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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2020 ...
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


June 29th - July 5th

Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

146 anglers caught 385 fish of which 275 were returned.

Best Fish
10lb 5oz Steve Loveridge, Kettering, rhubarb & custard booby

Best Areas
Bank - brookside, east arm, coarse bank
Boat - most areas holding fish.

Best Patterns
Damsel booby, tequila booby, cat booby, daddy, black or olive hopper, olive suspender, red diawl/cruncher, black snake.

Water temperature has been hovering between 18C & 19C which the fish are much more happier in. Fish are well spread and feeding well on or near the surface. Boat anglers are having exciting sport pulling blobs, boobies or muddlers through the top. As is usual for July the boats are providing more consistent results than from the bank.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: July 17th

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June 22nd - 28th

Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

95 anglers caught 353 fish of which 282 were returned.

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

Best Patterns
olive cd, foam daddy, grhe, red diawl/cruncher, red apps, damsel/damsel booby, white/green lure.

Last Monday and Tuesday fished well but the heatwave on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday sent the water temperature up to 24C. Not many anglers braved the heat and catches were poor as the the fish refused to feed. There was an improvement on Sunday as the water dropped to 21.5C with Ronnie Madder from Oundle catching 14 from the bank on red cruncher and olive cdc. Fishing is better this week with the water a much cooler 18.9C today. Bank fishing is more accessible than normal for the time of year as weed growth is less.
Floater with a washing line or dries are the best methods for boat and bank. Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: July 3rd

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June 15th - 21st

Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

207 anglers caught 554 fish of which 396 were returned

Best Fish
8lb 13oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, black midas (photo below)
6lb 8oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, black booby
6lb 1oz Neil McIndoe, Market Harborough, bloodworm, float tube

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

Best Patterns
Olive, red or black cdc, hoppers, foam daddy, small black buzzer, grhe, red diawl/cruncher, red apps, damsel/damsel booby, black or olive snake.

A steady week with a rod average of 2.6. Fish being caught from a few more areas now with the east arm being particularly productive. Best method has been a floater with a damsel booby or foam daddy on the point with a skinny red diawl or small red apps on the dropper. Dries continue to score for bank and boat anglers. Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: June 26th

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June 8th - 14th

Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

239 anglers caught 647 fish of which 477 were returned. 

Best Fish
7lb 2oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, diawl bach, boat
7lb 1oz Craig Hopkins, Corby, dawson’s olive
6lb 6oz Marius Costan, London, olive dry

Best Patterns
Olive, red or black cdc, hoppers, foam daddy, small black buzzer, grhe, red diawl/cruncher, red apps, damsel.

A slight improvement in catches last week. Dries continue to take the best bags along with floater/washing line. Some boat anglers are having success ignoring the surface feeders and catching deeper on buzzers. The lodge end is holding the most fish. Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. I will be able to supply leader material and other essentials. Elinor is now permitting two anglers per boat. To allow thorough disinfecting, boats must be back in by 10pm.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: June 18th

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June 1st - 7th

251 anglers caught 467 fish of which 328 were returned

No fish landed over 6lb but 35 fish over 4lb caught.

Best Patterns
Olive or black cdc, hoppers, small black buzzer, grhe, red diawl/cruncher, red apps, damsel.

A difficult week at Elinor with plenty of fish seen but proving hard to tempt. Water temperature has dropped to 17C after last week’s sharp rise. Along with another decent stocking tomorrow it’s only a matter of time before the lake switches back on. Floater with a washing line or dries has been the best method.

Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. I will be able to supply leader material and other essentials. Bank fishing or single boats only (unless from same household).

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: June 12th

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May 25th - 31st

352 anglers caught 824 fish of which 668 were returned.

Best Fish
7lb 2oz Andrius Papeika, Northampton, s14 black buzzer
6lb 12oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, olive buzzer, boat

Best Patterns
Claret/black/olive dries, damsel, red diawl/cruncher, grhe, olive snake.


The hot weather has quickly increased the water temperature and made the fishing difficult over the last few days. Plenty of fish cruising around but reluctant to take especially when fixated on adult damsels. Thankfully the forecast is for a few days of much cooler conditions which will get the fish active again.

Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. I will be able to supply leader material and other essentials. Bank fishing or single boats only (unless from same household).

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: June 5th

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May 13th - 24th

611 anglers caught 1698 fish of which 1275 were returned.

