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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 18th April 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






Bank Fishing Hotspots:
Eastern side of the lake at Nant Glyn, Hafod Lom and the Ring of Stones.

Boat Fishing Hotspots:
The Brenig Arm, Barrow Island and Tower Bay

Top Flies:
Tequila blob, buzzers, cat’s whiskers, montana, damsel and various boobies.

Top Bag (For six fish caught):
15lbs 6oz – Mr. Adrian Carless.

Biggest Fish:
7lbs 0oz – Mr. L. Hughes and Mr. K. Davies.

Rod Average:
5.6 fish per angler (Including fish returned).

With the cool easterly winds the fish were lying a little deeper in the water with a DI 7 being the preferred option for a number of anglers. However, fish seem to have been caught at all levels with some anglers catching using a DI 3.

Although fishing from the bank has proved to be more of a struggle this week with anglers being mainly restricted to the East bank due to the wind there is always an exception to the rule. The exceptions this week were Mr. L. Hughes and Mr. K. Davies who fished off Hafod Lom and Nant Glyn shore and caught an amazing 36 fish between them. Not only did they catch lots of fish but they caught some lovely over wintered fish which included two four pounders and one seven pound fish which claimed the prize for the biggest fish of the week.

The Coppenhall Flyfishers held a bank competition on Saturday and despite the cold had a successful day with Mr. Ken Moody coming out on top, catching six fish for 13lbs 8oz.

Brenig would like to welcome their new Seasonal Ranger, Mr. Kym Hodson. Kym started work last week and has already proved himself to be a valuable asset to the team.

Brenig would also like to announce that the Osprey hide is now up and running and can be booked by contacting the fishing shop at Llyn Brenig (01490 420463).]

On a very sad note Brenig and TFF would like to offer our condolences to all the family and friends of Wynnora Thomas who passed away last week. Wynnora gave her energy and enthusiasm over many years to the fishing community and will be sadly missed by all who knew and worked with her.

Bristol Water Fisheries


Tel: 01275 332339




Crystal clear water, bright sun and cold easterly winds have been the norm this week. Rather unsurprisingly fish continue to feed deep although when the wind dies down a few fish have been showing on top which has been encouraging. Daphnia plumes are now prevalent on lots of our waters although buzzer hatches have still been good too. Corixae can be seen darting around and alder flies are still showing, especially at Chew. The forecast for the week ahead is modest although Monday is forecasting strong gusts of over 30mph which means we have sadly had to cancel boat fishing at Chew and Blagdon on this day. Temperatures warming up later in the week with 17C forecast next Thursday leading into the Easter weekend. Quite a number of youngsters visiting the lakes this week with a picture of young Sam aged just 10 with a fine rainbow from Chew below. Great to see youngsters having a go, perhaps our efforts in getting youngsters into the sport in season 2018 are starting to show?

Chew Valley – Res level 97% full
Stocking to Date: 11,730
Rod Average: 4.7
Average Weight: 2lb 14oz
 Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 8lb 3oz
 Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 4lb 8oz

Bank areas:
Bank fishing continues to be good although the cold winds have hampered efforts on occasions this week. Woodford has consistently produced although the fish have been quite far out, moving a little closer during the morning and evening. North shore has been favored by many recently and the corner closest the main picnic area has been the hotspot. Please take extra care if fishing from this bank, some areas have undercut banks due to natural erosion. Walley is holding a good head of fish although the winds have been wrong for this bank for most of the week. Herons green is starting to slow down, no doubt a result of the continued pressure this area has been receiving. Buzzers and diawl bach’s still accounting for a lot of fish, especially combined with a damsel as a point fly. A few anglers have been trying sunken line tactics and the capture of another fantastic rainbow earlier on in the week just goes to show how bigger flies often catch bigger fish. Picture below. Try an intermediate or di3 with a mixture of boobies and blobs to pick out a bigger fish.

