in as many months, landing a 14lb rainbow from lake one on a home-tied Booby. Ted Jarvis was rewarded with a lovely 13lb 4oz rainbow caught from lake two on a Sawyer’s Killer Bug. Gary Styles caught a stunning 12lb 4oz rainbow from lake one while retrieving a Blue-flash Damsel.
The cool water temperatures and good oxygen levels in the water create the perfect environment for the fish. The action this time of year is incredible with fish taking anglers down to the backing a very common thing! The fish have broken out of their big shoals and are now a lot more spread out with fish being caught in all areas of the lake at certain times throughout the day. Fly choice this month has been largely dominated by lures with Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers and Humungus the most popular patterns. On warmer brighter days the fish will start to come up in the water column, this is when Buzzers, nymphs and Hare’s Ears will produce well. Make sure to keep active and looking for signs of movement and keep checking margins, as the temperature increases the ish will start moving in close.
The annual Troutmasters competition is to be held on Saturday March 25 this year. We have a good number of anglers attending, both regulars, newcomers and juniors. We would like to wish everyone attending the very best of luck.
IMPORTANT CHANGE TO ROD LICENCES
Unfortunately the Environment Agency has stopped fisheries selling licences on site. As of 1ST APRIL 2017 all licences must be brought prior to fishing either from your local post office or online. We are sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Despite the effects of Storm Doris, on the calmer days around the storm, fishing was good. Every day but one there was a two fish average and Martin Smith caught a beautiful 5lb rainbow on a Buzzer which he entered into Troutmasters. Orange Blobs, Bloodworms, Cats and Buzzers all doing well. Next restock is on Tuesday March 7.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The fish of the week was caught by David Kay from Morpeth who returned a rainbow weighing approximately 20lb to Ross Lake during the Fritz' n' Flies Final competition on Saturday. The competition conditions were challenging due to storm Doris slightly colouring the lakes midweek and strong winds on the day. The total prize fund was £3907 and as 89 fish were caught each fish landed was worth £44. Top rods were Rob Frame (£308), Alec Bowler (£264), Gareth Tilley (£220) and Grant Trenerry (£220). Congratulations to everyone who qualified and thanks to all the marshalls on the day. Special thanks to Jim and Tracey Tuck for another successful competition. The fishery is closing at 5.3pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Although the fishing didn't reach last week’s crazy eight fish per rod, Elinor still had a good week averaging 4.6 despite the stormy conditions. The 140 anglers caught 648 fish of which 522 were returned. The day after storm Doris on Friday the water had a minor amount of colour from the turbulence so the fishing was harder. However, the lake is now very clear again and is ready to fish superbly when we get some decent fishing conditions. Boat and bank equally good although bank fishing slightly better on windy days. Both lures and nymphs are working with most fish being taken three to five foot down. On milder days Buzzers are certainly worth using. On Sunday, Alan Rennocks, took a boat to the shelter of the West Arm and caught 26 fish using a floating line and two size 12 Skinny Buzzer imitations. Best fish were 14lb 10oz for Derek Benamore, from Finedon, on a Pitsford Pea; 13lb 15oz to boat angler Mathew Castle, Wilbarston, on a Sunburst Blob; 8lb for Mr Parsler, on a black/green lure; 7lb 5oz to Mick Moseley, Rushden, on awhite/green lure from the boat; 7lb 1oz for John Lashbrooke, Corby, on a White Tadpole, and there were a further 23 fish over 5lb. Best bank areas are the lagoon, Brookside, dam, and Boat Bay. For boats is the dam and West Arm. Best patterns are black/green or white/green lures, Damsel, Bloodworm, Orange or Sunburst Blob, Black Buzzer and GRHE.