Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Temperatures continue to be well below the seasonal average with the cold, wet weather lingering on and few milder, settled days so far. This has resulted in a delay for insect activity and sparse fly hatches. Most fish are still to be found lying deep and the most successful anglers this week have been those employing ‘roving’ tactics around the banks rather than fishing in just one spot. That said, there were some decent returns including on the 27th for season permit holder Alan Miles with a bag of 7 fish, all caught on black and green lures fished on a sinking line from the South Lake banks. The following day, the 28th, there were a couple of great returns for season permit holder John Henshall who released 14 fish from the banks of the South Lake and for visiting rod Steve Owen who recorded 10 fish mainly to black and green Viva patterns, again from the South Lake banks. On the 29th permit holder Barry Turner returned 8 fish, all caught on small, dark lures fished deep, while on the 30th permit holder Graham Wood also recorded a bag of 8 fish to lure patterns with all fish being safely released back into the water. On the same day visiting rods Steve Cooper and Bruce Burton returned bags of 8 fish and 11 fish respectively. All fish were caught on lures in deeper water with orange lures performing slightly better than black and green. Rounding off the week was visiting rod Mr Wilcox who recorded the best fish of the week amongst his bag – a 4lb rainbow trout caught on a Prince Nymph from the South Lake banks.
A quick reminder to all anglers that catch returns must be completed and submitted at the end of your session, including nil returns. The current rod average is 2.15.
Chalk Springs Trout Fishery, West Sussex
The fishery has been open all through the poor weather and fishing well. Hopefully now the weather will improve. However, the huge amount of rain has left the banks very soggy and muddy - please wear wellies or boots! For those anglers that made it out the rewards were worth the effort – another high catch rate over 90% and an average size well over 3lb. The best flies have been the usual Goldhead Damsels, along with orange lead-heads fished on the drop and Cat’s Whiskers retrieved quickly. A few fish have come out on Buzzers and dries, but it’s mainly goldhead nymphs that are working best. Hopefully we should start to see some fly life hatching around the lakes with possibly some early mayfly towards the end of the month.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Lots of fish in the 3lb to 9lb bracket have been caught this week. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Cat’s Whiskers, Yellow Dancers, Montanas and Bloodworms have been working well this week. Steve McMorn from Berwick returned a beautiful 8lb brown trout. David Traish from Guidepost was delighted with a 9lb 8oz rainbow from Ross Lake. Kevin Stewart from Boulmer caught an 8lb 4oz rainbow from Ross Lake. Hecaught 5 fish in total, all on a Red Bloodworm. Dougie Purves from Newcastle enjoyed his visit to Chatton catching two 9lb rainbows, along with 6lb and a 3lb rainbows using a Cat’s Whisker. Bill Henfrey from Morpeth tempted two rainbows weighing 7lb 10oz and also returned a 6lb tiger trout. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday April 7 at 9.30am in the fishing lodge. New members welcome. The fishery is open to all anglers on this day. The fishery is closing at 7.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Recent heavy rain has coloured the water so fishing is bound to be difficult over the next few days. For the week March 19 – 25 the 225 anglers caught 1006 fish of which 779 were returned. Best fish 6lb 2oz for Graham Bodsworth, Toddington, Buzzer; 6lb 1oz Roger Bosence, Corby, Hare’s Ear; 6lb Chris Selby, Yaxley, Red Diawl Bach. On March 24 Invicta Fly Fishers held their spring bank trip and 16 anglers caught 85 fish with no blanks. First was John Brown with 13 fish, second Chris McLeod 12 fish and third Peter Brewer 8 fish.
For the week March 26 - April 1 the 63 anglers caught 302 fish of which 201 were returned. Best fish was a 7lb rainbow to Adrian Wilkins, Spaldwick, Black Buzzer; and a 5lb 2oz brown for Alan Calver, Oundle, Black Harry Potter. Water is coloured now so black or black/green patterns fished slowly generally work best. Hopefully the clarity will soon improve for some great buzzer fishing. Please phone or email if you require details of current water conditions.
Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
This week has been varied primarily because of the changing weather conditions, wind direction and water temperature which has been averaging 6 degrees Centigrade. When the sun has broken through and generated some warmth buzzer fishing has been productive. The bank fishing continues to yield the best results, noting that the boat returns are increasing. The fish still seem to be located in Flamingo Bay, however some fish have moved to Bramble Bay. From a boat aspect fish have been caught in the Cascade. On Wednesday Mr Topping and Mr Robinson landed 35 fish in a morning session. Mr Savage caught 18 from the bank at Flamingo Bay and Mr Ward landed 9 fish on Buzzers fished on a washing-line. On Friday Ged O’Donoghue landed 9 fish in a 4-hour session while fishing Flamingo Bay with a Montana. Saturday was a very cold and bleak day following heavy rains overnight and hence the rod average for the day was 1 fish per rod. However, there was some notable catches on Boobies and Yellow Damsels. Sundays weather improved and Mr Wagstaff and Mr Ryles both caught 11 fish on Buzzers in Flamingo Bay. Mr Reid caught 7 fish on Damsels from a boat within Flamingo Bay. Sunday’s rod average was 5.6 fish. Foremark is now offering fly-only pike fishing on a pre-booked basis.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Some excellent bags recorded this week despite the mixed weather. The warmer conditions on Monday and Thursday allowed anglers to twitch Buzzers with great success. Black and green have proved the most successful colour on a various range of flies, but surprisingly F-Flies and Hoppers in the wintry conditions at the weekend also proved productive. The Eyewater Club visited for their first outing of the season and they finished with a rod average of 6 with the top bag of 15lb 14oz from Bob Weir. Ken Ward from Cramlington achieved the ‘Grand Slam’ landing his personal best brown at 11lb, a 4lb blue and a 7lb rainbow. Morpeth angler Ali Tait was also delighted to net and safely return a 20lb-plus rainbow from Coe Crag, and in all returned 17 fish using Buzzers. Ken Glenton from Ashington safely released 16 fish using Buzzers. Dipton angler Connor Stoddart released 8 fish using various Buzzers. Mac Archibold from Cramlington returned 10 on Yellow Dancers from Coe Crag while his friend Doug Carr landed a 9lb rainbow. Richard Lee from Swarland netted 10 on Buzzers and nymphs. M. Robson used Chamois and Flappers to safely return 10 fish to Coe Crag. Blyth angler Gary Surtees returned 8 fish to Coe Crag using Buzzers. Alec Harvey and Ross Nichols from Cramlington had ‘some great fights’ slowing twitching Buzzers returning 9 and 10 fish from Long Crag. Alex Ainslie from Craster landed 10 on Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworms. Bill Mills from Newbiggin returned 9 on Flappers and Cat’s Whiskers while fellow Newbiggin anglers John Metcalf and Willie Emery released 12 and 16 with both netting 10lb-plus fish. Spike Millican from Blyth released 13 from Coe Crag on Buzzers and Flexi Worms. Gary Clewes from Benton achieved his personal best, a 9lb brown trout. Phil Stone had ‘his best day of the year’ bringing 13 to the net on Cats. John Durkan from Newcastle also returned 10 from Long Crag on Buzzers. Paul Cranston from Rowlands Gill found Black & Green Buzzers productive returning 20 fish to Coe Crag. Trevor and Mark Wadds from Longframlington used Black Buzzers and Diawl Bachs to safely return 13 fish each to Long Crag with Trevor also landing 12 earlier in the week.
The Troutmasters fish-off is this Sunday, April 8, registration from 8am for a 9am start. Unfortunately. Long Crag lake will closed on this day. Coe Crag will be open as usual.