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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 2nd November 2018

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





A reminder this week that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including Syndicate anglers, on 15th November 2018.






Llyn Brenig


Tel: 01490 420 463






Pike Fest Week started Thursday 1st November, limited boats available booking is essential.

There is a friendly bank competition at Brenig on the 27th of December Please book a place by contacting the fishery on 01490 420 463.

Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




Carsington closes on Sunday 4th November.

Last week 42 fish were caught by 35 anglers for a rod average of 1.2. The best rainbow was 5lb 4oz caught by Simon Wain and Richard Abrahams whilst the heaviest brown caught was 3lb 5oz by Martin Griffiths.

The most popular spots have been around the North End, Tower Bank, Back of the Islands and Fishtail Creek. Successful flies were Montana’s, orange Blobs, Cormorants and pink or white Snakes. Both intermediate and floating lines with sink tips have been used, many anglers have continued to fish on the drift.

Spring Open 2019 Competition
: Saturday 27th April 2019 is the date for next years Spring Open Competition

For more information and booking contact the fishery.

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




Weekly Stats:   

Number Rods:  233
Number Trout Taken: 364
Number Trout Released: 888
Total Catch: 1,252
Weekly Rod Average: 5.4

The cooler week has started to see some of the better fish coming out to fry patterns and reports of big browns following flies right to the boat. The settled wind from the North all week has meant the bank anglers have enjoyed some great sport along the North shore with the Cornfield producing consistently all week.

Monday started with a flat bright start after an early morning frost. When the wind did it pick up it came from the North West at around 12pmh. On the bank season ticket holder Ian Richardson enjoyed good sport in Toft landing 12 fish. Ian used a floating line with a small FAB on the point and two Crunchers on the droppers. Derek Elms fished along the Cornfield again using a washing line with Crunchers to land eight. Mr D Brooks and P Hedges fished in Biggin Bay to land 13 fish between the pair of them. Out on the boats Ed Douglas landed nine with three fish coming to dries first thing on the morning before swapping to snakes on a Di 3 when the sun got higher in the sky. Kevin Rees stuck to his usually dry fly tactics and was rewarded with nine fish all on Bob’s Bits. The best score for the day was recorded by Rod Wilson who boated 18 fish on the rudder using a Di 3 sinking line and tubes.

Thursday was a much cloudier day with the sun only breaking through for short periods throughout the day. With the return of the cloud the bank fished once again provided great sport. Jude Tuffs fished along the Cornfield to land 17 fish on a mixture of tactics from washing line to using various tadpoles and lures. Fishing along side Jude, Tony Broadway landed 15 fish using a washing line with a tequila FAB and Crunchers. Out on the boats Ed Douglas & Jim Smith enjoyed good sport landing over 30 fish to the boat. The pair started out drifting over Croft Shoal before moving towards Farnborough Spit later that day. Their best tactics was to fish either a Di3 or Di5 sinking line with a mix of Snakes or tubes and landed some cracking fish. Season ticket holder Dave Hancox landed 16 fish from further along the Farnborough Dam on olive snakes on an intermediate line. The boat of D Naylor & S Houlton fished around the Tower and Draycote Dam before moving down to the Farnborough Dam in the afternoon using a mixture of Hoppers and Sedges to land 25 fish to the boat.
Saturday was colder with the wind swinging to come from the North East mixed with some rain with sleet at times. On the bank Peter Elliot and Lee Patten fished along the Cornfield using a washing line with Nemo Crunchers on the droppers to land 26 and 15 each. Also on the bank Jim Hall landed eight fish from Biggin Bay on shrimp patterns. Out on the boats rudder regulars Ifor Jones & Jim Dempsey enjoyed great sport on tubes on a Di 3 to boat 22. Also, out on the day was Coppenhall Fly Fishers, who enjoyed great late season sport with the best catches coming from along the Farnborough Dam on snakes and tubes on sinking line. Almost all the anglers from the club had their four fish limit for the scales and returned several other fish. However, it was Mike Laycock who won the match helped by landed a lovely 5lb brown at the end of the spit on a snake.

