Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
June was a slower month than earlier in the year, but having said that 86% of visiting anglers caught their bag limit. Winning flies continue to be Damsels, red-cheeked Buzzers and stalking bugs. There were nine fish in excess of 10lb caught and landed during the month. Notably Richard Francis landed two doubles, Matt Rule landed a 10lb 1oz rainbow and a 12lb brownie, and Billie Porter tempted a 16lb 1oz rainbow. Additionally, there were many "personal bests" and beautiful bags of full-tailed, perfect-finned fish.
Weed grows at an absurd rate at this time of year and six inches every day is frequently quoted. Sadly, the weed cutting boat was dropped accidentally from its slings and landed on the propeller, which bent the drive shaft. The shaft has been removed and a new one is presently being ‘turned’. We should be back in full weed control in the next few days.
The tackle shop has been upgraded, and the stock increased substantially with a massive fly selection, and a new range of clothing and tackle for hire and for sale.
Any regular anglers will immediately notice the difference on grounds maintenance. From the entrance of the fishery, down through the lakes and the carrier, there has been a massive amount of work done to clear back the undergrowth of years of colonisation and the fishery is really looking good.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Unsurprisingly, at this time of year fishing is tough. While fish are still rising and are on the surface, especially in the evening and early morning, they just aren't taking to anything consistently. Blobs seem to have had the most success and also the boats seem better than the bank. On Friday July 7 the fishery will be closing at 6pm and on Saturday will be open from 1pm onwards as we have an event. The fishery website is www.blackdyketroutflyfishery.co.uk
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The Cancer Research UK and Barnardo’s Fundraiser took place on Saturday. A big thank you to Andy Richmond and Andy Saunders for donating flies, the Chopwell Chancers Fishing Club for kindly donating £160 raised from their raffle and to everyone who kindly donated prizes. David Neilson from Newcastle landed a beautiful double-figure brown trout, Alan landed a rainbow of around 14lb from Dunnydeer Lake. The rod average on the day was 4. Congratulations to the competition winner Anthony Meadows, followed by Peter Davison and great angling by junior angler Harrison Douds who came third. The ladies prize winner was Ali Brown. A total of £1400 was raised and will be split between the two charities. Special thanks to Jim and Tracey Tuck, Farm to Freeze in Wooler and to everyone who contributed and participated in the fundraiser.
Many double-figured fish including brown trout coming to the net this week. Graham Stephenson from Embleton returned a rainbow of approximately 14lb to Chatton Lake caught on a lime green Buzzer. John Taylor returned an approximate 15lb to Ross Lake using a Buzzer. Congratulations to junior angler Owen Palmer (aged nine) from Berwick who caught a personal best 7lb 10oz rainbow.
Chatton will be holding another ‘All Night Fishing’ event on Friday, July 7.
Chatton Open Day is on Saturday July 15, starting at 10am until 4pm’ish. Organised by members of the Game Angling Association (GAIA) and members of Federation of Flyfishers (IFFF) and AAPGI will also be attending. Open to all-novice anglers to more experienced. Casting demos with both single and double handed rods. Casting tuition will be available to all attending. A charge of £12 for adults and £5 for juniors (under 16). Just turn up on the day or preferably contact Barry Mitchell on 07979023301 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Elinor Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
For the week June 26 - July 2 the 155 anglers caught 478 fish of which 346 were returned. Best fish 8lb 2oz to Steve Quartley, from North London, on a size 14 Black Buzzer from the boat; 8lb 2oz John Oram, Desborough, Diawl Bach, boat; 7lb 4oz John Oram, Desborough, Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb 12oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Red Cruncher, boat. Best bank areas are the east arm, gravel bar, lagoon. Best boat areas are east arm, pylon point, down middle. Best patterns Olive Fraser Nymph, Damsel, Olive or Brown Hopper, Red Diawl Bach/Cruncher, GRHE, Bloodworm, Tequila Blob/Booby. Anglers fishing at the top of the wind are having most success with the water being much clearer here. Damsels continue to be the main food source with fish taking adults as well as nymphs. July and August are always the most difficult months of the year but as long as there is no prolonged heatwave the fishing should remain reasonable. Please take extra care when releasing fish into warm water. Boat and bank anglers should keep the fish in the net and not remove it from the water while unhooking. Barbless hooks make the process much easier.