Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 5th, 2016

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Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

Anglers have found fish difficult to find and catch on the bottom pond, due to the continuing warm weather, which in turn is forcing the rainbow trout into the deepest parts of the reservoir. Those anglers who have landed fish have found the dam and Pear Tree bank the more likely areas to find fish. Ken Pascoe boat-fished to land a limit off the dam using a combination of Sedge Pupa and Duck Fly. Cardiff member Ian Hewitt used his dry flies to good effect to land a brace of fish from two visits, while one session was sufficient for Roger Martin to mark his return from holiday with a four fish catch. James Francis fished the dam to take two rainbows on a Shipman's Buzzer, while day ticket holders Dave Arlotte and Mark Roberts also landed two trout, the latter fishing nymphs on Pear Tree bank. An evening session gave membership secretary Phil Harper another two fish return. Some good news for fishermen who enjoy the top pond, is that fish are being landed from the Tump. General treasurer Gwyn Davies used Olive Emergers and a Shuttlecock variant to land three trout to 3lb and then followed up with a session later in the week to land a further three fish, including a brown trout estimated at 2lb 8oz. Successful flies on this occasion were a Paraloop emerger and a Baby Sunfly. Gwyn reported that the water clarity was much improved, particularly from windward facing banks and also that the Canadian pond weed was showing signs of dying back from the banks. Stocking officer Steve Keen is carefully monitoring the water temperature and will resume stocking as soon as conditions allow.

At the weekend the top pond continued to show signs of improvement with the Murphy brothers landing four and three fish each. Les Murphy added a further four fish to a bottom pond catch of two rainbows with a specimen 5lb rainbow included in his top pond return. Arthur Murphy caught three good rainbows from his top pond session. Back on the bottom pond boat anglers are able to find fish with Ken Pascoe and Keith Higgins landing four and two trout from their respective boat sessions, while day ticket holders Richard Haines and Mark Roberts each caught a brace of trout using Damsel patterns from Pear Tree bank.

Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 5th, 2016

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Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

The breezy, slightly fresher weather for most of the week led to signs that the browns are becoming more active and showing more. A good few featured in the catch returns, either being taken or being returned. Generally the fish were being seen in the top two to three feet, although they appear to be feeding deeper than that and deeper than would normally be expected at this time of year. Many anglers were hitting fish that seemed to be sheltering deeper down and feeding in areas where there is some weed. Best results were to be had using an intermediate line with a moderate retrieve and a variety of flies were successful including Cormorant, Diawl Bach, Damsel, Daddy Longlegs, Black Spider, Bibio, Soldier Palmer and Buzzer.

One of the most successful anglers this week was Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, who landed five fish for 13lb 4oz, including two browns, from the boat, and caught and released another two fish and helped release a duck! Also doing well from the boat was Frank Barr, Falkirk, who made two visits to the fishery and left with nine for 20lb 12oz, including a brown, plus one returned. The biggest fish of the week was a lovely 8lb 3oz rainbow landed by Drew Lamb, Alloa, on Sunday afternoon. David Aitken, East Kilbride, included a 6lb 12oz rainbow in his bag of two for 9lb 4oz. Another successful angler making two visits this week was Donald McMurchy, Plean, who landed eight for 18lb 12oz. Jim Denny, Dunipace, fishing from the boat, took three fish for 8lb and returned another two. Several anglers opted for sporting tickets with Kevin Gray, Camelon, releasing six and Connor Meiklejohn, Stirling, returning four.

England Troutmasters reports for week-ending August 5th, 2016

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Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire

As is to be expected, July has been a fairly tricky month. With high temperatures, and low oxygen levels in the water, the fish have been particularly lethargic. The morning period has been by far the most productive time. The afternoon fishing has been difficult and we recommend you stay active when the temperature soars, keep walking the lakes and you’ll find plenty of fish tucked up in the shaded areas.  Despite the tough conditions plenty of big doubles have graced the bank. A 15lb 4oz rainbow was caught by Clive Moore from lake one on a Goldhead Damsel. Avington regular Ian Davidson also landed a 15lb 4oz rainbow, his coming from in between the trees at the top of lake two. Ian presented a small Black Buzzer to get the fish’s attention, but after a missed take he finally got his target on a Pink Shrimp. Ian also managed a 12lb rainbow from lake two a few days later. Stephen Bartholomew caught a fin-perfect rainbow of 13lb 12oz from lake one using a Black Stalking Bug. Dave Hutton produced the goods with a lovely 13lb 8oz rainbow from lake one. He presented a small Buzzer under a tree where the fish was escaping the bright sunshine. Blake Burgess claimed the bragging rights on the Grundon corporate day with an immaculate 13lb 4oz rainbow tempted on a Black Montana. Regular Richard Francis was back among the big fish this month with three doubles! He started the month with rainbows of 10lb 8oz and 11lb from lake one on small Buzzers. He then managed an 11lb 8oz rainbow from lake two on a Stalking Bug.

The usual lures have proved rather hit and miss, working well during the early hours but grinding to a halt by late morning/early afternoon. The most productive method has been to put the fly to the fish rather than expecting the fish to come to the fly. A high degree of accuracy is required and small weighted flies are most effective with Hare's Ears, Stalking Bugs and Beaded Buzzers proving best.

After a difficult couple of weeks in July there were some problems with an algae bloom in lakes two and three. We would like to apologise if, at times, this has interfered slightly with the fishing. We are glad to say that the lakes are now looking splendid once again.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

Sport has been typical for this time of year, making anglers work a little harder for their catches. Daddies, Buzzers, Bloodworms, CdCs and Diawl Bachs have been very productive. 'Last of the Summer Wine' member Dougie McMurdo from Ashington was delighted with an 11lb 2oz rainbow caught from Chatton Lake on an Okey Dokey. Jimmy Forrest from Berwick-upon-Tweed tempted a 4lb 12oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake using a Daddy. Edwin Renwick from Wooler caught his first ever fish, a 2lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake using a dry fly. Tynemouth Scouts enjoyed their fishing at Chatton on Monday and Tuesday evening. UKCC Level 2 Game Angling Coaches Ali Anderson and Dawn Dixon gave tuition on the evenings, and a special thank you to Jan Robinson for all her help. Reminder of our Junior Taster Sessions, please visit our website for further information (www.chattontroutfishery.com) and also GAIA Open Day on Saturday August 13. The fishery will be open to all anglers as normal on this day.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Some fantastic hard-fighting fish have been reported, including some lovely brown trout. Two brownies tipped the scales at 4lb 4oz, taken by Nick Evans and Mr Cooper. A cracking 5lb rainbow was taken by Andrew Cox. Andrew Wiles took one of the best bags of the summer, catching 24 fish. Some anglers produced fantastic bags and others caught and released up to 27 fish in a single session. The fantastic catch results are predominantly coming to boat anglers, although the bank fishing is starting to pick up in certain areas. This week’s rod average is 4.49 and is likely to pick up with the forecast for more cloudy conditions. Popular boat areas have been Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the dam, Willows, the middle (drifting), the Seat, west bank within the weedbeds and the Boils. Methods fishing well include tubes on intermediate lines, Di-7 and Di-8 lines with Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and lures; and floating lines (washing-line style) with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs (fishing long leaders). The dry fly is making a comeback this week so make sure you have some in the fly box, particularly over weedy areas.

