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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2011 ...
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February             March             April             May             June             July             August & September             October & November

October 24th - November 5th 2011
269 anglers caught 960 fish of which 588 were returned.
Best Fish
• 13lb 5oz George Brock, Corby, white/green lure
• 6lb 12oz Walter Kemp, Chatteris, orange booby, boat
• 6lb 9oz Graham Johnson, Norwich, cruncher
• 6lb 2oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer
• 6lb 0oz Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough
Best Areas
Bank - dam, Brookside, pensioners point
Boat - most areas holding fish now.
Best Patterns
cruncher, black spider, small olive buzzer, suspender buzzer, egg flies, minkies, white/green or black/green lures.
Plenty of fish rising during the mild spell, especially on calmer days. Most fish being caught on or near the surface. Fish will take lures on windier days but imitative patterns scoring best in calmer conditions. Boat and bank equally good now.
The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be on Sunday November 13th
Fishing is 9am - 3pm.Tackle and Organic meat prizes for top ten anglers. Open to boat and bank anglers. Entry including fishing fee is £25 for boat and bank anglers(£5 for season ticket holders). All proceeds to The British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Please email or phone the lodge to book your boat or bank entry.
Next Stocking: Nov 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th

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October 3rd - October 23rd 2011
337 anglers caught 966 fish of which 585 were returned
Best Fish
• 9lb 2oz George Piccaver, Farcet, black buzzer, boat
• 8lb 4oz David Rudge, Teeton, boat
• 8lb 1oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, pink apps
• 7lb 2oz Phil Caress, Stanground
• 7lb 0oz F. Edwards, St Albans, boat
• 6lb 8oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer
• 6lb 4oz Roy Brown, Rushden
• 6lb 2oz Robert Lenton, Milton Malsor, white/green lure
• 6lb 2oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, pink apps
Best Areas
Bank - Brookside bank, dam
Boat - most areas holding fish now
Best Patterns
white/green lures, Montana, olive or black buzzer, cruncher, apps bloodworm.
Elinor is clear and completely free of algae now. Fish are being caught in most areas. Best method has been a floater or slow intermediate to keep your flies in the top 18 inches. Bank fishing should be as good as from a boat for the rest of the season now the water is cooling down.
The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be on Sunday November 13th
• Fishing is 9am - 3pm
• Tackle and Organic meat prizes.
• Open to boat and bank anglers. Entry including fishing fee is £25 for boat and bank anglers(£5 for season ticket holders)
• All proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance.
Please email or phone the lodge to book your boat or bank entry
Next Stocking: Oct 28th, 31st, Nov 4th.

August 21st - September 4th 2011
238 anglers caught 690 fish of which 411 were returned
Best Fish
•  11lb 8oz Ken Waller, Long Sutton, apps bloodworm, boat
•    6lb 11oz James Gray, Harrow, black hopper
•    5lb 1oz Dan Farrell, Wellingborough, boat
•    4lb 14oz Ray Goodfellow, Kettering
•    Brown 3lb 13oz John Wheeler, Welham Green, muddler
Best Areas
Bank - east arm, brookside, coarse bank
Boat - east arm, pylon point
Best Patterns
Black hopper, grhe, red or pink apps, red or green Diawl Bach, daddies, orange blob.
The weed is dying back now but unfortunately some algae has returned to many parts of the lake which has made the fishing harder. Clearer water can be found at the top of the wind. Fish are rising most of the day in the east arm and down the middle. Best method has once again been dries, hoppers or cdc. Otherwise, washing line with a booby or daddy on the point and Diawl Bach and hares ear on the droppers. Some fish will also chase and take a fast stripped blob through the surface.
Nest Socking: Sept 9th, 12th, 16th

