Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
First full week under new management. Despite the weather and northerly winds being less than favourable, it was still a decent week. Catch of the week went to Martin Smith who caught a 9lb rainbow on a Snake. He had other success with dries. Mark did well on an intermediate line catching 11 fish on a Blob. Small black flies on top, hoppers and dry flies about. Damsels starting to hatch. Nice to see some old patrons who hadn't been for a while, we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thanks as always to the team and customers for their support. Restocking again Thursday June 9.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another fantastic week of sport on all three lakes. Many doubles have been landed, along with fish in the 9lb bracket. Dry fly sport has been amazing especially on Dunnydeer Lake. All three lakes are clear and weed free. Michael Latty from Blyth returned a 16lb rainbow to Ross Lake which he caught on a home-tied size 18 CdC Buzzer. Michael kept five fish and returned a further 13. Len Broxson from Tanfield returned rainbows of 12lb 8oz, 9lb and 5lb. Gary Burton from Wallsend kept three fish and returned three using a Cat’s Whisker, one being a double-figure fish. David Traish from Guidepost caught a 9lb 8oz rainbow on Chatton Lake using a green lure. Richard Lee from Swarland kept two fish and returned 10, keeping a 13lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake which he caught using a GRHE.
All three lakes will be fully booked on Saturday June 18 until 4pm due to the Barnardo's Fundraising Competition. They will then be available to fish from 4pm to 10pm that evening.
Steve Hirst from County Durham will be giving fly-tying demonstrations and lessons at the fishery on Saturday June 11 from 9.30am to 4pm, £2 to learn to tie a fly. Also gifts for sale on the day and all proceeds will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Still stocking twice weekly and a reminder that a rod licence is not required at Chatton Trout Fishery.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week May 30 to June 5 the 137 anglers caught 566 fish of which 390 were returned. Best fish 14lb 1oz to Wayne Windsor, from Oakham, fishing from a boat; 6lb 8oz for Trevor Partridge, from Corby, who fished a Red CdC from a boat; 6lb 7oz to Brian Carter, from Peterborough. A further 49 fish over 4lb were reported. Best bank areas are the dam, Goodfellow bay, gravel bar, east arm. All areas are fishing well for the boats. Best patterns are GRHE, Damsel, Black or Olive Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, Cruncher, Hare’s Ear CdC, Shipman’s, Sunburst Blob and Red Apps’.
Boats fishing well but bank anglers also catching on cloudier days. It usually fishes well in the morning, slow in the afternoon then a good evening rise 9.30pm onwards.
Huge numbers of damsels hatching now with fish taking nymphs and adults. Plenty of sedges and buzzers keeping the fish occupied in the evening. Where many anglers went wrong last week is fishing below the fish. Dries or washing-line with a buoyant fly on the point and top dropper has scored. Buzzers fished deeper are still worth trying during the afternoon when the surface sport is slower. The fish are averaging over 2lb and still fighting extremely hard.
The Scierra Pairs Heat on Sunday June 5 was fished by seven pairs from 10am to 5pm and they caught 44 fish.
Only the winners managed to get their limit of 12 fish. Rosemary Gunn and Kevin Saxton bagged up at 3.10pm with 12 fish for 29lb 8oz caught using a mixture of Black Taddy, Sunburst Blob and Diawl Bach fishing between Brookside Bay and the east arm. Second were Scott Bowman/Jim Miller 10 fish 19lb 12oz; third Alan Taylor/Wayne Windsor three fish 18lb 11oz; fourth Jason Cooke/Shane Else six fish 17lb 1oz; fifth David Winser/Walter Haddow six fish 11lb 7oz, Best fish Wayne Windsor 14lb 1oz.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has continued to fish well over the past week considering the poor weather conditions. The rod average is 2.97 with mostly boat anglers taking the better fish as they start to move away from the bank. Bank anglers have struggled with the strong winds; however fish are still showing off the north shore and tend to be on the dry fly in the evenings. The best method for the bank anglers has been to fish floating lines with Black and Green Tadpoles, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. The best areas for the bank anglers have been Hill Farm, Hedge End, Pylon and Deep Water Points, Marlow Stones and north dam.
Boat anglers have had a good, yet tough week’s fishing, starting 100 yards offshore and drifting into the deeper water on the north shore and into the middle of the reservoir. The best methods for the boat anglers have been to fish intermediate or floating lines with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs and lures. Fast sinking lines fished with Tubes, Snakes, Cat’s Whiskers and Pitsford Peas are also producing fish.
