Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
May has always been a fantastic month for fishing the lakes and this year has proven no different with plenty of big fish caught and full bags for the majority. The weather has mainly been very hot this month which has made the fish very lethargic in the afternoons. A good tactic then would be to fish a small Black Buzzer about 1-2ft under an indicator. Stalking conditions have largely been fantastic this month with plenty of doubles gracing the bank. Best of the month goes to Dan Swales from Middlesbrough who caught three doubles in one day! He started off with a fin-perfect 10lb brown from lake 1 using a Damsel, he then managed to catch a lovely 16lb 4oz rainbow from lake 3 which he quickly followed up with a 10lb 8oz rainbow. Both of these fish fell to a small Buzzer. Paul Runec, also from Middlesbrough, caught a lovely 15lb 4oz rainbow from lake 1 using a small Buzzer. Josh Clarke managed a 15lb 4oz rainbow from lake 2 using a Blue-flash Damsel. Jim Webster caught a pristine 14lb rainbow from lake 1, using a Black Fritz. Alex Hill was once again amongst the big fish with a lovely 14lb 4oz rainbow caught from lake 1 on a Goldhead Damsel. Regular Richard Francis managed to catch three doubles this month. First up was a stunning 15lb rainbow caught from lake 3, then a 13lb rainbow from lake 1 and an 11lb 8oz rainbow from lake 3. Another regular Grant Ashby managed to stalk a lovely 12lb 4oz rainbow from lake 3 after spotting the fish deep down. He temped it with a Sun Seeker. Martyn Williams had a good trip for his birthday and managed to catch a 12lb 8oz rainbow from lake 1.
Successful patterns this month have been Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, Montana and Rutland Humungus. On the overcast days a black fly has produced the lion’s share of the action, especially once the fish have seen a bit of pressure in the afternoon. The bright days however have seen the more vivid colours producing more consistently. White in particular has worked well, especially the mini Cat’s Whiskers.
If the afternoons are particularly bright, sight fishing is likely to be more effective than fast moving lures. Small but heavily weighted flies dropped in front of fish will rouse interest and perseverance will pay dividends. If a fish turns but does not take, pick up and cast again. The different angle can often encourage them into snapping at the fly. Buzzers have also worked when all else fails, and a lot of success has come from fishing them static under an indicator.
The carrier is fishing well at the moment with some lovely brownies to just over 2lb and the occasional out of season grayling. The mayfly have been late this year with small hatches occurring daily now.
There are a few more corporate days coming up over the next couple of months that will see the fishery closed and these are June 10, 24 and July 8.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Dean and Niki Barton have now taken over Blackdyke fishery. It seems there were three seasons in three days which on a positive note was great to see how the lake, fish and fly responded to these variable conditions. Restocking again this week so another load of hard-fighting fin-perfect rainbows added to the lake. Buzzers and small black dries are catching well. OAP prices have now been permanently reduced - £15 for 2 fish with catch and release all day. Wheelyboat prices have been reduced to £10 and row boats to £5, bearing in mind limited supply available. The new cosy fishing lodge will be completed in the next couple of weeks. All tea and coffee with be free of charge and there will be snacks and soft drinks at minimal prices too when the new lodge opens. Any questions or for booking please call 07525 730447.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It has been another great week of sport with dries, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tails and Olives working well. Anglers again commented on the fight and quality of the fish, many in the 4lb to 8lb bracket. Malcolm Proudlock from Stanley caught the fish of the week, a 15lb 10oz rainbow, returning two fish at 6lb to 8lb and one fish at 5lb. Malcolm caught 10 fish in total. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 18 fish on dries including a 7lb (approximated weight) brown trout caught off Dunnydeer Lake. Jim Tuck from Ashington landed 12 fish at the weekend including three brown trout. He caught on Snatchers and Buzzers. Michael Latty from Blyth landed five fish for 16lb 12oz, and returned a further 13 fish using Buzzers and Bloodworms. Peter Davison from New Hartley caught 12 fish on dries; Stu Younger from Blyth caught 11 fish on nymphs; Tony Robinson from Howtel kept one fish and returned 18 on Buzzers and dries; Dougie Inglis from Kilmarnock caught 16 fish on Olives and Buzzers; Steve Pringo from Glasgow caught 12 fish using Buzzers; Keith Watson from Stakeford kept five fish and returned nine on Damsels and CdCs; Dave Camsel from Blyth kept three fish and returned 13 using a Black Hopper and an Olive Buzzer; Mick Brown from Selkirk caught 16 fish using Olive Buzzers; Davie Fisher from Melrose caught 10 fish on Olives and dries; Julian Bales from Wooler caught 12 fish using Pheasant Tails; Trevor Wadds from Craster caught 11 fish on dries, Apps’ Bloodworms and Black Buzzers; Gordon Swain from Dipton caught 18 fish on Black Buzzers; Ryan Goldsborough from Stanley caught 10 fish on black dries; Matty Divine from Hadston had a great day catching 18 fish on Pheasant Tails; R. Lee from Amble caught 10 fish on Diawl Bachs.
