Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
There was a friendly competition organised by Jim Tuck at the weekend between The Glen and The Chasers. They fished at Langley Dam on Saturday and Chatton on Sunday. Congratulations to Peter Davison on winning the individual competition and The Chasers on winning the team competition. The rod average on the day was 6.2. The Glen are hosting the returned competition in October. Geert van Zon from Longhorsley was delighted with a nice fish from Dunnydeer Lake caught on a Pink Bloodworm. Chatton is hosting the ATTEFF National Bank Final Individual and Pairs Competition on Saturday and Sunday May 6-7. The fishery will be closed to anglers on these days. Please note that due to the competition we are closing at 5pm on Friday May 5. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our regular anglers.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 24 – 30 the 152 anglers caught 802 fish of which 565 were returned. Despite the cold winds there have been good numbers of surface feeders on most days. Dries or floater with a washing-line are outfishing straight-lined nymphs. Pond olives, olive buzzers and alders continue to be the main food source. The fish are packing on weight and fighting extremely hard. Numerous anglers were broken up last week. Fish are being taken from all areas of the lake. Best fish 8lb 4oz for Ray Ward, from Olney, on a Damsel from the boat; 8lb 2oz Ray Ward, Olney, green/white lure, boat; 6lb 4oz Russell Fletcher, Peterborough; 6lb 3oz Russell Fletcher, Peterborough; 6lb Mr O'Neil, boat; 5lb 12oz Sean Gardner, Lowick, Olive Buzzer, boat; 5lb 9oz Paul Gomez, Market Harborough, Pitsford Pea; 5lb 6oz John Oram, Desborough; 5lb 1oz Phil Musgrove, Sawtry; 5lb Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, green/white lure, boat. Best flies are Olive Cruncher, Olive Cruncher Booby, Hare’s Ear Booby, Olive Buzzer, Black Diawl Bach, Black Cruncher, Hoppers, Shipman’s, white/green lures.
The Troutmasters fish-off on Wednesday April 26 saw six anglers take part. The match was fished 9am to 3pm to a six fish limit with a 2lb/hour time bonus. First to bag up was Iain Barr with six fish weighing 14lb 14oz before time bonus. Iain used a floater with Tequila FAB and Olive Cruncher. Second was Pete Welch, 6 fish 19lb 6oz; 3rd Steve Johnson, 6 fish 17lb 13oz; 4th Paul Gomez, 4 fish 12lb 4oz; 5th Dave Miles, 4 fish 6lb 4oz; 6th Andrew Miles, 2 fish 3lb 9oz.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Excellent fishing continues with some really good results to both bank and boats. Buzzers and Damsels continue to produce the best catches in most areas with Carver’s Arm and the Bramble Bay holding large numbers of fish. The Torre blues still showing well and proving very popular. Season permit holder P. Walker used Buzzers and nymphs around Bramble Bay on Monday and landed 19 fish while P. Allison and his boat partner I. Pattendon landed 25 to their boat fish down Carvers Arm. Tuesday was a good day to catch a blue trout with four blue trout over 4lb coming out. Thornton season permit holder K. Coley was back at Foremark along with his boat partner Mr B. Taft and they had 22 fish between them including a fabulous 5lb-plus brown trout (returned) and a 4lb blue.
Gordon Wood had a short morning session on Wednesday and banked eight trout from Verdons Point. Kevin Hart took a day off from Draycote on Thursday and took a boat down Carver’s Arm for the afternoon and sampled some fantastic Buzzer fishing, boating 17 fish. Derby County Angling Club member D. Ashford fished from the banks netting 13 fish. On Friday A. Topping fished the banks using a mixture of Buzzers Damsels and Diawl Bachs and caught 17 trout while season permit holder S. Wilson took to a boat and netted over 20 fish from down Carver’s Arm.
Saturday was the day for Buzzers either from the bank or a boat as J. Scragg landed 13 trout, K. Scragg eight, D. Baken eight, R. Cotterill 23 trout, B. M. Barron nine, all caught on Buzzers. By Sunday Damsels produced the better results. M. Carr took 17 trout on Damsels and Woolly Buggers, Mike and Tony Curtis fished Damsels and boated 10.
