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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 30th 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





Blithfield closed on Friday 23rd November 2018, and will reopen again spring 2019.






Llyn Brenig


Tel: 01490 420 463






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




Opening Weekend 2019

Carsington will open again for the 2019 season on Saturday 16th March.
 Bookings are now being taken for the opening weekend, a great early season fishing challenge, which is highly popular, so don’t delay, get your space booked!
 The boat price is still just £26 for two people; permits can be purchased on the day however booking is advisable.

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: 159
Number Trout Taken: 272
Number Trout Released: 371
Total Catch: 643
Weekly Rod Average: 4.0

The cold northeast winds last week meant there was a definite chill in the air. As a result, this forced the fish out away from the bank to the deeper water due to its more stable temperature. On Monday Kevin Rees managed to tempt five fish from Lincroft Point on washing lined shrimps but commented on it being a challenging day. Out on the boats Ed Douglas fished around the Farnborough Dam wall and the spit to tempt 14 fish using a Di 7 sinking line and boobies. Airflo’s Gareth Jones enjoyed a day on the boats with Howard Croston with the pair landing 19 fish between them. Their best tactics were to fish a Di8 sinking with and a white Humongous Booby left for 15 seconds to sink to the bottom before using a slow figure-of-eight retrieve. They landed fish in Toft and Biggin but the best area was certainly S Buoy. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a great five hours sport with Jude Tuffs, the pair landing 20 fish between them. Fishing over P Buoy and around N Buoy they found that Di7 Forty Plus with a natural Snake Booby was the way to tempt the fish including some lovely overwintered fish.

The wind swung slightly more into the east although there was some northly gusts at times which resulted in yet another cold day on Tuesday for the hardy anglers who took to the water. On the bank season ticket holders Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed eight fish from the Cornfield using a washing line with a floating fry on the point. Out on the boats Alan Guest & Andy Dowell landed 10 fish on the rudder using Di7 sinking lines and Snakes with the best area being drifts over the top of Musborough Shoal between N and Y Buoy. This too was where D Harrison took his three fish on red Minkies.

With freezing temperatures overnight and a very gusty easterly wind it was a quite day at the fishery with only one boat out on the water on Wednesday. However, the boat of staff member Graham Henfrey & Thornton season ticket holder Steve Jordan enjoyed great sport. After a quick chat to brother Lee, Graham was told that his best option given the wind and the temperature drop was to back drift. This is exactly what the pair did to great effect landing 14 fish on natural Snake Boobies fished on a Di7 sinking line around Croft Shoal and S Buoy. The highlight of the day was when Steve landed a fantastic brown of 5lb.

A very cold night Wednesday saw a hard frost with temperatures of -4°C at 7am when the staff arrived at the fishery. With very little wind and sun it looked like it might have been a challenging day for the anglers. This proved to be the case from the bank with the hard frost, clear water and sun meaning the trout did not want to pull. Although it was a different story for the boats, the key was to fish deep in the water column with Di7 & 8 sinking lines being a must. However, once you got the flies down to the fish, they were all too willing to pull back. Ed Douglas fished in the drop off around Musborough Shoal at Y Buoy to land 11 fish on Snakes. In house guide Lee Henfrey making the most of his time off took Rodger Kerrison out with the pair landing 16 fish on Tubes around P Buoy and N Buoy with the best of the sport from N. Eugene Hughes once again took the train from London to make the most of the excellent sport. Eugene landed 14 fish for the day with Minkies and Tubes being his best patterns fished on a Di7 sinking line around the Farnborough Dam and N Buoy. John Hurst & Peter Watson fished around S Buoy with sinking lines and Snakes to land 13 fish between them.

