What’s in My Flybox?

Pressure of space meant that we had to hold the following segment back from the Ledcrieff & Lairds Trout Fisheries feature in the latest issue of Trout Fisherman, which hits the newsstands today.

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Colin Shepherd [the Ledcrieff regular who kindly helped us out on our visit] talks haemorrhoids, Genghis Khan and other favourite flies…

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1.   Rubber-legged Damsel

“This is my own design and it does well at Ledcrieff. It’s loaded with ‘triggers’ – the legs, the bit of sparkle in the body and the bead that gives it an up and down movement when you retrieve it.”

2.  The Genghis

“Some west coast guys who I met at Butterstone Loch came up with it but they had a yellow and white tail on theirs. I think the reason they called it The Genghis Khan was to do with the black and green colouring but I can’t tell you more than that!  

“The body is mixed in with a few bits of tinsel and a guinea fowl hackle underneath it, Diawl Bach style, then a gold bead and some black seal fur near the bead to spike it up so it looks like legs.”

3.  Midge

“This is my fly when the fish are on caenis – tying thread body, Coq de Lyon tail and a bit of white Aero Dry Wing. I have a lollypop stick with bits of Velcro strips stuck on either end: I apply some Gink to the Aero Wing with the fluffy Velcro, squeeze it with amadou, and fluff up the Aero Wing with the stubbly Velcro. It will sit on the water for hours.”

4.  Humungus variant

“I bought a few of these when I was down at Rutland, as I’d gone down expecting to fish Buzzers but had to change method. I did well with it at Carrot Creek there and it’s also proved popular with pike! I think the silver Flashabou underbelly attracts them.”

5.  Egg-laying Blob

“I don’t fish this one much but it has good memories. In 2010 [TF 403] I sent a thing to TF’s Fly-Master called The Blobble – a Blob with a small pom-pom dangling from its bottom by a piece of nylon. The person judging it called it “a Blob with haemhorroids” but added that it would certainly rattle the rainbows. After that, other people cottoned on and I was up at Kingennie and guys were using these egg-laying Blobs, with a bead nestling in the Blob, so it sits facing downwards when fished under a bung and the fish come and hit them.”

 

Trout Fisherman Troutmasters Reports w/e November 18

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolkimg_6659

A decent week’s fishing even though the weather was interchangeable. Bank and boats fishing well with fish being caught from most areas of the lake. Washing-line tactics with floater or midge-tip working along with intermediate lines and mini lures. Fish were rising on calmer days with Cat’s Whiskers having the best results. On Sunday December 11 Blackdyke is hosting a Fur and Feather event for a maximum of 20 anglers. Entry is £20 including lunch. Eyebrook tackle shop will be in attendance and offering prizes. Call 07525 730447 for details or to sign up.

 

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

Malcolm Halliman from Newcastle was delighted with a 6lb 8oz rainbow he caught using a Black Dancer. He just beat his friend Bev Tynan from North Shields who caught a 6lb 6oz rainbow on a Yellow dancer. Lovely fish in the 3lb to 7lb bracket coming to the net this week. Fish are in the first four foot of water and depending on weather conditions and time of day dries are working but mainly lures and Bloodworms. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday November 19 at 9.30am in the fishing lodge. Everyone welcome to come along. Entry £20 includes fishing, tuition and lunch. The fishery is open as usual to all anglers on this day. The first heat of the Fritz ‘n’ Flies Competition is being held on Sunday November 20, anyone wishing to take part please ring Jim Tuck on 07985 232437 after 6pm or the fishery 01668 215226. Only one lake is being used for the competition, two lakes available to fish for everyone else. Gift vouchers available from the fishery. Closing at 4.30pm this week.

 

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside

There has been a real mixture of all types of weather at Kingennie this week, and that has been reflected in the returns. Overall it has been a very positive week, which has seen water levels rise to almost perfect conditions, although clarity has been struggling occasionally. The Boathouse Pool has again fished well with most anglers catching decent numbers. Mr Fleming took four fish for 13lb and returned a further 11, mainly on a Yellow Dancer. Mr Purvis also did well taking four fish for 12lb 8oz and returning six. The Diawl Bach worked its magic for Mr McHaddie who returned 18 fish on a catch/release option, while Mr Riddell returned 15. Methods and patterns were very varied and the best results were obtained by those who changed and adapted to the altering conditions.

On the Burnside Pool there has been substantial surface activity which several anglers used to full advantage. Mr Rutherford released an impressive 21 fish; Mr Low wasn’t far behind with 16; Ken Jones had 15 and Mr Sutherland took two fish for 4lb 12oz and released at least another dozen. Anything from lures, through Squirmies and Cat Bugs to Buzzers and dries have all worked at some stage.

Powerbait and spinners have again ruled on the Woodside Pool (any legal method) with most anglers catching. The Harris party took six rainbows for a total weight of 11lb and the Laings had six for 10lb 12oz.

Repairs to the Bankside Pool have been completed, together with some substantial excavations. Water-levels are now perfect and the silt is beginning to fine out. Restocking will be carried out within the next couple of weeks with a view to reopening around Saturday December 10.

 

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

The weather conditions have helped with the sport, and fish are also fighting harder in the colder water, which suits them better. They do come on and go off throughout the day, depending on weather, but there is plenty of good sport to be had for those who venture onto the water. Intermediate lines are best as fish go down deeper. They won’t be chasing much so slower tactics often do best. Best flies to use are colourful in white, lime and orange. Over the week plenty of fish were reported. Mark Bell had 23, Barry Ward had 12, Tom Anderson had 10, Jamie Arthur nine, Chris Johnston had 13 with a cracking fish of 13lb, Andrew More had 12, Neill Smith had a 4lb fish in his returns and Willie McRobbie had a fish of 5lb 15oz. Others were returned with some fish ranging from 4lb to 8lb.

The Glenbuies Flyfishing club Xmas Bash in aid of club funds will be held on December 27 at the Glen of Rothes. Open to all anglers with a limit of 40 places, 9am start. Cost £30 which includes lunch. Prizes include a Hardy rod worth £400-plus for the winner, second £75 plus FNF fly-tying materials and leader, third £25 plus two H. Morgan DVDs and leader. Also prize for heaviest fish and other prizes plus a fantastic raffle, kindly donated by local businesses and individuals. Tickets are £1 per strip and can be bought from any club member or the Glen of Rothes. Closing date for entrants is December 18. To book a place contact J. Rhind on 07746 587516, G. Gormley on 07823 539161, N. Smith on 07549 236241 or Glen of Rothes on 01340 831888.

 

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Two anglers stand out from the crowd this week, each with a fantastic bank haul. Firstly Mr Ward managed a fantastic 15 fish from the bank during his day out. Keith Jones continues his tremendous run of form with an incredible 18 fish. Generally speaking the quick change in weather conditions has seen fishing steady with a respectable rod average of 4.61 for the week. The rapidly changing conditions have seen boat fishing toughen up. Good days are still being had by those targeting fry feeders in deeper water and by those anglers fishing close to the shore with Shrimp patterns in shallower water. It is also useful to have lures in the box to tempt the fish to pull. Now the clarity is coming back into the water it may be worth boat fishing each spot for a longer time period to allow the swim to settle down.

Some fantastic bank fishing is being had, predominantly around the north shore. However, areas fishing well now include Perry Point, the Seat, Mander car park and the Harbour Arms – so all well worth a try. Methods are much the same as last week although many anglers are catching well on lures when things start to slow down. Currently the most productive fishing is early in the mornings or late afternoons.

Just a reminder that the Harbour View Café is open mid week 8am to 3pm and 11am to 4pm at the weekend.

Now a lot more anglers are wading, we would like to reiterate the wash down procedures. It is absolutely essential that you wash down after your session finishes and we suggest fully drying all your equipment after use to help stop the spread of the non-native killer shrimp. Thank you all for your co-operation.

 

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

The lochs are now closed for the season and will reopen next year.

 

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire

Last week 57 rods caught 269 fish for an average of 4.72. A good week on the Cocks Close pool with plenty of fish being caught to a variety of tactics and some nice fish coming out too. The largest fish of the week was a 12lb rainbow caught by regular angler Rod Lacey of Nuneaton who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He fished a Diawl Bach on a floating line that also tempted another 24 fish that were all safely returned. Ian Reeve and M. Currall of Rugby shared a boat on Cocks Close and caught 19 fish between them including fish of 5lb 9oz and 4lb 12oz with Montana Nymph, Cat’s Whisker and Black Buzzers. Another regular Dave Bratby of Birmingham, who always fishes from the bank, had a couple of good days last week catching 10 fish to 8lb on the best day and these fell to a Bloodworm pattern fished on a long leader and floating line. Mick Hill of Birmingham also caught 10 from the bank and these all came to an Okey Dokey pattern fished on a floating line. The best areas have been the old boat jetty corner, high bank and sandbank of Cocks Close. Park Meadow has been quiet but a few fish are being caught around the dam wall area. Best flies are Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Diawl Bach, GRHE, Bloodworm, Minkies and Goldhead Damsels.

 

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

Pitsford has continued to fish well from both bank and boat with some good backend fish to be had. The rod average for the week is 2.9. Plenty of quality browns have been reported and although out of season, these fish are giving great sport when hooked. Please take care and return all browns. Shrimp and fry patterns are best from both bank and boat.

Pitsford hosted the popular annual Fur and Feather Pairs boat match on Sunday when the 42 anglers caught 124 fish for a rod average of 3, with seven of the pairs catching their 10-fish limit. The match was won by Rob Edmunds and Gary Geoghan with 10 fish for 20lb 11oz. Pip Jeffs and Ashley Cooper took second place with 10 fish for 19lb 13oz. Father and son the Davis Boys were third with 10 fish for 18lb 11oz.