An extremely busy 12 days since reopening. A rod average of 2.8 doesn’t tell the full story. Many anglers only fished for a part day and there were also a good proportion of beginners. Conditions were far from ideal with bright sun on most days making bank fishing a challenge. Although there are fish rising most of the day the big boat catches recently were taken using a long leader with buzzers and diawl bach fishing the deeper water down the middle. Plenty of quality fish caught including the 7lb+ rainbow caught by Andy Burgess pictured below. Black and olive buzzer hatches continue, good numbers of mayfly and thousands of damsels. Stocking today, May 29th.

Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. I will be able to supply leader material and other essentials. Bank fishing or single boats only (unless from same household).

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: May 29th

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7lb+ rainbow caught by Andy Burgess

May 19th Update
A quick update on Elinor since opening on Wednesday 13th. Apologies that I haven’t had time to collate the rod average. It’s been a busy few days with anglers obviously keen to get out.

Dries has been the best method with black or olive hopper and a small foam daddy working during the day. During the evening top scorers were yellow owl, black/olive/red midas, shipmans and suspender buzzer. Otherwise its washing line line on a floater with olive cruncher and black diawl bach with either a fab or hopper booby on the point. Snakes on an intermediate also worth a try from boats. Fish are on the surface most of the day apart from the dreaded combination of sun and strong wind. Most nights there is a spectacular evening rise from 8.30pm onwards. Brilliant to see see so many youngsters and beginners fishing. Elinor allows those aged 16 and under to fish free of charge with an adult permit holder.

Double stocking this week! With plenty of advance bookings I’ve ordered a delivery for Tuesday and Friday this week to add to the top quality resident fish that are showing up in catches. Fish are well well spread around the lake although favourite areas are west arm, east arm, gravel bar where there are some amazing hatches of buzzers along with mayfly, hawthorn and caenis.

I’d like to ask anglers to be considerate and sensible while at the fishery so that fishing can continue. There will be a limit of 60 anglers on the bank. Please keep at least 15 metres apart. It will be a balancing act to keep both season ticket and day ticket anglers happy. Boats are now fully booked until Sunday 24th. Although at this time of year the fish are well spread around the lake there are sure to be some hotspots from bank and boat. Please don’t be greedy and sit on the same pod all day. Be generous and move to allow other anglers some sport. If you are releasing fish then use barbless or debarbed flies. Bring your own pen to fill in catch returns. They are important to running a successful fishery.

The lake is full of fish and it’s a fantastic time of year for boat and bank fishing. During lockdown I have supported my supplier by having three deliveries of superb rainbows and a few browns. Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. I will be able to supply leader material and other essentials. Bank fishing or single boats only (unless from same household).

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Next Stocking: see above re double stocking

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Elinor will reopen on Wednesday May the 13th

Elinor is going to be busy over the next few days.

I’d like to ask anglers to be considerate and sensible while at the fishery so that fishing can continue. There will be a limit of 60 anglers on the bank. Please keep at least 15 metres apart. It will be a balancing act to keep both season ticket and day ticket anglers happy.

Boats are now fully booked for Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday.

Although at this time of year the fish are well spread around the lake there are sure to be some hotspots from bank and boat. Please don’t be greedy and sit on the same pod all day. Be generous and move to allow other anglers some sport. If you are releasing fish then use barbless or debarbed flies. Bring your own pen to fill in catch returns. They are important to running a successful fishery.

The lake is full of fish and it’s a fantastic time of year for boat and bank fishing. During lockdown I have supported my supplier by having three deliveries of superb rainbows and a few browns. Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. I will be able to supply leader material and other essentials.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Bank fishing or single boats only (unless from same household). There are currently some fantastic buzzer hatches throughout the day and evening. More hawthorn fly than usual as well as the first few mayfly.

Next Stocking
: TBA

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Elinor will reopen on Wednesday May the 13th

Please note that the lodge will not be open to anglers. Elinor has 1 and a 1/2 miles of bank fishing, so social distancing is no problem.

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Otherwise try and bring correct cash.

Bank fishing or single boats only (unless from same household). There are currently some fantastic buzzer hatches throughout the day and evening. More hawthorn fly than usual as well as the first few mayfly.

Next Stocking
: TBA

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March 16th - 22nd

Elinor remains open for both bank and boat fishing. If day ticket anglers don’t wish to enter the lodge they are welcome to prepay for their permits by bank transfer in advance:

Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Please email me with the date you have paid for and your vehicle registration. If bringing cash cash please try and bring the exact money. Only one customer at a time in the lodge.

