ANGLING: Simon’s trout fishing column

Latest from the local fisheries


A warm week at Elinor Trout Fishery really got the buzzers hatching. Lures are still working well in the morning but from 11am its worth fishing a team of black buzzers either straight line or under a bung at 3ft.When the wind drops down there are plenty of fish rising especially in the west arm although they are not east to tempt.

In all the 206 visiting anglers caught 784 fish of which 427 were returned.

The  Best Fish was a stonking rainbow of 11lb 8oz to Phil Wagstaff of Eye on a damsel Others of 10lb 7oz  Geoff Scane, Peterborough, silver humungus 9lb 8oz  John Cooper, Oundle 9lb 1oz  Phil Wagstaff, Eye, damsel 9lb 0oz  Jason Spolton, Kettering, damsel.

Anglers are enjoying good sport at Grafham with the unseasonal mild weather bringing the fish on well. Some anglers are reporting good catches on diawl bachs and crunchers fished slowly on midge tip lines.

With the fish out from the banks during the day the boat anglers are enjoying some good early season sport. Jim Case and two friends shared a boat during the warm spell and successfully returned 52 fish between them, all taken on nymphs fished on a floating line from a boat off Deep Water Point.

Anglers are looking forward to the rest of the season when the fish move out into open water and become the usual Grafham Water silver torpedoes.

This won’t be long as the fish are already feeding well on daphnia in most parts of the lake.

There has been some good early season buzzer hatches during the warmer spells with a few fish seen already feeding off the surface.

Spring has finally arrived at Pitsford Water and the buzzer fishing is beginning to take off. Bank fishing is still the better preference.

Fish have spread far and wide with top spots on the bank being the Gorse, Stilton Point, Pines, Pitsford Creek and Stone Barn Point and Bay. Fish are still very deep and a long leader is necessary along with a very slow retrieve. Boobys fished on 6-10 foot leaders on fast sinking lines are working very well.

A team from Sky TV was filming angling ace Steve Ringer bank fishing at Pitsford Water last Wednesday.

Steve, who is a professional coarse match angler, was challenged by Sky producers to catch some trout off the bank.

They needed some film to accompany a studio appearance by Pitsford Water’s Senior Warden Nathan Clayton on Friday 1 April. For the record Steve caught four fish on a booby and four on buzzers with floating line.

Best Rainbow of the week weighed 7lb 8oz and was taken by Rick Barlow of Henley on Thames.

The small half at Pitsford Water opens on Friday 1 April which is also the start of the Brown Trout season.

There will be some stocking in the Small Half over the coming weeks and there could also be some nice over wintered trout in this area so it’s well worth a try.

At Ravensthorpe Resevoir “Spring has come and the fishing is easy” to the tune of “Summertime and the living is easy”! Pike are spawning in the margins and the first large groups of Martins are on the water competing with the trout for the large buzzer hatches and the odd olive. With the sudden rise in water temperature anglers are experiencing superb sport taking many large bags for an overall rod average of 9.04.

Fish are responding to buzzers and will take size 12 nymph imitations in mid water and sub surface. The best tactics are to fish floating lines with black and brown buzzer, diawls, olive nymphs and crunchers, retrieve very, very slowly or fish ‘on the bung’ in calm conditions.

Numerous 3-4lb fish have been taken this week, including 8 over 6lb. A couple more estimated at over 10lb were returned to the water. The best fish of the week was a superb 8lb 2oz Rainbow taken by Peter Eaton Jones on a green buzzer. Peter returned two other fish of the same size.

Sarah Bell, Graham Smith, Andy Page, Gordon Green and Mike Osgood were all amongst the big fish captors.

From the boats nymph expert Trev Heseltine caught 28, Matt Harris 23, Lorenzo Serrano 50 and Mark Johns 32. News of the exciting fishing reached Rob Edmunds on Saturday. In spite of playing two football matches on the same day Rob hot footed it to Ravensthorpe and was soon amongst the trout fishing nymphs off Mongers Pont. His best fish was a 25lb Pike.

With fish still tight to the shore bank anglers are catching well with Jim Ferguson and Stu Payne well into double figures on Saturday. Best bank flies are gold head PTN and diawls. All platforms, the dam and Coton car park are seeing plenty of action.

That’s another week over and now the clocks have gone forward we can finally look forwards to the spring and some good fishing.

Tight Lines