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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2016 ...
To view any particular months report, please just click on that month you wish to read shown below.

February         March         April         May         June         July         August         September         October         November         December


December 12th - 18th

96 anglers caught 289 fish of which 221 were returned

Best Fish
5lb 2oz John Lashbrooke, Corby, appetiser
5lb 1oz John Lashbrooke, Corby, yellow apps
4lb 15oz Ray Ward, Olney, red apps, boat

Best Areas
Bank - Goodfellow bay, pensioners point, brookside, dam
Boat - dam, Goodfellow bay

Best Patterns
Red apps, candy/tequila fab, green dial Bach, Montana, small damsel, white/green lures, black buzzer.

Another decent week with a three fish average although many flat calm days made the fishing trickier combined with the extremely clear water. The mild weather has seen decent hatches of small black buzzers which have kept the fish near the surface. On days with a breeze the best method has been a floater or midgetip with a red apps or red head damsel on the point and diawl bach on the dropper. Most fishing is taking place on the bank although Ray Ward had a couple of boat trips last week. He had an uncharacteristic blank on Wednesday but got his own back in style on Friday catching 21! with 19 on a red apps and 2 on a black cruncher.

Elinor is open for day ticket anglers until December 31st. Season permit anglers may bank fish the whole of January. The 2017 season starts on Saturday February 11th.

Next Stocking: December 22nd

Fishing permit vouchers make great Christmas presents. Please email me for further details.

December 5th - 11th

93 anglers caught 458 fish of which 363 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 8oz Jim Nixon, Kettering
5lb 2oz Voldemars Rumbahs, white/green lure, boat

Best Areas
Bank - brookside, gravel bar, goodfellows, dam
Boat - dam, goodfellows

Best Patterns
Apps bloodworm, small damsel, green cruncher, black/green or white/green lures, candy or tequila blob/fab.

A fantastic week especially since Wednesday with superb bank fishing. Some anglers who had large catches were Andy Lane with 35 fish, Derek Benamore 33, Matt Harris 26, Bill Stewart 22, Jim Nixon 21. Damsels, bloodworm and crunchers taking the bulk of the fish on floaters or midge tips.

Elinor is open for day ticket anglers until December 31st. Season permit anglers may bank fish the whole of January. The 2017 season starts on Saturday February 11th.

Next Stocking: December 22nd

Fishing permit vouchers make great Christmas presents. Please email me for further details.

November 28th - December 4th

86 anglers caught 262 fish of which 180 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 9oz Neil Groves, Oundle, black/green lure
4lb 6oz Peter Gray, Thetford, black diawl bach

Best Areas
Bank - goodfellow bay, gravel bar, boat bay, brookside
Boat - gravel bar, goodfellow bay, dam

Best Patterns
Black/green lure, apps bloodworm, black or red cruncher/diawl bach, small damsel.

Bank anglers are having most success although Paul Dunstan used his float tube on Wednesday and caught 14 fish on assorted crunchers. Fish continue to be caught from many areas, mainly in the top 3 foot. The water is very clear and small nymphs are working well on the dropper in combination with a lure on the point.

Elinor is open for day ticket anglers until December 31st.
Season permit anglers may bank fish the whole of January.
The 2017 season starts on Saturday February 11th.


Next Stocking: December 8th

Fishing permit vouchers make great Christmas presents. Please email me for further details.

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November 21st - 27th

78 anglers caught 300 fish of which 233 were returned.
9 fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Bank - goodfellow bay, gravel bar, dam, brookside
Boat - dam, gravel bar, boat bay

Best Patterns
Red diawl bach, red cruncher, candy/tequila blob/booby, small damsel, black buzzer, white/green or black/green lures.

A good week with bank anglers doing especially well. Anglers who cracked the method in the right area had some big catches including on Wednesday when Trevor Maycock had 15 (damsel & bloodworm), Saturday Alan Weatherley had 18 (red head damsel) and Sunday Alan Rennocks had 18 (candy booby & red cruncher). Despite the colder weather there continues to be fish rising on calm days. Washing line and slow retrieve best. A few fry feeders continue to be spotted. Otherwise fish are feeding on small buzzers and corixa.

Next Stocking: December 8th

Fishing permit vouchers make great Christmas presents, please email me for further details.

November 14th - 20th

101 anglers caught 251 fish of which 186 were returned.

Best Fish
5lb 2oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, candy booby

Best Areas
Bank - goodfellow bay, gravel bar, brookside
Boat - dam, boat bay, gravel bar

Best Patterns
red diawl bach, red cruncher, small damsel, black buzzer, candy/tequila fab, white/green lures.

Fishing was slightly slower last week but still a respectable 2.5 rod average. Bank and boat anglers doing equally well although bank anglers are catching most of their fish close to the surface whereas boat anglers are having success fishing deeper with weighted flies. On calmer days there are still plenty of fish rising taking small black buzzers. Stocking continues with Elinor open for boat and bank fishing until December 31st for day ticket anglers. Season permit holders only can bank fish in January.

Next Stocking: November 24th

Pike Fishing
Nov 19th & 20th was the first piking weekend. One 20lb+ fish was caught plus a few jacks.

There are still a few boats available for December 3rd & 4th:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishing is 7.30am - 4.30pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

November 7th - 13th

115 anglers caught 528 fish of which 307 were returned.

Best Fish
5lb 7oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, black cruncher
5lb 2oz Tony Blann, Wellingborough, pitsford pea
5lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, damsel
4lb 11oz Ray Ward, Olney, damsel, boat
4lb 6oz Shane Else, Northampton, black buzzer, boat

A total of 43 fish over 3lb caught last week.

Best Areas
Bank - boat bay, goodfellow bay, dam, brookside, gravel bar
Boat - Most areas holding fish but lodge end generally best.

Best Patterns
Damsel, small black/green or white/green lures, red cruncher, black buzzer, candy or tequila Fab.

A good week at Elinor with bank anglers doing slightly better than boat anglers. Best method from the bank is washing line with a fab or small booby on the point with red cruncher/diawl bach on the dropper. Buzzers fished 2-3 foot under a bung also working along with dries in a flat calm. Boat anglers are generally catching slightly deeper with a weighted fly on a floater or intermediate to find the fish 3-6 foot down. Please remember that Brown trout are now out of season and should be returned as carefully as possible.

Saturday November 12th
Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society held a bank match on a very wet day.
1. Ray Burt 5 fish 11lb 0oz
2. Martyn Gray 5 fish 9lb 8oz
3. Ian Watts 5 fish 9lb 1oz
4=. Keith Nicholson 5 fish 8lb 4oz
4=. Mark Tremaine-Coker 5 fish 8lb 4oz
Best fish 3lb 10oz Martyn Gray

Sunday November 13th
Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. Much better weather than the day before greeted the 29 competitors. Anglers fished to a 6 fish limit with 2lb/hour time bonus. Paul Haskey had a storming start catching his 6 fish in 35 minutes fishing off the dam with a floater/candy fab/red cruncher with most of his fish taking the almost static cruncher. Pauls fish were only small so other anglers managed to close the gap with bigger fish. At the weigh in there was only 2 ounces between the top 3.

