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Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2021 ...
To view any particular months report, please just click on that month you wish to read shown below.

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June 6th - 13th

140 anglers caught 272 fish of which 183 were returned.

Best Fish
7lb 4oz Chris Redhead, damsel, boat
6lb 3oz Andy Coleman, boat
6lb 2oz Steve Carpenter, tequila fab, boat

Best Areas
Bank - creek, east arm
Boat - pylon point, down middle

Best Patterns
Damsel, olive cruncher, red apps, wet daddy, tequila blob, white/green lures.

Fishing has been difficult during the hot weather, particularly from the bank. Boat anglers are getting some sport either by targeting the damsel feeders right on the surface or fishing over the deeper water down the middle with a sinking line. it looks like there will much cooler temperatures towards the end of the week which will help.

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: June 18th

May 31st - June 6th

197 anglers caught 494 fish of which 301 were returned.

Best Fish
7lb 9oz Mick Tracey, boat
7lb 3oz Nick Dunn, snake, boat
6lb 14oz Nick Dunn, snake, boat (please photograph below)
6lb 12oz Dave Thomson, white/green lure, boat
6lb 7oz Peter Simons, blue flash damsel, boat

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

Best Patterns
Damsel, white/green lures, black/green lures, tequila blob/fab, olive buzzer, wet daddy, olive cdc.

Please be aware that the bank fishing is vey difficult in the hot weather with early and late in the day being your best chance. Boat anglers who are prepared to fish a sink tip, intermediate or full sinking line have continued to catch in all conditions. Try and get your flies 8-12 foot down where the fish are holding in the cooler water. Plenty of fish are taking on the hang below the boat. The fish on the surface are proving difficult to tempt as they are preoccupied on the huge shoals of pin fry. The damsel feeders are a little easier to catch.

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: June 11th

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May 24th - 30th

229 anglers caught 703 fish of which 454 were returned.

Best Fish
7lb 6oz Pip Weatherington, boat (see photograph below)
7lb 6oz Chris Holland, blue buzzer, boat
7lb 3oz John Garwood, green squirmy, boat
7lb 1oz Mr Weaver, damsel nymph, boat
6lb 8oz Mark Britton, bank
6lb 6oz Dan Sugars, red apps, bank
6lb 0oz John Frain, boat

Best Areas
Bank - dam, brookside, east arm, boat bay
Boat - fish are well spread but easier to catch lodge end.

Best Patterns
Small damsel, olive cruncher, red diawl/cruncher, hares ear, black hopper, olive cdc, foam daddy, white/green lures.

As expected the fishing was trickier in bright sun especially from the bank. Early and late in the day has been the best time although with a bit of cloud cover the fish are on top and in range of the bank. Water temperature is still ok at 18.2C 2 foot down today. Boat anglers have more options being able to search over the deeper water. If the rising fish are difficult it’s worth using an intermediate with lures 4–6 foot down. Otherwise a midge tip with fab and buzzers. The damsel hatch has started. A size 10 or 12 unweighted olive pattern will imitate the nymphs swimming towards the shore line to hatch. It’s later in the summer when the fish switch to the adult damsel. From around midday there is a good mayfly hatch along the brookside bank. A large hares ear or Fraser nymph is working. Excellent late evening rise sees fishing feeding on emerging buzzer, small sedge and caenis.

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: June 4th

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May 17th - 23rd


128 anglers caught 473 fish of which 344 were returned

Best Fish
12lb 1oz Mike Bownes, olive snake, bank
10lb 8oz Chris Selby, black/green lure, bank
10lb 2oz Nigel Cheetham, red apps, boat
10lb 2oz Graham Manson, damsel, boat
9lb 9oz Darren Trumper, candy blob, boat (photo below)
9lb 7oz Chris Selby, black/green lure, bank
9lb 6oz Melvyn Hunt, wet daddy, boat
8lb 8oz Roger Bosence, black/green lure, bank
8lb 7oz Phil Musgrove, bank
8lb 2oz Andy Burgess, red diawl, boat
7lb 10oz Alan Calver, olive buzzer, bank
7lb 5oz Nigel Cheetham, cruncher, boat
7lb 2oz Nigel Cheetham, cruncher, boat
7lb 0oz Dean Yearsley, bank

Best Areas
Fish continue to be caught from all around the lake, biggest numbers from dam end, well mended torpedoes from east and west arm.

