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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2014 ...
To view any particular months report, please just click on that month you wish to read shown below.

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December 8th - 14th

61 anglers caught 272 fish of which 220 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow
• 9lb 6oz Boris, Stanion, damsel
• 6lb 0oz Mr Elliott, Titchmarsh, black buzzer, boat
• 4lb 8oz Mark Britten, Brington, white/green lure
• 4lb 7oz Steve Johnson, Raunds
• 4lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, bloodworm
• 4lb 2oz Paul Laundon, Milton Keynes, black nymph

Brown
• 5lb 10oz John Wildman, Peterborough, black hopper
• 3lb 8oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, green/white lure
• 3lb 2oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside
Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Small black buzzers, damsel, various black dries, bloodworm, black/green lures, white/green lures.

Not many boats ventured out last week but bank anglers generally had a good week. Surprisingly for the time of year, dries took the biggest bags of fish with black hoppers, black bits and big blacks scoring well. Anglers fishing an indicator caught using buzzers at 2 foot. On windy days fish are still being taken on Montana and cats whisker etc. Elinor is open until December 31st although season ticket holders can bank fish throughout January.

Elinor Vouchers

There is still time to buy your loved one a fishing ticket as a Christmas present. Please email me with your requirements and I will post the vouchers to you immediately.

Pike Fishing

There will be a limited number of boats available for pike fishing on the following weekends:
• December 20th & 21st 
• December 27th & 28th 
• January 3rd & 4th 

Lures or sea dead baits only. Single angler boat £25.00, Two angler boat £40.00. Fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm and bookings by email or phone 01832 720786.




December 1st - 7th

74 anglers caught 340 fish of which 246 were returned.

Best Fish
• 6lb 0oz Pat Flynn, Northampton, Montana, boat
• 4lb 8oz David Hants, Torquay, gold head daddy, boat
• 4lb 7oz Keith Fairey, Northampton, cats whisker, boat
• 4lb 4oz Scott Bowman, Northampton, damsel
• 4lb 2oz Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, red apps, boat

Best Brown
4lb 7oz Mark Brittern, Brington, Montana

Best Areas
Bank - dam, Brookside, boat bay, gravel bar
Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Montana, small cats whisker, red apps, black buzzer, black Diawl Bach. An excellent rod average with the new stock fish livening up the residents. Water clarity very good now with anglers catching on small buzzers as well as lures. Generally, on windier days mini lures in black/green or white/green in the top 3 foot are working best although on calmer days smaller imitative patterns are needed with many fish on or near the surface. Elinor is open until December 31st although season ticket holders can bank fish throughout January. On Tuesday December 2nd Steve Cullen fished at Elinor. The Sky Sports cameras kept a close eye on him. You can see how he got on this Friday December 12th on "Tightlines", Sky Sports 3 at 7pm.

Elinor Vouchers

There is still time to buy your loved one a fishing ticket as a Christmas present. Please email me with your requirements and I will post the vouchers to you immediately.

Pike Fishing - There will be a limited number of boats available for pike fishing on the following weekends:
• December 20th & 21st 
• December 27th & 28th 
• January 3rd & 4th 

Lures or sea dead baits only.
• Single angler boat £25.00
• Two angler boat £40.00
Fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm
ookings by email or phone 01832 720786

November 24th - 30th

83 anglers caught 251 fish of which 167 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow
• 7lb 12oz Mark Britten, Brington, olive hopper
• 5lb 3oz Dan Perks, Oakham
• 4lb 8oz Alfred Choy, Stamford
• 4lb 6oz Ken Nichols, Farcet, black/green lure
• 4lb 8oz Mark Britten, Brington, olive hopper
• 4lb 4oz Scott Bowman, Montana, Boat
• 4lb 1oz Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, red apps, boat

Brown
• 4lb 12oz Derek Lenton, Roade, damsel


Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay, Brookside
Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Small black buzzer, black hopper, black booby, red apps, Montana, cats whisker.

A decent week with a high proportion of 3lb+ fish continuing to be caught. Boat and bank anglers doing equally well. With the wind mainly from the North most anglers have been concentrating on the lodge end of the lake although there are still fish in most areas. Water clarity much improved and plenty of fish rising on calmer days. Best methods have been a floater with a black booby on the point and small black buzzers on the dropper, indicator with buzzers at 18 inches and 3 foot or small black or olive dries.

Elinor is open until December 31st

Next Stocking: December 5th

Elinor Vouchers - Fishing tickets make a perfect Christmas present. Please email me with your requirements and I will post the vouchers to you immediately.


November 17th - 23rd

89 anglers caught 206 fish of which 143 were returned.

Best Rainbow
• 6lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, wet daddy
• 5lb 2oz Harry Murphy, Peterborough, black/green tadpole, boat
• 5lb 0oz Phil Wagstaff, Eye, black fritz mini lure, boat
• 4lb 12oz Ray Ward, Olney, boat
• 4lb 4oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, damsel, boat

Best Brown
• 5lb 0oz Mr Herridge, Stevenage, boat
• 3lb 2oz Dennis Laws, Kings Lynn, boat

Best Areas
Bank - most areas producing fish
Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar, west arm

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, damsel, red apps, black buzzer, GRHE.

Less anglers ventured out last week with some days of heavy rain. There has been no further flooding from the downpour on Sunday and the water is clearing nicely and the fishing is improving with visibility now between 3 and 4 foot. On calmer days there are plenty of fishing rising to small black buzzers. Elinor continues to produce a good proportion of 3lb+ fish in superb condition. Next Stocking: December 5th

Elinor Vouchers

Fishing tickets make a perfect Christmas present. Please email me with your requirements and I will post the vouchers to you immediately.


November 10th - 16th

139 anglers caught 478 fish of which 365 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 2oz Steve Quartley, North London, fritz damsel, boat
• 7lb 6oz Steve Quartley, North London, damsel, boat
• 6lb 13oz Graham Watts, Ipswich, grhe
• 6lb 0oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, grhe
• 5lb 9oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, cruncher
• 5lb 6oz Roger Bosence, Corby, black/green
• 5lb 2oz Jean Clark, Wellingborough

Brown
• 4lb 8oz John Wildman, Peterborough

Best Areas
Bank - boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay
Boat - gravel bar, west arm

Best Patterns
Black hopper, GRHE, cruncher, Montana, red apps, cats whisker.

A good start to the week although the weekend fishing was difficult with flat calms, gin clear water and fish feeding on tiny black midges. Torrential rain on Sunday evening has brought the water level up and slightly coloured the water although visibility is at least 3 foot and more in some areas. Fish still being caught despite the sudden change with black patterns working best. Plenty of fish rising again today. Elinor is open until December 31st.

Next Stocking: Nov 19th.


November 3rd - 9th

128 anglers caught 669 fish of which 391 were returned. 28 fish over 4lb.

Best Rainbow
• 9lb 12oz Gavin Cairns, Newmarket, Minkie, boat
• 9lb 0oz Boris, Stanion, black Minkie
• 8lb 4oz Gary Howe, Bedford, cats whisker
• 8lb 0oz John Caldwell, St Ives, GRHE
• 5lb 9oz George Brock, Corby, yellow dancer
• 5lb 8oz Dave Miles, Wellingborough, orange blob, boat

Best Brown
• 4lb 6oz Gordon Macvinish, ginger bits, boat
• 4lb 0oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, wet hopper
• 4lb 0oz Brian Carter, Peterborough, GRHE

Best Areas
Bank - Brookside, dam, boat bay
Boat - anchored off dam, Brookside bay, west arm

Best Patterns
Wet or dry black hopper, small black buzzer, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher, GRHE, small damsel, white/green lures. A cracking week for both boat and bank anglers. Most fish continue to be caught on or near the surface with a variety of methods. On windy days lures will work but in calmer conditions the fish can be tricky when feeding on very small black buzzers when an imitative approach is needed. Water clarity is superb and the fish are fighting fit. Along with buzzers the main food source at the moment is daphnia, corixa and immature damsels.