13 bank anglers caught 50 fish. (6 limits)
16 boat anglers caught 45 fish. (3 limits)

1. Paul Haskey 19lb 6oz
2. Dave Sparrow 19lb 5oz
3. Ian Donaldson 19lb 4oz
4. Geoff Alsop 17lb 9oz
5. Vince Sparrow 16lb 3oz
6. Richard Slater 15lb 11oz
7. Steve Parker 12lb 2oz
8. Nigel Tranter 10lb 9oz
9. Pete Welch 10lb 2oz
10. Norman Sketchley 9lb 12oz
11. Bart Farmer 7lb 12oz
12. Daniel Tranter 7lb 4oz
13. Tim Wadwell 7lb 3oz
14. Mal Broughton 7lb 2oz
15. Keith Fairey 6lb 13oz
Best Fish 3lb 13oz Bart Farmer.

Thanks to everyone who supported the event. £364.00 was raised for The British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance.

October 31st - November 6th

140 anglers caught 369 fish of which 270 were returned.

Best Fish
9lb 4oz Ryan Slater, Rushden, cats whisker, boat

Best Areas
Bank - brookside, boat bay, dam, goodfellow bay, gravel bar
Boat - Most areas holding fish

Best Patterns
Small damsel, white/green or black/green lures, red cruncher, red diawl bach, tequila/sunburst blob.

Bank and boat fishing equally well with fish being caught from many areas of the lake. Washing line with floater or midge tip working along with intermediate line and mini lures. On calmer days there are fish rising with a few fish taking small red dries.

Invicta Fly Fishers Fur & Feather bank competition
On Saturday November 5th Invicta Fly Fishers held their Fur & Feather bank competition. A strong NW wind made the prolific brookside uncomfortable to fish but anglers found plenty of fish on the sheltered lodge bank.
1. Mark Searle 14 fish
2= Paul Heavens 7 fish, Gary How 7 fish, John Brown 7 fish
5. Geoff Price 5 fish

Elinor Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19th & 20th
•  December 3rd & 4th 
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance.
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: November 10th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
This Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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October 24th - 30th

156 anglers caught 502 fish of which 326 were returned.

Best Fish
9lb 7oz Neil Groves, Oundle, orange blob
8lb 3oz Martin Garner, Leighton Buzzard, damsel (see photo below)

Best Areas
Bank - brookside, east arm, boat bay, goodfellow bay, gravel bar
Boat - down middle

Best Patterns
White/green lures, red or green cruncher, red diawl bach, wet daddy, white minkie, small brown or red dries.

A decent week overall although some days fished exceptionally well and others were much harder. On flat calm days there are plenty of fish moving all over the lake, feeding on very small buzzers, which have been tricky to tempt. A few bigger fish have started to take perch fry along the lodge bank. Many of the weed beds have started to die back making most areas fishable from bank and boat. A shift in the wind direction from the current north to south or south west should improve the fishing further.

Next Stocking: November 3rd

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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Oct 17th - 23rd

147 anglers caught 433 fish of which 276 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 11oz Steve Freeman, St Neots
4lb 2oz Scott Bowman, Olney, boat

Brown
6lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, wet daddy, boat

Best Areas
Bank - brookside, east arm, gravel bar, goodfellow bay, dam
Boat - down middle

Best Patterns
White/green lures, montana, damsel, red cruncher, red diawl bach, grhe, wet daddy, brown hopper, red dries.

Elinor is on good form from both bank and boat. Fish are being caught from most areas of the lake. Lures are working well on windier days but in calmer conditions there are plenty of fish rising to small buzzers and spiders. This is the time of year when the bigger fish start to appear. Already there are decent numbers of 4lb+ fish being caught this week. There are large shoals of roach and perch fry off the dam.

Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19 & 20
•  December 3 & 4
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: October 26th & November 3rd

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

Oct 10th - 16th

128 anglers caught 439 fish of which 300 were returned.

Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19 & 20
•  December 3 & 4
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: October 26th & November 3rd

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

October 3rd - 9th

149 anglers caught 445 fish of which 308 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 12oz Ray Ward, Olney, blue flash damsel, boat
4lb 9oz Graham Martin, Coventry, olive Shipmans

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, east arm
Boat - most areas although lodge end generally best

Best Patterns
Blue flash damsel, small damsel, olive cruncher, white/green or black/green mini lures, grhe, wet daddy, bloodworm, candy blob/fab.

A decent 3 fish rod average for last week. Quite a few double figure bags from both boat and bank but also plenty of blanks on some days. Fish are definitely more active in the cooler water and prepared to chase a lure on an intermediate as well as taking a dry on the top. Very few daddies hatching caused by the lack of rain. Hopefully this exciting time of year will still happen. Fish are being caught on a slowly retrieved wet daddy. Evening tickets now available from 1pm. The next update will be sent out on Monday October 24th.

Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19 & 20
•  December 3 & 4
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: October 13th & 21st

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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Sept 26th - October 2nd

111 anglers caught 301 fish of which 189 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow 5lb 2oz Andrew Munro, Kettering, snake, boat
Brown 5lb 1oz George Mason, Northampton, daddy, boat

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

Best Patterns
White/green lures, tequila blob, blueflash damsel, cruncher, wet or dry daddy,

Since the weekend the rod average has improved with the cooler night temperatures. On Monday this week, Derek Benamore caught 21 from the dam on damsels! Today, Tuesday, boat angler Ray Ward managed 12 fish on a blueflash damsel with a cruncher on the dropper. Elinor is full of fish and there is a further stocking this week. Good numbers of daddies have finally started to hatch.

Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19 & 20
•  December 3 & 4
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: October 7th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

September 19th - 25th

128 anglers caught 282 fish of which 186 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow 8lb 2oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, candy blob, boat
Brown 4lb 2oz Gary Martin, Corby, black lure, boat

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

Best Patterns
White/green lures, daddy, cruncher, red diawl bach, bloodworm, black/brown hoppers.

Another steady week with the water temperature cooling down slowly. Very little rain has delayed the daddy hatch although a few are now being seen. The best fishing has generally been at the top of the wind where the water is clearest. The weed is dying back now. Elinor will be on top form anytime! Evening tickets are now available from 1pm as the nights are drawing in.

Next Stocking: September 29th & October 7th 

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

September 12th - 18th

85 anglers caught 209 fish of which 132 were returned.

Best Fish
5lb 14oz Chris Walker, Lutterworth, cats whisker, boat

Brown
5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Northampton, daddy, boat

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

Best Patterns:
Daddy, tequila or candy blob/fab, grhe, small black buzzer, red/green crucher, white/green lures.

Four days of hot weather at the start of last week put on hold an improvement in the fishing. We've now got normal early season temperatures along with cooler nights. Throughout the last two months we've stocked almost twice as many fish as have been taken out. Elinor should start fishing well very soon. Weed beds are starting to break up and it's noticeable on calm days that fish are rising over most parts of the lake. There are good numbers of daddies starting to hatch which will provide some good surface sport. Most fish are coming to floating line with a bright blob/fab on the point with crunchers/diawl bachs. Some boats have had good bags on an intermediate with white/green lures.