Best Patterns
Small damsel, olive cruncher, red diawl/cruncher, small black or olive buzzer, black hopper, olive cdc, foam daddy, white/green lures.

Less anglers last week in the windy, wet weather. However the fish didn’t mind and there were quality fish caught from both bank and boat. There continues to be hatches of mainly small black or dark olive buzzers along with good numbers of small daddies, mayfly and a few pond olives at last. The fish are high in the water with an intermediate the deepest line you’ll need. On a cloudy day with a lighter breeze dry fly fishing is excellent with plenty of rising fish to target.

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: May 28th

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May 10th - 16th

265 anglers caught 952 fish of which 612 were returned.

Best Fish
9lb 4oz Alan Calver, boat
9lb 0oz Dave MacQuillin, black apache, bank
8lb 12oz Mike Bownes, black buzzer, bank
8lb 9oz Richard Cooper, boat
8lb 2oz Paul Wood, white/green lure, boat
7lb 12oz Neil Farr, damsel, bank
7lb 10oz Trevor Maycock, black hopper, bank
7lb 9oz Frank Parker, boat
7lb 8oz Mike Bownes, black buzzer, bank
7lb 4oz Dave McEwan, olive nymph, bank

Best Areas
Fish continue to be caught from all around the lake, biggest numbers from dam end.

Best Patterns
Damsel, damsel booby, black or olive buzzer, red or black cruncher, olive cdc, black hopper, wet daddies.

There was plenty of cloud cover last week and on many days the bank fished as well as the boats with some fine specimens landed. Fish are feeding on the surface at every opportunity on emerging black or olive buzzers, hawthorn fly and the first of the mayfly. Water clarity is good now and at a temperature of 15.2C conditions are perfect for imitative methods. Dry fly is working well during the day when light winds and on most evenings.

Scierra Pairs Heat
Sunday May 16th 9.45am - 5.00pm. 9 pairs fished this qualifier with the top 2 going through to the final in September. 83 fish weighing 185lb 8oz were brought to the scales and anglers who bagged up before the finish were permitted to continue fishing on catch & release after weighing in. The winning pair were back in with their 12 fish limit at 10.16am! Iain Barr and Richard Cooper (see photograph below) used a slow glass with olive or white snake and foam daddies on the dropper.

Top 6:
1. Rich Cooper/Iain Barr 10.16am 24lb 5oz + 13lb time bonus = 37lb 5oz (photo below)
2. Tomas Maciunas/Romualdas Kokstis 11.54am 25lb 14oz + 10lb = 35lb 14oz
3. Russ Jackson/Frank Parker 2.49pm 29lb 9oz + 4lb = 33lb 9oz
4. Dan Tranter/Ben Fox 2.30pm 26lb 9oz + 5lb = 31lb 9oz
5. Roger Kerrison/Mark Draper 4.55pm 24lb 12oz
6. Richard Winser/Philippa Winser 9 fish 19lb 10oz

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: May 21st.

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May 3rd - 9th

177 anglers caught 797 fish of which 595 were returned

Best Fish
9lb 3oz Tomas Maciunas, boat
8lb 6oz Chris Redhead, red diawl bach, boat
8lb 2oz Steve Loveridge, olive buzzer, boat
6lb 12oz Chris Allen, black buzzer, boat
6lb 9oz Steve Carter, black hopper, bank
6lb 0oz Nigel Cheetham, uv cruncher, bank
5lb 11oz Peter Lewis, cats whisker, bank
5lb 8oz Barrie Cowland, diawl bach, boat

Best Areas
Fish continue to be caught from all around the lake

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzers, small damsel, red cruncher/diawl, candy or sunburst blob, black hopper, black midas, white/green lure.

Elinor is in good form apart from on the very windy days. Good numbers of fish on the surface taking hatching buzzers and hawthorn as well as fish feeding on buzzer pupae 2 to 5 foot down. Water temperature is a cooler than average 13.5C so the fish are in sparkling condition and fighting hard.

Some boats are still available for the Scierra pairs heat on Sunday May the 16th. Bookings/further details: www.scierrapairs.co.uk

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: May 14th.

