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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2019 ...
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


March 11th - 17th

91 anglers caught 385 fish of which 321 were returned

Best Fish
Brown 7lb 2oz Scott Bowman, Weedon, boat
Rainbow 6lb 12oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, peacock buzzer
6lb 5oz Brian Dawkins, Coventry, pitsford pea, boat
5lb 2oz Clive Trundle, Siverstone

Best Areas
Bank - coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar
Boat - west arm, dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns
tequila blob/fab, candy blob, red apps, red diawl bach, grhe, black buzzer, damsel.

Another windy week with the boats only able to go out on Monday and Sunday.
A combination of sun and wind made the fishing tricky but there were good catches to be had with plenty of cloud cover.
This week looks perfect with fish guaranteed to be feeding on buzzers.
Despite the storms the water remains clear.

Sunday March 17th - TEFF Southern Regional Bank Final
AT TEFF Southern regional bank final 24 anglers had qualified with the top 12 going through to the National final at Ellerdine. Sun and a cold, strong westerly wind made bank fishing difficult with only 50 fish landed.

Top 12 qualifiers:
1. Leigh Pond 7 fish from 3 pegs = 10 points
2. Andrew Scott 5 off 3 = 8 pts
3. Mark Haycock 4 off 3 = 7 pts
4. Craig Barr 4 off 3 = 7 pts
5. Dave Johns 3 off 3 = 6pts
6. Gary Morris 3 off 3 = 6pts
7. Andy Taylor 3 off 3 = 6pts
8. Graham Willis 3 off 3 = 6pts
9. Ian Watts 2 off 2 = 4 pts
10. Colin Fitzjohn 2 off 2 = 4pts
11. Graham Watts 2 off 2 = 4pts
12. Joel Bilner 2 off 2 = 4pts

Iain Barr World Bank Masters - Saturday March 30th
Last chance to enter! Entries close on Sunday March 24th. There are still a few places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition. Sunday March 31st is the pairs match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules & entry forms are available at: iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.

If anyone is free to help marshal the World Bank Masters competition on Saturday March 30th please let me know. You will be signing competitors scorecards when they release a fish and ensuring they are using debarbed flies.

Next Stocking: March 15th

March 4th - March 10th

85 anglers caught 441 fish of which 378 were returned

Best Fish
7lb 14oz Marius, Slough, black snake, float tube
6lb 9oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, black buzzer, boat
6lb 4oz James Stuart, Kibworth, damsel
6lb 4oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat
6lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, tequila booby, boat
5lb 12oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, ally mccoist, boat
5lb 10oz Steven Wright, Cardiff, boat
5lb 8oz Neville Silver, Godmanchester, damsel
5lb 5oz. Chris Selby, Yaxley, olive snake
5lb 4oz Clive Trundle, Silverstone, damsel
5lb 0oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, ally mccoist, boat
5lb 0oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, pitsford pea

Best Areas
Bank - lagoon, boat bay
Boat - west arm, dam, boat bay

Best Patterns
Damsel, small black/green or white/green lures, bloodworm, hares ear, red diawl bach, black buzzer, olive or black snakelet

Wet and windy weather kept many anglers away with boats not being able to go out on 3 days. Despite the wild conditions the water remains clear and anglers who did fish had good sport on most days. There have been plenty of fish in the sheltered areas so there is no need to cast into the wind. Despite only 63 fish removed last week there is a further stocking on Friday to keep up the excellent start to the season.

If anyone is free to help marshal the World Bank Masters competition on Saturday March 30th please let me know. You will be signing competitors scorecards when they release a fish and ensuring they are using debarbed flies.

There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition. Sunday March 31st is the pairs match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules & entry forms are available at: iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.

Next Stocking: March 15th

February 25th - March 3rd

191 anglers caught 975 fish of which 778 were returned

Best Fish
10lb 3oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, red apps
7lb 4oz Mark Phillips, Northampton, bloodworm, boat
6lb 10oz Ian McClements, Stevenage, bloodworm, boat
6lb 8oz Sean Marriott, Market Harborough, hothead damsel
6lb 8oz David Mason, bloodworm, boat
6lb 8oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, black snakelet, boat
6lb 6oz Graham Dutton, Market Harborough, hothead damsel
6lb 5oz Graham Dutton, Market Harborough, hothead damsel
6lb 4oz Mr Rowe
6lb 2oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, red diawl bach, boat
6lb 1oz Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel
5lb 12oz James Stewart, Kibworth, black/green lure
5lb 8oz Ian McClements, Stevenage, bloodworm, boat
5lb 6oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, white snake
5lb 6oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, olive snake
5lb 6oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, bloodworm

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

Best Patterns
Red or pink app bloodworm, damsel, white/green lures, hares ear, black or olive buzzer, orange/tequila blob.

Colder conditions meant there were fewer buzzer hatches although some fish continued to rise in the west arm. Best method was a floating line with a bloodworm or damsel on the point and a hares ear or red diawl bach on the dropper with a slow retrieve. Snakes and other large lures did well on the rougher days. Fish are being caught from the whole of the lodge bank. Despite the winds on Sunday the water remains clear. Lots of 4lb+ fish continue to be caught from boat and bank.

There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition. Sunday March 31st is the pairs match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules & entry forms are available at: iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.

