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2014 Season

April 7th - 13th

191 anglers caught 1270 fish of which 892 were returned (not including Iain Barr bank match Sunday 13th)

Best Fish

  • 9lb 2oz  Fen Oakley, Sudborough, Pitsford pea

  • 8lb 6oz  Paul Haskey, Rugby, cats whisker

  • 6lb 12oz  Stuart Parker (top right), Letchworth, black buzzer, boat

  • 6lb 8oz  John Thompson, Peterborough

  • 6lb 1oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer

  • 6lb 0oz  Ken Nicholls, Farcet, damsel, boat

  • 5lb 11oz  Paul Dunstan (middle right), Towcester, small black buzzer, float tube

  • 5lb 9oz  Adrian Wilkinson, Spaldwick, red dancer

  • 5lb 8oz  Huw Morris (bottom right), Belfast

Best Areas

Bank - Dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boats - all areas producing

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, red Diawl Bach, damsel, cats whisker, yellow dancer, orange blob.

Elinor fished superbly on calmer days with big hatches of buzzers. On windy, bright days the bank fishing was much harder with fish being caught from deeper areas but the shallower bank areas didn't fish well as the fish moved out too far.

Generally the best depth to fish has been between 4 and 8 foot but there are plenty of fish nearer the surface on cloudy days and a good number rising most evenings. Size 10 or 12 buzzers fished under a bung or straight lined is the deadly method in good conditions. Lures on a slow intermediate line are working well in a good wave.

Next Stocking: April 18th.

Competition News

April 13th  Iain Barr Airflo World Bank Masters Final

Full report to follow next week - Top 3:

1. Peter Appleby  14 fish from 5 pegs   19 points

2. Mike Dixon  8 fish from 7 pegs   15 points

3. Charlie Abrahams  10 fish from 5 pegs  15 points

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial bank competition.

Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may fish wherever they wish but may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition.

Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk


March 31st - April 6th

185 anglers caught 1288 fish of which 958 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 10lb 0oz  Mike Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer

  • 6lb 10oz  Richard Slater, Mawsley, sunburst blob

  • 6lb 8oz  George Brock, Corby

  • 6lb 6oz  Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey, corixa

  • 6lb 2oz  Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough,

  • 6lb 0oz  Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough

  • 5lb 12oz  Phil Cross, Northampton, damsel

  • 5lb 8oz  Mr Taylor, boat

  • 5lb 6oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer

  • 5lb 3oz  Jim Wilson, Stafford, olive buzzer, boat

  • 5lb 0oz  Mr Fowler, Alconbury, cormorant

  • 5lb 0oz  Bryce Hanlon, GRHE

Best Areas

Bank - Brookside, lodge bank, dam

Boat - Gravel bar, dam, east arm, shallow bay

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, GRHE, white/green lures, orange blob, damsel, red or black Diawl Bach. A cracking week for both bank and boat anglers with the rod average almost reaching 7. On windier days lures worked best on either a floater or intermediate line but on calmer mild days buzzers and nymphs caught the best bags. Fish remain well spread around the lake and they are fighting fit right now. A few fish are rising in the evening but most anglers are catching 2- 6 foot down. There should be more surface activity as we get further into April.

Please note that there will be no bank fishing available to non competitors on Sunday April 13th as Elinor will be hosting the Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters Final. Boats are available as normal.

Next Stocking: April 8th, 11th

Competition Results

Wednesday April 2nd  Troutmasters Fish-Off.

A strong Westerly wind kept most anglers on the lodge bank. Best methods were damsels, buzzers or Diawl Bach's on a floater. Rod average was 5.

Top 3:

1. Paul Haskey, Rugby  6 fish 17lb 6oz

2. Steve Johnson, Raunds  6 fish 17lb 1oz

3. Pete Welch, Boston  6 fish 13lb 3oz

Paul Haskey will represent Elinor at the Troutmasters Final at Grafham on September 15th.

Saturday April 5th  Iain Barr/ Airflo heat

24 anglers caught 178 fish for a fantastic rod average of 7.4 for this five hour bank match. A strong SSW wind made it more comfortable to peg the Brookside bank unless you were a left hander! The wind meant that lures such as cats whisker and orange blobs out fished nymphs.

Top 12:

1. Brad Gifford , Kettering, 15 fish from 7 pegs

2. Steve Parker, Burton Latimer 14 fish from 6 pegs

3. Danny Keane, 11 fish from 7

4. Roger Abnett, 12 from 6

5. Pete Andrews, 12 from 6

6. Dave Franklin, 9 from 7

7. Ed Foster, 9 from 6

8. Richard Kesek, 7 from 6

9.. Fen Oakley, 9 from 4

10. Stan Suddick, 6 from 6

11. Harvey Mobbs, 7 from 5

12. Michael Mohan, 7 from 4

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Competition.

Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may fish wherever they wish but may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Scierra Pairs

Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.


March 24th - 31st

143 anglers caught 813 fish of which 568 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 10lb 8oz  Alwyn Fuggle, Market Harborough, black buzzer

  • 9lb 10oz  Ken Grigg, Kettering, black/green lure

  • 7lb 0oz  Peter Oldham, Saffron Walden, black/green buzzer

  • 6lb 4oz  Mr O'Brien, Watford

  • 6lb 2oz  Bob Walmsley, Desborough, white/green lure

  • 6lb 2oz  Derek Benemore, Finedon, Sweeney Todd

  • 6lb 0oz Mr Grattan

Best Areas

Bank - gravel bar, Brookside, dam, pensioners point, goodfellow bay

Boat - boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay, anchored off dam 

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, black or red Diawl Bach, damsel nymph, bloodworm, black/green or white/green lures, orange blob. A very good week with the best rod average of the season so far of 5.6. The mild weather has got the fish switching to buzzers with many good bags being taken on black buzzers either straight lined or under an indicator at 2 to 5 foot down. On calmer days there are fish rising and it looks likely that Elinor's superb evening rises will start early this year. As well as buzzers the fish are feeding on the numerous corixa in the margins and small immature damsel nymphs. Boat anglers have almost managed to keep up with the bank anglers this week and fish continue to be caught from all parts of the lake.

Next Stocking: April 4, 8th.

Competition News

Saturday March 29th British Float Tube Association

12 float tubers took part in this event. Temperatures were pleasantly high although breezy bright conditions meant the fish didn't give themselves up easily. A total of 94 fish were caught of which 24 were returned. An excellent rod average of nearly 8 and everyone caught a minimum of 5 fish!

1. Andre Russell, 14lb 7oz

2. Dave Carrie, 12lb 7oz

3. Carl Ward, 12lb 6oz

4. Jez Dye, 12lb 5oz

5. Gary Cragg, 12lb 2oz

Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters 

There is a last chance qualifier on Saturday April 5th. www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Its also an ideal chance to practice for the final on the following weekend. Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial bank competition. Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Scierra Pairs

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk


March 17th - 23rd

154 anglers caught 622 fish of which 389 were returned

Best Fish

  • 9lb 8oz  Dan Sugars (photo Right), Irthlingborough, black buzzer

  • 6lb 14oz  Steve Ward, Cambridge, damsel

  • 6lb 4oz  Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, white/green lure

  • 6lb 3oz  Stuart Fowler

  • 6lb 0oz  Mr Lonsdale, Norwich

  • 5lb 11oz  Paul Aston, Worcester

  • 5lb 10oz  Bill Stewart, Corby, Sweeney Todd

  • 5lb 8oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer

  • 5lb 8oz  Roly Stanford, Finedon

  • 5lb 2oz  Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, white/green lure

Best Areas

Bank - All areas producing fish but dam, goodfellow bay and gravel bar best.

Boat - Anchored off dam or gravel bar

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, orange blob, bloodworm, black buzzer, red or black diawl bach

Fishing was much harder on the windy days last week with many areas difficult to fish. However the rod average still reached 4. Lures are working best during the morning but anglers fishing nymphs from 11.30am onwards are catching well in the more sheltered areas. Bank anglers continue to catch better than boats although not many anglers went afloat in the poor conditions. All we need is a few calmer days for the buzzer fishing to take off. Next Stocking: March 24th, 27th.

Competition Results

Sunday March 23rd Fly Dressers' Guild Spring Bank Competition. 25 anglers fished this inaugural event in a strong cold Northwest wind. At the weigh in 115 fish were caught for a rod average of 4.4  Excellent angling skills in the conditions. 

Top individuals

1. Chris Reeves, Surrey, 12 fish

2. Malcolm Price, Ringwood, 10 fish

3. Les Cooke, Wiltshire Chalk streams, 10 fish

Teams of Three

1. Surrey 21 fish

2. Wiltshire Chalk Streams 19 fish

3. Odds and Ends 16 fish

Forthcoming Competitions

Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters. There is a last chance qualifier on Saturday April 5th. www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Its also an ideal chance to practice for the final on the following weekend.

Sunday May 11th - Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Competition. Free entry, everyone welcome in this friendly match. Proceeds of the raffle to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. 9am - 4pm. Anglers may only use buzzers on a floating line.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.


March 10th - 16th

197 anglers caught 1070 fish of which 733 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 8lb 6oz  Tony Nolan (top right), Stevenage, Montana, boat

  • 8lb 0oz  Pete Jinks, Peterborough, black buzzer

  • 7lb 14oz  Frank Disandolo, Peterborough, black tadpole

  • 7lb 4oz  Peter Appleby, Peterlee, yellow apps

  • 7lb 2oz  Neil Groves, Oundle, white fritz

  • 6lb 4oz  Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, black/green

  • 6lb 2oz  Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Montana, boat

  • 6lb 2oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough, Montana

  • 5lb 8oz  Bill Stewart, Corby, Sweeney Todd

  • 5lb 6oz  Steve Parker (bottom right), Burton Latimer, tequila blob

  • 5lb 6oz  Chris Gardener, Banbury, red Diawl Bach

  • 5lb 3oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough

Best Areas

Bank - All areas fishing well

Boat - anchored off dam, gravel bar

Best Patterns

Montana, small cats whisker, orange blob, red yellow or pink apps, cormorant, black buzzer, small damsel, red or black Diawl Bach. An excellent week with the rod average hitting 5. Bank anglers still doing best but boats catching well on calmer days.

Fish are still well spread around the lake with nearly every angler catching and nobody hogging a hotspot. Long may it continue! Small lures continue to take plenty of fish on floating or intermediate lines but many anglers are fishing nymphs with success. A black buzzer or damsel on the point with a black Diawl Bach or red ribbed Diawl Bach on the dropper being the best imitative approach. Numerous fish over 3lb being caught. Many anglers are getting broken at the moment. There is no need to use fine leaders at this time of year. The fish are in prime condition and fighting very hard.

Next Stocking

March 21st

Competition Results

Saturday March 15th Iain Barr/Airflo World Bank Masters Heat

A bright and very windy day greeted competitors. Usually not great for trout fishing. However Elinor fished superbly with 26 anglers catching 155 fish and no blanks.. Not bad for a 5 hour match.

The 8 qualifiers who go forward to the final on April 13th are:

1. Peter Appleby 15 fish from 7 pegs 

2. Bob Barr 13 fish from 8 pegs

3. Brad Gifford 13 fish from 7 pegs

4. Glen Appleby 12 fish from 7 pegs

5. Richard Slater 11 fish from 7 pegs

6. Keith Jones 11 fish from 6 pegs

7. Roy Lewin 7 fish from 7 pegs

8. James Morgan 8 fish from 6 pegs

There is a last chance qualifier on Saturday April 5th. www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Its also an ideal chance to practice for the final on the following weekend.

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk


March 3rd - March 9th

142 anglers caught 578 fish of which 351 were returned

Best Fish

  • 6lb 2oz  Frank Disandolo, Peterborough, goldhead hares ear

  • 6lb 0oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton. Sweeney Todd

  • 6lb 0oz  Ken Grigg, Kettering, black/green lure

  • 5lb 11oz  Carl Jones, Nottingham, Montana

  • 5lb 8oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat

  • 5lb 2oz  Ray Ward, Olney, black Minkie, boat

  • 5lb 0oz  Terry Breen, Wymington, black lure

Best Areas

Bank - All areas producing fish

Boat - anchored off dam or pylon point, gravel bar

Best patterns

black/green lures, white/green lures, orange blob, apps bloodworm, gold ribbed hares ear. A good week with a rod average over 4 and still improving each day. It is pleasing that all areas of the lake are holding fish.

Bank and boat anglers are having equally good sport. At last some anglers are starting to catch on more imitative flies with black buzzers, Diawl Bach, crunchers and corixa all worth trying.

