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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 2nd May 2019

We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.

Blithfield Reservoir


Tel: 01283 840284





Rod average 3.78

Best Areas: Old Man’s; Ten Acre Bay; Mary Lou’s; Dougie’s; Watery Lane; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers)

Best Dries: Shipman’s sugar lump; sedge; red Bristol hopper

Best Lures: Cat’s Whisker; Montana; red bloodworm; olive tadpole

Best Nymphs/Wets: Montana; black buzzer; Diawl Bach; olive damsel; claret buzzer; Prince nymph; Coachman; Teal, blue & silver

Best Fish:  4lb 2ozs rainbow trout caught on a blue flash olive damsel from the bank, South Lake by Mr. Phil Hull

Another week of settled conditions began with a ‘mini-heatwave’ during the Easter weekend which resulted in residual warmth in the upper layers of water. This provided some excellent bank sport, particularly during the later afternoon and evening, when fish rose readily to dry flies for short spells.

As temperatures began to slowly dip again bank sport remained active although fish were deeper and responding well to both buzzers and nymphs with Diawl Bach, pheasant tails, GRHE and damsels all proving successful choices. Boat sport has also improved with many boat anglers finding that short drifts into the bottom of the Easterly wind along Gorse Bushes and Ten Acre Bay were productive tactics with nymphs again being the trout’s preferred diet.

Creditable returns this week include on the 22nd for Permit holder Mr. Paul Ryder with 12 fish to his boat on the South Lake, all caught on buzzers, while visiting rod Mr. Joe McHale recorded 7 fish to his boat with a combination of lures and buzzers. On Tuesday 23rd Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton returned a total of 13 fish to his boat with olive buzzers being the chosen pattern whilst on the same day, visiting rods Mr. Jamie Kay and Mr. Roger Bisby also fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 22 fish between them, mostly to a Yellow Tag. The 24th continued the productive theme with visiting rod Mr. Dungavel returning 17 fish to his boat on Montana and damsel nymph imitations and on the 25th visiting rod Mr. Bloxham returned a total of 16 fish, all to white lures. Friday 26th saw visiting rod Mr. Stacy Savage record a total of 15 fish from the South Lake banks using Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Cat’s Whisker patterns to great effect during his visit. Storm Hannah temporarily disrupted proceedings on Saturday 27th but ‘normal service’ resumed on Sunday 28th with Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Hull returning a total of 9 fish, mainly to damsels, from the banks with visiting rod  Mr. Fraser Richards enjoying ‘crazy’ sport to record 12 fish, all caught on GRHE or fritz patterns from the South Lake banks in under 3 hours! Rounding off the day was visiting rod Mr. Chris Mills who also found the ‘ever-giving South Lake’ to be living up to its nickname and recording 11 fish in total to Viva patterns fished from the banks.  The best fish recorded this week was a “stunning beauty” of a rainbow trout at 4lbs 2ozs caught on a blue flash olive damsel from the South Lake banks by Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Hull.

A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.

Llyn Brenig


Tel: 01490 420 463






Bank Fishing Hotspots: Sailing Club Bay, Hafod Lom and the Ring of Stones.
Boat Fishing Hotspots: Tower Bay, Visitors Centre and Sailing Club Bay.
Top Flies: Buzzers, cats whiskers, black and green muddler, black pennel, damsel, cormorant, and various blobs and boobies.
Top Bag (For six fish caught): 13lbs 12oz – Mr. Ivor Jones – Llanrwst
Biggest Fish: 10lbs 0oz – Mr. Simon Davies from Bodfari.
Rod Average: 3.9 fish per angler (Including fish returned).

The change in the weather and the cooler temperatures tended to keep the fish quite low in the water and quite far off the bank. As a result the bank fishermen had a disadvantage over those in the boats but even the boat fishermen didn’t find it easy with Mr. Dave and Clive Gilbert commenting on a, ‘hard day,’ catching four fish between them when normally they would expect to catch a hat full! This week’s rod average stands at 3.9 fish per angler which is a very healthy average considering the somewhat difficult conditions at times this week.

