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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2018 ...
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


Damsels during the days, sedges & buzzers in the evening.

June 11th - 17th

161 anglers caught 540 fish of which 395 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 2oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, brown dry, boat
5lb 7oz Chris Mitchell, Norwich, damsel
Brown 6lb 6oz Lazloe Boden (fish photograph shown below), Rothwell, brown dry, boat


Best Areas
Bank - east arm, brookside, lagoon
Boat - east arm, pylon point or down the middle

Best Patterns
Wet or dry daddy, suspender buzzers, red diawl bach, black buzzer with red cheeks, damsel booby, tequila booby.

A steady week resulted in a 3.35 rod average. Anglers who cracked the method on the damsel feeders had some good bags during the day. The south or south west wind saw the fishing best af the pylon end of the lake with the East arm holding the most fish. Water temperature is 19.5 deg C today and the bank anglers have still got fish in range. Best method has been washing line on a floater, dries or wets pulled through the surface.

Sunday November 11th is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.

Next Stocking: June 22nd

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Fish preoccupied on damsel nymphs and adult damsels

June 4th - 10th

237 anglers caught 835 fish of which 605 were returned

Best Fish
5lb 4oz Michael Breeson, Peterborough, black/green tadpole, boat
5lb 2oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, cruncher
5lb 0oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, damsel
4lb 11oz Simon Hill, Nottingham, damsel, boat
4lb 8oz Jim Fordham, Bury St Edmunds, foam daddy, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, pensioners point, east arm
Boat - anchored off dam or down the middle

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, adult damsel, red cruncher, grhe, olive hopper, tequila blob/booby, candy fab. Fishing was harder last week although the rod average was still a respectable 3.5. Plenty of fish rising to damsels during the day but they can prove difficult to tempt. The evening rise from 9.15pm sees fish taking small black or brown sedges plus hatching buzzers.
The recent NE winds has meant the biggest hatches have been at the lodge end although this may change with the wind finally forecast to change direction on Wednesday.

Sunday November 11th is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.

Next Stocking: June 15th

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Excellent daytime rises to damsel nymphs and adult damsels

May 28th - June 3rd

156 anglers caught 649 fish of which 498 were returned

Best Fish
5lb 5oz Jim Lister, Walsall, damsel, boat
4lb 14oz Peter Cox, Luton, daddy, boat
4lb 8oz Pete Nightingale, boat
4lb 8oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, black snake, boat
4lb 8oz Bob Walmsley, Desborough, black buzzer

Best Areas
Bank - dam, pensioners point, east arm
Boat - all areas holding fish

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, adult damsel, wet or dry daddy, black buzzer, Fraser nymph, red diawl bach, hares ear, orange blob.

Huge numbers of fishing rising during the day to damsels although they are certainly not easy to tempt. A damsel booby or daddy pulled across the surface has worked well when there is a decent ripple. NE winds continued to dominate which didn’t produce good evening rises. Possibly the fish were full from feeding heavily all day. Apart from damsels, boat anglers have also had success with long leaders and buzzers down the middle. Bank fishing was difficult on bright days but reasonable with some cloud cover.

Next Stocking: June 7th

Good numbers of fishing rising during the day to buzzers, damsels and mayfly

May 21st - 27th

183 anglers caught 808 fish of which 592 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 0oz Walter Kemp, Chatteris, black/green lure, boat
5lb 4oz Bob Walmsley, Desborough, damsel
5lb 3oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, damsel
5lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat
5lb 1oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat
5lb 0oz Colin Ashworth, Great Linford, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, gravel bar, east arm
Boat - all areas producing well

Best Patterns
Damsel nymph, black or olive buzzers, wet or dry daddy, olive or hares ear suspender, orange or tequila blob.