Elinor's superb buzzer fishing should in full swing over the next couple of weeks with the forecast mild weather. Last week most spooned fish revealed corixa, small immature damsels and hoglouse.

Next Stocking

March 13th

Competition News

Saturday March 15th - Heat of the Iain Barr/ Airflo Bank masters. There are still a few places left in this match and your chance to qualify for the final at Elinor on April 13th. Full details at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

Saturday May 24th - Elinor is pleased to be holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs boat competition. Full details/entry form at www.scierrapairs.co.uk.


Feb 24th - March 2nd

88 anglers caught 205 fish of which 116 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 8lb 10oz Roly Stanford (right), Finedon, Montana

  • 6lb 8oz  Jeff Brown, Milton Keynes, green/black tadpole

  • 4lb 14oz  Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey, black/silver humongous

  • 4lb 11oz  Jim Harris, Coventry, damsel

  • 4lb 10oz  Steve Parker, Burton Latimer

Best Areas

pylon point, coarse bank, the creek, east arm

Best Patterns

black/green or white/green lures, damsel, apps bloodworm.

A much better week with the rod average on some days over 3 and improving all the time as the water clarity improves. Visibility is now almost 12 inches in some areas. Although lures are still taking the majority of fish it will only be a matter of days before fish are being taken on buzzers. Some good size black buzzers are hatching early this season. These will be the main food source for fish in the next couple of weeks along with a huge population of corixa in the margins and small immature damsel nymphs. Bank anglers are still having the best sport. Most fish continue to be caught fairly high in the water, 2 to 4 foot down. Stocking this week. Prospects are at last excellent and Elinor is worth a visit.

Elinor is now a stockist of the full range of Iain Barr flies with all the new 2014 patterns.

Elinor will be holding the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 13th with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. This is a friendly event and an ideal first try at competition fishing. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 15th and April 5th. Places still available for both heats. Full details and entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk


February 15th - 23rd

93 anglers caught 142 fish of which 63 were returned

Best Fish

  • 8lb 5oz  Valentin Kruglov (top right), Leicester, black/yellow dancer, boat. Valentin Kruglov from Leicester caught the biggest fish of the season so far at Elinor. The 8lb 5oz Rainbow took a black/yellow dancer on a floating line on the hang right by the boat. Unfortunately his rod broke during the fight but he still managed to land it.

  • 5lb 2oz  Mr Jones

  • 5lb 0oz  Mr Southgate, Kings Lynn, cats whisker

  • 4lb 10oz  Ken Gates (bottom right), Leighton Buzzard, black tadpole

Best Areas

Bank - Coarse bank, pylon point, east arm

Boat - East arm, west arm, boat bay

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, large hares ear nymph, Sweeney Todd, apps bloodworm.

Over the last three days the rod average has risen to two. Still poor for the time of year but improving each day as the water gradually clears. Best method has been an intermediate with black/green or white/green lures 2-3 foot down. A few anglers are catching on the bung at the same depth. Elinor is full of trout right now! Catches will rise as the water clarity improves.

Elinor will be holding the final of the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 13th with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 15th and April 5th.

Full details and entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk


Elinor opened on Saturday February 15th.

Gale force winds meant that boats weren't able to venture out. The handful of anglers that turned up struggled as the wind had coloured the water.

Best method has been a floater or intermediate with black or black/green tadpoles, white or yellow Minkies with a very slow retrieve. 

Fishing will improve as the water clears over the next few days with no extreme weather forecast.

If you are planning a visit please phone the lodge or email me for the latest news.


2013 Season

December 16th - 22nd

53 anglers caught 150 fish of which 94 were returned

Best Fish

  • 5lb 4oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, bloodworm

  • 5lb 0oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 4lb 12oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam

Best Patterns

Small black/green or white/green lures, sunburst blob, bloodworm, hares ear, red Diawl Bach, small damsel.

The poor weather kept many anglers away but Elinor is still fishing well for bank anglers. Best method has been a very slow retrieve on a slow intermediate line or an indicator with flies fishing at 2 and 4 foot. Last day of the season at Elinor is December 31st. As last year, season ticket holders may continue to fish from the bank until Sunday January 26th.

Pike Fishing

Elinor will be open for pike fishing from boats on: January 11th, 12th. For bookings and further info please call Derek McDonald 07507 189081.


December 9th - 15th

93 anglers caught 257 fish of which 190 were returned.

17 fish over 4lb

Best Fish

  • 7lb 2oz  Ray Ward, Olney, boat

  • 5lb 5oz  George Piccaver, Farcet, boat

  • 5lb 3oz  Jean Clarke, Wellingborough

  • 5lb 2oz  Jean Clarke, Wellingborough

  • 5lb 0oz  Alan Rennocks, Kettering, cruncher

  • 4lb 12oz  Alan Rennocks, Kettering, bloodworm

  • 4lb 10oz  Roy Brown, Rushden, black/green lure

  • 4lb 8oz  John Thompson, Peterborough, boat

  • 4lb 5oz  Judy Tuffs, Market Harborough

  • 4lb 4oz  Judy Tuffs, Market Harborough

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, lodge bank

Boat - anchored off dam

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, GRHE, bloodworm, red Diawl Bach, cruncher, black buzzer. Elinor continues to fish quite well, especially from the bank. Good numbers of big fish being caught. The milder weather has seen early mornings sport improve along with the usual 11am - 2pm feeding spell. Slow retrieve has been the key to success at 2 - 4 foot down. Although lures are still catching their share many anglers have switched to smaller imitative patterns over the last few days to take some quality resident rainbows.

Last day of the season at Elinor is December 31st. As last year, season ticket holders may continue to fish from the bank until Sunday January 26th.

Pike Fishing at Elinor

Elinor will be open for pike fishing from boats on the following weekends:

  • December 21, 22

  • January 11, 12.

For bookings and further info please call Derek McDonald 07507 189081.


December 2nd - 8th

75 anglers caught 220 fish of which 143 were returned.

16 fish over 4lb

Best Fish

  • 5lb 12oz  Arthur Matcham, Kettering, white/green lure

  • 5lb 12oz  Phil Longstaffe, Market Harborough, egg fly

  • 5lb 3oz  Jean Clarke, Wellingborough, tequila blob

  • 5lb 2oz  Jean Clarke, Wellingborough, tequila blob

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam or Brookside bay

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, orange blob, bloodworm, egg fly, hares ear, red Diawl Bach. Another decent week for bank anglers with some good quality fish being caught. The optimum time has been 11am - 2pm. A floater or slow intermediate with a lure on the point and nymphs on the dropper with a slow retrieve keeping your flies 2 - 4 foot down has worked best. An indicator with egg flies, bloodworm or gold head hares ears has also caught well. Fish are feeding in shallow water on corixa, hog louse and small immature damsels. Only a few boats have gone out. They have struggled in general with any fish taken caught fishing deep and slow. Last day of the season at Elinor is December 31st. As last year, season ticket holders may continue to fish from the bank until Sunday January 26th.

Pike Fishing at Elinor

Elinor will be open for pike fishing from boats on the following weekends:

  • December 14thth, 15

  • December 2st1, 22nd

  • January 11th, 12th

For bookings and further info please call Derek McDonald 07507 189081. Day ticket vouchers for Elinor make a great Christmas gift. Please email me with your requirements and I will post them immediately.


Nov 11th - Dec 1st

247 anglers caught 751 fish of which 415 were returned.

36 fish over 4lb

Best Fish

  • 7lb 8oz  George Piccaver, Farcet, boat

  • 6lb 10oz  Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel

  • 6lb 8oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, white lure

  • 6lb 3oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough, sweeney todd

  • 6lb 2oz  Mr Chapman, Northampton, boat

  • 5lb 8oz  Phil Caress, Stanground

  • 5lb 6oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 5lb 4oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy, red diawl bach

  • 5lb 4oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 5lb 2oz  Mr Cooke, Milton Keynes

  • 5lb 2oz  Mr Reid, Meldreth, yellow nymph

  • 5lb 1oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, red diawl bach

  • 5lb 0oz  Mr Holland

  • 4lb 10oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley, black/green lure

  • 4lb 10oz  Mr Reid, Meldreth, yellow nymph

  • 4lb 9oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, white/pink lure

  • 4lb 8oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy, white/green minkie

  • 4lb 8oz  Mr Dawkins, Coalville, black/green lure, boat

  • 4lb 7oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 4lb 6oz  Tony Blann, Wellingborough, black/yellow lure

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam or Brookside

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green mini lures, orange blob, damsel, hares ear, red Diawl Bach, black buzzer, black or brown shipman’s. Bank fishing is much more productive than from boats now with many fish being taken within 10 yards of the shore. Although small lures are catching well the water is clear enough to fish nymphs with confidence. The majority of anglers are catching 2 to 4 foot down with a slow retrieve. Fish are feeding on hog louse, bloodworm and immature damsel nymphs. The best time of day is usually 10am - 2pm. Plenty of larger fish, both stockies and residents, are being caught. Elinor is open until Tuesday December 31st for boat and bank fishing.

Next Stocking: December 6th.

Elinor fishing tickets make a great Christmas gift. They can be used anytime and have no expiry date. Please contact me by email with your requirements and I will post the vouchers to you.


Nov 4th - 10th

119 anglers caught 275 fish of which 106 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 5lb 8oz  Mark Britten, Brington, black hopper

  • 5lb 7oz  Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard, black snatcher

  • 5lb 5oz  Rod Goldthorpe, Staffs

  • 5lb 4oz  Mr Stevens, Cambridge

  • 5lb 3oz  Richard Slater, Northampton, sunburst blob

  • 4lb 10oz  Mr Watts

  • 4lb 8oz  David Humpherson, Oundle, tequila blob

  • 4lb 8oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 4lb 7oz  M. Barley, Great Doddington, orange blob, boat

  • 4lb 6oz  Mark Britten, Brington, cruncher

  • 4lb 6oz  Paul Haskey, Rugby, black hares ear

Best Areas

Bank - dam or Brookside

Boat - east arm, dam, Brookside

Best Patterns

Black/green lures, pink or black apps, red Diawl back, hares ear.

The water is clearing quickly now and the last four days have fished much better, especially for bank anglers. Best method has been a floater with a small black and green lure on the point with hares ear and Diawl Bach's on the dropper and a slow figure of eight retrieve.

Fish are more spread out now with anglers catching along the whole of the Brookside bank.

Sunday November 10th Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

 

A cold start greeted competitors but it turned out to be a dry bright day for a change. The water clarity had only just started to clear so the fishing was unlikely to be easy. 41 anglers caught 97 fish with bank anglers filling 8 out of the top 10 places. A total of £563.00 was raised which will be shared by the British Heart Foundation and the Air Ambulance. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event. The top ten anglers were.

1. Richard Slater, Northampton, 6 fish 17lb 11oz

2. Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey, 6 fish 16lb 6oz

3. Roy McLester, Grendon, 6 fish 13lb 10oz

4. Paul Haskey, Rugby, 5 fish  12lb 14oz

5. Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, 6 fish  12lb 4oz

6. Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard, 4 fish  11lb 2oz

7. Ian Donaldson, Hemingford Grey, 5 fish  10lb 11oz

8. Rod Goldthorpe, Staffs, 3 fish  9lb 1oz

9. Bart Farmer, Cambridge, 4 fish  8lb 15oz

10. Peter Welch, Boston, 4 fish  8lb 10oz


October 21st - November 3rd

167 anglers caught 340 fish of which 187 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 5lb 8oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, green/white lure

  • 5lb 2oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, black hopper

  • 4lb 12oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford

  • 4lb 7oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford

Best Areas

Bank - Brookside, dam, east arm.

Boats - anchored off dam, east arm

Best Patterns

Black blob, black/green fritz, cats whisker, red Diawl Bach, black or claret hopper.

Two wildly contrasting weeks with the first fishing well with a 4 fish rod average. However the wind and storms coloured the water and the rod average dropped to 1 for the second week with only a few anglers venturing out. Water clarity is approx 6 inches now and improving rapidly. There were signs today of the fishing improving once again. Elinor is stuffed full of fish right now! Prospects are good for both bank and boat anglers as the water clears. A slow retrieve with mainly black patterns fished 2 - 4 foot down has been the best method although a few are being taken off the top.

Final reminder for the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur and Feather this Sunday, November 10th.

  • Anyone can fish this event. Entry fee £25.00  Fishing 9am til 3pm.Organic meat and tackle prizes for top ten anglers.