 

Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire

The trout lake is fishing well using black and green lures and dries. Best dries and midge patterns and Griffiths Gnats. Many good bags also coming to Black Buzzers on a floating line. Trout lake is open seven days this week. From Sunday November 20 the lake will be open Saturdays and Sundays, and after a few requests from anglers, will also open on a Wednesday until Christmas.

 

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

Anglers have enjoyed great sport from both the bank and the boats. Alan Duffin boosted his rod average for the season on Tuesday when he brought 16 fish to the bank on a Minkie fished on a floating line off Mongers Bank. Alan returned on Thursday to catch another six fish on Minkies and Buzzers. Dave McSeveney fished from a boat in the same area on Friday and caught 15 fish on a Pink Blob. Pike fishing has been quite slow this week with only a few smaller fish caught, although Mr Butler had a 10lb rainbow on a whole mackerel whilst fishing for pike.

 

Rutland Water, Rutland

Anglers who put in the effort were rewarded with fish in several areas last week. Season ticket holder Martin Hearth caught four fish off the peninsula, while Rutland Water senior ranger Andy Ainscough caught four rainbows on small floating fry. The Old Disabled Bay also saw fish being caught, along with Whitwell and Ernies Point where Cameron Neil returned a quality brown, estimated at around 8lb. Dan Pitcher fished last Friday and caught and released three browns from the fishing lodge frontage. Although only a few anglers boat-fished last week, Rob Keber from Leicester had two good trips and plenty of sport, despite the colder weather. Rob had rainbows up to and around 3lb 8oz to 4lb. He also returned a 6lb-plus brown on his first visit. Rutland Water will host its popular Fur and Feather bank match on Sunday December 4. Please call the fishing lodge for more information on 01780 686441 (open 8am to 2pm, 7 days a week).

 

Swanswater Trout Fishery, Stirlingshire

All three ponds continue to fish extremely well with the fish still very active. The snow and frost midweek cooled the water temperature down to 3.5oC but it was back up to 6oC by the weekend. For most of the week the fish were all over the main pond with the bank from the dam to the boats the most productive at the start of the week. As the temperature rose towards the end of the week, the fish were also to be found moving up and down the channel with the island, roadside and far bay the best areas. A wide variety of tactics was successful with one or two fish taking dries on the surface and others taking six feet down. Buzzers, fished static, were taking fish, as were lures stripped back as fast as possible. Wet flies and nymphs fished with a moderate retrieve also attracted fish at certain times. The goldies are still being landed in large numbers and are giving anglers a lot of sport as they are very visible in the clear water. The Fishery is currently open every day from 8am to 4.30pm.

Alec Peachey, from Hamilton, caught three fish for 13lb including a 7lb 8oz rainbow, plus a brown returned; Ian Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 14lb 12oz plus four caught and released; Alan Brand, Edinburgh, five for 14lb, plus a brown returned; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 12lb; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 12lb 8oz including a 5lb rainbow, plus three fish returned including two browns; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 12lb 12oz; Davy Thomson, Alva, four for 12lb 8oz plus one caught and released; Allan Whitton, Stirling, four for 11lb 12oz; Alex Knox, Glasgow, three for 11lb 8oz; Cameron Brown, Stirling, three for 10lb 12oz including two golds, bigger one at 4lb 12oz, plus two caught and released; Jim Speirs, Falkirk, three golds for 10lb; Tommy Wilson, Alexandria, three for 9lb 8oz; Robert Nimmo, Stirling, three for 9lb 8oz, plus three caught and released; David McArthur, Falkirk, three golds for 9lb; Willie Walker, Falkirk, a gold and a blue for 6lb 8oz; Alex Britton, Bellshill, two for 6lb 8oz plus a brown returned; Tom Pate, Alloa, two golds for 6lb 4oz; Eddie Wells, Balerno, a 4lb gold; Jamie Sutherland caught and released 19 in two visits; Liam Dyet, Bathgate, caught and released 10.

 

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

On lake one all sorts of flies are catching on the catch and release end including Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers and Blobs. The brown trout section is now producing at least three browns a day mainly to small skinny naturals like PTNs, Diawl Bachs, GRHE and Crunchers. A few rising fish also tempted to dries such as Klinkhamers and CdCs. Lake two saw more surface activity but fish were being pretty selective. Most anglers caught on Buzzers, Montana and Diawl Bachs fished very slow, or Snakes and fry patterns fished the same. Browns also caught on here to the same methods. On lake three fish are being recorded daily now but they are much deeper and falling to Olive Damsels. There is another Orvis skills day here this Sunday.

 

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

The 2016 season returns indicate that over 7600 fish were caught from the two ponds (top pond 1500, bottom pond 6100). There were a total of 4800 recorded visits made up of 3400 permit holders and 1400 day tickets. The final rod average was 1.6 fish per visit. On the top pond 37 brown trout were caught and released demonstrating that the Association policy of mandatory return of all brown trout caught plus further stockings in the season to come, will provide a very good head of brown trout in future years. Insofar as Troutmasters badges are concerned, 20 badges were awarded to a number of permit holders and day ticket visitors, with vice president Ken Bowring achieving six badges in total. The Association was represented at the 2016 Troutmasters final at Grafham reservoir by Fisheries Treasurer, Colin Jones, who finished in a creditable 27th place out of 80 finalists.

 

Thrunton Trout Fishery

Bloodworms and various lures have been working well for anglers determined to enjoy their sport amidst showers and autumn sunshine. Some excellent sport and some good bags were had as anglers braved the elements with several fish still being caught on dries. Fish of the week was  caught and superbly released by Ian Callow from Dunbar – a 20+ rainbow from Coe Crag.

It was great to see such a  large number of juniors enjoying some excellent fly tyinginstruction from Paul Griffin in the Lodge on Saturday (right). Their talent and enthusiasm is always  impressive! Best bloodworm went to 12yr old Shaun Silk and best diawl bach went to 10 year old Charlie Cookson. A huge thank you to Paul, John Whitehall and Bob Smith for your help and support. 

·         Brad Mackie from Newcastle brought 11 to the net from both lakes on Bloodworms

·         Ali Tait from Morpeth returned 8 from the bank & 19 from the boat on 2  visits this week on bloodworms and various other flies with 3 at 9lb

·         Davy Kay from Morpeth enjoyed 3 sessions releasing 12, 6 & 9 from Coe Crag on Bloodworms and black lures

·         Craster angler Alex Ainslie enjoyed his session landing 10 on a black zonker

·         Darin Ferguson from Ashington had a good day returning 8 on diawl bachs and black zonkers to 10lb

·         Dunbar anglers R. Thomson and Ian Callow used diawl bachs and blobs to net 10 and 9 with Ian landing the fish of  the week at an estimated 20lb+

·         Willie Emery from Newbiggin  found various lures to be very successful returning 13 back to Long Crag

·         Alan Stead from Blyth enjoyed his day  netting 9 on bloodworms and an ace of spades to 10lbs

·         Pete Davison from New Hartley returned 13 from both lakes on blobs

·         Rob Frame from West Denton used bloodworms to bring 14 to the net

·         Stu Younger from Blyth also used bloodworms to return 12 from both lakes 

Flies of the Week:-  amber, red, yellow and olive Bloodworms, diawl bachs, zonkers, damsels, the occasional dry fly and various lures 

Fishery Hours Open Daily 8.30am – 4.30pm

 

Trout Fisherman Troutmasters Reports w/e October 28

Wimg_6659hile we’re waiting for the magazine’s new website to go live, these reports will be posted on the TF blog here at Taunted By Waters.

The following relate to w/e October 28:

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Thanks to everyone that came to our small open day. What a weekend of excellent fishing with 39 fish caught and some anglers, including Martin Smith, catching in double numbers. Floating lines best off the bank with Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels seeming to work best. Restocking again on Wednesday October 26. As from November 1 the two-fish four hour catch and release ticket price will be increasing from £15 to £18. No further price changes. OAPs still £15, four fish all day ticket still £25, Wheelyboat £10 and row boats £5.

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been quite deep this week with lures and Bloodworms working best. Many fish in the 4lb to 9lb bracket have been coming to the net. Robert Hedley from Morpeth caught rainbows of 9lb 4oz and 5lb 4oz. He kept five fish for 20lb 5oz and returned a further four. Brian Graham from Seahouses was delighted with a lovely 3lb rainbow. Colin Blakey from Ponteland caught a 5lb 3oz rainbow from Chatton Lake on a small Damsel. John Brown from Ashington caught seven fish (four hour ticket) using a black lure and Bloodworm. Peter Davison from New Hartley caught 18 fish on a mixture of flies. Ali Tait from Morpeth caught 16 fish. Robert Hall from Morpeth caught 10 fish on a Hare’s Ear and Yellow Dancer. G. Fisher from Annfield Plain kept two fish and returned 11 using an Egg fly. Matty Divine from Hadson caught 18 fish, best being 9lb. Julian Bales from Wooler caught nine fish using green and black patterns. Closing at 6pm this week, stocking weekly.

Eyebrook Trout Fishery, Leicestershire
The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association Fur and Feather boat competition was held on Wednesday October 19, 2016 when 19 EDFF members fished Eyebrook for the last outing of the season. Although the day was breezy, with a brisk northerly wind, thankfully the rain did not make an appearance. A couple of days earlier the wind had been in a better quarter, and the rod average was much higher, but with the cooler and stronger wind, the fish seemed harder to come by. There were a few blanks, and most anglers came back with hardluck stories of fish that had got away. Top rod for the day was Horace Wood with five fish landed. The rod average for the 19 anglers was only 1.5, but would have been a lot higher if all the missed fish had stuck. Harold Pritchett caught the heaviest fish, a rainbow weighing 2lb 7oz. Syngenta held their annual corporate event at the fishery and the eventual winner of this event was Gareth Debenham with six fish.
Pike fishing began at the beginning of the month with lures and sea deadbaits. One of the best fish caught weighed 20lb and was taken by Andy Baldock of Northampton on a lure. Sean Cahill caught a fine ‘mid teen’ pike on a lure, as did Adam Ford of Milton Keynes with a well-conditioned 16lb pike. Jobe Burnham caught a 13lb pike, and many other anglers caught good numbers of jacks. More recently a 25lb 10oz pike was caught on a floatfished dead bait by James Dawson.