Saturday Nov 8th
Two clubs fished Elinor from the bank and despite the wet weather enjoyed good sport. 8 members of Invicta fly fishers fished C&R and shared 83 fish including 2 over 8lb! 7 members of Tunbridge Wells fly fishers made the long journey payoff:
1. Micky Heasman 6 fish 15lb 2oz
2. Ray Burt 6 fish 11lb 4oz
3. Martyn Gray 5 fish 11lb 2oz


Sunday Nov 9th Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Fantastic weather and a good turnout of 40 anglers (15 from the bank and 25 from boats). A total of 153 fish were taken for a rod average of 3.8. Bank and boat were equally as good with 5 of each filling the top 10. 13 anglers managed to get their six fish limit. Barry Chillingworth took 6 fish for 16lb 6oz + time bonus on a goldhead damsel anchored off the dam.
Top 10 at the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Top 3 - left to right, Steve Johnson, Barry Chillingworth, Geoff Alsop
1. Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, boat, 25lb 13oz
2. Geoff Alsop, Tamworth, bank, 24lb 9oz
3. Steve Johnson, Raunds, bank, 20lb 13oz
4. Keith Fairey, Northampton, boat, 19lb 5oz
5. John Thomson, Corby, boat, 18lb 8oz
6. Ian Donaldson, Huntingdon, bank, 18lb 6oz
7. Adam Gumby, Leicester, boat, 17lb 15oz
8. Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard, bank, 17lb 10oz
9. Paul Haskey, Rugby, bank, 16lb 10oz
10. Dave Roadley, Chapel St Leonards, boat, 16lb 5oz 
Best fish 5lb 3oz Gary Martin, Corby

A total of £506.00 was raised to be shared between the Warks/Northants Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation. Many thanks to everyone who supported the event.

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October 27th - November 2nd

129 anglers caught 568 fish of which 390 were returned.

Best Rainbow
• 6lb 11oz David Brooks, Chapel Brampton, black/green lure, boat
• 5lb 10oz Martin Kerman, Melton Mowbray, black buzzer
• 5lb 4oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, black buzzer
• 5lb 0oz Colin Wagner, Corby
• 4lb 13oz John Peterson, Harpenden, black hopper
• 4lb 8oz David Castle, St Albans
• 4lb 8oz Fred Martin, Oundle, boat

Best Brown
• 4lb 6oz Pete Welch, Boston
• 3lb 10oz John Howe, Finedon, boat

Best Areas
Bank - overflow, Brookside, boat bay, coarse bank
Boat - anchored off dam, west arm, gravel bar, down middle

Best Patterns
Black or brown hopper, red cruncher, red Diawl Bach, small black buzzer, red apps, lures in white/green, black/green or pink

Elinor is on top form with a rod average of 4.4

The water is gin clear with dries, nymphs and lures catching. On cloudy days the bank is fishing as well as the boats although boat anglers still doing better in brighter conditions. Over the last couple of days the best method has been a floater with a foam daddy, booby hopper or pink booby on the point with cruncher and Diawl Bach on the dropper.

A large number of fish around the 3lb mark continue to be caught. Prospects are excellent with further stockings this week. The brown trout season ended on October 29th. Any browns caught should now be carefully returned. With the clocks having gone back evening tickets now start at Midday.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

This match will be held on Sunday November 9th. Boat and bank fishing entries are welcome with proceeds from the raffle to be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Warks/Northants Air Ambulance. Entry fee is £25.00 per person for both boat and bank anglers (£5.00 for season ticket holders). The match is fished 9am - 3pm to a 6 fish limit with a 2lb/hour time bonus. Tackle/Organic meat prizes for top 10 anglers. Please bring a small item so that everyone goes home with a prize.

Next Stocking: November 4th, 7th.


October 6th - 26th

287 anglers caught 1310 fish of which 997 were returned

Best Fish: Rainbow
• 10lb 3oz Shaun Marriott (right), Market Harborough, white/green lure, boat
• 7lb 8oz Dave Adams, Hardingstone, damsel, boat
• 6lb 8oz George Brock, Corby, cats whisker
• 5lb 6oz Chris Holland, boat
• 5lb 2oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, yellow dancer
• 5lb 0oz Mr Chambers, Spalding, boat
• 5lb 0oz Mark Britten, black hopper booby, boat
• 4lb 14oz Tim Wadwell, Northampton, orange blob, boat

Best Fish: Brown
6lb 1oz Remo Cuccurullo, Yelden, white/green lure, boat
4lb 4oz Clive Trundle, Silverstone, Minkie, boat

Best Areas
Bank - Brookside, east arm, dam, boat bay, coarse bank
Boat - west arm, east arm, down middle, dam

Best Patterns
Black or brown hopper, cruncher, red Diawl Bach, black buzzer, GRHE, small damsel, white/green lure, black/green lure

Over the last week the bank fishing has really improved with many days seeing equal bags from bank and boat. The strong winds have dictated where anglers have fished but there are fish to be found in most areas. Plenty of 3lb+ fish continue to be taken. Water is gin clear so on calmer days small nymphs and dries are best although lures will work in a good wave.

Sunday Oct 12th Mid Northants Fur & Feather
1. John Sumner 5 fish 11lb 6oz
2. Barry Jones 6 fish 10lb 7oz
3. Les Prickett 5 fish 10lb 7oz
4. Steve Johnson 4 fish 6lb 10oz
5. Seumas Halliday 4 fish 6lb 3oz

With the clocks having gone back evening tickets now start at Midday.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
This match will be held on Sunday November 9th. Boat and bank fishing entries are welcome with proceeds from the raffle to be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Warks/Northants Air Ambulance. Entry fee is £25.00 per person for both boat and bank anglers (£5.00 for season ticket holders). Tackle/Organic meat prizes for top 10 anglers. Please bring a small item so that everyone goes home with a prize.

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Two weeks September 22nd - Oct 5th

277 anglers caught 1032 fish of which 709 were returned

Best Fish
• 5lb 8oz Matt Skinner, Rushden, fry imitation, boat
• 5lb 5oz Graham Mills, Braintree, daddy, boat
• 5lb 2oz D. Ward, Ely, daddy, boat
A further 74 fish over 3lb were caught

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, Brookside, boat bay
Boat - all areas holding fish

Best Patterns
Wet or dry daddy, small black buzzer, Nemo cruncher, red Diawl Bach, black hopper booby, damsel, white/green lures, sunburst blob.

Boat anglers continue to have the best sport. Anywhere down the middle is fishing well with fish on or near the surface during much of the day. Cooler nights have helped move a few more fish closer to the bank. On Friday 3rd, Roger Bosence from Corby caught 11 fish from the dank in the East Arm on a damsel with a hot orange bead. Afternoon permits are available from 1pm.

Best methods are:
• washing line with a foam daddy and Diawl Bach, cruncher or hares ear
• dries such as daddy, hopper, shipman’s, shuttlecock CdC
• a team of s12 or s14 black buzzers
• white/green lure with orange or sunburst blob on dropper

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
This match will be held on Sunday November 9th. Boat and bank fishing entries are welcome with proceeds from the raffle to be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Warks/Northants Air Ambulance. Entry fee is £25.00 per person for both boat and bank anglers (£5.00 for season ticket holders).