The dam is by far the most popular bank spot and certainly a good area to fish a Hare’s Ear for shrimp-feeding fish. The wind tends to blow into the dam making it an ideal place to cast a line out and let it drift around in an arc towards the bank. The takes seem to be very close in, only 1-15 feet, with the south side being the better spot at the moment. Other areas that may be worth a try include wading from the Seat and Plummers car park.

Lots of perch to the 4lb mark have been reported, although generally the predator fishing has been tough.

Breakfasts now available in the Harbour View (above the fishing lodge) in the Mander car park.

The AWAI Midland Final on July 25 was won by Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs, 52 fish for 112lb 3oz; 2nd Pitsford Pirates, 40 fish for 89lb 2oz; 3rd Greenwell Persuaders, 35 fish for 78lb 11oz; 4th Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team Costa, 32 fish for 72lb 15oz; 5th The Renegades, 28 fish for 64lb 8oz; 6th Elinor, 25 fish for 60lb 12oz; 7th Rio Masters, 24 fish for 55lb 3oz; 8th Mid Northants Saints, 22 fish for 54lb 1oz; 9th Soldier Palmers, 23 fish for 53lb 9oz. The top three teams go through to the International Final at Rutland Water and 4th and 5th placed teams have qualified for the Grafham Water Championship. The best fish weighed 4lb 1oz and was taken by Phil Shaw-Browne. Charlie Abrahams took the best bag at 27lb 15oz.

Grafham Water Fly Fishers (GWFFA) is hosting a free skills refresher afternoon on Saturday August 27 at the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge from 1pm. In addition there may be an opportunity to go out with an experienced GWFFA member for an afternoon’s boat fishing skills coaching. This will be on a limited basis and dependant upon demand. There will be a small charge of £5 towards the cost. Please book your place by emailing chairman@gwffa-grafham.co.uk with you name, contact details and if possible give an idea of the skills coaching you would like. Confirmation of your reserved place will be emailed to you.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

Anglers appreciated a break in the very hot weather and although the fish have stayed deep, more fish have been caught using a variety of patterns including dries if conditions have allowed. Early morning bank angler Bob Collins was pleased to report sizeable trout coming to the net. Bob took several at 3lb and bagged a 4lb specimen, He also reported one fish full of shrimp. Nick Nicholson had a nice 3lb rainbow close in to the bank on a Hare’s Ear and Peter Proctor had a nice bag of rainbows from a boat on a Di-7 line using Crunchers and Buzzers fishing along the dam wall. Conditions were good last Tuesday with Mark Bradbury enjoying a great day’s boat fishing, taking 16 fish. Congratulations to Charlie Watts who won the evening boat club with six fish. Best boat areas are Sailing Club Bay, Pitsford Creek, Flats, Holly Bush, Gravels, and dam. Predator angler Bill Gutheridge caught a perch of 3lb 9oz, along with seven others. The Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam takes place on August 6-7. For more details and official registration email dane@bramptonvalleytraining.co.uk

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

Although challenging at times, dry fly has proved very effective in overcast conditions. Long drifts right across the reservoir have yielded the best results with the best patterns being Crippled Midge, Shipman’s Buzzer, Bob’s Bits, Hoppers and CdC Buzzer. Favourite colours are claret, brown and orange. Harvey Smith and his boat partner brought 18 fish to the boat on small dries on Tuesday. The Duffy duo had the best sport, fishing Claret Hoppers in the wind lanes on Wednesday. On Friday Steve and Pat from Blithfield took 36 fish on claret dries. Another method working at present is the washing-line with a small Booby on the point and Crunchers or Diawl Bachs on the droppers. The bank fishing continues to present a challenge, although Bob Draper and John Smith are still managing to winkle out a few fish. Best boat areas are the main basin, middle of reservoir, boils. Best bank areas are the dam, and platforms 4 and 5.

Rutland Water, Rutland

Dan Pitcher of Langham netted the best fish of the week, a superb 5lb 14oz rainbow which fell to a Minkie fished on a floating line off the peninsula shoreline last Sunday. The best brown of the week at 5lb 2oz was recorded by Jim Watts of Ryhall. It fell to a Diawl Bach fished on a midge-tip off Lax Hill. Jim shared a boat with Robbie Winram and the pair netted seven fish in a half-day session. Ketton’s Paul Wild had a good day boat fishing up the South Arm on Sunday, taking seven rainbows weighing 2lb 8oz to 3lb, all on CdCs. Will Earland, making the most of his school holidays, had a nice brace of rainbows at 3lb 9oz and 3lb 2oz on dry fly while fishing with Rob Waddington.

It has been a testing week with cooler temperatures encouraging more bank and boat anglers. However, while the water temperature remains high the clearest water for boat anglers is up both of the arms. Patience and skill have rewarded some anglers with quality rainbows and browns; with dries followed by nymphs working best. Fishing around the aerators in the warmer temperatures has been common practice and moving from one to another has brought the best results as the number of fish around each aerator has varied. A few anglers have been on the bank and some of the weed-free spots have produced fish. Food items have included corixa, shrimp, snails (some very big), fry and an increasing number of sticklebacks.

Week 11 of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Empingham’s Gary Cooper with five fish for 11lb 1oz, beating his son Richard into second place with four fish for 9lb 7oz. Hilary Tomlinson took third place with three fish for 5lb 10oz. Chris Evans won the prize for best fish on the night with a 3lb 2oz rainbow.

The Anglian Water Over 50’s Match on July 30 saw 16 anglers take some good fish around the 3lb mark caught up the arms, despite it being hard going at times. Alan Stern and Nigel Angus won with six fish for 14lb 7oz from the Normanton Church area, including a quality brownie of 4lb 1oz (caught near the end of the day). Second were Dave Porter and Mick Connor, three fish for 9lb 1oz, third Tug Lawson and Steve Cranson, three fish for 6lb 1oz.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Lake one has been restocked this week from the cage. Fish are falling to a variety of patterns including Blue-flash Damsel, Cat’s Whisker, Blob, Montanna and Sedge. Brown trout end of the same lake saw Daddies on top doing well in the evenings, otherwise fish are on Buzzers. On lake two great sport to dries including CdCs, emergers, Klinkhamers and Shipman’s. But if it’s stormy weather try a bit deeper on Buzzers and Blobs under a bung. Best evening fly is still a Sedge. Luke Weaver landed 12 fish in a morning session on dries but rod average here for most is three fish per rod.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

It’s been reasonably quiet of late, what with the school holidays and all. Even so, 48 anglers fished the lakes and returned a respectable rod average of just under three. The 15 fish bag limit remained elusive this week and the only angler to reach double-figures was J. Thompson with a catch of 10 fish. F. Ward, J. McLeod and S. Thompson all caught eight fish each, while P. Wilks had a bag of seven fish. The best fish of the week was an impressive 6lb 8oz rainbow caught by F. Ward. The best flies have been CdCs, Shipman’s and Buzzers, although Hare’s Ears did come on strong towards the latter part of the week. The weather forecast is for more of the same with warm temperatures and good cloud cover which should keep the hatches going and give some good top of the water action.

Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 29th, 2016

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Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

As with many trout fisheries at this time of the year, Ynys y fro has been affected by the extremes of weather. Whilst the top pond continues to recover from the effects of a reduced flow of water (now fully restored), most fishing has again taken place on the bottom pond. Anglers able to fish either early in the day or into late evening have been finding fish whilst boat anglers have been able to fish the deeper areas of the reservoir. Boat anglers Ken Pascoe and Keith Higgins have each recorded limits with Keith adding a further three fish from a second boat outing. A three-fish boat return was also made by Shaun Cotterill and James Francis. with the latter adding to an earlier four fish total from the bank. Around the banks, and mainly between Pipe Bay and Farmhouse Point, a number of anglers have been successful. Long-time member Bernard Stephens and Cardiff fisherman Jeff Wilson caught four trout, Dave Howells and Ken Bowring each caught three fish with a brace of rainbows being landed by day ticket holders Lindsey Kirkwood, Mark Roberts, Bob Bradley plus Neil Charlton, fishing on a visitor's permit. Hoppers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs and Hare's Ear patterns did well.

Scotland Troutmasters reports week-ending July 29th, 2016

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Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside

The warmer weather has promoted more rapid weed growth on the ponds and necessitated weed removal, which is ongoing on the Bankside and Woodside pools. The Boathouse Pool has again generally fished well. Pride of place this week goes to Joe Westland who returned 14 fish including a superb brownie well in excess of 6lb, a magnificent fish. Bruce Thomson also did exceptionally well returning 19 fish taken mainly on Buzzers fished with a FAB. Mr Adam used a variety of patterns to return 11 rainbows and Mr Anderson took two rainbows for a total of 10lb 8oz.

There has been a lot of surface activity on the Burnside Pool and three anglers each returned nine fish – Ed Valentine, Scott Watson and John Barr. Everything from dries through to lures has had its moment and those who have fared best have changed tactics to find what the fish have been feeding on. The Bankside Pool has not received much attention this week but Frank Sherriff fooled six rainbows, mainly on dries. The water-level is now back closer to normal following weed removal operations, so this should herald better results for the coming week.

Top rods on the Woodside Pool this week were the Strachan family who landed 10 rainbows for 19lb. Other excellent returns were from the McElhinneys who took eight fish for 14lb; the Rose group also had eight for 14lb and a group from a Foster Care Home took six for 12lb. Powerbait again outscored all other methods with spinning being the next best option.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

A steady week of fishing with plenty of good sport reported. Fish are certainly fighting hard judging from the amount of anglers that report being broken. It’s well worth checking knots and leaders which may have been on the line for a while. Fish have been feeding well on the surface with abundant insect life around and the best flies have been in darker colours of black and green. Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ear Nymphs, Buzzers and Kate Mclarens have done well. Some examples of catches were Slater Scott with 19 fish; Graeme Sievwright seven; Gordon Grant 12; Sandy Stronach had a 4lb fish; Duncan Campbell had one of 4lb 5oz; Ricky Turner had 10 fish; lan Rose caught an 8lb blue; Lukas Gorcki had a 4lb 5oz fish; Keith Hay one of 4lb; Chris Johnston 7lb; Mark Zhang 8lb 6oz and Jim Eddie had 18 fish.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Lochs are in their prime now and fishing well top of the water. CdCs and Hopper patterns doing well and returns are showing all species being caught with brownies up to 4lb and rainbows 6lb-plus. Water is clear at this time of year

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

A hot, muggy start to the week but the torrential thunderstorm on Wednesday morning freshened the water and perked the fish up a bit. The fish were generally in the top three feet, but some people were doing well fishing a bit deeper. Plenty of fish cruising just below the surface and many anglers were doing well with a fast retrieve. Others did well fishing much more slowly although those fishing static were finding things much harder. Favourite patterns included Kate McLaren, Cormorant, Black Spider, Buzzer, Hare’s Ear, Damsel, Black Pennell and Daddy Longlegs. A few fish were taken on dry flies with Muddler being the most successful. Some days the boats were doing better than the bank and at other times those fishing close in to the shore were having the most luck.

There are signs that the large number of browns that have been stocked are beginning to become more active with several being caught this week. Steven Anderson, Glenrothes, had a nice brown in his bag of four for 9lb, as did Alec Peachey, Hamilton, in his two for 5lb. The biggest fish taken this week was a cracking 7lb 10oz rainbow landed by John Sneddon, Falkirk, in his bag of two for 10lb 4oz. Jim Allan, Kilsyth, had a 6lb 9oz rainbow. Frank Barr, Falkirk, fishing from the boat as usual, took five for 11lb 4oz and another regular, Danny Doherty, Denny, also had five fish for 10lb 12oz. Graeme Arthur, Stirling, returned a lovely rainbow estimated to be around 8lb along with a nice brown and another couple of rainbows. A couple of brown trout were also taken from the Meadow Pond which continues to fish well, as does the Millpond. Many anglers opted for catch and release this week and had a lot of excellent sport on all three ponds.

England Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 29th, 2016

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Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

Being in the more challenging months of fishing Chatton regular Geert Van Zon from Morpeth was delighted with an 11lb rainbow he caught from Ross Lake using a Yellow Dancer. Fish have been lying deep this week with lures being more productive. Buzzers, dries and nymphs have also been working well at certain times of the day. Lacey Taylor, aged seven, from Rothbury, was delighted with a 2lb rainbow she caught from Chatton Lake. Reminder of the Junior Fly Fishing Taster Days at Chatton - £20 includes tuition, fishing ticket, equipment and keeping a fish - morning or afternoon sessions available. The next session available is on Thursday August 4, please visit the website for all the dates available over the school summer holidays - www.chattontroutfishery.com Fishery closing at 10pm on a Friday and Saturday evening - 9pm all other evenings.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

This week’s warm weather has seen the fish move away from the shallow margins and out into the deeper, cooler water. The rod average is 4.45 and improving near the end of the week. Fish are still feeding on buzzers, snail and fry, although plenty of shrimp have begun to appear in stomach contents. Fishing a Hare’s Ear is producing fish feeding on the shrimp. Try using them on a medium figure-of-eight retrieve.  Popular boat areas this week have been Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the dam, Willows the Middle (drifting), the Seat and west bank within the weed beds. A few boat anglers have been bagging up at the Boils. Successful methods include tubes on intermediate lines, Di-7s and Di8-s with Buzzers and floating lines (washing-line style), or with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs (fishing long leaders). When on the floating line it’s worth fishing relatively static, though tweaking the line every so often encourages takes.

Although the bank fishing is steady during the day you can expect some action first thing and later in the day. Plenty of fish have been seen feeding around the harbour arms after 8pm, with some larger fish being reported. The dam has again been the most popular spot and is certainly a good area to fish a Hare’s Ear for shrimp-feeding fish. Other areas worth a try include wading from the Seat and Plummers car park.

The predator fishing is picking up. Some zander have started to come out more regularly. Ranger Mark Haycock fished at the Seat to tempt a lovely double-figure fish on an Orange Blob.

The AWAI Southern final on July 18 was won by BRFFA Drifters with 43 fish for 98lb 15oz; 2nd Weald of Kent, 33 fish for 76lb 10oz; 3rd Blagdon FlyFishers Bristol Water, 33 fish for 76lb; 4th The Whakapapas, 27 fish for 60lb 1oz; 5th BRFFA Emergers 28 fish for 59lb 11oz; 6th Bewl Chompers 14 fish for 30lb. Mark Stevens, fishing for Blagdon Fly Fishers Bristol Water, landed the best fish at 4lb 5oz. Lloyd Pallett of BRFFA Drifter had the best bag at 29lb 5oz. The top three teams have qualified for the International Final at Rutland Water. Fourth and fifth placed teams qualify to fish at the Grafham Water Championship on October 1.

