We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.
Tel: 01283 840284
The rod average is 2.75
As we enter the final couple of weeks of the 2018 Season Blithfield has finally seen a favourable change in weather and water conditions which has resulted in a great boost to the sport and rewards for those patient anglers who persevered in trickier times.
Plenty of fish have been caught closer to the margins, especially on the South Lake, with some stunning examples as close in as three feet from the water’s edge. Fry feeding is foremost now as trout focus on bulking themselves up before winter sets in and fry patterns certainly performed well. However wet flies in the form of Bibio, Black Pennell and Black & Peacock Spider also produced great bags whilst the best brown trout this week was caught on a dry sedge imitation.
Notable returns this week include on 31st for visiting rod Robert Arrowsmith with five fish all caught on wet flies within four hours from the South Lake banks; on the same day, visiting rod Mr Machin fished in Ten Acre Bay for a few hours until dusk and returned a stunning 3lb 8ozs brown trout amongst his bag, caught within six feet of the bank on a sedge pattern. On Thursday 1st visiting rod Mr Mick Grant recorded a total of six fish from the banks – this time all caught on small black & green lures and Boobies. On the same day Season Permit holder Mr Alan Miles returned a full-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4ozs amongst his bag. On Friday 2nd Season Permit holder Mr Paul Walker fished from the banks for little over an hour and recorded a total of five fish, with many more takes, the best of which was a 3lb 4ozs rainbow. Paul was back at it again on the 4th with another four decent fish, the best of these being a cracking 3lb 8ozs rainbow, again all caught from the banks. Rounding off the week were visiting rods Ray Edwards and Trevor Bagnall who both enjoyed a good day’s sport with six fish apiece, the best of which was a 3lb rainbow for Trevor.
A reminder this week that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including Syndicate anglers, on Friday 16th November and to Permit holders on Friday 23rd November 2018.
Tel: 01629 540478
Carsington closed on Sunday 4th November.
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.
Tel: 01788 812018
Number Rods: 179
Number Trout Taken: 167
Number Trout Released: 598
Total Catch: 765
Weekly Rod Average: 4.3
Last week saw several frosty starts with the temperatures reading below zero with hard frosts on the ground and an icy pontoon first thing in the morning. The winds started off North the same as the previous week. However, this swung later in the week into a south easterly. With the sun being present for most of the week with only a few cloudy days this did make things slightly tricky for the bank anglers.
On the bank the fishing was more challenging than previous days, likely to be due to the frost pushing the fish out to the deeper water for the first part of the day. Jude Tuffs fished the Cornfield using a washing line to land six fish. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees fished Lincroft point landing 18 on washing lined nymphs, with most of his fish coming later in the day once the temperature had warmed. On the boats John Herriot enjoyed a very successful 8-hour guided session with Lee Henfrey. John has booked the day wanting to learn more about the water, retrieves and methods. After trying various tactics John finished the day with 17 fish from around the deeper water off Farnborough Spit with a Di5 sinking line with two Boobies. To book Lee to learn all about fishing towards the back end of the season call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Brian Allwood fished the Swan’s Nest for a morning session landing five fish on olive Buzzers. Fishing in Biggin Bay, Brian Warwick enjoyed good sport landing 12 fish on washing lined nymphs with Diawl Bach’s being his best patterns. Fishing along the Cornfield and Lincroft point Lee Patten & Peter Elliot again used a washing line with Crunchers to land 16 & 18 fish each, including some lovely silver fish. Out on the boats Tony Plummer & Colin England landed 10 fish between them on Minkies fish half way along the Farnborough Dam.
The wind swung back to a North West on Thursday with a much milder overcast conditions. On the bank from the Cornfield Brian Warwick landed 11 fish on a washing line with Diawl Bach’s. Fishing on the corner of Dunn’s Bay before it goes to the Tower Bank, Ifor Bullock landed a lovely 6lb 4oz brown on a Minkie that was returned to the water to fight another day. Kevin Rees once again fished from the bank at Lincroft point to land 13 on washing line tactics. On the boats Ed Douglas enjoyed a great start to the day landing 6 fish before 10am on dries. Ed used Bob’s Bits and Hoppers over the shallow water Croft Shoal & Farnborough Spit. He then switched to Boobies on a Di5 to land another six. John Hurst & P Watson landed 16 between them on sinking lines and lures from around the end of the Farnborough Dam wall. Fishing over Croft Shoal husband & wife team Cheryl & Gareth Bullman enjoyed good sport landing 10 fish between them on Di 5 sinking lines with Suspender Minkies and Humongous Boobies on the cast.
