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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.

February         March         April          May         June         July         August         September         October         November         December


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
Sort Code: 52-30-21
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
Payment Reference: Your Name

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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