Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A challenging week’s fishing with lots of different methods being tried. Lures and Blobs were most successful through the week, and over the weekend dries were catching the most. After restocking last Thursday, fish are abundant. New flies in stock now too. The new cabin should be completed by the end of the month. There is a corporate event on June 26 but the fishery will be open for fishing in the afternoon after 2pm.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
On Saturday 'The Cramlington Renegades' had a fantastic day with seven members catching 31 fish between them, the best fish caught was an 8lb 2oz rainbow. Dry fly sport has been very productive this week until the change in the weather conditions at the weekend which pushed the fish deeper. Many quality hard-fighting rainbows, brown and blue trout coming to the net in the 3lb to 9lb bracket. Matty Divine from Hadston caught the fish of the week, returning a 15lb 3oz rainbow to Chatton Lake and a 9lb 8oz rainbow to Ross Lake. Matty enjoyed two visits to the fishery catching 18 fish on Buzzers, nymphs and lures on his first visit, and on his second visit he also caught 18 fish on lures and nymphs. John Renton from Kelso caught nine fish using dries and Buzzers. John Mole from Lesbury kept two fish weighing 9lb 8oz for both fish. Julian Bales from Wooler caught 14 fish on PTNs. Dave Soppitt from Ashington returned a 4lb brown trout and a 7lb 8oz rainbow. Malcolm McKenzie from Cramlington caught 13 fish on Sedge and Hare’s Ear. Alan Douglas from Hawick caught 14 fish using CdCs and Buzzers. A. Bound from Cramlington kept five fish and returned six using Buzzers and Blobs. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 13 fish using dry flies. Rob Frame from Newcastle caught 18 fish using dries. Peter Davison from New Hartley enjoyed a couple of visits to the fishery at the weekend, catching 10 fish on Saturday using Bloodworms and dries and catching 11 fish on Sunday using Blobs. Derek Halliday from Kelso kept four fish and returned eight using Diawl Bachs. A. Calvin from Cramlington kept five fish and returned one using a Cat’ Whisker, his best fish being an 8lb 2oz rainbow.
The fishery is fully booked on Saturday June 18 until 4pm due to the Barnardo's Fundraiser organised by Jim and Tracey. The fishery will be open as normal from 4pm to 10pm that evening.
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham has fished well over the past week. A new season’s best rainbow of 6lb 10oz fell to Andy Hynds while the best brown of 4lb 12oz was taken by Dean Rudd. The rod average is 4.38 with boat anglers taking the better fish from the deeper water.
Boat anglers have enjoyed some good sport this week, starting 200 yards off shore and drifting into the deeper water in the north shore and into the middle of the reservoir. The fish have been taken mostly from deep down, usually between 10 and 25 foot down. The best boat methods have been to fish intermediate or floating lines with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, PTNs and lures. Fast sinking lines fished with tubes, Snakes, Cat’s Whiskers and Pitsford Peas are also taking fish.
Bank anglers are not finding it easy, although fish are still showing off the north shore and tend to be on the dry fly in the evenings around the dam area. Overwintered fish are feeding on shrimp, whereas stock fish are yet to turn onto the feed. The most effective methods for bank anglers have been floating lines with Black and Green Tadpoles, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, Hare’s Ear and PTN. The best bank areas have been Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hill Farm and north and south dam.
Twenty anglers took part in the GWFFA boat match, taking 45 fish for a rod average of 2.3. Chris Bobby took both the best fish – a rainbow of 3lb 15oz and the best bag at 17lb 14oz.