  • Please bring a small prize so that everyone goes home with something.

  • All proceeds of this event are shared between the British Heart Foundation and the Air Ambulance.

Next Stocking: November 6th.


October 14th - 20th

114 anglers caught 597 fish of which 395 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 8lb 7oz  George Piccaver, Farcet, bloodworm, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  Howard Koch, boat

  • 6lb 2oz  David Humpherson, Oundle, black hopper, boat

  • 5lb 6oz  Mr Holman, Croydon, Bibio hopper

  • 5lb 5oz  James Mason, Daventry, Minkie

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside, east arm

Boat - down the middle

Best Patterns

White/green or black/green Minkie, wet daddy, orange blob, black hopper, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher. An excellent rod average last week. Boat fishing is producing superb results and the bank fishing is gradually improving. Many fish over 4lb being caught. The fish are better spread around the lake. Most anglers are catching on or near the surface with the best methods being the same as last week: Floating or slow intermediate line, Minkie on the point, Diawl Bach or cruncher on the middle dropper, hopper or orange blob on the top dropper. Afternoon permits are now available from midday.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 10th. Open to everyone. £25 entry fee which includes fishing fee. (£5 for season ticket holders) 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to the British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers.

Next Stocking: October 25th.


October 7th - 13th

121 anglers caught 414 fish of which 255 were returned.

Best Fish

5lb 9oz  Alan Rennocks, Kettering, red Diawl Bach

5lb 5oz  John O'Brien, cats whisker, boat

4lb 10oz  Colin Blows, boat

4lb 8oz  Alan Mason, Holme, cormorant, boat

4lb 8oz  Tony Pointer, Corby

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boat - anchored off dam, anywhere down middle

Best Patterns

White/green or black/green Minkie, cats whisker, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher, black or brown hopper.

A good week for boat anglers with some great catches with many fish between 2 and 4lb. On some days the bank fishing is good but it is much less consistent than from a boat. The majority of fish are being taken on or near the surface with no need to fish deeper than 2 foot. Best method is a floating line with a Minkie or pink apps on the point, red Diawl Bach on middle dropper and a wet black hopper on the top dropper.

Sunday October 13th

Mid Northants Fly Fishers held their Fur and Feather Bank competition in atrocious driving rain. Congratulations to the 14 hardy anglers who turned up and caught 55 fish.

1. Simon Lehane  6 fish  11lb 4oz

2. Richard Slater  6 fish  10lb 12oz

3. Barry Jones  6 fish  10lb 5oz

4. Vasile Bec  6 fish  10lb 2oz

5. Seumas Halliday  4 fish  9lb 9oz

6. Roy McLester  3 fish  6lb 1oz

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 10th. Open to all.

  • £25 entry which includes fishing fee. (£5 for season ticket holders). 9am - 3pm

  • Proceeds to the British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance.

  • Organic meat and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers.

Please bring a small prize so that everyone goes away with something.

Next Stocking: October 16th.


September 30th - October 6th

107 anglers caught 408 fish of which 253 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 5lb 5oz  James Dalton, Coventry, wet daddy

  • 5lb 2oz  Jim Cartwright, white minkie, boat

  • 4lb 14oz  D. Johnson, damsel, boat

  • 4lb 10oz  Graham Wood, daddy, boat

Best Areas

Bank - boat bay, Brookside, east arm

Boat - down middle

Best Patterns

Wet or dry daddy, red Diawl Bach, GRHE, white Minkie, Montana

Boats are still fishing well and there is a gradual improvement in bank fishing now the water temperature is falling with a few anglers managing a limit bag. Most fish are being taken in the top two feet with plenty of fish rising especially on calmer days. Floating or intermediate lines are all you need at the moment. A good number of fish in the 2lb 8oz to 4lb range are showing up. The predicted cooler weather at the end of the week should see even more fish feeding in the margins on corixa, fry and small black buzzers now that the daddies are getting sparser.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 10th. Open to everyone. Fishing is from bank or boat. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. (£5 for season ticket holders). 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to the British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat (just two left) or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or by email.

Next Stocking: October 9th.


September 23rd - 29th

108 anglers caught 346 fish of which 202 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 5lb 2oz  Roy Whitwell, Whittlesey, black buzzer, boat.

  • 5lb 0oz  John Chapman, daddy, boat.

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay

Boat - down middle, boat bay

Best Patterns

Wet daddy, red Diawl Bach, GRHE, white Minkie, orange blob

Elinor is finally switching on. Over the last three days the bank anglers are starting to catch decent bags and some boat anglers are taking double figure catches. Daddy imitations are still working, especially if fished just under the surface. Most anglers are catching in the top two foot. There are some localised hatches of small black buzzers. Its worth trying s12 or s14 pattern. Lure anglers are catching well on a slow intermediate with a white or white/green Minkie on the point and an orange or tequila blob on the dropper. Prospects are excellent with weekly stocking right up until the end of the season on December 31st.

Next Stocking: October 4th, 8th.


September 16th - 22nd

82 anglers caught 230 fish of which 136 were returned.

Best Areas

Bank - boat bay, dam, Brookside

Boat - anchored off dam, boat bay, down middle

Best Patterns

Dry or wet daddy, apps bloodworm, small black buzzers, black/green lures, orange blob.

Fish are starting to spread around the lake now however the majority are still out of range of bank anglers. There are more daddies hatching than in recent years but only a small proportion of the fish are taking them so far. A few are feeding on perch and roach fry while others when spooned have been taking very small black buzzers or daphnia. Afternoon tickets are now available from midday.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 10th. Open to all. Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to the British Heart Foundation and Northants Air Ambulance. Organic meat and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or by email.

Next Stocking: September 26th.


September 9th - 15th

86 anglers caught 165 fish of which 99 were returned

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam, down middle

Best Patterns

Wet or dry daddy, red or green apps, red Diawl Bach, red cruncher, white lure, orange blob.

Not as many anglers ventured out last week with the poor weather forecasts. Fishing is still slow but improving from the bank. When the wind allowed the boats to go out fish were mainly taken from the lodge end of the lake. Best method has been a floater with a daddy on the point and cruncher/Diawl Bach on the droppers. Otherwise a slow intermediate with a white lure on the point and an orange blob on the dropper. The much cooler weather should switch the fish on the feed at anytime now. There are numerous daddies getting blown onto the water. Afternoon tickets are now available from midday.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 10th. Open to all

Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am -3pm. Proceeds to the British Heart Foundation and Northants Air Ambulance. Organic meat and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or by email.

Next Stocking: September 18th


August 26th - September 8th

155 anglers caught 437 fish of which 264 were returned.

Best Areas

  • Bank - dam, boat bay, east arm

  • Boat - down middle

Best Patterns

Red or pink apps bloodworm, red Diawl Bach, wet or dry daddy, white Minkie, orange blob. The high temperatures last week kept the fishing challenging, especially for bank anglers.  Boat anglers fared better with fish being taken on the surface using dries or washing line with a foam daddy or booby on the point and Diawl Bach and cruncher on the dropper. Cooler weather will greatly improve prospects. Numerous roach and perch fry are available to the trout and the sedge grass around the banks are full of daddy long legs. By the end of the month the big fish, which have been mainly absent from catches during the last six weeks, should have switched back on the feed. With the days getting shorter, afternoon tickets are now available from midday.

 

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November the 10th. Open to all. Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to the British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or by email.

Next Stocking: September 13th.


August 19th - 25th

115 anglers caught 428 fish of which 279 were returned

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, east arm

Boat - anchored off dam, boat bay, pylon point, down middle

Best Patterns

Red apps, red Diawl Bach, orange or red CdC, damsel nymph, damsel booby, orange blob.

Bank fishing remains difficult with the continuing warm weather keeping feeding fish out of range for much of the day. Many boats are taking good bags by either fishing dries or washing line with a booby or daddy on the point and nymphs with a flash of red on the droppers. There are more fry around this year and a few fish have already started taking them. Watch out in the afternoons for flying ants! The trout absolutely love them and some spectacular rises can occur for a short while. A size 14 big black is worth a try. Please take extra care with fish caught and released while the water is still warm.

Next Stocking: August 30th


August 5th - 18th

194 anglers caught 508 fish of which 335 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 5lb 2oz  John Thompson, Peterborough

  • 5lb 0oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat

  • 4lb 12oz  Jean Clarke, Wellingborough, tequila blob 

Best Areas

Bank - dam, east arm, boat bay

Boat - east arm, pylon point

Best Patterns

Wet or dry daddy, damsel, red Diawl Bach, olive cdc, grhe, white lures 

Fishing is improving with the cooler weather. Bank fishing is still difficult but not impossible. Some big bags are being taken from the boats with plenty of 2lb + fish being caught. A variety of methods are working: dries, washing line with a booby and black buzzer/red Diawl Bach or white lure on the point and orange blob on dropper. The majority of fish are being taken in the top two feet.

As we head towards September the bank anglers should have better sport.

Elinor is mainly weed free and water clarity is good with only minimal algae on the windward shore.


July 29th - August 4th

95 anglers caught 389 fish of which 247 were returned.

Best Areas

Bank - East arm, Brookside, dam

Boat - East arm, boat bay, pylon point 

Best Patterns

Wet or dry daddy, GRHE, red or green apps, white lures.

At last the temperatures have dropped which is a relief to both trout and anglers. Last week the fishing was still difficult for bank anglers but some boats are doing very well by either targeting rising fish in the morning then fishing down the middle over the deeper water in the afternoon. While the water is still warm please could I remind anglers to take extra care when releasing fish as they are easily stressed at this time of year.

Next Stocking: August 1st, 16th.


July 15th - 28th

119 anglers caught 438 fish of which 285 were returned

Best Areas

Bank - East arm, dam

Boat - East arm, pylon point, down middle

Best Patterns

Daddies, black hopper, GRHE, red or green apps, orange blob, cats whisker.

The fishing continues to be challenging during the hot weather. Rod average has varied wildly from as little as one on the warmest days up to six when conditions have been less harsh. Boat anglers are still getting the best sport with wet or dry daddies, hares ear and apps bloodworm fished high in the water or mini lures/buzzers fished 5 to 8 foot down. Fish are preoccupied with damsels, both nymphs and adults during the day and a few are taking sedges late evening.

Next Stocking: August 1st


July 8th - 14th

88 anglers caught 209 fish of which 104 were returned 17 fish over 3lb.

Best areas

Bank - dam, east arm, boat bay

Boat - down the middle

Best Patterns

Dry or wet daddy, black hopper, olive or hears ear CdC, red Diawl Bach, orange blob, black or white booby.

The hot weather continues to make the fishing challenging, especially from the bank. Boat anglers are getting action by concentrating over the cooler water down the middle. There are some fish moving on the surface with daddies and CdC's working. Otherwise its worth anchoring off the pylon and fishing deeper with sinking line and boobies or a long leader and buzzers. Norfolk and Suffolk Flyfishers braved the scorching temperatures on Saturday. Best bag was by Peter Roberts of Wymondham who took 6 fish for 15lb 4oz.


July 1st - 7th

125 anglers caught 370 fish of which 214 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 4lb 11oz  Jim Peters, Banbury, dry daddy, boat

  • 4lb 6oz  Gary Lines, damsel, boat

  • 4lb 4oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, orange blob 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, boat bay

Boat - anchored off pylon, down middle 

Best Patterns

Dry or wet daddy, black red or olive CdC, damsel, orange or tequila blob.

The hot weather has made the fishing very hard for bank anglers but the boat anglers have managed to boost the rod average to a respectable level although the fishing hasn't been easy while afloat either. There are plenty of fish rising over the deeper water down the middle where either dries or a blob/Muddler pulled through the surface have produced. On the warmest days it has also been worth fishing an intermediate line down the middle of the lake with a team of crunchers, buzzers and Diawl Bach's to get down to the cooler water.

Next Stocking: July 12th.


June 24th - 30th

183 anglers caught 376 fish of which 188 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 7lb 13oz  Peter Ris, Northampton, black CdC, boat

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, boat bay, coarse bank

Boat - anchored off pylon, down middle

Best Patterns

CdC in orange hares ear or olive, dry or wet daddy, fritz damsel, orange blob.

Another difficult week at Elinor with a rod average just scraping 2. There are plenty of fish rising especially in the morning and the best bags have come to dries such as CdC, hoppers, big red or big black and daddies. As usual for this time of year the boats are providing the most consistent sport.