With warmer overnight temperatures and the wind dropping in speed and swinging to the East there was some better fishing on Friday. On the boats the warmer temperatures meant that buzzers could be seen hatching over the Shoals and the Spit and there were even moving fish. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas enjoyed a red-letter day with over 40 fish to the boat. The pair started at Farnborough spit taking 15 fish. With Jim using a Tube on a Di7 sinking line while Ed opted to use Boobies. In was from this spot where Jim took a fantastic 7lb 10oz rainbow on a tube taken on the hang. The pair then continued to catch as they moved around the lake getting fish from S Buoy, Y Buoy and along the Farnborough Dam. Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird and Lee Henfrey fished landing 35 fish. The pair found the fish at S Buoy in the morning with Lee landing 9 on tubes, before moving to N Buoy and Y Buoy to land most of their fish with Lee staying on the tube. Tom went for a Di7 sinking line with two Humongous Boobies on a 20ft leader a black and gold on the dropper and white and silver on the point. Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton enjoyed a great day’s sport from Toft with their fish coming from just under the surface. This included some cracking rainbows to 5lb, which left Felicity grinning from ear to ear as it was her best Draycote fish.

The wind went back to a North East with more of a chill to it on Sunday with some un-forecast rain first thing in the morning. This soon cleared leaving overcast conditions for the rest of the day. This turned out to be ideal for all those who turned out for our Fur & Feather match. Most, if not all the fish were caught on sinking lines out over the markers in the deeper water, generally on Di7’s , and then a mixture of patterns such as Snakes, Tubes and Boobies. The fishing was fantastic with seven bag limits caught, and a mixture of some lovely silvered up rainbows and cracking browns. The winners on the day with 12 fish for 25lb 7 oz. were Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin. In second place were Eddie Mitchell and Gordon Bramwell with a weight of 24lb 15oz, whilst third place went to Tom Finney and Ollie Jenkins with a bag weight of 24lb 4oz. The best fish of the day went to Dave Bailey, which was a brown of 4lb, weighed by Tom Bird out on the water and returned. The staff match was taken by Lee Henfrey and Nigel Keeber with 12 fish for 24lb 5oz.

2019 Season Permits: New for 2019 our ALL WATER SEASON PERMIT from £480.00 gives you the flexibility to fish all our water. Contact the lodge for further detail or call 01788 812018

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Dates for the Diary

Draycote close’s for the season on Friday 30th November 2018.

Elinor Trout Fishery


Tel: 01832 720786




124 anglers caught 464 fish of which 399 were returned

Not quite as many anglers ventured out last week as the temperature dropped but the lodge end of the lake continued to fish well with fish feeding on small buzzers. Size 14 or 16 skinny black buzzers worked well in combination with a lightweight red Apps on the point.

Decent numbers of fry feeders along the dam. White Minkie or Minkie Booby scored.

Some fish are also now being caught further afield from the dam with the gravel bar and shallow bay showing signs of switching on.

The first pike fishing weekend produced jacks and four doubles the best of which weighed 17lb 8oz caught by Dan Brackley on a lure.

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

Best Fish
8lb 2oz  Steve Quartley, London, Apps Bloodworm, boat
7lb 2oz. Alan Rennocks, Kettering, black Buzzer
5lb 8oz  Mal Broughton, Grantham, Ally McCoist, boat

Best Areas
Bank – boat bay, dam
Boat – boat bay, dam

Best Patterns
Apps Bloodworm, small black Buzzer, Damsel, red Diawl Bach, Pitsford Pea, white Minkie, Cats Whisker, black Snake.

Forthcoming Competition 

The perfect excuse to get some fresh air between Christmas and New Year.

Saturday December 29th
C&R bank competition.

£45.00 entry fee includes fishing.

£700 first prize! Cash prizes for top 5.. Tackle prizes for 6th – 10th

Full details on Iain Barr Facebook or at the fishery.

Pike Fishing

Two more weekends available when anglers can fish for pike from boats.

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

Eyebrook Reservoir


Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website



End of season Report 2018 from the Fishery Staff at Eyebrook.

Season Stats:
Number Rods: 6,216
Trout Taken: 5,914
Number Trout Released: 19,047
Total Catch: 24,990
Seasons Rod Average: 4.02

Another season has once again come and gone, but don’t worry its only 17 weeks until opening day!