Grafham Water Fly Fishers (GWFFA) is hosting a free skills refresher afternoon on Saturday August 27 at the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge from 1.30pm. In addition to GWFFA members the club would welcome interest from previous Anglian Water Beginners course attendees who would like to refresh their skills, and members of the public who are interested in taking up the sport.

It’s a great opportunity for those new to the sport to learn the basics of how to cast. Improvers can enjoy coaching on casting style and technique. Mark Brinkman of GWFFA says: “We will also have a selection of rod sizes, weights and line styles for you to try your hand with. Different casting styles are often needed to get the best out of the rods and lines. If you have your own tackle please bring it as we can complete a line/balance check for you. It is also good to try out new techniques on the equipment you normally use”.

In addition to the above there may be an opportunity to go out with an experienced GWFFA member for an afternoon’s boat fishing skills coaching. This though will be on a limited basis and dependant upon demand. There will be a small charge of £5 towards the cost. As GWFFA wishes to give personal tuition in small groups the numbers are limited. Please book your place by emailing chairman@gwffa-grafham.co.uk with your name, contact details and if possible give an idea of the skills coaching you would like. Confirmation of your reserved place will be emailed to you.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

Last week’s high temperatures saw fish head into the deeper, cooler water, although this hasn’t stopped them feeding. With the right tactics they can still be tempted, and there have been some lovely fish taken this week. David Strudwick caught and released a stunning brown estimated between 5-6lb, using a Brown Minkie. Barry Jones caught and returned a nice rainbow between 4-5lb.

Former England Youth International Fen Oakley had a day afloat and caught and returned more than 20 fish, while season ticket holder Phil Jordan caught and released 22 fish in two visits.

On Saturday July 23 the AMFFC Group 3 match was fished in temperatures close to 30°C. This, coupled with International competition rules, saw many of the 33 anglers struggle. Bill McIlroy, fishing for Hanningfield FA, was the only competitor to catch his limit, catching his eight fish for 18lb 11oz by 2.40pm. Bill’s tactics were to fish static Buzzers 20 feet deep along the dam frontage. Bill’s catch also helped Hanningfield secure team victory. Dave Franklin, also of Hanningfield, took the biggest fish, a cracking brown of 4lb 6oz.

The Pitsford Kayak Grand Slam takes place on August 6-7 and is set to be England’s biggest freshwater kayak fishing event of the year, with the added twist that it is lure fishing only. All you need to do is catch the biggest pike, perch and trout to get the ‘slam’ (fish are measured in length). Top prize is an Old Town Predator 13 kayak. Bring your own kayak and kit. Advance registration is essential. For more details and official registration email dane@bramptonvalleytraining.co.uk

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire

Trout fishing is tough during the day due to the warm weather. By far the best fishing is from boats, with some anglers getting bag limits using a medium sink line with Cormorants or Orange Blobs. Alternatively use an indicator with nymphs, especially Diawl Bachs. From the bank fish are caught early and late using dries and lures early and late. Best areas are the Dam and far bank.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

It’s been a mixed week with the hot weather putting the fish down in deeper water. But in cloud cover and breezy conditions the fish have been up in the water and taking dries. Boat anglers anchored along the weed beds or drifting across the main bowl, using floating line with dries are taking plenty of fish. Crunchers and Diawl Bachs have also been working when the fish haven’t been taking dries. The dam and platforms 4 and 5 are producing the odd fish with floating line with dries or small nymphs and damsel being the best methods. Best rainbow of the week at 4lb was taken by James Brown of Long Buckby.

Rutland Water, Rutland

One angler who overcame last week’s hot weather was Ziggy Lesiakowski who fished the main basin on Friday to take seven good fish using micro Blobs and a sinking line. On Tuesday he recorded the best rainbow of the week, a lovely 3lb 14oz specimen that won him best fish prize in the Tuesday Night Boat League. The best brown at 5lb 11oz was taken by Alan Ayre of Spalding. The heat kept many anglers away although the returns for the week reflect a good rod average of 3.29. Boat anglers fared best in the deeper water of the main basin with the aerators receiving a lot of attention. However, drifting boats off Sykes Lane, Blue Pipes (Normanton) and the tower did best on some days. Boat anglers travelling to the bottom ends of the reservoir had limited success with early movement of fish recorded before going quiet.

Bank anglers were scarce with one or two out during the day and evening. With the hot weather water levels have dropped very quickly exposing the many weed beds around the shoreline. There are plenty of fish in the reservoir in many areas. The water would benefit from some cooler weather conditions, along with a good breeze to clear some of the surface weed in a few areas.

Week 10 of the Tuesday Night Boat League was won by Richard Cooper with six fish caught off Barnhill Creek. Richard, who fished with his dad Gary, said that there were ‘stacks’ of fish moving around Barnhill Creek. Second on the night was Ziggy Lesiakowski who had two fish, including the best fish of the night a 3lb 14oz rainbow. In third place on Tuesday was Mick Bennett. Richard currently leads the league with 67 points, followed by Keith Jones on 31 and Adi Naylor on 26.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Lake one saw sporadic feeding with lunchtimes and evenings the best times. Weirdly enough some great sport for one angler on the hottest, brightest day of the week at lunchtime. Another angler also did well at lunchtime after a tough morning start, but both left with four fish in short sessions. Best flies are Goldhead Montana and goldhead Black GRHE. Evenings have also been OK with rises to surface flies such as Sedges and Daddies. On lake two one angler caught 12 fish in a morning ‘till 2pm session, eight were on dries and four on Buzzers with fish up to 6lb. Big trout lying in the margins but proving difficult to tempt. Buzzers, Blobs, and Damsels working on here.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending July 22, the 50 rods caught 81 fish for an average of 1.62. A very hot week with spells of soaring water temperatures and much reduced fish activity. The only method that has had any consistency is fishing from a boat with deep Buzzers on a 20-foot leader. Three heavy patterns will do the trick with the fish feeding around mid water, 10 to 12 feet down. Three anglers this week perfected this with Bill Ryan and Ted Cornish landing 34 fish to their boat and Martin Rowson netting eight in a short session. Rain and cooler temperatures will help things along a bit.

Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 22nd, 2016

Yny y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

The grass banks on the top pond are at last being cut and the popular areas will now be accessible. However, all reports for the week relate to the bottom pond, which has been providing some good compensatory fishing. Ken Bowring added to his catch and release figures with a further 16 fish over three visits. A similar number of sessions has provided fisheries treasurer Colin Jones with eight trout caught mostly on a black Shipman’s Buzzer. Committee member Terry O'Connor landed 11 fish from two afternoon/evening visits, while new member Colin Chapman, and Robert Watkins each totalled four fish from two sessions. Beddau member Dave Howells caught four fish, with a three-fish catch being recorded by day ticket holder Steve Curtis. A significant number of fishermen caught a brace of trout, including Ian Hewitt, Mike Brake, Association president Martyn Williams, Nigel Burge, Chris Daniels, Kevin Pinkney, day ticket visitor John Gittens, and head bailiff John Mcindo. Ken Pascoe fished two boat sessions to catch a limit plus a further three trout, and then added five more fish from the bank. Successful flies during the week have been Black Hoppers, Black Shipman's Buzzers, Hare's Ear Nymphs and Blobs. The bottom pond has received a further stocking of rainbow trout averaging 2lb in weight and the top pond will receive further fish once all the grass banks have been cleared for easy access.