Next Stocking: October 9th

The next fishing report will be sent on October 27th. For current news of how Elinor is fishing and bookings please phone the lodge on 01832 720786

September 15th - 21st

109 anglers caught 484 fish of which 314 were returned

Best Fish
• 8lb 5oz Gary Martin, Corby, daddy, boat
• A total of 62 fish over 3lb caught

Best Areas
Bank - dam, brook side, boat bay, east arm
Boat - anywhere down the middle

Best Patterns
Wet or dry daddy, black, brown or claret hoppers, GRHE, red Diawl Bach, white/green lures.

Bank fishing remains challenging with anglers generally managing a bag of up to three fish. However boat anglers had an excellent week with good fishing weather and numerous daddies on the water keeping the fish occupied on the surface for most of the day. Daddies fished wet or dry is easily the best method although when there are less fish rising a team of Diawl Bachs and hares ears on a floating line has worked well with fish still being caught in the top four foot. With cooler nights it is only a matter of time before the bank is back on form.

Next Stocking: September 26th


September 8th - 14th

145 anglers caught 587 fish of which 394 were returned

Best Fish
• 10lb 10oz Boris, Stanion, daddy, boat
• 8lb 8oz Pete Welch, Boston, white/green fritz, boat
• 6lb 0oz Andy Hake, Leighton Buzzard, pheasant tail nymph, boat
• 5lb 5oz Sean Crowson, Peterborough, red Diawl Bach, float tube
• 5lb 4oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, GRHE, boat
• 5lb 1oz Jean Clark, Wellingborough, tequila blob
• 5lb 0oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, GRHE, boat

Best Areas
Bank - boat bay, Brookside, dam
Boat - down the middle

Best Patterns
Wet or dry daddy, GRHE, red cruncher, red Diawl Bach, white/green lures

A busier week with a good rod average from the boats. Bank fishing remains difficult although improving. On Saturday, Robert Lenton of Milton Malsor used his long casting skills to catch 18 fish from the bank. The last couple of days has seen enough breeze to get some daddies onto the water. A few fish are starting to take them. The grass around Elinor is full of daddies and it should be an exciting couple of weeks as more and more fish get used to an easy meal. Washing line is still the best method with red Diawl, red cruncher or grhe on the droppers.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be held on Sunday November 9th. Boat and bank fishing entries are welcome with proceeds from the raffle to be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Warks/Northants Air Ambulance.

Next Stocking: September 17th


September 1st -7th

130 anglers caught 508 fish of which 335 were returned 54 fish over 3lb.

Best Fish
7lb 2oz Mark Britten, Brington, black hopper booby, boat

Best Areas
Bank - boat bay, east arm
Boat - down middle, overflow corner, east arm

Best Patterns
Wet or dry daddy, hoppers, GRHE, red Diawl Bach, white/green lures

Plenty of good fishing weather last week with light winds and plenty of cloud cover. The boats generally fished very well with a large proportion of 3lb + fish taken. Bank fishing improved slightly with the odd limit but a 2 or 3 fish catch was more common. Monday and Tuesday this week saw bright sunshine and no wind. Fishing was rock hard from the bank with numerous fish rising but mostly out of range. Many boat anglers also struggled but some good bags were taken anchored off the dam. A return to duller conditions forecast for Thursday 11th onwards should see a big improvement. With the nights drawing in, afternoon permits now start at 1pm.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be held on Sunday November 9th. Boat and bank fishing entries are welcome with proceeds from the raffle to be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Warks/Northants Air Ambulance.

Next Stocking: September 9th & 12th.

August 25th - 31st

122 anglers caught 401 fish of which 282 were returned.

Best Fish
• 5lb 10oz John Thompson, Peterborough, white/green fritz, boat
• 35 fish over 3lb

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, boat bay
Boat - anywhere down the middle

Best Patterns
Foam daddy, black hopper booby, cruncher, Diawl Bach, GRHE, tequila blob, white/green lures.

The fish are feeding heavily on the surface on calmer cloudy days. Even when the suns out the majority of anglers are catching in the top 4 foot. Some superb condition rainbows were taken last week, mainly from boats although the bank fishing is gradually improving with the weed dying off and the water temperature falling. Washing line is still the favoured method. Prospects for the back end of the season have never been better with Elinor's massive daddy hatch imminent and a good head of small roach and perch fry available.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be held on Sunday November 9th. Boat and bank fishing entries are welcome.

Next Stocking: August 3rd


August 18th - 24th

125 anglers caught 480 fish of which 342 were returned.

44 fish over 3lb

Best Fish
• 8lb 2oz Boris, Stanion, green body daddy, boat
• 5lb 3oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, boat
• 5lb 1oz Phil West, Nuneaton, cruncher
• 5lb 0oz Peter Wilson, Cambridge, daddy

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, boat bay, dam (in a north wind)
Boat - most areas producing fish, generally the top of the wind best

Best Patterns
Wet or dry daddy, red cruncher, red Diawl Bach, red apps, cats whisker, tequila Fab

The cooler weather has really put the fish on the feed with a good week for both boat and bank anglers considering we are still in August. On brighter days the boats have had the best sport with straight line nymphs working when no fish are rising. If the fish are on top, hoppers and daddies are catching well fished wet or dry. Otherwise the deadly method has been washing line with either a foam daddy or tequila Fab on the point and cruncher/Diawl Bach on the droppers. Lures have also taken fish, fritz damsel, cats whisker or black tadpole fished 3-4 foot down.

Competition News

Sunday August 24th Leicester Fly Fishers held their Presidents bank match. 7 anglers caught 13 fish. It was a good win for Dave Roadley who included two fish of 3lb 13oz in his bag. Dave used a floater/washing line with either a damsel booby or tequila fab on the point and nymphs on the dropper along the brook side bank.
1. Dave Roadley 6 fish 17lb 10oz
2. Alastair Smith 3 fish 6lb 2oz
3. Adam Gumby 3 fish 5lb 4oz

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be held on Sunday November 9th.

Next Stocking: August 29th


August 11th - 17th

78 anglers caught 181 fish of which 110 were returned.

Best Fish
• 4lb 5oz David Parry, Solihull, cruncher, boat
• 4lb 0oz Rob Jordan, orange blob, boat

Best Areas
Bank - boat bay, dam
Boat - down the middle

Best Patterns
Red cruncher/Diawl Bach, black buzzer with red cheeks, wet or dry daddies, damsel, orange blob.

Another slow week with a rod average just scraping 2. However there are definitely signs of much better fishing since Saturday. The cooler weather, especially at night has seen the weed beds start to break up and the water temperature drop. Fish are feeding throughout the day and are less tightly shoaled. Not many specimens were taken last week but numerous fish between 2lb 8oz and 3lb 8oz were caught and they are in fighting fit! Usually we have to wait until mid September for the fishing to improve but Elinor is certainly worth a trip already. Nearly all fish are being taken in the top 3 foot with washing line with a foam daddy on the point and crunchers/Diawl Bach on droppers the best method.


August 4th - 10th

84 anglers caught 171 fish of which 125 were returned.

Best Fish
• 5lb 8oz Mr Blane, boat.

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, boat bay, dam (in a north wind)
Boat - east arm, pylon point, down middle

Best Patterns
Red or green Diawl Bach/cruncher, damsel, wet hoppers, red apps, cats whisker.

A slow week for both bank and boat anglers. A constantly changing wind direction seemed to put the fish off the feed. The forecast much cooler weather this week should help liven sport up. Water clarity remains good for the time of year and the weekend storms have shifted plenty of weed.

Next Stocking: August 15th.

