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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.