Boat areas:
A couple competitions this week including the Scierra pairs last weekend. Most boat anglers are now migrating to the areas around Walley bank although Wick Green, Herriots and Spring bay have also proved popular. Mr P Cotton and Mr M Kayes managed a respectable 16 fish between them in the Scierra Pairs bagging up just before 1pm. They mentioned that early on fish were being taken readily on buzzers fished slow on a floater but later on had to change to sunken line tactics as the fish went deeper. Other noteworthy catches include 13 fish to Mr J Curry in just 4 hours of fishing in the first Evening league heat of 2019. Mr Curry tempted fish from the Walley bank area fishing a team of small blobs on sunken lines. 600 fresh fish entered the lake earlier on in the week, slightly smaller than last weeks 3lb 2oz average weight. Unsurprisingly the average weight has dropped slightly but still sits at a very respectable 2lb 14oz which is fantastic to see. There’s still plenty of big fish out there to be caught and hood on tight if you hook into one.

Pike fly fishing continues to be tough although we are starting to hear of a few positive reports. Mr T Moore managed a respectable 20lb+ fish yesterday and other anglers are reporting starting to have fish follow their flies. The bays and margins will still be the best bet for the time being although it wont be long before the fish start moving to deeper areas of the lake.

Blagdon – Res level 97% full
Stocking to Date: 7,079
 Rod Average: 9
Average Weight: 2lb 9oz
 Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 5lb 2oz
 Biggest recorded Brown: 4lb 8oz

Bank areas:
Still lots of fish being taken in Butcombe with some anglers reporting them moving further up towards the river entrance. Green lawn has been good recently with a good head of fresher fish showing. Occasional fish from the North Shore along with a good sprinkling in Wood bay. Most anglers continuing to use nymphs and buzzers although a couple have reported catching well on black boobies fished deep down.

Boat areas:
The Top End continues to be the place to be for boat anglers although reports of fish in the Home bay area of the lake have been encouraging. Mr Churn had a great session last week reporting fish coming to deep nymphs in the Top End. Similar to Chew, some catches have been recorded on sunken line tactics with blobs and cormorants accounting for fish too. The fish in and around Butcombe are still present with a few anglers also catching towards the byewash. Buzzer hatches continue to be good although not quite as strong as the previous few weeks.

A few brown trout being caught which is always nice to see. Mr D Capelin and boat partner landed a fine 4lb 6oz brown trout as part of a 30+ fish catch on Monday.
Easterly winds are still prevalent this week which will make things a little more challenging for anglers, as the week progresses temperatures are warming and winds easing. Could we see the first fish of the season caught up on top?

Carsington Water


Tel: 01629 540478




Rod Average:
 The rod average for this week was 6.62 with 602 fish caught by 91 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown: 
The heaviest Rainbow was 7lb caught by R Tilling.

The heaviest Brown was 3lb caught by Joe Cummins.

The heaviest Blue was 4lb caught by Paul Higgin

Top Spot:
 The most popular spots have been around the Brown Ale Bay, Half Moon Bay, Fish Tail Creek Upperfields Bay and Millfields Bay.

Methods & Flies:
 The most successful flies were green and black lures, buzzers, black snakes, cormorants and cats whiskers.

Sinking lines have proven popular, with a slow drift and slow retrieve being successful for many anglers.

Another great weeks fishing with most fish being caught on the east side of the reservoir.
Black and green patterns seem to have been the most successful, however some anglers have also had success on black buzzers.

Spring Open 2019 Competition

Saturday 27th April 2019 is the date for the Spring Open Competition
For more information and booking contact the fishery.

Draycote Water


Tel: 01788 812018




Weekly Stats:   

Number Rods: 232  
Number Trout Taken: 101 
Number Trout Released: 395
Total Catch: 496  
Rod Average: 2.13

A hard week for most at Draycote caused by prolonged cold easterly winds and chilled conditions most days. On one of the mornings the air temperature was -3°C resulting in icy boats and pontoon.

Monday saw successes on both boat & bank with Alan Bettles recording a good morning’s fun with 7 rainbows to the net. He fished blue flash damsels from Lin Croft. Just along the bank from Alan, C J Day was also in action with three to Pheasant Tail Nymphs before moving along to the Cornfield due to changing winds. This, and a switch to slightly deeper tactics with a slow retrieved snake pattern, saw him rewarded with rainbows of 3½ & 4lbs.Out in the boat Mark Francis enjoyed sport in Rainbow Corner where he netted 7 on buzzers with a further two coming to a Klinkhammer pattern.

On Tuesday fish dropped off the margins into deeper water & things got really tough for bank anglers, as evidenced by numerous blank rods and just one landed for bank regular & member Tony Broadway. Out on the water though, Biggin Bay proved to be a productive area for the boats with Ged O’Donoghue & boat partner Steve fishing blobs on intermediate lines. Between them they landed a total of 23 rainbows. Keith Coley & boat partner Bob Taft enjoyed similar action with a joint tally of 25 to the boat.