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July 28th - August 3rd

73 anglers caught 192 fish of which 149 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 4oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, red Diawl Bach, boat

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, boat bay
Boat - east arm, down middle, anchored off dam (in a north wind)

Best Patterns
Apps bloodworm, red or green Diawl Bach, damsel, daddies, wet hoppers, orange blob. Fishing is difficult at the moment, especially for bank anglers. On most days a few boats manage to get a good bag of fish even when others are struggling. Trout usually shoal up in extremes of water temperatures so it's worth keeping on the move until you find them. There continues to be fish feeding on damsels, both nymph and adult. Water clarity has greatly improved over the last few days and slightly cooler weather will have the fish feeding more regularly.


July 21st - 27th

93 anglers caught 405 fish of which 244 were returned.

Best Fish
• 12lb 2oz Boris, Stanion, olive buzzer, boat
• 4lb 2oz Reg Bellham, Northampton, grhe, boat
• 4lb 0oz Colin Harvey, Stamford, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay
Boat - down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, daddy, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher, wet or dry hopper, black or olive buzzer, orange blob

A surprisingly good rod average for the end of July made possible by some great results for boat anglers. Bank fishing is difficult in the hot weather with anglers doing well to catch a couple of fish. Boat anglers are catching well targeting damsel feeders on the surface or fishing deeper down the middle. Although there is an algal bloom, visibility is at least 4 foot in most areas.

Next Stocking: August 1st.

July 14th - 20th

80 anglers caught 214 fish of which 156 were returned.

Best Fish
• 6lb 6oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, black cruncher
• 4lb 8oz Mr Bodkin, Hopper
• 4lb 6oz Peter Hookham, Farcet, black parachute

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay (in a northerly wind), coarse bank (in a southerly wind).

Best Patterns
Damsel, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher, hoppers, CdC buzzers, daddies.

Not so many anglers visited during the hot and humid weather last week. The fishing was predictably tricky but above average for the end of July. Fish continue to be taken on or near the surface. Generally it has been best to fish at the top of the wind where the water is algae free. Damsels continue to be the major food source. Numerous good quality fish between 2.5 and 3.5lb are being taken.

July 7th - July 13th

134 anglers caught 478 fish of which 349 were returned

Best Fish
• 6lb 8oz Mel Gloster, Stilton, black blob, boat
• 4lb 14oz David Mills, Cambridge, damsel, boat
• 4lb 8oz Mark Britten, Brington, daddy
• 4lb 3oz Darren Trumper, Ely, black hopper, boat

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, lagoon, east arm, boat bay
Boat - west arm, pylon point, down middle

Best Patterns
Daddy, damsel nymph, adult damsel, black or brown hopper, shipman’s, black buzzer with white cheeks, orange blob

A decent week albeit the rod average was improved by a few boats and the odd bank angler having exceptionally good bags. Dries or washing line are still the best methods although boats are still taking some fish in the deeper water. Huge hatches of damsels are keeping the fish preoccupied during the day. Bank fishing continues to be a challenge and anglers are advised to bring waders to make it easier landing fish. With the weed growth this season fishing from the bank in most areas is restricted to fishing on or near the surface. No weed cutting has taken place this year. The predominant weed is Elodea Crispa which is an excellent oxygenator and preventer of large algal blooms. Hopefully this approach will see less stressed fish during the summer.

Next Stocking: July 18th.


June 30th - July 6th

102 anglers caught 328 fish of which 206 were returned.

Best Fish
• 7lb 9oz Steve Lane, Holbeach, daddy, boat
• 6lb 2oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, olive spider
• 5lb 4oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, black/white buzzer, boat
• 5lb 1oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red CDC, boat

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, boat bay, dam
Boat - west arm, east arm, down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher, hopper boobies, daddies, olive or black buzzers.

As normal for July and August fishing can be difficult although the rod average was still a respectable 3 fish per rod. Weed growth restricts bank anglers to fishing on or near the surface but on most days there are fish rising to damsels. Boat anglers have the option of fishing deeper water down the middle. A floater or midge tip with a long leader and a gold head damsel on the point with Diawl Bach and cruncher on the droppers has been successful. Boats are also getting good bags by fishing dries in either arm. As long as the weather doesn't get too hot the fishing should remain good considering the time of year.

June 23rd - 29th

123 anglers caught 397 fish of which 266 were returned

Best Fish
• 10lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red CdC, boat
• 8lb 0oz Paul Knights, Cambridge, damsel, boat
• 6lb 1oz Bob Senior, Stamford, boat
• 5lb 14oz Jim Gray, Daventry, daddy
• 5lb 12oz Mike Creamer, Oakley
• 5lb 3oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, olive spider
• 5lb 1oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, damsel

Best Areas
Bank - dam, east arm, boat bay, lagoon
Boat - down middle

Best Patterns
Dry damsel, damsel nymph, daddy, black hopper, cruncher, Muddler, orange blob.

Generally a warm week and its getting to the time of year when the fishing gets harder. However the rod average was still above 3. Bank anglers caught fish early mornings or when there was cloud cover. Otherwise it was a struggle. Weed growth is prolific this season which has greatly improved insect life but means that in most areas you can only fish on or near the surface.

Boat fishing has been more consistent but certainly not easy. Dries have worked well early and late in the day. During the middle of the day it is worth fishing the deeper water down the middle with a team of buzzers or lures on a sinking line.

Next Stocking: July 4th.


June 16th - 22nd

165 anglers caught 690 fish of which 446 were returned.

Best Fish
• 8lb 6oz Alex Smith, Northampton
• 8lb 3oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, green Diawl Bach
• 6lb 12oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, damsel
• 6lb 8oz Mark Britten, Brington, black buzzer
• 6lb 0oz Alwyn Fuggle, Market Harborough, olive buzzer, boat
• 5lb 3oz John Barratt, Corby, red buzzer
• 5lb 2oz Mark Britten, black hopper
• 5lb 2oz Allan Donaldson, Corby, daddy
• 5lb 1oz Mark Britten, black hopper

Best Areas
Bank - dam, east arm, boat bay
Boat - pylon point, down middle, east arm

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, daddies, cruncher, Diawl Bach, GRHE, black or olive buzzer, black or claret hoppers. 

At the start of the week the cooler weather gave bank anglers some great sport with dries or nymphs fished just under the surface doing well. As the temperatures rose the boat anglers had the advantage. Once again dries worked well early and late in the day. However the big bags of fish came by fishing buzzers and Diawl Bach's deeper down the middle. Water remains completely clear and prospects are good with the forecast for cooler conditions.


June 9th - 15th

138 anglers caught 398 fish of which 272 were returned

Best Fish
• 6lb 8oz George Brock, Corby, GRHE
• 6lb 3oz Pete Welch, Boston, olive buzzer
• 5lb 14oz John Castle, Derby, damsel
• 5lb 4oz Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, coarse bank, dam, boat bay
Boat - pylon point, east arm, west arm

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, daddies, red cruncher, black buzzer, GRHE, black hopper.

The hot weather last week made the fishing much harder, especially from the bank. However catches improved dramatically today, Monday 16th, with four anglers catching double figure bags as the cool breeze and cloud cover kept fish on the top for most of the day. Best method from the bank has been floater and washing line with a dry damsel or hopper on the point, black buzzer in the middle and cruncher on the top dropper. Boat anglers are also catching with this method as well as straight lining a team of buzzers over the deeper water. Prospects for the coming few days will be governed by the weather . If the cooler temperatures continue Elinor is worth a visit.

Next Stocking: June 20th

June 2nd - 8th

153 anglers caught 522 fish of which 355 were returned.