It was a difficult day Saturday with the weather making the fishing challenging, with a mix of sun then cloud with winds from the south of 20mph. Jim Hall landed six fish on shrimps from the Swan’s Nest fishing from the bank as well as other pulls and offers. On the boats Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe landed three each on Snakes and Minkies around the Farnborough Spit. Dennis Tidmarsh & Rod Goldthorpe landed five fish again on Snakes also from Farnborough Spit. Local angler Darren Fox visited the fishery with a group of friends from work for a social day with the three boats landing nine fish between them.
A gusty day with the wind coming from the South east with overcast conditions that then turned to rain around lunch time making for a miserable autumn day. However, the fishing wasn’t miserable with several anglers recording good scores. On the bank John Falconbridge landed eight fish using a washing line with nymphs while fishing from the Outlet. Stan Hillman also enjoyed good sport from the bank landing six from Rainbow Corner. However, it was really a day for the boats after their success at the Eyebrook Fur & Feather Martyn Price & Dave Hancox enjoyed good sport landing 22. The pair found that Di5 sinking lines with olive snakes and perch patterns the key to success landing fish from the spit in the morning before moving to Croft Shoal in the afternoon. Tim Burn & Paul Mitchell also enjoyed good sport landing 26 fish, using midge tips and floaters fishing a washing line with a FAB on the point and Diawl Bach’s on the droppers. The best areas for Tim & Paul being drifting along Farnborough Dam, ahead of going over to Croft Shoal for the afternoon. Ed Douglas & Jim Smith finished the day with 41 fish to the boat using a mixture of boobies and snakes. Starting the day on Croft Shoal using a Di 5 and a snake and a RIO Single Hand Spey 3D with a Minkie the pair soon got to over a dozen to the boat. Before moving up to the Draycote Dam wall to land some lovely 4lb silver bars on Di7 and Boobies. The day was then finished up fishing along the Farnborough Dam to the spit again on the Di7 sinking lines and Boobies.
2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote or our New All Water Membership allowing the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email email@example.com
Dates for the Diary:
Fur & Feather
This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018. Fished as a pair’s 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
Its been another good week with boat and bank anglers catching quality fish on or near the surface. 171 anglers caught 848 fish of which 720 were returned
6lb 2oz Steve Johnson, Raunds, bloodworm
5lb 14oz Alan Briggs, Invicta Fly Fishers
5lb 12oz Roger Kerrison, Daventry, green Diawl Bach, boat
Bank – Boat Bay, Dam, Brookside
Boat – Boat Bay, Dam
Bloodworm, small Damsel, small black Buzzer, red Diawl Bach, wet Hopper, white/green lure, orange/tequila Blob, Snakes.
Boat and bank anglers did equally well last week with boats better in calm conditions and the bank edging it in a good wind.
Fish remain in the top two feet with washing line the most consistent method. Dries and snakes also scored well.
Fish are mainly feeding on small black or olive buzzers with a few trout showing interest in the good head of roach and perch fry.
Now the clocks have gone back half-day tickets are valid 7am – 2pm or Midday until dark.
Saturday November 3rd
Invicta Fly Fishers fished the bank for their Arthur Sexton Trophy
16 anglers caught 89 fish for a rod average of 5.5 despite the breezy conditions.
Washing-line with red Diawl Bach was the best method.
1. Chris McLeod 15 fish
2. Gary How 12 fish
3= Dayood Sheik 11 fish
3= Keith Gilchrist 11 fish
5. John Brown 10 fish
6. Alan Briggs 8 fish
This Sunday, November 11th, is the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather.
Prizes for the top 10 anglers. Everyone welcome. It’s an ideal first competition.
Full details below.
Next Stocking: November 9th
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.
Tel: 01536 770 264
Email: see website
End of season Report 2018 from the Fishery Staff at Eyebrook.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”
Tel: 01283 703202
Number Rods: 44
Trout Taken: 36
Number Trout Released: 31
Total Catch: 67
Weekly Rod Average: 1.52
Autumnal weather continues to be the norm this week, although last weekend’s bitterly cold spell, which was caused by a strong northerly wind, continued into Monday and affected the fishing early on. Conditions started to improve on Tuesday with warmer overcast weather and the wind swinging to a westerly direction. The nights though continued to be cold with some overnight frosts, some of which were quite hard. The water temperature has stabilised at around 10C. The water level continues to rise but it will take considerable time to return to more normal levels.