Although fishermen may have been struggling a little in terms of the number of fish caught, there can be no question that there have been some fantastic fish caught in terms of size. At the start of the week our very own Ranger Mr. Paul Lonsdale was optimistic that his lovely 3lb 8oz Rainbow would be the biggest fish of the week but then Mr. G. Thomas caught a lovely 4lb 8oz only to be surpassed by Mr. Mick Reade who caught a 5lb 10oz Rainbow near to the Tower. Mr. Simon Davies from Bodfari landed a magnificent 10lb 0oz Rainbow on a size 12 damsel on the top dropper using a floating line and fishing off the bank at the Ring of Stones.

The main gates will be shutting at 7.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.45pm.

Bristol Water Fisheries


Tel: 01275 332339




Chew Valley – Res level 97% full

Stocking to Date: 14,130
Rod Average: 5.33
Average Weight: 2lb 15oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 12lb 7oz
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 9lb

Bank areas:
All of the banks are producing although Woodford bank has been favoured by many. Make sure you get here early as the bank has been packed recently with late arrivals struggling to get any bank space in this area.

The north shore and Walley bank have also been good now that the easterly winds have passed. Tactics are much the same all around the lake with many now favouring intermediate or sunken lines to get that little bit of extra distance. Next to no wind and clear water has meant that those anglers able to cast a little further have done slightly better than those anglers who may struggle a little getting a full line out. Utilising a heavier weight line or sinking line often helps a little with distance.
Try a hot head damsel or similar on the point teamed with some nymphs on the droppers. Alternatively some blobs or snakes fished a bit faster on a faster sinking line will also work.

Boat areas:
Just like the bank angling, Woodford bank has been favoured by many. Making sure you are at least 50m out from bank anglers try long drifts all the way into the mouth of Villice bay. The area around the cages is also worth a go with Mr Ellis finding a cracking 9lb brown trout in this area just a few days ago.

For those who like to have an explore, have a look in the Stratford area. Please be mindful of the no fishing area and try to keep disturbance to wildlife at a minimum. It often helps to motor slowly into areas, particularly those that are shallow. Motoring slowly means you do not disturb your intended quarry which can drastically help catch rates. Try more imitative patterns in this area as there is the good chance of hooking into a grown on resident fish like Mr Winstone did on Saturday. A fine 12lb 4oz rainbow took a liking to nymphs fished slowly on a floating line.
Herons Green is still holding fish, especially in the far end of the bay up near the ‘boot’. Try a di5 or similar with a couple blobs or FAB’s in this area.

For those who struggle to fish nymph and buzzers super slow try a sight bob or indicator to fish the flies static when fishing a floating line. On hot days, casting consistently can be tiring and sometimes the fish will be a little finicky. Fishing an indicator and watching for bites rather than feeling for them can be a productive method.

The bright sun and flat conditions haven’t made pike fly fishing easy recently although increasingly we are hearing of reports following flies and better numbers of fish being caught. No monsters this week but fish are starting to move out of the margins and into the deeper water. Noticeably a few marked trout this week indicating fish are starting to feed rather than concentrating on spawning. Keep plugging away in the open water for that chance of a big fish. The bays of Herons Green and Villice bay should be worth a try.

Blagdon – Res level 97% full

Stocking to Date: 8,074
Rod Average: 4.8
Average Weight: 2lb
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 7lb
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 4lb 3oz

Bank areas:
A challenging week for bank anglers at Blagdon although there have been some good returns fishing from the Green Lawn area and back into Home Bay. Red diawl bach’s are accounting for a good number of fish although damsels are also being favoured by many too. Those anglers exploring other areas have picked up fish from Wood Bay, Rainbow point and Butcombe although sport has been a bit patchy. Fresh stockings of fish this week should improve sport for both bank and boat anglers.

Boat areas:
As mentioned earlier in the update, there was a big competition at Blagdon this weekend. Under the conditions and significant pressure from boat anglers recently the result was very respectable with a good rod average of 4.3pp on competition day. Most boat anglers have favoured Butcombe, Cheddar Water and Home bay as the fishing at the Top End of the lake has become a little challenging recently.

A real mix of methods but many still favouring floating or midge tip lines with the usual diawl bach variations and a blob or fab as a point fly. Many anglers have chosen to fish the bung method during this hot spell as the fish have wanted it static.

Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




Rod Average: The rod average for this week was 5.38 with 344 fish caught by 64 anglers.
Best Rainbow/Brown: The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb 8oz caught by Lester Booth.
The heaviest Blue was 3lb 12z caught by Ben Bayliss.
Top Spot: The most popular spots have been around Tower Bank, Brown Ale Bay, Half Moon Bay, Fish Tail Creek and Upperfields
Methods & Flies: The most successful flies were green and black lures, buzzers, boobies, blobs and black pennel.

Floating lines have proven popular, with a slow retrieve or DI7 method being successful for many anglers.

A reasonable weeks fishing despite the high winds on Saturday!

There have been lots more reports of fish being caught higher up in the water and many anglers have caught on buzzers. The west side of the water has also fished well around Tower Bank and Brown Ale Bay.

Saturday’s high wind forecast forced us to postpone the Spring Open competition which has now been rescheduled for Sat 11th May 2019.
Thank you to all those who were due to fish for their understanding.  The forecast was spot on, we experienced some very wet weather and winds up to 45 mph. For those competitors who haven’t yet confirmed whether they can fish the 11th May, please could you let us know by the end of the week as we have a waiting list for other anglers would like to take up any spare places.

Lets hope the conditions are better in two weeks time.

Please Note – Bookings are quite high for this week so we would certainly recommend booking or at least checking on the day before setting out.

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  213
Number Trout Taken:   113
Number Trout Released:  489
Total Catch:  602
Rod Average: 2.8

The warm weather experienced towards the end last week has continued into the earlier part of this week, however, cooler temperatures and high winds are on the way. This change in conditions including a pressure change, has meant the fishing has been a bit up and down like the weather.

Another warm day on bank holiday Monday, with light winds in the morning which then picked up in the afternoon and included some heavy showers. Chris Aubrey & Ian Reeve fished in a boat in Biggin Bay and Dunn’s to land just short of double figures on hot-tailed Zonkers and Blue Flash Damsels. Tim Lycett also fished in Dunn’s Bay & Biggin Bay to land 7 fish on green Boobies and Cat’s Whiskers. Alex Campbell landed 6 fish on various marks around the lake including B buoy, Dunn’s Bay and the Overflow using a washing line with a Damsel booby on the point and Olive Buzzers on the dropper. On the bank James Cavanagh landed 6 fish from the overflow on the tower bank on Damsels and buzzers.

Tuesday saw a slightly better day for fishing with cloud around for some of the day and slightly cooler temperatures than the three days previous. On the bank Tony Broadway fished along from the old pipe in Biggin Bay to land 9 fish on washing line and buzzers. Mike Oliver also fished from the bank in Dunn’s, Biggin Bay, Toft and the Tower Bank to take 10 fish all on buzzers and pheasant tail nymphs. Out on the boats Dave Smith used buzzers to land 10 fish and commented that most of the fish took when the flies where given a draw. Season ticket holders Colin England & Tony Plummer used buzzers to land 18 fish. Iain Earle & Peter Batchelor from Scotland enjoyed great sport landing 42 fish between them. Iain used a RIO Midge Tip Long with a FAB and nymphs to catch his fish while Peter used a single FAB on a long leader on the DI 3. The pair caught all over the lake however, they found a lot of fish over the Shoals, with Middle Shoal around P Buoy being a hotspot. Also from Scotland Keith Anderson & Steve Bett landed 31 to the boat using buzzers on a long leader around P buoy.

Overcast conditions Wednesday meant more good catches were recorded, on the bank Alan Bettles used a black and green lure along the Cornfield to land 7 fish. Alex Campbell fished around Y buoy using a white snake on a sinking line to land several good overwintered fish, before changing to a washing line on a rio midge to catch down in Toft near the willow trees. Iain Earle and Peter Batchelor used the same tactics as the day before to land another 40 fish haul to boat. Although they commented that the best sport of the day came in the afternoon from Rainbow Corner with lots of fish coming quickly. Eugene Hughes fished around the Hensborough Bank and the School slips just past the sailing club to land over 30 fish. The key to Eugene’s success was to use a di 5 sinking line with a white snake with most of the fish coming just as it hit the water or on the hang. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 27 fish on washing line tactics in the morning before switching to dries later in the day to take 11 of his fish.

