Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
March has been a fantastic month with plenty of doubles gracing the bank and the vast majority of anglers have left with full bags. The water is still full of oxygen which has resulted in the fish fighting incredibly hard. The biggest fish was a beautiful brown trout of 18lb 8oz caught by Alex Hill from lake two. Alex originally hooked the fish in the morning and lost it! Not to be beaten he persisted and was finally rewarded when it took his Black Damsel. Ted Jarvis bagged an 11lb rainbow from lake one with virtually his first cast. After a walk around lake two he found a big shadow lurking close in and using a Sawyer’s Killer Bug tempted a lovely 15lb 4oz rainbow. Richard Francis won the Troutmasters fish-off with a lovely brown of 10lb 4oz from lake two and then a beauty of a rainbow weighing in at 15lb 4oz. Both fish were caught on a Sid Knight Stalking Bug. Richard also had a lovely 11lb rainbow earlier in the month caught from lake three. Winner of the junior Troutmasters fish-off was Evan Hector. A good number of fish between 10lb-14lb also came out recently with Sam Tester, Derek Evans, and Mike Twyman all bagging rainbows of 13lb-plus. Ian Davidson managed a lovely 13lb 8oz rainbow from lake two, which he had been following for a couple of hours and fooled the fish on a Pink Weighted Shrimp.
Some of the best stalking months are now approaching. Every year both April and May tend to produce a very high number of doubles as light conditions improve and the fish start seeking the warmth of the shallower marginal areas.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Spring has certainly arrived with longer days setting in and the fishing certainly didn't disappoint. The fishery welcomed more than 65 anglers to the fishery, their busiest week yet. Saturday’s Troutmasters fish-off was won by Gavin Cairns with nine rainbows. Second place went to Martin Smith with eight and third place went to Colin Newton with six. On Sunday, conditions seemed a little harder with the variable wind making casting fairly tricky. Those that managed to get the wind behind them did well but the boats were most successful - two anglers caught 13 off the row boat in under three hours while most on the bank only managed into low single figures for the full day. Frustrating day for some as the fish were really active and taking from the top but catch numbers for Sunday were low by contrast to the rest of the week. Buzzers, dries and Snakes all working.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
When weather conditions were good there was some superb Buzzer fishing at Elinor last week and the 191 anglers caught 1092 fish of which 829 were returned. Boat anglers on Sunday had a field day with Jason Cooke and Shane Else catching 46, Alan Rennocks and Pete Welch 45, Barry Read 21 along with many other good catches. A team of Buzzers on a floater fished slowly has been the best method although during the afternoon some fish have moved up in the water and its worth switching the point fly to a Booby or FAB. Spooned fish are crammed full of buzzers of all sizes as well as a few immature damsels and daphnia. Between 7pm and dark there are good numbers of fish rising if the wind drops, with anglers taking fish on Shipmans and CdC Buzzers. Fish are well spread with bank anglers now finding fish on the coarse bank as well as the usual hotspots.
Best fish 6lb 6oz for Brian Carter, from Peterborough, on a Red Cruncher; 5lb 14oz to Graham Stone, Norwich, Black Buzzer; 5lb 8oz Matt Allen, boat; 5lb 5oz Jason Cooke, Roade, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 4oz Pip Weatherington, Oundle, boat; 5lb 4oz Mick Tracey, Bedford, boat. All bank areas are producing fish and the best boat areas are gravel bar, west arm, east arm, down middle. Best patterns Black Buzzer, Olive Buzzer, Bloodworm, Red Diawl Bach, small Damsel, Tequila FAB, Blob and Booby, white/green or black/green mini lures.
The Tommy Wood Memorial buzzer match is on May 21, bank, free entry, open to all; June 4 is the Scierra Pairs heat (boat); November 12 Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather (bank & boat).
Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
Foremark has continued to fish well with a weekly rod average of 4.5 for 158 rods. The past week has seen a change in the weather with a steady south- south west wind blowing in warmer air. Damsels, Buzzers and Diawl Bachs doing the bulk of the business. Flamingo Bay has been fishing steady all week with Verdun’s Point still producing the better results. The area from Verdun’s Point to the sailing club pontoon has fished well after 3pm every afternoon during the last week. Fish are now showing on the far side of Cavers Arm to some boat anglers. Some notable catches last week are as follows: Monday’s top rods were season permit holders J. Worley and M. Spence. They fished just off Verdun’s Point and landed 30 fish to their boat on sinking lines and Boobies. On Tuesday J. Graney and his brother T. Graney banked 25 fish between them from near Verdun’s Point on floating lines and even had a few fish on dries. Phil Roper fished the bank on Wednesday and netted 10 trout on a Goldhead Damsel. On Thursday Bill Stone fished Buzzers and Crunchers from the bank and landed just over 20 trout while Mr Middleton and Mr Rowland boated over 30 fish from Flamingo Bay on floating line and Buzzers. Season permit holder S. Wilson was out in a boat on Friday and netted over 20 fish along the far bank in Carvers Arm. Hut Point was the place to be on Saturday as G. Clarke banked over 30 fish using an intermediate line and a small Goldhead Damsel. On Sunday P. Bailey banked 10 rainbows using floating line and Suspender Buzzers.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 68 rods caught 411 fish for an average of 6.04 fish per rod. A cracking week with both pools in fine form and lots of fish moving on the top, particularly during the overcast periods. The largest fish of the week was a 10lb rainbow caught and released from the bank of Cocks Close by regular visitor John Taylor of Birmingham. He was fishing a small Cat’s Whisker on a floating line and it was the best of a six fish catch. Alan Bowen of Birmingham fished the Park Meadow pool from a boat and caught seven fish to 7lb which fell to various nymphs and a Bloodworm pattern. John Riley of Atherstone fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught eight fish to 6lb 8oz and these came to Black Buzzers and Diawl Bachs on a floating line. Richard Huckvale of Coventry fished catch and release from a boat on Park Meadow and caught 11 fish to 5lb on Diawl Bachs and black/green Buzzers. Bill Greenaway had seven fish to nearly 5lb using Cat’s Whiskers on a sinking line from a boat on Cocks Close. There are lots of fish in the 3-5lb range being caught. The best areas have been the lodge corner, road bank and the old boat jetty on Cocks Close with the dam wall and the far bank from the boat jetty best on Park Meadow. Top patterns are Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Black Hoppers, Klinkhamer, Damsel Nymph, Bloodworm and Cat’s Whisker. The fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Trout fishing has been excellent and after about 11am all you need are dries! Shipman's Buzzer, Olives, Griffiths Gnats, Bob’s Bits and Klinkhamers are all doing well. The fish are often coming blind and the best areas after several anglers had good bags of fish is around the dam, with some of the char being caught. Some anglers still getting good bags of trout to nymphs and lures with Cat's Whiskers and Damsels worth a try. Boat catches are also excellent. Lake open seven days a week now.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another busy week and some decent settled weather has produced some cracking sport with lots of free-rising fish. The dry fly fishing has been good with Klinkhamer, Yellow Owl, CdC and Hoppers all working well. The senior Troutmasters fish-off on Sunday was won by Trevor Wadds with 10 fish in difficult conditions. The junior fish-off was won by Jack Metcalf who landed seven. Jack has already qualified for the Junior Final at Thrunton in July and kindly offered his place to Joel Ellis who finished second. The Cramlington Renegades enjoyed their friendly competition with father and son Lee and Tom Blaylock first and second.
Among the top catches this week were Matty Devine, from Hadston who released 20 fish back to Long Crag, a 3lb brown and a 5lb blue, on lures, Bloodworm, Buzzers and nymphs. Longframlington angler Trevor Wadds released 14 back to Coe Crag, one at 8lb and two at 5lb on Black Buzzers. Graham Wilson from North Shields released 13 in Long Crag on Olive Klinkhamers. Bedlington angler Steve Horner brought 17 to the net on Yellow Owls. Spike Millican from Blyth safely released 14 back into Long Crag also on a Yellow Owl. Paul Marshall from Chester le Street returned 10 on Buzzers and dries from both lakes. Ashington angler David Dodds had two good days, landing 9 and 11 fish from both lakes 1. His best fish weighed 10lb and 5lb and fell to Olive Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Ant Meadows from Chopwell brought 17 to the net, safely releasing five into Long Crag and 12 into Coe Crag on Blobs and Damsels. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend had a successful day releasing 16 safely back to Coe Crag on Diawl Bach and Bunny Leech. Walbottle angler Doug Carr enjoyed his day fishing Wicked White Buzzers, returning 10 fish to Coe Crag. P. McCarron from Newcastle had a bag of four fish for 12lb 8oz and further releasing nine back to Long Crag on a Ginger Spider. Terry Wood from South Shields brought a total of 16 to the net, 10 from Long Crag and six from Coe Crag and all safety returned on Squirmy Worms and PTNs. Bedlington angler Mick Brown returned 16 lovely trout back to Long Crag on a Perdigon Nymph. Dennis Stephenson from Crawcrook caught three fish for 10lb, best one at 4lb 4oz, returning a further nine back to Long Crag on Black Hoppers. Dipton angler Paul Stoddart netted 10 from Coe Crag on Diawl Bach and Black Buzzers.
On Saturday April 8, Long Crag lake will be closed all day for a competition and Coe Crag will also be closed until 1.30pm. Apologies to all our regular anglers.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
A fantastic rod average this week with the 109 rods catching 540 trout for a rod average of 4.95. This shows consistently good fishing which at Toft we are proud to be able to boast this year. This week has given us our biggest attendance of the year so far. Although the washing-line remains the most consistent method the dries have certainly had a larger part to play with good numbers of both recently stocked and overwintered fish falling to a well-fished imitation, Andy's Synthetic Emerger in both olive and yellow owl type patterns has accounted for a good few fish, as have foam Suspender Buzzers. With some fish starting to appear slightly further out now the boats are certainly worth considering. On Sunday April 30 is the Scierra Pairs heat with a chance to fish for a big cash prize at Llyn Brenig later in the year. For more details please contact the fishing lodge on 01673 878453.