Next Stocking: September 23rd

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

September 5th - 11th

92 anglers caught 218 fish of which 155 were returned.


Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank, boat bay, dam
Boat - pylon point, east arm, down middle

Best Patterns
Tequila blob/fab, sunburst blob, foam daddy, cruncher, red or green diawl bach, white/green lure.

Fishing has continued to be challenging with warm weather for September. Temperatures look set to cool down from Friday onwards so catches should improve significantly. Fish are feeding on small buzzers and corixa plus sedges in the evening. Towards the end of the month will hopefully see the start of the daddy hatch which always provides exciting surface sport with many big fish awakening from their summer slumber. Washing line has been the best method with a bright blob or booby combined with diawl bachs or crunchers.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 29th - September 4th

83 anglers caught 274 fish of which 175 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 10oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, hopper
4lb 4oz Jason Cooke, Roade, pearl diawl bach, boat

Brown
5lb 6oz John Wildman, Peterborough, small black buzzer

Next Stocking: September 9th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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August 22nd - 28th

64 anglers caught 146 fish of which 105 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 4oz David Granger, Norwich, daddy, boat
4lb 3oz Derek Benamore, Finedon

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

Best Patterns
Tequila blob/booby, daddy, red cruncher/diawl bach, olive/brown shipmans, red apps.

The fishing continued to be tricky on the warmer days although catches were much better with some cloud cover. Fish are much better spread around the lake than usual for August.
Fish are feeding on the surface most mornings, afternoons going deeper but plenty on top late evening taking sedges and small buzzers. As the water temperature drops the fishing will improve quickly.

Next Stocking: September 9th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 15th - 21st

70 anglers caught 206 fish of which 153 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 2oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, orange buzzer, boat
6lb 0oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, coarse bank, dam(in a north wind)
Boat - east arm, pylon point, lodge end(in a north wind)

Best Patterns
Damsel, red cruncher, black buzzer, tequila fab/blob, small red apps, red or claret bits, olive or brown shipmans.

A steady week although fishing was slower on the very windy or hot days. Generally the fishing is best at the top of the wind where the water is much clearer with any algae being blown to the windward bank. Bank anglers continue to catch on dries. Boat anglers are taking fish at all depths although a daddy or orange blob pulled through the surface provided exciting sport.

Next Stocking: August 26th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 8th - 14th

92 anglers caught 232 fish of which 171 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 3oz Voldemars Rumbahs, Corby, orange blob, boat
6lb 0oz George Brock, Corby, damsel
5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Northampton, black emerger, boat

Brown
3lb 7oz Steve Freeman, St Neots

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, dam (in a north wind)
Boat - pylon point, east arm, west arm weed beds, down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, damsel booby, green diawl bach, black, brown or olive shipmans, orange blob, tequila fab.

A typical August week with fishing very difficult on hot, bright days but much better on cooler, cloudy days. The damsel hatch that was later starting this year continues in full swing. Despite the warmer weather this week the longer, chilly nights are keeping the water temperature cool enough to keep the fish feeding. Stocking took place yesterday, Monday, with more fish ordered for next week. We continue to stock many more than are being removed so the Autumn fishing should be good.

Next Stocking: August 26th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

October 3rd - 9th

149 anglers caught 445 fish of which 308 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 12oz Ray Ward, Olney, blue flash damsel, boat
4lb 9oz Graham Martin, Coventry, olive Shipmans

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, east arm
Boat - most areas although lodge end generally best

Best Patterns
Blue flash damsel, small damsel, olive cruncher, white/green or black/green mini lures, grhe, wet daddy, bloodworm, candy blob/fab.

A decent 3 fish rod average for last week. Quite a few double figure bags from both boat and bank but also plenty of blanks on some days. Fish are definitely more active in the cooler water and prepared to chase a lure on an intermediate as well as taking a dry on the top. Very few daddies hatching caused by the lack of rain. Hopefully this exciting time of year will still happen. Fish are being caught on a slowly retrieved wet daddy. Evening tickets now available from 1pm. The next update will be sent out on Monday October 24th.

Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19 & 20
•  December 3 & 4
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: October 13th & 21st

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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Sept 26th - October 2nd

111 anglers caught 301 fish of which 189 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow 5lb 2oz Andrew Munro, Kettering, snake, boat
Brown 5lb 1oz George Mason, Northampton, daddy, boat

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

Best Patterns
White/green lures, tequila blob, blueflash damsel, cruncher, wet or dry daddy,

Since the weekend the rod average has improved with the cooler night temperatures. On Monday this week, Derek Benamore caught 21 from the dam on damsels! Today, Tuesday, boat angler Ray Ward managed 12 fish on a blueflash damsel with a cruncher on the dropper. Elinor is full of fish and there is a further stocking this week. Good numbers of daddies have finally started to hatch.

Pike Fishing
There will be a limited number of 6 boats available each day at Elinor for pike fishing on the following weekends:
•  November 19 & 20
•  December 3 & 4
•  Lures or sea dead baits only.

Payment will be required in advance:
•  Single angler boat £25.00
•  Two angler boat £40.00
•  Fishng is 7.30am - 5.00pm
•  Bookings/further info by email or phone 01832 720786

Next Stocking: October 7th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

September 19th - 25th

128 anglers caught 282 fish of which 186 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow 8lb 2oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, candy blob, boat
Brown 4lb 2oz Gary Martin, Corby, black lure, boat

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

Best Patterns
White/green lures, daddy, cruncher, red diawl bach, bloodworm, black/brown hoppers.

Another steady week with the water temperature cooling down slowly. Very little rain has delayed the daddy hatch although a few are now being seen. The best fishing has generally been at the top of the wind where the water is clearest. The weed is dying back now. Elinor will be on top form anytime! Evening tickets are now available from 1pm as the nights are drawing in.

Next Stocking: September 29th & October 7th 

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

September 12th - 18th

85 anglers caught 209 fish of which 132 were returned.

Best Fish
5lb 14oz Chris Walker, Lutterworth, cats whisker, boat

Brown
5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Northampton, daddy, boat

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

Best Patterns:
Daddy, tequila or candy blob/fab, grhe, small black buzzer, red/green crucher, white/green lures.

Four days of hot weather at the start of last week put on hold an improvement in the fishing. We've now got normal early season temperatures along with cooler nights. Throughout the last two months we've stocked almost twice as many fish as have been taken out. Elinor should start fishing well very soon. Weed beds are starting to break up and it's noticeable on calm days that fish are rising over most parts of the lake. There are good numbers of daddies starting to hatch which will provide some good surface sport. Most fish are coming to floating line with a bright blob/fab on the point with crunchers/diawl bachs. Some boats have had good bags on an intermediate with white/green lures.

Next Stocking: September 23rd

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

September 5th - 11th

92 anglers caught 218 fish of which 155 were returned.


Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank, boat bay, dam
Boat - pylon point, east arm, down middle

Best Patterns
Tequila blob/fab, sunburst blob, foam daddy, cruncher, red or green diawl bach, white/green lure.