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April 26th - May 2nd

236 anglers caught 895 fish of which 585 were returned

Best Fish
7lb 8oz Nigel Cheetham, olive cdc, boat
6lb 6oz David Cooper, damsel, boat (see photograph below)
6lb 5oz Graham Kempston, white/green lure, boat
6lb 3oz Graham Kempston, white/green lure, boat
6lb 2oz David Cairns, sunburst booby, boat
6lb 1oz Gordon Curtis, black/red buzzer, bank
5lb 13oz Chris Holland, black/red buzzer, boat
5lb 12oz Mal Broughton, damsel boat

Best Areas
Fish continue to be caught from all around the lake.

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzers, small damsel, pheasant tail, red cruncher, candy or sunburst blob, white/green lure.

A wild variation in weather last week. On cooler days, lures on an intermediate or midge tip between 2 and 5 feet down was the best method. During calmer conditions there has been plenty of buzzers hatching. Washing line on a floater with a fab or small booby on the point with s12 black or dark olive buzzer on the dropper worked well. Also worth trying a team of lighter weight nymphs such as pheasant tail, diawl bach and cruncher. Andy Lane persevered with dries in a boat on Sunday and was top scorer with 14 fish. Small black cdc shuttlecock was his best pattern while anchored off the gravel bar. Fly hatches are at least 3 weeks behind a normal year so there is plenty of good buzzer fishing to come.

Some boats are still available for the Scierra pairs heat on Sunday May the 16th. Bookings/further details: www.scierrapairs.co.uk

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: May 7th, 11th, 14th.

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April 19th - 25th

247 anglers caught 1008 fish of which 623 were returned.

Best Fish
11lb 3oz Peter Harris, diawl bach, boat
8lb 2oz Derek Benamore, boat
7lb 0oz Victor Vaitkus, bank
6lb 12oz Mike Bownes, black diawl, bank
6lb 8oz Andy Burgess, black/red buzzer, boat
6lb 6oz Lorenzo Serrano, black uv lure, boat
6lb 2oz Martin Hollingshead, black/green snake, bank
5lb 13oz Peter Clements, olive buzzer, boat
5lb 8oz John Allan, black buzzer, boat
5lb 7oz Chris Franklin, red cruncher, bank
5lb 4oz Ivor Fisher, cats whisker, boat
5lb 4oz Pete Welch, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Fish are well spread.

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzers, red or black diawl, red cruncher, small damsel, red apps, candy or sunburst blob/fab, white/green or black/green lures.

Bank fishing was difficult in the bright sunshine but much improved with cloud cover. Friday saw a good evening rise but a cold NE wind over the weekend meant minimal surface activity. Fly hatches are a couple of weeks behind during this cold April. A settled spell of SW winds will soon see some brilliant rises. Anglers continue to catch well with a fab/small booby and buzzers from mid morning onwards. Early mornings the best flies have been damsels, white/green lures or black/green lures. Fish continue to be well spread around the lake.

Sunday April 25th Alex Booth Fly Fishers Presidents Cup
12 anglers fished from the bank and caught 51 fish
1. Mike Smith 16 fish
2. Riccardo Saccone 9 fish
3. John Marshall 7 fish
4. Vic Byrne 4 fish
5. Jeff Savidge 4 fish

Some boats are still available for the Scierra pairs heat on Sunday May the 16th. Bookings/further details: www.scierrapairs.co.uk

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: April 28th & 30th.

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April 12th - 18th

218 anglers caught 689 fish of which 464 were returned

Best Fish
8lb 6oz Andrew Lebish, pitsford pea, boat
8lb 2oz Darren Oram, bank (see photograph below)
7lb 8oz Chris Redhead, olive buzzer, boat
7lb 6oz Percy Walker, boat
7lb 4oz Nigel Cheetham, red apps, bank
6lb 10oz Chris Reeves, woolly bugger, bank
6lb 7oz John Lashbrooke, montana, bank
6lb 4oz David Caffall, boat
5lb 10oz Chris Redhead, red apps, boat
5lb 8oz John Parker, bank
5lb 6oz Ken Nicholls, red apps, bank
5lb 6oz Chris Redhead, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas
Fish are well spread.

Best Patterns
Black or olive buzzers, red or black diawl, red cruncher, small damsel, red apps, candy or tequila fab, white/green or black/green lures.