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian
Cooler temperatures drove the fish into deeper water and intermediate lines were needed to achieve any chance of a fish, although some did persist with floating lines and even dry fly, taking a few fish on milder days. That’s the nature of flyfishing and being able to adjust as temperatures change quickly overnight. Overall though its been a good week of fishing with good numbers being caught and lures now taking over from smaller flies. Slater Scott had 21 fish, Alec Beattie had 17, Graham Murray had 11 and included a nice blue of 4lb, Jimmy Rhind had 20 with a cracking fish of 9lb, Neill Smith had 10, Frank Kendall had a fish of 7lb 11oz and Eddie Kane had eight including fish of 7lb 2oz and 4lb 7oz. Best flies have been Yellow Dancers, White Fritz and black and green lures. A lot of blues being caught now and they fight hard at this time of year. The Glen is open all year round, even when there is ice about there is always plenty of open water for fishing. There will be a Club open competition on December 27 with good prizes including a Hardy rod. This event is open to everyone and is in aid of club funds. Lunch is included.
 
Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian
With the weather holding the lochs will stay open as long as possible before finally closing for the season. Fishing has been decent with a good mix of browns and rainbows caught. All fish are in top quality condition, which bodes well for next season.  

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 75 rods caught 295 fish for an average of just under four per rod. The fishing continues to improve with plenty of fish being caught on both Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools. The largest fish of the week was an 8lb 14oz rainbow caught by Mr M. Currall of Rugby who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the biggest in an 11 fish catch and they came to Diawl Bachs and Cat’s Whiskers. Mr Currall’s boat partner Ian Reeve from Rugby also had a good day, catching eight fish to 4lb 12oz on similar patterns. Dave Bratby of Birmingham is currently enjoying good success on the bank of Cocks Close and his best day last week saw him catching 14 fish to 4lb 8oz using small Goldhead Cat’s Whiskers on a floating line. Ray Inman of Birmingham fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught 22 fish to 6lb which all came to a Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate line. The fish are still shoaling on Cocks Close with the old boat jetty corner and the high bank the best areas last week. On Park Meadow, the fish are more spread with the dam wall the top area. Best patterns have been Cat’s Whisker, Diawl Bach, Bloodworm, Pheasant Tail, Black Buzzer and White Minkies.

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
If you’ve not been fishing at Swanswater this week then you have missed out on some superb autumn weather and some excellent fishing. The golds continue to provide fantastic sport, and an element of frustration as they can often be seen in the clear water turning away just before they take the fly. Water clarity is excellent and conditions are very good all round. The fish were well spread out and were generally in the top two feet. Fish are still being seen, and occasionally taken on the top of the water which is unusual for this time of year. At the weekend there were signs that the fish were going a wee bit deeper as the day went on, mostly due to the cold east wind. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Buzzer, Cat’s Whisker, Cormorant, Damsel, Hopper, Viva and various wet flies, with a few fish being taken on dry flies on the small ponds. The fishery is open 8am to 6pm every day.
Rab Bonar, from Alloa, caught three fish for 15lb including a 9lb 4oz rainbow; Andy Tervit, Paisley, a 9lb rainbow; Michael Morhulec, Crossgates, two fish for 10lb 14oz including a 7lb 10oz rainbow; Alan Birrell, five for 18lb 4oz including a 6lb 8oz rainbow; Greig Donaldson, Alloa, three golds for 10lb 12oz; Frank Barr, Falkirk, in two outings, eight for 24lb 4oz plus four caught and released; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 12lb 12oz; Robert Anderson, Longrigg, five for 12lb plus 16 caught and released; Stuart Irvine, Wrexham, four for 12lb 12oz; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 12lb 8oz; E. Canon, four for 12lb 12oz plus two caught and released; Rab Nimmo, four for 11lb 12oz plus two browns caught and released; Gregor Bulloch, Polmont, three for 10lb 10oz; Brian Fyfe, Cowdenbeath, three for 10lb 8oz; Allan Burke, Falkirk, three for 10lb plus two caught and released; David Black, Lochgelly, three for 9lb 12oz plus two caught and released; Alan Harvey, Renfrew, three for 9lb 12oz; Peter Paterson, Menstrie, two for 6lb 8oz; Rab Smith, Falkirk, two for 8lb; Marius Botezatu, Stirling, four for 11lb; Brian Eadie, Stirling, four for 8lb 8oz from the small ponds, plus seven caught and released; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, two golds for 7lb 4oz; Keith Murphy, Bannockburn, two for 7lb; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 20.

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Both ends of Three Springs (lake one) are producing lots of fish. The browns are now fully out of summer slumber and been caught most days now to Black Snakes, Damsels and black nymphs. Some stunning evening activity and bolting fish. Muddlers fished at dusk giving great sport on here. Lake two is producing to dries, Klinkhamers, CdCs, Daddies and Hoppers one day, and the next fish are taking fry patterns, Damsels, Dancers, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus etc. Very lively hard-fighting fish and marginal big browns to stalk. Stalking pool tactics all deeper down for big residents.

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending October 21, the 97 anglers caught 356 fish for a rod average of 3.7. Fishing remains good although anglers are perhaps required to do a little more work for them. As the water clears further the fish have become a little more picky so it pays to have a stealthy and varied approach. A key piece of advice is to keep moving, don’t stay rooted to a spot for too long. If nothing is doing within 20 minutes or so then have a move or change your point fly. Successful flies are Boobies, FABS and Minkie/fry patterns for the point, with a Buzzer, Diawl Bach or Cruncher for the dropper. Fish are actively fry feeding so watch out for them. A few fish out around 4lb this week, Horncastle angler John Golland landing a nice fish of 4lb and best of the week at 4lb 4oz to K. Masling on a fry pattern.

Witton Castle Lakes
Anglers who enjoy their sport and are willing to put in the effort have had some reward, even with conditions against them. N. Puncheon took a bag of four fish while B. Richardson, D. Williams and A. Clark all caught three fish each. As for the best fish of the week – a number of anglers have been catching fish in the 3 to 3lb 8oz range. Flies finding success this week, were Buzzers and CdC varieties. With temperatures lifting a little and with light winds this should help improve the chances this week.

Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The bottom pond has produced some very good fishing for boat users during this week. Craig Bowles and Shaun Cotterell both took catch and release limits, with Shaun having previously landed four fish from an earlier session alongside boat partner Keith Higgins. Keith caught a total of 11 fish from his two boat tickets. Regular boat user Ken Pascoe caught seven fish with the same total being achieved by Hugh Davies. Dave Smith landed six fish with three fish being recorded by Lindsey Kirkwood. Ian Oxley also found fish on his boat ticket. Around the banks of the bottom pond Ken Pascoe added another two fish to his boat total with Dave Arlotte catching two fish on successive days. Ken Bowring landed three fish with Steve Curtis, James Francis, John Edwards and Chris Daniel also finding the bottom pond productive. On the top pond, Gwyn Davies used a Corixa fly to good effect taking two fish over 2lb from the shallow waters around Swan Bay whilst fish were also landed by Brian Wareham, Ken Bowring, Roger Martin, Martin Rees and Jeff Wilson. Most effective flies on the bottom pond were Grey Hoppers and Shipman’s Buzzers, while, with the exception of Gwyn Davies, most fish landed from the top pond were caught on lures and sinking lines.
At the weekend the bottom pond provided the better fishing, with brothers Arthur and Les Murphy each landing two fish. James Francis found fish in Farmhouse Bay using a PTN and Diawl Bach, while Adrian Connor used a Black Buzzer to take a trout around 2lb from Pipe Bay. Members are reminded that the reservoirs close on Monday October 31 and are anticipated to reopen for the 2017 season on the first Saturday of March (4th). The post season work party has been arranged for Saturday November 5 from 10am onwards with the AGM set for Thursday November 17 at Risca RFC commencing at 7.30pm. Members will receive notices of the meeting around the end of October.

Trout Fisherman Troutmasters Reports w/e October 21

Wimg_6659hile we’re waiting for the magazine’s new website to go live, these reports will be posted on the TF blog here at Taunted By Waters.

The following relate to w/e October 21:

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk

An excellent week’s fishing since the last restock. Floating lines are best at the moment. Boats very successful with the bank proving to be a little harder. Fish are taking off the top. Cat’s whiskers, dries and a variety of Blobs seem to be the favourite but fish are responding well to almost anything. A total of 85 fish were caught throughout the week. A 4lb rainbow was amongst the mix and was caught by Simon Smith. On Sunday October 23, Eyebrook tackle shop will be on site and there will be a small open day with raffle prizes and food served all day.

 

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

The easterly winds made sport more challenging this week but sport has improved greatly over the weekend. The fish of the week was a 10lb rainbow, caught and returned to Chatton lake by George Burton from Ashington. He caught it on a Fiery Dancer. Simon Robinson from Newcastle caught 14 fish on Bloodworms and Cat’s Whiskers. Stu Younger from Blyth returned 13 fish using FABs. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 12 fish using lures. Brian Davis from Dudleuy caught nine fish on Blobs. Gordon Swain from Dipton kept one fish and returned nine using lures. Ali Tait from Morpeth caught 17 fish. Ken Glenton from Ashington caught nine fish using Blobs and Bloodworms. David Astbury from Embleton kept two fish and returned 14 using Bloodworms and a Cat’s Whisker. Busha Keys from Belford had his best free day’s fishing (using his full loyalty card) catching six fish in three hours. Best flies were Buzzers (olive, black and brown), Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, March Browns, Bloodworms, Damsels and lures (yellow and white or black). Reminder of our Junior Fly Fishing Taster Session being held in the October half term holiday on Tuesday October 25 – sessions from 10am to 12 or 1pm to 3pm, please ring 01668 215226 to book a place. The fishery will be closing at 6pm this week.