Boat anglers are enjoying good sport on most days whatever the conditions. Plenty of fish rising during the day although they have been harder to tempt whereas anglers fishing deep buzzers have had the bigger bags. One angler to buck the trend was Matt Harris who took a boat out on Friday and used dries and emergers to take 40 fish in a mammoth 13 hour session! Matt’s best fly was a s12 hares ear suspender buzzer. Bank anglers also also had a decent week as lng as there wasn’t a combination of sun and wind. The damsel hatch is keeping fish feeding all day and in the afternoon/early evening there has been a prolific mayfly hatch along the brookside and east arm. Fish have been taking them as they struggle to emerge in the flat calm. A daddy has been the best pattern to tempt them. The cool NE wind of last week meant that the late evening rise was sporadic.

Next Stocking: June 1st

Boat anglers catching well on buzzers and damsels. Bank fishing more difficult in hot weather. Most of the potholes in the road down to the fishery have been repaired!

May 14th - 20th

243 anglers caught 872 fish of which 624 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 8oz Danny Whitehead, Oundle, black/green lure
6lb 4oz Scott Bowman, Northampton, olive buzzer, boat
5lb 15oz Graham Jarvis, Norwich, damsel, boat
5lb 2oz Bob Senior, Peterborough, buzzer, boat
5lb 1oz Tim Charles, Brighton, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Bank - lagoon, east arm, gravel bar(evenings), dam(in a north wind)
Boat - anywhere down the middle for deep nymphing, west arm for dries

Best Patterns
Olive or black buzzer, olive cruncher, damsel, red diawl, red apps, candy blob, white/green or black/green lures.

Boat anglers continue to catch well on buzzers fished deep and slow although it’s not been quite as easy as the preceding two weeks as the fish are well spread over the lake with no real hotspots. The warmer weather has got the damsel hatch in full swing. The fish concentrate on the nymphs during early summer so it’s worth trying a small unweighted olive nymph or a damsel twitched back in the top two foot if you see splashy daytime rises. The evening rise sees fish back on hatching buzzers with shipmans and small hoppers scoring.
Anglers can fish until an hour after sunset which means 10pm at the moment. The last hour can be a spectacular sight but also frustrating with fish moving everywhere. There more mayfly hatching this year than in previous seasons with the afternoons producing good numbers from the dam and brookside. Bank anglers have struggled on some days in the hot weather. However the water is very clear and only 15 deg so this will only be a temporary blip until we get some better fishing conditions.

Next Stocking: May 22nd & 24th

Boat fishing consistently good. Bank fishing well on all but the brightest days. Most of the potholes in the road down to the fishery have been repaired!

May 7th - 13th

206 anglers caught 1109 fish of which 816 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 12oz Ralph Barnet, Diss, red buzzer, boat
6lb 10oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, black buzzer, boat
6lb 6oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, black buzzer, boat
6lb 1oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, wet hopper
6lb 0oz Dave Macquillin, Worboys, cruncher
5lb 9oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, black buzzer, boat
5lb 8oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, tequila blob
5lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black/white buzzer, boat
5lb 3oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, olive buzzer
5lb 0oz Al Steels, Peterborough, olive buzzer, boat
5lb 0oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, bibio

Best Areas
Bank - most areas holding fish but coarse bank, creek and gravel bar good
Boat - west arm, gravel bar, dam end in a north wind

Best Patterns
Olive or black buzzer, olive or red cruncher, small damsel, black or brown shipmans, black hopper, small damsel, bloodworm.

A buzzer bonanza for boat anglers last week with fish coming to straight line tactics over the deeper water and washing line over the shallows. S12 or s14 olive buzzers working best.
Bank anglers are having to work harder for their fish during the day but there are plenty rising to keep you interested. The evenng rise has been spectacular from around 8.30pm onwards. Big hatches of dark olive buzzers has seen the gravel bar and shallow bay areas bubbling with fish. Water clarity remains superb. As well as buzzers we’ve seen hawthorn fly and the first few mayfly and damsels.

Next Stocking: May 18th & 22nd.

A fantastic week for boat anglers with some large fly hatches that brought the bigger fish on the feed.