A blustery North East wind teamed with some rain greeted the anglers on Thursday. On the bank Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 7 between them on washing line tactics with Rainbow Corner proving to be the hotspot. Season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 8 fish from Biggin Bay on Zonker patterns in olive & white, fished on an intermediate line. Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins fished in Toft using buzzers to land 16 fish between them. Steve Bett & Keith Anderson fished over Middle Shoal near P buoy on their final day once again on buzzer to land just short of 20 fish.

A difficult day Friday for the anglers venturing out with the wind swinging from the South and some heavy showers throughout the day. Colin Granger landed 3 fish quickly from the Swan’s nest in the morning before it switched off and the fish moved out into the deeper water. John Hurst fished on the boats using a washing line with a booby cruncher to land 6 fish from Rainbow Corner. J Francombe & A Parker landed 7 between them on a half day using, boobies and on a sinking line drifting by the Farborough Dam wall and out over the open water around J Buoy. Michael Hanlon using a sinking line with Damsels, Buzzer & boobies fished deep around Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner.

Saturday saw massive winds over 30mph and as a result there was no boats out on the water, and only 5 hardy souls on the bank. Draycote season permit holder Martin Hancox had the best bag of the day, netting 3 fish on buzzers from biggin bay.

Sunday started very blustery with a strong northerly breeze blowing into the lodge. A busy morning saw almost the whole fleet take to the water, along with quite a few bank anglers. The England ladies managed a very respectable 2.5 rod average between them in some very testing conditions out on the boats. All water season permit holders Norman Perkins and John Kirk caught 4 a piece on a mixture of olive and black buzzers and a white lure. The boat pairing of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas managed 20 plus fish on either a washing line with buzzers, or dries.

It is with great regret that we announce the death of one of Draycotes best known and well respected anglers, Mr John Dews, after a lengthy battle with cancer. John had been fishing Draycote for many many years and was a cornerstone of the bank angling community here. A great character with a wonderful sense of humour and a warm smile for everyone, John will be sadly missed by both the anglers and all the staff here at Draycote water.

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:45
Last 4 Hours from:  16:45 until 20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
Gutting Room Closes – 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




183 anglers caught 1191 fish of which 925 were returned.

Best Fish: 12lb 12oz  Tomas Maciunas, Northampton, cat’s whisker, boat Brown 4lb 9oz  Wayne Allen, Stoke Doyle, diawl bach, boat

Best Areas:
Bank – gravel bar, shallow bay, dam, east arm
Boat – west arm, east arm, down middle

Best Patterns: black or olive buzzer, bloodworm, small damsel, olive cruncher, red diawl bach, small black or olive dries, white/green lures.

Some prolific fly hatches at Elinor has kept the fish feeding near the surface. Olive and black buzzers in a mixture of sizes, pond olives and alder fly have all been on the menu. 
Anglers fishing imitative patterns have had the best bags with floater/washing line or dries the best methods. 
Although boat fishing has easily been the most productive there have been plenty of fish in range of bank anglers off the gravel bar, shallow bay and lagoon.
The best fish of the season so far was caught on Sunday by novice Tomas Maciunas. The 12lb 12oz overwintered rainbow took a cat’s whisker fished from a boat in the west arm.

Competition Results 
Sunday April 21st Kirby Flyfishers had 5 boats.
10 anglers took 39 fish
1. Tim Ward  6 fish for 14lb 6oz
2. Richard Dayman  6 fish for 12lb 12oz
3. Glenn Foyster  6 fish for 12lb 0oz
4. Frank Parker  6 fish for 10lb 15oz
5. Russ Jackson  6 fish for 10lb 10oz
Best Fish 5lb 12oz by Tim Ward

Tuesday April 23rd Troutmasters fish off 9am – 3pm
7 anglers fished with the winner representing Elinor at the Draycote final in October.
1. Paul Haskey  6 fish for 15lb 11oz + 5lb 8oz time bonus = 21lb 3oz
2. Roger Bosence  2 fish for 3lb 6oz
3. Trevor Maycock  1 fish for 2lb 11oz
Paul Haskey fished the coarse bank with a floating line, fab and 2 olive buzzers to bag up by 12.18pm.