“I have certainly used the word ‘challenging’ a lot this season. Conditions were often against us and with the hottest summer for many years, water temperatures were consistently over 25 degrees for many weeks. Far from optimum temperature for fly fishing! Let’s not forget the good fishing we have seen this season however, a season average of four is very respectable. Once we’d got the Beast From The East behind us and the colour had fallen out of the reservoir, April averaged 7.6 fish a rod for the month. As the water temperatures tentatively increased we saw our prolific buzzer hatches increase. Bank anglers enjoyed the best of the sport, Sam’s Dyke, The Island, Pollards Jump and the Northern Shallows all fished spectacularly well.

May is always one of my favourite months here at Eyebrook. Temperatures rise and the fish start to disperse into the open water. Drifting boats start to come into their own covering water and casting to rising fish. 1173 anglers visited Eyebrook throughout May and caught 4,304 fish, with many overwintered fish coming to the dries in open water.
Water quality has been excellent all year with the water being ‘gin clear’ from May to October, we even had an increased number of Mayflies hatch this year. During May we had the biggest trout of the season caught, Steve Rainbow landed a 12lb specimen, with a full tail and in superb condition the fish had clearly been feeding hard of the fry for many years in the brook. The fish took a tube in 30ft of water.

The summer months of June and July took their toll. With air temperatures regularly over 30 degrees it was uncomfortable for anglers and the fish. Eyebrook is a relatively shallow reservoir, with 400 acres only average 17 feet leaving nowhere for the fish to hide.

Eyebrook held the Disabled International at the end of June. Two days of fishing in blistering heat was hard for all concerned. England finished second behind Scotland, with Wales finishing third followed by Ireland. Eyebrook’s next major event was the 6-man Team Loch Style Championships, organised by the Angling Trust. A whole new competition format with 11 teams fishing three sessions a day, over two days, with a prize pot of £6500 it brought the very best anglers in the country to the Eyebrook. The competition was also shown on BT sport, showing Eyebrook and fly fishing to a massive audience. Thank you to everyone who helped us with stewards for these events’, your support is very much appreciated.

Temperatures started to fall quickly into to August and the fish perhaps became acclimatised to their hot water environment. Averages soon improved and by the middle of the month anglers were seeing and catching good numbers of fish off the surface, from across the Basin. Emerger patterns, Daddies and Hoppers were all working well. August averaged 4.68 fish a rod, compared to 2.4 for the 2017 season, it almost made up for the poor month previous.

September is when Eyebrook does what is renowned for, world class top of the water sport. This year it didn’t disappoint. The reservoir was extremely busy with club outings, travelling anglers and our regular rods. The rod average was consistently at five fish a rod with dries working very well. The boat anglers enjoyed the best of the sport with the fish holding over deep water, bank anglers found it difficult to find fish in to the margins. There were few crane flies on the water this season, most probably due to the dry summer we had seen.

The season finished with respectively warm water temperatures. Most fish came to dries, with fish slowly turning to the fry. We didn’t see the fry feeders that we have seen in previous years, but we did see a huge amount of fry around the boat frontage. We put this down to the lack of cold weather we have seen this October. There were some good fry feeders caught however, Ian Jobe caught the best ‘back end’ rainbow at 6lb 10oz on a mini snake. Warden Toff Crowther caught a 7lb 12oz brown and several anglers recorded brown trout of over 6lb.

Pike fishing at Eyebrook has been incredible this season and has certainly put Eyebrook on the map as a specimen pike water. Pike fishing is strictly fly only with the season starting from the 16th June. The previous Eyebrook Pike record was a 28lb fish caught by Mr Andy Miller around 12 years ago. No fish had come to rival that record until this season with several fish breaking the 30lb mark and the new record being set at 39lb, caught by Mr Danny Leet mid-October on a very foggy morning. Pike fly fishing is a great alternative to trout fly fishing and is available to anyone. For advice and rules ask a member of staff at the lodge.

