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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 7th June 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





No Report this week







Llyn Brenig


Tel: 01490 420 463






2nd June
A rather mixed bag of weather was experienced at Llyn Brenig last week with a little bit of everything thrown in. However the weather that we have had has made some ideal conditions for fishing with over cast skies, a little bit of wind which has resulted in a nice ripple on the lake and some warm temperatures. At times the wind has been a little bit too strong. The water temperature is 11 degrees C which will mean that the fish are high up in the water. Dry flies have been used this week with some success and the rod average for the week of 5.2 fish per angler indicates that the lake is fishing really well.

With some excellent fishing taking place Mr. Jonathon Roberts comment stands out when he wrote ‘Brilliant sport today on my 5 weight! The trout were going crazy for alder fly’. Not only did he have a great day but he landed the biggest fish of the week, a 5lb Rainbow. The biggest bag of the week, weighing in at 15lbs 0oz was claimed by Mr. Dave Timmins from Bangor on Dee and that was for just five fish!

The top flies this week have been alder fly, beetles, sedge, cat’s whiskers, daddy long legs, tequila blob, coral boobie, montana, diawl bach, black gnat, black spider, cdc, damsel and various other blobs and boobies.

With a predominantly South Westerly wind this week the hot spots for fishing for both bank and boat anglers have been Hafod Lom, Tower Bay, Nant Glyn shore and the Ring of Stones. Boat fishermen have also had success along the Dam Wall whilst bank fishermen have also enjoyed some excellent fishing along the Visitors Centre shore.

The next Early Morning Boat session will take place on 29th and 30th June. We are also having an Open Pair Fishing Competition which will be open to all fishermen with two Sierra rods as first prize along with prizes for second and third places. This will take place on Sunday June 16th. There’s no entry fee and if you use a boat it will be a £10 reduction on the normal price. The next Try the Fly day is on Saturday 22nd

To book any of the above events please ring the Visitors Centre.

I would also like to extend a warm, belated, welcome to our seasonal Ranger Mr. Ilan Evans who started work here this month. Ilan is an excellent addition to the staff and is already known to many of our fishermen due to his involvement in the Welsh youth team and through his father Barry, who owns the fishing shop in Bala.

We also have fantastic news about the Brenig Osprey as we believe that the eggs have hatched and that she is the proud mother of at least one chick, possibly two or even more amazingly possibly three. We have yet to confirm numbers but things are looking very promising!

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




No report this week







Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




3rd June 2019
The earlier part of the week seemed to show lower returns as our anglers battled against the wind and cooler conditions. Friday and Saturday fished well as the temperatures increased, with some cloud cover and lighter winds setting up for perfect fishing conditions. Many of our regular anglers caught 8 plus fish each and some even had success fishing on dries.

Mr J Cummins caught a 7.5 lbs rainbow at the North end whilst fishing a drift using a sinking line, his fly choice was a Special White Cat! It’s great to see some of our larger fish being caught.

We have had a few catch return comments this weekend questioning our fish numbers and stocking. We can assure you that we are still stocking weekly and we are working on the same stocking programme as past seasons. Some days the fish can be harder to catch than others and you do need to move around on this water. 
The most popular spots this week have been North End , Brown ale Bay and Millfields.

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 3.33 with 340 fish caught by 102 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 7lb 8oz caught by J Cummins.
The heaviest Brown was 4lb 5oz caught by Phil Ramsden.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Shinningford Creek, Brown Ale Bay, North End, Millfields and Sailing Club Island.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were Orange Blobs, Black Nomads, Black buzzers, Montanas, Nymphs and Black & Green Lures

Both sinking lines and floating lines with a slow retrieve have again proven popular. Those that have used sinking lines have been fishing approx 6ft below the surface.

Autumn Open Competition
Saturday  5th October 2019
The Autumn Open is a known pairs competition, the entry fee is £60.00 per pair including petrol boat and 6 fish permit.

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




No report this week







Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




May 20th – 26th
244 anglers caught 994 fish of which 777 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 5oz  Matt Skinner, Rushden, red cdc, boat
6lb 0oz  Darren Oram, Aldwincle, red buzzer, boat
5lb 2oz  Anthony Scott, Wellingborough, diawl bach, boat
5lb 0oz  Theresa Chambers, Spalding, boat
+ 15 other fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Bank – coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar, shallow bay, boat bay
Boat – all areas holding fish

Best Patterns
damsel, olive or black cdc shuttlecock, bloodworm, red or plain diawl bach, black or olive hopper, foam daddy.