The bottom pond continued to provide good sport over the weekend, with a significant number of fishermen recording good catch returns. The Bush Corner continues to provide Ken Bowring with limits taken on a variety of flies and lures, including holographic red Diawl Bachs, small Montana patterns and Orange Blobs/fritz lures. Welsh ladies team member Sally Ann Iles also took a limit from the Farmhouse Steps using Diawl Bachs, whileBarry Powell landed seven trout from the same area. Kevin Pinkney took over from Ken Bowring at the Bush to catch his five fish, whilst four fish catches were recorded by Terry O'Connor using Bloodworm patterns, Gwyn Davies with a combination of emerger patterns and Shipman's Buzzers, Paul Elsworthy who fished Pipe Bay for his four fish on goldhead PTNs plus Alan Rees and day ticket visitor Steve Wakeham each with four rainbows. Graham Ingram Evans fished the shallow end of Farmhouse Bay to catch three trout on a Claret Hopper with Martyn Williams, Les Murphy and Del Haines also returning three fish catches. Amongst fishermen taking two fish were Gareth Neale, Arthur Murphy, Paul Jenkins, John Mcindo, Dave Price and James Francis who used PTNs to land his brace A morning's boat session resulted in Cardiff members Keith Higgins and Bob Bradley each taking the eight fish catch and release limit.

After the grass banks on the top pond were cut and with the flow of fresh water into the pond having been restored, NRFFA are hopeful of restocking the pond in the near future.

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Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 22nd, 2016

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Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside

A week of mixed weather which went from one end of the scale to the other, with catches following a similar pattern. Thankfully there were substantially more positive than negative results. The Boathouse Pool out-performed all the other ponds, with most of the better returns surprisingly being taken on a variety of lures. Mr Purvis took four fish for 12lb 8oz and returned five; Mr Kelly had three rainbows for 8lb and returned 14; Mr McDermid took two for 12lb and returned nine. The Falconers shared eight fish for 20lb; Mr Nicholas took two for 9lb with the better fish weighing 5lb 12oz, whilst Mr Connell returned 13 on a catch and release ticket. Successful lures included Yellow Dancer, various Damsel patterns and Bunny variations.

The Burnside Pool was a little more variable with some regular anglers struggling on certain days when the going got tough. However, decent catches were recorded including a catch and release bag of 14 fish returned by Mr Smith. The Ace of Spades proved very successful for Ed Valentine who returned 10 fish while Mr Watson returned 11 taken mainly on Buzzers. Weed removal is ongoing on the Bankside but this didn’t stop Ken Jones from returning 11 fish, taken mainly on Buzzers. Mr West took two fish for 5lb and returned another nice rainbow. There has been a substantial amount of surface activity on the pond but dry flies have not brought much success. Woodside, the any legal method pool, has again responded well to Powerbait fished beneath a float. A group of six anglers shared 13 fish for 22lb 8oz. Mr Harris landed six rainbows for 9lb 8oz while Mr Stuart took four fish for 7lb 8oz.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

After a few weeks closed due to silty water after the flash floods, the fishery got back to normal and anglers were once again able to enjoy the fishing. The week started off slow but by the middle of the week the lochs were fishing really well and plenty of fish were caught with some good quality blues among them. Fish were feeding well and Damsels were a good bet along with black and green patterns such as Vivas, Scruffs and fritz patterns. Nymphs and Buzzers also took their fair share of fish. William Scott had a great session with 24 fish to the bank returning a six-pounder; Mark Bell had 10 on both his sessions; Mark Feaurst had seven; Chris Johnston seven; Jimmy Rhind had 16 with a cracking blue of 4lb 13oz and also returned a fish of 7lb. Willie McRobbie had six fish with his best a 5lb blue. Neill Smith had 12; Aaron James had his best yet at 4lb 4oz; Tom Anderson had seven; Barry Ward had nine and returned a double-figure rainbow after being weighed; and Blair McDonald had 10 fish. Over the week 224 fish were caught making an average of 4.14.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

The lochs are now in their prime condition of the season with a lot of surface feeding fish. Dries and Buzzers are taking well. Anglers are tempting a good mix of brownies, rainbows and blues from both lochs. Evenings see fish rising really well and sport has been really good. Two sessions available daily from 8.30am to 4pm and 4.30pm to 10pm. Just call the Glen of Rothes to book a boat.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

There were quite a few big fish landed this week, as the challenge to land fish continues. Many anglers are reporting follows and knocks, and quite a few fish are being hooked and lost, but getting them to the net is still proving a bit tricky for some. For most of the week the fish were between two and four feet down although they were a bit nearer the surface in the evenings and on Sunday. The dam and the island were the best areas this week, along with the boats. On the small ponds the fish were just below the surface all week. Nymphs and wet flies were attracting most fish, with the odd one being taken on dries. Favourite patterns included Damsel, Buzzer, Black Spider, Bibio, Diawl Bach, Kate McLaren, Yellow Owl, Hoglouse and Daddy Longlegs. Mostly the fish were looking for something to chase so a reasonably fast retrieve was required to attract their attention.

Two of the biggest fish of the week were landed at the extremes of the fishery opening hours. Friday regular, Danny Doherty from Denny, had a very successful day with five fish for 18lb 6oz, including a 9lb 7oz rainbow landed before 9am. Another big rainbow of 8lb 4oz fell to Carlo Pezzani very late on Saturday evening. Also amongst the big fish were Steve Prevot, Coatbridge, with an 8lb rainbow in his bag of five for 16lb, and Alan Prentice, Clackmannan, with one at 6lb 8oz. Jim Denny took three for 11lb from the boat including a nice 4lb rainbow. A few browns were landed this week with Frank Barr, Falkirk, taking two in his bag of four for 10lb plus another five fish caught and released, and Jim Craig, Balloch, had one in his two for 5lb. Several anglers on catch and release enjoyed a lot of excellent sport. J. Queen and M. Ward both returned nine early in the week; and Kevin Gray, Camelon, returned seven including two browns at the weekend. Kyle Morrison, Coldstream, also returned seven.

England Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 22nd, 2016

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

Although we are definitely coming into the more challenging months of sport, many fish are still being caught on the surface or subsurface using dries, Buzzers, Daddies, and Diawl Bachs. Anglers are just having to work harder for them. Jim Tuck from Ashington caught 12 fish using a Chatton Chaser; Ken Glenton from Ashington caught nine fish on dries; Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 10 fish using dries; Rob Frame from West Denton caught 14 fish on dries; Stu Younger from Blyth caught seven fish using Sedgehogs; Andrew Jeffcock from Hoselaw caught seven fish using a White Muddler; S. Baty from Morpeth caught seven fish using a Green Blob; Malcolm McKenzie from Cramington caught seven fish on a Dawson’s Olive. Still stocking twice weekly. A reminder that a rod licence is not required to fish at Chatton Trout Fishery. The next Chatton Ladies Angling Club meeting will be on Saturday August 20.