Sunday saw an improvement with in the weather with a sunny day instead of the rain and sleet of the previous day, although there was still a chill in the air due to the Northerly wind. The bright conditions teamed with clear water made things slightly tricky from the bank. However, Richard Walker fishing along the Cornfield landed 7 fish, on minkies. On the boats Keith Harding & Mike Clarke landed 11 fish between them snake boobies and fry patterns on a di 3 fished down the Farnborough Dam wall and over Croft shoal. Ben Bayliss & Adam Larbalestier landed 11 fish a piece using pink snakes and black and gold humongous on a di 3 sinking line along the Draycote Dam then into Biggin Bay and along the Farnborough Dam. S Martin & J Collins enjoyed good sport once again on snakes landing 11 fish from the boats on the last four hour ticket.
2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote or their New All Water Membership allowing the flexibility to fish any of their waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email

Dates for the Diary
Fur & Feather
This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.
1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair
2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each
3rd Prize Box Chocolates
Largest Fish Bottle Spirits
 The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




Weekly Stats:

110 anglers caught 565 fish of which 440 were returned

Best Fish

7lb 4oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, orange Blob

6lb 5oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, white Snake

6lb 2oz  Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, orange Blob, boat

6lb 2oz  Pete Welch, Boston, Bloodworm

Best Areas

Bank – Boat Bay, Dam

Boat – Boat Bay, Dam, Gravel Bar

Best Patterns:

Bloodworm, small damsel, small black Buzzer, red Diawl Bach, wet Hopper, white/green lure, orange/tequila Blob, Snakes.

The rod average reached five last week with bank anglers matching and on some days beating the boat anglers. The lodge end of the lake is easily best with few fish showing past Shallow Bay on the Lodge Bank or further than Brookside Bay. A mixture of methods continue to catch from dries to Snakes, mainly fished in the top four foot.  The biggest catches are being taken by anglers using a floater with a Booby or FAB on the point and small Buzzers and Diawl Bach on the droppers.

The fish are in superb condition and fighting hard.

Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am – 2pm or Midday until dark.

Next Stocking:

2nd November

Pike Fishing:

Elinor will be holding three weekends when anglers can fish for pike from boats.

November 24(fully booked) & 25

December 8 & 9

December 22 & 23

Fishing is 7.30am until dark

Lures or sea deadbaits only.

Payment in advance to secure booking.

Single angler boat £27.50

Two anglers boat £45.00

Bookings/further info by email or telephone 01832 720786

Sunday November 11th is the date of the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather competition.

Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter. 

£25.00 entry fee includes fishing fees (£5.00 for season ticket holders). 

9am-3pm, 6 fish limit, 2lb/hour time bonus. 

Proceeds from the raffle will be split between the Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 121
Number Trout Taken: 49
Number Trout Released: 95
Total Catch: 144
Rod Average: 1.2

Last day of fishing for the 2018 season was Wednesday 31st October 
A very up and down week this week at Eyebrook, due to the strong north winds. The averages changed between 4.0 and 0.5 daily.

North winds always have an adverse effect on the Eyebrook. Blowing straight down the reservoir into the dam wall, leaving little shelter for boat anglers to get out of the wind.

Monday and Tuesday were both challenging days. Simon K battled in the wind on Tuesday and caught four fish on traditional wet flies. Wednesday was much improved with less wind anglers could drift the basin in relevant comfort. Clive Moore and Ian Jobe had another successful trip catching over 20 fish to the boat whilst drifting the basin with small fry pattern on a floating line. Brent Hart float tubed during the evening and caught 3 fish again on fry pattern.

Thursday was much warmer and the rod average for the day increased to 4.1 fish a rod! 17 anglers caught 71 fish for the best returns of the week. Mr Alan Wither caught 8 fish on an olive minkie or white and silver minkie. Mr Colin Hendry caught 6 on a black buzzer and a muddler fished on the point. Members Roy Swinfield and Dave Scholefield found the fish off the tower and chose to anchor. They fished with fry patterns on various lines from a Di3 to a floating line to net over a dozen fish.

Member Steve Lawrence was the only angler to have much success on Friday. He fished a Di5 and tube fly to catch 8 fish in the rough conditions. Saturday was almost impossible to fish with high winds and freezing rain. Most anglers had given up by lunch time. Steve Rainbow was last boat in and had returned 3 fish on a di5 and tubes.

Sunday saw Eyebrook Fur and Feather Match for 2018. Cold and windy conditions once again meant it was a real challenge for the best of anglers. Biggest fish was caught by Roy Swinfield at 2lb 2oz. First place went to Mr Hancox and Mr Price with 3 fish 5lb 5oz with Mr Lamyman and Mr Hill coming a close second with 3 fish 5lb 2oz.