Fishing has continued to be challenging with warm weather for September. Temperatures look set to cool down from Friday onwards so catches should improve significantly. Fish are feeding on small buzzers and corixa plus sedges in the evening. Towards the end of the month will hopefully see the start of the daddy hatch which always provides exciting surface sport with many big fish awakening from their summer slumber. Washing line has been the best method with a bright blob or booby combined with diawl bachs or crunchers.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 29th - September 4th

83 anglers caught 274 fish of which 175 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 10oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, hopper
4lb 4oz Jason Cooke, Roade, pearl diawl bach, boat

Brown
5lb 6oz John Wildman, Peterborough, small black buzzer

Next Stocking: September 9th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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August 22nd - 28th

64 anglers caught 146 fish of which 105 were returned.

Best Fish
4lb 4oz David Granger, Norwich, daddy, boat
4lb 3oz Derek Benamore, Finedon

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

Best Patterns
Tequila blob/booby, daddy, red cruncher/diawl bach, olive/brown shipmans, red apps.

The fishing continued to be tricky on the warmer days although catches were much better with some cloud cover. Fish are much better spread around the lake than usual for August.
Fish are feeding on the surface most mornings, afternoons going deeper but plenty on top late evening taking sedges and small buzzers. As the water temperature drops the fishing will improve quickly.

Next Stocking: September 9th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 15th - 21st

70 anglers caught 206 fish of which 153 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 2oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, orange buzzer, boat
6lb 0oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - east arm, coarse bank, dam(in a north wind)
Boat - east arm, pylon point, lodge end(in a north wind)

Best Patterns
Damsel, red cruncher, black buzzer, tequila fab/blob, small red apps, red or claret bits, olive or brown shipmans.

A steady week although fishing was slower on the very windy or hot days. Generally the fishing is best at the top of the wind where the water is much clearer with any algae being blown to the windward bank. Bank anglers continue to catch on dries. Boat anglers are taking fish at all depths although a daddy or orange blob pulled through the surface provided exciting sport.

Next Stocking: August 26th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 8th - 14th

92 anglers caught 232 fish of which 171 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 3oz Voldemars Rumbahs, Corby, orange blob, boat
6lb 0oz George Brock, Corby, damsel
5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Northampton, black emerger, boat

Brown
3lb 7oz Steve Freeman, St Neots

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, dam (in a north wind)
Boat - pylon point, east arm, west arm weed beds, down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, dry damsel, damsel booby, green diawl bach, black, brown or olive shipmans, orange blob, tequila fab.

A typical August week with fishing very difficult on hot, bright days but much better on cooler, cloudy days. The damsel hatch that was later starting this year continues in full swing. Despite the warmer weather this week the longer, chilly nights are keeping the water temperature cool enough to keep the fish feeding. Stocking took place yesterday, Monday, with more fish ordered for next week. We continue to stock many more than are being removed so the Autumn fishing should be good.

Next Stocking: August 26th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

August 1st - 7th

99 anglers caught 212 fish of which 126 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 2oz John Barrett, Corby, damsel nymph
+ a further 7 fish over 4lb

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

Best Patterns
Damsel, grhe, black buzzer, red or green diawl bach, red apps, orange blob.

A steady week when it fished much better on days with cloud cover. The far end of the lake is still holding more fish for both boat and bank anglers. The damsel hatch is starting to slow down although remains the major food source during the day. Sedges and small buzzers on the menu at night. The cooler night temperature has kept the water well oxygenated, clear and consequently the fish are in much better condition than usual for August. They are prepared to chase a pulled blob or muddler through the surface as well as take dries.
The rod average is sure to improve providing there is not another heatwave.

Next Stocking: August 15th

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

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July 25th - 31st

101 anglers caught 255 fish of which 164 were returned.

Best Fish
5lb 2oz Liam Johnson, Wellingborough, white/green lure, boat
5lb 1oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat

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

Best Patterns
Black/Olive shipmans, damsel nymph, Fraser nymph, grhe, green diawl bach, candy/tequila fab, white/green lures. A slight improvement over the previous week with the rod average creeping up to 2.5. Fishing is difficult but can only improve with continued stocking and cooler water temperatures. There is still a good hatch of damsels on most days keeping the fish surface feeding. Anglers fishing dries or washing line being most successful.

Next Stocking: August 3rd

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather
Sunday November 13th is the date for The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. Match times: 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing available. Proceeds from the raffle will as usual be split between Air Ambulance and British Heart Foundation.

July 18th - 24th

96 anglers caught 149 fish of which 91 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 4oz Shane Else, Northampton, orange buzzer, boat
5lb 7oz Alan Burns, Welwyn, black buzzer, boat

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

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, black or olive shipmans, red cruncher, black buzzer, cats whisker, tequila fab.

The fishing was very difficult last week in the hot conditions but sport has improved over the last couple of days now it is cooler. Very few bank anglers fished. The boats that went out did best by fishing over the deeper water down the middle using straight line buzzers or washing line with a fab on the point. Damsels and cats whiskers on a Di3 type line also scored.
Prospects are much better now the heatwave seems to have finished although anglers should remember that July and August are the worst months.

July 11th - 17th

112 anglers caught 335 fish of which 217 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 2oz Quinten Hollick, Cambridge
+ a further 23 fish over 4lb

Best Area
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, boat bay
Boat - west arm, east arm, boat bay

Best Patterns
Olive or hares ear cdc, olive hopper, damsel, olive or brown shipmans, olive cruncher, small black buzzer, candy blob, cats whisker.

A steady week with boat and bank anglers having a 3 fish rod average. However the hot conditions this week has slowed sport considerably. Hopefully the forecast will be correct with temperatures dropping towards the end of the week. Fish continue to feed on damsels and small buzzers.

Next Stocking: July 19th

July 4th - 10th

143 anglers caught 513 fish of which 373 were returned

Best Fish
10lb 2oz Andy Lane, Hammersmith, brown shipmans
7lb 2oz Mike Brassett, Nether Heyford, boat
6lb 13oz John Wright, Spalding, olive shipmans
6lb 4oz Mike Brassett, Nether Heyford, boat

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

Best Patterns
Olive/hares ear cdc, olive/brown shipmans, daddy, fraser nymph, olive cruncher, damsel nymph, dry damsel.

Elinor continues to fish much better than usual for mid July helped by cooler water temperatures. Boat and bank anglers enjoyed good dry fly sport. Mornings continue to be best with lots of fish on the top until slowing down around 2pm. Damsels are the main food source. Fish are taking nymphs and adults. A few mayfly continue to hatch and on some days there have been good numbers of flying ants which the trout seem to love.

Next Stocking: July 19th

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June 27th - July 3rd

118 anglers caught 379 fish of which 281 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 1oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, mayfly nymph
4lb 12oz Brian Carter, Peterborough, olive nymph
4lb 8oz Danny Tolton, Kettering
4lb 8oz Brian Carter, Peterborough, olive nymph
4lb 6oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, boat

Best Area
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar
Boat - west arm, east arm, pylon point

Best Patterns
Olive cdc, olive hopper, dry damsel, brown shipmans, damsel nymph, olive cruncher, black buzzer.

