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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.