Anglian Water Reservoirs
The current season at Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford continues to January 31. On January 31 Grafham Water will be hosting a qualifier for Iain Barr's Bank Masters 2016. Entry forms available from Iain's website or from the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge. All entrants get £20 worth of shrimp pattern flies (perfect for Grafham) plus a fly-line.
Pike boat fishing at Ravensthorpe is from February 13 – 21, 2016. For 2016 boat bookings for Ravensthorpe call 01480 810531.
Come and meet Anglian Water's fisheries team at the Open House at Pitsford Water on Saturday February 20 from 10am to 3pm. Fisheries manager Jon Marshall says “It's great to meet anglers from across the region and have a chat about the new season. One of the highlights will be the draw from last season's ticket returns which will see one lucky angler winning a Gold Season ticket to fish the 2016 season for free!" There's also the opportunity to brush up on your casting skills with senior coach Peter Hartley. Flash Attack Flies and Snowbee will be present. Light refreshments will be served, copies of our Hooked 2016 magazine will be available and season permits will be on sale.
Fishery Opening Dates 2016
Ravensthorpe Reservoir will open on Friday February 26. Last season anglers experienced some terrific sport in the first few days.
Pitsford Water opens on Saturday February 27. The fishing lodge will re-open February 20.
Grafham Water opens on Friday March 4 with the New Lodge Trophy for the best fish. Other matches coming up at Grafham include the Anglian Water Spring Rudder match on April 9 and the Bob Church Open on April 16.
Rutland Water opens on Friday March 11. The Independence Day Trophy will be fished on April 1.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A change of tactics this week saw several anglers having a great day’s sport and Black Snakes on an intermediate line were taking fish into double-figures. Cat’s Whiskers and Buzzers still working on warmer days. Blackdyke is hosting an ‘Introduction to the gentle art of flyfishing’ course on Saturday March 19. This will cover rods, reels, lines, tippets, knots, flies, casting techniques and etiquette. The course takes place place from 10am to 3pm with a half hour break. Tackle is supplied but please bring caps and sunglasses. Cost is £25 a head, please ring 07525 730447 to book a place.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 37 rods caught 118 fish for an average of 3.2. We have seen everything weather-wise with snow, ice and rain, which has seen rod numbers fall. For those that braved the conditions it has fished well with some cracking fish caught, with the week’s best a 14lb 2oz rainbow caught by Dale Simmonds, of Stourbridge. He was fishing from a boat on Cock’s Close and it fell to a Cat’s Whisker fished on a slow sink line. Local angler Ade Cooper, of Maxstoke, fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught eight fish to 9lb using a home-tied Pea Poly Buzzer fished on a floating line. Ian Reeve, of Rugby, also had eight fish to 9lb 8oz, this time from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to Minkies and Bloodworm. The bank fishing has been better this week with plenty of fish being caught along the road bank and the old boat jetty area on Cocks Close. Top patterns are Diawl Bach, Black Buzzers, Montana Nymph, GRHE Bloodworm, Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole and White Minkies.
West House Trout Lakes, Cleveland
The sport has continued to be excellent through January with the fish being very active indeed due to lower water temperatures and high oxygen content of the lakes. On the warmer days plenty of fish could be seen in the surface layers, which enabled those that wanted to, to stalk fish. The majority of fish came to lures allowed to sink deep down and then stripped back at a fast pace. In the afternoons there was a noticeable shift in the flies that were catching with smaller stalking bugs or Buzzers fished on floating lines and allowed to drift in the wind with the occasional twitch fooling the wary trout. The average size of fish caught has been in excess of 3lb over January with the best rainbow caught being over 10lb. This was caught by John Richardson, of Barnard Castle, who had a great day’s fishing, taking nine fish in total. Regular angler Tony Morrison had another good session taking 12 fish with one of 5lb in his total. Peter Williamson and John Williamson made a long journey from Peterborough to fish with for a couple of days and landed 24 fish between them up to 6lb.
Lures and larger nymphs have been the order of the day fished on a fairly fast retrieve; Blue-flash Damsels, Montanas, Cat’s Whiskers, Dancers, Goldhead Fritz or Epoxy Minnows are better in the morning with smaller patterns in the afternoon.
The lakes are now open from 8am until 4pm every day. Free tea and coffee is now available from the lodge for anglers.