Plenty of fish rising during most mornings taking damsel nymphs and adult damsels. The far end of the lake from the lodge is holding most fish. Dry fly was easily the best method although boat anglers also had success with a washing line using a damsel booby and buzzers/diawl bach. During the quieter afternoons, fish were taken from down the middle using straight lined buzzers or a di3 and blobs. The cooler summer has kept the fish in excellent condition with numerous anglers getting broken last week.

Next Stocking: July 8th

June 20th - 26th

138 anglers caught 459 fish of which 329 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 6oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, orange buzzer, boat
6lb 3oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, orange buzzer, boat
6lb 2oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, orange buzzer, boat
6lb 1oz Trevor Griggs, Rushden, diawl bach
5lb 8oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, black buzzer

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

Best Patterns
Green cruncher, fraser nymph, damsel, grhe, daddy, shipmans, orange blob.

A steady week with a rod average of 3.3. Bank anglers had some good sport in the east arm or coarse bank fishing dries or damsel imitations. Mornings continue to fish better than afternoons. Boat anglers caught on a variety of methods from dries to deep buzzers or Di3 and blobs. The vast majority of fish taken were over 2lb and in sparkling condition. Water clarity very good and weed growth less than normal for late June.

June 13th - 19th

132 anglers caught 385 fish of which 250 were returned

Best Fish
8lb 0oz Ian Goode, Buckingham, dancer, boat
7lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat
+ a further 20 fish over 4lb

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

Best Patterns
Damsel, olive cruncher, green diawl bach, grhe, dry daddy, black buzzer, shipmans, tequila blob.

A better week with a rod average of almost 3. Plenty of cloud cover gave bank anglers a good chance to cover rising fish. Lots of damsels hatching with fish feeding on nymphs and adults during the day and sedges and small hatching buzzers in the late evening rise. Boat anglers are catching at all depths from dries to deep buzzers. Despite the storms last week the water clarity remains excellent. Weed growth is slower than last year with all areas fishable.

Next Stocking: June 24th

June 6th - 12th

144 anglers caught 281 fish of which 179 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 0oz Al Steels, Peterborough, green buzzer, boat
5lb 11oz Chris Chamberlain, Cambridge, damsel, boat
5lb 8oz Ray Henman, Brayfield, boat
5lb 2oz Barry Read, Northampton, boat

Brown
5lb 1oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, black buzzer

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar
Boat - pylon point, east arm, down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel, black or olive buzzer, cruncher, diawl bach, black hopper, hares ear cdc, tequila blob.

An unusually slow week with a 2 fish rod average. Variable weather saw the fish moving up and down the depths. Plenty of fish rising in the morning, quiet from 3pm onwards until the evening rise starts after 9.30pm. Bank anglers had enough fish to cast at but they proved difficult to tempt on the warmer days when feeding on adult damsels. Boat anglers took some fish on dries and washing line but the best bags came to nymphs fished deeper and slow. Water temperature is still slightly lower than normal so the fishing should be back on form this week.

Next Stocking: June 17th

May 30th - June 5th

137 anglers caught 566 fish of which 390 were returned.

Best Fish
14lb 1oz Wayne Windsor, Oakham, boat
6lb 8oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat
6lb 7oz Brian Carter, Peterborough
+ a further 49 fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Bank - dam, Goodfellow bay, gravel bar, east arm
Boat - all areas fishing well

Best Patterns
GRHE, damsel, black or olive buzzer, red diawl bach, cruncher, hares ear cdc, shipmans, sunburst blob, red apps.

Boats fishing well but bank anglers also catching on cloudier days. It usually fishes well in the morning, slow in the afternoon then a good evening rise 9.30pm onwards. Huge numbers of damsels hatching now with fish taking nymphs and adults. Plenty of sedges and buzzers keeping the fish occupied in the evening. Where many anglers went wrong last week is fishing below the fish. Dries or washing line with a buoyant fly on the point and top dropper has scored. Buzzers fished deeper are still worth trying during the afternoon when the surface sport is slower. The fish are averaging over 2lb and still fighting extremely hard.


Sunday June 5th Scierra Pairs Heat
7 pairs fished from 10am - 5.pm and caught 44 fish.
Only the winners managed to get their limit of 12 fish. Rosemary Gunn and Kevin Saxton bagged up at 3.10pm using a mixture of black taddy, sunburst blob and diawl bach fishing between brookside bay and the east arm..

Top 5
:
1. Rosemary Gunn/Kevin Saxton 12 fish 29lb 8oz
2. Scott Bowman/Jim Miller 10 fish 19lb 12oz
3. Alan Taylor/Wayne Windsor 3 fish 18lb 11oz
4. Jason Cooke/Shane Else 6 fish 17lb 1oz
5. David Winser/Walter Haddow 6 fish 11lb 7oz
Best Fish Wayne Windsor 14lb 1oz

Next Stocking: June 9th

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May 23rd - 29th

186 anglers caught 729 fish of which 594 were returned.
35 fish over 4lb

Best Fish
7lb 2oz Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, black/green lure, boat
6lb 11oz Brian Taylor, Birmingham, damsel
6lb 0oz Nigel Organ, Whitton, apps bloodworm, float tube

Brown
5lb 2oz Alan Foster, Desborough

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

Best Patterns
Grhe, damsel, red cruncher, black or olive shipmans, hoppers, orange blob, apps worms.

A rod average of just under 4 but anglers going afloat had the more consistent sport. Mornings are fishing well, afternoons can be slow. However, Berry Kenny managed to go out on Friday at 1pm and be back at 4.30pm with 6 fish weighing over 16lb. He anchored off the pylon peninsula and used cove pheasant tail and orange cruncher. The good evening rise is now starting after 9pm. It can be frustrating with numerous plucks and boils to the fly but great fun.

Next Stocking: May 31st & June 3rd

Sunday June 5th
Elinor is holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs. Boats still available. You fish with your partner. www.scierrapairs.co.uk.

May 16th - 22nd

190 anglers caught 712 fish of which 495 were returned.

Best Fish
8lb 6oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, candy fab, boat
7lb 2oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, red bumble, boat
6lb 2oz Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey
6lb 0oz Jim Nixon, Kettering

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

Best Patterns
Red cruncher, red or green diawl bach, grhe, olive buzzer, black buzzer, small damsel, shipmans, bobs bits. Buzzers continue to hatch in good numbers but the fish are generally taking them higher in the water now especially in cloudy or less windy conditions. Plenty of fish surface feeding every evening. The first of the damsels have started to appear as well as a reasonable hatch of mayfly. Dries are scoring well along with small nymphs such as diawl bachs and crunchers. On bright windy days the boats are outfishing the bank by fishing deeper.