April 30th - May 6th

226 anglers caught 1422 fish of which 1121 were returned

Best Fish
9lb 11oz S Millar, Scotland, black buzzer, boat
8lb 8oz Adrian Portlock, Daventry, blue flash damsel, boat
8lb 6oz Jason Cooke, Roade, black buzzer, boat
8lb 4oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat
8lb 2oz Jason Cooke, Roade, black buzzer, boat
7lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat
6lb 8oz Greg Potts, Whittlesey, black buzzer, boat
6lb 1oz Luke Key, Market Harborough, black buzzer with gold cheeks, boat
5lb 8oz Steve Windram, Stoney Stanton, boat
5lb 7oz Gavin Cairns, Newmarket
5lb 7oz Phillip Slane, Old Weston, cats whisker, boat
5lb 6oz Terry Caddy, Northampton, boat
5lb 6oz Tim Ward, Kirby Muxloe, black traffic light buzzer, boat
5lb 2oz David Dearman, Peakirk, olive cruncher
5lb 2oz Neil Groves, Oundle, black/green lure
Brown 3lb 6oz Steve Owen, Kettering, hares ear

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, lagoon, shallow bay, gravel bar, east arm
Boat - west arm, gravel bar, down middle

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, olive cruncher, small damsel, olive or hares ear cdc, black hopper, tequila blob/fab, white/green lures.

A much warmer week saw some excellent fly hatches with fish gorging themselves on buzzers, hawthorn fly and alders. The water is crystal clear again so the warm bright conditions made bank fishing trickier over the bank holiday weekend although Liam Johnson managed 18 from the coarse bank yesterday by fishing his buzzers deep and slow. Top score on the boats last week was Andy Lane from North London who had 49 on black crunchers in the morning and olive or black cdc in the afternoon. On the same day, Friday, Chris Redhead from Whittlesey had 40 on s14 buzzers. Prospects for boat fishing remain excellent. Please book boats in advance as Elinor is busy at the moment. Bank fishing should be easier in the cooler temperatures forecast for later this week.

Stop Press
The latest edition of Trout Fisherman magazine (issue 509) has a centre page feature on Elinor and includes a dvd with Iain Barr and Gareth Jones bank fishing here.

Kirby Muxloe Fly Fishers
On Sunday May 6th, Kirby Muxloe Fly Fishers had 7 pairs fishing a boat match. A total of 67 fish were weighed in with plenty more returned. Biggest fish of 5lb 6oz was caught by Tim Ward.

1. Tim Ward/John Foster 12 fish 28lb 3oz
2. Frank Parker/Russ Jackson 12 fish 27lb 12oz
3. Richard Dayman/Malcolm Peck 12 fish 26lb 6oz

Next Stocking: May 8th & 11th.

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Alex Frank booked instructor and guide Allan Sefton for a mornings boat fishing on a scorching bank holiday Monday. Alex caught 3 fish including this 3lb 14oz rainbow

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Despite the cold weather last week the fishing was superb.

April 23rd - 29th

158 anglers caught 975 fish of which 720 were returned

Best Fish
7lb 2oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, orange blob
7lb 1oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, uv buzzer, boat
7lb 0oz George Brock, Corby, black buzzer
6lb 8oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat
6lb 7oz P. White, Northampton, buzzer
6lb 3oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, orange blob
6lb 1oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, damsel
5lb 9oz Mr Longfield, Northampton, diawl bach
5lb 8oz Walter Kemp, Chatteris, black/green lure, boat

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, lagoon, shallow bay, gravel bar
Boat - west arm, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, black cruncher, small damsel, tequila blob, white/green lures.

Anglers who braved the cold were generally rewarded with some great catches with a rod average of just over 6. Buzzers continue to be the top fly. Some anglers are using a washing line now that the fish are higher in the water. Keep an eye out for where the birds are working the water as this will be where the biggest buzzer hatches are. Plenty of Alder fly hatching. A splashy rise indicates the fish are taking them rather than a more leisurely head and tail of a hatching buzzer feeding fish. I expect the evening rise to finally begin this week with the more normal spring weather. It’s a month late this season. A large number of anglers are suffering broken leaders over the last two weeks. The average size of fish in Elinor is the highest ever. I’ve not been able to get hold of any good quality doubles this year so have spent the excess on bigger stockies. In the cool, well oxygenated water the fish are fighting hard so it’s worth upping your usual tippet strength.