Forthcoming Competitions

Sunday May 19th
Elinor is holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs. 
Entry forms available at Elinor or

One in four pairs will qualify for the Grafham final on September 8th

Sunday November 10th
Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Next Stocking
: May 2nd

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 233 
Number Trout Taken: 207
Number Trout Released: 883
Total Catch: 1090
Weekly Rod Average: 4.8
Total Fish Stocked: 8290

The Eyebrook welcomed a number of package break & groups of anglers this past week with the weather on Saturday unfortunately impacting on the travelling angler, however the other 6 days of the week produced consistent sport with the weekly rod average 4.8

Stoke Dry continues to be the hotspot with some days seeing all the boats heading down towards this area often passing areas that also hold good numbers of fish, the Hawthorns, Island & Chestnut.

We were commenting on Thursday that the only area that hadn’t produced currently was Sam Dykes we were soon to be proved wrong with boat anglers finding fish in this area on Friday afternoon & again on Sunday

Monday buzzers and Diawls were the patterns working fished static, under a bung or on a midge tip with the chestnuts and Stoke Dry the areas to fish

Tuesday with Lee Henfrey out guiding he headed towards Stoke Dry with his client catching 26 trout on buzzers, Ed Douglass had a cracking day on dries and shipmans with dries working for Tony Day on Wednesday. Stoke Dry continued to be the areas anglers headed for with buzzers, crunchers & dries retuning a days rod average of 6.2

Thursday & Friday there was a change in the weather as the forecast storm moved in over the UK, James & Dave Dixon fished consistently well over both days fishing buzzers static catching 24 on Thursday & 46 on Friday on the buzzer on Friday Scottish group of Abram, Scobie, Awyper & Miller caught 77 between them

Saturday and the storm hit with wind in excess of 30mph a few anglers fished off the bank wit R Inglis catching a 5lb1oz rainbow

Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 am till 8.45 pm
Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.45pm
Morning Boats: 08:30 until 2.30pm
Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.45pm
Last 4 Hours from: 16.45pm until 8.45pm (Tickets on sale from 4.30pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 9.00pm

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Grafham Water has continued to fish well this week despite the cold windy conditions.

Martin Brocklebank fished midweek on a boat near deep water point. Martin and his boat partner had about 30 fish on buzzer and some shrimp fished on floating lines with long leaders. The better over wintered fish contained large amounts of shrimp. The fish are in superb condition.

As last week the boat anglers continue to have the best of the fishing. Buzzers fished deep on the bung or a midge tip have done well in the calmer conditions while a Di3 or Di5 with Fabs and blobs and a couple of nymphs on the middle droppers have scored well in the windier conditions. The north shore continues to be the most productive boat area with large shoals of stock fish visiting all the points along the north shore throughout the day. Hedge End seems to be holding more than the other points and double figure bags are possible.

If we have calmer conditions during the week expect to find better fish out in the middle up in the water, particularly around M buoy.

Bank anglers are faring less well with the fish mostly holding out of casting range. They can be contacted early and late in the day where you have access to deeper water – the harbour arms, Marlow Stones, the bowl of the dam and the western side of G marker will be places to target.

Buzzer fished static or a damsel and diawl bachs on a slow figure of eight should produce. A cats whisker or a Pitsford Pea on a Di3 will also take fish.

GWFFA 1st Bank Match. Saturday 20th April.
8 club anglers fished the first bank match with most opting for the bowl on the dam wall due to bright sunshine. There were fish there and a few were caught. Martin Brocklebank fished a midge tip line with a team of size ten green and black buzzers to catch eight fish. The fish were a long way out and deep. The fish wanted the buzzers fished as slow as possible.  Other anglers caught on diawl bach and bobbies. The fish had been feeding on buzzer, some daphnia and a few shrimp. Steve Cracknell had caught some fish by the lodge early morning before the wind made it difficult to fish. 24 fish were caught with a rod average of 3.

1st Martin Brocklebank. 8 fish for 17lb 1oz.
2nd Steve Cracknell. 4 fish for 8lb 12oz.
3rd Derek Bravington. 4 fish for 6lb 13oz.