Some anglers are catching down the middle by fishing deeper with a team of buzzers or a damsel and crunchers, 5 to 6 foot down. There is a good hatch of sedges in the evening and some success has been had by pulling a Muddler or wet flies through the surface.

Next Stocking: July 5th.


June 17th - 23rd

163 anglers caught 409 fish of which 185 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 6lb 3oz  George Brock, Corby, green dancer

  • 5lb 2oz  Ken Grigg, Kettering, black cdc

  • 4lb 14oz  Tom Smith, damsel

  • 4lb 12oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley

  • 4lb 8oz  Mr Clay 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, dam, coarse bank

Boat - east arm, down middle 

Best Patterns

Orange blob, white and green lures, damsel, daddies, red Diawl Bach, GRHE, black CdC, hares ear CdC.

Another challenging week at Elinor with a rod average of 2.5. The wind has been changing direction almost daily with a huge variation in temperature. Fishing has been particularly tough on windy days for both boat and bank anglers. Best methods have been cdc dries, damsel booby with Diawl Bach and crunchers on dropper or a lure pulled back just under the surface. On warmer days there have been damsels hatching and during the evening there are finally a good number of sedges as well as tiny buzzers.

Hopefully a double stocking this week will liven up the residents!

Next Stocking: June 25th, 28th.


June 10th - 16th

 

183 anglers caught 528 fish of which 306 were returned.

 

Best Fish

  • 5lb 11oz  Dave Cartwright , Norwich, damsel, boat

  • 5lb 5oz  John Gray, Cambridge, olive hopper

 

Brown

  • 4lb 6oz   Jean Clarke, Wellingborough, black buzzer

 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, lagoon, dam

Boat - all areas holding fish

 

Best Patterns

Small damsel, GRHE, orange or amber hopper, red or green Diawl Bach, tequila blob.

 

The fishing was harder last week with a rod average just under 3. Lots of buzzers hatching but they are very small and difficult to imitate. Anglers using s14 or s16 olive or hares ear CdC have had some success. When the sun is shining the damsel hatch continues with fish taking both the nymph and adult. For the nymph feeders try a Fraser nymph or un weighted s12 damsel. A foam daddy has taken some of the fish feeding on the adults. Fish are still spread round the lake with bank and boat anglers having plenty of rising fish to cast at.

 

Next Stocking: June 17th, 25th, 28th.


June 3rd - 9th

227 anglers caught 923 fish of which 611 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 11lb 12oz  Pete Welch, Boston, GRHE

  • 11lb 2oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, fritz damsel

All areas holding fish

Best Patterns:

  • Lures- orange blob, tequila blob, cats whisker

  • Nymphs- GRHE, cruncher, small damsel, olive or black buzzer

  • Dries- black or orange hopper, small hares ear CdC, olive shipman's, daddies 

Despite the constant cool NE winds there are lots of fish rising during the day and evening. Small damsels are the main food source during the day but they are proving tricky at times with anglers better off using un weighted or semi buoyant imitations rather than a goldhead.

If the wind drops then there have been good hatches of small buzzers with a size 14 or 16 needed to match them. The majority of fish are being caught in the top two feet with many taken right off the surface. The water is very clear and the temperature lower than normal for mid-June so the surface feeding should continue. Giles Cadman (above) caught this fine specimen on his secret dry fly, I wonder what it was? Raid his box when he's not looking ...

Next Stocking: June 13th, 17th.


May 27th - June 2nd

203 anglers caught 1040 of which 662 were returned

Best Fish

  • 12lb 8oz  Roy Swinfield, Leicester, black/red buzzer

  • 5lb 15oz  David Rudge, Teeton, olive hopper, boat

  • 5lb 12oz  James Daneforth, Cambridge, olive buzzer

  • 5lb 7oz  John Steels, Banbury, orange blob

  • 5lb 2oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/white buzzer

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, Brookside, dam, east arm

Boat - all areas fishing well

Best Patterns

Olive or black buzzer, cutthroat cruncher, GRHE, wet or dry orange, olive or brown hopper, GRHE, orange or tequila blob.

Fish are still being taken from everywhere on the lake, mostly on floating line or intermediate. As long as its not too windy there are fish being taken in the top 2 foot on lures, nymphs and dries. The evening rise continues to be excellent with a size 14 hares CdC working best along with shipman’s and small hoppers. The first of the damsels have started to hatch and they will be the major food source for the next few weeks as well as buzzers and daphnia.

Next Stocking: June 4th & 7th.


May 20th - 26th

177 anglers caught 951 fish of which 624 were returned

Best Fish

  • 7lb 10oz  Steve Freeman, Cambridge, boat

  • 6lb 8oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, brown buzzer

  • 5lb 12oz  Roy Swinfield, Leicester, cruncher

  • 5lb 9oz  John Carr, Stoke, cruncher

  • 5lb 8oz  Brian Crowhurst, Wellingborough, boat

  • 5lb 8oz  Mr Burton, Burton Latimer, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, east arm,

Boat - deep hole, east arm, down middle

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, cruncher, black or brown hopper, orange or tequila blob.

On days with less wind the surface sport has been superb at Elinor. A good method has been a small booby, blob or hopper on the point with a cruncher and buzzer on the dropper. There are also plenty of fish taking buzzers deeper, especially from a boat with a team of buzzers and Diawl Bach's on a floater or midge tip working well or a bung with buzzers at 3, 6 and 9 foot. Dry fly is the best way to target the late evening rise with hoppers, shipman’s and cdc buzzers. Fish are being caught from everywhere on the lake and prospects look good for more imitative sport.

Next Stocking: May 29th, 31st.


May 13th - 19th

 

191 anglers caught 1164 fish of which 743 were returned

 

Best Fish

  • 8lb 4oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley

  • 6lb 13oz  Brian Roe, Haynes, red/green buzzer

  • 5lb 14oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, brown buzzer

  • 5lb 4oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, olive buzzer, boat

  • 5lb 2oz  Mr Newbold, St Neots

  • 5lb 2oz  Mr Mallett, Norwich, boat

All areas holding fish. Calmer areas of the lake best for rising fish.

 

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, GRHE, red Diawl Bach, black or claret hopper, black or fiery brown shipman’s.

 

On the kinder weather days Elinor has been fishing superbly. Hawthorn and black or olive buzzers have brought the fish to the top for some belated dry fly sport during the day as well as the excellent evening rise. Imitative patterns readily out fished lures apart from in cold windy conditions. Most anglers are catching in the top two foot.

 

Sunday May 19th  Tommy Wood Memorial

16 anglers fished this event on a lovely warm day with good fly hatches, perfect for the rules of this friendly competition, floating line and buzzers. 70 fish were weighed in with many more released. £562.00 was raised for Sue Ryder, Peterborough

 

1. Phil Wagstaffe, Eye, 6 fish 13lb 14oz

2. Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, 6 fish 11lb 5oz

3. Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard, 6 fish 11lb 1oz

4. Tony Pointer, Corby, 6 fish 10lb 13oz

5. Steve Johnson, Raunds, 6 fish 10lb 6oz

6. Fen Oakley, Sudborough, 6 fish 10lb 3oz

Next Stocking: May 21st, 24th


May 6th - 12th

141 anglers caught 480 fish of which 287 were returned

Best Fish

  • 10lb 2oz  Dale Wilkinson, Kettering, white fritz, boat

  • 7lb 11oz  John Howells, Coventry, olive buzzer

  • 6lb 8oz  Mark Cranfield, Stibbington, Diawl Bach, boat

  • 6lb 6oz  Graham Day, Nottingham, black buzzer

All areas holding fish

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, Diawl Bach, GRHE, bloodworm, yellow dancer, black/green lure.

A generally windy cold week kept rod numbers down. Fish are feeding well on buzzers during the day, mainly 2-4 foot down and only coming to the surface in the evening when hoppers and shipman’s are working. A good method has been a hopper booby on the point with a size 12 buzzer and Diawl Bach on the droppers. When some normal May weather arrives there will be a good rise during the day as well as evening. Buzzers will dominate catches for the next couple of weeks as the damsel hatch looks like being delayed until June with the cooler water temperature. The fish are in excellent condition just now with a 2lb + fish giving a real battle!

Sunday 12th May

Alex Booth Flyfishers held their annual club match from the bank. 13 anglers caught 57 fish + a few more C&R.

1. Baz Street  6 fish 13lb 9oz  (best fish 3lb 10oz)

2. Terry Smith   6 fish 11lb 1oz

3. Jeff Savage  5 fish  10lb 10oz

Sunday May 19th

Tommy Wood Memorial bank match 9am - 4pm. This is a free to enter roving bank match with anglers limited to a floating line and buzzer imitation. The winner will receive a Snowbee Diamond rod (donated by John Wildman). All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder Care, Peterborough.

Next Stocking: May 15th, 17th


April 29th - May 5th

223 anglers caught 901 fish of which 584 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 10lb 7oz  Denis Rait, Hemingford Abbots, yellow dancer, boat

  • 9lb 1oz  Alan Mason, Holme, yellow dancer, boat

  • 8lb 8oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, brown buzzer

  • 6lb 14oz  Dick Oakley, Geddington, diawl bach, boat

  • 5lb 10oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black buzzer

  • 5lb 10oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, brown buzzer

  • 5lb 8oz  Arthur Matcham, Kettering, olive buzzer

Best Areas

Bank - Brookside, boat bay

Boat - all areas producing fish. Dale Wilkinson (above) from Kettering had a great day … It was his first fishing trip this year (Bank holiday Monday), first fish of the day and also a new personal best. It weighed in at 10lb 2oz.  The specimen was caught on a white fritz and intermediate line, a really nice fish and he says that he can’t wait till his next trip to the fishery. Ps: This was part of a 4 fish catch.

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, black Diawl Bach, gold ribbed hares ear, bloodworm, black/green lures, white/green lures, black shipman’s, black hopper. A good hatch of buzzers over the holiday weekend. Fish are feeding on them deep during the day, especially for boat anglers but there has been a great evening rise 8.30pm onwards as long as the wind isn't too strong. The usual May hatch of olive buzzers started yesterday and along with pond olives should encourage some fish on the surface during the day. Anglers are catching all around the lake and water clarity continues to improve.

Sunday May 19th

Tommy Wood Memorial bank match 9am - 4pm. This is a free to enter roving bank match with anglers limited to a floating line and buzzer imitation. The winner will receive a Snowbee Diamond rod (donated by John Wildman). All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder Care, Peterborough.

Next Stocking: May 7th, 9th.


April 22nd - 28th

324 anglers caught 1749 fish of which 1232 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 10lb 14oz  Fen Oakley, Sudborough, White Minkie

  • 10lb 2oz  Troy Colver, Market Harborough, Diawl Bach, boat

  • 8lb 2oz  Alan Rennocks, Kettering

  • 7lb 13oz  Roy Swinfield, Leicester, black buzzer

  • 6lb 2oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon

  • 6lb 2oz  John Wildman, Peterborough

  • 5lb 8oz  Troy Colver, Market Harborough, Diawl Bach, boat

  • 5lb 7oz  George Brock, Corby, GRHE

  • 5lb 4oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley

Best Areas

 

Bank - all areas holding fish

Boat - anchored off dam, boat bay, east arm

Best Patterns

 

White/green or black/green lures, yellow dancer, orange blob, black buzzer, black Diawl Bach, GRHE, bloodworm. A busy week with the better weather and anglers practicing for the Airflo Bank Masters. On the windy days there were plenty of fish taken on lures but calmer conditions saw buzzers scoring well.

17 year old England youth team member Fen Oakley (above) from Sudborough caught the best fish of the week, a 10lb 14oz Rainbow on a floater and white Minkie.

He caught it in the recent Airflo World Bank Masters on his way to 3rd place. The tag in the dorsal fin won him a £250 voucher for Iain Barr flies. The fish was carefully released.

If the wind dropped in the evening Elinor's superb evening rise started. The fish are much higher in the water now with most fish being taken by bank anglers in the top 3 foot. Boat anglers are still taking some fish deeper but there is no real need for using anything but a floater or intermediate. Fish are well spread now with catches coming from all over the lake. Buzzers and Diawl Bach’s will almost certainly be the best patterns over the next couple of weeks with the chance of some good dry fly sport in the evening using shipman’s or cdc.