 

Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside

It has been a really changeable week with cold east winds and clear skies to start with followed by a couple of days of heavy rain. The rain did the whole fishery the world of good, pushing through lots of fresh cold water that really stirred up the fish. On Sunday there was a fundraising competition for the Scottish Stillwater Fly Fishing Team for their international in Wales coming up next week. The rain the days before were potentially going to make it hard with coloured water but it cleared through quickly and the competitors were met with fine conditions in the morning followed by some nasty showers in the afternoon. The fish clearly didn’t mind as by the end of the day the 17 competitors had landed an incredible 321 fish between them, giving a rod average of 18.8! Tyler Hay pushed ahead and finished first with a catch of 30 fish from seven pegs. Second was Kevin Neri with 24 fish from seven pegs. Third place was taken by Robert Mclay with 23 fish from seven pegs. There were 170 fish caught from the Boathouse and 151 from the Burnside. There were lots of big fish caught during the day with the best rainbow estimated at around 12lb with lots in the 5-8lb range, Chris McAllister had the best brown estimated at 5lb. The best method on the day was the bung with a mix of Squirmies, Cat Bugs and Blobs taking a lot of fish. Different coloured lures on a slow glass also did well.

The catches were fairly consistent all through the week on the fly ponds with all the usual methods taking fish. R. Soave had four for 9lb from the Burnside on a Nomad. Mr Wales put back 14 on a Black Blob in the Boathouse.

The Woodside is still fishing really well with the fish spread out all over the pond. This week the 71 anglers landed 129 fish for a total of 148lb with the best caught by Mr Chalmers weighing 6lb 6oz.

 

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire

Last week 56 rods caught 228 fish for an average of 4.07. The fishing has definitely improved over the past week with some cooler weather seeing the fish on the move more and responding well to various tactics.  Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Black Tadpole, Goldhead Damsel and Cat’s Whisker have been the top flies fished on floating or slow sinking lines. The largest fish was a 7lb-plus rainbow which was safely caught and released by regular visitor Dave Bratby of Birmingham who was fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. He tempted it on a small Black Buzzer fished on a floating line. Paul Flanner of Worcester fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released more than 20 fish to 5lb and these all fell to black and green nymphs. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton fished the Park Meadow pool and caught 13 fish to 5lb on a Diawl Bach on a floating line. Mr G. Fraser of Birmingham fished a short afternoon session on Cocks Close catching a total of seven fish and these all came to Black Buzzers. The best areas have been the high bank and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and the shallow water on the far side of Park Meadow.

 

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

Despite easterly winds, cool nights and periods of rain and drizzle, the fish were still in the top three feet of the water and the fishing remained pretty good all week. There was a lot of sport to be had with the golds chasing flies, with some anglers reporting seeing two or three fish at a time after the same fly. Small lures fished just under the surface on a fast retrieve were receiving a great deal of interest and were definitely the most productive method. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Damsel, PTN, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer and Bloodworm. The fish remained well spread out around Swanswater with as many caught downwind as upwind and the channel in front of the island being one of the better areas. The Fishery is still open from 8am to 6.30pm every day.

Les Cooper, from Dunblane, caught three fish for 11lb 4oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Rab Bonar, Alloa, five for 15lb 8oz; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 13lb 12oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 13lb; Billy Muir, Penicuik, five for 12lb 12oz plus three caught and released; John Kearney, Broxburn, four for 12lb 4oz plus eight caught and released; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 12lb 4oz plus three caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 12lb plus two caught and released;  Greig Donaldson, Alloa, four golds for 9lb 4oz; Willie Nyguist, three for 10lb 4oz; Robert Park, Lennoxtown, three for 9lb; Robert Nimmo, Stirling, a gold and a blue for 6lb 4oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 17 including a rainbow of around 8lb; Dave Pearson, Argyll, caught and released 10, including four brown trout.

 

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Lake one saw great fry-bashing all week with Cat’s Whiskers, Dancers, Nobblers and Baby Dolls producing fish. Also try a Minnow Muddler on the surface with fast strips, best at evening time. The other end of the lake for brown trout is all about deeper down black nymphs and Suspender Buzzers. Lake two is fishing well to Snakes and lures on all lines, and also to Daddies, Hoppers and Shipman’s as well as Suspender Buzzer or Sugar Cube Buzzer. Big browns to see along the margins daily now with some very big ones! Lake three fish are mainly deep and taking Snakes and leech-type patterns.

 

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week ending October 14 the 77 anglers caught 276 fish for a rod average of 3.6. Another good week with the rod average down a little but this was more down to shorter sessions rather than a slow down in the fishing – some heavy downpours often curtailed fishing time. The fish really are now in pre-winter feed-up mode and are fry bashing. You don’t need to stand for many seconds before you see some activity, especially around the usual fry hotspots of the boat ramp and valve tower areas. Season ticket angler Martin Rowson from Wrawby managed 37 fish up to 4lb-plus in his last two visits, using a Minkie/Booby and two Buzzers washing-line combo. The perch are also on song at the moment, with fish to 3lb reported. They really are worth catching on the fly and respond well to the same tactics as the trout. Toft is open seven days from 7.30am until at least mid December with a possibility of fishing right through this year. Let us know what you think.

 

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

After things picking up last week sport has been much quieter this week – no doubt due to the increased activity on the river with reports of large salmon being caught. Some dedicated and patient anglers did turn up to test the waters with the best angler of the week being T. Ross with a bag of four fish and also the best fish of the week with a fine 3lb rainbow. Black and Olive CdCs have been the most successful fly, along with Dawson’s Olive and a late appearance on the sheets for Snakes.

 

Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent

The top pond Road Bank has proved effective during the week, with some good catches being made. NRFFA committee members John Mcindo with two fish weighing in at 2lb 14oz and 2lb 10oz, Phil Harper with a trout of 2lb 11oz and Brian Wareham with a fish of 3lb 14oz, all used a combination of Cat’s Whisker and Booby lures, Another 3lb specimen was landed by new member Peter Dent. Roger Martin caught two fish, again from the Road Bank, with Ken Bowring adding another fish to three landed from the bottom pond. The bottom pond also saw Dave Arlotte catch three fish. A brace of trout went to Association president Martin Williams on the Association boats. Craig Bowles took a limit of eight fish including two good specimens of 3lb 2oz and 3lb. A three fish boat catch was also recorded by Shaun Cotterell and Lindsey Kirkwood. Members are reminded of the increased fish kill limit of a six fish total from the two ponds. At the weekend the top pond continues to provide the majority of catch returns, with general treasurer Gwyn Davies taking an excellent catch and release limit of eight fish when he fished around Swan Bay and along the Tump. Gwyn’s catch included a brown trout estimated at just under 2lb plus a rainbow of 2lb 8oz. All of his fish were caught on a Corixa pattern. The rest of the catches from the top pond came from around the Inlet with Roger Martin landing three fish and a two fish return being made by John Mcindo, Richie Young and Nigel Burge. Most effective method used included a sinking line plus a weighted lure, with Boobies and goldheaded Damsel Nymphs taking most fish. The bottom pond has proved far more challenging, and whilst plenty of fish can be seen in Pipe Bay and Farmhouse Bay most anglers have found them difficult to catch, the exception being Ken Bowring, who again used his vast experience to take two fish. The post season work party has been confirmed as Saturday November 5 from 10am onwards.

Thrunton Trout Fishery

There has been some cracking sport at Thrunton this week with zonkers, damsels and chaimois worms  working very well. With the changeable weather and cooling winds anglers have had to look slightly deeper for fish with the colour of the fly also being unpredictable from day to day. Some anglers have still been successful on buzzers and dries.

The fish of the week was safely returned by Alec Harvey  with a 16lb 4oz rainbow caught on a zonker. We again welcomed the Morpeth Trout Ticklers on Saturday with Barry Mitchell and his fellow coaches introducing 13 youngsters into the sport of Fly Fishing , they thoroughly enjoying their morning learning new skills. On Sunday we were visited by the Fishing for Heroes charity who enjoyed a Sunday roast and  instruction in the art of  Fly Fishing. Conditions were  wet and chilly and it was great to see all catching fish.  Thanks again to coaches, Lucy Bowden and Andy Richmond who did a sterling job!

 

Alec Harvey from Cramlington had ‘a fantastic day’ releasing 13 on damsels, zonkers, crunchers and worms to 16lb 4oz. Bedlington angler Bob Stewart had his ‘best day for years’ netting 13 on yellow dancers while Dennis Stephenson from Crawcrook found a cats whisker successful landing 11 from both lakes. Jim Smith from Blyth returned 10 from Long Crag on zonkers, montanas and buzzers and Steve Kelly from Guyzance enjoyed his first days fishing for almost a year returning 9 on buzzers and small black dries. Matty Devine from Hadston enjoyed 2 sessions this week  releasing 20 from both lakes on both visits including a stunning 6lb blue  and Newcastle angler Peter Forster released 13 from Long Crag on cast whiskers. Newbiggin anglers Willie Emery and Cecil Douglas enjoyed their session returning 16 and 10 on pink minkies and hoppers with Willie landing another double figure fish. Gregg Johnson from Ashington returned 12 from the boat on Long Crag on a white fritz. Consett anglers Anthony Meadows and Gordon Swain both had a good day returning 20 each on tequila blobs and various home tied flies. Mick Brown from Bedlington released 17 from Long Crag on buzzers and damsels. Lee Wilkinson and Connor Metcalf from Consett both netted 16 from both lakes on blobs, zonkers, chamois worms and damsels. Andy Richmond from Irvine returned 20 from both lakes on yellow chamois and black minkies while Howard Croston landed 10 on a black nymph including 7 browns. Mikey Fullerton and Eamon Looney from Consett landed 13 and 16 from both lakes on chamois worms, blobs and black bunny leechs.