The Invicta Fly Fishing Club’s Tuesday Evening League starts at Grafham on Tuesday 14 May. Scoring will be on numbers caught, with the best 10 results to count. Start time is 5.30 pm. Draw for boat partners will take place at approx 5.15 pm and where possible less experienced fishermen will be teamed up with experienced anglers. We go to the Wheatsheaf in Perry after fishing for a drink and sandwiches and chips.

The aim of the series is to have some pleasant summer evenings fishing at Grafham (weather permitting!), also to give those who have done a fly fishing course the opportunity to gain some experience. Further information from Paul Stevens email

Best Rainbow: 3lb 4oz taken by A Anderson.
Best Brown: 5lb 4oz taken by P Swain.
Best boat areas: North shore, all headlands, north end of the Dam, the Seat.
Best bank areas: Harbour Arms, Marlow Stones, the Dam (particularly the bowl), G mark.
Mid week boat winner: R Hurren of Godmanchester.

Forthcoming events:
England Qualifier 3 May
Snowbee Floating Line 4 May
Home International 7-10 May
Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May
EFFA ProAm 20 June
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 22 June
Beginners courses: 5,19,26 & 31 May; 6,15,23 & 30 June and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 13 & 27 May; 4 & 11 June and other dates throughout the season.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




29th April 2019

Water Temp at 6ft 13.5C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.1m
EVENING FISHING COMMENCES WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY. Boats out at 6pm but there are usually boats on the shore earlier so if you manage to get along earlier we can usually let you out earlier. The other good thing about the evening fishing is that it is the only way to get a boat.

MENTEITH BOAT LEAGUE COMMENCES WEDNESDAY 1ST MAY. If you fancy taking part in the boat league why not have a trial night on the Evening of May 1st. Turn up, pay your fishing fees (£14) choose a ball and get a boat partner allocated at random. The rules are simply the Lake rules, all fish are returned unless you have mouths to feed (in which case pay a little more). You must record the time of the first fish caught (to separate anglers that catch the same number of fish caught). If you have a nice evening’s fishing, come along next week and pay the £20 entry fee. More info at

The washing line remains the most popular method at the moment at the Lake. Hot spots are Hotel Bay, International Bay, Reedy Point, the Plantation and Tod hole. Some big olives visible and if we get some warmth and overcast skies the dry fly should also work. Above Jane Wright who will be fishing in the Menteith Scottish Select Team against England in July with a nice 5lb fish caught on her outing with Kelvinside AC on Saturday 27th April. They had 3 boats and weighed in 20 fish for 43lbs with another 20 returned. St. Peters took 35 fish for 73lbs and retuned another 13 with 6 boats. Wellington AC netted 23 with 4 boats, East Kilbride killed 33 for 71lbs and returned another 88 with 10 boats.

Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Fish: 644 (Season 5,767)
Returns: 82 (838)
Rod average: 7.85 (6.9)

Another brilliant week from boat and bank at Pitsford Water with a rod average for the week of 7.85 in spite of the changeable weather.

The big Browns are showing again with several notable fish caught.

Ian Munroe and his boat partner Dean Drew have had continued success, fishing blue flash damsel patterns to catch quality fish from all areas. Ian caught and released a stunning Brown of 8lb 9oz from the Small Half, the fish taking the damsel. Dean had a nice Rainbow of 4lb 3oz along with several other fish.

Simon Lehane and John Castledine boat fished on Sunday, fishing the rudder they had two cracking Browns both around the 6-7lb mark which were returned. They also had around a dozen Rainbows each up to 4lb.

On Sunday there was a charity boat match organised by Arnold Haddon on behalf of Bob Church. The best bag was taken by Mick Foster with 8 fish for 22lb 7oz. Mick also had the biggest fish with a Brown trout of 5lb 10oz. Joan Russell took second place with 8 fish for 19lb 13oz and Kevin Garn was third with 8 fish for 18lb 15oz.

The East Midlands FF held a bank match on Sunday they fished for points with each fish earning one point. Top rod was Graham Bodsworth with 16 points, second place went to Bob Aves with ten points and Mick Facey was third with 8 points.

Best methods are floating or midge tip lines with teams of nymphs fished washing line style. The best areas from the boat or bank are Duffers, Bog Bay, Cliffs, Brixworth Bay, Sailing Club bank.