Wednesday saw Alan Grant as top rod on the bank with a 5 fish session but once more, it was the boat anglers enjoying the best of the sport. Of particular note was a 15 fish catch by Lee Patten on drifts along the Farborough Dam fishing buzzers really deep on a 10’ Midge Tip. He took three for the pot, all of which were in the 4lbs+ bracket – best 4lbs 12oz. Eugene Hughes’ trip up from London was also rewarded as he found fish deep off the Sailing Club. Using Di5 & 7 sinking lines in conjunction with blobs & lures he enjoyed hectic sport with over 30 to the net.

Bitter, windy conditions made Thursday the hardest day of the week with a rod average plunging to 1.5. Season rod Ian Richardson recorded the only fish caught on the bank and most of the boat anglers’ returns were noughts, ones or twos. John Dickens however, bucked the trend in style with a 13 rainbows to the net on buzzer patterns. Friday was a bright & cold day, but Tony Broadway was back on the bank where he caught & released four. All Water member Ian Jobe ended his boat session with an 8 fish tally as did John Hoskins who anchored in Dunn’s Bay to take all his fish on black glass buzzers presented at depth.

The weekend saw Mark Braun as top rod on the bank with a 7 rainbow catch all on blue flash damsels, a pattern that has been extremely productive for both boat & bank anglers so far this season. Graeme Bell’s “Draycote Annual Meet” group spent the weekend with us &, despite experiencing some patchy sport in cold, windy conditions, the 26 anglers in the group managed to land a collective total of 73 with Dave Morris & Andrew Cooper managing ten apiece. Good sport was also had by regular rudder boys Ifor Jones & Jim Dempsey with 22 rainbows up to 4lbs to the net. Mr Featherstone boat fished in Biggin Bay and caught 13 rainbows……..all on blue flash damsels!

Most of the Sunday sport was found along the Farborough Dam & down into Toft with regular George Leaton landing 8 to black & green lures & a red damsel pattern by the Swan’s Nest. Martyn Moore netted 6 on deep buzzers whilst Tim Burn & Paul Mitchell hooked & lost numerous fish at the bottom of the Hensborough Bank before going over to Biggin Bay where they boated 11 between them – fishing straight lined buzzer teams. The second day of the Graeme Bell group visit resulted in another 83 to the net with Andy Campbell & Andrew Cooper both recording 10 apiece & Dave Morris close behind with 8.

The winds are forecast to be shifting more into the south as the coming week progresses, bringing increased temperatures which will hopefully see a return of the prolific buzzer hatches of a fortnight ago.

Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




174 anglers caught 1046 fish of which 871 were returned.

Best Fish: 
6lb 9oz  Jurgis Mikalauskas, dry fly, boat

Best Areas
Bank: east or west arm, coarse bank

Boat: west arm, dam

We’ve had 12 days of cold NE or E winds but the fishing remains excellent for boat anglers and good for bank anglers who are prepared to fish the far end of the lake. 
On days with a light wind there are good numbers of fish rising with dries or floater/washing line the best methods.

In a stronger breeze the fish have dropped down to 2-4ft with a small unweighted damsel or apps bloodworm on the point and small buzzers or diawl bachs on the dropper.  
At the lodge end of the lake the fish continue to be out of range of bank fisherman. Boats are using a team of buzzers or weighted damsels 8-12ft down to locate fish.

The forecast milder weather over the Easter period should see larger buzzers hatching and even more surface activity.

Best Patterns
: black or olive buzzer, small damsel, bloodworm, olive cruncher, red diawl bach, tequila blob, olive shipmans, olive cdc.

The current April/May edition of Trout & Salmon includes a cracking article on spring fishing at Elinor.

Forthcoming Competitions

Sunday May 5th Geordie Mountford Boat Pairs
Open to everyone. A memorial match to commemorate a superb flytyer and all round top bloke. 
You fish with your partner. 12 fish limit for the boat. 9am – 4pm. 
Entry fee including fishing permits £70 per pair. 
Richard Winser has kindly supplied a stunning trophy for the winners along with medals for the top 3 pairs. Tackle prizes will also be on offer. Come and fish a friendly competition at peak buzzer time!

