Fishery Reports 2024

Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2024...
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Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 6th – Friday  12th July 2024

69 Anglers caught 136 fish, of which 85 fish were returned.

A good week for the time of year, there continues to be some decent surface fishing for the boats due to the cooler temperatures, cloud cover and light winds, coupled with the fish feeding in the top foot of the water. The best of the week was Dave Strudwick who landed 14 on Tuesday on his afternoon session, on a Claret Crippled Midge in the East Arm.  Bank fishing continues to be best in the mornings then picking back up for the last couple of hours.

As always but especially during the warmer weather, please take extra care when releasing fish back into the warm water. Boat and bank anglers should keep the fish in the net and not remove them from the water while unhooking, barbless hooks make the process much easier.

Please note we close for the month of August at 2pm on Wednesday 31st July  reopening on Sunday the 1st September.

Best Patterns
Blue flash damsel, red apps  diawl bachs,  olive or black buzzers, crunchers,  yellow owls, suspender buzzers,  claret crippled midge, hoppers, foam daddy, black CDC’s.

Best Areas
Bank -Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank , Lagoon Boat Bay
Boat  - Dam, Brookside,  East Arm, Course Bank , Lagoon, Down the Middle

Water Temp – 19 deg
Next Stocking – TBC

 

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 29th June – Friday  6th July 2024

74 Anglers caught 147 fish, of which 75  fish were returned.

Following the cooler weather the water temperature has dropped back down to 18.8 and the season continues. Monday saw perfect conditions and produced the best bags for the week, Dave Strudwick had 12 to his boat and Andy Burgess and Ivor Fisher had 13 on a washing line with black/red buzzers and a black, green booby. Brad enjoyed a good couple of hours on Wednesday evening netting 9 on dries, claret crippled midges and Midas’s, drifting from the middle pylon down through to Brookside Bay. The fishing is most productive early mornings till 11am, and the last few hours in the evening. The best methods are washing line, with diawl bachs , crunchers and buzzers or damsel patterns fished over the weed beds; hoppers, foam daddies and small dries are working well in overcast conditions. The fish are in  the top couple of feet, even in the bright conditions and are showing the full length of the lake.

Please note we close for the month of August at 2pm on Wednesday 31st July  reopening on Sunday the 1st September.

As always but especially during the warmer weather, please take extra care when releasing fish back into the warm water. Anglers should keep the fish in the net and not remove them from the water while unhooking, barbless hooks make the process much easier.

Best Patterns
Dry damsels, blue flash damsel, diawl bachs, hares’ ears, olive or black buzzers, crunchers,  yellow owls, suspender buzzers,  brown or orange foam daddy, black CDC,  yellow owl, hoppers, red apps and pitsford peas.

Best Areas
Bank - Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank  and Lagoon
Boat  - Dam, Brookside,  East Arm, Course Bank , Lagoon and down the middle

Water Temp – 18.8 deg
Next Stocking –Friday 12th July

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 22nd - Friday 28th June 2024

 68 Anglers caught 157 fish, of which 120  fish were returned.

 A short and sweet report this week due to the hot weather mid-week. The fishing continues to be most productive in the mornings, the best methods are washing line, with diawl bachs , crunchers and buzzers or damsel patterns fished over the weed beds; hoppers, foam daddies and small dries are working well in overcast conditions. The fish are in  the top couple of feet, even in the bright conditions and are showing the full length of the lake. The course fish bank is producing fish for those fishing on the bank,  Mike Bownes netted 7 on buzzers on Friday and Darren Oram had 11 from his boat at the weekend, using washing line tactics in front of the middle pylon. The forecast looks cracking for the week ahead with plenty of overcast days and cooler conditions; bringing the water temperature back down and hopefully extended the season somewhat.

Please note we close for the month of August at 2pm on Wednesday 31st July  reopening on Sunday the 1st September.

As always but especially during the warmer weather, please take extra care when releasing fish back into the warm water. Anglers should keep the fish in the net and not remove them from the water while unhooking, barbless hooks make the process much easier.

Best Patterns

Dry damsels, blue flash damsel, diawl bachs, hares’ ears, olive or black buzzers, crunchers,  yellow owls, suspender buzzers,  brown or orange foam daddy, black CDC,  yellow owl, hoppers, red apps and pitsford peas.

Best Areas

Bank - Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank  and Lagoon
Boat  - Dam, Brookside,  East Arm, Course Bank , Lagoon and down the middle

Water Temp – 21.5  deg
Next Stocking – TBC

Brian Firth with the weeks biggest fish 6.5lb

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 15th – Friday 21st June 2024

92 Anglers caught 272  fish of which 197  fish were returned.

Last week Elinor fished well considering the changeable conditions, a North Easterly wind in the early part of the week moved the fish from the middle pylon area of the lake down towards the dam-boat area by the middle of the week, and excellent bags were produced from both ends of the lake. On Sunday Darren Oram netted 14 a washing line tactics with red apps and black and green booby, on Monday Mike Wibberly had 16 on blue flash damsel boobies and Steven Illingworth had  8 from under the wires on red apps under an indicator,  landing the biggest fish of the week at around 8lb. On Wednesday Tony Lee had a very productive day in Brookside netting 28, fishing washing line with black buzzers and a black booby on the point and Mike Bownes had 15 from the bank of the dam with a similar set up. Jon Balladon had another great evening on Thursday netting 8 including a nice 4.5lb fish, on red nemo’s and yellow daddies. And, on Friday Andrius and Darius had a great half day morning session with 23 to the boat on different flies starting with a black, green and olive damsel finishing with apps and hoppers on washing line with suspender buzzers.

As always but especially during the warmer weather, please take extra care when releasing fish back into the warm water. Fish should remain in the net and not removed from the water; barbless hooks make the process much easier.

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers,  yellow owls, suspender buzzers,  brown or orange foam daddy, black CDC, yellow owl, hoppers and claret dries.

Best Areas
Bank -Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank , Lagoon
Boat  - Dam, Brookside,  East Arm, Course Bank , Lagoon, Down the Middle

Water Temp –  20 deg
Next Stocking - Friday 28th June

Cracking condition 8lb rainbow released by Stephen Illingworth


Darren Oram’s washing line set up.

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 8th June   – Friday 14th June 2024

 84  Anglers caught 343  fish of which 253 fish were returned.

Another great week at Elinor, the cooler temperatures proving positive, keeping the water temperature down to 16.5 deg, the fish fighting hard and in tip top condition.  The bigger bags are coming from the boats over the weed beds and the deeper water down the middle, bank fishing is best in the mornings and later in the evenings. The fish are being taken mainly sub-surface or on the surface with washing line crunchers and diawl bachs or hoppers, daddies and cdc style flies.   Best bags over the weekend were Darren Oram who netted 28 on Saturday, on red apps, with a black and green booby on the point, from the middle pylon area and on Sunday Al Steel had 25 to his boat, on a mixture of red crunchers and diawl bachs. The week began with a cold NNW,  Michael Farrell had 10 to his boat on Monday on diawl bachs and damsels, Tuesday Ive and Andy had 14 on black and green tadpoles, on Wednesday, Chris Selby had 23 from the bank of the Creek, on black and green snakes, buzzer’s under an indicator and Pitsford Peas and both Dave Strudwick and John Balladon landed 10; John was out in the evening targeting the rising fish with foam daddy’s crunchers and claret hoppers. Thursday and Friday the strong winds returned, Vaidus had 9 from his boat on Friday on black buzzers. The evening rise is happing depending on the conditions;  and the damsel hatch has started, although a little later than previous seasons.

Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers, yellow owls, suspender buzzers,  brown or orange foam daddy, black CDC, yellow owl and hoppers.

 

Best AreasBank -Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point
- East Arm, Course bank , Lagoon
Boat  - Dam, Brookside, East Arm, Course Bank, Lagoon, Down the Middle

Water Temp – 16.5 deg
Next Stocking – TBC

John Balladon’s set up on Wednesday

 

Perfect conditioned Rainbow caught on the surface.

 

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 1st – Friday 7th June 2024

108 Anglers caught 402 fish, of which 293 fish were returned.

A great week here at Elinor although the weather was a mixed bag, there were a few days when the conditions were perfect, with a lighter South - South Westerly and an increase in cloud cover. Boat fishing continues to be the most productive and some good double figure bags have come out all week.  At the weekend and into the start of the week the lodge end of the lake was producing, the Hansons managed 35 to their boat on Saturday catching on black/olive buzzers, on Monday Lorenzo released 21 to black lures and blobs fished in the top 2ft. As the week progressed the fish headed up the lake into the East and West arms, with fish being caught on the surface on foam daddies. On Wednesday Andy Burgess and Ive Fisher had 13 in the Creek on a mixture of damsels, tadpoles and crunchers.  Robert Senior released 18 on crunchers and hare’s ears on Friday, fishing beside the course bank and in the lagoon area. On the cloudier days the fish were feeding in the shallows and were accessible from the bank, Terry Hart caught 10 on Saturday and Chris Selby netted 17 on the bank of the Dam on Monday on black/green tadpoles and released 7 on damsel patterns when he returned on Thursday, Pip Wetherington also had 7 on his early morning session from the bank of the Dam on Friday. Small black and olive buzzers continue to hatch throughout the day and the adult damsels are starting to show.

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers  yellow owls, suspender buzzers,  brown or orange foam daddies, and black CDC’s.

Best Areas
Bank - Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank, Lagoon
Boat  - Dam, Brookside,  East Arm, Course Bank, Lagoon, down the middle

Water Temp – 17 deg
Next Stocking – Friday 14 June

An Adult Damsel

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 25 May  – Friday 31st May 2024

95 anglers caught 346 fish, of which 250 fish were returned.

Elinor saw some varied weather conditions last week; thunderstorms and sunshine started the week, followed by a brisk Northerly wind bringing colder air, cooling the water down. The Complete Fly Fisher Forum braved the wind in their tubes and enjoyed their weekend despite the changeable weather. The fish have been happy holding at around 5ft -7ft, with lures on an intermediate or floating line fished static still producing steady catches and washing line or straight-line nymph on a floater with s12 black or a dark olive buzzer on the dropper also working well.  The visibility is not as clear as it normally is at this time of year, and is at 2 -3 ft, with the amount of flooding last season this is to be expected and the runoff from the fields will not have helped, however, this is not affecting the fishing; with decent sized bags continuing throughout the week (too many to mention!), mainly from the Lagoon, Creek and Course Fish bank area, the best of the bunch were; Darren Oram who netted 38 on Sunday on a black and green booby and nymph set up; Ivor Fisher netted 21 including a triple hook up from his boat on Tuesday, Eddy Lee released 32 off the bank on Wednesday on olive buzzers, and on Thursday Gordon Curtis netted 11 black buzzers from the East Arm on a boat. During the calmer evenings there have been some good rises with large hatches of small black and olive buzzers coming off, signs of the start of some decent evening dry fly fishing when the conditions are right!

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black, diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, olive foam daddies and black CDC’s

Best Areas
Bank -Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank , Lagoon
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas

Water Temp – 16.2  degrees

A sample of some of the decent catch returns.

Martin Glynn netting a nice rainbow from boat bay taken on a olive buzzer

A selection of last week's catch returns....

 

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 18th – Friday 24th May  2024

121 anglers caught 274 fish, of which 173 fish were returned.

Boat anglers are enjoying good sport on most days whatever the conditions. Plenty of fish are rising during the day feeding on small buzzers and damsels, although they have been harder to tempt on the surface, whereas anglers fishing deeper down on buzzers or a slow intermediate line and lures have caught well, Phil Musgrove and Max Bonnett landed 18 to their boat on olive crunchers, fabs, buzzers and damsel patterns on Sunday. Bank angling is best in the mornings when the fish are feeding close in, Mike Bownes caught 10 from the Dam on his Monday morning session. When the conditions are overcast there are plenty of fish being caught on dries. Fortunately, we didn’t flood again with all the rain on Wednesday, although the visibility is at around 2ft – 3ft.


Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, black/olive CDCs, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, foam daddy and candy or tequila fabs.

Best Areas
Bank – Dam, Lagoon, Course Fish Bank
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas

Water Temp – 17 degrees
Next Stocking –Thursday 30th May

If you would like to hire a boat, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment (no advance booking required for bank fishing). To make a reservation please call the lodge 01832 720786, or email enquiries@elinortf.co.uk - payment can be made via BACs or cash on the day.

A Damsel Nymph.

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 11th – Friday 17th May 2024

109 anglers caught 216 fish, of which 150  fish were returned.

As the warmer sunnier weather returned, fishing from the bank was most productive in the morning and again in the evening, when the fish were most in range, with washing line tactics or damsel patterns working well.  Boat anglers saw plenty of fish rising but the bright sunshine and flat calm made the conditions more challenging, it’s worth using an intermediate with lures at 4–6 feet  down or a  floating line with a long leader a weighted lure/damsel pattern on the point and red holo and black crunchers on the droppers on the sunnier days.  Fen Oakley and Taylor Rinders cracked it on Sunday, netting 25 to the boat, fishing static black buzzers. The damsel hatches have started, and a size 10 or 12 unweighted olive pattern will imitate the nymphs swimming towards the shoreline to hatch. From around midday there have been Mayflies hatching, a large Hares Ear or a Brown Foam Daddy is a great pattern to imitate this. The evening rises haven’t really got going yet, even though there are some tremendous buzzer hatches along with the first of the Caenis.

Best Fish
7lb Keith Chapman - Black Buzzers
7lb Gordon Curtis - Red Cruncher
5.5lb Andrius - Damsel
5lb Steve Goodliffe

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, foam daddy and candy or tequila fabs.