The 2019 season will begin on Friday 8th March with bank restrictions in place, boat bookings are now being taken. Call the lodge 01536770264 or email

We are now taking reservations for memberships for the 2019 season. Eyebrook membership starts from £435.00 Numbers are strictly limited so please get in touch with the Eyebrook staff and make them aware of your interest. Call the lodge 01536770264 or email

New for 2019 will be our New All Water Membership allowing those members to spread their visits across all our waters options start from £480.00. Memberships are sold with visit and fish killed limits. Please give your details to the fishery staff to receive an information pack on memberships or Call the lodge 01536770264 or email

Eyebrook will hold an open day on Sunday 16th December where we will be taking payment for memberships. We will also be holding the Spring fair along side Eyebrook tackle shop, a date for this this during February is yet to be confirmed.

Thank you all for your continued support throughout our second season managing Eyebrook Trout fishery. We look forward to welcoming you back during spring 2019.”

Foremark Reservoir


Tel: 01283 703202




Weekly Stats:    

Number Rods: 15
Trout Taken: 2
Number Trout Released: 19
Total Catch: 21
Weekly Rod Average: 1.4

A very quiet penultimate week of the season which saw only 15 anglers venture out onto the water. No one fished on either Monday or Tuesday with only three rods on the banks on Wednesday. A gusty southeast wind forced them to stick to Hut and Verdun’s Point but not a single fish was taken. Thursday was also another day with nobody fishing.
However, Friday brought with it a gentle 5mph SSE breeze with overcast skies and comfortable air temperatures. Four anglers boat-fished and some good sport was had. John Scragg had taken a very creditable six fish bag the previous Friday on a dry Bibio and fiery brown Klinkhamer. His hopes of repeating that feat with dries were however dashed as the trout had clearly gone deeper.

Season ticket holder Scott Wilson indeed found them at depth using a white Booby Minkie, in and around the Cascade, and by the end of his half-day session had fought ten rainbows to the net. Regular Jamie Scott alternated between black & white Snake patterns fished slowly on a fast intermediate to end on a six fish tally. Meanwhile, season rod Paul Walker stuck to his tried & tested weighted Damsel nymphs for a three fish catch.

Colder & windier conditions on Saturday saw most anglers blank, although John Varley managed a nice brace of fish from the bank at Flamingo Bay, one on a Booby Minkie – the other to a Montana nymph. With only one angler out in a boat briefly on Sunday it was a very slow end to a very quiet week at the venue.

Nevertheless, fish still hold in good numbers in the vicinity of the Cascade & down through Heron Bay to Heron Point. With the season coming to its conclusion on Friday 30th November, a final end of season visit could prove to be memorable.

Grafham Water


Tel: 01480 810531




Some good fishing is on offer at Grafham, anglers are catching more fish with improving conditions and the rod average is 2.73.

A few good fish have been coming out this week including 4lb and 5lb brownies for Mr Gilks. Another angler achieving good results was Steve Cracknell who landed a 4lb plus rainbow. Many anglers are using a wide range of tactics to catch their fish with most picking up a couple or more throughout the day. Switching tactics is important, particularly if you have fish moving in front of you. You will find spells throughout the day where the sport will be tough, although this is usually when a surprise turns up so keep at it.

The bank fishing has been steadily improving with plenty of shrimp around drawing the fish closer to the banks. Although fishing floating lines with static shrimp is working well, many of the anglers are finding much better responses fishing lures on faster retrieves. There are many areas that are being relatively unfished on the bank, try somewhere you haven’t fished before and find the gravely substrate for much better chances. The water is still receding at Grafham so take extra care wading into soft silt or mud, take a prod stick, ask a ranger for advice and let somebody know where you are.

Boat anglers are still enjoying some good fishing, particularly on the north shore where fish can be just out of casting range. If you are worried about getting down to the boats the rangers will be happy to assist with your equipment, so ask in the shop or a ranger and we will do everything we can to get you out on the water.

Due to the receding water levels all boat anglers will require at the very least wellingtons or waders. The pontoon is no longer accessible so please ask in the shop or a ranger for directions to temporary measures. This sadly means the wheelyboat is unavailable until further notice. Boat times may vary from specified so we can get everybody in safely. Rangers will be around to assist you on and off the boats and we advise contacting the duty warden before you return to the shore. Please do not leave any boats unattended. Thank you.