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

Next Stocking
: April 19th & 22nd

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 212  
Number Trout Taken: 328 
Number Trout Released: 1495
Total Catch: 1823   
Weekly Rod Average: 8.5

While easterly winds and hard overnight frosts made for cold conditions for the anglers, the fishing has been on fire with amazing catches coming on a variety of methods. However, it has been the buzzers and nymphs that have really been producing the results.

Monday kicked off in fine form with a 12 fish rod average with some fantastic catches. Pete Eville landed 31 fish from Stoke Dry fishing Diawl Bach’s static on a washing line on a floater. Season ticket holder Lindsey Bates and Roy Swinfield enjoyed a good day from the boat landing 41 fish in total on small nymphs drifting into mucky bay. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas enjoyed an amazing days sport landing a cricket score for the day. Ed fished over at the Willows in the morning with buzzers on a washing line. Before moving over to the Island and Mucky Bay later in the day, using Crunchers to great effect. From the bank J Brown landed 10 fish from Stoke Dry on buzzers fished on a washing line.

After the amazing rod average of 12 Monday, expectations for more good fishing continue Tuesday. This proved to be the case with a 14.2 rod average. Tim Grove fished buzzer from an anchored boat in Stoke Dry to land 15 fish. Mr G Chewter & Mr W Ormiston landed 50 fish between them all on nymphs from the top end around Stoke Dry and the Willows. On the bank Roy Swinfield fished at Stoke Dry on small buzzers to land 17 fish. Mr G & R Horner landed 38 fish all on small buzzers around Stoke Dry. Nick Dunn & Julian Weddle enjoyed a great day landing 65 fish between them fishing a washing line with nymphs and buzzers at Stoke Dry.

Once again buzzers and nymphs were the order of the day, to land great catches. Tim Grove landed 50 fish all on small black buzzers sized 12 & 14 fished on a floating line around the shallows at Stoke Dry. All water season Phil Mee landed 19 fish all on buzzers and nymphs on a floater in the shallows and into Mucky Bay. Ian Jobe & Clive Moore enjoyed a good on the nymphs fishing round the Chestnut Tree, Mucky Bay and Stoke Dry landing 28 fish. Also, out of the water Wednesday was Higham Ferrers fishing club who enjoyed a great club outing landing 119 fish between the 10 of them for a 11.9 rod average. Winning the day was Pip Jeffs who landed 28 fish on a mix of Buzzers, Diawl Bach’s and blobs on a floating line.

Out the water in house guide Lee Henfrey took all water season ticket holder John O’Hara with John landing over 15 fish all on buzzers fished under the bung at Stoke Dry and then later in the day at the Willows. Roy Swinfield and Lindsey Bates fished from a boat around Stoke Dry landing over 40 fish between them all on small buzzers and nymphs. All water season ticket holder Tony Day enjoyed a good 5 hour session from the boats landing 28 fish. Tony used size 14 buzzers on a floating line in Mucky Bay with a small FAB on the point to just hold the flies from snagging the bottom.

While all these great catches went on the best catch of the day went to fishery bailiff Toff Crowther. Toff is well known for targeting big fish and after landing a 7lb brown he then went and finally broke the magic 10lb mark with a fantastic brown of 10lb 4oz, his first double figure fish from a reservoir. To see pictures of both of Toffs fantastic browns please visit

Season ticket hold M Farrell used buzzers to great effect landing 32 fish all on buzzers on Friday from Stoke Dry, The Willows and Mucky Bay. All water season ticket holder Paul Walker landed 29 fish on a mixture of Buzzers & Diawl Bach’s while out in a boat from the top end around the Turn rafts and then Stoke Dry and the Cow Shed. Neil Shilton enjoyed a good days sport while in a float tube taking 10 fish majority of which came to washing line tactics.

Over the weekend the hard frosts and cold East winds slightly slowed the fishing. Luke & Darren Dodd still found fish willing to take buzzers up at Stoke Dry landing 22 between them all on small size 12 buzzers. The England Youth Team enjoyed some good sport while on a training weekend over both days. They used a variety of methods from pulling lures to buzzers. Although it was fishing washing line buzzers on midge tip that produced the best results, with Stoke Dry, The Willows and Mucky Bay all producing good sport. Over the weekend they landed 169 fish. Foremark Fly Fishers also fished in a club match on Sunday landing 59 fish in total for a rod average of 7.5 with their best catches coming to buzzers and nymphs once again fishing at Stoke Dry.