Best rainbow reported weighed 4lb 9oz, and the best brown at 5lb was taken by M. Boues.
The East Midlands Trout Association Charity match saw 25 anglers catch 70 fish for a rod average of 2.8. Ray Jenkins took the best fish, a rainbow of 3lb 9oz. Best boat was Lloyd Chantrell and Neil Young with 16 fish for 39lb 12oz.
The Police match comprised of 18 anglers, with 38 fish caught to an average of 2.1 per angler. Best fish was caught weighing in at 4lb 9oz.
The Mick O’Farrell charity match comprised of 80 anglers; 40 of which were novices, returning 136 fish total. The average was 1.7 per angler. Best boat was Paul Haskey and Daniel O’Farrell with 25lb 1oz. Best fish went to David O’Farrell and Hugh O’Reilly who shared the honours with fish of 3lb 12oz each.
As part of Grafham Water’s 50th Birthday Celebrations there will be a pairs boat match on Sunday July 3 with a fantastic prize pot of £1000* going to the winner plus many more prizes. (*Subject to the number of entries).
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 61 rods caught 115 fish for an average of 1.88 per rod. It has been very difficult with bright conditions and a rise in temperatures seeing the trout start to shoal again. Boat anglers have enjoyed the best success and there were some nice fish caught as well. Les Bagnell of Birmingham returned a fish in excess of 12lb which fell to a Zulu pattern fished on a floating line from a boat on Cocks Close. Ray Inman of Birmingham caught an 11lb rainbow, again from a boat on Cocks Close. Ray probably had the best catch of the week taking 11 fish in total on Damsels and Buzzers. Alex Kerr of Nuneaton fished from the bank on Cocks Close and caught five fish to 4lb using a small Bloodworm on a floating line. Allan Bowen of Birmingham fished from a boat on Park Meadow and caught five fish to 3lb using small white and green goldheads. Late evening is the best time with the fish still feeding on small white moths and olives so there are plenty of fish moving. During the day pulling Damsels or Buzzers round on the breeze is the best tactic. Packington will close on Thursday June 30 for the summer and from Monday June 13 catch and release will be suspended. Tickets will be £20 for five fish and £15 for five fish (senior citizen).
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Anglers catching fish during the week included Alex Pearce of Northampton who reported a 5lb 9oz rainbow and John Brownlow of Leicester who caught several pike up to 9lb 15oz. There have been reports of a number of sizeable browns being caught and released. Off the bank conditions have been a little more challenging with fish just out of reach, but plenty moving. Towards the end of the week conditions improved and bank anglers have again been catching, but not necessarily in large numbers. Best boat areas are the dam, Brixworth Bay, Sailing Club Bay, Pitsford Creek, Stonebarn Bay, Grange Farm Creek. Best bank areas are Stilton, Brixworth Bay, Cliffs, NFP, Gravels.
Thirty anglers fished the Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat on June 4 for a rod average of 9.77. A light wind, warm weather and cloud cover provided perfect conditions and fish were up in the water and mostly taken on floating lines using Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Winners were Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs with 69 fish for 160lb 7oz, second Mid Northants Saints 61 fish for 146lb 13oz and third Soldier Palmers 63 fish for 145lb 6oz. Mark Rooney (Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs) took the best fish at 4lb 2oz. Ashley Cooper (Mid Northants Saints) took the best bag at 31lb 6oz.
Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club runs every Tuesday up to August 9.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly-tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The lake is fishing well to dries and nymphs. The best dries are small buzzer patterns such as Griffiths Gnat and F-Fly patterns as the buzzers the fish are taking are small.
A number of really good bags are coming out to Buzzers under an indicator, try two Buzzers or Diawl Bachs, black or green, at three and six foot. In the middle of the day the fish are going down a little so try Damsels or Cat’s Whisker on an intermediate. Boat fishing is also really good at present.