 

Competition News

 

Sunday 28th was the final of the Iain Barr Airflo World Bank Masters. Anglers from all over the UK and Europe descended on Elinor for this prestigious event. The strong South Westerly wind made many areas tricky to fish but a top class field caught well and ensured a close finish. Many congratulations to Pascal Rommeraere from Belgium who caught off all six of his afternoon pegs to take the £2000 first prize. Pascal used a combination of orange blob, black and pearl ptn and red thorax cruncher on either a floater or slow intermediate. The top ten all received tackle prizes from sponsors Airflo, Costa sunglasses and Snowbee. England Youth team member, Fen Oakley from Sudborough, Northants produced a great performance in 3rd and also caught a tagged 10lb 14oz rainbow which won him £250 of Iain Barr flies.

Top 12:

1. Pascal Rommeraere (qualified in Belgium) 10 fish from 7 pegs  17points

2. Andrew Scott (Blackdyke)  10 fish 6 pegs  16pts

3. Fen Oakley (Elinor)  9 fish 6 pegs  15pts

4. Andy Grabham (Stocks)  8 fish 6 pegs  14pts

5. Ciaron Mellon ( Woodford Ireland) 8 fish 5 pegs  13pts

6. Den Appleby (Selmuir Scotland)  9 fish 4 pegs  13pts

7. Peter Appleby (Draycote)  7 fish 5 pegs  12pts

8. Patrick De Schutter (Belgium)  7 fish 5 pegs 12pts

9. Dave Johns (Innis)  8 fish 4 pegs  12pts

10. Dave McGuiness (Annaginney Ireland) 7 fish 4 pegs  11pts

11. Glen Appleby (Selmuir Scotland)  7 fish 4 pegs  11pts

12. David Hoppe (Draycote)  7 fish 4 pegs  11pts 

On behalf of all the competitors I'd like to thank Iain Barr for running a superb competition. Special mention also to all the controllers who gave up their day and signed anglers scorecards so that all fish could be returned. 

Sunday May 19th   Tommy Wood Memorial bank match 9am - 4pm

 

This is a free to enter roving bank match with anglers limited to a floating line and buzzer imitations. The winner will get a Snowbee Diamond rod (donated by John Wildman). All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder Care, Peterborough. 

Next Stocking: May 7th, 10th.


April 15th - April 21st

197 anglers caught 1331 fish of which 922 were returned

Best Fish

  • 11lb 0oz  Keith Fairey, Northampton, black/green lure, boat

  • 8lb 2oz  J. Phelps, East Lexham, goldhead hares ear

  • 7lb 12oz  Dave Shorthouse, Stafford, bloodworm

  • 7lb 8oz  Mr Mason, Northampton, white/green lure

  • 7lb 0oz  Mick Johnson, Peterborough, Montana

  • 6lb 4oz  Dave Shorthouse, Stafford, damsel

  • 5lb 13oz  Eamon Murphy, Peterborough, boat

  • 5lb 12oz  Paul Laundon, Bedford, black/green lure

  • 5lb 4oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green

  • 5lb 2oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green, boat

  • 5lb 2oz  Steve Johnson, Raunds, cruncher

  • 5lb 0oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, dam, Brookside

Boat - boat bay, east arm

Best Patterns

Black/green lures, white/green lures, black buzzer, GRHE, bloodworm. Keith Fairey (above) from Northampton used a black/green lure anchored off the boat bay to take this best of the week 11lb 0oz Rainbow.

A milder week saw the fish really switch on the feed with a rod average of 6.75 despite much of the week suffering from strong winds. There are a few fish rising in the day but many of the best bags have come fishing 3 - 6 foot down. Most of the lake is holding fish. Lures are doing best in the morning but buzzers are working well midday onwards. If the wind drops in the evening there has been a small evening rise to adult buzzers. Spooned fish have been eating hog louse, small black buzzers and immature damsels. Bank fishing still has the edge on boats with plenty of fish being taken within 10 yards of the shore.

Sunday 28th Airflo World Bank Masters

Elinor is closed for bank fishing apart from qualifying anglers. Boats are available as normal. We still require a few more marshals for this match. Fishing is 9am until 4.30pm. Lunch and a tackle goody bag is provided. Please email me if you are willing to help out.

Next Stocking: April 22, 25, 27.


April 8th - 14th

 

160 anglers caught 880 fish of which 532 were returned.

 

Best Fish

  • 9lb 10oz  Shane Else, Northampton, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear, boat (shown in the photograph on the right)

  • 8lb 2oz    Mr Rankine, Black fritz, boat

  • 8lb 1oz    Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, Pitsford pea

  • 8lb 0oz    Derek Benamore, Finedon, Black hopper

  • 7lb 4oz    Mike Creamer, Oakley, Yellow dancer

  • 6lb 8oz    Adrian Thirkhill, Northampton

  • 6lb 0oz    Jason Cooke, Roade, boat

  • 5lb 10oz   Bill Stewart, Corby, Sweeney Todd

  • 5lb 9oz    Pete Welch, Boston, black/green fritz

  • 5lb 6oz    Dean Igoe, Crowland, white/green lure

  • 5lb 4oz    Rex Barton, Sutton Bridge, boat

  • 5lb 4oz    Dean Igoe, Crowland, white/green lure

  • 5lb 0oz    Derek Lenton, Roade

  • 5lb 0oz    Rex Barton, Sutton Bridge, Boat

 

Best Areas

Bank - fish being caught everywhere now

Boat - lodge end, east arm

 

Best Patterns

White/green or black/green lures, orange blob, black buzzer, small damsel, grhe

 

At last the wind changed to a South Westerly and the milder weather arrived. Elinor fished well all week apart from in the near gale force conditions on Sunday. With the lodge end difficult to fish in this wind anglers fished areas that have been hardly touched all season and caught from almost everywhere. Bank anglers are still enjoying best sport with the shallower water seeing the early hatches of buzzers and pond olives. Boats are catching well on calmer days. 11am until 3pm has been the most productive period. Plenty of fish over 4lb are being caught. Another week of milder temperatures will see the evening rises start.

 

Competition News

Sunday April 28th is the final of the Airflo World Bank Masters at Elinor. There will be no bank fishing for non-competitors but boats are available as usual.

 

Sunday 19th May is the date for the Tommy Wood Memorial bank match. 9am - 4pm. This is a free to enter roving bank match with anglers only allowed to use a floating line and buzzer imitations. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder Care, Peterborough.

 

Next Stocking: April 17th, 19th.


April 1st - 7th

155 anglers caught 987 fish of which 692 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 12lb 0oz  Roger Bosence, Corby, black/green tadpole

  • 10lb 2oz  Mr York, Market Harborough, black/green lure

  • 10lb 0oz  Steven Allison, black buzzer

  • 8lb 2oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, orange blob

41 fish over 4lb

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, brookside bay

Boat - anchored off dam, down middle

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, orange or tequila blob, bloodworm, black buzzer, hares ear, damsel. A few more anglers about this week especially at the weekend when the sun finally came out and the wind dropped. A rod average of over 6 shows that Elinor is on good form with plenty of bigger fish being caught.

Best method during the morning has been a floater or slow intermediate with mini lures retrieved very slowly. In the afternoon there a lots of fish being taken on bloodworm, black buzzer and black Diawl Bach. Water clarity continues to improve and is approx 3 foot now. I would expect buzzers to take the best bags for the next few weeks particularly on mild calmer days. 

Thursday April 4th - Troutmasters fish - off

  1. Pete Welch, Boston, 6 fish 14lb 6oz

  2. Tony Pointer, Corby, 6 fish 7lb 14oz

  3. Jim Gallagher, Corby, 3 fish 5lb 2oz

  4. Steve Johnson, Raunds, 2 fish 3lb 3oz

Best of luck to Pete Welch who will represent Elinor at Grafham in September.

 

Sunday April 7th - Airflo World Bank Masters heat

31 anglers caught 168 fish for a 5.4 rod average which was excellent considering the match consisted of only eight 35 minute sessions. The 4 sessions before a lunch break were a little slow with some ice still around the margin. There were more fish taken in the afternoon with a few of the top ten gaining there place in the final during the last session.

Top ten qualify for the final:

  1. Paul Haskey, Rugby  12 fish   17 points

  2. Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard  12 fish  16 pts

  3. Richard Slater, Northampton  10 fish 15 pts

  4. David Broome  9 fish  14pts

  5. Simon Lehane  7 fish  12pts

  6. Peter Burnett  6 fish  11pts

  7. Adam West  7 fish  11pts

  8. Fen Oakley  7 fish  11pts

  9. Martin Burgess  7 fish  11pts

  10. James Morgan  7 fish  11pts.

Next Stocking: April 10th (browns) and April 12th


March 25th - 31st

90 anglers caught 637 fish of which 417 were returned

Best Fish

  • 10lb 2oz  Jim Nixon, Kettering, black/green lure

  • 8lb 12oz  Andre Russell, Leicester, orange blob, float tube

  • 7lb 4oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 7lb 0oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black/green lure

  • 6lb 1oz  Mr Borris, black/green lure

  • 5lb 9oz  Jim Russell, Leeds, bloodworm, boat

  • 5lb 8oz  Stuart Fowler

  • 5lb 6oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon

  • 5lb 4oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley

  • 5lb 2oz  Dean Igoe, Crowland, black/green lure

  • 5lb 2oz  Kevin Primmer, Newport

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, brookside

Boat - anchored off dam, down middle

Best patterns

Black/green lures, white/green lures, orange blob, bloodworm, black buzzer

It was another week of freezing cold North Easterly winds with only a few anglers braving it. Those that did saw a big improvement in the fishing with the rod average just over 7, easily the best of the season so far. Water clarity continues to get better with a decent proportion of fish being taken on buzzers and bloodworm as well as the usual early season lures. The key to success is to fish either static or with a very slow retrieve. Bank fishing has been better than from a boat, especially in the strong wind, with many fish being taken very close in.

Saturday March 30th - The British Float Tube Association held their annual competition at Elinor.

12 anglers caught 58 fish with everyone catching.

1. Andre Russell, 5 fish 17lb 2oz

2. Steve Naylor, 6 fish 16lb 5oz

3. Carl Ward, 6 fish 14lb 4oz

They all deserve a medal for going out in that weather!

Its your last chance to enter the heat of the Airflo World Bank Masters at Elinor on Sunday 7th. Heat winner will get a pair of Costa sunglasses and the top 25% will go through to the final at Elinor on April 28th. Full details at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk

Next Stocking: April 5th


March 11th - 24th

102 anglers caught 429 fish of which 255 were returned

Best Fish

  • 11lb 14oz Roy Swinfield, Leicester, Montana

  • 10lb 4oz  Jim Nixon, Kettering, orange blob

  • 8lb 8oz  D. Broome, Bedford, black/green lure

  • 7lb 10oz  Steve Freeman, damsel, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  Ken Nicholls, Farcet, fritz damsel

  • 6lb 15oz  John Graham, Coventry, apps bloodworm

  • 6lb 3oz  Tim Garside, Bedford, montana

  • 6lb 1oz  Roger Bosence, Corby, Orange blob

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, brookside

Boat - anchored off dam

Best Patterns

Montana, Pitsford pea, orange blob, fritz damsel

The weather has kept angler numbers well down over the last two weeks but plenty of fish over 4lb are being caught including a best of season 11lb 14oz which was safely returned. There has been no further flooding and water clarity is still improving with visibility as much as 2 foot in some areas. Most anglers are concentrating on the lodge end of the lake where at least the cold NE wind is behind them. With minimal fly life hatching lures fished slowly are taking most fish but it surely can't be long before the buzzer fishing starts.

There are still a few places left in the Elinor heat of the Airflo World Bank Masters on Sunday April 7th. Full details at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.


March 4th - 10th

120 anglers caught 563 fish of which 314 were returned

 

Best Fish

  • 10lb 4oz  Mick Tracey, Bedford, cormorant, boat - (photograph below)

  • 7lb 0oz  Andrew Johnson, Wisbech, orange blob, boat

  • 5lb 6oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, damsel

  • 5lb 4oz  David Humpherson, Oundle, black/green lure, boat

  • 5lb 3oz  Brian Williams, Banbury, montana

  • 5lb 0oz  Loren Serrano, Leicester, cats whisker, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, goodfellow bay

Boat - anchored off dam, down middle

 

Best Patterns

Black/green and white/green lures, orange blob, apps bloodworm, GRHE. Cold East winds again so there is very little fly life hatching. Most anglers are catching well on mini lures with a very slow retrieve.

 

The lodge end of the lake is the most sheltered in this wind and the water seems slightly clearer here. One difference from last week is that more fish are being taken higher in the water with 2-3 foot down being the crucial depth especially 11am onwards.