Areas that fished were, Sam’s Dyke, Willows, platform, Chestnut and Stoke Dry with Floating lines producing the best along with midge tip lines teamed with buzzer, cruncher, hares ear, damsel, fab & blob they all required to be fished very slow or static with the indicator well worth a go.

With the weather warming up next week we should start to see more prolific fly hatches with more surface activity, as the weeks progress especially now the fish are up in the shallow water.

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Fish 515 (Season 1,421)
Returns 79 (339)
Rod average 6.5 (5.7)

The season is really hotting up at Grafham Water with lots of action on the boats with anglers catching their quota plus a lot of catch and release.

We would like to give a shout out to Andy Lucas and Jonathan Lawrence who had a great day at Grafham on Friday. Not only did they catch 64 fish to their boat but Andy also took the season’s best Brown to date at 5lb 8oz. There have been other boats taking similar numbers of fish. Boat anglers are accounting for more fish than the bank anglers and we think this is because the boats can fish the low water mark from the end of last season which is where the fish are feeding.

Although bank fishing is steady at the moment we are sure this will catch up once the wind changes direction and more bug life starts to hatch on the margins.

The most effective methods this week have been fishing on an intermediate Di5, black/green blobs and boobies, buzzers at 12 feet. Use a slow retrieve, a lot of fish are on the hang.

Competition news
Anglian Water Rudder Match 13 April
Seven pairs fished this match with the majority of anglers recording 8 fish. Roy and Colin Bartrum secured first place with sixteen fish for 34lb 12oz, not far ahead of second placed Mr Nailer and Mr Bradshaw with 16 fish for 33lb 4oz. Roy Bartrum had the best fish of the match at 3lb 5oz.

Best Rainbow: 6lb 6oz taken by Tom Walker.
Best Brown: 5lb 8oz taken by Andy Lucas.
Best boat areas: All points and bays along the north shore.
Best bank areas: G buoy, dam, Marlow Stones and dam.
Midweek boat winner: Nick Marshall.

Forthcoming events
England Qualifier 3 May
Snowbee Floating Line 4 May
Home International 7-10 May
Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May

Beginners courses: 19 & 23 April; 5,19,26 & 31 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 30 April, 13 & 27 May; 4 & 11 June and other dates throughout the season.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




Water Temperature at 6ft 9C; Secchi disk Clarity 2.5m

The first heat of the Scottish National Trout Fly Fishing Championship 2019, Sponsored by Ridgeline UK, 7plus7 Construction & R & E Hygiene was held on the lake today. Thankfully the strong easterly wind experienced on Monday abated slightly but the day was still on the cool side with light persistent rain for most of the session. Most of the boats headed for shallow water drifts in the Eastern Basin with some also heading to Sandy Bay and Malling.

Buzzers were hatching through the day and the birds were busy feeding on them above water with the trout doing likewise sub-surface.

The winner of the heat was Kevin McCabe of Change FFC. He managed to land 23 fish for a total weight of 45lbs 3.7ozs. (First three fish killed and weighed with 2lbs awarded for each fish returned thereafter). Kevin was fishing a floating line and buzzers around Shear Point. Kevin also won the corresponding heat last year with 39 fish and will be captaining the Scotland team at the Spring International at Grafham Water next month. Here’s hoping that his form continues!

2nd place went to Neill Barrett of Gilmerton FFC with 14 fish for 30lbs, 5.6ozs. Neill got his fish between the ferry pier and the shallow marker buoys on a floating line with a fab and cormorants.

3rd place went to Wayne Cram of West Lothian Fly Dressers AC. Wayne landed 13 fish for a total of 27lbs, 13.7ozs. Wayne fished Hotel Bay using a Buzzer Tip Boobies and diawl bachs.

The top 23 anglers qualified for the semi-finals with the cut off weight being 14lbs, 7.8 ozs. The 46 anglers landed a total of 352 fish for a total of 734lbs 1.3 ozs, giving a rod average of 7.65. PB

On Sunday the Scottish team were out practising and had 128 fish from their 8 boats. On Saturday, Falkirk FD killed 28 for 64lbs and returned a further 21 with 5 boats, IBM netted 50 with their 6 boats.