Best Fish
• 14lb 6oz Matt Tuck (photo right), Huntingdon, black buzzer, boat. 
• 6lb 6oz George Brock, Corby, GRHE
• 6l3oz Phil Harman, Nottingham, damsel, boat
• 6lb 0oz Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough, black/red buzzer, boat
• 5lb 9oz John Davies, Market Harborough, cats whisker, boat
• 5lb 6oz Peter Gathercole, Peterborough, damsel, boat

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, coarse bank, boat bay
Boat - east arm, down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel, black buzzer, cruncher, GRHE, shipman's, hopper

On Sunday the best fish for 3 years was caught by Matt Tuck weighing 14lb 6oz. Matt was anchored off Pylon Point over deep water using a long leader and a team of buzzers. The fish took a size 12 black buzzer on the point. The fish was carefully returned after weighing. Fishing was steady last week with anglers needing to work hard for a good bag. Trout on the surface during the day are taking damsels, both nymph and adult. Some fish when spooned have also had snails inside. During the evening there has been a huge hatch of small sedges along with small buzzers. Good evening rise as long as the wind is not too strong. Providing the weather doesn't get too hot the bank fishing should continue to produce with the high water level meaning the weed growth is not a problem. Boat anglers are catching good bags apart from on windy days when presentation is difficult.

Next Stocking: June 13th

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May 26th - June 1st

167 anglers caught 752 fish of which 466 were returned.

Best Fish
• 7lb 0oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, GRHE
• 6lb 7oz David Grant, Coleshill, damsel. boat
• 6lb 5oz John Rogan, Bedford, orange fritz, boat
• 6lb 4oz Derek Benamore, Finedon
• 6lb 2oz Martin Fairbrother, Northampton, olive buzzer
• 6lb 0oz Luke Powell, Irthlingborough, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, dam, boat bay, gravel bar
Boat - anywhere down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel, GRHE, cruncher, red or green Diawl Bach, hoppers, bobs bits, white/green or black/green lures. A wet week but the anglers who visited enjoyed good sport on most days. The cloudy conditions kept fish feeding on the surface much of the day taking damsels and pond olives. The water level is high but clarity still good. Dries such as s14 big black, claret bits and shipman's have caught well during the evening rise when fish are taking small emerging buzzers and sedges. Best methods during the day are washing line with hopper or damsel booby or weighted lure on the point and hares ear and cruncher on the dropper. Next Stocking: June 4th.


May 19th - 25th

158 anglers caught 603 fish of which 366 were returned

Best Fish
• 10lb 2oz Paul Dickie, Castle Ashby, boat
• 6lb 1oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, black buzzer, boat
• 6lb 0oz Colin Harvey, Stamford, grey wulff, boat
• 5lb 4oz Barrie Cowland, Peterborough, damsel, boat
• 5lb 4oz Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, boat
• 5lb 4oz David Winser, boat
• 5lb 2oz Lee Cartmail, Middlesborough, boat
• 5lb 1oz Richard Winser, boat
• 4lb 14oz Jim Sheehan, Oundle, black/green lure, boat
• 4lb 13oz Mr Butler, cats whisker, boat
• 4lb 12oz Steve Johnson, Raunds, green buzzer, boat
• 4lb 12oz Mr Nightingale, black/green lure, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, east arm, boat bay
Boat - down middle, east arm

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, cruncher, Diawl Bach, damsel booby, hopper booby, black hopper, black or brown shipman's, GRHE, white/green or black/green lures. Plenty of rain last week but the cloud cover kept the fish on the surface for much of the day. Best method has been a small imitative booby on the point with a Diawl Bach in the middle and a cruncher on the top dropper. Dries have also scored well on calmer days and evenings.

Boat anglers have also found fish between 5 and 10 foot down with a floater and epoxy buzzers or a slow sinker and lures. Quite a few Mayfly hatching as well as numerous damsels and a prolific evening sedge hatch. Next Stocking: May 27th

Competition News

Scierra Pairs Heat Saturday May 24th

An awful forecast with torrential rain proved correct, at least for the first 3 hours of the match. However all 8 pairs turned up and while tackling up were encouraged to see pleasure anglers catching and plenty of fish rising.

As the 10am hooter sounded, 7 boats decided to start around the boat dock or dam area with 1 boat (Steve Parker/Pete Welch) motoring to the entrance of the East Arm. Richard Winser was first off the mark with a fish within minutes followed by Jim Parr and Roy Whitwell. Heavy rain showers and a couple of changes in wind direction made the fishing harder and the anglers that changed the depth that they were fishing prospered with fish being taken right off the top to up to 10 foot down.

Roy Whitwell/Steve Johnson were first back to the jetty with 12 fish by 3.24pm. 8 of their fish took black or olive buzzers, 1 on a damsel, 1 on a Diawl Bach all on floating line plus 2 fish were caught on a di5 with white/green tadpole. They fished 3 different spots down the middle in front of the boat dock and off the dam. Next to finish were Steve Parker/Pete Welch at 3.35pm. They fished the far end of the lake all to themselves during the morning and consistently caught on weighted black/green lures (10 fish) and fritz damsel (2 fish).

Floating line but fishing the flies between 5 and 10 foot down. Despite two limits the result was still in doubt right up to the 5pm whistle with rumours of quite a few large fish being caught which could easily negate the small time bonuses earned. At the weigh in 16 anglers caught 59 fish for a rod average of 3.68, a proper match with the result not decided on an early limit of idiot stockies! Everyone caught fish. 6 fish over 4lb caught
Full Result:
1. Whitwell/Johnson 12 fish 3.24pm 23lb 9oz + 3lb 0oz time bonus 26lb 9oz 
2. Parker/Welch 12 fish 3.35pm 22lb 2oz + 2lb 8oz time bonus 24lb 10oz
3. D. Winser/Parr 11 fish 21lb 4oz
4. Haddow/Beattie 7 fish 16lb 14oz
5. R. Winser/Dowsett 7 fish 15lb 1oz
6. Cartmail/Crisp 3 fish 12lb 0oz
7. S Winser/Broome 3 fish 6lb 10oz
8. Hollick/Miller 4 fish 6lb 0oz 
Best Fish: Rainbow 5lb 4oz David Winser

Winners Steve Johnson (left) and Roy Whitwell (right)

2nd place Steve Parker and Pete Welch Biggest fish, David Winser

Anglers waiting for the 10am start Happy Qualifiers!

May 12th - 18th

211 anglers caught 998 fish of which 648 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 7oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, hawthorn fly
• 9lb 3oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, amber hopper
• 7lb 3oz Trevor Griggs (right), Rushden, GRHE
• 6lb 0oz Mr Bowman, boat
• 5lb 12oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, black buzzer
• 5lb 8oz Pet Welch, Boston, black buzzer
• 5lb 6oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, s14 grey buzzer
• 5lb 4oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, s14 olive buzzer
• 5lb 3oz Mr Spratt, Corby, black/green lure, boat
• 5lb 1oz Trevor Griggs, Rushden, grhe
• 5lb 0oz Alan Mason, Holme, boat

Best Areas
Bank - East arm, brook side, dam
Boat - Down the middle

Best Patterns
Damsel, GRHE, black or olive buzzer, hoppers, shipman's, cats whisker, black/green lures. The hot weather at the weekend made bank fishing much harder but boat anglers continued to catch well fishing 6-10 foot down with buzzers or weighted lures. The damsel hatch has started a few days earlier this season and these will be a major food source for the next two months. Over the last couple of days the evening rise has not been prolific with a cool East wind not helping fly hatches although some anglers have taken fish on CDC, shipman's and hoppers.

Next Stocking: May 20th, 22nd, 27th.