STOP PRESS
The latest edition of Trout Fisherman magazine (issue 509) has a centre page feature on Elinor and includes a dvd with Iain Barr and Gareth Jones bank fishing here.

Sunday April 29th Scierra Pairs heat
8 pairs took to the water in a very cold NE wind. The top two pairs qualify for the final at Grafham in August, see photographs below.
1. Shane Else/Jason Cooke 12 fish 30lb 15oz (SJ Buzzers in West Arm)
2. Mick Griffin/Roger Kerrison 12 fish 28lb 5oz
3. Steve Johnson/Matt Tuck 7 fish 16lb 0oz
Biggest fish 4lb 0oz by Pip Wearherington

Next Stocking: May 2nd.

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Sierra Pairs 1st Place - Jason Cooke & Shane Else

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Sierra Pairs 2nd Place - Mick Griffin & Roger Kerrison

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Sierra Pairs Best Fish - Pip Weatherington

Bank and Boat anglers enjoying great buzzer fishing.

April 16th - 22nd

208 anglers caught 1187 fish of which 891 were returned

Best Fish
8lb 2oz Jason Cooke, Roade, black buzzer, boat
5lb 12oz Roy Brown, Rushden, damsel, boat
5lb 9oz Paul Laundon, Bedford, green diawl bach
5lb 8oz Leigh Gregory, Crowland, green quill, boat
5lb 5oz Liam Johnson, Rushden, buzzer, boat
5lb 4oz Shane Else, Northampton, buzzer, boat
5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle
5lb 1oz Liam Johnson, Rushden, buzzer, boat
4lb 14oz Mr Wilson, Melton Mowbray, grhe
Brown 4lb 2oz Will Childs, Lowick, black buzzer

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, lagoon, shallow bay, gravel bar
Boat - west arm, gravel bar

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzer, black cruncher, red or green diawl bach, small damsel, orange blob.

An excellent week for both bank and boat anglers with the water clear again and some huge buzzer hatches. Size 12 buzzers with red or white cheeks either straight lined or under a bung is the best method although plenty of fish are also coming to small unweighted damsels, crunchers and diawl bachs. Most areas are producing fish although top quality specimens are being taken from the coarse bank and west arm. A few fish are rising on calmer days and evenings. The latest edition of Trout Fisherman magazine (issue 509) has a centre page feature on Elinor and includes a dvd with Iain Barr and Gareth Jones bank fishing here.

Wednesday April 18th
Troutmasters Fish off was won by Scott Bowman who will represent Elinor at the Draycote final in October.
1. Scott Bowman 5 fish 8lb 14oz
2. Roger Bosence 2 fish 5lb 5oz
3. Toby Craig 2 fish 3lb 11oz

Sunday April 22nd
Manor Farm Fly Fishers had a boat outing. 6 anglers caught 23 fish with some quality fish landed. Top bag was Mick Tracey with 6 fish weighing 22lb 8oz including a 4lb 10oz rainbow on a bloodworm.

The Fly Dressers Guild
The Guild held a spring bank event. Only 10 anglers competed but they caught 78 fish. Best fish was 4lb 4oz by Malcolm Price. Top bag was Les Cooke with 4 fish weighing 8lb 14oz + a further 8 fish released.

Next Stocking
April 24th, May 1st

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: April 24th & May 1st.

