Fishery Reports 2024

Welcome to our Elinor Trout Fishery Reports for 2024...
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 

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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