Sunday May 18th

13 members of Alex Booth Flyfishers held a bank match in hot, bright conditions. A total of 45 fish were caught of which 34 were weighed in. Winning bag taken on Diawl Bach.
1. John Marshall, 6 fish ( + 8 returned ) 11lb 0oz
2. Baz Street 6 fish ( + 3 returned ) 10lb 8oz
3. Ian Footman 5 fish 9lb 9oz
4. Mike Smith 3 fish 6lb 11oz
5. Jeff Savidge 4 fish 6lb 8oz

Saturday June 7th
Elinor is holding a heat of the TEFF Greys National Bank Championship with the final to be fished at Elinor on Saturday 11th April 2015 to decide the England Bank Team. Entry forms available at the lodge or www.te-ff.org

May 5th - 11th

117 anglers caught 480 fish of which 289 were returned.

Best Fish
• 7lb 2oz Gary Martin, Corby, black buzzer, boat
• 6lb 8oz Mr Denton, Northampton, boat
• 6lb 5oz Ronnie Madder (right), Oundle, black buzzer, boat
• 5lb 5oz James Gray, Devon, black shipman's
• 5lb 2oz Steve Cracknell, St Neots, black/green lure, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, Brookside, east arm, boat bay
Boat - All areas producing fish

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, red or green Diawl Bach, cruncher, GRHE, damsel, shipman's, black hopper, cats whisker. Not as many anglers visited last week with plenty of strong winds and rain. On the calmer days the fishing was superb with some massive rises to buzzers, pond olives and hawthorn. Bank anglers continue to catch on cloudy days, boats doing better in sunshine. This week has started well with numerous fish over 4lb. The weather forecast for the next few days should provide some great imitative sport.

Next Stocking: May 16th.

Competition Result

Sunday May 11th Elinor held the Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Match

A very strong West wind all day could have made catching tricky as anglers were restricted to a floating line and buzzer imitations. However plenty of cloud cover and skilful angling saw 8 anglers catch 35 fish.
1. Pete Welch, Boston, 6 fish 10lb 13oz
2. Steve Johnson, Raunds 5 fish 10lb 1oz
3. Roger Bosence, Corby, 6 fish 9lb 15oz
4. Phil Wagstaff, Eye, 6 fish 9lb 9oz
5. Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, 4 fish 6lb 9oz

A fantastic total of £556.00 was raised for Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Only a couple of boats still available.
Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Saturday June 7th - Elinor is holding a heat of the TEFF Greys National Bank Championships with the final to be fished at Elinor on Saturday 11th April 2015 to decide the England Bank team. Entry forms available at the lodge or www.te-ff.org.

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April 21st - 27th

169 anglers caught 824 fish of which 594 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 4oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, black/red buzzer, boat
• 7lb 8oz George Brock, Corby, olive buzzer
• 7lb 0oz Fred Tarry, Northampton, boat
• 6lb 8oz Alan Bettles, Wigston, white/green lure
• 5lb 7oz Phil Smith, Nottingham, black shipmans
• 5lb 6oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, red/green buzzer
• 5lb 6oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black buzzer, boat
• 5lb 0oz Mr Earl, Norwich, gold head damsel, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside, gravel bar, shallow bay
Boat - all areas holding fish but especially good at gravel bar and boat bay

Best Patterns
black or olive buzzer, red Diawl Bach, small black dries, GRHE, small damsel, cruncher or hopper booby, orange blob, cats whisker. On windier days the fish were preoccupied with buzzers slightly deeper down although an intermediate line worked well for boat anglers with a damsel or cats whisker on the point and Diawl Bach and hares ear on the droppers.

When the wind dropped the fish were right on top with some spectacular rises. Today, Monday, there was a huge hatch of small black and olive buzzers along with the first sign of hawthorn fly and there were fish rising all day although not easy to catch! Anglers using dry fly have had most success using size 14 or smaller although as the fish get used to the hawthorn they should take larger dries such as a black hopper.

Washing line has also worked well with an imitative booby on the point with small Diawl Bach's or buzzers on the dropper. There is a good evening rise almost every night from around 7.30pm particularly on the dam, boat bay, gravel bar and shallow bay. The lake is crystal clear now so anglers are advised to use fluorocarbon or a clear mono leader.

Next Stocking: April 30th, May 6th

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial bank competition. Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may fish wherever they wish but may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Only a couple of boats still available. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Saturday June 7th - Elinor is holding a heat of the TEFF Greys National Bank Championships with the final to be fished at Elinor on Saturday 11th April 2015 to decide the England Bank team. Entry forms available at the lodge or www.te-ff.org


April 14th - 20th

195 anglers caught 1092 fish of which 738 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 9oz Jim Sheehan, Oundle, black buzzer
• 9lb 4oz Keith Whittingham, St Neots, damsel, boat
• 8lb 1oz Borislav Rasic, Brigstock
• 7lb 8oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, olive buzzer
• 7lb 0oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, black buzzer
• 6lb 9oz Phil Wagstaff, Eye, black buzzer
• 6lb 8oz Ken Grigg, Kettering, goldhead damsel
• 5lb 10oz Alan Foster, Desborough, black buzzer
• 5lb 7oz Mark Cranfield, Stibbington, diawl bach, boat
• 5lb 5oz John Graham, Leicester, cats whisker, boat
• 5lb 4oz Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, lodge bank, Brookside
Boat - gravel bar, dam, down middle

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, red or green Diawl Bach, GRHE, damsel, white/green lures, orange blob.

A good week with a rod average of over 5. Buzzer fishing is in full swing with cracking catches from bank and boat. Many fish are still being taken 4 to 8 foot down but there is more surface activity especially on cloudy days. There is an evening rise most nights now with the chance to catch on small black or brown dries such as hoppers, shuttlecock CdC and shipman's.

Next Stocking: April 24th, 30th

Competition Results

Sunday 13th April Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters

One day this final will be held in good weather with a lighter wind! A good class field of 98 anglers caught 242 fish but had to cope with a strong WNW with at least four of there 11 half hour sessions casting into the wind. The winner who won £2000 plus tackle and sunglasses, Peter Appleby from Peterlee, caught 14 fish from 5 pegs on an olive zonker, apps bloodworm and beaded buzzer. There were some superb prizes down to 20th provided by sponsors Airflo, Costa sunglasses, Snowbee, Iain Barr Flyfishing and Palm Springs.
1. Peter Appleby, 14 fish from 5 pegs 19 points
2. Mike Dixon, 8 fish from 7 pegs 15 points
3. Charlie Abrahams, 10 fish from 5 pegs 15 points
4. Andrew Scott, 8 off 6 14 pts
5. Ryan Mathews 9 off 5 14 pts
6. Andy Grabham 8 off 5 13 pts
7. Brad Gifford 8 off 5 13 pts
8. David Hoppe 9 off 4 13 pts
9. Chris Gheyssens 8 off 3 11 pts
10. Ed Foster 5 off 5 10 pts
11. Owen Murray 5 off 5 10 pts
12. Nigel Tranter 5 off 5 10 pts
13. Pascal Rommelaere 6 off 4 10 pts
14. Martin Burgess 6 off 4 10 pts
15. Fen Oakley 7 off 3 10 pts
16. Brian Kerr 7 off 3 10 pts
17. Ian Greenwood 5 off 4 9 pts
18. Andrew Griffin 5 off 4 9 pts
19. Harry Upton 5 off 4 9 pts
20. Roger Abnett 4 off 4 8 pts 

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial bank competition.
Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may fish wherever they wish but may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition
Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

April 7th - 13th

191 anglers caught 1270 fish of which 892 were returned (not including Iain Barr bank match Sunday 13th)

Best Fish
• 9lb 2oz Fen Oakley, Sudborough, Pitsford pea
• 8lb 6oz Paul Haskey, Rugby, cats whisker
• 6lb 12oz Stuart Parker (top right), Letchworth, black buzzer, boat
• 6lb 8oz John Thompson, Peterborough
• 6lb 1oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer
• 6lb 0oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, damsel, boat
• 5lb 11oz Paul Dunstan (middle right), Towcester, small black buzzer, float tube
• 5lb 9oz Adrian Wilkinson, Spaldwick, red dancer
• 5lb 8oz Huw Morris (bottom right), Belfast

Best Areas
Bank - Dam, boat bay, Brookside
Boats - all areas producing

Best Patterns
Black buzzer, red Diawl Bach, damsel, cats whisker, yellow dancer, orange blob.