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Troutmasters 2018

April 9th - 15th

123 anglers caught 749 fish of which 593 were returned

Best Fish
7lb 12oz Pete Welch, Boston, black/green tadpole
6lb 8oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, black buzzer
6lb 2oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, bloodworm
5lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, olive buzzer
5lb 1oz Walter Kemp, Chatteris, black/green lure

Best Areas
Bank - shallow bay, gravel bar, lagoon, Goodfellow bay, brookside point.
Boat - west arm, gravel bar

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

Some huge buzzer hatches have switched the fish on to imitative patterns. Water clarity continues to improve with the rod average hitting 6 last week. There have been some large buzzer hatches with fish feeding on them at all depths but mostly being caught in the 18” to 3 foot range. A few fish are rising on calmer days. This weeks warmer forecast should see the boats taking fish in open water. Matt Tuck went afloat on Sunday in the West arm and managed 15 fish, all on black buzzers with orange cheeks. Four of his fish were over 4lb. Bank angers have been catching from all areas of the lake. An osprey made three appearances last week and easily managed his daily one fish limit.

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: April 16th & 20th.

April 2nd - 8th

Water slowly clearing but fishing well in milder weather. 78 anglers caught 284 fish of which 207 were returned. No monsters but 18 fish over 4lb

Best Areas
Bank - shallow bay, gravel bar, lagoon, east arm, dam
Boat - east arm, coarse bank, gravel bar, dam

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, black buzzer, black cruncher, green diawl bach, red apps.

Wet weather and flooding kept many anglers away. The water level is very high but clarity is improving daily. Only two boats have been out so far this week. On Monday, Richard Honey anchored off the pylon then the lagoon to take 14 fish on a floating line with a white lure. Meanwhile on the bank, Chris Selby also took 14 on a red apps while fishing shallow bay. Only bank anglers fished today, Tuesday. There was a huge buzzer hatch and fish were rising in the calm conditions although most fish were caught 1-3 foot down. Colin Ashpole had 11, mostly from the lagoon. Alan Rennocks managed 12 from brookside and Jim Nixon had a bonanza with 18 from shallow bay and Goodfellow bay, many of his fish coming to buzzers. Elinor is rammed full of fish as there’s been too much stocking and not enough anglers!

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: April 12th.

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March 19th - April 1st

Recent heavy rain has coloured the water so fishing is bound to be difficult over the next few days.

63 anglers caught 302 fish of which 201 were returned

Best Fish
Rainbow 7lb 0oz Adrian Wilkins, Spaldwick, black buzzer
Brown 5lb 2oz Alan Calver, Oundle, Black Harry Potter

Water is coloured now so black or black/green patterns fished slowly generally work best. Hopefully the clarity will soon improve for some great buzzer fishing. Please phone or email if you require details of current water conditions.

March 19th - 25th

225 anglers caught 1006 fish of which 779 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 2oz Graham Bodsworth, Toddington, buzzer
6lb 1oz Roger Bosence, Corby, hares ear
6lb 0oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, red diawl bach

March 24th
Invicta Fly Fishers held their spring bank trip.
16 anglers caught 85 fish with no blanks.
1. John Brown 13 fish
2. Chris McLeod 12 fish
3. Peter Brewer 8 fish

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: TBA.

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Adrian Wilkins (above) from Spaldwick with his biggest of the week, 7lb 0oz rainbow which took a black buzzer despite the coloured water on Easter Saturday.

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Alan Calver (above) from Oundle caught and released this 5lb 2oz Brown on a black Harry Potter on Good Friday.

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March 27th

Apologies for the short report as I’m away fishing. The water continues to clear with visibility over 2 foot now. See below for the different areas that are now producing fish. Please phone the lodge on 01832 720786 if you require more info. Double stocking this week should keep sport excellent!

Best Areas
East arm, coarse bank, boat bay, brookside point

Best Patterns
Black lures, damsel, black or brown buzzer, hares ear

Next Stocking: March 27th & 29th

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: March 23rd & 29th.

March 12th - 18th

Water clarity gradually improving and bank fishing continues in fine form.
134 anglers caught 584 fish of which 482 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 7oz Trevor Maycock, Northampton, hares ear
4lb 12oz Tony Blann, Wellingborough, black/green lure
4lb 11oz Tony Mitchell, Rushden, black/green lure
4lb 11oz Peter Green, Walsall, damsel
4lb 8oz. Pip Weatherington, Oundle

Best Areas
Dam, gravel bar, shallow bay

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lure, orange blob, damsel, black or brown buzzer, hares ear.