There is a Barnados Fundraiser on Saturday June 18, please ring Jim Tuck to book a place 07985 232437 after 6pm.
All night fishing experience on Saturday June 25 - no need to book.
Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing Heat and Fritz 'n' Flies Pairs Bank Championships on Saturday July 9. To enter contact email@example.com (closing date July 2).
Open Day at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday August 13, 10am with APGAI and GAIA qualified instructors.. Demonstrations, one to one Instruction and advice and tips. Everyone welcome, £15 per person and £10 for under 16s. Booking advisable, please ring 01668 215226 or Barry Mitchell 01670 518618 or 07979 023301 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Bank anglers have had a good week with the north shore again providing consistent sport. The best bank methods have been to fish floating lines with Black and Green Tadpoles, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, Hare’s Ear and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Boat anglers have also had a good week especially along the margins on the north shore and the middle of the reservoir. The best methods for boat anglers have been to fish floating lines with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, PTNs and Black and Green Snakes around the margins on the north shore. In the middle of the reservoir fast sink lines, tubes, Snakes, Cat’s Whiskers and red holographic Diawl Bachs have been effective.
Rob Edmunds took a superb bag of eight trout for 25lb 14oz with his best rainbow tipping the scales at 4lb 6oz and his best brown weighing 4lb 8oz. He fished from Hedge End on a floating line with a team of Black and Yellow Buzzers.
It’s 50 years since the Duke of Edinburgh first opened Grafham Reservoir. On Wednesday 25 May His Royal Highness returned to the popular Cambridgeshire water park to mark its special anniversary and was presented with a fly box containing flies tied by members of GWFFA to commemorate the occasion.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 90 rods caught 188 fish for an average of two per rod. It was a lot tougher this week with the caenis making its first appearance of the summer resulting in lots of fish moving all over both pools but difficult to tempt. Small dries such as White Moth and Tup’s Indispensable have been picking off a few fish along with Black or Olive Buzzers, CdC Emergers and Damsel Nymph. The largest fish of the week was a 6lb rainbow caught by Ray Inman of Birmingham who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and took it on a Black Buzzer fished on a floating line. His tactics also proved the downfall of another 11 fish. John Riley of Atherstone had one at 4lb 12oz in a nine fish catch taken from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to Zonkers and Daddies. Allan Bowen of Birmingham fished from a boat on Park Meadow and caught five fish to 3lb using small Diawl Bachs and Buzzers on a floating line. Keith Harris of Birmingham found a few on lures while fishing on Cocks Close, taking eight fish to 3lb 8oz on Cat’s Whiskers. The best areas on Cocks Close have been the old boat jetty corner, the high bank and the lodge corner. On Park Meadow, the deeper water around the middle of the pool has been the best area.
Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire
Pitsford continues to fish very well with the bank starting to produce again after a quiet week or two. 127 anglers have caught 592 fish for a rod average of 4.66. Floating and midge-tip lines with teams of Buzzers or Diawl Bachs with a Damsel pattern on the point have accounted for some great bags with plenty of 3-4lb fish and some cracking browns up to 6lb. Boat anglers are finding fish in most areas but it is best fishing the margins in 10-12 feet of water. From the bank Gorse, Stilton and Gravels have been popular. From the Cliffs anglers have reported lots of shrimp feeding trout.