Best Areas
Bank - Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm,
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas, but predominately through the middle from the dam to the East Arm.

Water Temp – 17  degrees
Next Stocking – Friday 24th May

If you would like to hire a boat, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment (no advance booking required for bank fishing). To make a reservation please call the lodge 01832 720786, or email enquiries@elinortf.co.uk - payment can be made via BACs or cash on the day.

The first of Elinor’s beginner days, hosted by the Mid Northants Trout Fishers last Saturday.

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 4th May – Friday 10th May  2024

154 anglers caught 433 fish, of which 273 fish were returned.

A beautiful warm start to the bank holiday weekend although the bright sunshine and flat calm made the fishing trickier; the bank anglers had the best sport in the mornings and Sean Roe netted 7 fish, 2 at 5lb and a 7lb stunner. The boats that were most successful were either straight lining nymphs or an intermediate line with lures, from under the wires or the Dam end of the lake. Monday and Tuesday saw a more favourable change in conditions to overcast with a light wind and there were plenty of fish showing all around the lake.  Lots of double figure bags were recorded; the best from the bank was Mike Bounds who netted 19 on red apps and black buzzers and the best of the boats were Pip and Alan who netted 25 between them on crunchers . As the week progressed the lodge end of the lake continued to produce the most fish .There continues to be hatches of mainly, small black or dark olive buzzers, and yellow bodied daddies. The Mayflies are appearing around the banks, the Osprey is visiting daily and the notorious calls of the cuckoos can be heard throughout the day, a lovely time of the year here at Elinor!

Best Fish
10lb Luke Maylon
9.8lb Trevor Maycock
7lb Sean Roe Blue flash Damsel
6.5lb Richard Honey
6lb Mike Bounds  Red Apps
6lb Robin Eyles.  Damsel
5.5lb Vic Williams
5lb Sean Roe Damsel
5lb Sean Roe Damsel
5lb Chris Allen.  Yellow Dancer
5lb Mike Bounds
5lb Ivor  Fisher.   Buzzer
4.12lb Robert Richardson
4.11lb Chris Allen  Black and green lure
4lb  Tony Neal
4lb Alan Veal
4lb Alan Hancock

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, black/olive CDCs,  hoppers brown olive, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, foam daddy and candy or tequila fabs.

Best Areas
Bank - Shallow Bay, Gravel Bar, Boat Bay, Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Lagoon
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas

Water Temp – 15  degrees
Next Stocking – Friday 17th May

If you would like to hire a boat, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment (no advance booking required for bank fishing). To make a reservation please call the lodge 01832 720786, or email enquires@elinortf.co.uk - payment can be made via BACs or cash on the day

A Cracking Rainbow for Luke Maylin caught on a black and gold humongous.

 

 

Fishing Report Saturday 27th April – Friday 3rd May
110 Anglers caught 316  fish. of which 238  were returned

A quiet weekend due to the cold weather on Saturday, followed by the heavy torrential rain overnight and into Sunday.  The brook flooded in again raising the water level by 6ins and reducing the visibility to 2-3ft, thankfully, this isn’t taking long to drop out.  Midweek bought a long-awaited change in the weather, light South-South Westerly winds coupled with some cloud cover, bought the air temp up and the bank fishing improved as the fish moved back into the shallows.  On Thursday Dave miles caught the weeks biggest fish at 9.10lb followed by an 8lb, on the bank of the dam and from the boat dock John Sharman netted 8 in his afternoon session, on foam daddies; the boats also had a good day, Bob Beardsley and his partner had 13, straight lining with black and white buzzers, George Ely had 8 on fabs and buzzers, Stephen Illingworth had 7 including a nice 7lb. along with Lee Horner who also had 7 on buzzers. On Friday Alan Weatherly had 10 on the bank near the wheelie boat caught on blue flash damsels.

Fish are feeding at all areas of the lake and at all depths, with olive buzzers and damsel nymphs being the favourite. There has been a good show of daddies along with the Hawthorn fly and the evening rises are slowly starting from 7.30pm. Dries are proving the best method with size 12-14 black shipman’s buzzers or yellow owls, olive cdcs, and suspender buzzers.

Best Fish

9.10lb Dave Miles - Damsel Booby

8lb Dave Miles - Ginger Cruncher
7lb Steven Illingworth - Buzzer

6.8lb John Lashbrook

6.5lb Adrian Reddich

5lb Dudley Burrows

5lb Mike Prestly

5lb John Sharman - Cruncher
4.7lb Vaidas Juska

4.5lb Ivor Fisher - Black/Red Buzzer

Best  Areas
Boat – all areas
Bank – all areas

Best Patterns
Dries, crippled midge, shipman’s, yellow owls, black owls, foam daddies, top hat buzzers, black/green tadpoles, Pitsford peas, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black or olive buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, tequila blobs/fabs, orange fabs and blue flash damsels.

Water Temp 13.5 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 10th May

Dave Mile’s 9.10lb beauty, caught on ginger cruncher and Gary Young's tidy looking rainbow.

 

Fishing Report  Saturday 20th - Friday 26th April

101 Anglers caught 322 fish, of which 234  were returned

A cold N-NE winds dominated the weather throughout the majority of last week, which hampered the buzzer hatches somewhat. On Sunday the Complete Fly Fisher Forum ventured out in their tubes, 6 members caught 36 fish, mainly along the Brookside bank; Nigel Organ netted 14, catching on an Ally McCoist on the point and red crunchers on the droppers. James Unick and his party of 5 from Scotland went out on Thursday and caught 34 between them, including a nice 11lb fish. The best method has been a floating line with a Pitsford Pea or damsel on the point and red crunchers or buzzers on the dropper; a washing line set up fished slowly has worked well when the fish are more active. Fish are being caught from all areas of the lake and continue to feed close to the bank in overcast conditions.

Best Fish
11lb Jason Bolton
6.5lb  Bob Jones
6lb James Unick
5.5lb Allan Colver
5.3lb. Andrius
5lb Glen Honan Black Buzzer

Fly Dressers Guild  Bank  Match Sunday 21st April
A cold N-NE wind defiantly hampered the fly hatch - 13 Anglers caught 20 fish.
Winning Team was Wessex Flyers with 5 fish for 10.25 pound
2nd place was Surrey Snakes with 5 fish for 9.5 pounds.
Best rod was Graham Spencer with 4 fish for 7.75 pounds
Biggest fish was Lee Hooper with 6lb caught on a Gold ribbed Woodcock & Hare lug spider.

Boat  Brookside - Brookside Bay, East Arm, Gravel Barr,
Bank All areas

Best Patterns - black/green or white/green tadpoles, Pitsford Peas. Cat’s Whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bach, black or olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs, orange fabs,
blue flash damsel, olive snake, black and green snakes.