Very few boats went out as the cold weather returned. Fish remain close to the bank with plenty being caught within 10 yards. Floating or intermediate lines are scoring with a slow retrieve. Water clarity is certainly better than a week ago emphasised by fish being caught on buzzers and nymph as well as the usual early season lures.

Next Stocking
March 23rd, 29th

Southern Bank Fishing Semi Final
On Sunday March 18th, Elinor hosted the Southern bank fishing semi final in freezing conditions and a -8 deg wind chill. The 23 anglers fished eight 40 minute sessions on pegs from the dam down to shallow bay. A total of 117 fish were caught and released for an excellent 5 fish rod average. Top 12 go through to the National final in May.

1. Craig Barr 12 fish, damsel and blobs
2. Tom Finney
3. Ian Watts
4. Jed Stone
5. Mark Harrison
6. Steve Wiggins
7. David Perks
8. Ed Foster
9. Ollie Jenkinson
10. Brian Lillie
11. Dave Johns
12. Anthony Meadows

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: March 23rd & 29th.

March 5th - 11th

Great sport for bank anglers last week, especially in the afternoon.
132 anglers caught 714 fish of which 609 were returned.

Best Fish

6lb 9oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, black buzzer
6lb 2oz Mr Nicholson, Louth, muskins
6lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, black/green lure
6lb 1oz Judy Tuffs, Market Harborough, hares ear
6lb 0oz Rob Lenton, Blisworth, damsel
5lb 5oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, black buzzer
5lb 4oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, black/green lure
5lb 3oz Alan Weatherley, Kettering, damsel

Best Areas
Dam, gravel bar, shallow bay, creek, brookside point.

Best Patterns
Black/green lure, cats whisker, damsel, bloodworm, black buzzer, hares ear.

Bank outscored the boats again last week with fish being caught in many areas of the lake. Spooned fish have been feeding on immature damsel, hog louse and small black buzzers. With all all the heavy rain on Friday night the brook did overflow so the water is coloured so I expect the fishing to be more difficult over the next few days. However the ten anglers that fished today, Monday 12th did manage to catch 43 fish despite the conditions.

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: March15th.

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February 26th - March 4th

A short report as very few anglers fished last week in the bad weather.
15 anglers caught 80 fish of which 68 were returned.

Best Areas
Bank - dam, whole of lodge bank
Boat - only 1 boat went out, they are safe and receiving counselling

Best Patterns
Black/green lure, cats whisker, damsel, bloodworm, black buzzer, hares ear.

Most anglers last week fished on the dam with a cold NE wind on their back. Water remains clear with no flooding.

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

Next Stocking: March 7th, 15th.

February 19th - 25th

Freezing cold but the fish don’t mind with a 5.3 rod average.

127 anglers caught 677 fish of which 561 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 4oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, grhe
6lb 2oz Lea Tones, Earl Shilton, orange blob
5lb 15oz Rick Fisher, Gamlingay, black buzzer
5lb 8oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe
5lb 6oz Judy Tufts, Market Harborough, bloodworm
5lb 4oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, black snake
5lb 3oz Lea Tones, Earl Shilton, black/green lure
5lb 1oz. Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, bloodworm
5lb 0oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, pitsford pea

Best Areas
Bank - dam, whole of lodge bank
Boat - dam, boat bay, gravel bar, west arm

Best Patterns
Black/green lure, cats whisker, damsel, bloodworm, black buzzer, hares ear.

Not as many anglers although the fishing remains excellent from the bank. The cold wind saw anglers using intermediate lines score best by keeping their flies around 4 foot down.
Although the usual early season flies continue to work there are now plenty coming to nymphs, especially bloodworm and hares ear.

