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



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