Water Temp 12 deg

Next Stocking Friday 3 May

Jason Bolton’s 11lb Fish

 

A good result for one of Iain Barr’s Buzzer master class anglers

 

 

Fishing Report Saturday 13th - Friday 19th April

114 Anglers caught 350 fish of which 178 were returned,

A great start to the weekend, fish were caught from both the bank and boats, with the best bag going to Darren Oram who netted 12 on Saturday. On Sunday the conditions were a little trickier with a mixture of sun and a cold strong West South Westerly, which howled throughout the beginning of the week. Thursday bought warmer settled weather and some double figure bags ~ Stephen Illingworth netted 15 from his boat on buzzers, damsels, and a slow intermediate line fished @ 2-4ft, Mike Bownes had 12 from the bank of the dam on Dawson’s olives, and, Andrius fished a combo of buzzers and damsel bobby’s, netting 20 over two days. The fish are feeding well on buzzers during the day, mainly @ 2-4 ft down when it’s cloudy and dropping down deeper in the bright sunshine. Other methods to try are tequila fab or damsel booby on the point with a size 12 buzzer and diawl bach on the dropper or standard black /green, white/green lures fished on a floater or intermediate line.  Like you, we are awaiting the arrival of some settled warmer spells enabling a good rise during the day, as well as the evening, with buzzers dominating the catches for the next couple of weeks!

Best Fish
10lb  S.Marshall ~ Cat’s Whisker
7.4lb Tim Hodgkinson
6lb Dave Strudwick
6lb M Farrell - Muskins
5.5lb Andrius ~ Black buzzer
5.3lb Mr Greatrix
5lb Dave Strudwick
4.9lb Nick Wills ~ Olive Buzzer
4lb Steve Warner

Boat~All areas
Bank ~All areas

Best Patterns
Black and green/white and green tadpoles, Pitsford pea, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, black buzzers, olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs orange fabs, blue flash damsel.

Water Temp ~13 deg

Next Stocking ~Friday 26th April

Andrius's washing line set-up accounting for 20 fish over two days.

 

Fishing Report Saturday 6th - Friday 12th April  

109 Anglers caught 315 fish, of which 227  were returned

A gusty slow start to the weekend with the strong winds continuing through the beginning of the week, conditions picked up from Wednesday onwards, and plenty of quality fish were caught from both the bank and boat; Trevor Maycock had 10 from the bank of Shallow Bay on Thursday and Laurance Arnold had 10 from his boat in the back of the East Arm on Friday. Boat fishing is steadily improving as fish are beginning to feed out in the open water, and in the bright sunshine bank anglers are having to work harder to catch.  Small black or dark olive buzzers continue to hatch along with good numbers of Alder fly.  Lures fished at 2–4ft down are working best in the early morning before the buzzer hatches start! There are signs that the evening rise will be starting anytime now, and we’re looking forward to some good dry fly action.

Best Fish
8.6lb John Grey - Black buzzer
6.8lb  James Wallis - Black buzzer
6.3lb Malcolm Broughton - Cat Booby
5.5lb Laurance Arnold - Cruncher
5.3lb. Mick Mosley- Black Tadpole
4.13lb Mark Angles - Black Cruncher
4.9lb Laurence Arnold- Black/Green Lure
4.5 lb Ian Taylor

Best Patterns
Black and green/white and green tadpoles, Pitsford Pea, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, black buzzers, olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs orange fabs, and blue flash damsels.

Boat - All areas are producing fish
Bank- All areas are producing fish

Water Temp 12 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 19th April

Forthcoming Events

Iain Barr’s Buzzer Master Class, only a few spaces left………
Brush up on your buzzer fishing techniques, leader set up and flies to improve your catch rate here at Elinor.
Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd 9.30am – 2pm limited to 8 people per session.
£55pp includes 1 fish ticket and a pack of flies worth £15, Season ticket holders £45.
Please call Elinor 01832 72076 or email enquiries@elinortf.co.uk to reserve your space.

TEFF Small Stillwater Qualifier Sunday 7th April 

10 Anglers fished for the top five places on the Brookside Bank-East Arm.  The match was blighted by strong winds gusting up to 40mph and it was extremely hard going . Midge tips and black lures was the best method for the morning and a fast intermediate in the afternoon when the fish dropped down. 24 fish were landed with a rod average of 2.4.

TEFF small stillwater bank qualifiers - 1st James Stuart,  2nd Tony Smith, 3rd Derek Steel, 4th Colin Finchum and 5th Nick Tompkins

1st         James Stuart, 6 fish 9 Points
2nd       Tony Smith, 4 fish 6 points
3rd        Derek Steele, 3 fish 6 points
4th        Colin Finchum, 3 fish 5 points
5th        Nick Tompkins, 2 fish 4 points
6th        Ed Foster, 2 fish 2 points
7th        Dave Neilson, 2 fish 2 points
8th        Matt Collerson, 2 fish 3 points
9th        Dave Franklin 0 points
10th      Andrew Willoby 0 points

Good luck to all the finalists fishing at Ellerdine Lakes on the 5th May

Teff Small Still Water Qualifiers

 

Tony Smith with a cracking rainbow taken during Sunday’s match

John Gray’s fish of the week weighing in at 8.6lb taken on a black buzzer

Fishing Report Saturday 30th March - Friday 5th April

115 Anglers caught 427 fish of which 298 were returned

The bank holiday saw some settled warmer weather which encouraged some decent Buzzer and Alder fly hatches, along with plenty of double figure bags; on Saturday Paul Gillis had 13, Mr Weatherley had 12, Matt Collerson had 13 and Alan Colver had 11 and on Tuesday Mike Bownes had 14, along with Tony Milano who also had 14 from his float tube. Fishing from the bank continues to be more productive, although on the calmer mornings the fish have been showing out in the open water. Best methods are under an indicator with black/green or black/olive lures, buzzers or bloodworm patterns or washing line with an orange fab on the point, with buzzers, or diawl bachs on the dropper fished static or drifting around in the breeze, fished at 1-3 ft. The water clarity is now around 2-2.5 ft and is no longer hindering the fishing.

Best Fish
6.8lb Ian Burton Cat's Whisker
6.3lb Mark Culleen Bloodworm
6lb Alan Colver
6lb Mr Weatherly Black Mamba lure
5lb Dan Oprea Redditch
4.6lb John Gray

Best Areas
The bank with all areas producing fish

Best Patterns
Black and green/white and green tadpoles, Pitsford pea, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, black buzzers, olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs orange fabs, blue flash damsel

Forthcoming events
Ian Barr’s Buzzer Master Class - Brush up on your buzzer fishing techniques, leader set up and flies to improve your catch rate here at Elinor.
Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd 9.30am – 2pm limited to 8 people per session.
£55pp includes 1 fish ticket and a pack of flies worth £15, Season ticket holders £45.
Please call Elinor 01832 72076 or email enquires@elinortf.co.uk to reserve your space.