Sunday April 29th
Elinor will hold a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. More details at www.scierrapairs.co.uk

February 12th - 18th

A busy week with anglers catching quality fish and a rod ave of 5.2.

169 anglers caught 879 fish of which 703 were returned.

Best Fish
8lb 2oz David Broome, black/green lure
8lb 1oz Rob Keeber, Leicester, white/green lure
7lb 3oz Andrew Lebish, Linton, pitsford pea
6lb 0oz Clive Doutre, Letchworth, red apps, boat
5lb 7oz David Robus, Wellingborough, pitsford pea
5lb 4oz Paul Dunstan, Towcwster, black lure, float tube
5lb 2oz Brian Hollidge, Wansford, black/green lure
5lb 2oz Anthony Meadows, Newcastle, red apps
5lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, black/green
5lb 1oz Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, damsel, boat
5lb 0oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, damsel booby, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay,gravel bar, shallow bay, lagoon, creek.
Boat - dam, shallow bay, west arm

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, damsel, bloodworm, black buzzer, hares ear.

Anglers enjoyed a good week with many of the best catches coming from the bank. On milder or dull days most fish are being caught 2 - 4 foot down. In colder conditions it’s worth trying a little deeper at 6ft with the usual lures or a black buzzzer. 15 year old George Foster (below right) from Ringstead caught and released a 4lb 14oz rainbow in shallow bay on a white/green lure. Clive Doutre (below left) from Letchworth caught this 6lb 0oz overwintered rainbow while boat fishing on a cold day in shallow bay on a red apps. As well as the usual early season hotspot on the dam there are plenty of other areas fishing well. The whole of the lodge bank has produced fish Some fry feeders have been spotted in the creek. Double stocking this week!

Saturday February 17th
7 brave members of the British Float Tube Association took to the water(and ice!) and did extremely well to catch 56 fish. Lures fished on sinkers and intermediates did the damage.
1. Dave Carrie 6 fish 15lb 3oz
2. Gary Cragg 6 fish 14lb 3oz
3. Tony Parker 6 fish 13lb 6oz
4. Brian Heald 5 fish 13lb 13oz
5. Andre Russell 6 fish 13lb 0oz
6. Steve Frakes 6 fish 12lb 1oz
7. Ric Dunnett 6 fish 10lb 8oz

Next Stocking: Feb 19th, 23rd.

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Clive Doutre

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George Foster

Opening weekend, February 10th & 11th

A cold, wet and windy start to the season but excellent catches. 45 anglers caught 451 fish of which 357 were returned. No monsters were landed but numerous between 3lb and 5lb.

Best Areas
Bank - dam, brookside, gravel bar, shallow bay.
Boat - dam, shallow bay.

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, orange blob, candy blob, bloodworm.

Floating or intermediate lines took most fish over the weekend that seemed to be holding at 2-4 foot. When the sun came out on Monday combined with a cold wind the fish went deeper and catches were slower. Although many good bags were taken at the dam end there have been fish taken from the whole of brookside today. Lures should continue to dominate catches for the first couple of weeks. A good tip is to hang your flies for a few seconds at the end of the retrieve. With the water level high anglers are catching very close in when cloudy.

Next Stocking: February 15th.

Opening weekend, February 10th

Elinor opens for the 2018 season on Saturday February 10th at 7am, so less than a week to go before the new season!

All prices remain the same as 2017. Although the water level is high the clarity is good and prospects are excellent. Generally the lodge end of the lake fishes best at this time of year for the new stock fish but for overwintered specimens it’s worth trying shallow bay, gravel bar or East arm. During the first couple of weeks the bank fishing is usually more productive than boat. Early season patterns such as black/green or white/green lures, blobs and snakes on a floater or intermediate line work well although residents may well fall to more imitative nymphs such as bloodworm, hares ear and fry imitations. The preseason stocking of over 1500 fish will include a good proportion of 3lb+ specimens.There is no need to book for bank fishing but it’s best to book boats, especially from April onwards. I hope you enjoy a memorable season, Ed.

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