The water temperature has risen a little to 10.2C today and there is lots more fly life hatching at last. Fish are feeding well on black or olive buzzers of all sizes. Boat anglers are getting the best bags using a floater or midge tip with a fab or small booby on the point. Lures fished 2-4 foot down are working early morning before the buzzer hatch starts. Even though Elinor has been busy the fish are well distributed with most anglers catching a few without anyone sitting on a shoal and catching silly numbers. Double stocking this week! Bank anglers are having to work harder to catch when the sun is out. There are signs that the evening rise will be starting anytime now so there should be some good dry fly action.

Some boats are still available for the Scierra pairs heat on Sunday May the 16th. Bookings/further details: www.scierrapairs.co.uk

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: April 21st, 23rd and 30th.

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April 5th - 11th

161 anglers caught 545 fish of which 356 were returned

Best Fish
8lb 10oz Monty Kilpatrick, boat (see photograph below)
8lb 4oz Darren Oram, pitsford pea, bank
8lb 2oz Craig Hopkins, black diawl, bank
7lb 8oz Craig Hopkins, tequila fab, bank
7lb 6oz Clive Trundle, black snake, bank
6lb 3oz Gary Pointer, yellow blob, bank
6lb 2oz Lazloe Boden, green/white lure, bank
6lb 2oz Darren Oram, diawl bach, bank
6lb 1oz Alan Calver, white/orange lure, boat
6lb 0oz Joel Stradling, bank

Best Areas
Most areas producing fish.

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, white/green lures, black diawl, cruncher, black buzzer, olive buzzer, tequila or candy fab/blob.

At last there are some decent hatches of black or olive buzzers now the cold wind has dropped. On frosty mornings the fishing has generally improved in the afternoon. Best method from the bank has been a fab on the point with buzzers or diawl bach on the dropper. Boat anglers are catching on straight lined buzzers as well as washing line. Intermediate line with black/green or white/green lures continues to work. Water temperature is a cool 8C so there are only a few fish surface feeding. However the evening rises should start before the end of the month.

Some boats are still available for the Scierra pairs heat on Sunday May the 16th. Bookings/further details: www.scierrapairs.co.uk

No need to book for bank fishing, but it is advisable to book for boat fishing. Half day tickets are now available 7am until 2pm or 2pm until dark. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer.

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

Next Stocking: April the 16th.

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March 29th - April 4th

264 anglers caught 989 fish of which 602 were returned

Best Fish
12lb 0oz David Chappell, damsel, bank
10lb 2oz Michael Farrell, cormorant, bank
9lb 3oz Kevin Fielding, black shipmans, bank (see photograph below)
9lb 3oz Boris Rasic, black buzzer, bank
7lb 8oz Marc Culeen, tequila fab, boat
7lb 5oz Paul Knights, black/green lure, bank
7lb 0oz Keith Chapman, orange fab, bank
6lb 13oz Mr Arbon, boat
6lb 8oz Mike Mohan, bank
6lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, yellow dancer, bank
6lb 6oz John Parker, black/green lure, bank
6lb 5oz Bryan Swain, black/green lure, bank
6lb 3oz Dave Rowell, black lure, bank
6lb 0oz Mike Ward, cormorant, boat
6lb 0oz Khurram Rana, orange lure, boat

Best Areas
Most areas producing fish depending on wind direction.

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, cormorant, cruncher, damsel, grhe, black buzzer, dark olive buzzer, tequila or candy fab/blob.

A huge variation in weather last week and therefore a mixture of flies worked depending on conditions. Tuesday and Wednesday were warm and there was a decent buzzer hatch. Since then it’s been constant cold N or NE winds so mini lures and larger nymphs fished 2-4 feet down has worked best. Mornings have generally been slow with catches picking up during the afternoon and early evening especially if the wind drops. A couple of milder days will soon get the buzzer fishing in full swing again. Although not clear the water visibility is over 12 inches now and continues to improve. Another good selection of big fish last week with the majority returned. Elinor hasn’t stocked any fish above 7lb 8oz this year, so all fish above this weight are overwintered.

You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer. Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Next Stocking: April the 9th.

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March 22nd - 28th

196 anglers caught 739 fish of which 541 were returned

Best Fish
10lb 6oz Chris Redhead, pitsford pea, boat
9lb 0oz Richard Webb, red cruncher, bank
7lb 4oz David Grayson, black cruncher, bank
6lb 7oz Dean Ward, red cormorant, bank
6lb 5oz Peter Cartwright, small damsel, bank
6lb 0oz Chris Selby, pitsford pea, bank

Best areas
All areas are producing fish.

