Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The heavy rain has freshened the lakes up and all the lakes are pro-ducing great sport. A number of double figured fish have been caught this week, Ken Glenton from Ashington returned a 14lb rainbow to Ross Lake caught on a Diawl Bach; Wullie Emery (Hoy and Hope member) returned a double figured rainbow to Chatton Lake. Great day of sport for Jim Tuck on Sunday, Jim caught 17 fish returning two double figured fish and his best methods were Buzzers and chinchilla Zonkers. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 18 fish in total, 4 tiger trout close in to the margins on a Black Shipman’s Buzzer along with another 6 fish using the Shipman’s and a further 8 fish in the deep wa-ter. Instructor Bob Smith (in just under two hours of fishing) managed 17 fish to the net and dropped a further 3. Bob was using a floating line, 15ft leader and a size 12 GRHE. Fish were approximately 2ft to 3ft below the surface. The Hoy and Hope Fishing Club enjoyed their out-ing to Chatton on Sunday with all members catching fish. Congratula-tions to the winner Robbie Bell, 2nd Terry Wood and 3rd Alec Harvey.
Open day at Chatton is on Saturday August 4, starting at 10am. The Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) have organised the in-formal day for flyfishers of all abilities to come along and spend time with an experienced and fully qualified casting instructors to iron out any problems with their casting or just learn something new to help de-velop their skills. £5 per head and at least 20 minutes will be dedicated to individuals with an instructor, longer if required or requested. All ag-es and abilities are welcome and no charge for those under 16 years as we actively encourage youth into fishing. It will be a fun and informal day for all - please visit our website www.chattontroutfishery.com for further information or contact Barry Mitchell 07979 023301.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week July 23 – 29 the 46 anglers caught 73 fish of which 46 were returned. Best fish 4lb 8oz to Roly Stanford, from Finedon, off the boat. Best bank areas are- east arm and creek. Best boat areas east arm, pylon point. Best patterns are GRHE, Daddy, Red Apps’ and Orange Blob/Booby. Anther difficult week’s fishing. The water tempera-ture peaked at just over 25c on Friday. By Wednesday it had dropped a little to 22.4c but it really needs to get below 20c for the fish to feed consistently. Mornings have provided the best opportunity. Top of the wind best where the water is clearer.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbsyshire
The early part of the week until Saturday has been extremely hot. Sat-urday brought some light rain and Sunday brought some heavy show-ers. The water temperature responded accordingly and rose to 22-23C until Saturday and then started to decrease on Sunday to circa 20-21C. Sunday brought some heavy rain with high wind speeds and some sig-nificant wind gusts. The cascade is still operational with water extracted and pumped from the Dove at Eggington aided by Severn Trent who have taken significant action in clearing the area around the extraction point to maintain the maximum pump rate that is possible from the Dove, during these high demands from consumers for water. There still exists undercurrents in the vicinity of the tower which is where the wa-ter is extracted and these undercurrents in combination with the nearby aerators are still attracting significant fish which are still proving difficult to catch. The significant winds on Sunday meant that the top of the reservoir was too choppy to fish, accordingly the anglers had to con-centrate their efforts in Carvers Arm. With a southerly wind, a drift down the centre of Carvers Arm, which is the original river bed route, into the main basin proved successful for one angler. The number of rods for the week was again low and there were very few fish caught. Whilst fishing deep Mr S. Keek on Monday caught 3 trout and a signifi-cant amount of perch. On Sunday 12-year-old lad Connor Redfern, while fishing with 2 Thornton members, demonstrated to everyone what can be achieved in these conditions with an excellent bag of 3 fish when fishing on the drift down the centre of Carvers Arm into the main basin. He was using a sinking line with a Tequila Booby.