The bank area in front of the lodge is still proving to be the most productive area for the bank anglers despite the unhelpful wind direction some days. Verdun’s Point has also been worth a try when the wind has been right. The best areas for the boats have been around Number 1 Buoy, the Cascade and the Dam Wall along to, and behind, the Valve Tower. As expected for this time of year, the most productive times appear to be from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon.
On Tuesday Paul Walker caught four fish on Damsels in the vicinity of Number 1 Buoy whilst Mick Reid had three in the same area. On Wednesday Gordon Richards landed four fishing in the Cascade whilst Mr England fished from the beach in front of the lodge and used a small Humungus to land his limit. Thursday proved more difficult although Owen Rivett and his son took four to the boat using white Minkies. Paul Walker returned on Friday and landed another nine fish on his favoured Damsels, whilst Peter Elgar fished from the beach in front of the lodge and landed six fish, white Minkies on an intermediate being his preferred tactic.
Only three trout anglers ventured onto the water on Saturday with only two rainbows coming to the net – one on a Minkie Booby, the other to a white lure. An afternoon pike boat drew a blank. Despite being relatively mild in terms of air temperature, there was a distinct chill factor to the southerly wind on Sunday & during the morning the fish seemed unresponsive. However, this changed in the afternoon, probably with fish feeding during the warmest part of the day. Three boats with Colwick FF anglers located feeding fish over on the Cascade, Heron Bay & Heron Point. They fished Boobies deep on Di 5&7 sinking lines relatively tight to the shoreline to land a total of 21 rainbows between them. Best of the three was the boat of Josh Wheeler & Bob Johnson who both landed their four fish limits. Mr Jacks boat fished the last couple of hours & was rewarded with a fine brace of rainbows. He covered & hooked a moving fish bankside of No:1 Buoy on a Cormorant, which proved to be an angry 3lbs silver bar.
With only three weeks to go there is clearly some good back-end sport to be had, so don’t be tempted to put the tackle away too soon.
Tel: 01480 810531
Fish: 61 (Season 12,039)
Returns: 35 (2,764)
Rod average: 1.74(4.35)
Anglers have reported seeing plenty of fish in clearer water at the start of the week with many being tempted by fry and shrimp patterns. Wind direction is changeable resulting in the murky water moving around the lake making it hard for the fish to see the fly.
Predator anglers are also finding it hard with only perch and the odd jack pike being reported. Bank anglers are finding the fish along from the Sailing Club to Mander Car Park again. Mornings seem to be the best time for some action on Hare’s Ears and lures.
Boat harbour at Grafham
With the water level continuing to drop there is very little water now in the harbour. Grafham are noticing boats struggling daily to manoeuvre in the harbour as propellers are fouling in the silt. You will notice the engine labour and there will be little progress in direction of travel. Please take great care; a quick change of direction on the engine forward/reverse/forward can help but be prepared to punt your way in and out of the harbour. Rangers will be on the pontoon first thing and as the boats return and they will assist where possible. Staff request that all boats moor at the top half of the pontoon if it is unmanned and don’t be tempted to moor closer to the gate, you will get stuck. Please bear with the staff and they appreciate your patience.
Grafham’s popular Fur and Feather bank match will be fished on Sunday 25th November. For more information or to book a place please call the lodge on 01480 810531.
Grafham is also looking forward to the return of the Shrimpmasters! This sociable bank league is on six Sundays, starting in November and finishing in January. Be sure to practice your shrimp shuffle for this one!
Best Rainbow: Two at 3-4lb taken by Mark Searle and one 3-4lb taken by A Murren.
Best boat areas: Clear water and wind direction dependant, north shore mainly.
Best bank areas: North shore, Marlow Car Park and G marker, between Sailing Club and the lodge, Mander car par front.
During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.
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
This first November stocking at the Lake saw 250 at 2.5lbs go into the fishery. There is still another pen of 450 more fish waiting to go in. It has been a nice mild week so far with the best of the catches in the Eastern Basin – fishing into the reeds.
Menteith has had a great October for fishing, which has made up for the hot summer. There was another fantastic end to the main season with the Kirk and School Fundraiser BBQ, which raised over £3000 (for the first time – before costs). Thanks to the generosity of the anglers and parents. All permit money is donated to the Kirk and School by the fishery. The School Council and children lay on a fantastic BBQ with music and song. There is no better way to mark the start of winter.