Kevin McCabe on right “twiddling to victory”
Kevin McCabe on right “twiddling to victory”

Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Fish 806 (Season 3,807)
Returns 117 (615)
Rod average 6.9 (6.2)

Pitsford is returning to its early season form and on Sunday anglers recorded a rod average of 10.9 for the day. Fish up to 5lb plus are coming up to dries and buzzers. Despite the cold easterly wind last week the weather was settled and the rod average for the week was 6.9 and improving every day with the fish feeding on buzzers fished deep and slow.

Boats have out fished the bank and fish have been taken in the Small Half for the first time this season. Alisdair Weir had some cracking fish with three 3lb plus Rainbows and a Brown of 4lb with some fish returned. Dominic de Souza had ten fish with the washing line on a midge tip.

Colin Gallagher had a couple of 3lb Rainbows, one of 3lb 8oz and a Brown of 3lb 8oz with several others returned. Stan Hillman had a good morning from the bank catching and releasing 14. On Sunday Charlie Watts and boat partner Mr Lea had 25 on buzzers. Mick O’Farrell and Richard Slater found fish willing to come up for dries and had over twenty fish.

The best areas are Duffers, Bog Bay, Pitsford Creek, Stilton and the Cliffs with the Small Half worth a look.

A thousand cracking condition Browns were stocked last week and are reportedly well spread and being caught from all areas. Another 2,000 fish are due to be stocked this week, so the fishing should stay in top form with better weather forecast for the coming week.

Best Brown: 4lb taken by Alisdair Weir.
Best boat areas: Pitsford Creek, Brixworth Bay, Stone Barn.
Best bank areas: Duffers, Bog Bay, Stilton, Cliffs.
Midweek boat winner: M Brinkman.
Fish stocked: 1,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses: 2 and 18 May and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 1,15 & 28 May 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 219 (Season 4,139)
Returns 49 (469)
Rod average 4.4 (8.8)

Another good week at Ravensthorpe despite the cold conditions and East wind. Best methods have been floating line and buzzers, black and olive the best colours, small damsels or hares ears are also catching fish.

Mr Revell and his boat partner enjoyed three days fishing catching over 70 fish to the boat. Ray Yarnwell and boat partner Martin had 18 fish on Tuesday on a nemo buzzer and floating line. Alan Duffin had another good week from the bank catching 18 fish in two visits, most fish being caught on black buzzer.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 1oz taken by Dean Stone.
Best boat areas: Front of lodge, Coton End.
Best bank areas: Dam.
Midweek boat winner: J Day.

Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




Fish 1,811 (Season 4,803)
Returns 261 (652)
Rod average 6.93 (7.36)
Anglers have been commenting on the high quality Rainbows and Browns that are being caught including many over wintered specimens.

Despite the cold winds there have been major buzzer hatches occurring so nymphs and buzzers have been working extremely well on floating and midge tip lines, bungs have also been effective.

Notable catches this week have been from Robbie Winram and Airflo’s Gareth Jones who ventured up the north arm on floating lines, taking 30 plus fish including many overwintered rainbows up to 4lb 8oz, mainly on nymphs and buzzers. Mick Connor managed 12 fish off the dam wall on an old pattern called a Cove Pheasant Tail. Mick remarked on the number of over wintered fish up to 4lb.

Malcolm Janik netted 12 fish off Sykes including a 7lb Brownie which he returned. Chris Webster was boat fishing on lures when he caught a 5lb 3oz Rainbow. David Payne from Essex fished the south arm around Old Hall/green bank area and hooked a fantastic condition 5lb 4oz Rainbow. Ranger Mark McLeod and boat partner Chris Bobby managed 50 fish to the net last Friday. Roger Oliver from Sheffield managed 28 fish from the south arm/green bank area.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 4oz taken by David Payne of Essex.
Best bank areas: Dam, Sykes Lane, Whitwell Creek, Old Hall Point.
Best boat areas: Fishing Lodge frontage, sailing club, bottom of the north arm.
Midweek boat winner: Mr P Ball of Leek.
Fish stocked: 3,450.
Water temperature: 9 Celsius.

Forthcoming events
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.

Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat 29 April
Davy Hodgson Memorial 5 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 May
Airflo Invitation Match 15-19 May
Bob Church Classic 2 June

Beginners courses: 20,25 & 27 April; 16,25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 29 April, 14 & 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June and throughout the season.

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