Best Rainbow: 4lb taken by Steve Cracknell.
Best Brown: 5lb taken by Mr Gilks.

Best boat areas: G marker, dam, drifting near structures.

Best bank areas: Dam, Pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Mander bank, G marker, Marlow bank.

Competition news
Grafham’s Fur and Feather was fished on Sunday 25 November. Some great Christmas hampers were on offer along with some excellent fishing. It was a lovely day – thank you to all that turned out for the match with some cracking performances from everyone who fished. Chris Mcleod was the overall and well-deserved winner with six fish to the bag; the only limit of the day so well done. A rod average of just over two was recorded.

1st Chris Mcleod 13lb 5oz bag (best fish 2lb 11oz)
2nd Charlie Abrahams 10lb 8oz bag (best fish 2lb 15oz)
3rd David Moore 9lb bag (best fish 2lb 13oz)
Chris Bobby took the biggest fish at 3lb 3oz.

Forthcoming events
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Shrimpmasters Bank League: Sundays 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Lake of Menteith


Tel: 01480 810531




No Report this week






Pitsford Water


Tel: 01604 781350




Weekly Stats:

Fish: 177 (Season 12,707)
Returns: 73 (2,756)
Rod average: 2.4 (4.6)

The headline of the week at Pitsford has to be season ticket holder Phil Jordan who landed a 14lb brown trout whilst pike fishing. In fact Phil had four good browns of 14lb, 9½lb, 9lb and 6lb. He also had a 4lb rainbow.

Overall the fishing has slowed a little but the fish are all quality with rainbows averaging nearly 3lb plus and fighting fit. Morning sessions off the bank can be productive with shrimp feeders aplenty. Best areas are Pitsford Creek, Gravels and Stone Barn.

Boat anglers should try the slightly deeper water for the fry feeders as lots of fish are showing 75 yards off the Cliffs and Sailing Club bank.


Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association will be hosting an open taster session on Saturday 1 December 1-4pm.

During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.

Forthcoming events:
Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association offer taster/introduction sessions at Pitsford Water the next one is on 1st December 1-4pm.
Pitsford Fur & Feather (boat) 10 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





No report this week






Rutland Water


Tel: 01780 686441




Rutland has been in excellent form this week. A reported 30lb plus pike was caught in the middle of the South Arm, not a bad haul you might say, but the angler in question was only using light tackle as he was only targeting perch and zander, so fair play to him for being able to land and successfully return it.

Retail team leader Neil Atkins and Ranger Nigel Savage fished Whitwell Creek on Saturday and both had notable brownies on floating fry. Nigel’s fish weighed an estimated 7lb 6oz while Neil’s was not far off double figures.

Mick Connor was also fishing the same stretch albeit further round towards Sykes Lane/Stockie Bay. Mick was also fishing floating fry when a lazy take from another estimated double figure brownie took the fly off the top. Mick was unsure if it connected, or was even a fish, until it took off (as he only saw the wake at the last second from the corner of his eye), but Mick’s barbless hook slipped off and the fish left to fight another day.

‘Big Dave’ Porter had a cracking day having bagged up near the Dam with boat partner Steve Crowder, fish were pulling throughout the day. The pair found midge tip and Hoppers worked well.

As the winter months progress we will be reducing the fleet to 20 boats so it is advisable to book your boat well in advance.

Coming up is Rutland’s popular Fur and Feather bank match on 2nd December. Up for grabs are Christmas hampers, raffle prizes and vouchers. Call the lodge for more information on 01780 686441 between 8am and 2pm to book a place. Please remember to bring a table prize for the raffle on the day.
Winter restrictions

Winter restrictions now apply and certain bank areas are closed to fishing i.e. Sailing Club onwards and left of the transformer all the way round to Dickensons Bay. Any brown trout hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.

During November the fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.

Forthcoming events

Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2nd December.

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