Foremark Reservoir


Tel: 01283 703202




Weekly Stats:    

Number Rods: 70
Trout Taken: 50
Number Trout Released: 32
Total Catch: 82
Weekly Rod Average: 1.2

Last week the weather can be said to be autumnal and whilst the beginning of the week was reasonable with some drizzle it dissipated into a cold wind from the northerly direction ending into the unfavourable easterly wind. With the change of wind direction and winds of 10-17mph there was a major chill factor. Despite this several anglers braved the conditions last Sunday when Foremark Fly Fishers held a charity match on behalf of prostate cancer which was combined with the Graham Tagg trophy. There was an excellent turn out for this match despite the weather conditions. The water temperature is continuing to drop and is now 11C. The water level is rising, albeit gradually, but it will take considerable time to return to any meaningful level.

The bank area in front of the lodge is proving still to be a hot spot for the angler despite the adverse weather conditions and unhelpful wind direction. Verdun’s Point has also been productive. The boat best area has been the Cascade whilst there continues to be success near the aerators and dam wall and around Number 1 Buoy.

On Tuesday Paul walker caught seven fish on Damsels in the vicinity of Number 1 Buoy. On Wednesday Messrs A & M Parker caught five on orange Blobs drifting near the Cascade using DI 5 lines. On Thursday Mr Lancini landed four fish to the boat form the Cascade using an intermediate line with a Cat’s Whisker on the point and a Daddy on the dropper. Mr Brian Bateman caught four from the Beach in front of the Lodge again using an intermediate line with Damsels and Snakes. On Friday Mr Welch caught four on a black Snake whilst Paul Walker landed nine fish on Damsels, and Scotty Wilson had six to the boat using Minky Boobies. On Saturday despite the cold difficult weather Mr M Cook a pike angler, in the last 4 hours, caught an 18 pound fish close to the tower.

Joe Saccone, a 9-year-old won the individual Charity Match with a combined weight of just over 4lbs for two fish, whilst Messrs Smith and Redfern were the combined winners of the Graham Tagg Trophy.

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Weekly Stats

Fish: 464
Returns: 66
Rod average: 7.03

Grafham switched on in earnest this week, particularly for the bank anglers. Culminating in the Hinckley Shield fished last Sunday to a six fish limit the 54 anglers caught 254 fish.

The North Shore has come to life with shrimp feeders close in. Notable hot areas have been the Willows, G marker, Coves Bay and Deep Water Point. The ‘Grafham Shuffle’ is working well to stir up the shrimp. Best methods have been GRHE’s and small fry patterns.

Boat anglers have been copying the bank anglers, fishing close in with shrimp and fry patterns. Depending on the wind direction drift into, or along the shore close in as the shrimp feeders are only 15-30 feet from the bank. Look to fish the clear water on the edge of any cloudy mud washed areas as the trout are patrolling the edge of the coloured water mopping up the shrimp. Don’t forget to give the bank anglers 50 metres when fishing these areas.

Competition news
Hinckley Shield results
Nine teams of six anglers fished this annual match with all the anglers fishing the North Shore. Out of 54 anglers, 31 caught their six fish limit. Invicta A narrowly pipped Elinor to take the top spot by just a few ounces, giving them victory for the second consecutive year. Keith Gilchrist, fishing for the winning team, was top rod weighing in for 15lb 11oz including the best fish of the match at 5lb 10oz.

Best boat areas: Rainbow Point, Stumps, Sanctuary Bay, G marker, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Willows, Dam, the Seat, Sludge Point.
Best bank areas: G bank, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, Pylon, the Stumps, the Seat, the Dam.

Forthcoming events

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank) 25 November

Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 11 and 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




Water Temperature: 7C. Clarity (Secchi disc) 2.2m

Last week saw the cages come ashore and the anglers were allowed to fish Cage Bay. Some nice fish were caught including a superb 8lb brownie caught by Jim Litster. The Hotel Bay, Tods Hole up to Chicken Leg have been fishing well. The fish outside the cages have been getting caught on Midge Tip down to Di3 lines using Candy Boobies, FAB’s, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs and in Cage Bay Di5 to Di7 using Boobies and Snakes. It’s coming up to winter hours and the fishery will be having boats available to fish during the winter, Monday to Fridays only. Please book as normal on 01877 385664.

Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Weekly Stats:

Fish: 505
Returns: 112
Rod average: 4.5

The quality fish continue to come at Pitsford. The rod average for the week is 4.5 with the best brown for the week a fantastic specimen of 6lb 11oz taken by Tom Finney, one of many taken by Tom in recent weeks.
Several rainbows have been reported at 4lb plus.

Boat anglers are finding a lot of fish around Sailing Club and Pines with fish coming to fry patterns. Humungus lures are catching many of the big browns.

Bank anglers are catching right in the margins on shrimp and fry, particularly in Bog Bay, Gravels and Sermans. Fish have been seen moving in the margins throughout the narrows and are feeding heavily.

Anglers are reminded that brown trout are out of season from the 1st November until 31 March inclusive. If caught they must be returned to the water unharmed.

Forthcoming events

Throughout November the fishing lodges are open 8am-4pm seven days a week

Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association offer taster/introduction sessions at Pitsford Water on the following Saturdays; 3rd November and 1st December 1-4pm.
Pitsford Fur & Feather (boat) 10th November.
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Predator Lure fishing 16 May to 31 January 2019

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350





It’s been a mixed week at Ravensthorpe which started well but the lower temperatures have made fishing a bit more tricky.

Best methods have been floating or intermediate lines with Blobs or small lures. A few fish have been caught on dries, Diawl Bachs and nymphs.
The bank has still been fishing well. Alan Duffin enjoyed two good days fishing from Platform 4. Alan caught 12 fish one day and four fish later in the week, on floating line, with nymphs, buzzers or lures catching the fish.

Best boat areas: Main bowl.
Best bank areas: Platforms 4 & 5, Dam.

Forthcoming events: Ravensthorpe Fur & Feather 4 November (bank).

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




Weekly Stats:

Fish: 1,249
Returns: 345
Rod average: 3.62

The recent changeable conditions hasn’t deterred anglers. Malcolm Janik from Spilsby netted six cracking rainbows in excellent condition weighing 2½lb – 3lb. Malcolm took these fish last Thursday, all falling to rudder tactics from the Sailing Club area to Normanton Church frontage. Similar methods worked for father and son Martin and Richard Hearth who teamed up last Friday taking nine fish. Richard netted browns between 3lb and 5lb 10oz with two 3lb plus rainbows in the bag.

Not many anglers use the ‘dapping method’ – a long rod with a floss blowline, however, Nottinghamshire angler Adrian Baggerly has been using this method for the last few weeks to great effect. Last week Adrian had a superb 4½lb rainbow whilst drifting in front of the fishing lodge harbour mouth. Normally fishing a ‘bushy’ fly to this method, Adrian used a ‘pink snake’ to lure his fish.

Graham Hayward fished with good friend Toff Crowther and the pair were again on the specimen trail on a very unsettled day. Graham came up trumps returning a super 6½lb – 7lb plus brownie. Graham and Toff were among a number of anglers reporting follows with fish refusing to take flies.

Floating Fry, Minkies, Snakes and Humungus are getting results. On floating lines; dries, Suspender Minkies and Floating Fry are working.

Bigger specimen fish are feeding on large perch and roach fry. Look for areas where the gulls are in good numbers as this is a good indicator that the trout are close by. The gulls are picking up distressed/dying fry with some really big browns (and some nice rainbows) feeding on perch up to 4 inches long.

Winter Restrictions:

As of Thursday 1 November certain bank areas will be closed to fishing ie Sailing Club onwards and left of the Transformer all the way round to Dickensons Bay.

Also from 1st November no brown trout are to be taken, any hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.

Competition news:

George Moore Memorial Trophy
Fourteen hardy souls braved the elements last Saturday competing in the George Moore Memorial match. The competitors were faced with a strong and cold NNW wind and driving rain at times! This match is fished to best brace. Out in front with 11lb 2¼oz were Pete Fleming and boat partner Mr Hill. They recorded a spectacular 7lb 13¼oz brown to take first place and best fish. Simon Lehane and John Castledine were second with a brace for 7lb 9oz and Dave Porter and Colin Best were third for 6lb 10oz. Everyone was a winner on the day for sticking it out in such poor conditions.

Forthcoming events:
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Anglian Water Rudder match 17th November
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2nd December.

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