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August 7th - 20th 2011
262 anglers caught 852 fish of which 504 were returned
Best Fish
• 10lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, orange blob, boat
• 7lb 12oz Ken Waller, Long Sutton, Diawl Bach, boat
• 7lb 7oz James Mitchell, Nottingham, black hopper, boat
• 6lb 14oz Trevor Smith, Wellingborough, damsel
• 6lb 3oz Dan Evans, Cambridge, apps bloodworm, boat
• 5lb 6oz A. Percival
• 5lb 2oz Pete Welch, Boston, black hopper
Best Areas
Bank - east arm, coarse bank
Boat - east arm, down middle
Best Patterns
Black or olive hopper, daddies, red Diawl Bach, olive buzzer, red cdc, orange blob.
The last two weeks at Elinor have been difficult but there has been a big improvement since Saturday 20th. The rain and cooler weather last week has seen most of the algae vanish. This weekend there were numerous grown-on 2lb+ fish, including some browns, caught which although lean fought very well. Dry fly has still been one of the best methods, especially hoppers and CDC's. Otherwise a washing line with a floating line with a daddy or booby on the point and Diawl Bach on the dropper has been working well. Some fish are now willing to chase a blob.
Next Stocking: August 22nd, 25th, 29th.

July 10th - 24th 2011
267 anglers caught 811 fish of which 442 were returned
Best Fish
• 11lb 3oz Reg Bellham, Northampton, black/green lure
• 8lb 8oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, blue wullf
• 8lb 4oz Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough, damsel, boat
• 7lb 1oz Mr Murphy, boat
• 6lb 11oz Graham Wells, Chelmsford, daddy, boat
• 6lb 6oz Len Smith, Stanstead, apps bloodworm
• 6lb 2oz Gary Langford, Derby, apps bloodworm, boat
• 6lb 0oz Gary Turner, Blakesley, float tube
• 5lb 12oz Andy Hakes, Leighton Buzzard, boat
Best Areas
Bank - brookside, lagoon, boat bay, dam(in a north wind)
Boat - east arm, down middle
Best Patterns
Damsel, apps, daddy, red Diawl Bach, black/green or white/green lures
Catches are extremely variable at the moment with some days the rod average over 5 and on others under 2. The southern end of the lake has been best for both bank and boat anglers apart from in a northerly wind. Fish are on the surface most of the day taking damsel nymphs in the morning then in the afternoon turning their attention to the adults. Best method seems to be washing line or dries. Higham Ferrers Flyfishers enjoyed a productive outing on Saturday July 16th.
6 anglers caught 34 fish
1. Richard Kirk 6 fish 11lb 8oz
2. Jamie Coker, 5 fish 9lb 11oz
3. Richard Webb, 6 fish 9lb 9oz
4. Kevin Hughes, 6 fish 9lb 8oz
5. Fred Raitt, 5 fish 8lb 11oz
6. Martin Wiggins, 6 fish 7lb 0oz
Best fish 3lb 9oz Jamie Coker
Next Stocking: July 25th, 29th, August 1st

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July 3rd - 9th 2011
146 anglers caught 513 fish of which 308 were returned.
Best Fish
• 10lb 8oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, grhe
• 10lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black hopper
• 9lb 4oz Mark Britton, Brington, olive hares ear
• 8lb 1oz Mr Hennessy, Houghton Conquest, red Diawl Bach
• 7lb 7oz John Carpenter, Coventry, damsel, boat
• 7lb 4oz Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, black muddler
Best Areas
Bank - dam (in a north wind), east arm, lagoon
Boat - down middle
Best Patterns
grhe, red Diawl Bach, damsel, black or olive hopper, white/green lures
The water is much clearer now. Changeable wind directions have meant the fish are switching on in different areas of the lake. Fish are rising throughout the day to damsel nymphs and adults.
Cooler weather has really improved the bank fishing since Wednesday 6th with anglers enjoying good dry fly sport.
Higham Ferrers Flyfishers had a boat competition on Wednesday.
8 anglers caught 42 fish
1. Neil Tebbutt 6 fish 11lb 8oz (inc best fish 3lb 12oz)
2. Eddie Spencer 5 fish 9lb 12oz
3. Richard Webb 6 fish 9lb 11oz
4. Mark Frost 6 fish 9lb 9oz
5. Roger Attley 6 fish 9lb 6oz
Next Stocking: July 12th, 15th, 18th