Water Temp 9 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 19th April

Solid rainbow

Fishing Report March Saturday 23 - Friday 29th March

 67 Anglers caught 234 fish of which 173 were returned

The changeable weather last week meant a mixture of flies worked depending on the conditions, although fishing an indicator with small lures and buzzers fished 1-4ft down saw the best results; catch rates were steady throughout the weekend and continued into the week with a few double figure bags coming out. On Monday Jim Nixon netted 14 on buzzers at the dam and Andrius caught 10.  On Tuesday Allan Colver took 11 on the Gravel Barr and Chris Selby also had 10. The mornings have generally been slower with catches picking up during the afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday saw some significant buzzer hatches in the early Spring sunshine. The water visibility is now at 2ft, and the fish are just beginning to feed out in the open water - it won’t be long before the boat fishing takes off!

Best Fish
6lb Paul Brooks  Black & Green
5.5lb Declan Farrell Black Buzzer
5.5lb John Davis
4.4lb Brian Carter
4.2lb John Gray
4lb Gary Young

Best areas
Bank all areas producing fish.

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, black or olive buzzers, crunchers, diawl bach, cormorants and damsels.

Water Temp 8.5 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 5th April

Forthcoming events
Saturday 6th April - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 7th April - TEFF Bank Qualifier
Sunday 19th May - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (ONLY 1 SPACE LEFT)

Paul Brook's Cracking Rainbow.

 

Fishing Report March Saturday 16th - Friday 22nd March

111 Anglers caught 397 fish, of which 294 were returned

Finally, last week saw a vast improvement in the catch rate, a settled spell of slightly warmer weather meant there was plenty of buzzers hatching. The watcr clarity is improving weekly and is now at 1ft. On Saturday Andrius had 16 to the net and Invicta FF held their Spring gathering, the best 4 rods caught 8 each and congratulations to Tony Smith who won catching 13.  Good bags continued throughout the rest of the week, with some nice 3 – 4lbs featuring on the catch returns. Bank fishing continues to be more productive than the boat, with the fish being a few yards from the bank.  Best methods are under an indicator with black/green lures or black or olive buzzers at 1-3 ft, unweighted lures fished high in the water or a washing line with a booby or fab on the point with buzzers, cormorant or diawl bachs on the dropper fished slow or static.

Best areas
Bank all areas producing fish.

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green snakes, black tadpoles, cat’s whiskers, black buzzers, crunchers, red apps, diawl bach cormorants, and black bobbies.

Water Temp 8.5 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 29th March

Forthcoming events
Saturday 6th April - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 7th April - TEFF Bank Qualifier
Sunday 19th May - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT)

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 9 – Friday 15 March 2024

32 Anglers caught 67 fish of which 42 were returned

Andrius had a great start to the weekend netting 7 on his Saturday morning session, despite the cold NE wind and the poor visibility, catching on black and green tadpoles fished under the bung. On Monday morning Jim Nixon landed 9 on black buzzers. As the week progressed the wind switched to a SW and the warmer temperatures saw the lagoon and the course fish bank producing fish. The water clarity is slowly improving daily and is at 6inches, bank anglers enjoying the best sport. Lures are scoring early morning and washing line with a booby and buzzers/crunchers under an-indicator, fished in the top two foot of water working best in the warmest part of the day.

Bank
Gravel Bar, Boat Bay, Pensioners Point, Dam, Brookside-East Arm and Course Fish Bank
Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green snakes, black tadpoles, cat’s whiskers, black buzzers, crunchers, red apps, diawl bach cormorants, black bobbies and gold headed damsel.
Water Temp 7.5  deg
Next Stocking Friday 22 March

Forthcoming Competitions
TEFF Bank qualifier Sunday 7th April

Let's Get Fly Fishing
Last few spaces left on Sunday 16 May our Let's get Fly Fishing Beginner day, this event is run in conjunction with the Angling Trust and the Mid Northants Trout Fishers and is open to adults and children over the age 10.

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 25 May  – Friday 31st May 2024

95 anglers caught 346 fish, of which 250 fish were returned.

Elinor saw some varied weather conditions last week; thunderstorms and sunshine started the week, followed by a brisk Northerly wind bringing colder air, cooling the water down. The Complete Fly Fisher Forum braved the wind in their tubes and enjoyed their weekend despite the changeable weather. The fish have been happy holding at around 5ft -7ft, with lures on an intermediate or floating line fished static still producing steady catches and washing line or straight-line nymph on a floater with s12 black or a dark olive buzzer on the dropper also working well.  The visibility is not as clear as it normally is at this time of year, and is at 2 -3 ft, with the amount of flooding last season this is to be expected and the runoff from the fields will not have helped, however, this is not affecting the fishing; with decent sized bags continuing throughout the week (too many to mention!), mainly from the Lagoon, Creek and Course Fish bank area, the best of the bunch were; Darren Oram who netted 38 on Sunday on a black and green booby and nymph set up; Ivor Fisher netted 21 including a triple hook up from his boat on Tuesday, Eddy Lee released 32 off the bank on Wednesday on olive buzzers, and on Thursday Gordon Curtis netted 11 black buzzers from the East Arm on a boat. During the calmer evenings there have been some good rises with large hatches of small black and olive buzzers coming off, signs of the start of some decent evening dry fly fishing when the conditions are right!

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black, diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, olive foam daddies and black CDC’s

Best Areas
Bank -Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Course bank , Lagoon
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas

Water Temp – 16.2  degrees

A sample of some of the decent catch returns.

Martin Glynn netting a nice rainbow from boat bay taken on a olive buzzer

A selection of last week's catch returns....

 

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 18th – Friday 24th May  2024

121 anglers caught 274 fish, of which 173 fish were returned.

Boat anglers are enjoying good sport on most days whatever the conditions. Plenty of fish are rising during the day feeding on small buzzers and damsels, although they have been harder to tempt on the surface, whereas anglers fishing deeper down on buzzers or a slow intermediate line and lures have caught well, Phil Musgrove and Max Bonnett landed 18 to their boat on olive crunchers, fabs, buzzers and damsel patterns on Sunday. Bank angling is best in the mornings when the fish are feeding close in, Mike Bownes caught 10 from the Dam on his Monday morning session. When the conditions are overcast there are plenty of fish being caught on dries. Fortunately, we didn’t flood again with all the rain on Wednesday, although the visibility is at around 2ft – 3ft.


Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, black/olive CDCs, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, foam daddy and candy or tequila fabs.

Best Areas
Bank – Dam, Lagoon, Course Fish Bank
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas

Water Temp – 17 degrees
Next Stocking –Thursday 30th May

If you would like to hire a boat, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment (no advance booking required for bank fishing). To make a reservation please call the lodge 01832 720786, or email enquiries@elinortf.co.uk - payment can be made via BACs or cash on the day.

A Damsel Nymph.

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 11th – Friday 17th May 2024

109 anglers caught 216 fish, of which 150  fish were returned.