I wont be sending out a full catch report this week as I’m away fishing. Bank fishing remains excellent with best method being a floating line and a blob/fab on the point with buzzer/diawl or cruncher on the droppers. Boats are catching well on calmer days also using the above method or an intermediate with lures or snakes. The team England bank match on Sunday March 29th has been postponed so Elinor will be open as normal with no restricted areas.

Forthcoming Competitions
Geordie Mountford Pairs Memorial
Sunday May 3rd Geordie Mountford Pairs Memorial. A friendly competition with proceeds to Sue Ryder Care. Competition times: 9am - 4pm. You will fish with your boat partner to a 12 fish limit. Prizes for top 3 pairs. Entry including all fishing fees is £80.00 per pair (season ticket holders will receive a day permit refund). Bookings already being taken after last year’s successful event. Please reserve a boat by email.

Next Stocking
: March 27th

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Stuart Weston safely returned last week’s best fish of 10lb 3oz caught on a cat’s whisker.

March 9th - 15th

Elinor Remains Open for both Bank and Boat Fishing.
If day ticket anglers don’t wish to enter the lodge they are welcome to prepay for their permits by bank transfer in advance. Just turn up, park and go fishing. Your permit will be placed under your windscreen wiper. Please email for payment details.

154 anglers caught 754 fish of which 645 were returned.

Best Fish
10lb 3oz Stuart Weston, Whitwick, cat’s whisker, boat
7lb 4oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, damsel
6lb 12oz Dan Roberts, Rushden, black/green blob, boat
6lb 5oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, cormorant
6lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, white snake

Best Areas
Bank - brookside, dam, gravel bar, shallow bay, east arm
Boat - anchored along brookside or dam

Best Patterns
Black/green or white green lures, black or whites snake, cormorant, black nymphs, bloodworm, damsel, black buzzer.

Another good week with a rod average of almost 5. Bank continues to fish best although boat anglers are also enjoying decent sport. There has been a noticeable increase in fish being caught on nymphs along with the usual early season lures. Fish also seem to be higher in the water with plenty taken in the top two feet. Water clarity continues to improve and on calmer days there are fish rising to small hatching buzzers. On Sunday March 29th bank space will be limited as Elinor is holding the TEFF Southern bank fishing semi final. The good news is that all areas continue to produce fish so bank fishing will still be available to day and season permit holders.

Forthcoming Competitions
Geordie Mountford Pairs Memorial
Sunday May 3rd Geordie Mountford Pairs Memorial. A friendly competition with proceeds to Sue Ryder Care. Competition times: 9am - 4pm. You will fish with your boat partner to a 12 fish limit. Prizes for top 3 pairs. Entry including all fishing fees is £80.00 per pair (season ticket holders will receive a day permit refund). Bookings already being taken after last year’s successful event. Please reserve a boat by email.

Next Stocking
: March 17th & 27th

March 2nd - 8th

146 anglers caught 1004 fish of which 813 were returned

Best Fish
8lb 5oz Trevor Blair, Milton Keynes, black lure
8lb 2oz Lester Bishop, Bishop’s Stortford, black/green lure
8lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure
7lb 8oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet
6lb 11oz Clive Trundle, Silverstone
6lb 8oz Pete Welch, Boston, black buzzer
6lb 5oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, black snake
6lb 4oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure
6lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black buzzer
6lb 1oz Alan Weatherley, Kettering
5lb 10oz Paul Laundon, Wixams, black/green lure

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay, brookside, east arm
Boat - anchored along brookside

Best Patterns
Black/green or white green lures, black or olive snake, cormorant, black nymphs, bloodworm.

Elinor is well and truly back on form, especially for bank anglers. Rod average was just under 7 with some quality fish caught. The water clarity continues to improve with anglers catching on small black buzzers although lures are still taking the majority. Fish are spread around the whole lake. 2 to 5ft down seems to be the feeding zone.

Forthcoming Competitions
Geordie Mountford Pairs Memorial
Sunday May 3rd Geordie Mountford Pairs Memorial. A friendly competition with proceeds to Sue Ryder Care. Competition times: 9am - 4pm. You will fish with your boat partner to a 12 fish limit. Prizes for top 3 pairs. Entry including all fishing fees is £80.00 per pair (season ticket holders will receive a day permit refund). Bookings already being taken after last year’s successful event. Please reserve a boat by email.