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 59 rods caught 289 fish for an average of 4.90 fish per rod. A really mixed bag of weather with mild conditions giving way to wild and windy weather later in the week. The fishing has been good with plenty of fish being caught to a variety of tactics. Small imitative patterns such as Diawl Bach, Gold Ribbed Hares Ear, Pearly PTN and even small Hoppers have accounted for a few with more fish moving on the top now. Lures such as Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, White Fritz and Minkies have also been catching on slow or intermediate lines. The largest fish of the week was a 7lb 12oz rainbow caught by Ian Reeve of Rugby who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the best of an eight fish catch which fell to Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworm patterns. Jack Dixon of Warwick had a 6lb 8oz rainbow on a Booby again from a boat on Cocks Close. Roger Smith of Atherstone also fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught eight fish to 4lb with some caught on Buzzers on a floating line and a few on Cat’s Whiskers. Harold Pritchett of Atherstone caught five fish and returned a further six fish to 4lb while fishing from a boat on the Park Meadow pool. The best areas have been the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and the dam wall area on Park Meadow. Memberships are available to fish both pools at very reasonable rates. Please contact the lodge for further details.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending February 24 the 87 rods caught 324 trout for a rod average of 3.72. It's been a week of two halves. In the earlier part many anglers got a little frustrated, seeing large groups of fish that just hadn't spread out yet and not being able to catch them, although those in the right place at the right time enjoyed great sport. Lincoln season ticket holder Ronnie Milloy and Wrawby season ticket holder Martin Rowson were amongst the top rods. Thursday threw storm 'Doris' at us and fortunately left no lasting damage other than some boats full of water from spray and swell. The storm did seem to spread out the groups of fish and rods could be seen bending all over the place on Friday when the Caythorpe Kingfishers visited. One of their younger members Reece Priestly caught and returned a cracking rainbow. The best methods have been varied, everything from floaters and nymphs through intermediates and lures to sinkers and Boobies. The rubber-legged worm-type patterns certainly managed their share and the washing-line method remains a firm favourite.
Wakefield angler Ricky Varley enjoyed his day flyfishing for pike on Tuesday, managing six altogether with the best one at 22lb 8oz. Anglers interested in fishing for pike and perch should book a boat by calling 01673 878453. Predator fishing is on a pre-booked basis only and anglers should come properly equipped with the necessary unhooking tools, long forceps/pliers, an unhooking glove, and an unhooking mat.
West House Trout Lakes, Cleveland
Mixed weather conditions this week but Storm Doris was not as bad as forecast at West House. Even during the windy conditions fish were still being caught, an Egg Fly under the indicator being the preferred method. Plenty of fish near the surface in this top of the water fishery.
An Open flyfishing competition is being held at West House on Saturday March 25. The first prize is a minimum £100 and a free lunch will be provided to all anglers taking part. To book call David on 07836 330157. West House regulars David and Ritchie Watson from Middlesbrough braved the elements and both caught fish over 8lb. Plenty of other big fish caught this week including a 9lb fish caught by William Crawford of Yarm which fell to a Black Zonker. Anglers visiting on a Saturday morning get a free bacon sandwich and tea or coffee. Best flies are Zonkers, Cat’s Whiskers, Pink Buzzers, Egg flies and Cormorants. The lakes are now open from 8am until 5pm every day. Free tea and coffee is now available from the lodge.
Westlow Mere Trout Fishery, Cheshire
For the week-ending February 25 the 80 anglers caught 158 fish for a rod average of 2.0. Fishing picked up this week after fish moved further out after the match but required to be located deeper in the water. Weather conditions also hampered efforts but improved later in the week with fish caught on small Olive Damsels and a few fish caught on Buzzers fished slowly on intermediates. The monthly catch returns for February saw a total of 347 anglrs catch 837 fish for a 2.6 rod average. Best methods were Olive Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers and the Coppenhall Anglers match saw 44 fish taken mostly on lures. Shallows fished well to small nymphs and again large Sedge flies fished on a good ripple have produced fish. To keep updated on Westlow Mere follow http://www.westlowmereflyfishery.co.uk/