Colwick Fly Fishers held a boat match on Sunday, catching 46 fish for a match average of 5.75. Winner was David Mee with 13lb 6oz and he also recorded the best fish of the match at 3lb 2oz.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 41 rods caught 258 fish for an average of 6.29 fish per rod. It has been a quieter week on the fishery but the anglers who have fished enjoyed really good sport with lots of fish moving on the top and coming to dries. The largest fish of the week was an 8lb 12oz rainbow which was safely returned by Paul Flanner of Worcester who was fishing catch and release from a boat and caught over 20 fish including others at 6lb 4lb and 5lb 10oz. Small Buzzers and Leeches proved to be the downfall for Paul’s fish. Steve Usher of Stratford fished from the bank of both Cocks Close and Park Meadow catching and releasing eight fish and all of these came to Buzzers fished on a floating line. Alec Twaites of Coventry had a 6lb rainbow from the bank of Cocks Close which was the best of an eight fish catch and all fell to a White Humungus fished on an intermediate line. Allan Bowen of Birmingham fished Park Meadow pool from a boat and caught seven fish to 6lb with tiny Buzzers fished on a floating line working best for him. The top flies are black, olive or red Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, Suspender Buzzers, dry Olives, Emergers and Hoppers. The best areas have been the road bank, wires bank and around the middle willows on Cocks Close. The dam wall on Park Meadow has been fishing well for boat anglers. The Fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Wintry, colder conditions at the beginning of the week made fishing more challenging for anglers who had to vary tactics to find the fish. The bitter northerly wind sent fish deeper but those who braved the weather had good sport. By the end of the week as temperatures rose Buzzers and dries were more productive. Ashington angler Gregg Johnson returned eight fish from the boat to 8lb on Damsels while Matty Devine from Hadston released 16 including an 6lb brown from both lakes on Diawl Bachs and lures. Jim Burtle from Newcastle brought 10 fish to the net on Eggstacy and Buzzers and Jimmy Gargett from Wideopen kept four and returned a further 10 on Shipmans. Four of the Chopwell Chancers enjoyed their short session. David Neilson returned 12 on dries, Buzzers and Blobs, Malcolm Proudlock and Dicky Bean returned eight each on Buzzers and Blobs while Paul Snaith kept one for 5lb 6oz and returned another five on Buzzers. Newbiggin angler Willie Emery had ‘a good day’ netting 14 fish on Black Cormorants while David Dodds from Ashington had his best day for a long time releasing six and keeping four for 14lb 9oz on Sedges and dries. Tom Jones from Washington drifted Buzzers to land nine fish from Long Crag, and Mick Brown from Bedlington had ‘an exceptional day’ returning 20 on Glass Buzzers and Elk Hair Caddis. Mick Lowery from Whitley Bay found Buzzers and dries effective, landing eight fish from Coe Crag. Tony Rowley from North Shields was again outfished by his daughter Lauren during their short morning session. Lauren returned 10 and Tony six on lures and Blobs. Graeme Clark and Anthony Meadows from Chopwell landed 15 and 14 on black fry patterns, dries and Damsels. Mathew Lee from Consett returned eight fish on Klinkhamers. Felling anglers Peter Culley and Colin Grey returned 11 and nine on Suspender Buzzers.
Top flies are Buzzers, Damsels, Shipman’s, dries, Blobs, Diawl Bachs, PTNs, Black Gnats, Klinkhamers and various lures
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending 28th April 28th the 62 rods caught 343 trout for a rod average of 5.53. Some terrible weather kept the masses at home this week but those diehards all contributed with some fantastic bags to build a very nice rod average indeed. The proper fishing is still very on song with Buzzers and nymphs leading the way on floating lines with a midge-tip a good standby when they go a lot deeper. Dries have managed a few and some have come to a small FAB on the point when the fish have been higher. Many fish around the 4lb mark this week, Steve Hart managed an impressive 6lb fish on an Olive Buzzer. The next week should see much of a continuation in terms of sport, Buzzers and nymphs will more than likely lead the way and sport is expected to be good from both boat and bank.