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Another cracking week’s fishing and despite the warm, bright weather we are still seeing a rod average of 5.8. Best rainbow 4lb 12oz taken by Frank Dunning. The fish can be found within the surface layers, particularly on cloudy days, and seem to be more concentrated to the east side of the reservoir. The fish are feeding on daphnia, snails and pin fry so the weedy areas hold the chance of a very nice fish. The killer shrimp is not moving readily, although if you are working shrimp patterns near the dam and Willows there is a high chance of producing an overwintered fish. Popular areas for catching from the boats seem to be Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the dam, Willows, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat. A few boat anglers are also catching well off West Bank. Drifting through the middle is producing fish, with plenty of action towards the Boils. Methods fishing well include back drifting with Snakes and tubes (in the surface layers), floating lines (washing-line style) with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs and dry flies throughout the day.

Some good fish in the 4lb range have been landed off the banks. The fish close in can be caught on various methods and the dam, the Seat, Harbour Arms, Willows and wading from Plummers are good areas. If you are struggling try a Midas fly, a Brown Snail or Bug pattern.

Lots of perch are being reported by fly anglers. Savages is currently full of coarse fish and fry, although very weedy at the moment and it’s likely that there will be a few pike taking advantage of this. Zander have still been coming out, with some upper singles and doubles being landed on occasion.

During the summer months, fish may struggle to go back straight away when released. Anglers should take care when releasing to ensure that fish are safely returned to the water alive.

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

Anglers have benefitted from improved weather conditions and the fish have been higher in the water and feeding again. At the start of the week the bank was fishing well in the early evening and Chris White enjoyed good sport off Sailing Club Bay and caught a 3lb-plus perch. Unfortunately Tuesday evening saw a downpour as our fishing club boat anglers set out. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our anglers, particularly Charlie Watts who was triumphant weighing in eight fish for 17lb. Jim Flannigan from Grey Abbey, Northern Ireland, had 20 fish to the boat. Mel Blythe from Hayling Island bagged up with several fish just under the 3lb mark. Annie Cant of Cambridge also bagged up this week.

Many anglers have been trying to tempt the trout on dries but they have also been catching on FABs, Blobs and Boobies. Others have been using a washing-line method or fishing subsurface on Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and Hare’s Ear patterns.

There has been success spinning for trout too over the weekend. Graham Folkes and Andy Patey from Milton Keynes had success with silver and bronze Tobies with fish weighing up to 2lb 8oz.

Anglers who have caught fish over 3lb this week, both off the bank and on the boat, include regulars Bob Collins, Roy Barley, Pat Flynn and David Newens and day anglers Nick and Len Cooper from Dunstable. Best boat areas are Sailing Club Bay, Pitsford Creek, Flats, Holly Bush, Gravels, and dam.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire

If the weather is hot and sunny the trout fishing is definitely better early and late. If you are fishing in the day take a boat out, or off the bank fish a little deeper with lures. Evening fishing after 5.30pm is more productive, as the fish move up in the water. Dries, especially Sedges, are worth a try, and fish are being caught using Damsel Nymphs.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

With calmer weather this week anglers have been able to fish dries with some fantastic catches. Mr S. Hollton had 31 fish to the boat whilst Mr D. Naylor had 25 fish to the boat. Local angler Mick Griffin had 18 fish. R.D. Smith took 20 fish on Damsel and Sedge patterns. With the warmer weather fishing may be slower in the middle of the day but morning and evening is the best time. Best boat area is the main bowl. Best bank areas are platforms 4, 5, and 6 and the dam.

Rutland Water, Rutland

Both boat and bank anglers have enjoyed another excellent week. Boat angler Phil Thompson accounted for nine fish (eight rainbows around 3lb and a brown estimated at 6lb), all returned. Phil, from Bexley Heath, boat-fished across Manton Bay and found a small Black Booby on the point and a small Green Buzzer very effective. Phil returned to Rutland on Thursday and opted to fish the North Arm where he caught six quality rainbows, some on dries. Season ticket holder Keith Jones, from Peterborough, returned to the lodge on Friday night with three cracking rainbows for 11lb 8oz taken on a Big Red. All of Keith’s fish had been feeding hard on small snails and corixa. Fish are being caught in many areas of the reservoir, with boat anglers catching over deep water in the main basin, in complete contrast to the top of both arms where the shallows are providing exciting sport.

Bank anglers are finding lot of fish are feeding in just inches of water. Despite the masses of fry this season only one or two fish are concentrating on them. However, stomach contents are revealing shrimp, corixa and snails and plenty of them with dries and small nymphs accounting for some excellent sport from fighting fit rainbows.

Credit must go to all of the anglers fishing week nine of the Tuesday Night Boat League as they opted not to fish the aerators. A number of boats headed to the bottom of the South Arm and found fish in good numbers moving on top. A few were quickly caught, but the weather then changed with persistent showers for the rest of the night, sending fish down into deeper water. Dave Bradshaw was this week’s winner with three fish which included the best fish on the night, a cracking 4lb 11oz brown. Mick Bennett took second with three fish for 8lb 6oz. Dave Knapp was third with two fish for 5lb 7oz.

Nine teams fished in the AWAI North of England Final and enjoyed a good day with a rod average of 5.67. Phil Longstaff took the best fish at 3lb 8oz and Ben Dobson was top rod with a bag of 30lb. The top three teams qualifying for the International Final at Rutland Water on October 4-5 are Ospreys, RAF Fish Hawks and The Old Youth. Stocks Falcons who took fourth place and Northern Drifters in fifth will go forward to fish in the Grafham Water Championship at Grafham on October 1. Results: 1st Ospreys, 45 fish for 92lb 10oz; 2nd RAF Fish Hawks, 44 fish for 91lb 11oz; 3rd The Old Youth, 42 fish for 90lb 2oz; 4th Stocks Falcons, 37 fish for 82lb 11oz; 5th Northern Drifters, 29 fish for 64lb 13oz; 6th Tannahill Raiders, 30 fish for 62lb 3oz; 7th Weardale Flyfishers, 30 fish for 61lb 6oz; 8th Kielder Dabblers, 28 fish for 60lb 1oz; 9th Stocks Merlins, 21 fish for 44lb 5oz

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

At the weekend and the start of the week lake one was all Buzzers and Blobs fished static and deep. If using a bung it was 9-11 feet down. New angler to Thornwood, Eddie had six on Monday to Red Buzzers plus a bonus brown trout. Evening time saw some dry fly activity with Sedge and blue dry Damsel on top also scoring a few. Late on in the evening black lures and Damsels also took a few. The full moon day was tough with no fish feeding at all but fish then resumed feeding with beginner Sadiq landing four in the evening with a bit of help from Peter and John! Again early morning and late afternoons are the times to fish on those hot sunny days, but sinkers and intermediate fished slow will pick up a few fish on lake two as fish are full of snails. If you arrive early there are still marginal fish to stalk.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending July 15 the 74 rods caught 199 trout for a rod average of 2.69. A surprisingly challenging week, especially since much of it has been filled with good fishing conditions. Nothing has really changed much in terms of tactics with small dries leading the way, particularly Orange or Fiery Brown Shipman’s. To get a few more takes it’s worth paying particular attention to the rise forms the fish make, try to determine which way the fish is moving and pitch your flies in front of them accordingly. As always it's those paying more attention to detail that are having the best results so our advice is to watch and study to help you progress and catch these fish. As an alternative method, a Snake or similar large lure on an intermediate (or faster sinker from the boat) can bring results when nothing else is working, particularly during the middle of the day. Biggest rainbow this week at 11lb 6oz goes to Alan Macpherson from Brandon, Suffolk, caught on a Cat’s Whisker. As we move through the next couple of months we should start to see a few fry feeders. The fry are growing quickly and must be a good inch long by now.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

The usual mixed bag of weather here but the warm and humid conditions have given rise to an abundance of hatches across all lakes making for some great top of the water action. The 51 visiting enjoyed the conditions and with the fish rising everywhere they returned a rod average of over three. No one made the 15 fish bag limit this week, the best of the week being N. Puncheon with a bag of 11 fish on one visit and eight on his second of the week. The only other angler in double figures was M. Fearon with a catch of 10 fish. M. Burchill had nine fish, A. McPhaill caught seven fish and R. Taylor had six fish with the rest of the sheets on bags of four and five. The best fish of the week was an impressive 6lb 8oz rainbow caught by T. Mason. With the recent hatches top of the water flies have dominated with Red Buzzers being the most successful by far. CdCs and Hoppers made up the rest of the week’s catches.