Next Stocking: March 8th

February 18th - 24th

262 anglers caught 1281 fish of which 954 were returned.
(Last week’s report was incorrect. There were 1164 fish returned and 298 taken)

Best Fish
7lb 9oz John Parker, Cambridge, cats whisker
7lb 2oz Paul Laundon, Bedford, blueflash damsel
7lb 2oz Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel
7lb 0oz Mr Clay, boat
7lb 0oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, black buzzer, boat
6lb 14oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, red apps
6lb 8oz John Oram, Desborough,
6lb 8oz Mr Hobson, damsel
6lb 5oz Steve Owen, Staffs, damsel,
6lb 0oz Adrian Wilkins, Easton, snake
5lb 14oz Dean Igoe, Crowland, hothead damsel, boat
5lb 11oz Noel Doran, London, goldhead hares ear, boat
5lb 8oz Bob Symes, Geddington, boat
+ 10 other fish over 5lb

Best Areas
Bank - lagoon, dam, boat bay
Boat - west arm, dam, boat bay

Best Patterns
White/green lures, olive or black snakes, damsel, grhe, red diawl bach, apps bloodworm, olive buzzer, black buzzer.

The great weather continued with another busy week. Although lures fished deep and slow continued to catch, anglers using nymphs in the calm, bright conditions have been doing well. Good numbers of fish are rising to small hatching buzzers although most fish are being taken 4-6 foot down. The water remains gin clear so a fluorocarbon leader is a must.
Lots of 4lb+ fish being caught from boat and bank.

There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition. Sunday March 31st is the pairs match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules & entry forms are available at Iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.

For a taste of the the fishing last Wednesday at Elinor please click below to take a look at a YouTube video called ‘A great February day at Elinor Trout Fishery’.


Next Stocking: February 26th & March 1st

February 11th - 17th

245 anglers caught 1462 fish of which 298 were returned.

Best Fish
10lb 6oz Mick Roche, Great Addington, black/silver humongous
8lb 4oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat
8lb 1oz David Chappell, Westoning, blueflash damsel
8lb 0oz Mr Herridge, Essex, boat
7lb 4oz Paul White, Northampton, cats whisker
7lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black uv booby
7lb 2oz Roy Swinfield, Leicester, black buzzer
7lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat
6lb 12oz Sean Roe, Kettering, black/green lure
6lb 12oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat
6lb 9oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, olive snake
6lb 8oz David Chappell, Westoning, blueflash damsel
6lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, yellow dancer, boat
6lb 8oz Mr Curtis, Peterborough, black buzzer, boat
6lb 7oz Mel Dunn, Eye, white/green lure
6lb 5oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, boat
6lb 4oz Tony Cefai, Fordham, tequila fab

Best Areas
Bank - lagoon, dam, boat bay
Boat - west arm, dam, boat bay

Best Patterns
White/green lures, olive or black snakes, damsel, grhe, red diawl bach, bloodworm, olive buzzer.

A busy week in the mild February conditions. Catches were generally excellent although bright sunshine made the bank fishing harder in the clear water as the fish moved further out. Thursday & Friday were tricky but Saturday once again excellent in overcast light winds. Nymphs are catching as many fish as lures with anything olive working. A few fish rising in calmer water but most fish are 3-5 foot down. Anglers are catching from both ends with only the east arm quiet.

For a taste of the the fishing last Wednesday at Elinor please click above to take a look at a YouTube video called ‘A great February day at Elinor Trout Fishery’.

Prospects remain good with a great chance of catching a 4lb+ specimen.

Next Stocking: February 18th & 21st.


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Luke Maylin from Desborough caught & released this 6lb 0oz rainbow from a boat anchored off the lagoon on a floating line and blueflash damsel.

Opening weekend, February 9th & 10th

38 anglers caught 470 fish of which 418 were returned.

Best Fish
5lb 14oz Clive Trundle, Silverstone, white/green lure
5lb 12oz Rob Armitage, Cambridge, cats whisker
5lb 9oz Mike Edwards, Nether Heyford, orange blob
5lb 8oz Steve Cracknell, Huntingdon, white/green lure
5lb 3oz Clive Trundle, Siverstone, black/green lure
4lb 14oz Sean Roe, Kettering, black/green lure
4lb 12oz Scott Bowman, Weedon, cats whisker

Best Areas
Bank - most areas holding fish
Boat - shallow bay, lagoon, boat bay

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, gold head damsel, red apps, grhe.

A gale on Saturday and rain on Sunday resulted in fewer anglers than usual but the bank fishing was superb. Most anglers used lures fished slowly 2- 5 foot down. The water remains clear so the fish will soon wise up to lures. Nymphs that have worked today include red apps, grhe, olive buzzer. Plenty of 3lb+ fish being caught. The few boats that went out caught well as long as they fished close to the bank or over shallow water.

Next Stocking: February 15th.

Opening weekend, February 9th

Fly-fishing for Brown & Rainbow Trout, in idyllic surroundings. Our 2019 Season is from 7am on the 9th of February to the 31st of December. Season permit holders may bank fish in January 2020. At Elinor Trout Fishery there are 1.5 miles of superbly accessible bank fishing, which means there is plenty of space without Elinor being too large and daunting. We have a modern fleet of 15 modern boats, plus we have a Wheelyboat available with electric engine and battery provided. We stock weekly with top quality Rainbows and Browns.

Best Fish in 2018
Rainbow 11lb 2oz Ray Ward, Olney, Damsel Nymph, Boat
Brown 6lb 6oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Brown Hopper, Boat

Our rods tend to keep only a few fish to eat and this has resulted in a large number of grown-on fish. Also Float-tubers are always made most welcome at Elinor, plus we now have a fleet of 16 "fifteen foot" Coulam boats on the water. Stocking weekly with top quality Rainbows & Browns. Our Gin clear, well oxygenated spring fed water gives a stable environment for our hard fighting, well-conditioned fish to live in. I hope you enjoy a memorable season, Ed.

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