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, cormorant, cruncher, damsel, grhe, black buzzer, dark olive buzzer.

Another good week although made more difficult with strong winds, particularly for boat anglers. The warm start to the current week has seen the first decent buzzer hatches with anglers catching well using black buzzers around 3 foot down as well as diawl bach and cruncher. Boris Rasic had a great day on Monday using buzzers including a stunning 9lb 3oz rainbow (see the photograph below). Boat anglers are finally getting some good catches this week. Best methods being a team of crunchers on a floater or mini lures on an intermediate with the majority of fish at 2-4 feet down.

You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer. Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Next Stocking: 30th and April the 2nd.

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March 15th - 21st

235 anglers caught 964 fish of which 695 were returned

Best Fish
9lb 12oz Brian Coe, bank
9lb 1oz Adam Bolam, bank
7lb 10oz John Gray, red apps, bank
7lb 0oz Luke Maylin, black booby, bank
6lb 9oz Jeff Crowden, cruncher, bank
6lb 8oz Allan Wither, cats whisker, bank
6lb 4oz Philip Baughan, cruncher, bank
6lb 2oz Nigel Cheetham, black hopper booby, bank
6lb 2oz John Gray, red apps, bank
6lb 0oz Rob Newcombe, small black/green lure, boat

Best Areas
All areas producing fish

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, cormorant, cruncher, damsel,

Elinor is fishing much better now with the rod average doubling to 4. Small flies working as well as lures. Most fish are being caught in the top 2 feet. During the last month it has been mainly black patterns that have worked best. Brighter flies such as cats whisker and orange blob/fab have caught fish over the last few days. The majority of anglers bank fished last week although boats are starting to find some fish over open water. On milder days there has been some buzzers hatching. Anglers have spooned fish with small black or dark olive buzzers inside. On Saturday Zydrunas Vaicius had a surprise catch when fishing a leech pattern under an indicator, a 6lb + tench (see photo below).

You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer. Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
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Payment Reference: Your Name

Next Stocking: March 23rd, 30th and April the 2nd.

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March 8th - 14th

121 anglers caught 247 fish of which 180 were returned

Best Fish
9lb 8oz Bob Walmsley, black muddler, bank
9lb 3oz Wane Borg, black/green lure, bank
6lb 10oz Chris Redhead, red diawl bach, boat

Best areas
All areas producing fish

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, cormorant, black diawl/cruncher, black buzzer,

Last week continued to be slow fishing but there has been a noticeable improvement this week. Nigel Cheetham caught 13 from the bank on Monday using a washing line with black crunchers and black midas. Today there were plenty of anglers catching 4-6 fish with Ian Newbold managing 10 and Mike Bownes 13. Fish are being taken from all areas around the lake with bank producing better than boat. Most fish are being caught in the top two foot with a shallow bung or washing line the best methods. Elinor is full of fish and definitely worth a visit now. Until the clocks change the half day ticket is available 7am - 2pm or midday - dark. All prices remain the same as 2020.

You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer. Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Next Stocking: March 23rd

March 1st - 7th

112 anglers caught 208 fish of which 142 were returned.

Best Fish
10lb 2oz Mike Bownes, cormorant, bank
9lb 4oz Mike Bownes, cormorant, bank
6lb 13oz Dennis Ciapparo, black/green tadpole, bank
6lb 8oz Neville Silver, diawl bach, bank
6lb 2oz Matt Skinner, black/green lure, bank
6lb 0oz Pavle Knezevic, bank
6lb 0oz Phil Musgrove, bank

Best Areas
All areas producing a few fish.

Best Patterns
Black or black/green lures, cormorant, black diawl/cruncher, black buzzer .

Water clarity is now 4-5 inches. Catches were slightly better with the rod average almost 2. Once the visibility reaches 6-8 inches the fishing will improve dramatically. Bank fishing continues to be better than boat. Best method is a floater with a booby on the point with cruncher, cormorant or diawl bach on the droppers. Bung with black/green lures or black buzzers at 2 foot also working along with black fritz lures fished high in the water. Today and tomorrow we have strong winds but hopefully not torrential rain. Until the clocks change the half day ticket is available 7am - 2pm or midday - dark. All prices remain the same as 2020.