June 19th - July 2nd 2011
321 anglers caught 886 fish of which 495 were returned
Best Fish
• 12lb 2oz Arthur Matcham, Barton Seagrave, s14 olive buzzer, boat
• 10lb 4oz Martin Denton, Moulton, black buzzer, boat
• 8lb 0oz Mr Montali, Rushden
• 6lb 13oz John Grice, Derby, damsel
• 6lb 8oz Bill Stewart, Corby
• 6lb 8oz Phil Duggan
Best Areas
Bank - east arm, coarse bank, lagoon, pensioners point
Boat - deeper water down middle
Best Patterns
damsel nymph, dry damsel, daddies, olive CDC, red Diawl Bach, black/green or white/green lures
The hot weather has made the bank fishing difficult with anglers doing well if they catch 2 or 3 fish in a day. Boat anglers catching well fishing the deeper water. Best methods have been either targeting rising fish with dries or damsels or fritz lures on an intermediate. The algae has spread around the lake with the varied wind directions but is only a problem on flat calm days. A steady breeze soon pushes it to one end of the lake. Next Stocking: July 4th, 8th, 11th

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June 5th - 18th 2011
353 anglers caught 991 fish of which 514 were returned
Best Fish
• 12lb 2oz Mel Dunn, Eye, orange blob, boat
• 11lb 2oz Terry Sibbald, Wellingborough, Montana
• 10lb 4oz Jimmy Kelly, Corby, boat
• 9lb 3oz Chris Wilson, London, damsel
• 7lb 9oz Paul Haskey, Rugby, white zonker
• 7lb 8oz George Brock, Corby
Best Areas
Bank - Brookside, east arm, coarse bank
Boat - east arm, down middle
Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, small olive cdc, black buzzer, green Diawl Bach, bloodworm, orange or tequila blob. Large hatches of damsels. Nymphs working well in the morning with fish taking dry adults during the afternoon. Fish are on the top all day in most conditions. The lodge end of the lake is quiet at the moment probably due to a small algal bloom. Best methods apart from damsels is washing line with Diawl Bach's and hares ear suspended by a cruncher booby or suspender buzzer. Blobs fished on a slow intermediate also doing well. Evening rise to buzzers and sedges is still good as long as the wind isn't too strong.
Next stocking: June 20, 24, 27.

May 23rd - June 4th 2011
314 anglers caught 1165 fish of which 637 were returned
Best Fish
• 12lb 8oz John Pickstock, Great Oxendon, Wickhams, boat
• 11lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, cats whisker
• 10lb 11oz Ivan Dow, Peterborough, black buzzer
• 9lb 14oz Roy McLester, Grendon, diawl bach
• 8lb 8oz Ian Douglas, Houghton, black buzzer
• 7lb 9oz Jason Davison, Stevenage, olive cdc
• 7lb 0oz Mark Footitt, Colsterworth, black buzzer, boat
• 6lb 10oz Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, black buzzer
• 6lb 2oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, bloodworm
• 6lb 1oz Graham Dixon, Newark, damsel
Best Areas
All areas holding fish
Best Patterns
Day - damsel, olive Fraser, red or green Diawl Bach, black buzzer, daddies, cruncher booby, cats whisker
Eve - black or brown cdc, hoppers, sedge pupa, wickhams
Constant strong winds made the buzzer fishing difficult but the fish are still feeding on the surface most of the day. Best method has been washing line with a cruncher booby or olive booby with Diawl Bach's or crunchers on the droppers. On warmer days the damsel hatch is in full swing with fish taking the nymphs and adults. There is a real variation in colour of the nymphs from tan to a bright metallic green. On most nights there has been a spectacular evening rise with fish taking hatching buzzers and sedges. When the calmer, warmer days finally return it will be worth fishing epoxy buzzers during the day as well as damsel imitations. The mayfly hatch. especially in the east arm will also be worth targeting.
Next Stocking: June 6, 10, 13