 Fly Box:- damsels, buzzers, cats whiskers, blobs, yellow dancers, chamois worms, zonkers, fritz’s, minkies  and the occasional dry fly.

 There will be a Junior Pairs competition on Friday 28th October 2016 on Coe Crag from 9.00am – 12.00pm. Please check Junior section on website for more details.

 November 19th – Junior Fly Tying with Paul Griffin. Please contact the fishery to book your place or check the website

 Fishery Hours:- 8.30am – 6.00pm daily. Saturday – 5.00pm close

Fasting: an end to slim pickings?

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Pic courtesy of bark via Flickr

Most of us have a standby fly rod. Now it looks as though a rod you can stand behind undetected may be more to the point

I thought this look at flyfishing’s correlation with fasting might be a rare dip in Gink & Gasoline‘s high quality output but damn it if they haven’t got me thinking again, with their reflections on how positively the body compensates to a short period of digestive abstinence.

“My initial theory was this. If I am hungry when fishing, my natural predatory senses could be enhanced. My body needs food and my mind could be sharpening my senses to help me provide it, helping me spot fish and focus on catching them. After doing some reading, I think there’s merit in that idea but there may be more going on…”

A roll-call follows of feel-good, natural, legal substances released by the body when external substances disappear. You could get quite excited about the idea, until you remember that you’re reading this less than an hour after a rather good lunch.

Then again, if a ‘big-boned’ bon viveur like Ernest Hemingway can rhapsodise about the beneficial effects of writing on an empty stomach, in his excellent book A Moveable Feast, who am I to say what going lean and mean might do for your catch rate?

But this is not an undertaking to be, er, trifled with. While I know I write mainly for the Common Sense Generation, there should be moderation in all things and mention it to your doctor first if you have any existing medical conditions etc. You know the drill.

Trout Fisherman Troutmasters Reports w/e October 14

img_6659While we’re waiting for the magazine’s new website to go live, these reports will be posted on the TF blog here at Taunted By Waters.

The following relate to w/e October 14:

 

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk

An excellent weekend of fishing. Several anglers caught multiple fish with the best of the weekend going to Martin Smith who caught a 6lb rainbow on a Black Snake. Blobs, nymphs, Damsels and Dancers have all been successful. Water temperature dropping and conditions improving rapidly. Special thanks to Mo, Malcolm, John and Jim who are a huge asset to the fishery.

 

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

Due to the easterly winds anglers have had to work for their catches. Fish have been taking flies on a very slow retrieve, depth depending on the time of day. Buzzers (black or olive), nymphs, dries, Bloodworms and lures have been working well. Bill Lennox from Blyth was delighted with a 10lb 8oz rainbow he caught from Chatton Lake on a Cormorant. Chatton regular Abdul Muhit from Morpeth caught a lovely 5lb rainbow from Chatton Lake. Tony Collins from Seahouses returned four fish, one being a 7lb brown trout, using a Black Gnat. Brian Davis from Dudley caught nine fish using nymphs. Peter Davison from Seaton Delaval returned nine fish using Buzzers. Connor Metcalf from Consett returned 10 fish using Bloodworms and Buzzers. Matty Divine from Hadston returned nine fish using Bloodworms and commented that all the fish were 4lb-plus. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday October 15 at 9.30am in the fishing lodge. Everyone welcome. The fishery will be open to all other anglers on this day. We are closing at 6.30pm this week.

 

Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire

For the week October 3 – 9 the 149 anglers caught 445 fish of which 308 were returned. A decent three fish rod average for last week. Quite a few double-figure bags from both boat and bank but also plenty of blanks on some days. Fish are definitely more active in the cooler water and prepared to chase a lure on an intermediate as well as taking a dry on the top. Very few daddies hatching caused by the lack of rain. Hopefully this exciting time of year will still happen. Fish are being caught on a slowly retrieved wet Daddy. Best fish 4lb 12oz for Ray Ward, from Olney, on a Blue-flash Damsel from the boat, and one of 4lb 9oz to Graham Martin, from Coventry, on an Olive Shipman’s. Best bank areas are the dam, boat bay and east arm. Boats doing well in most areas although lodge end generally best. Best patterns are Blue-flash Damsel, small Damsel, Olive Cruncher, white/green or black/green mini lures, GRHE, wet Daddy, Bloodworm, Candy Blob/FAB. Evening tickets now available from 1pm.

There will be a limited number six boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends: November 19 & 20; December 3 & 4. Lures or sea dead baits only. Payment will be required in advance. Single angler boat £25, two angler boat £40. Fishing is 7.30am – 5pm. Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786.

Sunday November 13 is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. Fishing 9am – 3pm, £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

 

A total of 10 police forces were represented at this year’s Police Pairs Boat Competition held on October 4. Teams represented were Lincolnshire, Cheshire, Warwickshire, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. The fishery had recently been on top form and the daily rod average had not dipped below three fish per rod. Competition day was bright with an easterly breeze. A total of 49 rods caught 131 fish, giving a very respectable rod average of 2.67. The rainbows were willing and a midge-tip or slow glass line proved advantageous. The catching fly for most was a Blob but a few fish were also taken on Cormorants and Cat’s Whiskers.

Regular Eyebrook visitor Tim Bright of Sleaford, boated a well-conditioned rainbow of 4lb 3oz on a Cat’s Whisker. David Hussey of Loughborough drifted the main basin and took three decent rainbows on a combination of Daddy Longlegs, White Wickham and Dunkeld fished on a floating line.

Pike fishing with lures and sea dead baits began at the beginning of the month, one the best fish weighing 16lb was caught by Adam Ford of Milton Keynes. Andy Baldock of Northampton caught a 20lb pike on a big lure. Jobe Burnham caught a13lb pike on a lure and returned several other jack pike. Several other pike up to 10lb have also been taken on the fly.

The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association Fur and Feather Boat Competition will be held on Wednesday October 19. All are welcome, please bring a prize for the table. Normal day permits will apply. All monies raised at this event will be donated to The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association.

The Eyebrook Fur and Feather Boat Competition will be held on Sunday October 30, the last day of fishing for 2016. All are most welcome to this event, normal day permits and boat prices will apply plus a £5 entry fee. Don’t forget to bring a prize for the table. All monies raised will be donated to The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association.

 

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

Fishing has been decent with a lot of good fish being caught. Mornings and late afternoons have seen hatches of insects and the lochs alive with feeding fish. Suspender Buzzers, Daddies and at times Goldhead Daddies have worked. Intermediate lines now coming in, especially with the bright sunshine. Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers and white Fritz are also doing well. Nicky McDonald caught a fish of 5lb 9oz; Duncan Campbell had seven, his best at 4lb 10oz; Andrew Miller had one of 5lb 2oz on an WSW; Tom Walne had a fish of around 5lb and best of the week went to Paul Merryfield with an 8lb 14oz fish. The Glenbuies Flyfishers Club enjoyed their last trip away for this year to Ledyatt and will soon be planning next year’s outings. They will be holding an Open competition at the Glen between Christmas and New Year, open to all anglers. New members are always welcome, renewals start in March. The Glen is open all year round and even when the ice is about there is always plenty of water open for fishing.

 

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is in excellent form with a rod average of 6.62 for the week. A number of fish in the 3-4lb range have been caught. The bank seems to be the best place for catching larger specimens and some good bags have been taken recently from the bank rather than the boat. Steve Jones produced 13 fish in a single session. Another angler catching well off the bank this week was Stan Suddick who managed a fantastic 23 fish. Another good report has come from Peter Baker who landed 13 fish including a 5lb rainbow. E. Hughes had a fantastic day out on the boat, catching 13 fish including a cracking 5lb 8oz rrown.

Some good sport is available on the boats with fish chasing lures, particularly Sparklers, Minkies and Boobies. Fishing fast retrieves is paying off, although adjusting retrieve speeds through the day can see an increase in sport. There are plenty of fish feeding on shrimp close to the north shore, though dry flies such as Daddies have been very successful in the past few days. Diawl Bachs with a pearl flash are also proving deadly close to the shore, though if you are drifting then Snakes and tubes fished on a Di-2 or 3 can produce a good day. Some of the top areas this week include Hill Farm, Rectory Bay, Church Hill Bay, the middle (drifting), the dam, the Willows, Sanctuary Bay, G Buoy and Deep Water Point.

Bank sport is growing day on day with some great hauls of fish, particularly around the north dam and around to Deep Water Point. The fish are very close in so casting horizontal to the bank may see you increase your bag. The shuffling technique is still working particularly well, although please be mindful of other anglers fishing downwind from you. Some good fish are also coming from Plummers and around to the Seat. Apart from Hare’s Ears and Shrimp, Daddies are producing along with other terrestrial dry flies, not forgetting floating fry patterns and lures fished roly-poly style.

Some nice zander into double-figures have been caught this week along with some high double pike and perch up to the 3-4lb mark. Some of the shallower areas of the lake have seen good sport from perch and the odd hunting zander has been spotted feeding on fry close to Mander car park. Most predator boats seem to stick solely around the towers. Try other areas, particularly around drop-off’s when there is heavy pressure on the fishery.

The English Fly Fishing Association B C Hall match on October 6 was fished on a windy day and fishing was tough after the change in weather conditions, although anglers managed to land a few fish. The 28 anglers took 117 fish producing a rod average of 3.9. Winner was David Moore with eight fish for 16lb 6oz, 2nd Chris McLeod eight fish for 14lb 11oz, 3rd Mark Searle seven fish for 13lb 8oz. Guests: 1st Tony Smith eight fish for 17lb 3oz, 2nd Paul Heavens eight fish for 17lb, 3rd Martin Brocklebank four fish for 10lb.

