ANGLING: By Simon Green

Simon Green
Simon Green

News from around the trout fishing region

The latest of the Ben Jones Memorial Silver Fish League matches took place at the weekend on the Lizard and Lagoon Pools at Makins Fishery near Wolvey.

Match started sunny and bright and then the rain came in for the last two hours.

1st Rich WIlls 42-10 (skimmers, worm and caster)

2nd Daryl Parry 21-6 (skimmers, maggot)

3rd Simon Potter 21-2 (skimmers, maggot over caster and groundbait)

Section Rob Taylor 21-1 (Roach and skimmers)

Section Carl Hulley 20-02

Top 5 with one match to go (Banks March 22nd)

Rich Wills 27 pts, Jake King 37 pts, Barry Carr 40 pts, Carl Hulley 42 pts and Roger Atkins 51 pts. There are still to be three worst results to be dropped from these scores so some places may change but Rich is pretty much untouchable.


Over at Elinor Trout Fishery between March 2nd - 8th the 141 visiting anglers caught 623 fish of which 482 were returned.

A windy week which made the fishing challenging. When the wind eventually dropped as it did on some late afternoons the catches have been excellent. Most fish are still being caught near the bottom with a slow retreive although later in the day there are fish being taken in the top 3 foot.

From the bank, an indicator with flies at 3 and 6 foot has worked well or a team of flies on an intermediate.

When conditions allowed the boats to venture out they found fish in front of the boat bay and near the dam. Once again, slow and deep was the key.

Numerous 4lb+ fish continue to be caught.

Best Fish

13lb 4oz Bill Stewart, Corby, white/green lure

10lb 1oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, green pea

9lb 0oz Steve Lane, Spalding, white/green tadpole

7lb 3oz David Watson, Birmingham, grhe

7lb 0oz Graham Clarke, Caldecott, cat booby

6lb 2oz Phil Rennocks, Kettering, apps bloodworm

6lb 0oz Mr Oram, Aldwincle, cats whisker

Best Area

Bank - dam, boat bay, brookside

Boat - lodge end

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, apps bloodworm, small damsel, grhe, black buzzer, tequila blob.

Elinor will be holding the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 19th with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. The final will be filmed by the Sky Sports ‘Tight Lines’ programme.

Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 14th and April 5th.

Full details and entry forms at

The first heat is this Saturday. All entrants receive an Airflo 40+ flyline and a selection of Iain Barr flies

Sunday May 10th

Elinor will be holding the Tommy Wood Memorial Trophy

Roving bank match using buzzer imitations only. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All money raised by the raffle will go to Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Sunday May 31st

Elinor will hold a heat of the popular Scierra Pairs boat competition.

You get to fish with your partner and qualifiers will go through to fish the final at Rutland.

Full details at

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Rod average 6.4 (7.0)

Fishing at Ravensthorpe has been fabulous with a rod average of 6.4 and some monster fish caught. The best fish of the week, and of the season to date, was a 12lb 13oz Rainbow caught by Peter Bass. Peter was boat fishing with a floating line and a Pitsford Pea – this was a personal best for Peter.

One of the best fish of the week, a 9lb 8oz Rainbow, fell to John Spencer from Duston who was fishing by the Island. John also managed to land a Rainbow of 7lb 4oz on the same day and returned many other fish. Gary Munro from Newcastle boat fished with a Di5 line and a Pitsford Pea to land a fine 9lb 4oz specimen.

Our boat anglers have had a great week but the bank anglers have found it a little more challenging.

Due to the strong south westerly winds the fish are congregating along the North Eastern bank of the reservoir between Coton Car Park and the Island. Anglers have been rewarded with lots of over wintered fish and although slim they are in excellent condition and have provided some good sport.

Methods used have been black and green lures, orange blobs and cats whiskers on fast sinking lines.

Best Rainbow: 12lb 13oz taken by Peter Bass.

Best boat areas: Between the Island and Coton Car Park.

Best bank areas: Coton End on the West Bank.

Pitsford Water

Fish week 78 (season 230) Returns 30(52) Rod average 2.6 (4.4)

Opening day showed great promise with many anglers catching from the bank all along the southern shore. The best methods were sink tip lines with black and green lures or orange blobs fished in a slow figure of 8 retrieve. Most anglers caught fish and many achieved their bag limit.