As the warmer sunnier weather returned, fishing from the bank was most productive in the morning and again in the evening, when the fish were most in range, with washing line tactics or damsel patterns working well.  Boat anglers saw plenty of fish rising but the bright sunshine and flat calm made the conditions more challenging, it’s worth using an intermediate with lures at 4–6 feet  down or a  floating line with a long leader a weighted lure/damsel pattern on the point and red holo and black crunchers on the droppers on the sunnier days.  Fen Oakley and Taylor Rinders cracked it on Sunday, netting 25 to the boat, fishing static black buzzers. The damsel hatches have started, and a size 10 or 12 unweighted olive pattern will imitate the nymphs swimming towards the shoreline to hatch. From around midday there have been Mayflies hatching, a large Hares Ear or a Brown Foam Daddy is a great pattern to imitate this. The evening rises haven’t really got going yet, even though there are some tremendous buzzer hatches along with the first of the Caenis.

Best Fish
7lb Keith Chapman - Black Buzzers
7lb Gordon Curtis - Red Cruncher
5.5lb Andrius - Damsel
5lb Steve Goodliffe

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, red holo crunchers, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, foam daddy and candy or tequila fabs.

Best Areas
Bank - Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm,
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas, but predominately through the middle from the dam to the East Arm.

Water Temp – 17  degrees
Next Stocking – Friday 24th May

If you would like to hire a boat, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment (no advance booking required for bank fishing). To make a reservation please call the lodge 01832 720786, or email enquiries@elinortf.co.uk - payment can be made via BACs or cash on the day.

The first of Elinor’s beginner days, hosted by the Mid Northants Trout Fishers last Saturday.

 

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 4th May – Friday 10th May  2024

154 anglers caught 433 fish, of which 273 fish were returned.

A beautiful warm start to the bank holiday weekend although the bright sunshine and flat calm made the fishing trickier; the bank anglers had the best sport in the mornings and Sean Roe netted 7 fish, 2 at 5lb and a 7lb stunner. The boats that were most successful were either straight lining nymphs or an intermediate line with lures, from under the wires or the Dam end of the lake. Monday and Tuesday saw a more favourable change in conditions to overcast with a light wind and there were plenty of fish showing all around the lake.  Lots of double figure bags were recorded; the best from the bank was Mike Bounds who netted 19 on red apps and black buzzers and the best of the boats were Pip and Alan who netted 25 between them on crunchers . As the week progressed the lodge end of the lake continued to produce the most fish .There continues to be hatches of mainly, small black or dark olive buzzers, and yellow bodied daddies. The Mayflies are appearing around the banks, the Osprey is visiting daily and the notorious calls of the cuckoos can be heard throughout the day, a lovely time of the year here at Elinor!

Best Fish
10lb Luke Maylon
9.8lb Trevor Maycock
7lb Sean Roe Blue flash Damsel
6.5lb Richard Honey
6lb Mike Bounds  Red Apps
6lb Robin Eyles.  Damsel
5.5lb Vic Williams
5lb Sean Roe Damsel
5lb Sean Roe Damsel
5lb Chris Allen.  Yellow Dancer
5lb Mike Bounds
5lb Ivor  Fisher.   Buzzer
4.12lb Robert Richardson
4.11lb Chris Allen  Black and green lure
4lb  Tony Neal
4lb Alan Veal
4lb Alan Hancock

Best Patterns
White/green or black/green lures, damsels, blue flash damsel, red/black diawl bachs, hares’ ear, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, black/olive CDCs,  hoppers brown olive, yellow owls, suspender buzzers, foam daddy and candy or tequila fabs.

Best Areas
Bank - Shallow Bay, Gravel Bar, Boat Bay, Dam, Brookside - Brookside Point - East Arm, Lagoon
Boat  - Fish are showing in all areas

Water Temp – 15  degrees
Next Stocking – Friday 17th May

If you would like to hire a boat, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment (no advance booking required for bank fishing). To make a reservation please call the lodge 01832 720786, or email enquires@elinortf.co.uk - payment can be made via BACs or cash on the day

A Cracking Rainbow for Luke Maylin caught on a black and gold humongous.

 

 

Fishing Report Saturday 27th April – Friday 3rd May
110 Anglers caught 316  fish. of which 238  were returned

A quiet weekend due to the cold weather on Saturday, followed by the heavy torrential rain overnight and into Sunday.  The brook flooded in again raising the water level by 6ins and reducing the visibility to 2-3ft, thankfully, this isn’t taking long to drop out.  Midweek bought a long-awaited change in the weather, light South-South Westerly winds coupled with some cloud cover, bought the air temp up and the bank fishing improved as the fish moved back into the shallows.  On Thursday Dave miles caught the weeks biggest fish at 9.10lb followed by an 8lb, on the bank of the dam and from the boat dock John Sharman netted 8 in his afternoon session, on foam daddies; the boats also had a good day, Bob Beardsley and his partner had 13, straight lining with black and white buzzers, George Ely had 8 on fabs and buzzers, Stephen Illingworth had 7 including a nice 7lb. along with Lee Horner who also had 7 on buzzers. On Friday Alan Weatherly had 10 on the bank near the wheelie boat caught on blue flash damsels.

Fish are feeding at all areas of the lake and at all depths, with olive buzzers and damsel nymphs being the favourite. There has been a good show of daddies along with the Hawthorn fly and the evening rises are slowly starting from 7.30pm. Dries are proving the best method with size 12-14 black shipman’s buzzers or yellow owls, olive cdcs, and suspender buzzers.

Best Fish

9.10lb Dave Miles - Damsel Booby

8lb Dave Miles - Ginger Cruncher
7lb Steven Illingworth - Buzzer

6.8lb John Lashbrook

6.5lb Adrian Reddich

5lb Dudley Burrows

5lb Mike Prestly

5lb John Sharman - Cruncher
4.7lb Vaidas Juska

4.5lb Ivor Fisher - Black/Red Buzzer

Best  Areas
Boat – all areas
Bank – all areas

Best Patterns
Dries, crippled midge, shipman’s, yellow owls, black owls, foam daddies, top hat buzzers, black/green tadpoles, Pitsford peas, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black or olive buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, tequila blobs/fabs, orange fabs and blue flash damsels.

Water Temp 13.5 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 10th May

Dave Mile’s 9.10lb beauty, caught on ginger cruncher and Gary Young's tidy looking rainbow.

 

Fishing Report  Saturday 20th - Friday 26th April

101 Anglers caught 322 fish, of which 234  were returned

A cold N-NE winds dominated the weather throughout the majority of last week, which hampered the buzzer hatches somewhat. On Sunday the Complete Fly Fisher Forum ventured out in their tubes, 6 members caught 36 fish, mainly along the Brookside bank; Nigel Organ netted 14, catching on an Ally McCoist on the point and red crunchers on the droppers. James Unick and his party of 5 from Scotland went out on Thursday and caught 34 between them, including a nice 11lb fish. The best method has been a floating line with a Pitsford Pea or damsel on the point and red crunchers or buzzers on the dropper; a washing line set up fished slowly has worked well when the fish are more active. Fish are being caught from all areas of the lake and continue to feed close to the bank in overcast conditions.