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Scotland Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 15th, 2016

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Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

Anglers have had decent returns as fish have once again settled into feeding after the heavy rains. It’s been a hard few weeks with coloured water but it’s good to see it back fishing again. Latest stocking saw a good number of blues to 6lb introduced, and there are more to go in again this week. Slater Scott recorded nine fish, Jim Eddie six, Brian Walllace five, Neill Smith seven, Tom Anderson with nine and then seven, Billy Campbell seven, and new to the sport and first time out, Dean Nicholl, Conner McIntosh and Brian Hutcheon all had two fish. Kyle Moir did well also with four fish and also a blue just over the 4lb mark. Kirsty Mcphee had a blue of 4lb and a decent session. Fish are showing on top again as well.

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

Returns here have been very good with a good mix of blues, rainbows and brownies to 5lb-plus. Most anglers have had upwards of five fish for double-figure bags, which is a good day’s fishing. The fish are fighting fit and leaders should be a minimum strength of 6lb to avoid being broken. Plenty of fish topping all over both lochs and weed is non-existent for this time of year which is good. Both the lochs are producing well to traditional flies, Buzzers and nymphs.

Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire

The week started with a double for local angler Kyle Crossan when he bagged a 10lb 4oz rainbow on a Goldhead Daddy fished with a fast retrieve just under the surface. He continued to get loads of follows and takes before bagging another 8lb 12oz rainbow. This set the pattern for the rest of the week with loads of offers and fish seen chasing, but once again anglers finding it challenging to land the fish. Another big fish was landed by Mike Needham from Liverpool, weighing in at 7lb 4oz. Fish were mostly going for small nymphs, wets and dries with Greg Donaldson doing really well fishing a Muddler and Kate McLaren combination from a boat. The fish were generally in the top two to three feet of water, with a lot showing on the surface. Some of most successful patterns this week were Hopper, Spider, Diawl Bach, Hare’s Ear, Damsel and the occasional lure. Fishing was looking good towards the end of the week with quite a few anglers getting bag limits although things slowed a little with the muggy weather on Sunday.

England Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 15th, 2016

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Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

The individual winners of the TEFF heat on Saturday were 1st James Stephenson, 2nd Lee Wilkinson and 3rd Craig Compton. The Pairs qualifiers were Lee Wilkinson and Connor Metcalf. The 'Oddfellows' Fishing Club had their friendly competition on Sunday and John Pringle won with the heaviest bag weighing 11lb 10oz. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club members are meeting on Sunday July 17 at 9.30am in the lodge.. Paul Little will be demonstrating different knots in the morning and fishing in the afternoon. Cost is £20 which includes fishing permit, tuition and lunch. A reminder of the Open day at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday August 13 with APGAI and GAIA qualified casting instructors, demonstrations, one to one instruction, advice and tips. Everyone welcome, £15 per person, £10 for under 16s. Advisable to book by contacting Barry Michell on 01670 518618 or 07979 023301, or contact the fishery.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire

For the week July 4 – 10 the 143 anglers caught 513 fish of which 373 were returned. Elinor continues to fish much better than usual for mid July helped by cooler water temperatures. Boat and bank anglers enjoyed good dry fly sport. Mornings continue to be best with lots of fish on the top until slowing down around 2pm. Damsels are the main food source. Fish are taking nymphs and adults. A few mayfly continue to hatch and on some days there have been good numbers of flying ants which the trout seem to love. Best fish 10lb 2oz for Andy Lane, from Hammersmith, on a Brown Shipman’s; 7lb 2oz and 6lb 4oz for Mike Brassett, Nether Heyford, from the boat; 6lb 13oz to John Wright, Spalding, on an Olive Shipman’s. Best bank areas are coarse bank, east arm, boat bay. Best boat areas are west arm, east arm, pylon point. Best patterns Olive/Hare’s Ear CdC, Olive/Brown Shipman’s, Daddy, Fraser Nymph, Olive Cruncher, Damsel Nymph, dry Damsel.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire

Fishing For Fun enjoyed a couple of day’s boat fishing and hospitality recently and 16 anglers caught a total of 109 fish. During the last week the Leicestershire bank has fished very well with a good many bank anglers catching on Buzzers and Crunchers.

Tom Muirie, from Tixove, a relative newcomer to the sport, enjoyed a quick brush-up with his casting technique and then further enjoyed an hour’s boat fishing anchored in Dogwood Bay. Tom fished a floating line set-up with two Daddies and immediately missed several good takes before setting the hook and landing a feisty hard-fighting 2lb rainbow. Season ticket holder Richard Watson of Marston Trussell released 12 rainbows on a Cruncher variant pattern.  Tim Brook of North Kilworth enjoyed a belated fathers day gift from his son Chris, a three-hour fishing tutorial with Eyebrook’s Andy Miller.Boat fishing on a very blustery day, Chris managed to catch a rainbow trout on a Daddy but unfortunately the fish eluded Tim’s fly. Farhan Adam of Evington and his son Hish caught four rainbows on Diawl Bachs from Mucky Bay. Mid Northants Fly Fishers enjoyed their recent Eyebrook boat competition where a total of 18 rods caught 64 fish, returning a rod average of 3.51. Senior warden Jobe Burnham successfully landed a 26lb pike on a fly this week.

The Eyebrook half season permits are now available. For prices and more information call the fishing lodge on 01536 772930 or online at www.eyebrook.com

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Another excellent week with plenty of fish caught and the rod average increasing to 7.49. The best bainbow of the season so far was a superb 6lb 12oz specimen landed by Mr Cox. Fish are showing almost everywhere, succumbing to differing methods and style, although predominantly up in surface layers of water, particularly when there is cloud cover. The pin fry still appear to be the main target for fish with snails, daphnia and shrimp also being common food items. Popular boat areas seem to be Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat. Drifting through the middle has produced many fish this week and is often worth a try if you are struggling for takes. Methods fishing well include back drifting with Snakes and tubes (in the surface layers), floating lines (washing-line style) with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs. There have also been some fantastic bags caught on dry flies throughout the day.

Bank fishing is much the same as last week and some very good fish have been landed. A brace of five pounders were taken by Mr Stern and a 6lb specimen was caught by Mr Dean. Some good advice is to try Shrimp patterns in the heat of the day for a chance of some fish close in, though wading out into deeper water is becoming a must in some places. The Seat has seen a few fish landed lately if you are feeling up to the walk, although the dam is the place to be.