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Two weeks May 8th - 22nd 2011
372 anglers caught 1149 fish of which 730 were returned
Best Fish
• 10lb 8oz Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, small ptn
• 10lb 2oz Brian Swain, Brampton, damsel
• 10lb 10oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat
• 9lb 5oz Peter Zinny, black/red fritz, boat
• 9lb 0oz Jim Nixon, Kettering
• 8lb 10oz Mr Pappleton, Gt Irchester, Zulu, boat
• 8lb 9oz Jason Spolton, Kettering, damsel
• 8lb 7oz Jimmy Kelly, Corby, boat
• 7lb 14oz Ian Douglas, Houghton, black buzzer
• 7lb 4oz Peter Roper, Haynes, boat
• 6lb 13oz Derek Smith, Cambridge, green diawl bach
• 6lb 5oz Stuart Found, Spalding, black buzzer, boat
Best Areas
Bank - east arm, brookside, goodfellow bay(evenings)
Boat - all areas holding fish if wind allows
Best Patterns
red or green Diawl Bach, ptn, grhe, cruncher, black buzzer, black hopper, cdc buzzer
With the recent strong winds the rod average has been lower with anglers struggling to fish many areas of the lake. Plenty of surface activity throughout the day with fish taking damsel nymphs. If the the wind drops in the evening there have been some spectacular rises from 8.30pm onwards. During the early part of the rise try emerging buzzers in size 14s and then wet or dry sedge patterns towards dark.
Next Stocking: May 24, 27, 30

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May 1st - 7th 2011
214 anglers caught 833 fish of which 481 were returned
Best Fish
• 9lb 15oz J. Elderton, Earls Barton, damsel
• 9lb 11oz Ben Piper, Cambs, boat
• 9lb 6oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, damsel
• 8lb 0oz Mr Kennewell
• 7lb 8oz Glenn Harwood, Chelveston
• 6lb 15oz David Carson, Lincoln, black buzzer, boat
• 6lb 7oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, black buzzer
• 6lb 7oz Glenn Harwood, Chelveston
• 6lb 6oz John Scott, Corby, damsel
• 6lb 4oz John Wildman, Peterborough
• 6lb 0oz Mrs T Ocock, Spalding, boat
Best Areas
Bank - dam, brookside, east arm
Boat - east arm, gravel bar, down middle
Best Patterns
Black buzzer, bloodworm, red or green diawl bach, damsel, cats whisker, black hopper
The buzzer fishing is back on good form now the wind is back in the South with good catches on epoxy buzzers during the day and emerger and dry imitations during the evening rise.
Quite a few mayfly are hatching along with pond olives and the first of the damsels.
Sunday May 8th Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Match
20 anglers caught 54 fish. Conditions were windy with plenty of sunshine so not ideal for a bank match using floating line and buzzer patterns.
1. Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, 6 fish 10lb 13oz
2. Gordon Anthony, Whittlesey 6 fish 10lb 4oz
3. Fen Oakley, Sudborough 6 fish 9lb 11oz
4. Dave McEwan, Sandy 6 fish 8lb 3oz
5. Dave Jarrett, Peterborough 3 fish 7lb 10oz
A total of £481 was raised for Sue Ryder, Peterborough. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event.
Next Stocking: May 9th, 13th, 16th

