News and Fishery reports

First barbel

60 year old Stephen Ainscow of Ramsbottom Lancashire, a very experienced game angler for over thirty years and a member of Bowland Games Anglers Association wanted to catch a barbel so I invited him to join me for a couple of days on the river Teme.

The first day he hooked and lost one fish missed three other good barbel bites and caught a few chub to 4lbs. He was certainly a happy angler. Day two Stephen lots three fish caught a couple of chub. Around 9pm the rod tip pulled round and another barbel was hooked following my instructions Stephen successfully played the fish to the waiting landing net. As the fish was netted I punched the air and shouted "Yes" It weighed 7lbs not an ounce less or more. After a quick picture it was released to hopefully grow into a ten pounder. For two days I had watched Stephen go from the height of happiness to despair then back to the height of happiness and a grin a mile wide.For two days I had watched and helped Stephen try and catch a barbel and though I didn't fish I enjoyed the experience.

Barnsfold Water near Chipping Weather very unsettled with air temperature colder than the water. winning methods, slime line with small lure or floating line with beaded nymph's. Ray Rigby on a half day permit caught 10 fish up to 3lb on a black and green lure. Jack Wilson caught 8 fish upto 5lb on buzzers while Barry Foster caught 12 fish upto 4 lb on a black buzzer. Most anglers catching fish.If our fly casting isn't as good as it should be why not give Frank Casson a cal on 01995-61583 and book an hour's casting lesson at £15-00 . Its not a new rod some anglers need but a casting lesson.Another good point is make sure you clean your line after each days angling. You will find your casting will be much better.Also make sure you use a tapered leader and not a length of nylon line

River Ribble Its had a good three feet this week several salmon and seatrout moving, chances of good sport excellent. If your looking for a good days fishing in nice pleasant surrounding call Ivan Duxbury on 07973-268131 You might have a chance of booking day on this water. Coarse fishing prospects are good chance of double figure barbel from Balderstone downstream to Motorway bridge Pellets and meat baits are producing. Good chub on meat and pellet baits.

Over on the Fylde coast a few bass are starting to be caught mainly school size fish, Eels, flounder and small plaice being caught.If you get the chance of getting out from Blackpool in a boat why not fish for the tope, don't use heavyweight gear its not needed. Also use a wire trace and barbless hook so you can quickly unhook the fish and have it back in the ocean. There is no way we should kill these hard fighting and sporting fish.

River Ribble - with the extra rain more seatrout are moving up river and fish are being caught on small mepps spoons and various fly patterns; three salmon reported and all returned which is excellent news. Trout fishing is excellent on most beats. Coarse fishing on the lower Ribble has been good with a lot of barbel being caught pellets, meat and caster top baits. Chub to bread crust and flake. A good river carp of 22 lbs was taken on the Prince Albert water near Osbaldeston by an angler fishing for barbel with pellet bait.

On the Hodder some good seatrout have been caught. river Aire Gargrave Skipton some nice trout being caught by members of Bradford City AA. Please note there are no day tickets for this fishery. River Teme barbel and chub fishing has proved a bit hard in some areas, look for the fast broken water try freelined cheese paste, bread and meat for chub. Legered breadcrust for barbel is my first choice. River Severn upper reaches providing good sport for chub, few barbel. Lower reaches of the river is the place to fish if you seek a big barbel several double figure fish have been caught pellets seem the best bait. River Wye some nice roach to a pound have been caught on float fished bread flake barbel to 6lbs on swimfeeder rig with casters or gentles as bait. Plenty of chub try floating crust for these fish which are shoaled up in the faster water.

Water Industry anglers raise £6,500 for Water Aid

Anglers travelled from throughout the UK and headed for Rutland Water to raise money in the Anglian Water Aid Fly Fishing Challenge 2002 on 26th June.This was the inaugural event for the organisers from Anglian Water - Chris Evans, Paul Dimbleby and John Skirrow. Over a third of the 58 anglers were beginners to fly fishing and thanks to Jon Marshall and his AW fishery staff, who gave them expert tuition, there were some excellent catches in spite of bright and windy conditions.