Best Fish
11lb Jason Bolton
6.5lb  Bob Jones
6lb James Unick
5.5lb Allan Colver
5.3lb. Andrius
5lb Glen Honan Black Buzzer

Fly Dressers Guild  Bank  Match Sunday 21st April
A cold N-NE wind defiantly hampered the fly hatch - 13 Anglers caught 20 fish.
Winning Team was Wessex Flyers with 5 fish for 10.25 pound
2nd place was Surrey Snakes with 5 fish for 9.5 pounds.
Best rod was Graham Spencer with 4 fish for 7.75 pounds
Biggest fish was Lee Hooper with 6lb caught on a Gold ribbed Woodcock & Hare lug spider.

Boat  Brookside - Brookside Bay, East Arm, Gravel Barr,
Bank All areas

Best Patterns - black/green or white/green tadpoles, Pitsford Peas. Cat’s Whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bach, black or olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs, orange fabs,
blue flash damsel, olive snake, black and green snakes.

Water Temp 12 deg

Next Stocking Friday 3 May

Jason Bolton’s 11lb Fish

 

A good result for one of Iain Barr’s Buzzer master class anglers

 

 

Fishing Report Saturday 13th - Friday 19th April

114 Anglers caught 350 fish of which 178 were returned,

A great start to the weekend, fish were caught from both the bank and boats, with the best bag going to Darren Oram who netted 12 on Saturday. On Sunday the conditions were a little trickier with a mixture of sun and a cold strong West South Westerly, which howled throughout the beginning of the week. Thursday bought warmer settled weather and some double figure bags ~ Stephen Illingworth netted 15 from his boat on buzzers, damsels, and a slow intermediate line fished @ 2-4ft, Mike Bownes had 12 from the bank of the dam on Dawson’s olives, and, Andrius fished a combo of buzzers and damsel bobby’s, netting 20 over two days. The fish are feeding well on buzzers during the day, mainly @ 2-4 ft down when it’s cloudy and dropping down deeper in the bright sunshine. Other methods to try are tequila fab or damsel booby on the point with a size 12 buzzer and diawl bach on the dropper or standard black /green, white/green lures fished on a floater or intermediate line.  Like you, we are awaiting the arrival of some settled warmer spells enabling a good rise during the day, as well as the evening, with buzzers dominating the catches for the next couple of weeks!

Best Fish
10lb  S.Marshall ~ Cat’s Whisker
7.4lb Tim Hodgkinson
6lb Dave Strudwick
6lb M Farrell - Muskins
5.5lb Andrius ~ Black buzzer
5.3lb Mr Greatrix
5lb Dave Strudwick
4.9lb Nick Wills ~ Olive Buzzer
4lb Steve Warner

Boat~All areas
Bank ~All areas

Best Patterns
Black and green/white and green tadpoles, Pitsford pea, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, black buzzers, olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs orange fabs, blue flash damsel.

Water Temp ~13 deg

Next Stocking ~Friday 26th April

Andrius's washing line set-up accounting for 20 fish over two days.

 

Fishing Report Saturday 6th - Friday 12th April  

109 Anglers caught 315 fish, of which 227  were returned

A gusty slow start to the weekend with the strong winds continuing through the beginning of the week, conditions picked up from Wednesday onwards, and plenty of quality fish were caught from both the bank and boat; Trevor Maycock had 10 from the bank of Shallow Bay on Thursday and Laurance Arnold had 10 from his boat in the back of the East Arm on Friday. Boat fishing is steadily improving as fish are beginning to feed out in the open water, and in the bright sunshine bank anglers are having to work harder to catch.  Small black or dark olive buzzers continue to hatch along with good numbers of Alder fly.  Lures fished at 2–4ft down are working best in the early morning before the buzzer hatches start! There are signs that the evening rise will be starting anytime now, and we’re looking forward to some good dry fly action.

Best Fish
8.6lb John Grey - Black buzzer
6.8lb  James Wallis - Black buzzer
6.3lb Malcolm Broughton - Cat Booby
5.5lb Laurance Arnold - Cruncher
5.3lb. Mick Mosley- Black Tadpole
4.13lb Mark Angles - Black Cruncher
4.9lb Laurence Arnold- Black/Green Lure
4.5 lb Ian Taylor

Best Patterns
Black and green/white and green tadpoles, Pitsford Pea, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, black buzzers, olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs orange fabs, and blue flash damsels.

Boat - All areas are producing fish
Bank- All areas are producing fish

Water Temp 12 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 19th April

Forthcoming Events

Iain Barr’s Buzzer Master Class, only a few spaces left………
Brush up on your buzzer fishing techniques, leader set up and flies to improve your catch rate here at Elinor.
Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd 9.30am – 2pm limited to 8 people per session.
£55pp includes 1 fish ticket and a pack of flies worth £15, Season ticket holders £45.
Please call Elinor 01832 72076 or email enquiries@elinortf.co.uk to reserve your space.

TEFF Small Stillwater Qualifier Sunday 7th April 

10 Anglers fished for the top five places on the Brookside Bank-East Arm.  The match was blighted by strong winds gusting up to 40mph and it was extremely hard going . Midge tips and black lures was the best method for the morning and a fast intermediate in the afternoon when the fish dropped down. 24 fish were landed with a rod average of 2.4.

TEFF small stillwater bank qualifiers - 1st James Stuart,  2nd Tony Smith, 3rd Derek Steel, 4th Colin Finchum and 5th Nick Tompkins

1st         James Stuart, 6 fish 9 Points
2nd       Tony Smith, 4 fish 6 points
3rd        Derek Steele, 3 fish 6 points
4th        Colin Finchum, 3 fish 5 points
5th        Nick Tompkins, 2 fish 4 points
6th        Ed Foster, 2 fish 2 points
7th        Dave Neilson, 2 fish 2 points
8th        Matt Collerson, 2 fish 3 points
9th        Dave Franklin 0 points
10th      Andrew Willoby 0 points

Good luck to all the finalists fishing at Ellerdine Lakes on the 5th May

Teff Small Still Water Qualifiers

 

Tony Smith with a cracking rainbow taken during Sunday’s match

John Gray’s fish of the week weighing in at 8.6lb taken on a black buzzer

Fishing Report Saturday 30th March - Friday 5th April

115 Anglers caught 427 fish of which 298 were returned

The bank holiday saw some settled warmer weather which encouraged some decent Buzzer and Alder fly hatches, along with plenty of double figure bags; on Saturday Paul Gillis had 13, Mr Weatherley had 12, Matt Collerson had 13 and Alan Colver had 11 and on Tuesday Mike Bownes had 14, along with Tony Milano who also had 14 from his float tube. Fishing from the bank continues to be more productive, although on the calmer mornings the fish have been showing out in the open water. Best methods are under an indicator with black/green or black/olive lures, buzzers or bloodworm patterns or washing line with an orange fab on the point, with buzzers, or diawl bachs on the dropper fished static or drifting around in the breeze, fished at 1-3 ft. The water clarity is now around 2-2.5 ft and is no longer hindering the fishing.