April 24- 30th 2011
206 anglers caught 788 fish of which 425 were returned
Best Fish
• 12lb 15oz Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel, boat
• 10lb 9oz David Smith, Wales, suspender buzzer, boat
• 10lb 8oz Ken Waller, Long Sutton, daddy, boat
• 9lb 7oz Tony Bill, Cambridge, black/green lure, boat
• 8lb 12oz Paul Dunstan, Towcester, red lure, float tube
• 8lb 7oz Tony Bill, Cambridge, black/green lure, boat
• 8lb 4oz Tony Bill, Cambridge, black/green lure, boat
• 8lb 0oz Sean Marriott, Market Harborough, boat
• 7lb 4oz Harvey Mobbs, Castle Ashby, olive buzzer
• 6lb 13oz John Dillon, Sheffield, GRHE
• 6lb 10oz David Price, Coventry, black buzzer
• 6lb 8oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, black buzzer
• 6lb 8oz Alan Weatherley, Kettering, bloodworm
Best Areas
Bank - dam, lodge bank
Boat - all areas holding fish
Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, cruncher, grhe, red or green Diawl Bach, pink apps bloodworm, orange or sunburst blob.
The strong ENE wind over the past few days has made fishing tougher although the rod average was still respectable. Bank anglers only comfortable fishing area was the dam and it fished well especially when there was cloud cover. Not as many buzzers hatching this week. Best method has been a damsel on the point with a cruncher/grhe/Diawl Bach on the dropper fished at 4-5ft when bright or nearer the surface when cloudy. When the calmer/milder weather returns the buzzer fishing will be superb. No worthwhile evening rise last week as there were limited hatches.
Sunday May 8 Tommy Wood Memorial
9am- 4pm Floating line and buzzer imitations only
Free entry! All proceeds from raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.
Next Stocking: May 2, 6, 9

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April 17th - 23rd 2011
171 anglers caught 714 fish of which 403 were returned
Best Fish
• 12lb 0oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, s14 blakestone buzzer
• 11lb 8oz Jon Panter, Moulton, black buzzer
• 10lb 12oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, goldhead damsel
• 10lb 8oz Mick Johnson, Peterborough, white/green tadpole
• 10lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black buzzer
• 9lb 9oz Alan Calver, Oundle, goldhead damsel
• 9lb 1oz Jim Nixon, Kettering
• 8lb 7oz Dave Williams, Whittlesey
• 8lb 2oz Bill Stewart, Co0rby
• 7lb 12oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, damsel
• 7lb 9oz Peter Shaw, Peterborough, boat
• 6lb 14oz Bill Stewart, Corby
• 6lb 8oz Jason Spolton, Kettering, Damsel
Browns
3lb 8oz Alan Weatherley, Kettering, brown hopper
3lb 5oz John Dyson, Oxford, black hopper
2lb 8oz Alan Weatherley, Kettering, brown hopper
2lb 4oz Dave McEwan, Sandy
Best Areas
Bank - dam, pensioners point, brookside
Boat - all areas fishing well
Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, red or green diawl bach, black or brown hopper, orange blob.
A good week for specimen fish for bank anglers and big bags for boat anglers. The hot weather meant the bank fishing got harder but there were still plenty of fish taken early and late in the day. Boat anglers have enjoyed some great buzzer fishing. Top pattern has been a s10 or s12 black buzzer with red cheeks. Best depth has been anything between 2 - 6ft depending on wind and light conditions. Sun and wind together has sent the fish deeper. On calmer days the rising fish have been taking emerging black or green buzzers, pond olives and alders. Most evenings there is a rise. Dry fly sport has been productive in the last hour with small hoppers and cdc.
Sunday May 8th Tommy Wood Memorial
A friendly roving bank match. Floating line and buzzer imitations only. Free entry! 9am - 4pm Everyone welcome. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough
Next Stocking: April 25, 26, 29, May 2