On Saturday June 25 Press Manor are holding a kids open day (day ticket trout fishing will be affected until after 4pm). Youngsters can come and see fishing demonstrations, have a free casting session, trout cooking sessions, and the carp lads will show the basic techniques on the carp lake. The event is supported by Tesco and local businesses. The day will run from 9.30am until 3.30pm and entry is free. Some casting helpers are needed for the 'have a go sessions' and some general volunteers for parking etc. If you think you can help please call Bernie on 07976 306073.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Due to the changeable weather conditions Ravensthorpe is struggling to keep its rod average up. Dry fly and lure fishing have been the best methods. The best boat sport is to be had off the Island and the Boils. The dam wall is the best place for bank anglers. Ravensthorpe’s Thursday Evening Boat Club runs weekly until August. This friendly boat club is open to all anglers, 6pm start.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Rutland is in fantastic form and apart from Tuesday (when the wind prevented boats going out) both bank and boat anglers caught well in many areas, from the main basin through to the bottom of the south arm. The food supply is very good at the moment with an excessive quantity of daphnia in the water, plus large and small buzzers, shrimp and snails. Bank areas fishing well include the Green Bank, Old Hall Bay and front, Yellowstone and Sykes Lane to the dam. Many methods have worked including floating/midge-tip lines with Buzzers and nymphs. A few fish have been taken on dries from the shoreline.
Boat anglers are using the same methods coupled with various sinking lines with a mixture of large and small lures.
Amongst the overwintered fish this week have been quality browns, the best being 6lb 8oz caught by Eckington angler Roger Oliver. Roger added another two browns of 4lb 7oz and 3lb 10oz all of which were sportingly returned. Roger then took six rainbows, three of which weighed over 3lb. All of his fish fell to floating line and Buzzers fished from the boat. Toff Crowther of Oakham also found a nice brown of 5lb 14oz while boat fishing in the North Arm.
Phil Brown of Empingham headed down to Manton Bay in the south arm with Richard Bacon and the pair came into contact with 17 quality rainbows between 2lb 8oz and 3lb with Diawl Bachs proving the most effective nymph, fished on a floating line. Hideaway Bay and drifts around Browns Island accounted for a good few overwintered fish caught along with silvered-up stock fish. During last week’s half term break Elliot Guthrie and his dad took some good fish from Barnsdale Creek and Elliot took great pleasure in catching six fish on his home-made dry fly.
This year’s coarse fry are hatching in good numbers with pin fry in the fishing lodge harbour and elsewhere. Expect to see more surface activity in the forthcoming weeks with numbers of fish moving into the shoreline to feed.
The IBM two-day boat match, now in its 28th year, saw the 52 rods manage 244 fish over two days, giving an excellent overall rod average of 4.69. Team Saltire of Scotland won the event with the best fish going to Dave Green who caught a specimen 4lb 3oz brown on the first day.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one Black Buzzers and lures are working well for rainbows and browns. A few 3-4lb browns were recorded at the weekend. The fish tend to be deeper down still on here but small dries are catching in the evening. Lake two saw most fish fall to dry flies with Shipman’s Buzzer, Sedges, Mayfly, Hoppers and CdCs doing the business. Surface fishing for most of the day when there’s a slight ripple and it is overcast. When it is bright and hot then a static Buzzer or Blob is still catching. Also moments of activity to lures and Damsels brought back on a fast retrieve. Fish on lake three are mostly deeper down on nymphs but still some good evening rises as the sun sets.
West House Trout Lakes, Cleveland
The tagged fish weekend was a great success. Over 80 anglers took park in the challenge to catch a tagged fish with a number being caught. Weather conditions were beautiful although the blue skies and lack of wind made for challenging conditions on the Sunday. More than160 fish were caught and thanks to the anglers who took part and also to Geoff and Dennis for providing the BBQ. The biggest fish over the weekend was a 14lb 9oz rainbow landed by Trevor Bryant of Dunston, Gateshead. Lots of other fish to 9lb landed, the fish falling to a number of flies and methods With the nice warm weather there is plenty of insect life so plenty of action either on dry flies or small natural patterns fished subsurface. The weather looks set to be warm for the rest of the week so fishing early mornings and later in the evening will be beneficial.
Best flies are Buzzers (black), Black Hopper, Bloodworms, Shipman’s, CdC patterns The lakes are now open from 8am until 9pm every day. Free tea and coffee is available from the lodge for anglers.
Witton Castle Lakes Trout Fishery, Co Durham
The continued unseasonable weather kept visiting numbers low again at Witton with less than 40 anglers fishing the lakes. Those anglers who did ignore the conditions enjoyed some good sport and returned a rod average of just under two. The best catches of the week were A. Walker with seven fish, J. Gargett and A. Roe caught six fish each, while J. Campbell, D. Brown and A. Snowdon all had five fish each. The best fish of the week was a fine 7lb rainbow caught by G. Hanson. As the temperatures rose towards the end of the week Wiggly Bloodworms were catching the most fish, along with Blobs fished under the indicator. The promised warmer weather looks like it’s going to appear at last, with temperatures getting into the 20s for the earlier part of the week.