Boat anglers are enjoying a good start to the season. Dave Jarvis from London fished 3 days this week bringing 22 fish to the boat on his best day. Dave fished a di 5 sweep line with a dark minky, and a coral booby 60 to 80 metres away from Sailing Club Bank.

Mr Williams also had a successful day in front of the Sailing Club bringing 16 to the boat on 2 booby blobs!

Daniel Davis aged 9 fished with his dad and was delighted to catch his first fish of the season weighing 2 lb on a mit fly that he had tied himself. Daniel also enjoyed his afternoon honing his casting skills with Roy French from MNTFA.

Persistent strong winds in recent days have made conditions very challenging for bank anglers and it appears that the fish have moved away from the bank and are feeding on the bottom. Bank anglers have struggled to catch more than 1 or 2 fish.

On the second Saturday of each month Pitsford will be open for fly tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice – ask at the lodge for more information.

Best Rainbow 3-4lb

Best Brown: 5lb Rick Barlow.

Best boat areas: Sailing Club Bank, Brixworth Bay, Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay.

Best bank areas: Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Point, Gravels, Rigby’s Point, Sailing Club Bank, Duffers Reach.

Grafham Water

Rod average opening weekend 4.5

Anglers have enjoyed a good start to the season at Grafham Water with a rod average of 4.5 and 25% of the trout caught have weighed 3lb or more.

The New Lodge Trophy is awarded to the angler who weighs in the biggest trout on Opening Day. This year’s winner was Simon King of Finedon in Northamptonshire. Simon weighed in an over wintered Rainbow of 4lb 6oz. His winning fish was taken on a Di7 line with a black and green Booby. In addition to the trophy Simon received £50 in Anglian Water tackle vouchers.

Season ticket holder Steve Jones from St Ives caught and released thirteen Rainbows in two morning trips by fishing a floating line with a Pitsford Pea and diawl bachs from the Seat.

Boat anglers have also had a good start to the season mainly by fishing the south shore with the Lodge Frontage, Perry Point, Mander Car Park frontage, The Seat and Sludge Bank giving the best catch rates. The best methods for the boat anglers were to fish intermediate/fast sink lines with black and green lures, boobies, gold and silver tubes, cats whiskers, orange blobs and diawl bachs fished with a slow retrieve.

There was a brisk southerly wind over opening weekend which restricted the anglers to the south shore. However, this did not have any effect on the catch rates with anglers taking fish all along the reservoir. The bank anglers enjoyed the best of the sport as the vast majority of trout were close to the margins with the Seat, Sludge Bank, Gaynes Cove, Lodge Bank, Perry Point and the Harbour all producing consistent catch rates. The main methods for the bank anglers were to fish black and green lures and Boobies, Diawl Bachs, Damsel Nymphs, GRHE and pheasant tail nymphs on all lines ranging from floaters to Di 7’s.

Message to all anglers

Brown trout are out of season until 1 April, any caught should be returned to the water alive.

There are fishing restrictions on the western end of the reservoir.

Please be aware of the bio security measures on the reservoir.

Best Rainbow: 4lb 6oz taken by Simon King.

Best boat areas: Seat, Sludge Bank, lodge frontage, Perry Point.

Best bank areas: Seat, Sludge Bank, Gaynes Cove, Lodge Bank, Harbour.

Rutland Water opens 13 March

We are counting down the days until Rutland Water opens on Friday 13 March. Our boat fleet has undergone its annual overhaul and in recent weeks our wardens have been busy stocking fish. Over the weekend a group of enthusiastic volunteers from Rutland Water Fly Fishers turned out to do their annual litter pick. A full report on opening weekend will be in next week’s Fishery News.

Some winter restrictions are still in force. In order to comply with Natural England some areas are out of bounds to anglers until 1 April. The usual boat restrictions apply beyond the sailing limits in both arms. Bank anglers are also not permitted in this area plus the banks from Barnsdale Creek around the North Arm Bank to the Finches, from Armley Wood to Hinmans Spinney and from Old Hall Bay to the East side of the Sailing Club Bay. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff at the fishing lodge.

Forthcoming events

Beginners courses 15 & 19 March;2,8,18 & 25 April; 2,9,23 & 30 May and other dates throughout the season.

Independence Day Trophy (best fish) 1 April.

Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat 26 April

Tuesday Night boat league commences in May

Bob Church Classic 5 May

Dave Hodgson Memorial 10 May

Anglian Water Rudder Match 16 May

Thats all for this week im afraid due to a lack of matches at the moment.

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