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April 10th - 16th 2011
146 anglers caught 471 fish of which 287 were returned
Best Fish
• 9lb 5oz Mick Heasman, Tunbridge Wells flyfishers, buzzer
• 9lb 2oz Tony Dighton, Cambs, boat
• 7lb 8oz Mr Cardy, Wellingborough, olive buzzer
• 7lb 7oz J. Dolby, Kings Lyn, black buzzer
• 7lb 4oz Graham Jenkins, Birmingham, black hopper
• 7lb 0oz Mr Dilley, Wellingborough
• 6lb 5oz John Owen, Kettering
• 6lb 4oz Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, black buzzer, boat
• 6lb 4oz Mr Green
• 6lb 1oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, apps bloodworm
Best Areas
Bank- dam, brookside
Boat - all areas holding fish
Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, bloodworm, Diawl Bach, grhe, small damsel, orange blob
A great week for buzzer fishing especially when the weather warmed up at the end of the week. Pond olives also put in their first appearance on Wednesday. Although there are plenty of fish rising the best bags of fish are being taken on s12 or s14 buzzers 3-6 foot down either under a bung or straight line.
Most evening there is a localized evening rise in Goodfellow bay and shallow bay with fish coming very close to the bank.
Even the small fish are really fighting well now.
Prospects look good for the next few weeks for some great imitative fishing.
Next Stocking
April 18th, 21st, 22nd, 25th
Competition news
On Saturday April 16th Elinor held a Greys National bank heat
Individuals Top 5
1. Ed Foster 7 fish
2. Terry Phillips 6
3. Andy Taylor 6
4. Dave Franklin 5
5. Brad Gifford 4
Teams
1. Team Marton 14 fish
2. Elinor 14
3. Misfits 5
12 anglers caught 42 fish with at least as many again lost on barbless hooks. Nearly all fish taken on buzzers or bloodworm

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April 3rd - 9th 2011
167 anglers caught 594 fish of which 323 were returned
Best Fish
• 9lb 8oz Steve Wyant, Market Harborough, black/green tadpole, boat
• 9lb 4oz Ian Benbow, Woodford, red Diawl Bach
• 8lb 1oz Mr Steels, Dogsthorpe
• 7lb 9oz Pete Welch, Boston, traffic light buzzer
• 7lb 8oz George Brock, Corby
• 7lb 3oz David Johnson, Oxford, black buzzer
• 6lb 4oz Jim Boag, Over, boat
• 6lb 2oz G Smith, Leicester, black buzzer
• 6lb 0oz Mr Mosser, Peterborough, black buzzer
Best Areas
Bank - Brookside point, dam, gravel bar, shallow bay
Boat - gravel bar, west arm, dam
Best Patterns
Black & olive buzzer, Diawl Bach, grhe, black hopper, orange blob
In the bright, warm conditions the boats fished consistently well with straight lined size 12 buzzers taking the best bags. Bank anglers did well in cloudy conditions or early morning/evening when the fish are feeding very close in.
Fish are feeding heavily on daphnia off the dam and buzzers around the rest of the lake.
Best dry fly for the surface feeders has been a black hopper.
Competition News
April 6th Troutmasters fish-off
1. Pete Welch, Boston 6 fish 16lb 12oz (inc 7lb 9oz rainbow), brookside, black buzzer
2. Steve Johnson, Raunds, 6 fish 16lb 1oz brookside,orange blob, intermediate
3. Alec Twaites, Coventry, 6 fish 14lb 5oz brookside, black/green lure
4. Phil Wagstaff, Eye, 6 fish 12lb 2oz dam, buzzers
5. Bob Walmsley, Desborough, 6 fish 11lb 6oz, east arm
Congratulations to Pete Welch who will represent Elinor at the grand final on May 9th at Grafham. Sunday May 8th is the date for the Tommy Wood Memorial bank match. Floating line and buzzer imitations only. All proceeds to Sue Ryder Peterborough. All are welcome to enter this relaxed competition for a great cause.
Next Stocking: April 11th, 15th, 18th