Peter Proctor and John Gammon had a very productive day fishing with Buzzers and taking overwintered rainbows and browns up to 5lb. Mitch Brown had 27 fish to the boat with 20 of them being brown trout. He took fish in the surface using Muddler patterns. Richard Williams enjoyed a good Sunday morning taking over 20 fish in the small half on Damsel patterns. John Castledine had an afternoon boat on Saturday and had 12 fish on nymph patterns from the Holly Tree area. Expect more fish to start coming to Damsel patterns as the naturals are now starting to show in big numbers.
Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which 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
There are lots of rising fish, and some masked hatches. The best method to catch them is with a floating line and an emerger pattern such as a Black Klinkhamer, or Shuttlecock buzzer. F-Flies are also doing really well on the edge of any ripple. Alternatively anglers having been getting good bags with teams of small Black Buzzers on a floating line. Digger work on the trout lake is now almost complete and this has improved pegs on the north bank.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire
Conditions have been challenging this week with unreliable weather. Black Buzzers, nymphs, Diawl Bachs and lures continue to be effective. Boat anglers A. McKenzie and S. Robertson had a brilliant day fishing near the Island and the Boils, taking 30 fish to the boat between them. S. Blaben took a 6lb rainbow on a dry on Saturday. The bank has been fishing well off the dam and from platforms 4-6. 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 submitted 478 rod returns this week with a total of 2,163 rainbows and browns caught. Of these 1,096 were released. A good number of fish were caught from the main basin with rainbows feeding hard on daphnia, though some fish were caught down the arms earlier in the week in more settled conditions. Bank anglers found fish off the Old Hall and the dam itself, including a stunning 5lb 13oz brown that fell to Empingham’s Graham Hayward. Graham took the specimen on a Big Red dry fly on Tuesday night. There were excellent movements of fish on some evenings off the dam, with a lot feeding on the edge of the ripple albeit a bit too far out at times, but some did come in close to the stonework late on, and were picked off with a carefully presented dry fly.
On the boat scene, regular visitor from Wales, Martin Campbell, and local guide Al Owen enjoyed some great fishing over four days, netting 81 fish between them. Al and Martin had to vary tactics due to the changeable weather, swapping from nymphs to mini lures.
The annual Hunt Servants match hosted by retired head warden John Seaton, took place on Monday May 23 when 48 anglers took part. Terry Wright and Oliver Shepherd took the first prize with 16 fish for 34lb 6oz, second was Peter DeKremer and Elliott Stokes with 16 fish for 32lb 4oz. Best individual bag was Di Farrin with eight fish for 18lb 10oz, best rainbow fell to Derek Gardiner at 3lb 5oz and best brown went to Neil Squires at 4lb 5oz.
Ziggy Lesiakowski took the best fish on this week’s Tuesday Night Boat League earning him the free mid week boat prize. Ziggy’s best fish weighed a fraction over 3lb and also helped him to the top spot on the night with four fish for 9lb 15oz. Neil Walsh took second place and Richard Cooper was third. Rich leads the league having collected 25 points from the first three weeks.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Both rainbows and browns have been feeding very well this week and have been taking mainly dries including Sedge, Mayfly and Daddies.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending May 27 the 78 rods caught 348 fish for a rod average of 4.5. Yet another up and down week – just like the weather! On the more seasonal days the fishing has been excellent with plenty of fish feeding near the surface. CdC patterns, dry Orange Shipman’s, Diawl Bachs and Crunchers are all good. At times fish have been very close in so a walk and stalk approach has proved successful. Several good fish out for the week of over 5lb with the best to Mr Perry at 10lb-plus. Evening tickets available from 5.30pm, please note these tickets available Thursday to Sunday only. Summer evening tariffs are £10 for catch and release or £14 to kill 2 fish then catch and release thereafter. Boat anglers will be asked to be in by a stated time to allow us to remove engines from boats safely.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
Shorts and t-shirts one day and back to overcoats the next, there’s certainly been a big swing in the weather this week. The warmer weather earlier in the week did bring on some good hatches tempting the fish to rise across both lakes. The 52 visiting anglers found the going very hard, returning a rod average of just 1.9. The best bags reflected the hard going too with the best of them being J. Campbell and T. Ross who caught eight fish each. J. Gargett and R. Walker had six fish each while T. Clark and D. Johnson managed five fish each. I. Wallace caught the best fish of the week with a 4lb rainbow. Anglers again resorted to a number of flies to improve their chances, trying out CdCs, Shipman’s, Diawl Bach, Damsels and Buzzers.