Next Stocking: May 27th, 31st, June 3rd

May 9th - 15th

157 anglers caught 893 fish of which 693 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 5oz Roy Whitwell, Whittlesy, hares ear
5lb 9oz Paul Laundon, Milton Keynes, olive buzzer
5lb 6oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, damsel, boat
5lb 5oz Peter Watkins, Nottingham, olive shipmans
+ a further 36 fish over 4lb

Brown
5lb+ Mr Henshaw, Great Offley, olive buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - boat bay, coarse bank, dam, gravel bar
Boat - all areas fishing well

Best Patterns
Olive or black buzzer, diawl bach, cruncher, candy or coral fab, damsel, grhe, shipmans

A great 5.6 rod average for the week with most days fishing well although in breezy, bright conditions the fishing was harder in the now extremely clear water. Large hatches of buzzers, mainly olive or black, are keeping the fish occupied. Boat anglers are catching good bags by changing depth throughout the day to keep in touch with the fish. Some cloud cover immediately brings some fish to the surface. On most evenings there is now a spectacular rise from 8.30pm onwards with dry flies such as shipmans, big red and cdc buzzers scoring.

Next Stocking: May 18th & 20th

Tommy Wood Memorial
Sunday May 15th - A sunny day with a light variable wind should have been decent conditions for this floating line and buzzer imitation only bank competition. 9 anglers weighed in 15 fish. Matt Tuck was the only angler to manage a limit. He made the walk to the Coarse bank worthwhile to catch his 6 fish in just over an hour and went on to release a further 15 fish!

1. Matt Tuck 6 fish 12lb 8oz
2. Phil Wagstaff 3 fish 7lb 2oz
3. Gordon Anthony 2 fish 4lb 1oz

£388.00 was raised from the raffle and donations for Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

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Sunday May 15th - Tommy Wood Memorial

May 2nd - 8th

216 anglers caught 1235 fish of which 834 were returned.

Best Fish
9lb 11oz Ronnie Madder, Oundle, olive buzzer
9lb 8oz Ivan Slack, Worksop, blob, float tube
7lb 7oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black buzzer, boat
6lb 8oz Alan Steels, Stanground, black buzzer, boat
6lb 0oz David Robus, Wellingborough, black ptn, boat

Brown
4lb 3oz Trevor Maycock, Northampton, dry sedge

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

Best Patterns
Olive or black buzzer, diawl bach, olive or black cruncher, damsel, candy or tequila fab, white/green lures.

Much warmer weather brought some good hatches of buzzers including some large olives. An excellent rod average of 5.7 was helped by some consistent sport from the boats although bank fishing was still good on most days. Alan Steels had an eventful evening in a boat using a black buzzer or damsel catching 16 rainbows and a huge pike shown below. A few fish surface feeding during the day and a good evening rise on all but the coldest nights. However the majority of fish during the day continue to be caught 3 - 6 foot down using a washing line. Plenty of hawthorn fly over the weekend. Water levels and clarity are perfect.

Next Stocking: May 13th

BFTA Saturday May 7th
9 members of the British Float Tube Association visited for their postponed March event.
They caught 85 fish with 38 brought to the scales:
1. Ivan Slack 6 fish 19lb 6oz
2. Steve Frakes 6 fish 17lb 3oz
3. Martin Mayers 6 fish 14lb 6oz
4. Andre Russell 6 fish 14lb 4oz
5. Brian Heald 6 fish 13lb 9oz

Alex Booth Flyfishers Sunday May 8th
Alex Booth flyfishers held a bank match on a bright, hot day.
9 anglers caught 31 fish:
1. John Marshall 6 fish 14lb 14oz
2. Roy Lewin 6 fish 12lb 4oz
3. Ian Footman 6 fish 12lb 1oz
4. Mike Smith 6 fish 11lb 2oz
5. Rob Dobson 2 fish 6lb 10oz

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match - Final Reminder
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer immitations only may be used. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

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Trevor Maycock, (above) from Northampton, looks pleased with this released 4lb 3oz brown caught on a dry sedge from the brookside bank.

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Alan Steels had an eventful evening in a boat using a black buzzer or damsel catching 16 rainbows and a huge pike shown above.

April 25th - May 1st

137 anglers caught 601 fish of which 418 were returned. A further 36 fish over 4lb caught.

Best Fish
16lb 12oz Andy Hake, Leighton Buzzard, black buzzer, boat
11lb 9oz Mr Roswell, Gravesend, black/green bunny leech
10lb 10oz Boris Rasic, Corby, black diawl bach
7lb 4oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, damsel

Browns
7lb + Sean Ballantyne, Luton, black buzzer
4lb + Alan Weatherley, Kettering, olive buzzer

Best Areas
Bank - all areas producing
Boat - West arm, gravel bar, goodfellow bay

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, black diawl bach, small damsel, candy fab, tequila or coral blob, white/green lures.

Fish continue to feed 3-6 foot down on the large hatches of black or olive buzzers. Fish at the bottom of the wind are taking daphnia. The warmer temperatures this week should finally bring more surface activity. Best method from bank and boat is floating line, blob or fab on the point with buzzers on dropper, slow or very slow retrieve. Some lovely quality fish continue to be caught. Hopefully pond olives and hawthorn should arrive very soon. Water clarity is excellent with both boat and bank anglers enjoying good sport.

Next Stocking: May 6th

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer immitations only may be used. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

April 18th - 24th

183 anglers caught 818 fish of which 585 were returned.

Best Fish
13lb 4oz Ken Grigg, Kettering, black buzzer
8lb 6oz Andy Burgess, Cambridge, black buzzer, boat
8lb 1oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, grhe
7lb 9oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesy, black buzzer, boat
7lb 8oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, damsel
7lb 0oz John Stokes, Nottingham, red head damsel
6lb 8oz Mike Creamer, Oakley
6lb 2oz Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer
6lb 0oz Andy Hake, Leighton Buzzard, black buzzer, boat
6lb 0oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, black buzzer

Best Areas
Bank - All areas producing fish
Boat - West arm, east arm, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, damsel, cruncher, white/green lures, fabs and blobs.

Despite the cold Northerly winds there was a good buzzer hatch with plenty of birds working the water. The fish continue to feed 3-6 foot down on mainly small, black or olive midge pupae. Best method has been a blob or fab on the point with s12 buzzers on the dropper fished static or very slowly. Bank and boat fishing equally well.

Next Stocking: April 28th

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer immitations only may be used. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

April 11th - 17th

289 anglers caught 1354 fish of which 1084 were returned. A total of 141 fish over 4lb.

The three biggest rainbows were caught during the recent Bankmasters event:
Malc Randle, Bedworth caught & released two at 10lb +
Glen Appleby, one at 9lb +

Best Brown
6lb + Paul Edwards, Skillington, bibio, boat

Best Patterns
cats whisker, damsel, black or olive buzzer, cruncher, hares ear, orange blob.

A busy week and Elinor was on top form from both boat and bank with a 4.7 rod average. Fish are being taken from all areas of the lake. On colder days lures continue to take fish but there are good hatches of buzzers when temperatures reach double figures. Only a few fish are surface feeding but they are gorging themselves on black or olive pupae 3-6 foot down. Water clarity is good. The high average weight and hard fighting fish has seen numerous anglers broken up. Use suitable leader material and neat knots!