Best Fish
6.8lb Ian Burton Cat's Whisker
6.3lb Mark Culleen Bloodworm
6lb Alan Colver
6lb Mr Weatherly Black Mamba lure
5lb Dan Oprea Redditch
4.6lb John Gray

Best Areas
The bank with all areas producing fish

Best Patterns
Black and green/white and green tadpoles, Pitsford pea, cat’s whiskers, red apps, black buzzers, crunchers, red diawl bachs, black buzzers, olive buzzers, bloodworm, tequila blobs/fabs orange fabs, blue flash damsel

Forthcoming events
Ian Barr’s Buzzer Master Class - Brush up on your buzzer fishing techniques, leader set up and flies to improve your catch rate here at Elinor.
Friday April 19th and Monday April 22nd 9.30am – 2pm limited to 8 people per session.
£55pp includes 1 fish ticket and a pack of flies worth £15, Season ticket holders £45.
Please call Elinor 01832 72076 or email enquires@elinortf.co.uk to reserve your space.

Water Temp 9 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 19th April

Solid rainbow

Fishing Report March Saturday 23 - Friday 29th March

 67 Anglers caught 234 fish of which 173 were returned

The changeable weather last week meant a mixture of flies worked depending on the conditions, although fishing an indicator with small lures and buzzers fished 1-4ft down saw the best results; catch rates were steady throughout the weekend and continued into the week with a few double figure bags coming out. On Monday Jim Nixon netted 14 on buzzers at the dam and Andrius caught 10.  On Tuesday Allan Colver took 11 on the Gravel Barr and Chris Selby also had 10. The mornings have generally been slower with catches picking up during the afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday saw some significant buzzer hatches in the early Spring sunshine. The water visibility is now at 2ft, and the fish are just beginning to feed out in the open water - it won’t be long before the boat fishing takes off!

Best Fish
6lb Paul Brooks  Black & Green
5.5lb Declan Farrell Black Buzzer
5.5lb John Davis
4.4lb Brian Carter
4.2lb John Gray
4lb Gary Young

Best areas
Bank all areas producing fish.

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green lures, black or olive buzzers, crunchers, diawl bach, cormorants and damsels.

Water Temp 8.5 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 5th April

Forthcoming events
Saturday 6th April - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 7th April - TEFF Bank Qualifier
Sunday 19th May - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (ONLY 1 SPACE LEFT)

Paul Brook's Cracking Rainbow.

 

Fishing Report March Saturday 16th - Friday 22nd March

111 Anglers caught 397 fish, of which 294 were returned

Finally, last week saw a vast improvement in the catch rate, a settled spell of slightly warmer weather meant there was plenty of buzzers hatching. The watcr clarity is improving weekly and is now at 1ft. On Saturday Andrius had 16 to the net and Invicta FF held their Spring gathering, the best 4 rods caught 8 each and congratulations to Tony Smith who won catching 13.  Good bags continued throughout the rest of the week, with some nice 3 – 4lbs featuring on the catch returns. Bank fishing continues to be more productive than the boat, with the fish being a few yards from the bank.  Best methods are under an indicator with black/green lures or black or olive buzzers at 1-3 ft, unweighted lures fished high in the water or a washing line with a booby or fab on the point with buzzers, cormorant or diawl bachs on the dropper fished slow or static.

Best areas
Bank all areas producing fish.

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green snakes, black tadpoles, cat’s whiskers, black buzzers, crunchers, red apps, diawl bach cormorants, and black bobbies.

Water Temp 8.5 deg
Next Stocking  Friday 29th March

Forthcoming events
Saturday 6th April - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 7th April - TEFF Bank Qualifier
Sunday 19th May - Beginner’s Day Hosted by the Mid Northants Fly Fishers (ONLY 2 SPACES LEFT)

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 9 – Friday 15 March 2024

32 Anglers caught 67 fish of which 42 were returned

Andrius had a great start to the weekend netting 7 on his Saturday morning session, despite the cold NE wind and the poor visibility, catching on black and green tadpoles fished under the bung. On Monday morning Jim Nixon landed 9 on black buzzers. As the week progressed the wind switched to a SW and the warmer temperatures saw the lagoon and the course fish bank producing fish. The water clarity is slowly improving daily and is at 6inches, bank anglers enjoying the best sport. Lures are scoring early morning and washing line with a booby and buzzers/crunchers under an-indicator, fished in the top two foot of water working best in the warmest part of the day.

Bank
Gravel Bar, Boat Bay, Pensioners Point, Dam, Brookside-East Arm and Course Fish Bank
Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green snakes, black tadpoles, cat’s whiskers, black buzzers, crunchers, red apps, diawl bach cormorants, black bobbies and gold headed damsel.
Water Temp 7.5  deg
Next Stocking Friday 22 March

Forthcoming Competitions
TEFF Bank qualifier Sunday 7th April

Let's Get Fly Fishing
Last few spaces left on Sunday 16 May our Let's get Fly Fishing Beginner day, this event is run in conjunction with the Angling Trust and the Mid Northants Trout Fishers and is open to adults and children over the age 10.

Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 2 – Friday 8 March 2024
35 Anglers caught 24 fish of which 15 were returned

After a couple of postponed opening days following the worst continual heavy flooding for decades, we finally managed to reopen on the 2nd of March; the water clarity had two inches of visibility and as such the fishing was predictably slow going. The usual early season patterns are working with black and green/white and green tadpoles fished around the margins being the best method. On the milder days plenty of black buzzers are hatching, so, black buzzers and diawl bachs have also been a good pattern. The water quality is slowly improving with visibility now at 4 inches and it won’t be long before Elinor is back on form!

Best Fish
Alex Pearce – 5lb gold headed Damsel

Bank
Gravel Bar, Goodfellow Bay, Boat Bay, Dam and Brookside-East Arm

Best Patterns
Black/green or white/green snakes, black tadpoles, cat’s whiskers, black buzzers, crunchers, diawl bachs, cormorants, black bobbies and gold headed damsel.

Water Temp - 7.5 deg

Next Stocking - Thursday 14th March

If you would like to purchase a season ticket, please email Jo on enquiries@elinortf.co.uk or call the lodge on 01832 720786.

 

Elinor Season Ticket Prices 2024

BANK 100 Fish                                                                             £593.00
BANK JUN/Pensioner 100 Fish                                                    £493.00
BOAT FULL WEEK 100 Fish                                                        £782.00
BOAT FULL WEEK JUN/Pensioner 100 Fish                               £682.00
BOAT MIDWEEK 100 Fish                                                           £735.00
BOAT MIDWEEK JUN/Pensioner 100 Fish                                  £646.00
All tickets include unlimited visits.

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