 

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

With only a couple of weeks until the close of the season on the lochs fishing has been good. The Cat’s Whisker club from Fife had a great outing and the returns were pleasing, showing a 50/50 split between browns and rainbows. Everyone commented on the quality and also the colouring of the browns and fish averaged around the 3 to 4lb mark. Paul Keir had a good day with his best fish a 5lb rainbow and also some good browns (all browns are returned of course. If this year is anything to go by next year’s dry fly sport should be very good.

 

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire

Last week 67 rods caught 173 fish for an average of 2.58. A better week but as the weather cools it will hopefully improve more. Boat anglers are still enjoying the best of the sport but there were some good catches on the bank as well. Venue regular Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished the bank and caught and returned eight fish to 4lb using a small Cat’s Whisker fished on a floating line. The best rainbow of the week at 9lb 1oz was caught by John Salisbury of Warwick who was also fishing from the bank. He tempted it on a black and green lure. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released 13 fish to 4lb on his favoured Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Harold Lewis of Knowle took a boat out on the Park Meadow pool and caught five fish to 3lb using small Buzzers fished under an indicator. The best areas have been around the lodge corner and the wires bank of Cocks Close. On Park Meadow, the fish are along the dam wall in the deeper water. Best patterns are Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Damsel Nymph, Black or Olive Buzzers, Diawl Bach and Bloodworm.

 

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

The week ended on a great note for bank anglers with the trout going crazy for shrimp patterns stripped back through the weed. Season ticket holder Mark Bradbury and day ticket angler David Chappell from Bedfordshire, both had fabulous brownies weighing the top end of 4lb. Mark returned his to see another day, but also had rainbows off the Cliffs and David took his from the boat. Boat anglers have enjoyed some good sport. At the beginning of the week Mick White reported a good day on the rudder, drifting across Duffers. Using a small Blob with a white tail fly pattern he had plenty of offers and follows. Off the bank Mick Foster took a fish on a Shrimp pattern and Martin Bailey had three off Stilton Point on a Hopper and reported there were plenty of fish moving up in the water. Anglers are enjoying catching from the bank in most areas dependent on the wind direction. Phil Jordan had an amazing morning and rang in to report 10 fish to the net and four lost by lunchtime.

Nineteen boats set sail to take part in the Lure Angling Society Annual Pike Cup. It was quite a challenging day with the largest pike caught around the 18lb mark.

 

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

The cooler weather conditions and a recent stocking should improve the rod average. Anglers are finding most of the trout are near the boils/island and out in the middle, catching on mainly Hoppers and Daddies. Best rainbow 7lb 8oz taken by Stuart Payne. The Fur & Feather match was won by M. Brown and P. Hodgson with a combined weight of 18lb 3oz. F. Duff and M. Clarke took second place with a bag weight of 16lb. G. Bedford and G. Jones were third with 10lb 9oz. Pike fishing has steadied due to the weather with mainly small jacks being caught; all down the Coton End using seven-inch Jelly lures.

 

Rutland Water, Rutland

The banks have been quiet during the week although some nice fish were hooked and lost. Roger Bailey of Oakham and his friend Wal of Leicester had four nice fish off the Green Bank last Friday with Roger taking a quality 4lb 8oz rainbow that fell to a floating fry off the surface. Roger found that moving along the bank covering more water was the best tactic. Boat anglers are enjoying the best results from many areas of the reservoir, particularly the bottom of either arms, the main basin and along the weed beds. Bank anglers will find the best tactics are to cover lots of areas rather than staying in one spot. Quality fish are still out there to be caught. Best bank methods are Fry patterns, dries and nymphs. Boats, as for bank, but include various lures (large & small), tube flies and Snakes. Please remember that browns will be out of season after October 29.There are a few boats available on Saturday 15 October but all boats are booked on Sunday 16th.

Rutland hosted the Autumn Pairs on Saturday October 8 when 10 boats fished the rudder and six elected for the ‘non’ rudder. Anglers fishing the non-rudder section found some big fish, including the best fish of the event, a superb 6lb 7oz brown (the best of the season so far). This lovely fish fell to a Hopper on a floating line and was taken by Graham Hayward of Uppingham at the top of the North Arm.
The non-rudder section was won by father and son team Malcolm and Jim Hunter who also won last year’s event. The pair shared a bag of 11 fish including another lovely brown of 5lb 11oz for 28lb 4oz. Second place went to RAF’s Keith Jones fishing alongside his namesake Keith Jones of Peterborough. The pair had 10 fish for 24lb 15oz (including a 5lb brown). Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward were third with five fish for 18lb 2oz.
The rudder section was won by Rutland regulars Jim Watts and Martin Hearth with seven fish for 13lb 15oz. Adi Naylor and Mr Woodley took second place with six fish for 13lb 3oz. Father and son team Jeff and Matt Bedford were third with five fish for 10lb 3oz. There were some nice browns over 4lb caught by Colam Bartram (4lb 1oz), Jon Marshall (4lb 5oz) and Chris Binley (4lb 15oz in the rudder section).

 

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

Although very autumnal the more settled weather has led to some excellent fishing this week. The start of colder nights has made fishing hard in the early mornings but the nice weather during the day has meant the crystal clear water has remained at 10 degrees, with the sun warming things significantly to see fish remaining in the top two feet of the water, with some even being tempted to the surface with Muddlers and Shipman’s Buzzer. Fish remain wide spread on Swanswater, with the dam and bay past the boats doing well at the start of the week, with signs the fish were moving towards the Island and up the Channel at the weekend. Best patterns this week were Buzzer, Bibio, Snatcher, Hare’s Ear and a selection of mini lures in various colours, including Yellow Dancer, Hothead Damsel and with anything black and green doing well at the end of the week.

Gordon Ferguson, from Coatbridge, caught four fish for 18lb including an 8lb 13oz rainbow; Lindsay Brown, Burntisland, three for 15lb 8oz including a 10lb 5oz rainbow; John Montague, Glasgow, five for 14lb 4oz; Jim Milne, Alloa, five for 14lb; Darren Hill, Alva, five for 13lb 4oz plus five caught and released; Willie Martin, Stirling, five for 13lb; Ricky Goodwin, four for 12lb 12oz; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, four for 12lb; David Lewis, Cumbernauld, four golds for 11lb 9oz; Chris Lally, Helensburgh, four for 11lb 4oz; Alec Peachey, Hamilton, four for 11lb plus three caught and released; Robert Reid, Alloa, four for 11lb; Les Cooper, Dunblane, four for 11lb plus four caught and released; Raymond Conroy, Stirling, three for 8lb 10oz; James Stewart, Uddingston, three golds for 8lb 8oz plus three caught and released; Jim McInnes, Falkirk, three for 8lb 8oz; Graeme Arthur, Stirling, two for 10lb including a 7lb 8oz rainbow; George Dobbie, Glasgow, two for 7lb; Stephen Campbell, Livingston, 13 caught and released; Brian Eadie, Stirling, 10 caught and released; Frank Turner, Alloa, nine caught and released; Paul Wilkins, seven caught and released.

 

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Lake one is fishing its socks off to all methods with dries, nymphs and lures catching. Blue-flash Damsel, Montana and Diawl Bach best in daytimes, and Daddies, Shipman’s and CdCs in evening rise when fish are jumping everywhere. Browns now moving and feeding in brown trout end of lake. Lake two fishing to the same tactics but there are more marginal fish to target and big fish patrolling. Most anglers catching six-plus fish each and some getting into double-figures with mixed bags of browns and rainbows and a range of fish from 2lb 8oz to 6lb. Lake three saw big browns feeding and fish to 8lb recorded as well as big rainbows which have been seen patrolling. Now open for fishing again all over. All lakes restocked this week.

 

Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire

For the week-ending October 6 the 61 rods caught 265 trout for a rod average of 4.34. A fantastic week blessed with much better ‘fishing weather’. Fish were caught on all manner of methods from size 16 dries right through to four-inch lures. As always the washing-line tactic is very consistent and fry patterns seem to be picking up a good few fish. As always, if you are not having any luck then keep moving until you do. The coming weekend should see an increase in fry activity as the fish seek to pile on the weight for the winter. Target these fish with Minkies and Booby or Suspender Minkies on a good strong leader and don’t forget you might need plenty of backing.

 

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

With the fish now moving there was a slight improvement in visiting numbers. Twenty six anglers chanced their arm in what is still relatively hard going and this week the spread of catches has been wider than of late with more anglers finding success. The best angler of the week was N. Puncheon with a bag of five fish, closely followed by J. Wittenstall with four. P. Stonehouse caught three fish while A. Grabham, A. Carroll and S. Shipey all had bags of two fish each. The best fish of the week was a hard-fought 3lb 8oz rainbow caught by S. Shipey. The most successful flies are Snakes, Blobs, Shipman’s and Buzzers.

 

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

Despite a difficult month in terms of variations in weather, catch returns for September make reasonable reading. Some 570 fish were caught between the two ponds with 470 visits recorded by permit holders and day ticket visitors, resulting in a catch return averaging 1.2 fish per rod. For the season so far over 7300 fish have been caught, with a 1.7 catch return being achieved via some 4300 visits. As far as the past week is concerned, most catches have been made from the bottom pond. Boat anglers Craig Bowles and Ken Pascoe caught four and two fish respectively. Around the banks, Ken Bowring added to his season’s total with three fish. A two fish catch was made by Roger Martin, Del Haines, Dave Arlotte who included an excellent specimen of 4lb 8oz in his catch, and day ticket visitor Mike James. Also finding fish were Aberdare members Alan Lock and Bill Seward, plus regular permit holders Terry O’Connor, Ivor Thomas and Brian Langley.