1084 fish were returned last week. If you are not experienced in catch & release please follow these guidelines:
1) Barbless or debarbed hooks.
2) Unhook the fish in the net in the water and if at all possible don't touch the fish with your hands.

Last week I saw people net the fish, take it up the bank and let it struggle while the angler is wrestling to remove an obviously barbed fly. Please respect your catch. Prospects are excellent for the next few weeks with the appearance of olives and hawthorn fly as well as larger size buzzers. The spectacular Elinor evening rise should be in full swing before the end of the month providing the wind isn't too cold.

Competition Results
Tuesday April 12th TroutMasters Fish off 9am - 3pm. 11 anglers caught 39 fish to decide who will represent Elinor at the Grafham final in September. Competitors could fish where they wished with a 6 fish limit and 2lb/hour time bonus.
1. Paul Haskey, Rugby, 6 fish 20lb 5oz
2. David Cairns, Newmarket, 6 fish 18lb 13oz
3. Barrie Jones, Northampton, 5 fish 10lb 11oz
4. Steve Johnson, Raunds, 4 fish 9lb 3oz
5. Mike Brassett, Nether Heyford, 4 fish 7lb 12oz

Iain Barr/Airflo Bankmasters Final
Sunday April 17th - 85 anglers caught & released 400 fish for a good 4.7 rod ave. A star studded field were pegged around the whole lake, moving 10 pegs after each 30 minute session. We were blessed with good weather on Sunday and only 7 blanks were recorded. The winner, Welsh international David Hoppe shown below right with Iain Barr on the left, caught from 9 of his 10 pegs using either a cats whisker variant or buzzers which in a close finish was enough to take home the £2000 prize.
1. David Hoppe, 13 fish from 9 pegs = 22 points
2. Steve Cullen, 13 from 9 = 22 pts
3. Dean Appleby, 13 from 7 = 20 pts
4. Andrew Scott, 13 from 5 = 18 pts
5. Peter Appleby, 11 from 6 = 17 pts
6. Ed Foster, 11 from 6 = 17 pts
7. Malc Randle, 11 from 6 = 17 pts
8. Charlie Abrahams, 9 from 7 = 16 pts
9. Glen Appleby, 10 from 6 = 16 pts
10. Brad Gifford, 10 from 6 = 16 pts

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer immitations only may be used. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

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April 4th - 10th

207 anglers caught 957 fish of which 708 were returned.

Best Fish
12lb 3oz David Mackay, Edinburgh, green pea, boat
11lb 4oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, pink buzzer
10lb 6oz Steve Eplett, Kettering, black buzzer
+ a further 35 fish over 4lb

Brown
4lb 10oz Mr Mortimer

Best Areas
Bank - every area of the lake producing fish
Boat - gravel bar, boat bay, dam, east arm

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, bloodworm, damsel, cruncher, black/green lures

Another decent week, especially for bank anglers. Boats are taking fish but with a still cool water temperature many fish are where the food is, in the margins. I would think the boat buzzer fishing will really switch on sometime within the next week or two. When the mainly cold wind drops there are good hatches of small buzzers. Nymphs caught as many fish as lures last week. The majority of fish continue to be taken 3 - 5 foot down with only a few rises.

Next Stocking: April 13th, 14th

Flydressers Guild Bank Match
On Sunday April 10th, 24 members of the Flydressers Guild held a friendly bank match and caught 75 fish.

Top teams of three:
1. Charles Jardine etc 17 fish
2. Wiltshire 17 fish
3. Chris Reeves etc 15 fish
Top individual
Les Cooke 12 fish
Biggest fish
Henryk Pycz 4lb 10oz

IBFF/Airflo Bankmasters 2016
The Final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bankmasters is this Sunday April 17th where the winner will walk away with £2000. A couple more marshalls are required to sign scorecards. Please let me know if you can come (lunch and a selection of Iain Barr buzzers provided!). No bank space available for pleasure anglers on this day but boats available as normal.

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer immitations only may be used. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

March 28th - April 3rd

176 anglers caught 993 fish of which 760 were returned.

Best Fish
•  14lb 10oz Dave Miles, Wellingborough, viva
•  13lb 10oz Iain Barr, Yaxley, woofta buzzer
•  13lb 1oz Roger Walker, Jacksdale, cove buzzer
•  12lb 11oz Andrew Miles, Biggleswade, green fritz
•  10lb 8oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, black uv tadpole
•  10lb 6oz Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, black/green lure
•   9lb 12oz Roger Walker, Jacks dale, black snake
•   7lb 4oz Jason Cooke, Roade, tequila blob
•   7lb 4oz George Brock, Corby, black/green lure
•   7lb 2oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, Montana

Best Brown
•   5lb 8oz Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough, white/green lure. + a further 12 browns over 3lb

Best Areas
Bank - all areas fishing well
Boat - Brookside, gravel bar, east arm

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, bloodworm, black buzzer, cruncher

Elinor is back on form!
A fantastic week for bank anglers with the water clearing enough to put the fish in a feeding frenzy with a 5.6 rod average. I don't think I can remember a week with so many big fish caught. Photos will be on the website very soon. It's especially pleasing to see so many resident browns being caught as none have been stocked this season. Buzzers and crunchers are taking many of the big bags of fish although dark coloured lures are still working. On cooler days the fish are being caught around 4 feet down but on milder days seem to move up to a depth of 2 foot.

Five anglers from Notts Police had a bank outing on Wednesday and caught 47 fish.

Manor Farm Boat Match
Although boat fishing is slower 11 members of Manor Farm Fly Fishers had a boat match on Sunday and caught 34 fish with some cracking grown on fish at the weigh in.
1. Andrew Miles 3 fish 16lb 11oz
2. Hiroshi 6 fish 14lb 3oz
3. John Garwood 5 fish 11lb 12oz
4. Mick Tracey 4 fish 10lb 12oz
5. David Durrant 6 fish 10lb 1oz

Sunday 3rd Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Qualifier.
9 anglers caught 35 fish. All anglers caught. Winner used floating line and crunchers
1. Andrew Green 7 fish from 5 pegs
2. Matt Tuck 5 fish from 4
3. Gordon Barr 4 fish from 4
4. Bob Barr 4 fish from 4
5. Bryce Hanlon 4 from 3

The Final is on Sunday April 17th where the winner will walk away with £2000. A few more marshalls are required to sign scorecards. Please let me know if you can come (lunch and a selection of Iain Barr buzzers provided!). No bank space available for pleasure anglers on this day but boats available as normal.

Tommy Wood's Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer imitations only may be used. 9am - 4pm Free entry. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

Next Stocking: April 6th.

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March 21st - 27th

119 anglers caught 377 fish of which 276 were returned. 22 rainbows over 4lb and 9 browns over 3lb.

Best Fish
•   12lb 14oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, black uv tadpole
•   10lb 2oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, black/red blob

Best Areas
Bank - all areas producing fish
Boat - east arm, brookside bay, dam

Best Patterns
Black/green lures, black cruncher, bloodworm, black buzzer

A big improvement in the fishing with trout being caught from all areas of the lake. The water clarity is gradually improving and more fish are now being caught on smaller patterns. Bank fishing continues to be more productive than boat. A few fish are rising on calmer days but the majority of anglers are catching 3-5ft down. Spooned fish have been feeding heavily on black buzzers along with a few immature damsels.