March 20th - 26th 2011
206 anglers caught 784 fish of which 427 were returned
Best Fish
• 11lb 8oz Phil Wagstaff, Eye, damsel
• 10lb 7oz Geoff Scane, Peterborough, silver humungus
• 9lb 8oz John Cooper, Oundle
• 9lb 1oz Phile Wagstaff, Eye, damsel
• 9lb 0oz Jason Spolton, Kettering, damsel
• 8lb 10oz Keiran Bonas, Oakley
• 8lb 8oz Alec Baillee, Leicester, olive nymph, boat
• 8lb 7oz Gerry Calver, Oundle, orange sparkler, boat
• 8lb 2oz Stuart Bergman, Milton Keynes, sunburst blob
• 8lb 1oz Jim Nixon, Kettering
• 8lb 0oz Neville Silver, boat
• 7lb 5oz Graham Swainston, Irthlingborough, black buzzer, boat
• 7lb 4oz D. Mason, Northampton, boat
Best Areas
Bank - all areas holding fish
Boat - west arm, gravel bar
Best Patterns
black buzzer, cruncher, small damsel, bloodworm, montana, cats whisker.

A warm week 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.
Next stocking: March 28th, 31st, April 1st, 4th

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March 13th - 19th 2011
192 anglers caught 822 fish of which 503 were returned
Best Fish
• 12lb 5oz Mel Dunn, Eye, lime green damsel
• 9lb 0oz Mark Chance, Sawtry, cormorant booby, boat
• 8lb 14oz Mark Chance, Sawtry, cormorant booby, boat
• 8lb 2oz Steve Wyant, Market Harborough, black/red lure, boat
• 8lb 2oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, boat
• 8lb 0oz Mel Dunn, Eye, lime green damsel
• 7lb 9oz Mr Lucas, Eye Green, boat
• 7lb 8oz George Piccaver, Farcet, green/white lure, boat
• 7lb 5oz David Wison, Coventry, black buzzer
• 6lb 8oz George Piccaver, Farcet, green Diawl Bach, boat
• 6lb 7oz Mr Kempton, Wellingborough, boat
• 6lb 6oz James Clark, Ringstead
Best Areas
Bank - lodge bank, west arm, coarse bank
Boat - west arm, gravel bar
Best Patterns
Damsel, black buzzer, gold head hares ear, Montana, cats whisker.

Elinor trout are feeding heavily with good hatches of small black buzzers on most days especially at the warmer calmer end of the lake. Best method has been a team of s12 or s14 buzzers fished either straight line or under an indicator. Most fish being taken 18" - 3ft down. Small damsels on a floater have also taken good bags including the biggest rainbow of the season so far of 12lb 5oz caught from the west arm pylon point. When the wind is not too strong there are plenty of fish rising but they are difficult to tempt on dries. Boat and bank anglers having equally good sport on most days with fish well spread around the lake.
Next Stocking: March 21st, 25th, 28th

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March 6th - 12th 2011
165 anglers caught 597 fish of which 342 were returned
Best Fish
• 10lb 8oz Michael Daymond, Leicester, cats whisker, boat
• 10lb 3oz Mick Bownes, Stamford, goldhead damsel
• 10lb 1oz Carl Lord, Wellingborough, black/green lure
• 8lb 2oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, boat
• 7lb 8oz Carl Lord, Wellingborough, black/green lure
• 7lb 6oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, damsel
• 7lb 5oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, damsel
• 7lb 4oz Mr Wood
• 6lb 12oz Roy Hubbard, boat
• 6lb 10oz Jason Spolton, Kettering
• 6lb 9oz Mr Gillies
• 6lb 8oz John Lane, Milton Ernest, bloodworm, boat
• 6lb 7oz Glen Honan, Tansor, ptn
• 6lb 5oz Mr Kempton, Wellingborough, boat
• 6lb 0oz Glen Harwood, Chelveston
Best Areas
Bank - lodge bank, coarse bank, dam
Boat - anchored off lodge bank, west arm
Best Patterns
Small damsel, black buzzer, bloodworm, montana, cats whisker.