At the weekend on the top pond, Cardiff day ticket holder Norman Curtis landed two fish over 2lb 8oz when he fished from the road bank using a Cat’s Whisker. Gwyn Davies fished from the Tump to take a fish of 2lb 8oz using a Goldhead Hare’s Ear. On the bottom pond Pipe Bay provided Ken Bowring with seven fish and Roger Martin with three trout when each used a Shipman’s Buzzer. New member, Richard Bateman landed four and two trout when he fished two sessions at the entrance to Farmhouse Bay, with a dry Hopper being the effective fly for the latter catch. Day ticket holder M. Gunty landed two fish. Boat angler Ken Pascoe used a Grey Hopper to tempt seven fish to 2lb. Fisheries treasurer Colin Jones finished in 27th place when he represented Ynys y fro at the Troutmasters final, fished at Grafham Reservoir.

The Ynys y fro season will end on Monday October 31. Up to that date, the fish kill limit will be increased to a daily total of six fish from the two ponds. The post season work party is provisionally scheduled for Saturday November 5 from 10am onward, and will be confirmed by the end of the season. Members are also asked to note that the AGM of the Association will take place on Thursday November 17, at Risca Rugby Club, commencing at 7.30pm. Individual notices for the meeting will be sent to all current members around the end of October.

Trout Fisherman Troutmasters Reports w/e October 7

img_6659While we’re waiting for the magazine’s new website to go live, these reports will be posted on the TF blog here at Taunted By Waters.

The following relate to w/e October 7:

Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire

The first couple of weeks of September saw the fish in a lethargic mood, not willing to chase any lures, but sport has improved as each day passes. The drop in temperature has had a very positive impact and fish are now chasing lures. Biggest fish of the month goes to Alex Hill who spotted a big fish lurking under a tree on lake two. Ten minutes later he managed to tempt the 20lb 10oz specimen using a heavy stalking bug. Peter Spencer stalked an immaculate 17lb 8oz brown from lake one using a Damsel Nymph. Regular angler Grant Ashby managed two trips this month and bagged three impressive doubles. First up was a 13lb 8oz brown from lake one on a small Black Buzzer, 10 minutes later he pulled out a lovely 13lb 4oz rainbow from lake two on the same fly. Grant’s friend and work partner Colin also managed to get amongst the doubles with a broad rainbow of 15lb 8oz. On his next trip Grant landed a lovely rainbow of 15lb from lake one, this time on a Hothead Damsel. Another regular Chris Wells managed to stalk a 13lb 8oz rainbow from lake one using a Montana. Guy Bolton braved a wet and windy day and was rewarded with a fin-perfect 12lb 8oz rainbow. Guy was fishing a Blue-flash Damsel down the deep end of lake three.

Fly choice was hard to determine as early in the month anything moving at speed was ignored but something small like a Buzzer would produce well. Now the fish are far more active and lures being fished quickly are coming into their own again. Damsels in particular have caught stacks of fish with Rutland Humungus coming a close second. This said, Buzzers and Daddies still seem to be picking off a good number of fish.

The water level in the carrier stream has come up in the past week and the fishing has become a little easier with plenty of beautiful wild browns nudging 1lb and lots of grayling in the 8oz to 1lb 8oz bracket being caught.

 

Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk

With the weather fast approaching seasonal norms we are delighted to say we will be generously restocking on Thursday October 6. There are a good number of daddies starting to hatch so Blackdyke should start fishing well soon. Reminder: OAPs £15, two fish catch and release.

 

Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland

The Team England Bank Fundraiser Competition was held on Saturday, raising £850. Winner was Paul Runec, second Rob Frame, third Craig Crompton and fourth Lee Wilkinson. Angus Roberts from Kenya was delighted with a 6lb 10oz rainbow from Chatton Lake caught on a small brown nymph. Malcolm Halliman from Newcastle landed his second double-figure fish at Chatton. His first was a 13lb 5oz rainbow from Chatton Lake in 2013 and on Monday he was delighted with a 10lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. Steve Madden landed a lovely 11lb 8oz rainbow from Ross Lake. The third double landed this week was by Chatton regular John Tait from Belford who returned a rainbow of approximately 10lb to Chatton Lake. Many fish in the 6lb to 8lb coming to the net. The Fritz and Flies Winter Series competition starts on Saturday October 22 at Tweeddale Fishery. The Chatton Fishery heats are on Sunday November 20 and Sunday December 11. If you are interesting in taking part please ring Jim Tuck on 07985 232437 after 6pm. Fishery closing at 7pm this week.

 

Glen of Rothes Trout Fishery, Grampian

Decent weather for a change and plenty of good fish were reported among bags. Buzzers worked quite well, as did dries, but some days did require lures and unusually for this time of year Damsels came out best. With plenty of fry in the water fish will be chasing them to get the weight on for the winter months. Temperatures in the early morning have certainly dropped, but the Glen will always be open, even when the ice is around. Wullie Olssen had some great fishing with 15 fish on both his days and among them a few fish of over 6lb. Tom Webster had 14 each day with his best at around 14lb and 9lb. Tommy Anderson had a close double, and there were plenty of anglers who had eight and nine fish for their sessions. Not many blanks this week which is always good.

 

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire
Grafham is in exceptional form with 1,200 fish taken this week and the rod average climbing straight up to 6.87. There have been some great fish landed. The best was a 5lb 9oz brown caught on Friday by an angler practising for the Grafham Water Championship. Mr Paigmore managed a nice brown of 4lb 13oz. The best rainbow of the week was taken by Paul Rooney who managed a five-pounder along with a 4lb 3oz fish. Graham Pearson took a 4lb 8oz rainbow. Mark Brinkman enjoyed some fantastic bank fishing landing 17 fish in a session. Darren Maguire landed 17 fish, including four 3lb specimens and a four-pounder. There were plenty more large trout caught.

Boat anglers have generally had good sport this week. Some anglers continue to use lures and fry to tempt fish, whilst others have had good results fishing dry flies. The most popular tactic for boat anglers is to fish the north shore using Shrimp, Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bachs. It may be worth trying the Willows early on or moving across to the Seat and Sailing Club Bay for a cast using Shrimp patterns. Good areas reported during the week include Hill Farm, Rectory Bay, Farm Bay, Church Hill Bay, West Bank, the middle (drifting), the dam, Rainbow Point, Sanctuary Bay, G Buoy and Deep Water Point.

If you are bank fishing then opt for Shrimp patterns or Hare’s Ears and Diawl Bachs. Many anglers took our advice last week and waded out on the north shore where they caught plenty of fish with reports of 15- plus in one morning session. Don’t forget that Plummers or Mander car parks are well worth a try early in the morning. The hot tip of the week for those who enjoy a walk is to try wading off Sludge Point where it’s normally pretty quiet and away from the general public. There’s the added bonus of being able to cover a lot of unfished water around to the Seat.

With a lot more anglers wading we are re-iterating the wash-down procedure. It is absolutely essential that you wash down your equipment after use to help stop the spread of the non-native killer shrimp.

The bait fishing season for predators is now open. A very busy start saw a few fish landed with pike up to 22lb so far (although this particular pike came to a lure). Remember that the water is still warm, so be very careful with your fish handling, ensuring that the fish is fit before release. Areas fishing well for predators currently include the two towers and the pipeline that runs between the two. Other areas worth a try are the drop-offs on north and south dam and the deeper water throughout the middle.

The Grafham Water Championship on October 1 saw perfect conditions, even so the rod average of 7.65 exceeded expectations. Marian Davies of Team Foxons took the best fish at 3lb 12oz. Stewart Barclay, Change Fly Fishers B Team, took the best bag at 21lb 6oz. Teams: 1st Stocks Falcons 48 fish for 114lb 5oz; 2nd Change Fly Fishers B Team 48 fish for 113lb 10oz; 3rd The Renegades 48 fish for 109lb 2oz; 4th Melvin Hoppers 48 fish for 107lb 10oz; 5th Northern Drifters 46 fish for 103lb 13oz; 6th BRFFA Emergers 46 fish for 103lb 6oz; 7th Iain Barr Flyfishing Costa 45 fish for 98lb 2oz; 8th Team Foxons 45 fish for 97lb 14oz; 9th The Whakapapas 44 fish for 97lb 12oz; 10th Mickies Melvin Devils 47 fish for 96lb 15oz; 11th Llanilar 40 fish for 86lb 8oz.

The AMFC Group 2 Match on September 26 produced a superb rod average of 7.1. The best fish was a lovely specimen of 4lb 2oz caught by John Wingrove. Russell Bell weighed in the best bag for 21lb. Teams: 1st Invicta FFC ‘A’ 6 points; 2nd EPFFA 5; 3rd Bewl Bridge FC ‘B’ 4; 4th Greylags 3; 5th Queen Mother FC 2; 6th Bristol Reservoirs FFA 1.

Another great match this week was fished by the Sussex Police. Steve Fowler had a great day with a cracking 3lb 5oz brown. Well done to Steve who also won overall. 15 anglers fished this match, returning 49 fish with some good fish around 3lb amongst the haul.

 

Millbuies Trout Fishery, Grampian

The Millbuies season is coming to an end now and it’s been a very good year overall with plenty of great fishing. Next year should see even better sport as the browns will certainly have gained weight. With plenty this year of 3lb to 4lb being caught it can only see better fish being caught. Best fish this year was into double-figures and a nice rainbow. It’s great to see the lochs bubbling with fish feeding on the top which makes it great for the dry fly. The lochs will close around the end of October, weather depending, but if it’s still good into November they may stay open. There was no weed this year which was good.

 

Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire

Last week 62 rods caught 102 fish for an average of 1.64. The fishing has been a little mixed with quite a few sunny days and no breeze giving hard fishing. But on the more overcast days it has been a lot better. The boats are still doing best but as the weather cools the bank fishing will improve. The biggest fish of the week was a 9lb 2oz rainbow caught by Ian Reeve of Rugby who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. It was the best of an eight fish catch taken on Black and Green Buzzers fished on a floating line. John Riley of Atherstone also used a Green Buzzer to tempt an 8lb 6oz rainbow from Cocks Close. Steve Gowan of Knowle caught six fish with the best at 8lb 12oz, which fell to a Bloodworm pattern fished on a floating line. Kevin Burgess of Birmingham had an eight fish catch with his best 4lb 12oz and these all fell to a Copper John pattern fished on a floating line. Terry Holder of Barwell fished the bank of Park Meadow and had four fish including a brown of 3lb using the washing-line tactic. Best patterns have been Black or Olive Buzzers, Damsel Nymph, sunken Daddies and Diawl Bach fished on floating lines. The fish have still been shoaling with the best areas around the lodge corner or the old boat jetty on Cocks Close.

