England Troutmasters reports for week-ending February 26th, 2016

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
With the milder conditions this week the fish are now feeding on Apps’ Bloodworms and Buzzers fished under an indicator or straight on a floating line. Congratulations to Charlie Ratchford on winning the Fly Dressers Guild heat here on Sunday when plenty of fish were caught by all participants. The fishery will be closed to the general public this Saturday (February 27) for a heat of the Iain Barr Bankmasters competition. You can still enter at the lodge or on Iain’s website http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish are approximately three to five feet in depth, and lures are working well along with Buzzers, Bloodworms and nymphs. When the wind drops off a lot of fish are feeding on the surface. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club members fished on Saturday in very windy and cold conditions but nothing stops the ladies from fishing! Ali from Chatton caught a 2lb 2oz rainbow, Caroline Brown from Longhorsley caught a 2lb rainbow and Margaret Ward returned two rainbows. All the fish were caught on Chatton Lake using black and green lures and olive nymphs. A few fish were also lost on the day. The Club were given an informative talk by Paul Little AAPGAI on large dark olives were shown beautifully tied spider, nymph, dry and emerger patterns which work well in the spring months. The next event of the Chatton Ladies Fishing Club is on Sunday March 20. The fishery is fully booked on Saturday February 27 for the Fritz 'n' Flies Final.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 52 rods caught 152 fish for an average of just under three per rod. The very mixed weather conditions led to ‘up and down’ fishing with the high winds particularly making it difficult on some days. The road bank and old boat jetty corner have been the best areas with fish coming to lures such as Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole and Minkies. Anglers who prefer the more natural approach have found Black Buzzer or GRHE the best patterns. The best fish of the week was a 7lb 10oz rainbow caught by Brian Mason, of Sutton Coldfield, who was fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. He took it on a Black Buzzer fished on a floating line. Ade Cooper, of Maxstoke, also fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught five fish to 7lb on his own tied Goldhead Damsel fished on a floating line. Mr C. Staff, of Leicester, fished from a boat on Cocks Close and used various lures to tempt five fish to 5lb 10oz. Paul Reay, of Birmingham, fished the Park Meadow pool from the bank and caught eight fish to 3lb on a white lure and a floating line.