The event sponsors, participating companies and the Rutland Water Fishery (who donated a £500 cheque from money raised from the 25th anniversary tackle auction held at Rutland on the 4th May) helped to raise an impressive sum of around £6,500 for the Water Aid charity. The money will be used to provide safe water supplies, sanitation and hygiene education for around 400 people in developing countries around the world. David Moore, Anglian Water’s Recreation Manager, presented the prize-winners as follows: ·

Winning Team (sponsor May Gurney) 18 lb 8 oz (11 fish) – ABB/ AW/Air Pollution Products and Systems· Team Runner-up (sponsor Thyssen) 13 lb 15 oz (8 fish) – Anglian Water Technology Group· Best Individual Weight (sponsor ABIC) with 10 lb 5oz (6 fish) - Richard Slaughter (Anglian Water) · Runner-up Individual Weight (sponsor Laing) with 9 lb 7.5 oz (6 fish) - Paul Frapwell (Anglian Water)· Best Beginner Weight (sponsor WS Atkins) with 6 lb 13 oz (4 fish) – Alan Ryder (Morrison Construction)· Runner-up Beginner Weight (sponsor AMEC) with 4 lb 13oz (3 fish) – Phil Hutchins (Air Pollution Products and Systems)· Largest Fish (sponsor LES) 2 lb 5.5 oz - J Harrison (Jefco Services)· Largest Fish Runner-up (sponsor Wrekin) 2 lb 5 oz – Joe Burrows (Biwater)

Anyone interested in finding out more about WaterAid or entering next years event please contact Chris Evans on 01733 414163 or email

The Event Sponsors were; AMEC construction, Atkins Water, Laing, ABIC Engineering, Wrekin Construction, LES, Thyssen Engineering, May Gurney, Biwater, Claret Civil Engineering, AirFlo, SNF, Andritz, Skanska, Huber technology, BXT, Insituform, Morgan Water and Jefco services.

Rutland Water fish week 951 (season 32,732) returns 365 (8290) rod average 2.6 (3.9) 10,000 rainbows have been stocked at Rutland Water over the last two weeks, but with strong winds throughout the week fishing was difficult.

Seventeen Scottish anglers from Crawfordland Fly Fishers, enjoyed their annual week’s holiday, fishing at Rutland recorded 213 fish with an average weight of 2?lb. One of their members, Bob Fitzpatrick, recorded the best fish of the week at Rutland, a 6lb 2oz brown.

Fish have been feeding on green bloodworm, small black buzzer, small amounts of daphnia, pin fry and caenis making floating line with diawl bach, black buzzer, hares ear, pheasant tail, damsel nymph the best method. Wet flies, like wickhams, soldier palmer and silver invicta are also worth a try. Boat anglers are also catching on sinking lines with orange lures.

Twelve local ladies enjoyed a day at Rutland Water on Saturday learning all about casting, knots and fly tying. Bad weather prevented them fishing from a boat but they did learn the basics about handling one. The day was run by David Doherty and John Wadham with assistance from England Ladies Fly Fishing team members.

best rainbow 5lb 14oz taken by C. Parkin of Stamford

best brown 6lb 2oz taken by Bob Fitzpatrick, Scotland

best boat areas bottom of either arms, Yellowstone, old hall, Normanton, and Sykes Lane

best bank areas old hall, stockie bay, Armley wood,

Tim Appletons and the finches

mid week boat winner Mr Ken Broster of Chester.

fish stocked 7,700

competition news: Tuesday night boat league

Andrew Wells, Spalding continued his winning streak with four fish for 7lb 9oz. Second was Gordon Bloodworth, Woodnewton with four fish for 7lb 2oz and Roger McCarthy, Melton Mowbray took third place with four fish for 6lb 8?oz.

Hilary Tomlinson, Oakham got drawn to fish with her son Martin and caught her first ever trout whilst Martin failed to catch.

The league is ideal for beginners to the sport as you may get drawn to fish with an expert.

Forthcoming events 14-16 July Trout Fisherman European Open

Individual Championship

20 July – George Moore Memorial Trophy

entry for this boat rudder pairs match is £10 (plus usual permit and boat hire) with cash prizes to be won

boat bookings Please telephone the lodge on 01780 686441

(8am to 4.45pm) for availability, as during the

next few months the fishery is very busy.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

fish week 178 (season 8178) returns 43 (1593) rod average 2.88 (5.1)

Ravensthorpe continues to provide excellent sport from both boat and bank. Boats are taking surface feeding fish on c.d.c. variants, green emergers, grhe and ptns.