 

Don't forget the Airflo World Bank Masters heat at Elinor on Sunday April 7th. Its a friendly event and ideal for anglers wishing to try a competition for the first time. Full details at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk 

 

Next Stocking: March 19th, 22nd.


February 25th  - March 3rd

122 anglers caught 469 fish of which 264 were returned.

 

Best Fish

  • 10lb 8oz  Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, orange lure, boat

  • 10lb 7oz  David Shaer, Bretton, GRHE, boat

  • 10lb 2oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, black/green lure

  • 8lb 14oz  Jason Smith, Nottingham, apps bloodworm

  • 7lb 4oz  Bob Senior, Stamford, orange blob, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boat - off dam, boat bay, down middle

 

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, orange blob, apps bloodworm, grhe .

 

The lake is gradually clearing and the fishing improving by the day with the rod average now just shy of 4. Visibility is now 12-14 inches. On most days sport has been better after 10am. The water is still very cold so a slow retrieve is best. Along with the early season lures a few fish are being taken on nymphs, hares ear and black Diawl Bach are worth using on a dropper.

 

Usually the bank fishing outscores boats at this time of year but good catches are coming from open water as well as the margins. On less cold days there are a few fish rising to minute black buzzers. Bigger fish are feeding now the water clarity has improved. David Shaer (photograph above right) from Bretton, Peterborough included this 10lb 7oz Rainbow in a 12 fish haul from a boat. The specimen fell to a gold ribbed hares ear.

 

Iain Barr is holding the Elinor heat of the Airflo World Bank Masters on Sunday April 7th. All entrants receive a fly line and a selection of his flies. Qualifiers will go through to the final on Sunday April 28th at Elinor with the chance to win the £2000 first prize as well as many tackle prizes. Sky Sports are once again hoping to televise the event.

Full details/entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.

 

Next Stocking: March 5th, 8th.


February 18th – 24th

82 anglers caught 299 fish of which 176 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 4lb 8oz  Mel Gloster, Stilton, black/green lure

  • 4lb 5oz  Ian Newbold

  • 4lb 0oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, fritz damsel

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boat - anchored off dam

Best Patterns

Black/green lures, Orange Blob, apps bloodworm.

Visibility is improving each day. On the opening weekend it was only 4 inches but is now 10-12 inches. Consequently the rod average has risen from 1.3 to 3.6 fish. With no more flooding Elinor should fish its head off. On Friday the first few fish fell to buzzers and Diawl Bach's. There haven't been many anglers prepared to brave the bitter East wind and those that did concentrated on the sheltered lodge end. I'm sure there will be fish caught from all around the lake when the wind allows. Earlier in the week when the water was still coloured, Leicestershire anglers Loren Serrano and Kelvin Tallett took a boat out and fished superbly to land 24 fish between them and losing many more using black/green lures fished deep and slow.

Iain Barr is holding the Elinor heat of the Airflo World Bank Masters on Sunday April 7th. All entrants receive a fly line and a selection of his flies. Qualifiers will through go to the final on Sunday April 28th at Elinor with the chance to win the £2000 first prize as well as many tackle prizes. Sky Sports are once again hoping to televise the event.

Full details/entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk.


February 16th -17th

 105 anglers caught 142 fish of which 63 were returned.

 Best Fish

  • 5lb 2oz  Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard, black/green lure

  • 5lb 0oz  Sam Edmonds (top right), Ware, orange blob 

Best Areas

Bank - most areas producing a few fish

Boat - anchored off dam 

Best Patterns

Black or black/green lures, orange blob. Lovely weather for opening day but unfortunately the floods of last Thursday had made the water coloured and visibility only 4-5 inches.

Fishing will improve dramatically as the water clears. A dry week is forecast. Anglers fishing lures slowly or under a bung caught most of the fish. Afternoons seem better than morning

Sunday saw a slight improvement with Alan Rennocks from Kettering managing 8 fish from the lodge bank on a black/green fritz.

Boat anglers Mr Zihni and Mr Freeman catching 18 fish between them from a boat anchored off the dam using UV black cats on floaters or intermediate.

David Portman (bottom right) from Bretton, Peterborough caught this 3lb 8oz overwintered Rainbow on a black booby on an intermediate line from the lodge bank on opening day.

Next Stocking: Feb 22nd


2012 Season

November 19th - December 9th

Very few anglers have visited as the water is still coloured after the floods a couple of weeks ago. A few fish are being caught but Elinor isn't on great form. There will be a big improvement as soon as the water clears. The last stocking of the season went in on Thurs Dec 6th and the lake is full of hungry trout!

For the latest news on any changes in conditions please call the lodge answer phone 01832 720786.

Elinor is open until Monday December 31st inc.


November 12th - 18th

120 anglers caught 446 fish of which 197 were returned

Best Fish

  • 8lb 6oz  Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, white/green lure, boat

  • 7lb 13oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black lure, boat (during the Dave Hughes Memorial Match, see photograph below)

  • 6lb 5oz  Jim Gallagher, Corby

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam, down middle at lodge end

Best Patterns

Black/Green lures, white/green lures, pink or red apps, red Diawl Bach, Nemo, red dries.

Elinor is fishing better each day now the water is clearing after recent flooding. The fish are much wider spread too with fish being taken along the whole of the Brookside bank as well as the usual hotspot, the dam. Bank anglers doing best on breezier days, boats have an advantage on brighter calmer days. There are fish rising to small buzzers on milder days with most fish being caught in the top four feet using a floater, intermediate or Di3. Only 4 anglers ventured out today, Monday. They caught 40 fish between them!

Dave Hughes Memorial Sunday November 18th

A frosty start and then a glorious sunny day brought a good turnout of boat and bank anglers for this annual event. There were 20 limits, 9 from the bank and 11 from boats. Anglers that finished early got a time bonus but there were some bigger fish taken in the afternoon that made the result in doubt until the 3pm finish. 47 anglers caught 190 fish.

  1. Phil Wagstaffe, Eye, 21lb 12oz

  2. Charlie Abrahams, Digswell, 18lb 14oz

  3. John Thomson, Corby, 18lb 9oz

  4. Jim Gallagher, Corby, 17lb 14oz

  5. Peter Welch, Boston, 17lb 8oz

  6. Trevor Partridge, Corby, 17lb 7oz

  7. Graham Dutton, Market Harborough, 17lb 1oz

  8. Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, 16lb 14oz

  9. Chris Huston, Portsmouth, 16lb 6oz

  10. Mick Rump, Thrapston, 16lb 3oz

A total of £434.00 was raised for Northants air ambulance and the British Heart Foundation. Many thanks to all the anglers who took part and the generosity of everyone who supported this friendly competition.

Next Stocking: November 30th.


Oct 29th - Nov 11th

 

193 anglers caught 571 fish of which 380 were returned.

 

Best Fish

  • 9lb 0oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, yellow apps, boat

  • 6lb 10oz  Chris Steels, Bicester, Montana, boat

  • 6lb 8oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, yellow apps, boat

Brown

  • 4lb 9oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, grh

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boat - anchored off dam, east arm

 

Best Patterns

Black/green or white green/lures, apps bloodworm, red Diawl Bach, orange blob.

 

Elinor had been fishing well until heavy rain on Nov 4th and 5th coloured the water badly. Very few fish were caught in the next four days. Water level and visibility is improving quickly. This weekend’s fishing was very good with five anglers on Sunday landing 10+ fish. Best method has been a floater with a weighted lure on the point and a red Diawl Bach on the dropper with a steady figure of eight retrieve. Most fish being caught 2 to 4 foot down, many very close to the bank. With the water clearing by the day smaller flies should start to score again with buzzers back on the menu.

 

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

This Sunday November 18th. Open to all. Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat prizes and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or by email.

 

Next Stocking: Nov 16th.


October 22nd - 28th

 

112 anglers caught 462 of which 318 were returned

 

Best Fish

  • 8lb 2oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, damsel, boat

  • 8lb 0oz  Loren Serrano, Leicester, damsel, boat

  • 7lb 7oz  Alan Molcher, Burton Latimer, green/white lure

  • 7lb 4oz  Mark Britton, Brington, hares ear

  • 6lb 14oz  Roger Bosence, Corby, white lure

  • 6lb 1oz  Marcus Ainsworth, Market Harborough

  • 6lb 0oz  Loren Serrano, Leicester, damsel, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay

Boat - anchored off dam, down the middle

 

Best Patterns

White or white/green lures, damsel, red Diawl Bach, grhe, apps bloodworm. Elinor is still fishing very well with the clear cooler water switching the fish on the feed, especially at the lodge end of the lake. Numerous double figure numbers of fish were taken from boats and a few from the bank. Rod average over 4 last week! Most fish are still being taken in the top 18" although on the rare brighter days an intermediate has been the best line. Afternoon tickets now start at 12 o'clock.

 

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 18th. Open to all. Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat prizes and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or by email.


October 15th - 21st

138 anglers caught 546 fish of which 311 were returned

Best Fish

  • 7lb 0oz  Mr Freeman, boat

  • 6lb 8oz  Ray Ward, boat

  • 6lb 3oz  John Hayes, Stevenage, cats whisker, boat

Brown

  • 4lb 2oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, black shipman's

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boat - anchored off dam, down middle

Best Patterns

White Minkie, cats whisker, damsel, cruncher, Diawl Bach

Boat fishing is excellent at the moment. Plenty of fish on the surface throughout the day especially at the lodge end of the lake. Bank anglers are doing ok on windier days. The colder conditions forecast for the end of the week should improve bank sport. White lures or damsels on a floater or slow intermediate is the best method. A few fish are also falling to black dries and Emergers. Plenty of fish in the 2-4lb range being taken. Keith Fairey from Northampton took a cracking limit from a boat, his 6 fish weighing 19lb 8oz.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 18th. Open to all.

Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat prizes and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or email.

Next Stocking: Oct 22nd & 24th.


October 8th - 14th

142 anglers caught 477 fish of which 293 were returned

Best Fish

  • 8lb 1oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, damsel

  • 7lb 10oz  Steve Lane, Holbeach, orange minkie, boat

  • 7lb 0oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, damsel

  • 6lb 11oz  Jason Bates, Peterborough, wet daddy

  • 6lb 2oz  Phil Caress, Peterborough

  • 6lb 0oz  George Brock, Corby

Best Areas

Bank - dam, lodge bank, Brookside

Boat - lodge end

Best Patterns

White/green lures, Montana, wet daddy, Diawl Bach, apps bloodworm

A better week again with a rod average well over three. Most fish are being caught from the lodge end from bank and boat. Fish are being caught in the top 2 feet. Best method has been a floater or slow intermediate with a white Minkie or booby on the point with apps and Diawl Bach's on the dropper.

Competition news

Sunday Oct 14th saw two local clubs hold bank competitions:

Leicester Fly Fishers held their Presidents match. 9 anglers caught 35 fish.

1. John Gunby, 5 fish 11lb 4oz

2. Stuart Kerr, 6 fish 10lb 13oz

3. Norman Sketchley, 6 fish 9lb 15oz

4. Dave Roadley, 6 fish 9lb 12oz

5. Baz Street, 6 fish 9lb 7oz

Mid Northants F&F. 14 anglers caught 34 fish.

1. Stuart Eggleton, 6 fish 9lb 15oz

2. Tony Pointer, 4 fish 8lb 8oz

3. Jim Collins, 3 fish 7lb 0oz

4. Simon Lehane, 4 fish 5lb 11oz

5. Geoff Makin, 3 fish 5lb 10oz

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 18th. Open to all. Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat prizes and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or email.

Next Stocking: October the 18th


Sept 24th - Oct 7th

245 anglers caught 774 fish of which 419 were returned

Best Fish

  • 7lb 8oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, white Minkie

  • 6lb 3oz  John Barnet, Milton Keynes, wet daddy, boat

  • 5lb 12oz  Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, sunburst Fab, boat

  • 5lb 8oz  Mr Davidson, Corby, white fritz, boat

  • 5lb 4oz  Mr Rowan, Brampton, black/green tadpole

  • 5lb 2oz  Mr Davidson, Corby, yellow dancer, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside

Boat - down middle

Best Patterns

White Minkie, Cats Whisker, wet or dry Daddy, apps Bloodworm, GRHE.

The water is lovely and clear again and the fishing is much better at last. Fish are being taken from all parts of the lake now. On calmer, bright days the boats are getting the best catches with fish moving all the way down the middle but on duller, breezy days the bank fishing is good. There are still plenty of daddies hatching and a wet imitation is doing best along with white lures fished in the top two foot. With the cooler nights dropping the water temperature further the bank sport should be as good as the boats later this month. There are plenty of hard fighting 3-4lb fish showing now with good prospects of finding a real specimen.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 18th. Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat prizes and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or email.