Elinor fished superbly on calmer days with big hatches of buzzers. On windy, bright days the bank fishing was much harder with fish being caught from deeper areas but the shallower bank areas didn't fish well as the fish moved out too far. Generally the best depth to fish has been between 4 and 8 foot but there are plenty of fish nearer the surface on cloudy days and a good number rising most evenings. Size 10 or 12 buzzers fished under a bung or straight lined is the deadly method in good conditions. Lures on a slow intermediate line are working well in a good wave.

Next Stocking: April 18th.

Competition News

April 13th Iain Barr Airflo World Bank Masters Final
Full report to follow next week - Top 3:
1. Peter Appleby 14 fish from 5 pegs 19 points
2. Mike Dixon 8 fish from 7 pegs 15 points
3. Charlie Abrahams 10 fish from 5 pegs 15 points

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial bank competition.
Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may fish wherever they wish but may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition.
Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

March 31st - April 6th

185 anglers caught 1288 fish of which 958 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 0oz Mike Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer
• 6lb 10oz Richard Slater, Mawsley, sunburst blob
• 6lb 8oz George Brock, Corby
• 6lb 6oz Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey, corixa
• 6lb 2oz Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough,
• 6lb 0oz Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough
• 5lb 12oz Phil Cross, Northampton, damsel
• 5lb 8oz Mr Taylor, boat
• 5lb 6oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer
• 5lb 3oz Jim Wilson, Stafford, olive buzzer, boat
• 5lb 0oz Mr Fowler, Alconbury, cormorant
• 5lb 0oz Bryce Hanlon, GRHE

Best Areas
Bank - Brookside, lodge bank, dam
Boat - Gravel bar, dam, east arm, shallow bay

Best Patterns
Black buzzer, GRHE, white/green lures, orange blob, damsel, red or black Diawl Bach. A cracking week for both bank and boat anglers with the rod average almost reaching 7. On windier days lures worked best on either a floater or intermediate line but on calmer mild days buzzers and nymphs caught the best bags. Fish remain well spread around the lake and they are fighting fit right now. A few fish are rising in the evening but most anglers are catching 2- 6 foot down. There should be more surface activity as we get further into April.

Please note that there will be no bank fishing available to non competitors on Sunday April 13th as Elinor will be hosting the Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters Final. Boats are available as normal.

Next Stocking: April 8th, 11th

Competition Results
Wednesday April 2nd Troutmasters Fish-Off.

A strong Westerly wind kept most anglers on the lodge bank. Best methods were damsels, buzzers or Diawl Bach's on a floater. Rod average was 5.
Top 3:
1. Paul Haskey, Rugby 6 fish 17lb 6oz
2. Steve Johnson, Raunds 6 fish 17lb 1oz
3. Pete Welch, Boston 6 fish 13lb 3oz
Paul Haskey will represent Elinor at the Troutmasters Final at Grafham on September 15th.

Saturday April 5th Iain Barr/ Airflo heat

24 anglers caught 178 fish for a fantastic rod average of 7.4 for this five hour bank match. A strong SSW wind made it more comfortable to peg the Brookside bank unless you were a left hander! The wind meant that lures such as cats whisker and orange blobs out fished nymphs.
Top 12:
1. Brad Gifford , Kettering, 15 fish from 7 pegs
2. Steve Parker, Burton Latimer 14 fish from 6 pegs
3. Danny Keane, 11 fish from 7
4. Roger Abnett, 12 from 6
5. Pete Andrews, 12 from 6
6. Dave Franklin, 9 from 7
7. Ed Foster, 9 from 6
8. Richard Kesek, 7 from 6
9.. Fen Oakley, 9 from 4
10. Stan Suddick, 6 from 6
11. Harvey Mobbs, 7 from 5
12. Michael Mohan, 7 from 4

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Competition.
Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may fish wherever they wish but may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Scierra Pairs
Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.

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March 24th - 31st

143 anglers caught 813 fish of which 568 were returned.

Best Fish
• 10lb 8oz Alwyn Fuggle, Market Harborough, black buzzer
• 9lb 10oz Ken Grigg, Kettering, black/green lure
• 7lb 0oz Peter Oldham, Saffron Walden, black/green buzzer
• 6lb 4oz Mr O'Brien, Watford
• 6lb 2oz Bob Walmsley, Desborough, white/green lure
• 6lb 2oz Derek Benemore, Finedon, Sweeney Todd
• 6lb 0oz Mr Grattan

Best Areas
Bank - gravel bar, Brookside, dam, pensioners point, goodfellow bay
Boat - boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay, anchored off dam 

Best Patterns
Black buzzer, black or red Diawl Bach, damsel nymph, bloodworm, black/green or white/green lures, orange blob. A very good week with the best rod average of the season so far of 5.6. The mild weather has got the fish switching to buzzers with many good bags being taken on black buzzers either straight lined or under an indicator at 2 to 5 foot down. On calmer days there are fish rising and it looks likely that Elinor's superb evening rises will start early this year. As well as buzzers the fish are feeding on the numerous corixa in the margins and small immature damsel nymphs. Boat anglers have almost managed to keep up with the bank anglers this week and fish continue to be caught from all parts of the lake.

Next Stocking: April 4, 8th.

Competition News

Saturday March 29th British Float Tube Association
12 float tubers took part in this event. Temperatures were pleasantly high although breezy bright conditions meant the fish didn't give themselves up easily. A total of 94 fish were caught of which 24 were returned. An excellent rod average of nearly 8 and everyone caught a minimum of 5 fish!

1. Andre Russell, 14lb 7oz

2. Dave Carrie, 12lb 7oz

3. Carl Ward, 12lb 6oz

4. Jez Dye, 12lb 5oz

5. Gary Cragg, 12lb 2oz

Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters

There is a last chance qualifier on Saturday April 5th. www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Its also an ideal chance to practice for the final on the following weekend. Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial bank competition. Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Scierra Pairs
Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk


March 17th - 23rd

154 anglers caught 622 fish of which 389 were returned

Best Fish
• 9lb 8oz Dan Sugars (photo Right), Irthlingborough, black buzzer
• 6lb 14oz Steve Ward, Cambridge, damsel
• 6lb 4oz Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, white/green lure
• 6lb 3oz Stuart Fowler
• 6lb 0oz Mr Lonsdale, Norwich
• 5lb 11oz Paul Aston, Worcester
• 5lb 10oz Bill Stewart, Corby, Sweeney Todd
• 5lb 8oz Michael Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer
• 5lb 8oz Roly Stanford, Finedon
• 5lb 2oz Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, white/green lure

Best Areas
Bank - All areas producing fish but dam, goodfellow bay and gravel bar best.
Boat - Anchored off dam or gravel bar

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, orange blob, bloodworm, black buzzer, red or black diawl bach

Fishing was much harder on the windy days last week with many areas difficult to fish. However the rod average still reached 4. Lures are working best during the morning but anglers fishing nymphs from 11.30am onwards are catching well in the more sheltered areas. Bank anglers continue to catch better than boats although not many anglers went afloat in the poor conditions. All we need is a few calmer days for the buzzer fishing to take off. Next Stocking: March 24th, 27th.