Next Stocking
: March 18th

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February 24th - March 1st

24 anglers caught 71 fish of which 52 were returned.

Best Fish
6lb 8oz Allan Wither, Market Harborough, olive lure
6lb 2oz Bobby Dorian, Corby
5lb 1oz Craig Massey, Coventry

Best Areas
Bank - dam, boat bay, gravel bar, lagoon, east arm
Boat - no boats out as most days were windy

Best Patterns
Black/green or white green lures, black or olive snake, cormorant, black nymphs.

Not many anglers ventured out during another wet and windy week. However a rod average of 3 shows things are definitely improving. The water still has some colour but fish are seeing flies no problem. Best method has been to bank fish with a floater and weighted lures or an intermediate with unweighted lures. Slow retrieve is important. Fish are well spread over the whole lake. On a rare calmer morning yesterday there were good numbers of fish rising although most anglers are catching at a depth of 2-3 foot. This week there has been a massive improvement in catches. Yesterday, Monday 2nd, Steve Cracknell caught 16 on white/green lures. Alan Rennocks 12 and Pete Welch 9 both caught on lures and buzzers under a bung. Roy Whitwell caught on a Black Diawl Bach, including the 3lb 5oz overwintered fish below.

Next Stocking
: March 6th

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Roy Whitwell (above) caught this 3lb 5oz overwintered Rainbor on a Black Diawl Bach

February 10th - 23rd

42 anglers caught 48 fish of which 32 were returned

Best Fish
4lb 9oz Ray Grace, Higham Ferrers, black humungus

Best Areas
Bank - lagoon, coarse bank, gravel bar
Boat - very few boats went out

Best Patterns
Black snake, black/green lure, black humungus, red apps.

A grim couple of weeks with almost nonstop wind and rain. Only a few anglers fished, mostly for just a couple of hours. The water is coloured which is hindering catches. Despite only 16 fish taken out yet another stocking is going in this Thursday. Anglers will have a bonanza when conditions improve.

Next Stocking: Feb 27th

February 8th & 9th

72 anglers caught 138 fish of which 63 were returned

Best Fish
6lb 3oz Peter Sharples, Corby, black snake (photo below)
5lb 0oz Tim Hodkinson, Wollaston

Best Areas
Bank - lagoon, creek, shallow bay, east arm
Boat - east arm, west arm

Best Patterns
Black snake, black/green lure, white/green lure, tequila blob, cormorant

Opening day saw a fantastic turnout of 72 anglers. Despite heavy preseason stocking the fishing was much harder than usual with a rod average of just under 2. Best method was a floater with a weighted lure or an intermediate with snakes or cormorants and a slow retrieve. No anglers fished on stormy Sunday. Catches will improve dramatically as the water clears.

Next Stocking: Feb 13th & 21st

No fishing report next week. Next update will be on Febuary the 25th.

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Peter Sharples with his 6lb 3oz Rainbow, caught on a Black Snake

Elinor opens for the 2020 season this Saturday February 8th at 7am

Only a few days to go before the new season starts this weekend. Saturday weather forecast is fine although Sunday is going to be extremely windy. Water is still going to have some colour with the huge amount of rain during November and December but season ticket holders have been fishing from the bank during January and catching some superb residents.

Graham Wright fished on January the 31st and caught the 6lb 3oz rainbow pictured at the bottom of this report.

With a preseason stocking of 1350 fish included a good proportion of 4lb+ specimens and a good head of overwintered fish this year it should be a bonanza early season. Black/green or white/green lures and snakes on an intermediate are worth fishing during the first couple of weeks with nymphs starting to score as the water clears further. There is no need to book for bank fishing but it’s best to book boats, especially from March onwards. I hope you enjoy a memorable season, Ed.

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Graham Wright (above) fished on Jan 31st and caught this 6lb 3oz rainbow

Opening weekend, February 8th

Fly-fishing for Brown & Rainbow Trout, in idyllic surroundings. Our 2020 Season is from 7am on the 8th of February to the 31st of December. Season permit holders may bank fish in January 2021. 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 2019
Rainbow 13lb 4oz Brian Coe, Kettering, Damsel, Bank
Brown 7lb 2oz Scott Bowman, Weedon, Black & Green lure, 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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