Next Stocking: Oct 8th, 11th.


September 10th - 23rd

213 caught 627 fish of which 381 were returned

Best Fish

  • 4lb 10oz  Andy Hake, Luton, damsel, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, canal, coarse bank, east arm

Boat - deep hole, dam, east arm

Best Patterns

White Minkie, red or pink apps, wet or dry daddy, grhe, tequila blob, orange Fab. After a bad previous four weeks there has been a big improvement in the fishing since Thursday 20th. The algae is clearing quickly and the cooler water temperature has really got the fish feeding. The recent rain has got lots of daddies hatching and along with corixa and daphnia are the major food sources at the moment.

  • Mal Wright from Leicester took 13 quality fish on an intermediate and white Minkie booby over the deep hole.

  • Marcus Ainsworth from Market Harborough used his float tube to take 12 fish on white or orange lures.

  • Roley Stanford from Finedon has a cracking 6 fish limit weighing 19lb 4oz anchored off the dam.

There are numerous 3 to 4lb fish being caught. The bigger fish that have been inactive during the summer should start showing now. Best lines have been floater or intermediate keeping the flies in the top 3 foot.

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Sunday November 18th - Fishing is from boat or bank. £25 entry which includes fishing fee. 9am - 3pm. Proceeds to Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Organic meat prizes and tackle prizes for top 10 anglers. Please book your boat or bank entry in advance 01832 720786 or email.

Next Stocking: Sept 25th, 28th.


Two weeks   Aug 27th - Sept 9th

182 anglers caught 413 fish of which 235 were returned

Best Fish

  • 5lb 1oz  Gary Martin, Corby, red cdc, boat

  • 4lb 14oz  Stuart Green, Welwyn, orange blob

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, east arm

Boat - west arm, east arm

Best Patterns

Damsel, GRHE, Apps Bloodworm, wet or dry Daddy, Orange Fab

The fishing is still difficult at Elinor with anglers managing just a two fish rod average.

Much of the lake has a green algal bloom so the best option is to fish at the top of the wind where the water is much clearer. Stocking continues twice weekly so when the water temperature drops and visibility improves the fishing will be excellent. The forecast cool nights this coming week should certainly help. Please call or email the lodge for an update on conditions. Afternoon tickets now start at 1pm.

The annual Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will take place on Sunday Nov 18th. Boat and bank anglers may take part. All funds raised will go to the British Heart Foundation and the Air Ambulance.

Next Stocking: Sept 10th and 14th.


August 13th - 26th

212 anglers caught 449 fish of which 274 were returned

Best Fish

  • 5lb 8oz  Bill Banks, Geddington, orange blob

  • 4lb 10oz  Barrie Jones, Towcester, brown sedge, boat

  • 4lb 8oz  James Day, Raunds, olive cruncher, boat

  • 4lb 2oz  Alan Weatherley, Kettering, olive hopper

  • 4lb 0oz  Jim Parr, Corby, boat

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, east arm, dam

Boat - east arm, west arm, down the middle 

Best Patterns

Wet or dry Daddy, Damsel, Green Holo Diawl Bach, GRHE, Orange Blob. 

A really difficult couple of weeks with Elinor not on good form. Warm water and an algal bloom put the fish right off feeding. The water temp reached 22 deg C on Monday 20th. The current cooler weather will certainly improve sport and the fishery should be back on form by mid-September.

Anglers are reminded to take extra care when returning fish while the water has low dissolved oxygen levels. 

Next Stocking: Aug 28th, 31st.


August 6th - 12th 

139 anglers caught 246 fish of which 119 were returned. 

Best Fish

  • 6lb 2oz  Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard, flashback diawl bach, boat

  • 5lb 3oz  Steve Lane, Holbeach, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank, dam (in a north wind)

Boat - down middle

Best Patterns

Damsel nymph, adult damsel, Fraser nymph, olive hopper, white/green lures 

The beginning of the week fished well but since Thursday 9th the hot weather has made things challenging. A few fish are feeding on adult damsels and nymphs but many others are not feeding during the day. A few cooler days will see Elinor back on form. August is usually the hardest month. Bank anglers are doing well if they catch two fish during the day. Boat anglers have done well if they manage four. Stocking continues twice weekly. 

Next Stocking: August 17th, 20th, 24th.


July 30th - August 5th

152 anglers caught 400 fish of which 234 were returned

Best Fish

  • 7lb 2oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, black buzzer

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, east arm, lodge bank

Boat - east arm, down middle

Best Patterns

Damsel, CdC buzzer, red Diawl Bach, daddies, tequila blob, white/green lures

The cooler weather has improved the fishing slightly from last week. Fish are rising throughout the day feeding on damsel nymph, adult damsel and corixa. During the many wet days there are daddies hatching. There are also still plenty of fish at 5 - 8 foot down through the middle for the boat anglers to target with intermediate or di3 lines. On overcast days bank fishing is better than usual for August. Boat anglers still have a big advantage in brighter conditions.

Next Stocking: Aug 6th, 10th, 13th.


July 23rd - 29th

127 anglers caught 238 fish of which 113 were returned

Best Fish

  • 5lb 3oz William Clarke, Cambridge, damsel, boat

  • 4lb 8oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas

Bank - Coarse bank, east arm, pensioners point

Boat - East arm, down middle

Best Patterns

Damsel, daddies, red Diawl Bach, olive hopper, white/green fritz

A very hot week really slowed down catches, especially from the bank. It’s the first time this season that the rod average has dropped below two. However it seems like only a temporary blip as since Sunday 29th the fishing from bank and boat has greatly improved coinciding with cooler conditions.

Bank anglers are doing well on dries and washing line. Boat anglers are catching well down the middle with an intermediate or Di3 line with damsel or white/green fritz lures. Buzzers on a long leader and floating line are also taking fish from the boats.

Fish are rising throughout the day feeding on damsels, corixa and on damp days, daddies. Many of the fish taken are between 2 - 3lb 8oz.

Next Stocking: August 2nd, 6th, 10th.


July 16th - 22nd 

144 anglers caught 453 fish of which 259 were returned. 

Best Fish

  • 5lb 9oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy, olive buzzer

  • 5lb 6oz  Steve Johnson, Raunds, Diawl Bach, boat

  • 5lb 3oz  David Wilson, Worcester, damsel

  • Plenty of fish between 2lb and 3lb 8oz 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank, gravel bar, dam

Boat - all areas holding fish 

Best Patterns

Wet or dry daddy, big black, big red, olive shipman’s, black buzzer, damsel, red Diawl Bach, tequila blob. The great dry fly sport continues at Elinor. Fish are rising throughout the day, especially in light winds. Bank fishing is still much better than normal for July but a prolonged hot spell will see the boats have an advantage. Spooned fish have been feeding heavily on damsel nymph, adult damsel, corixa and buzzer. Good hatches of sedges in the evening. 

Next Stocking: July 23, 27, 30.


July 9th - 15th

158 anglers caught 604 fish of which 347 were returned

Best Fish

  • 9lb 1oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, green dancer

  • 5lb 14oz  Carl Wilson, Devizes, daddy

  • 5lb 4oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, green dancer

  • 5lb 1oz  David Humpherson, Oundle, red diawl bach, boat

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, east arm, lodge bank

Boat - all areas holding fish

Best Patterns

Wet or dry daddy, olive or brown hopper, big black, damsel, red diawl bach, orange blob

Elinor's trout are in a surface feeding frenzy! On many days last week days dries are taking the most fish. The cool summer has kept the fish feeding throughout the day especially when there is a light wind and cloud cover. The rain has meant there are plenty of daddies about very early this year, some are the full size crane flies and some are smaller with amber bodies.

In warmer conditions there are still plenty of damsels hatching. Washing line method with a cruncher booby on the point and Diawl Bachs and hares nymph on the dropper is also working well. Otherwise an orange blob pulled through the surface should get a response. Fish are still well spread over the whole lake.

Next Stocking: July 16th, 20th & 23rd


Two weeks June 25th - July 8th

272 anglers caught 886 fish of which 503 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 7lb 6oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, brown shipmans

  • 7lb 3oz  John Barrett, Wakerley, diawl bach

  • 7lb 0oz  Ray Ward, boat

  • 6lb 4oz  John Barrett, Wakeley, red buzzer 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank, gravel bar, pensioners point

Boat - east arm, down the middle 

Best Patterns

Hoppers, daddies, shipman’s, damsel, red Diawl Bach, red apps 

Unsettled weather has kept rod numbers down but those who did venture out have been enjoying great top of the water sport with dries taking plenty along with washing line and Diawl Bachs.

Geoff Makin and Matt Tuck fished from a boat on Sunday and caught 35 between them, mostly on small olive Klinkhåmer’s.

Despite the heavy rain the water is still very clear and well oxygenated for the time of year which is keeping the fish feeding for long periods.

Bank anglers have lots of rising fish to target especially when the damsels are hatching. Buzzers and sedges are abundant in the evening. 

Next Stocking: July 9th, 13th, 16th.


June 18th - 24th

153 anglers caught 413 fish of which 251 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 6lb 11oz  Dennis Wright, Nottingham, damsel, boat

  • 6lb 7oz  Jason Cozzi, Cambridge, boat

  • 6lb 0oz  Mr Horne, Cambridge, boat

  • 5lb 9oz  Jim Boag, Over, egg fly, boat

  • 4lb 12oz  John Barrett, Wakerley, Montana

  • 4lb 8oz  John Newton, boat

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, dam

Boat - all areas holding fish

Best Patterns

Damsel nymph, daddies, black or brown hopper, black buzzer, grhe, orange blob. Whatever the weather has done there are plenty of fish surface feeding at Elinor. However they were harder to tempt in a strong wind from the boats when presentation was difficult.

Catches are steady from the bank and greatly improve when there is cloud cover. It is the boats though that are getting the best success. Dries or wets fished right in the surface are doing well with wet or dry hoppers worth a try. With the surface layer cooler and more oxygenated than usual for the time of year the fish are staying in the top three foot for most of the day. Warmer conditions will see the damsel take over as the main food source for much of the day. The evening rise brings sedges onto the menu as well as the tiny olive midges that the trout have been fixated on in recent weeks.

Next Stocking: June 25th, 29th, July 2nd


June 11th - 17th

127 anglers caught 404 fish of which 216 were returned

No monsters this week but 8 fish over 4lb were caught.

Best Areas

Bank - gravel bar, dam

Boat - anywhere down middle

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, small damsel, red or green Diawl Bach, cruncher, black or brown hoppers. A wet and at times very windy week kept anglers away or restricted to shorter sessions. However the rod average still crept over 3.

Great top of the water sport all over the lake with fish rising throughout the day and evening in all but the breeziest conditions.. Hoppers, shipman's, big red and big black are all worth casting at moving fish. If the sun comes out then the best method is still a team of straight lined buzzers. Otherwise a damsel on the point with a Diawl Bach on middle dropper and cruncher on top dropper. Expect a large damsel hatch over the next couple of days as temperatures increase. Water levels are high but clear despite the recent rain.

Next Stocking: June 22, 25, 29.


May 28th - June 3rd

140 anglers caught 486 fish of which 198 were returned. 

Best Fish

  • 10lb 8oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, boat

  • 9lb 2oz  Derek Hiscocks, Cardiff, black buzzer, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, boat

  • 7lb 7oz  John Dawson, Nottingham, damsel 

Best Areas

Bank - all areas holding fish

Boat - down middle 

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, cruncher, Diawl Bach, grhe, damsel, olive shipman’s, orange blob. 

Boats are still taking the best catches but bank anglers did ok when the cooler cloudier weather arrived. Buzzers are still taking the big bags but the fish are noticeably higher in the water now with plenty of fish rising on less windy days all over the lake. The evening rise from 9pm onwards has been spectacular but the fish have been tricky to tempt while gorging themselves on tiny olive hatching buzzers. Lots of fish in the  2lb 8oz to 3lb 8oz range being caught that are fighting very hard. 

Next Stocking: June 4th, 8th.