Competition Results
Sunday March 23rd Fly Dressers' Guild Spring Bank Competition. 25 anglers fished this inaugural event in a strong cold Northwest wind. At the weigh in 115 fish were caught for a rod average of 4.4 Excellent angling skills in the conditions. 

Top individuals
1. Chris Reeves, Surrey, 12 fish
2. Malcolm Price, Ringwood, 10 fish
3. Les Cooke, Wiltshire Chalk streams, 10 fish

Teams of Three
1. Surrey 21 fish
2. Wiltshire Chalk Streams 19 fish
3. Odds and Ends 16 fish

Forthcoming Competitions
Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters. There is a last chance qualifier on Saturday April 5th. www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Its also an ideal chance to practice for the final on the following weekend.

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Competition. Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.


March 10th - 16th

197 anglers caught 1070 fish of which 733 were returned.

Best Fish
• 8lb 6oz Tony Nolan (top right), Stevenage, Montana, boat
• 8lb 0oz Pete Jinks, Peterborough, black buzzer
• 7lb 14oz Frank Disandolo, Peterborough, black tadpole
• 7lb 4oz Peter Appleby, Peterlee, yellow apps
• 7lb 2oz Neil Groves, Oundle, white fritz
• 6lb 4oz Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, black/green
• 6lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Montana, boat
• 6lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough, Montana
• 5lb 8oz Bill Stewart, Corby, Sweeney Todd
• 5lb 6oz Steve Parker (bottom right), Burton Latimer, tequila blob
• 5lb 6oz Chris Gardener, Banbury, red Diawl Bach
• 5lb 3oz Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough

Best Areas
Bank - All areas fishing well
Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Montana, small cats whisker, orange blob, red yellow or pink apps, cormorant, black buzzer, small damsel, red or black Diawl Bach. An excellent week with the rod average hitting 5. Bank anglers still doing best but boats catching well on calmer days.

Fish are still well spread around the lake with nearly every angler catching and nobody hogging a hotspot. Long may it continue! Small lures continue to take plenty of fish on floating or intermediate lines but many anglers are fishing nymphs with success. A black buzzer or damsel on the point with a black Diawl Bach or red ribbed Diawl Bach on the dropper being the best imitative approach. Numerous fish over 3lb being caught. Many anglers are getting broken at the moment. There is no need to use fine leaders at this time of year. The fish are in prime condition and fighting very hard.

Next Stocking March 21st

Competition Results
Saturday March 15th Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters Heat

A bright and very windy day greeted competitors. Usually not great for trout fishing. However Elinor fished superbly with 26 anglers catching 155 fish and no blanks.. Not bad for a 5 hour match.

The 8 qualifiers who go forward to the final on April 13th are:
1. Peter Appleby 15 fish from 7 pegs 
2. Bob Barr 13 fish from 8 pegs
3. Brad Gifford 13 fish from 7 pegs
4. Glen Appleby 12 fish from 7 pegs
5. Richard Slater 11 fish from 7 pegs
6. Keith Jones 11 fish from 6 pegs
7. Roy Lewin 7 fish from 7 pegs
8. James Morgan 8 fish from 6 pegs

There is a last chance qualifier on Saturday April 5th. www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Its also an ideal chance to practice for the final on the following weekend. Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk


March 3rd - March 9th

142 anglers caught 578 fish of which 351 were returned

Best Fish
• 6lb 2oz Frank Disandolo, Peterborough, goldhead hares ear
• 6lb 0oz Bryan Swain, Brampton. Sweeney Todd
• 6lb 0oz Ken Grigg, Kettering, black/green lure
• 5lb 11oz Carl Jones, Nottingham, Montana
• 5lb 8oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat
• 5lb 2oz Ray Ward, Olney, black Minkie, boat
• 5lb 0oz Terry Breen, Wymington, black lure

Best Areas
Bank - All areas producing fish
Boat - anchored off dam or pylon point, gravel bar

Best patterns
black/green lures, white/green lures, orange blob, apps bloodworm, gold ribbed hares ear. A good week with a rod average over 4 and still improving each day. It is pleasing that all areas of the lake are holding fish.

Bank and boat anglers are having equally good sport. At last some anglers are starting to catch on more imitative flies with black buzzers, Diawl Bach, crunchers and corixa all worth trying.

Elinor's superb buzzer fishing should in full swing over the next couple of weeks with the forecast mild weather. Last week most spooned fish revealed corixa, small immature damsels and hoglouse.

Next Stocking March 13th

Competition News

Saturday March 15th - Heat of the Iain Barr/ Airflo Bank masters. There are still a few places left in this match and your chance to qualify for the final at Elinor on April 13th. Full details at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.

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Feb 24th - March 2nd

88 anglers caught 205 fish of which 116 were returned.

Best Fish
• 8lb 10oz Roly Stanford (right), Finedon, Montana
• 6lb 8oz Jeff Brown, Milton Keynes, green/black tadpole
• 4lb 14oz Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey, black/silver humongous
• 4lb 11oz Jim Harris, Coventry, damsel
• 4lb 10oz Steve Parker, Burton Latimer

Best Areas
pylon point, coarse bank, the creek, east arm

Best Patterns
black/green or white/green lures, damsel, apps bloodworm.

A much better week with the rod average on some days over 3 and improving all the time as the water clarity improves. Visibility is now almost 12 inches in some areas. Although lures are still taking the majority of fish it will only be a matter of days before fish are being taken on buzzers. Some good size black buzzers are hatching early this season. These will be the main food source for fish in the next couple of weeks along with a huge population of corixa in the margins and small immature damsel nymphs. Bank anglers are still having the best sport. Most fish continue to be caught fairly high in the water, 2 to 4 foot down. Stocking this week. Prospects are at last excellent and Elinor is worth a visit.

Elinor is now a stockist of the full range of Iain Barr flies with all the new 2014 patterns.

Elinor will be holding the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 13th with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. This is a friendly event and an ideal first try at competition fishing. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 15th and April 5th. Places still available for both heats. Full details and entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk


February 15th - 23rd

93 anglers caught 142 fish of which 63 were returned

Best Fish
• 8lb 5oz Valentin Kruglov (top right), Leicester, black/yellow dancer, boat. Valentin Kruglov from Leicester caught the biggest fish of the season so far at Elinor. The 8lb 5oz Rainbow took a black/yellow dancer on a floating line on the hang right by the boat. Unfortunately his rod broke during the fight but he still managed to land it.
• 5lb 2oz Mr Jones
• 5lb 0oz Mr Southgate, Kings Lynn, cats whisker
• 4lb 10oz Ken Gates (bottom right), Leighton Buzzard, black tadpole

Best Areas
Bank - Coarse bank, pylon point, east arm
Boat - East arm, west arm, boat bay

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, large hares ear nymph, Sweeney Todd, apps bloodworm.

Over the last three days the rod average has risen to two. Still poor for the time of year but improving each day as the water gradually clears. Best method has been an intermediate with black/green or white/green lures 2-3 foot down. A few anglers are catching on the bung at the same depth. Elinor is full of trout right now! Catches will rise as the water clarity improves.

Elinor will be holding the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 13th with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 15th and April 5th.

Full details and entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

Elinor opened on Saturday February 15th.

Gale force winds meant that boats weren't able to venture out. The handful of anglers that turned up struggled as the wind had coloured the water.

Best method has been a floater or intermediate with black or black/green tadpoles, white or yellow Minkies with a very slow retrieve.

Fishing will improve as the water clears over the next few days with no extreme weather forecast.

If you are planning a visit please phone the lodge or email me for the latest news.

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