Menteith still has boats available all winter for when the weather is mild (except weekends and over the festive period). Please book as normal on 01877 385664 OR check their boat availability page on their website. The fishery is also deciding whether they make de-barbed hook’s compulsory next year.
Tel: 01604 781350
Fish: 384 (Season 11,977)
Returns: 82 (2,527)
Rod average: 4.7(4.7)
With a rod average for the week of 4.7 and lots of fish being caught in the 3-4lb bracket, both bank and boat anglers are finding Pitsford is in fine form.
Fish are gorging on fry, shrimp and snails both in the margins and out in open water. The small half of the lake is now out of bounds but fish are spread throughout the main body of the water.
There have been numerous good fish reported but James Punch deserves a special mention. James is enjoying his first season as a beginner. He has been bank fishing and caught and released two brown trout between 3 and 4lb, which he described as stunning. Hank Needham had a brown estimated at 6lb plus. There were numerous rainbows caught during the week around the 4lb mark.
Anglers are reminded that all brown trout are now out of season until 1st April. If any are caught they must be returned to the water unharmed and as soon as possible to avoid damage.
Pitsford’s popular Fur and Feather boat match will be fished on Saturday 10th November please call the fishing lodge on 01604 781350 for more information.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association will be hosting an open taster session on Saturday 1st December 1-4pm.
Best Rainbow: 4lb plus taken by James Punch.
Best Brown: 6lb plus safely returned by Hank Needham
During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.
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
Tel: 01604 781350
Fish: 112 (Season 5,559)
Returns: 42 (1,048)
Rod average: 2.6 (5.3)
Both boat and bank anglers have enjoyed good sport at Ravensthorpe this week.
The fish have been concentrated in front of the lodge and anglers that have been able to get in the right spot have had some good sport.
Floating lines with small Crunchers, Buzzers and Diawl Bach’s have been the best method.
The bank is also fishing well and the best methods are small Buzzers, Diawl Bach’s or small nymphs on floating lines.
Ravensthorpe Fur & Feather 4th November (boat).
Anglers fishing in front of the lodge enjoyed some good sport in this popular match.
1st Simon Lehane and John Castledine 8 fish for 17lb 7oz
2nd Terry Bayes and Ashley Cooper 7 fish for 14lb 1oz
3rd Frazer Duffy Snr and Frazer Duffy Jnr 8 fish for 13lb 3oz
The biggest fish – a 2lb 11oz Rainbow was caught by Richard Slater
Best Rainbow: 2lb 11oz taken by Richard Slater.
Best boat areas: In front of lodge.
Best bank areas: Platforms 4 and 5.
Tel: 01780 686441
Fish: 223 (Season 36,832)
Returns: 77 (7,410)
Rod average: 2.89(4.99)
Many specimen fish have been caught at Rutland Water by both bank and boat anglers. The biggest fish last week was a 10lb brown caught and safely returned by tackle shop assistant Graham Hayward. This fish fell to a steadily retrieved Booby off the Fishing Lodge Frontage. Graham also had other browns that day estimated up to 6lb. A number of quality rainbows were caught around the 4lb mark. Toff Crowther and Retail Manager Neil Atkins joined Graham later in the day and added browns and rainbows to 4lb.
Nigel Savage took a boat out last Monday with good friend Simon Smith. The pair netted five fish down the South Arm using Minkies and Floating Fry. Four other fish were lost plus others missed on both patterns. Nigel caught and safely returned a 7lb 4oz brown later in the day.
Brown trout record holder Tom Cooper fished the harbour on Sunday, encountering some nice browns and netting a good 4½lb rainbow.
Prospects from the bank are good with the Harbour attracting a lot of anglers. However, there is plenty of shoreline to investigate with fry patterns appealing to the bigger fish.
The Fishing Lodge Frontage is also proving popular with boat anglers but there are many areas to explore across the reservoir with fry patterns effective with the better fish. Good methods are Blobs, mini lures and tubes. Nymphs are useful if the weather is settled and there is a hatch of buzzer.
You can book now for the last matches of the season at Rutland Water – Rudder Match on 17th November and Rutland’s popular Fur & Feather (bank match) on 2nd December. Please call the lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.
Winter restrictions came into play on Thursday 1st November and certain bank areas are closed to fishing i.e. Sailing Club onwards and left of the Transformer all the way round to Dickenson’s Bay.
Also from 1st November no brown trout are to be taken, any hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.
During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.