Monday June 11th to Friday June 15th

DATE:                             Monday June 11th to Friday June 13th
REPORT AUTHOR        Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:   18 trout for Paul Buttery and for Peter Andrews
BEST RNB:                     4lbs 8oz Jimmy Cryton
BEST BROWN:               2lbs 8oz Richard Wincer
BANK ROD AV:              7.31 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:              6.00 fish per angler
Sport: On Monday it was very bright and breezy, which meant the fishing wasn’t easy throughout the day. However in the evening we got a bit of cloud cover and the wind eased slightly and not surprisingly the fishing picked up.
Colin Fitzjohn took five on dries and John Richardson brought four to his boat on snakes fished on sinking line.
Tuesday followed a similar format with ones twos and threes across the board.
However on Wednesday things started to change. Bank anglers started to return from the Dam area with some really good catches. First back after just a few hours was Mr J Cottam with four fish all caught on a small viva on a floating line. Then came Ian Sobe and Terry Overy with five and six apiece and finally, after just half a day, came Keith Landless with twelve trout. Keith started by straight-lining buzzers near the blue pipe but this proved fruitless so he switched to pulling back a small lure just subsurface. He had a frantic couple hours where he landed twelve and had plenty of follows and other interest.
Whilst I was cleaning out the boats on the jetty Richard Wincer stopped by and told me that he had just had a mad half hour and landed seven trout in quick succession. He had already caught three at Bell Point but it was in Barn Quarry where he’d had the best action. I told him about Keith Landless catching twelve trout from the Dam, he smiled, and not to be out done he cast back in now near the jetty. No sooner had he started retrieving and his line tightened and he landed two rainbows at once! A couple of casts later and he caught his thirteenth fish. Richard used a variety of patterns but one that was common to all was that he retrieved the flies just under the surface.
On Thursday the very strong winds meant that the boats couldn’t go out. Not to be defeated, Paul Buttery and Phil Webster walked down to the Dam to fish from the shore. Later they were joined by Jim and Ian Creighton, Michael Timlin and Stu Blayney who were staying in our holiday let. When I left Paul had caught eighteen rainbows up to 3lbs 8oz all on daddy long legs. When it was cloudy he twitched it back and when it was bright he let it sink and fished it much slower. Good angling.
I later learned the Jimmy and the lads had a good evening session with fifteen trout between them, the best of which was caught by jimmy and tipped the scales to 4lbs 8oz.
On Friday the wind had subsided so they did get to go out on the boats.
Jimmy and Stu fished ste off to the dam anchored around Grindy’s Lawn. They had a beano morning session fishing daddies both statically and retrieved back. They ended up with a cricket score of 31 to the boat.
Ian and Michael fished the same method up the east bank to tempt eighteen trout between them.
Peter Andrews was also fishing from a boat at the Dam and he too was amongst the fish. Peter started on dries and then, as it brightened, fished the washing line and then straight lined diawls. He ended up with eighteen trout and had many more takes.
Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton drifted all over the reservoir today and commented that they got action everywhere they fished. They ended up with twenty two trout between including some nice over-wintered fish.
From the shore Ken Whiteside had eight fish this morning from Barn Quarry and Hartley’s Bank on his white UDF pattern and Antoon Gysbers took six on Crackton nymphs and flashback diawls. Tight Lines Ben

Steve Horrocks (pictured here) and Dave Vose had nine fish between them including this belting 9lb 5oz rainbow. All their fish fell to Dawsons olive in Hollins Bay

Steve Horrocks (pictured here) and Dave Vose had nine fish between them including this belting 9lb 5oz rainbow. All their fish fell to Dawsons olive in Hollins Bay