Lots of surface activity whatever the weather last week. Damsel nymphs and adult damsels are keeping the fish occupied during the day. Large hatches of small sedge and buzzers in the evening.

Although boats are having the biggest bags there are plenty of fish in range of bank anglers especially on the coarse bank. 
Dry fly had the most success closely followed by floater/washing line. Over the deeper water straight lined nymphs are working with a bloodworm or small damsel on the point with diawl bach and cruncher on the droppers.

Over the the weekend there was a good turnout of anglers from 
Alan Shearn was top dog with 6 fish on Saturday and 18 on a breezy Sunday. Alan fished dries with assorted colours of bobs bits and small klinkhammers. 
Kevin Dewey was the most consistent float tuber.

Chris Cook under instruction from his dad finally managed to catch a fish.

Forthcoming Competitions
Sunday November 10th
Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Next Stocking: June 3rd & 7th

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



No report this week







Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Fish 269 (Season 5,522) Returns 65 (1,094) Rod average 4.14 (5.05)

Anglers have enjoyed another good week at Grafham with the rod average increasing to 4.14. Although this week has seen stronger winds and warm temperatures the fish have not been put off.

Many anglers are starting to find overwintered fish throughout the day, in most areas of the reservoir, although these are predominantly coaxed by a lure and more likely from the boat rather than the bank. The fish, most often, have been between 5-10 feet down and more likely caught on an intermediate, Di3’s and sink tip lines with black and green being the colour of choice for most. Blobs and boobies bright in colour, such as orange or pink, are fishing well although smaller cormorant type flies are catching fish too.

The best way to enjoy a good day’s fishing is still from the boat with many finding the better fish in open water on longer drifts, although some are still finding good bags anchored up and using buzzer on the bung. Many areas of the reservoir have fished well this week, with the best hot spots along the north dam, G marker and off of the north shore points. As previously mentioned the best lines are intermediates or Di3’s, though it’s worth changing your retrieve speed often as the fish are up and down regularly. Many are finding the fish chasing before hooking up on the hang so be aware!

Bank fishing is starting to improve with the dam, harbour arms and Marlow arm being popular, although with a few beginning to move close in, Plummer the Stumps and Willows may be worth a walk and wade over the next week or two. There are a lot of fry in some of the marginal weed so bear this in mind and bring some small fish lures for a good chance at some cracking fish.

The coming week is likely to see an increase in sport as the weather is more consistent, finding areas with a bit of wave, ripple or on the edge of the colour line will likely increase your bag. Finally, when boat fishing, we recommend trying to fish the wind lanes, a lot of feed is dragged into these areas so the trout will not be far away.

Best boat areas: Bays and points along the north shore. 80 to 100 yards off the Dam and Valley Creek to the fishing lodge in the evening.

Best bank areas: The dam into clear water or the edge of colour and the jetties.

Mid week boat winner: John Timothy.

Fish stocked: 1,500.

Forthcoming events
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
Open to all and a great way to enjoy the summer evenings. Boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in
Perry for a drink and sandwiches and chips.
EFFA ProAm 20 June
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 22 June
Anglian Water Airflo International – Southern Final 8 July
Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July

Beginners courses: 31 May; 6,15,23 & 30 June;6,19 & 28 July and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 4 & 11 June; 2 & 24 July and other dates throughout the season.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




4th June 2019
Water Temp at 6ft 14C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 2.30m

A gradual improvement in water clarity and the best sport at the weekend was on dries. In the Scottish clubs, last year’s winners Lintrathen (Kevin Neri, Chris McAllister and Neil Anderson) won the heat comfortably fishing dries at the Malling shore and the Plantation. The 33 anglers netted 133 fish. On the previous Wednesday the same area provided the best bags in the FARIO FLY boat league (top rod Bill Ramage) but this time with cormorants and a cat booby (21 anglers netted 134 fish).

The Pike Anglers Alliance Scotland had the first of their lure outings (next one is Monday 24th June) and netted in 121 jacks and 9 double figure fish up to 17lbs. Duncan Glen had 3 good fish on a magnum toby whilst others were catching well on pig shads. Fishery member of staff Connor did well on his lure night with a good brownie (there was also an 8lb brownie caught and returned) and a good pike.