You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer. Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment Reference: Your Name

Next Stocking: March 12th

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February 22nd - 28th

107 anglers caught 179 fish of which 117 were returned

Best Fish
10lb 4oz Mick Moseley, black/green lure, bank
8lb 12oz Dave Dakers, black/green lure, bank
6lb 6oz Alan Calver, black booby, bank

Best areas
All areas producing a few fish.

Best Patters
Black or black/green lures, cormorant, black diawl/cruncher, black or pink snake.

Water clarity is very slowly improving. Clay sediment from the flooding in December and January is minute and takes longer to drop out than sand sediment. Although the rod average was only 1.7 there have been a few notable catches:
On Thursday, Boris Rasic landed 9 from the coarse bank on a black Diawl Bach
Saturday saw Graham Haywood catch 9 (see photo below)
Sunday, Andrius Papeika managed 6 from the boat dock on black/green under a bung

Only a few boats went out and it was generally more difficult than bank. At the moment we have around 4” visibility. When there is at least 6-8” the fishing will improve dramatically. Although only a few fish have been taken out since opening day stocking is continuing with the majority being 2lb+. Latest news today that Mike Bownes landed 5 fish including a 10lb 2oz and 9lb 4oz on a cormorant from the East arm. Until the clocks change the half day ticket is available 7am - 2pm or midday - dark. All prices remain the same as 2020.

You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer. Please make payment by bank transfer to:
Payable to: E. Foster
Bank: Natwest
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
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Next Stocking: March 5th

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Opening Weekend February the 20th & 21st

81 anglers caught 122 fish of which 94 were returned

Best Fish
10lb 1oz Carl Lerigo, white snake, boat
5lb 8oz Mr Watson, cormorant, bank
5lb 6oz Peter Graham, montana, bank

Best Areas
Coarse bank, Brookside

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

As expected with the coloured water the fishing was difficult on the opening weekend. Lures on a floater or slow intermediate worked best. Also worth trying an indicator at 12-18 inches. Fish are well spread all around the lake. Boat fishing was particularly difficult and bank anglers are having the best sport. Most fish are being caught in the top 2 feet. Tom Finney had the best score of 5 fish on Saturday. Catches will improve as the water clarity improves.

During the first couple of weeks the bank generally outfishes the boats. Black/green or white/green lures and snakes on a floater or intermediate are worth a try with nymphs starting to score as the water clears further. With the water coloured remember to fish your flies all the way back as you can catch right under your rod tip. All prices remain the same as 2020. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer:

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

Next Stocking: February 26th

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Elinor opens for the 2021 season this Saturday February 20th at 7.00am

Unfortunately conditions aren’t ideal. The water still has plenty of colour but is slowly improving each day.

There has been a heavy preseason stocking over the last two weeks of 1,450 rainbows including 100 4-6lb fish to add to the large number of 6lb+ specimens left in from last year.
During the first couple of weeks the bank generally outfishes the boats. Black/green or white/green lures and snakes on a floater or intermediate are worth a try with nymphs starting to score as the water clears further. With the water coloured remember to fish your flies all the way back as you can catch right under your rod tip.

All prices remain the same as 2020. You can either pay cash on the day or make a payment in advance by bank transfer:
E. Foster
NatWest Bank
Account: 00548537
Sort Code: 52-30-21
Payment reference - your name

Elinor will now open on Saturday February 20th

As I’m sure many of you will realise, Elinor is rather coloured at the moment. There is no chance of good fishing conditions in time for the original opening date of February 6th. Hopefully there will be a less wet couple of weeks.

Opening weekend, February 6th

Fly-fishing for Brown & Rainbow Trout, in idyllic surroundings. Our 2021 Season is from 7am on the 6th of February to the 31st of December, but we will be closed during the month of August. Season permit holders may bank fish in January 2022. 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 new Wheelyboat available with electric engine and battery available for anglers who struggle fishing from our Coulam boats as well as wheelchair users. We stock weekly with top quality Rainbows and Browns.

Best Fish in 2020
  Rainbow Bank: 13lb 6oz Phil Musgrove, Sawtry
  Rainbow Boat: 13lb 6oz Bob Senior, Stamford

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

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