Next Stocking: March 31st.

Upcoming competitions: Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters
Elinor will be hosting the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 17th with a first prize of £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heat at Elinor will be on April 2nd. All entrants receive a fly line and flies. A friendly competition that is open to anglers of all ability. Full details and entry form at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer imitations only may be used. All proceeds raised go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

March 14th - 20th

Water slowly clearing and fish being caught now. Finally, there is enough visibility for the fish to see angler’s flies! On Sunday, 7 anglers fished and 6 of them caught, best bag of 7. Today, Tuesday, 12 anglers fished and 11 of them caught, once again a couple of anglers managed 7.

Elinor is full of fish and should improve each day as water clarity improves. Best method has been black or black/green flies fished slow or static, 3 to 5 foot down. Smaller patterns such as hares ear, damsel and black buzzer should score towards the end of this week. Most areas of the lake producing fish although many anglers are fishing the lodge end.

Next Stocking: March 23rd.

Upcoming competitions: Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters
Elinor will be hosting the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 17th with a first prize of £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heat at Elinor will be on April 2nd. All entrants receive a fly line and flies. A friendly competition that is open to anglers of all ability. Full details and entry form at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match
Sunday May 15th. A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer imitations only may be used. All proceeds raised go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

March 7th - 13th

57 anglers caught 128 fish of which 92 were returned.

Best Fish
•   12lb 2oz Dave Walker, Grantham, cats whisker
•   11lb 4oz David Cairns (photograph below), Newmarket, green cruncher

The beginning of the week fished very well with two cracking doubles caught & released along with a further 9 fish over 4lb. On Wednesday 9th Elinor suffered from flooding and the water was badly coloured. Fishing became very poor. Please email or phone the lodge for latest prospects before travelling. While waiting for better fishing conditions please take a look at the new Elinor website which has been optimised to view on tablets and mobiles www.elinortf.co.uk

Upcoming competitions:
Elinor will be hosting the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 17th with a first prize of £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heat at Elinor will be on April 2nd. All entrants receive a flyline and flies. A friendly competition open to anglers of all ability. Full details and entry form at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

Tommy Wood Memorial Buzzer Match.
Sunday May 15th
A roving bank competition open to everyone. Floating line and buzzer immitations only may be used.
All proceeds raised go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

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Feb 29th - March 6th

85 anglers caught 429 fish of which 331 were returned.

Best Fish
Rainbow
•   5lb 10oz James Sargeant, Cheltenham, Montana
Brown
•   7lb 0oz Jason Cooke, Roade
•   A total of 26 fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside
Boat - lodge end, Brookside bay

Best Patterns
Montana, cat’s whisker, damsel, red apps, black buzzer.

Elinor is starting to switch on with a good rod average of over 5. A few boats are venturing out and catching on mini lures on intermediates. Bank anglers are taking fish on floaters or intermediates with late morning onwards the most productive. In calmer conditions there are a few fish rising. The forecast rise in temperature at the end of the week should see fish feeding in longer spells. Encouraging to see some nice browns being caught and released as none have been stocked so far this season.

Next Stocking: March 8th, 11th

Last chance to enter the bankmasters heat this coming Sunday! Elinor will be hosting the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 17th with a first prize of £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 13th and April 2nd. All entrants receive a fly line and flies. A friendly competition which is open to all anglers of all ability. Full details and entry form at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

February 22nd - 28th
138 anglers caught 426 fish of which 276 were returned.

Best Fish - Rainbow
•   6lb 0oz Ian Simpson, Stotfold, white/green lure
•   5lb 11oz David Carlton, Milton Keynes, damsel
•   5lb 8oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, damsel
•   5lb 1oz Barry Read, Northampton, pheasant tail
•   5lb 0oz Steve Ellerbeck, Perry, orange FAB

Brown
•   6lb+ Michael Farrell, Corby, black booby
•   5lb 8oz Tony Cefai

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

Best Patterns
Damsel with orange or green bead, white/green or black/green lures, bloodworm, grhe. Since Friday 26th the fishing has been much more consistent with most anglers catching. Afternoons still seem to be best providing there is a slight increase in temperature. From the bank a floating line with a weighted fly is working best. Boat anglers are starting to catch although not as many as bank anglers. Chris Redhead from Whittlesey has bucked the trend and had 5 boat trips already this season. He has taken bags of 5, 8, 6, 7 and 18 fish using an intermediate with white/green lures.

Next Stocking: March 5th

Elinor will be hosting the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 17th with a first prize of £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 13th and April 2nd. All entrants receive a fly line and flies. A friendly competition open to anglers of all ability. Full details and entry form at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

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February 15th - 21st
111 anglers caught 286 fish of which 189 were returned.

Best Fish
• 15lb 6oz Pete Welch, Boston, white/green lure
• 13lb 14oz Paul Gomez, Market Harborough, red apps
• +21 other fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Dam, Brookside bay

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, damsel, red apps, olive or red squirmy, grhe. Elinor is fishing ok without being on fire considering the number of fish already stocked this season. However the quality of the fish is excellent.
Bank fishing best with most fish being caught very close in with weighted flies on a floater. Boats are taking some fish using white/green lures fished deep and slow. I'm continuing to stock despite only a few fish being killed so Elinor has to switch on very soon.

February 20th AT-TEFF Fundraiser
21 anglers fished this pegged bank match in a strong SW wind.
1. Lee Cartmail, black snake on slow or fast glass, 8 fish from 4 pegs = 12 points
2. Brad Gifford, olive or red squirmy under a bung 8 from 4 = 12pts
3. Ian Donaldson, black/green tadpole 11pts
4. Richard Slater, yellow dancer 10pts

Next Stocking: Feb 24th

Paul Gomez (below left/top) from Market Harborough used a red apps from the dam and caught and released this 13lb 14oz rainbow.
Pete Welch (below right/bottom) from Boston caught and released this 15lb 6oz rainbow on a white/green lure.

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Opening weekend, February 13th & 14th
52 anglers caught 241 fish of which 138 were returned.

Best Fish
•   10lb 15oz Sean Roe, (below) from Kettering, Olive Humungous.
•   16 fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Dam, gravel bar, shallow bay, Brookside bay

Best Patterns
Black/green lures, cat's whisker, apps bloodworm, orange blob, damsel, hares ear.
A cold North Easterly wind over the weekend. Bank anglers did much better than boats with the fish close in and noticeably switching on 11.30am onwards. Floater or slow intermediate working best. A couple of upcoming bank competitions that are open to all:

Saturday February 20th AT-TEFF Fundraiser
Entry £25.00 (£10.00 for season ticket holders) Telephone - Carl Nixon 07794 144034

Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters 2016
Elinor will be hosting the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 17th with a first prize of £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 13th and April 2nd. Full details and entry form at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

Next Stocking: Feb 17th, 19th

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