England Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 8th, 2016

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Buzzer madness on warmer days this week, fish are topping all over the lake with several larger fish being caught and released. Mark Neilson caught a personal best 6lb 4oz fish which was entered into Troutmasters. An intermediate course covering single haul on the back, single haul on the front and double hauling casting techniques for greater distance will take place on Saturday April 30, 10am-2pm with a 30-minute break. Cost is £35 a head, please ring 07525 730447 to book your place.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A fantastic week of sport for all ages and five double-figure fish were landed. Rodney Burn from Blyth had his best day’s fishing ever catching the fish of the week, a 13lb rainbow which he safely returned to Dunnydeer Lake. He also released a further seven fish. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend caught a personal best 11lb 12oz rainbow from Chatton Lake and also a 6lb 8oz rainbow on a Yellow Bloodworm. His bag total for four fish was 22lb 5oz and he returned a further five fish. Bev Tynan from North Shield caught a 10lb rainbow from Ross Lake. John Seviour from Wideopen returned a 12lb rainbow to Chatton Lake and a further four fish, while his pal Davie Weightman from Morpeth returned a 10lb rainbow, an 8lb brown trout to Ross Lake and another seven fish. Both anglers used a black and green lure. Acer Gillings (aged nine) from Consett caught three fish on her ever first flyfishing outing with her father Terry. Acer kept a 2lb rainbow from Chatton Lake which she caught using a Black Buzzer and released a further two fish, one being a brown trout. Ollie Taylor from Howtel (aged 13) caught a lovely blue trout from Ross Lake on a Yellow Blob.
Natural patterns are starting to take with Buzzers, nymphs and the odd dry fly picking up fish. Philip Cant from Ebchester enjoyed his free day’s fishing using his full loyalty card, catching 11 fish on Buzzers. Davie Parker from Newcastle caught 16 fish on a Black Spider and Buzzers. Jim Logan from Cramlinton caught 11 fish on nymphs. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 18 fish on Buzzers and Spiders. Peter Davison from New Hartley caught 17 fish on Bloodworms. The Bilbroughs (Davie Snr, Davie Jnr and Steve) from Newcastle caught 31 fish between them using Damsels, Buzzers, Bloodworms and a Black Fritz. J. Hook from Alnwick caught 10 fish on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Keith Laidler from Chester-le-Street caught 14 fish using a Black Fritz. Paul Marshall from Chester-le-Street caught 11 fish on Squirmys and dries. Eric Stewart from Shetland had a free day’s fishing with his full loyalty card, catching 14 fish on Bloodworms and Yellow Dancers. Paul Stewart from Edinburgh caught 11 fish also on Bloodworms and Yellow Dancers. The fishery is closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
As is fairly common for early season the banks are fishing slightly better than are the boats. This week there was a rod average of four fish for the bank and three for boats. Lawrence and Hugh Gillespie of Newmarket each took limit bags of quality rainbows while boat-fishing close to the old road off the island. They took most of their fish on teams of Snatchers. Season ticket holder Tihomir Nikolic fished the bank from the Bell and caught and returned a superb looking brown trout that was estimated to weigh between 5lb and 6lb. Tihomir used a Flashback Damesl on a sinking line. Martin Tyrrell of Norwich enjoyed his three hour guided session with Eyebrook’s Andy Miller and went home with a trio of fine rainbows taken on a Golden Olive Tadpole from the bank at Dogwood Bay. Terry Power of Crawley fished from the Green Bank and took a limit bag of rainbows on a green-headed Damsel fished on a floating line. Season ticket holder Steve Wilkinson fished from one of the platforms at the Bell and caught four rainbows all well over 2lb on a Cat’s Whisker. Stuart Normington of Grantham fished at the Three Trees and caught 11 rainbows of which six were carefully returned. Lindsay Bates of Gretton used his home-tied Shrimp pattern at the Cowshed, and took eight rainbows for 16lb 10oz.
The 2016 Eyebrook Wednesday Night Boat League will soon be underway. If you are interested in participating have a word with Jobe Burnham at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge or for more information click on to www.eyebrook.com News and Events - Wednesday Night Boat League.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Bank and boat anglers are enjoying good sport with an excellent rod average of 5.13. Bank anglers have taken plenty of bag limits from most points along the north shore. The most productive areas have been Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hill Farm, Willows, North Dam and G Buoy (when the wind has allowed). The best bank method has been to fish Pitsford Pea, Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Tadpole, Crunchers, Tequila Blobs and PTNs at a slow retrieve. The most prolific method for boat anglers has been to fish sink tip or slow sink lines with Tequila Blobs, Tadpoles, Montanas, Vivas, PTNs, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and GRHEs with a slow retrieve. The most productive boat areas have been the Stumps, Seat, Willows, Deep Water and Pylon Points, hedge End and G Buoy and the North Tower. Best rainbow at 4lb 4oz was taken by M. Grey of Norfolk. Best brown of 4lb was caught and released by David Campbell. On Saturday April 2, 14 anglers from Derby Fly Fishers enjoyed an exceptional day boat fishing with plenty of quality rainbows being caught from the Stumps, North Tower and Hedge End. The rod average was 7.14. The biggest fish of the day was a 4lb rainbow caught by Stan Cierech, while Clive Wilkins caught and released the most trout with 22 fish.