Watch out for the Road Closures next week as the A81 is scheduled for closure 10th to 21st June between the Port and the Rob Roy. When this is completed, work will start on the A873 between Thornhill and the hill road to Callander

Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350





Fish 766 (Season 8,841 )
Returns 153 (1,385)
Rod average 5.0 (6.4)

It has been a very good week on Pitsford with lots of quality fish and a rod average for the week of 5. There have been lots of good fish in the catch returns. John Pearson and Ray Rouse had a good day afloat. They both had their limit with John returning a 4lb 4oz Brown as well as Rainbows of 4lb and 3lb 14oz. Ray had Rainbows of 4lb and 3lb.

John Harper had the best Rainbow of the week with a fish of 5lb 2oz, but his bag included 4lb and 3lb 3oz Rainbows and a Brown of 4lb 1oz. Tony Frost had a quality bag of 8 fish including specimens of 4lb 10oz, 4lb 6oz, 4lb 4oz and 4lb.

The best areas are the main basin and dam and Small Half for the boats or Gravels and Sermans from the bank. Floating or midge tip lines and crunchers or buzzers fished on a washing line with a FAB or booby on the point.

Competition news
AMFC Group one
36 anglers representing six teams caught 194 fish for a rod average of 5. The Fish Hawks were the top team with 39 fish for 97lb 3oz. Tunbridge Wells took second place with 39 fish for 93lb 13oz and Rutland Water took third with 31 fish for 79lb 11oz. Top rod was Graham Pearson from Rutland with 8 fish for 23lb 15oz including time bonus. Ben Worley of Soldier Palmers took the best fish of the match with a 4lb 1oz Brown.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 2oz taken by John Harper.
Best Brown: 4lb 4oz taken by John Pearson.
Best boat areas: Dam, Sailing Club, Flats, Pines, small half.
Best bank areas: Gravels, Sermans, Rigbys.
Mid week boat winner: Martin Nelson.

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 June
Beginners courses: 9,14,22 & 28 June; 12,21 &27 July 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
6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Tel: 01604 781350




Fish 236 (Season 6,555)
Returns 63 (850)
Rod average 3.7 (7.7)

Top of the water sport switched on at Ravensthorpe this week. Despite a tough start to the week with some anglers struggling to find a consistent method the fish at Ravensthorpe have really started feeding on naturals in the top two feet of water.

Damsel nymphs are abundant and small damsel patterns are working just sub surface. There are also plenty of snails floating around and so a small deer hair pattern can work well to pick up fish exploiting this food source. Pond olives continue to hatch off sporadically and buzzer hatches are a regular occurrence. Try crunchers and diawl bachs with a popper hopper to hold them up in the water where the fish are feeding. Cdc buzzer patterns are also well worth trying.

The weekend fished well with many anglers reporting having their hooks straightened and being broken by smash takes. We recommend a balanced set up and not fishing any lighter than 6lb breaking strain leaders.

On Sunday Ravensthorpe hosted the Mick Griffin Challenge; a floating line invitational match which fished pretty well despite blustery conditions. Top spot went to Dave Rowe with four fish for 10lb 13oz, including a well mended 3lb 8oz fish. Mick Griffin came second with four fish for 10lb 3oz with Mark Mathieson in third place with four fish for 9lb 14oz.

Bank fishing is still a viable prospect, but floating lines and buoyant or floating patterns are the order of the day due to weed growth. The dam or Monger bank are the best bank spots.

Best Rainbow: 4lb.
Best boat areas: Tall Willows to Lodge and Coton End.
Best bank areas: Mongers and dam.
Midweek boat winner: Derek Martin.

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441





Fish 682 (Season 16,549)
Returns 138 (2,820)
Rod average 4.94 (5.86)

Another excellent week at Rutland Water, not only in numbers of fish caught, but also the quality of fish with some specimen Browns showing in good numbers. Martin Brocklebank had a good day up the North Arm, fishing with a beginner, the pair both managed a 6lb Brown apiece both of which were returned. Other fish caught that day were reported to have been feeding on large sedge pupae.

It’s not just our local anglers who are enjoying great sport; at this time of year we have regular visitors who travel long distances to make their annual ‘pilgrimage’ to Rutland Water. Devon anglers John Glanfield and Richard Powlesland and friends made their 42nd trip to Rutland recently and put their years of experience and expertise to excellent use netting an incredible 104 fish off the bank. They fished Green Bank and the Old Hall for the majority of their fish caught on nymph and buzzer, fished on floating, midge tip lines straight lining, under the bung and washing line.