 

Pitsford Water, Northamptonshire

The cooling conditions and receding weed beds have had the fish coming more into the margins and feeding on the shrimp and snails. There has not been much fry action as yet, though there are huge shoals of fry in the various weed beds. The best bags have come from boats on drifts across the narrows and basin. Fish are still high in the water and have been responding to dries with CdCs working. Hoppers and Daddies have all caught fish.

Bank anglers have found fish in the margins on the Gravels and Stone Barn Bay as well as starting to show along Northfields shore. These fish are feeding almost exclusively on shrimp which are now showing in numbers. Floating lines with Hare’s Ear or Shrimp imitations are accounting for these fish.

 

Ravensthorpe Reservoir, Northamptonshire

Sport is variable with no rhyme or reason to the method. Fish still seem to be in the upper levels and continue to be taken on dries. Buzzers are taking a few fish on milder days fished just under the surface. Saturday October 1 was a red-letter day for pike anglers, being the first day for pike fishing on lure or static dead sea bait. The majority of the boats were booked for pike fishing with fish up to 30lb caught, this one a personal best for Mr Walton. Mr Sturt netted a 28lb specimen, another personal best and Pjak boated a 108cm beauty on a soft-bodied lure.

 

Rutland Water, Rutland

A superb 6lb 5oz brown was recorded by season ticket holder Graham Pearson. Graham was boat-fishing with John Seaton and the pair recorded 16 fish to their boat. Frank Humphrey, 75, was delighted to catch his personal best brown at 5lb 15oz. Frank targeted the weed beds down the South Arm with a White Humungus. There are reports of some very large browns showing in some areas and plenty of good sized specimens have been returned safely. There are only a few bank anglers about at the moment despite some fish being close in. Season ticket holder Matt Gregory bank fished and latched into a 5lb 7oz fish that fell to a Daddy Longlegs off the top. Scottish angler John Slavin, from Houston, made his annual pilgrimage to Rutland and caught plenty of fish with 51 rainbows between 2 and 4lb.

There has been plenty of surface activity with fry patterns and dries tempting the fish up. Key areas for boat anglers have again been the bottom of both arms and the main basin. A small number of bank anglers have fished with Normanton, New Zealand Point/Sailing Club and the Peninsula ‘creeks’ worth targeting.

 

Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire

There was some excellent fishing this week, although some days were a bit harder than others. There are a large number of golds and blues in the ponds at present and these are caught frequently. As the end of the brown trout season approaches (October 6), the brownies have become more active and several feature in this week’s catch returns. After Thursday of this week all browns will have to be carefully returned to the water. For most of the week the fish remained in the top three feet of the water with many to be found just under the surface. Many anglers reported seeing fish following their flies right in to the edge before turning away to look for something else. The dam area, island and boats were all doing well although fish were getting caught all round the main pond. The small ponds continue to fish well and offer those choosing to fish them a great deal of sport as they are full of golds and light blues which can be easily seen and targeted. A large variety of flies were successful this week with the most popular patterns being Damsel, Daiwl Bach, Tadpole, Buzzer, Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Cormorant, Sedge, and PTN. The fishery will be closing at 7pm every night this week.

George Dobbie, from Glasgow, caught four fish for 19lb 4oz including a 8lb 14oz rainbow and two golds; George Gemmell, Falkirk, in three visits, had eight for 23lb 4oz including a 5lb 1oz rainbow; Willie Nyguist, Stirling, in three visits, 11 for 30lb including six golds; Robert Nimmo, Stirling, in two visits, eight for 22lb plus eight caught and released; Danny Doherty, five for 14lb 4oz; Rab Bonar, Alloa, five for 13lb 4oz; Alan Stirling, Bonnybridge, five for 13lb 12oz; John Kierney, Broxburn, five for 13lb 8oz plus 11 caught and released; Malcolm Miller, Clackmannan, five for 13lb 2oz; Frank Turner, Alloa, four for 11lb 4oz; Rab Smith, Falkirk, and  Alec Peachey, Hamilton, each with four for 11lb; Martin Watt, Airdrie, three blues and a gold from the small ponds; Eddie McKillop jnr, Glasgow, took three for 9lb 12oz plus two caught and released, and his dad, also Eddie, had three for 7lb 8oz; A. Mackay, Bonnybridge, three for 9lb; Tam Baillie, Kincardine, three for 8lb 8oz; Barry Hamilton, Muirhead, three for 7lb; Jim Craig, Balloch, two browns for 4lb 8oz; Kevin Gray, Camelon, caught and released 20 fish.

 

Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex

Three Springs lake one was restocked with more than 250 fish. Fishing has been mainly to Hoppers, Daddy Longlegs and Shipman’s Buzzers with plain Green Buzzers also good. Fish are also willing to chase fry patterns and Damsels. Lake two is being restocked with more than 100 2lb 8oz-plus fish and is fishing to the same tactics as above. Daddies are best on here and good evening rises have started. The Stalking Pool (lake three) is having big fish turn up, both rainbows and browns to double figures, but all above 6lb. This pool is now open again after leaving the fish alone all summer. This is your best bet for a big fish as they go to over 20lb. This month’s £1 in a pot is adding up and winner takes all plus an all three lakes day ticket for catching the biggest fish. The new fish cleaning station and prep area has been completed.

 

Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham

Fishing conditions have continued to improve with the arrival of the cooler autumn weather and the 23 visiting anglers certainly found more success than of late with the fish moving throughout the day. We also had the first double-figure bag for a while with J. Wittenstall’s catch of 10 fish. M. Smith caught five fish, R. MacCulloch had four fish while E. Carmichael took a bag of two fish. Blobs, Shipman’s, Snakes and Squirmy Worms are all taking fish.

 

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

On the top pond member John Edwards caught a 3lb rainbow. The bottom pond has fished reasonably well during the week, with Ken Bowring landing nine fish over two visits, while Martin Williams caught a total of seven trout from his two day ticket sessions. Committee member Terry O’Connor caught three fish while two fish catches were recorded by Roger Martin, Keith Higgins and day ticket holders Craig Bowles and Dean Connelly. Day ticket visitors P. Lumford and Lee Patience caught four and three trout respectively, with each including a specimen of 2lb 8oz in their return. On the Association boats, Ken Pascoe caught six fish to 3lb over two sessions, while a five fish catch was made by Keith Higgins, with Bob Bradley and Lindsey Kirkwood each catching a brace of trout. Hugh Davies included a 3lb rainbow in his boat return. The dam area of the bottom pond has again seen most fish caught from both boat and bank.

At the weekend on the top pond Gwyn Davies landed three rainbow trout to 3lb 8oz, fishing from the Tump using a Goldhead GRHE. John Edwards continued his run of good catches from the top pond Hedge Bank with another fish at 3lb 6oz caught on a Corixa. The bottom pond has been challenging over the weekend but still resulted in Ken Pascoe landing a brace of fish from a boat session, using a Grey Hopper. Day ticket visitor Ben Jaillier caught two trout whilst Barrie Hurcombe, Keith Higgins, Terry O’Connor, John Ball and Craig Williams also found fish.

 

Thrunton Trout Fishery

There has been some cracking sport on both lakes this week with fry patterns being particularly successful. The latter part of the week saw the cool easterly wind put the fish deeper, but anglers soon found the correct depth with some good catches, larger fish and browns being recorded. Dries and natural patterns are also still working well when the correct conditions prevail and anglers who frequently move around the lakes and change flies have had  the most success. We would like to thank Aqua Contractors from Moffat for another good autumn weed harvest – great job Cameron and Davy!

We welcomed the Anchor Inn Fly Fishers from Eyemouth for a friendly competition with Mick Pawsley with the heaviest bag of 11lb 5oz.

alan-robinson-oct-16John Williams enjoyed 2 visits this week releasing 19 on montana’s, snatchers and cormorants on Long Crag while fellow Morpeth angler  Davy Kay returned 28 over his 2 sessions on black lures on Coe Crag. Howard Croston from Alnwick found hares ear’s to be successful as he targeted fish in the margins returning 9 browns. George Fisher from Annfield Plain returned 13 from Long Crag on tin heads and the GF fly to 9lb while Craster angler Alex Ainslie had another successful morning session landing 9 on cats whiskers and tadpoles. Peter Foster from Newcastle used a yellow dancer to attract 12 from Long Crag and John Pringle from Wooler returned 9 from both lakes on yellow and pink blobs. Ian Robinson  from Newcastle and Alan Robinson [pictured] from Morpeth  had enjoyable sessions landing 16 between them to 6lb 8oz on mitten flies and diawl bachs. Anthony Dinsmore from Cramlington safely released 21 over 2 sessions on hares ear’s from both lakes. Gregg Johnson from Ashington had ‘another great day’ leaving early after his limit of 14 from the boat on fry imitations and landing his first Thrunton double. Bedlington angler Mick Brown returned 20 from both lakes on a Cove’s PTN and Cramlington angler Michael Hall had 3 successful sessions netting 23 from both lakes on dries, fry patterns, nymphs and hoppers. Brian Scrowther from Stakeford enjoyed a short evening session landing 9 from Long Crag on 3 variations of PTN’s.

Fly Box:- Fry Patterns, Black Buzzers, Hares Ear’s, PTN’s, Diawl Bachs, Daddies, Hoppers, Cormorants, Cats Whisker, Bloodworms, Yellow Dancer and various other dries and lures.

Fishery Hours:- Open Daily 8.30pm to 6.30pm. Saturday-  5.00pm close