Anglers can now enjoy a cooked breakfast at the Harbour View Restaurant above the fishing lodge.

Congratulations to Alice Davies and Enid Edwards who made some great decisions to win the Scierra Pairs on July 9. The pair took 16 fish for 42lb 9oz (including 7lb time bonus). Second were Trevor Davies and Simon Thuriwell with 16 fish for 40lb 10oz (including 6lb time bonus) and third Yvonne Webb and Simon Lehane with 16 fish for 40lb 2oz (including 3lb 8oz time bonus).

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

Season ticket holder Richard Williams loves to fish nymphs from a drifting boat and on Sunday he had 16 fish in a morning session, many weighed around 3lb. However, the same tactics only yielded two fish earlier in the week. Richard’s experience is a reflection of current tactics – there is no logic to the changing feeding habits of the fish but when they are ‘on’ both bank and boats are fishing extremely well. The weather is still influencing the fishing. One minute fish are up in the water and feeding hard on fry, snails, shrimp and buzzer. Then the next minute they are down in the water totally disinterested. Pip Jeffs fished the bank with wet flies and a floating line and had his limit in no time. David Mullens, who is relatively new to the sport, had two nice fish on Shrimp patterns. The fish are still in the upper layers and floating or slow glass lines are all that is necessary. Crunchers, Hare’s Ears, Shrimp and FABs are the best patterns.

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire

Given the amount of rain and cloud the trout lake is still fishing well in the day. The fish are at two levels at least. A floating line with a Cat’s Whisker allowed to swing around in the wind and twitched back is working well. Or a medium sinking line with lures on will work. The boats are producing best results. Use dry fly after 4pm if it is overcast, Hoppers and midge imitations are best.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

Anglers have experienced mixed fortunes with the wind making fishing difficult mid week. The fish are high up in the water, so floating lines with small dries such as Hoppers, Klinkhamers and CdCs have been working well. The washing-line with small Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Buzzers or Damsel Nymphs are working as well. Mick Griffin had a brilliant morning fishing on Sunday. Using small dries from an anchored boat he caught and return 14 fish, several of which were around 4lb. Jamie Blaney also had a good morning on Sunday, catching 12 fish on CdC Buzzers on a floating line. The bank is also producing fish to the same methods. Best boat area is the main bowl. Best bank areas are the dam, platforms 4, 5 and 6.

Rutland Water, Rutland

Boat anglers are taking the majority of fish. The strengthening wind during the week, blowing in a westerly direction, put paid to the Normanton shoreline for bank anglers although other areas did produce fish, particularly Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Sykes Lane (Stockie Bay), Carrot and Barnhill Creek. Boat anglers did well in the main basin with many fish caught along the Normanton shoreline and Sykes Lane. The bottom of the arms produced a number of fish for those few that went down there with dries doing very well with corixa and shrimp and pin fry feeders. Ken Webb of Norwich took the best brown at 5lb 15oz from the bottom of the South Arm. A Snake pattern accounted for two large browns, one of 5lb 11oz for Alan Ayres and the other at 5lb 6oz for Dan Offen of Sutton Coldfield. John Slavin travelled south from his Scottish home to enjoy a week’s fishing and had many quality rainbows, including around a dozen over 3lb and browns of 4lb-plus. Only twice during the week did John record less than an eight fish limit.

Rich Cooper won the eighth week of the Tuesday Night Boat League. He recorded eight fish in Manton Bay, all falling to a Big Red dry fly. He also managed the biggest fish of the evening to win the mid week boat and to earn five additional points to the 10 points he notched up for winning on the night. Keith Jones took second place with five fish and Adi Naylor was third with four fish. Rich now leads the league with 55 points, followed by Ziggy Lesiakowski 36 pts; Keith Jones 31; Adi Naylor 26; Kerry Richardson 22; Chris Evans 17.

The English Disabled Flyfishers match on Wednesday July 6 saw the 19 anglers take 71 fish for a rod average of 3.73. Trevor Ashby of Wing won the main prize for the biggest fish, an impressive 4lb 2oz brown.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Trout in lake one at the catch and keep end are taking Damsels, Daddies and Cat’s Whiskers, with Sedge taking a few in the evening. At the brown trout end, fish slower and deeper with Buzzers. Sport on lake two was all down deep last week on Zonkers, Snakes and Bblobs but since a night of heavy rain on Tuesday surface activity has resumed. Shuttlecock Buzzers, CdCs, Wulffs and Grey Buzzers drifted were scoring well. In the evening big fish have been seen jumping and bolting after fry. They are also still in the margins. On lake three fish are down deep and Danny hooked, saw and lost his first high double-figure grown-on fish. Upgrade the 13lb tippet to 15lb for next assault!

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending July 8 the 96 rods caught 310 trout for a rod average of 3.23. A better turnout this week with dries still the standout method. Sport has been good for both boat and bank anglers fishing over the top of the weed beds waiting for fish to come up for the fly. The rainfall and breeze has served to keep the water temperatures sensible and anglers have really benefitted from this, with hard-fighting well-mended fish featuring in returns. Fiery brown and olive emerger type patterns seem to be the way forward. The Suspender Buzzer has been a great fly too, it's foam head making it a low maintenance pattern and as such is easy to float again after catching a fish. Sport has been consistent both through the day and in the evening with a cast and walk approach the most effective. Travel light, put your essentials in a waistcoat or small bag and allow yourself to move freely. Best fish caught and released this week at 10lb-plus to Jim Turner on an Orange Shipman’s. Towards the end of the week Martin Rowson found a few fish to a Pink Snake fly showing that the larger patterns can be worth a go to stir things up a little.

West House Trout Lakes, Cleveland 


Unsettled weather at the moment means the fishing keeps changing all the time. Plenty of fish being caught on the surface, especially in the evenings. West House is open every evening until 9pm. Big stocking planned before this weekend. On Saturday August 6 there will be a tagged fish event and the lakes will be stocked with a number of tagged fish. Catch a tagged fish to win a prize including rods, day tickets etc. Some excellent catches this week including a nice rainbow of 10lb 10oz caught on a Black Buzzer by Kevin Postill. Nigel Winters caught 15 fish on a selection of dries and Buzzers, the best being a fish of 8lb. Jonathon Dixon of Cumbria, making his first visit to the fishery, caught 19 fish mainly on dries including a nice brown trout of 6lb. Best flies
are Black Buzzers, Black Hopper, Bloodworms, Damsels, Shipman’s, CdC patterns

The lakes are now open from 8am until 9pm every day.
Free tea and coffee is now available from the lodge for anglers.

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

The changeable weather conditions has meant for a quiet week with just 44 anglers fishing the lakes. Those anglers who did fish enjoyed some great top of the water action and returned a decent rod average of 3.5. Only one angler, J. Campbell, managed the 15 fish bag limit with all other anglers in single figures. D. Pugh was just short with a catch of nine fish, then E. Carmichael, A. Roe, R. Hill and F. Walton all had bags of eight fish each. The best fish of the week was a lovely 5lb specimen caught by D. Pugh and a hard-fighting 4lb rainbow caught by I. Joplin. Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Damsels and Blobs have caught the most fish. A few anglers have been taking advantage of the later opening time with longer afternoon sessions and the four-hour evening ticket. The 9am opening runs through July and is Monday to Friday only. The weather forecast is for temperatures to stay warm through the week and quite humid, which should help bring on some more hatches and keep the top of the water action busy.