Hatches of buzzer are still occurring with olives also still showing, anglers have also reported mayfly on the water. Good news for those who like surface activity is that this year’s pin fry have already been observed in some areas. Dry fly will account for these along with nymphs with a bit of pearl flash in them.

Competition news
Bob Church Classic Sunday 2 June
This was the 32nd running of this prestigious match which was won by John Buchanan with 15 fish for 30lb 9oz. The match fished to a 3.3 rod average.

1st John Buchanan 15 fish for 30lb 9oz
2nd Iain Barr 12 fish for 26lb 13oz
3rd Martin Greatback 9 fish for 19lb 15oz

Tuesday Night Boat League week 4
19 anglers caught 55 fish. Chris Evans was top rod on the night with eight fish, Rich Cooper was second and Vince Sparrow took third place. The best fish was taken by Keith Jones with a 3lb 12½oz Rainbow.

League leader board after week 4
1st Vince Sparrow 28 points
2nd Rich Cooper 24 points
3rd Mick Connor 15 points

RWFF Cutting Trophy – evening bank match
1st Tom Cooper 4 fish for 11lb
2nd= Dave Porter 2 fish for 6lb 4oz
2nd= Rob Teasdale 3 fish for 6lb 4oz
4th Peter de Kremer 2 fish for 4lb 4oz
5th Graham Measures 1 fish for 3lb 2oz
6th Gordon Alleyne 1 fish for 2lb 10oz

Twelve members fished this bank match on Friday evening 31 May, between 6pm and 10pm. A total of 13 fish were weighed in and another ten caught and returned. Tom Cooper found fish at the head of Whitwell Creek and was a runaway winner with four fish for 11lb (although he returned another nine fish). Rob Teasdale also found fish in Whitwell Creek. Dave Porter took the best fish of the evening at 3lb 12oz at New Zealand Point. Otherwise members found it a difficult evening in bright conditions. All fish caught were Rainbows.

Brand new events for our anglers
Breakfast club fishing – starts Saturday 8 June
This year at Rutland we are hosting some unique early morning events we are calling ‘Breakfast club’

The idea is to get out on the water early at the time of year when the water temperatures are starting to get quite high and have some sport before the sun gets right up.  You will be able to enjoy a chat and share your success with other anglers over a coffee and a cooked breakfast (included in the price). Fishing will commence at 5am until 11am with breakfast served shortly after.

We will be hosting Breakfast club fishing on the following days:
June 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th (all Saturdays).

Although rangers will be on-site early to assist and prep the boats, the fishing lodge won’t be opening until 8am (as usual)  so Breakfast club fishing will need to be paid in advance.To book and pay call the lodge on (01780) 686441 (there are limited spaces).

Costs per person
Season ticket holder single man boat £24.50
Season ticket holder two man boat £20
Non-season ticket 1 fish kill c&r single man £47.50
Non-Season ticket 1 fish kill c&r two man £43
Non-season ticket 4 fish kill c&r single man £49.50
Non-season ticket 4 fish kill c&r two man £45

An evening with Hans Van Klinken at Rutland Fishing Lodge Cafe on Friday the 7 June 
Hans will be available for meet and greet from 6pm and then will talk from 7pm for around an hour, followed by a chat. The fishing lodge will also be open for purchases after his talk.

There aren’t many people in the fly tying world who do not know of Hans Van Klinken – one of the most prominent fly tyers in the world, developer of superb flies, writer of stunning articles with stunning photographs and of course one of the best lecturers/teachers, be that to children or adults. Hans demonstrates fly tying globally. Indeed, he is very rarely at home these days – more a frequent flyer on many airlines off to share fly tying joy!
Teas and coffees will be free of charge, with the cafe open to purchase drinks and snacks etc.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 6oz taken by Roger Marshall.
Best Brown: 6lb taken by Martin Brocklebank.
Best boat areas: Both arms of the reservoir, fishing lodge frontage.
Best bank areas: Old Hall, Green Bank, Normanton, Sykes Lane.
Mid week boat winner: Ron Oldroyd.

Forthcoming events
An evening with Hans Van Klinken 7 June
Breakfast Club Fishing 8,15,22 & 29 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 15 June
EDFF 3 July
EFFA 4 July
Scierra Pairs 6 July
England Qualifier 7 July
Anglian Water Airflo International – North of England Final 15 July

Beginners courses: 7,16 & 29 June; 2,14 & 20 July and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 5,10,17 & 24 June ; 5 & 9 July and throughout the season.

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