Best Rainbow: 6lb taken by Phil Jordan.
Best Brown: 8lb 9oz taken by Ian Munroe.
Best boat areas: Small Half, Brixworth Bay, Pines.
Best bank areas: Duffers, Bog Bay, Sailing Club.

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 25 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 June
Beginners courses: 2 and 18 May; 9,14,22 & 28 June and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 1,15 & 28 May; 18 & 25 June and other dates throughout the season.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
Hosts monthly open sessions for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
4 May, 1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350





Fish 345 (Season 4,833) Returns 38 (559) Rod average 9.0 (8.6)

Ravensthorpe is on great form this week with a 9 fish rod average. The biggest fish of the week was a superb Rainbow weighing in at 15lb 7oz.

Early in the week anglers had mixed results with some having trouble finding fish whilst others enjoyed red letter days. Roger Morehen had a great time on Tuesday landing nine fish on buzzers, including a lovely brace, one weighing 9lb 2oz and the other 8lb 12oz. The fish were weighed on the boat and safely returned. Best tactics this week have been combinations of blob, buzzer and diawl bachs on floating or midge tip lines.

Unfortunately the strong winds on Saturday prevented boats from going out but on Sunday anglers enjoyed some fantastic fishing with most boats having 10 plus fish, with some anglers losing count! Grant Gibson and John Mills had a memorable morning bringing 20 plus fish to the boat, including the best fish of the week, a 15lb 7oz Rainbow which was taken by John. This fine specimen took a gold head black fritz lure almost as it hit the surface in front of the dam.

The bank fishing has been best from the dam or along Monger Bank with buzzers fished static on a floating line.

Best Rainbow: 15lb 7oz taken by John Mills.
Best boat areas: Dam, Island, Monger Bank.
Best bank areas: Dam & Monger Bank.
Fish stocked: 765.
Midweek boat winner: Mick Griffin.

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441





Fish 1,350 (Season 7,800)
Returns 168 (1,068)
Rod average 8.03 (7.3)

The weather this week has ranged from flat calm and high temperatures up to 24C to 30mph winds and temperatures down to 6C.

The hot weather certainly helped with buzzer hatches with anglers reporting fish gorging themselves. The best buzzer fishing was in the north arm around Dickenson’s Bay round to Cardiac Hill, although it was quality over quantity. If numbers were what you were after then the south was where you needed to go, favourite spots such as New Zealand Point, Old Hall and Yellowstone currying favour.

Now the weather has cooled and is not so bright, boats are venturing further in to the south arm to find fish; Hideaway Bay is now holding fish. The aforementioned spots such as Yellowstone, Dickensons Bay and Church Bay are fishing well.

Despite the cooler weather, buzzer hatches are still occurring so tactics include the bung on floating lines or small FAB’s on fast glass lines.

With Saturday’s wind writing off any boat fishing, much to the dismay of those holiday package anglers practicing for the Northern Heat of the AWAI on Monday, many anglers opted to go off the bank mainly taking shelter from the punishing westerly winds. Barnhill Creek, Sailing Club Bay and Whitwell Creek were the best spots.

On Thursday we hosted the EPFFA competition (Police), fished to a 4 fish kill and 8 release, the top 16 anglers qualify. Our very own Mark Mathieson (Pitsford retail assistant) came a creditable 4th with 4 killed and 7 released for a total weight of 24lb 8oz. The best bag went to Neil Attwood who managed his 4k and 8R with a time bonus giving a bag weight of 31lb 7oz. Best fish fell to Dave Clarke with a decent 3lb 12oz fish. The match is a qualifier for the Police Federation Home International Team. Each nation hosts the competition with England’s turn this September at Rutland. 14 anglers are in the team with 2 reserves.

Rutland hosted the northern Heat of the AWAI on Monday 29 April – the results will be in next week’s report.

The Tuesday Night Boat League starts on 7 May.

An enjoyable evening, open to all from 5pm with boats away at 6pm. Boat partners will be drawn from a hat. The evening concludes with a fish and chip supper and the prize for the best fish on the night is a free mid week boat.

Forthcoming events
Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May
Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May
Bob Church Classic 2 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 15 June

Beginners courses: 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.

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