Mark Flavin of Northampton stalked a superb 7lb natural brown taken just a few feet from the lodge bank on a damsel nymph.

Local angler Russ Barringer caught the biggest rainbow this week a 6lb 4oz specimen , the best of a 6 fish catch taken in a half day session.

Tom Holyoak from Gresham, Norfolk made his long journey worthwhile, taking nine rainbows to 5lb boat fishing off the domes. Tom’s fish all came to a double ended c.d.c hares ear twitched across the surface to rising fish.

best rainbow 6lb 4oz taken by Russ Barringer of Ravensthorpe

best brown: 7lb taken by Mark Flavin of Northampton (see above)

best boat areas mongers point to the domes

best bank areas dam wall

mid week boat winner Mr Alan Kemp of Wigston

Pitsford Water

fish week 493 (season 8002) returns 207 (2833) rod average 2.3(2.8)

With the predominant west wind last week the hot spots for both boat and bank anglers at Pitsford Water were around the sailing club and inlet.

Some fish are now rising through the day, so be prepared to use floating and slow sink lines. Nymph fishing has been most successful with gold ribbed hares ear being the dominant fly, although various patterns of pheasant tail are still a favourite.

Don Rogers from Stretton and Alan Fairey from Northampton were among many that managed to catch good quality rainbows over 4lb.

Stewart Rowe, Northampton recorded the weeks best brown at 3lb 10oz during a half day fishing session.

best rainbow many 4lb (see above)
best brown 3lb 10 oz taken by Stewart Rowe

best boat areas sailing club to inlet

best bank areas sailing club to inlet

mid-week boat winner Robin Newson of Oxford

competition news
the Wednesday night boat league is a friendly affair with a meal included in the price and is a great way to learn and/or pass on some knowledge. You don’t have to be a regular to do well. David Cooper, Northampton taking part for the first time was paired with Bev Perkins so that Bev could show him what to do. With Bev’s help David finished 3rd whilst Bev finished 4th ! If you want to know more about taking part, please ask at the fishing lodge.

The evening, although a little cool saw some excellent sport with a rod average of over 4 for the local anglers taking part.

1st Richard Slater 10 fish for 18lb 10oz

2nd Charlie Watts 9 fish for 15lb 14oz

3rd David Cooper 7 fish for 13lb 2oz

4th Bev Perkins 3 fish for 6lb 4oz.

Grafham Water

fish week 714 (season 11,400) returns 218 (3065) rod average 3.6 (3.7)

Anglers practising for the Midlands Final Elininator for the national team were successful with various sinking lines and stripped lures. By contrast some anglers in the Tuesday and Thursday evening boat leagues had great sport with floating lines, nymphs and dry flies. Most of the action this week has come off the bowl of the dam, at G marker and in thej Plummer/Gaynes cove area.

Mr. Bradley of Bury St Edmunds had the best fish of the week at 5lb 5oz whilst Alan Pattison of Royston took the best bag with 8 fish for 22lb 8oz.

best rainbow 5lb 5oz taken by Mr. Bradley of Bury St. Edmunds

best boat areas bowl of dam, G bouy and Gaynes cove

best bank areas the seat, sludge bank, gaynes cove, plummers and south dam

fish stocked 3330

mid week boat winner Harry Broolbanks of Peterborough

competition news: Tuesday night boat league – 11 anglers took part this week

1st Norman Shippey 9 fish for 20lb 13oz

2nd Dave Burgess 6 fish for 12lb 14oz

3rd Doug Head 4 fish for 5lb 6oz

Thursday night boat league – week 6 of this ever popular match series saw 12 anglers looking forward to fishing the evening rise and trying to beat the regular lure-stripping champion Rob Edmunds

1st Rob Edmunds 8 fish for 21lb 8oz

2nd Leon Smith 6 fish for 14lb 7oz

3rd Dave Barker 6 fish for 13lb 2oz

forthcoming events
14 July - beginners course

4 August - Grafham Open great prizes to be won bookings now being taken full details of all forthcoming events are available at the fishing lodge,

telephone 01480 810531