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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.
John 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