The Services Championship was won by Fish Hawks A with 22 fish for 47lb 15oz; second Police Blue, 20 fish for 47lb 12oz; third Fish Hawks B, 21 fish for 43lb 14oz; fourth Soldier Palmers B, 13 fish for 34lb 1oz. Best fish was awarded to Dean Rudd for a 4lb 12oz brown and the best bag without time bonus fell to Jim Wright at 8lb 15oz.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 50 rods caught 89 fish for an average of 1.78 per rod. It has been another difficult week with Cocks Close switching right off as the temperatures rose at the beginning of the week. Boat anglers found a few fish with the best areas in the corners as the fish are shoaling there. The largest fish was a 10lb rainbow caught by Harold Pritchett of Nuneaton who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and took six fish in total, some on a dry Wulff and others on Damsels. Michael Hanson of Nuneaton had an 8lb 5oz rainbow on a green and white lure whilst fishing from the bank on Cocks Close. Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished the bank of Cocks Close and tempted seven fish to 4lb on small Goldhead Damsels. On the Park Meadow pool, Mark Goldney of Nuneaton fished a Blob on an intermediate line and caught six fish to 6lb 8oz. Packington will be closing 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
Despite tougher conditions, and the rod average taking a hit, there have been some good-sized fish caught, particularly browns. Roger Walker of Notts Police had a nice brownie over 3lb in his five-fish bag. Mark Turner took a brown of 5lb in his six-fish bag. Dave Jarvis enjoyed another holiday package, taking 15 fish including a 4lb brown. George Hackett took a nice brown over 4lb. Peter Watson had two lovely rainbows of 3lb 6oz and 3lb 14oz. Best areas from the bank are Gravels, Holly Bush and Duffers. Boat anglers should concentrate on Brixworth Bay, Sailing Club Bay and the Flats. Try to fish in a depth of 12 feet. Nymph tactics are still the best method with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Crunchers on a floating or midge-tip line best. Damsels are now featuring in the trout’s diet and small Damsel patterns are also working.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Fishing is much improved this week with good results on dry fly. Best rainbow 5lb, while best brown at 5lb was taken by Trev Heseltine. Orange seems to be the colour with some good quality rainbows and browns being taken. The best boat areas are the Coton End, Boils and Island. Bank anglers continue to get good results off the dam and the two platforms up from Catwalk Corner. Ravensthorpe’s Thursday Evening Boat Club runs weekly until August. This friendly boat club is open to all anglers, 6pm start.
Rutland Water, Rutland
Anglers continued to take fish last week, despite the rise in temperature. A group of anglers from Yorkshire enjoyed a three-day boat package and had their best results ever at Rutland Water, accounting for 118 fish between them. Big fish are continuing to show with Ian Fincham of Wragby, Lincolnshire, netting the biggest brown of the week at 7lb. Ian was guided by Northants angler Rob Edmunds who took Ian down the South Arm to catch the nymph-feeding specimen. Local season ticket holder Toff Crowther, 18, again weighed in an impressive brown a fraction over 6lb. The best rainbow of the week fell to Dave Willacy from Cumbria with a fish of 5lb 11oz taken on a Snake. It was part of a 15-fish catch. With the aerators being on along with the high temperatures, it was noticeable that fish were coming out of the main basin. However, the bigger fish came from a number of areas down the arms.
The Tuesday Night Boat League saw 18 anglers take part and Kerry Richardson won on the night with six fish for 11lb 2oz. Second was Adi Naylor with five fish for 11lb 1oz and third Richard Cooper with 10lb 5oz. The mid week boat winner was Keith Jones who fished the bottom of the South Arm and took the best fish for 3lb 6oz.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one fish are coming to Blue-flash Damsels, Montanas, Hare’s Ears and Buzzers. Daddies, Sedge and Mayfly on top or Snakes fished deeper down and moved fast are tempting the brownies. Lake two produced a bag of 29 fish last weekend in only a four hour session for one angler, but most are taking bags into high double figures on Buzzers. Fish are taking off the surface as well as chasing lures and streamers. Lake three the same again and fish are chasing and hitting flies hard. All lakes are topped to brim and overflowing following the recent torrential rain. Springs provide cool water which is super oxygenated, hence fish are fighting even harder! Very little weed growth this year compared to last and fishing is on top form.