Variable weather last week at Elinor. On the windy dull days the bank fished very well. On calmer, bright days the boat anglers did best. Plenty of buzzers starting to hatch now spring has arrived and the odd fish even being caught on dries on milder days although most fish are being taken 2-3ft down. The fish are still well spread around the lake with all areas worth a try. Black or olive buzzers should be the most consistent immitative patterns over the next couple of weeks.
Next Stocking: March 14th, 18th

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Feb 28th - March 5th 2011
186 anglers caught 682 fish of which 386 were returned
Best Fish
• 9lb 8oz Nick Wade, Kettering, damsel
• 9lb 2oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, damsel
• 8lb 0oz Ian Parsler, Kettering, black/green lure
• 7lb 3oz Garth Mitchell, Cosby, black/green fritz, boat
• 7lb 0oz Arthur Matcham, Kettering
• 6lb 14oz Andrew Warnock, Rugby, black/green lure
• 6lb 12oz Colin Wagner, Corby, damsel
• 6lb 10oz Derek Benamore, Finedon
• 6lb 3oz Bob Darby, Yardley Hastings, fritz damsel
• 6lb 0oz Barry Akam, Market Deeping, black/green lure
• 5lb 15oz Geoff Dawkins, Leicester, black/green lure, boat
Best Areas
Bank - dam, gravel bar, coarse bank
Boat - boat bay, gravel bar, west arm
Best Patterns
Montana, cats whisker, small damsel, bloodworm, black buzzer, red or green Diawl Bach.

Along with the usual early season lures, plenty of fish are being taken on nymphs now. The top 2 foot is the best depth to concentrate on although the fish have dropped deeper on the rare brighter days. Boat anglers are having bumper catches anchored 60-100 yards off the lodge bank. Fish are showing up all over the lake but the cold NE wind meant that the coarse bank was rarely fished last week. Buzzer hatches have started already, especially on the calmer days and prospects look very good for nymph anglers over the next few weeks with the water remaining extremely clear.

Next Stocking: March 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th.

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Feb 26th & 27th 2011
124 anglers caught 915 fish of which 537 were returned
47 fish over 5lb
Best Rainbows
• 11lb 14oz Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, white/green tadpole
• 9lb 9oz Ken Waller, Long Sutton, red buzzer, boat
• 9lb 8oz Richard Winser, Cambs, damsel
• 9lb 2oz Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, black/green tadpole
• 9lb 0oz Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, black/green tadpole
• 8lb 8oz Dave Meekes, Northampton
• 8lb 2oz Nick Keller, Kettering, bloodworm
• 8lb 2oz Phil Longstaffe, Market Harborough
• 7lb 11oz Nathan Greer, Weldon, orange blob
• 7lb 10oz Kieran Bonas, Oakley
• 7lb 9oz Ray Goodfellow, Kettering
• 7lb 8oz Pete Welch, Boston, green/white lure
• 7lb 8oz Ken Waller, Long Sutton, red buzzer, boat
• 7lb 3oz Brad Gifford, Kettering, pink apps
• 6lb 9oz Brent Murgatroyd, Milton Keynes
• 6lb 8oz Dave Meekes, Northampton
• 6lb 7oz Michael Watts, Newport Pagnell, damsel
• 6lb 6oz Glynn Mansfield, Peterborough, viva
• 4lb 8oz Brown Glynn Mansfield, Peterborough, viva
Best Areas
Bank - dam, goodfellow bay, brookside, coarse bank
Boat - anchored off lodge bank, west arm
Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, damsel, bloodworm, grhe, red buzzer.

A great start to the 2011 season despite the cold and at times wet weekend. Fish were well spread over the whole lake with only the deeper water down the middle failing to produce. Best method was a slow retrieve on floater or slow intermediate with most fish being caught surprisingly high in the water at 1-2ft. When the wind dropped completely late afternoon there were a good number of fish rising, especially in the west arm. Boat anglers did better than normal with good catches coming from 50-100yds off the bank as well as close in. Numerous specimen fish caught with a good mix of overwintered and new stock fish.
Next Stocking: March 1st, 4th.

Elinor Trout Fishery, Lowick Road, Aldwincle, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN14 3EE.
Telephone: 01832 720786   |   Email: enquiries@elinortf.co.uk