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 79 rods caught 312 fish for an average of 3.95 per rod. The weather was very changeable last week with heavy rain, frost and some decent spells of warmer weather. The fishing has been excellent with lots of fish moving to buzzers and some quality rainbows and browns being caught. The biggest fish of the week was a 10lb 5oz rainbow caught by David Green of Nuneaton who was fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. He had other fish of 9lb and 8lb in his seven fish catch, all taken on Buzzers fished on a floating line. Mr A. Wooldridge of Solihull caught a 9lb 14oz rainbow in his nine fish catch whilst fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. These all came to a Black Buzzer. On Park Meadow, Allan Bowen of Birmingham fished from a boat and caught eight fish to 8lb which all came to Damsels and Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. The Troutmasters fish-off was won by Mark Sturgess of Nuneaton, catching a limit of five fish in less than 1.5 hours using small lures on an intermediate line from the bank of Cocks Close. The more spring-like weather saw lots of fish moving on the top of Park Meadow and Cocks Close with fish spread out around the pools although the boat jetty corner and wires bank of Cocks Close have been the hotspots. Black or Olive Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Damsels, Pearly Pheasant Tail Nymph, Cruncher, Bloodworm and small white lures have all accounted for plenty of fish. There are quite a few browns being caught and anglers are reminded that they must be returned.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
The milder weather has seen the buzzer activity rise dramatically and the fish have responded feeding hard on tiny black buzzers. The bank action has slowed but only due to the fish holding slightly further out which has meant that the boat anglers have had a bonanza. Messrs Web and McPherson from Windsor enjoyed their “best ever day on Pitsford” on Sunday. The pair took over 40 fish to the boat, losing many more. They fished Buzzers under an indicator in Bog Bay and had fish up to 4lb 6oz, all of which were returned. Season ticket holder Richard Williams had a cracking morning catching 20 fish on Buzzers on Stilton Point. Phil Jordan, having struggled to reach the feeding fish from the bank, hopped into a boat and had 14 fish in the afternoon on nymphs. On Sunday the East Midlands Fly Fishers bank match was won by Alan Sefton with six fish for 12lb. Second was Mick Stevens with three fish for 9lb 12oz (although he did have a nice brown of around 4lb which he kindly returned). Third place was shared by Mick Facey and Ray Jenkins with three fish each. The best fish at 3lb 4oz was caught by Jim Pike.The rod average for the week is a very healthy 4.8.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Fishing is quite consistent, the water is clear and buzzers are showing. Anglers are having good catches of trout using a mixture of size 12 Black Buzzers and grey shade Buzzers. Those using intermediate lines find it best to use a Flashback Damsel. The lakes are now open seven days a week.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Ravensthorpe has been fishing very well over the last week with many boat anglers catching up to 40 fish on Buzzers. John Smith caught the best fish of the week, a superb rainbow of 11lb 14oz taken on a Pitsford Pea over near the island. Many boats are finding good numbers of fish spread out from the island to the Cat Walk. Bank anglers have been catching well from the dam and platforms 1-8. Small Black Buzzers and lures are still catching well at all depths.

Rutland Water, Rutland
Boat anglers are catching the greater number of fish with many taking limits. Boats are mainly drifting with floating or intermediate lines, teams of Buzzers and nymphs doing the trick with the addition of a Cormorant or other mini lure a benefit. Bank fishing has been enjoyable for many with early season lures and again nymphs working well. Both bank and boat hotspots have been similar. Normanton continues to produce all the way down to Fantasy Island, Yellowstone and Sykes Lane with Transformer and Green Bank now producing as the winter restrictions are lifted. Season ticket holder Malcolm Shepherd banked a nice 4lb brown along Normanton on Sunday using a nymph. Another 4lb fish, and the biggest recorded of the week, was taken by the winner of the annual Independence Day Trophy, Carl Peers, with a lovely silver brown trout of 4lb ½oz. Mike Nethercliff of Rutland had some good sport during the week while straight-line nymphing. David Mann, who is relatively new to the sport, had a string of successful sessions. A rainbow of 3lb 3oz was taken by Steve Crowder of London.
Last week 2,000 rainbow trout and 500 browns were stocked with fish being split equally between north and south arms. Anglers fishing on the boats are reminded that nets are provided but drogues are not until further notice. We also remind anglers to be considerate and abide by the Check Clean Dry policy.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, Blue-flash Damsels and Dancers all doing very well for rainbow trout at the catch/kill end. At the other, which is catch and release for browns, most success is coming to Buzzers and nymphs. Lake two saw serious buzzer sport with fish taking emergers all day so Buzzers, emergers and small Kinkhamers doing well. Also try dry flies during the evening rise. Snakes are still working for bigger fish down deeper with plenty in the 6-8lb range recorded. Plenty of doubles seen or lost this week with a few buzzer hooks bending or too weak a line snapping so step up your gear accordingly. Lake three saw Bloodworms and Red Buzzer produce good sport with double-figure brownies seen.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
After a busy start to the season numbers dropped off this week and the 39 anglers found the going pretty hard, returning a below par rod average of 3.8. No one managed the 15 fish limit although some anglers did return double-figure bags. T. Ross topped the sheets catching 13 fish, P. Appleby and D. Appleby had 12 fish each, G. Appleby caught 11 fish and the totals were made up by G. Oliver with seven fish and R. Maguire caught six fish. The best fish of the week was a very impressive 8lb 2oz rainbow but no name was left on the return sheets. In a tricky week anglers resorted to a number of flies to improve their chances, including Hare’s Ears, Damsels, Pheasant Tails, Snakes and Blobs.