May 21st - 27th

182 anglers caught 612 fish of which 367 were returned

Best Fish

  • 10lb 0oz  Mike Duxbury, Wadenhoe, claret shipmans, float tube

  • 9lb 2oz  Mike Duxbury, Wadenhoe, spider, float tube

  • 9lb 0oz  Phil Caress, Stanground, black buzzer

  • 8lb 10oz  Mark Footitt, Colsterworth, black buzzer, boat

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, coarse bank

Boat - down middle

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, goldhead damsel, olive shipmans, white/green lures 

Boat anglers have had much better results than bank anglers during the mini heatwave. The deadly method has been buzzers under a bung at 4 to 8 foot during the morning then 10 to 14 foot in the afternoon.

Plenty of damsel hatching now the water has warmed up.

The evening rise in the last hour has been spectacular but the fish are not easy to tempt while they are feasting on tiny olive midges.

Bank fishing will improve when we get some cloud cover.

The recent World Bank Masters final held at Elinor will be featured on "Tight Lines" on Sky Sports 3 at 7.00pm on Friday June 1st.

Some superb photos of the event can be found at www.fishypics.co.uk.  

Next Stocking: May 28, June 1, June 4.


May 14th - 20th

368 anglers caught 1092 fish of which 717 were returned

Best Rainbows

  • 6lb 12oz  Dave Miles, Wellingborough, boat

  • 6lb 6oz  Marcus Ainsworth, Market Harborough, float tube

  • 6lb 3oz  George Brock, Corby, montana

  • 6lb 0oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, orange blob, boat

Best Brown

4lb 10oz  Peter Thurnall, Llanelli

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, lagoon

Boat - west arm, gravel bar

Best Patterns

black or olive buzzer, damsel, grhe, big red, claret shipmans, white/green lures

Cold NE winds slowed the hatches of buzzers and their were less fish on the surface than is usual for this time of year at Elinor.

The forecast increase in temperature this week should the send the fish into a feeding frenzy!

There are still plenty of olives hatching so its worth having a small hares ear on the top dropper with a couple of buzzers.

Dry fly should at last give consistent results especially in the evening.

Its been a busy week with many anglers practicing for the bankmaster final. Most anglers had a good day on Saturday with the lighter winds switching the fish on.

Sunday May 20th Iain Barr/Airflo World Bandmasters Final

105 anglers fished the final on a cold, windy day. Anglers had to work hard for their fish and the top three anglers all finished on 13 points. Many congratulations to Chris Jones from Wales who walked away with the £2000 first prize. Chris fished a weighted damsel on an Airflo fast glass line. Sky Sports filmed the day for Tightlines which will be screened in the next couple of weeks.

1. Chris Jones  9 fish from 4 pegs  13pts

2. Andy Mclellan  9 from 4  13pts

3. Andrew Scott  7 from 6  13pts

4. Howard Croston  7 from 3  10pts

5. Andy Grabham  6 from 4  10pts

6. Davie Parker  6 fish from 3  9pts

7. Kevin Andrews  5 from 4  9pts

8. Paul Sharp  5 from 4  9pts

9. Mark Postles  5 from 4  9pts

10. Paul Haskey  4 from 4  8pts

11. James Atkinson  4 from 4  8pts

12. Rob Clarke  4 from 4  8pts

13. Stephen Cowan  4 from 4  8pts

14. Mark Harrison  5 from 2  7pts

15. Jim Tomlinson  4 from 3  7pts

Next Stocking: May 25th


May 7th - 13th

 

162 anglers caught 551 fish of which 316 were returned 32 fish over 4lb.

 

Best Rainbow

  • 8lb 2oz  Jim Nixon, Kettering, black buzzer

 

Best Brown

  • 4lb 9oz  Steve Lane, Peterborough, boat

 

Best Areas

Bank - all areas holding fish

Boat - west arm, gravel bar

 

Best Patterns

black or olive buzzer, Diawl Bach, damsel, black hopper, orange blob

A good week with the weather gradually improving. Plenty of fish rising when the wind abated. Large hatches of buzzers along with pond olives and hawthorn.

The 2lb+ fish are going like rockets when hooked in shallow water!

 

Competition

SUNDAY 20th MAY - Elinor hosts the Airflo/Iain Barr World Bank Masters Final.

 

No bank fishing will be available to non competitors but boat fishing will be available as normal. Please book them in advance.

 

Next Stocking: May 14th, 17th.


April 30th - May 6th

143 anglers caught 511 fish of which 325 were returned.

Best Rainbows

·9lb 1oz  Dennis Footman, Kibworth, red diawl bach

·6lb 11oz  Mr Lane, black buzzer

·6lb 6oz  Chris Darwin, Brighton, black buzzer

·6lb 2oz  Steve Quartley, North London, diawl bach, boat

·5lb 0oz  David Humpherson, Oundle, black buzzer, boat

Best Browns

·5lb 4oz  Michael Donagher, Corby, black nymph

·5lb 0oz  Barrie Jones, Towcester, boat

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, coarse bank

Boat - gravel bar, west arm

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, damsel, black fritz, black and green lures, shipman's, black hopper

Water levels are still high but clarity is getting better by the day. While the water was coloured black based lures and nymphs with a slow retrieve worked best.

Most fish were caught between 2 and 6 foot down although when the wind dropped there was some terrific hatches and rises with fish taking adult buzzers, pond olives and hawthorn. Best dries have been black or claret shipmans and black hopper.

Fish are well spread around the lake.

Competition Results

Saturday May 5th

Iain Barr World Bank Masters heat

13 anglers fished this match with 3 places up for grabs to the grand final at Elinor on May 20th.

Anglers fished eight pegs for 30 minute sessions. A total of 56 fish were caught for a 4.3 rod ave. A good result for a 4 hour match.

1. Ed Foster 18 points, 11 fish from 7 pegs (floater, black lure and buzzers) 

2. Ed Upton, Telford, 15 points, 9 fish from 6 pegs (floater,  buzzers)

3. Paul Haskey, Rugby, 13 points, 8 fish from 5 pegs (floater, apps, black/green lure, buzzers)

Sunday May 6th

Alex Booth Fly Fishers held their annual bank match

12 anglers caught 39 fish with Dennis Footman catching a 9lb 1oz fish to help him to victory, as shown in the photograph on the right.

1. Dennis Footman 17lb 6oz

2. Ian Footman 12lb 15oz

3. Vic Byrne 11lb 11oz 

 

The Tommy Wood Memorial buzzer only match

Despite the less than ideal coloured water 12 anglers caught 39 fish.

1. Pete Welch, Boston, 10lb 14oz

2. Gordon Anthony, Whittlesey, 9lb 15oz

3. Dave Jarrett, Whittlesey, 9lb 14oz

A fantastic £519 was raised for Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

Next Stocking: May 9th, 11th.


April 23rd - 29th

133 anglers caught 410 fish of which 291 were returned

Best Fish

  • 5lb 6oz  John White, black buzzer

  • 4lb 14oz  David Ross, Peterborough, black buzzer

  • 4lb 11oz  Simon Church, Enfield, damsel 

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, lodge bank

Boat - gravel bar, west arm 

Best Patterns

black buzzer, grhe, olive nymph, goldhead damsel, black/green lures 

Another unsettled week with less anglers than usual fishing. Buzzer fishing continued to be excellent until Sunday when the rise in water level coloured some areas of the lake. The coarse bank is clearer and still fished well to nymphs but in other areas a black or black/green lure fished slow on an intermediate worked better.

The sediment should clear by the day so we can get back to normal. As well as buzzers there are good hatches of pond olives and plenty of hawthorn on warmer days. 

Next Stocking: May 4th 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday May 5th: The success of the competition in March had encouraged Iain Barr to hold an extra heat of the Airflo World Bank Masters at Elinor. As well as prizes anglers have the chance of winning a place in the televised grand final held at Elinor on May 20th with a first prize of £2000. Please enter direct with Iain at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or pick up an entry form at the lodge.

Sunday May 6th is the date of the Tommy Wood memorial trophy. 9am - 4pm. This friendly roving bank match is free entry to everyone. As usual in memory of Tommy competitors may only use buzzers and a floating line. Its a fun day with all proceeds from the raffle going to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.


April 16th - 22nd

 127 anglers caught 487 fish of which 292 were returned

 

Best Fish

  • 7lb 8oz  Mark Britton, Brington, damsel

  • 7lb 0oz  Mel Gloster, Stilton, bloodworm

  • 6lb 8oz  Roy Swinfield, Oadby, buzzer

  • 6lb 2oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley

  • 6lb 2oz  Mark Britton, Brington, cruncher

  • 6lb 2oz  Graham Kempton, Wellingborough

  • 5lb 8oz  Bill Stewart, Corby, damsel

  • 5lb 6oz  Graham Kempton, Wellingborough

Best Areas

Bank - coarse bank, pensioners point

Boat - gravel bar, boat bay, Brookside bay

 

Best Patterns

black buzzer, olive buzzer, red Diawl Bach, small damsel, white/green lures. Not so many anglers ventured out last week with rain falling most days. There were still some terrific buzzer hatches in between the storms. Most fish are now being caught anywhere between 2-6 foot down. Plenty of fish rising when the wind dropped down. Sunday saw the first of the hawthorn fly appear, especially along the coarse bank. A black hopper fished dry or damp usually works well for fish taking these. Late April usually sees a good hatch of pond olives at Elinor. A size 12 dark olive  nymph or hares ear usually does the trick. 

 

Forthcoming Events

Saturday May 5th: The success of the competition in March has encouraged Iain Barr to hold an extra heat of the Airflo World Bank Masters at Elinor. As well as prizes anglers have the chance of winning a place in the televised grand final held at Elinor on May 20th with a first prize of £2000. Please enter direct with Iain at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or pick up an entry form at the lodge.

 

Sunday May 6th is the date of the Tommy Wood memorial trophy. 9am - 4pm.

This friendly roving bank match is free entry to everyone. As usual in memory of Tommy competitors may only use buzzers and a floating line. Its a fun day with all proceeds from the raffle going to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

 

Next Stocking: April 26th.


April 2nd - 15th

314 anglers caught 952 fish of which 541 were returned.

 

Best Fish

Rainbows

  • 10lb 2oz  Mr Campeon

  • 6lb 0oz  Alan Brighton

  • 5lb 8oz  Derek Coombs, St Ives, black buzzer, boat

  • 5lb 5oz  Brian Dayton, Nottingham, goldhead damsel

  • 5lb 0oz  Mr Powell, Raunds, boat

  • 4lb 10oz  Fred Martin, Oundle, black buzzer, boat

  • 4lb 8oz  Peter Shaw, Peterborough, boat

  • 4lb 7oz  Mr Hosmer

  • 4lb 7oz  John Gardener, Cambridge, olive buzzer

Browns

  • 4lb 9oz  Tom Kelly, Burton Latimer

  • 3lb 4oz  Phil Caress, Stanground, white/green lure

All areas are holding fish

 

Best Patterns

Black, brown or olive buzzers, damsel, Diawl Bach, white/green lures, orange blob. A mixed couple of weeks at Elinor with the fishing quite tricky on some days when there was a cold wind.

 

On frosty mornings the excellent buzzer fishing didn't get going until the middle of the day. Although there are a few fish moving the best catches are being taken 4-6ft down. Nearly every fish that has been spooned has contained large numbers of buzzers along with a few immature damsels. Anglers have been remarking on the size of some of the buzzer shucks. A size 8 hook would be about the right imitation!

Nick Marcovic (right) had a surprise when he thought a record brown had taken his black buzzer. It turned out to be a 22lb pike. Cracking fish though!

 

Best method on calmer days has been a team of buzzers and Diawl Bach's on a floating line with a fluorocarbon leader. On rougher days its worth trying an intermediate or midge tip with a damsel on the point and either a cruncher or orange blob on the dropper.

 

Forthcoming Events

Sunday May 6th is the date of the Tommy Wood memorial trophy. 9am - 4pm. This friendly roving bank match is free entry to everyone. As usual in memory of Tommy competitors may only use buzzers and a floating line. It’s a fun day with all proceeds from the raffle going to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

 

Next Stocking: April 17th, 20th.


March 26th - April 1st

 

231 anglers caught 1062 fish of which 652 were returned.

 

Best Fish

Rainbow

  • 7lb 5oz  George Brock, Corby, Blakestone buzzer

  • 6lb 12oz  Stuart Jones, Cambridge, black buzzer

  • 6lb 7oz  Jim Graham, Melton Mowbray, damsel 

Brown

4lb 2oz  George Mosser, Peterborough, black buzzer

3lb 8oz  John Mills, Northampton

 

Best Areas

All areas holding fish now

 

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, brown buzzer, damsel, white/green lures

 

Fish are being caught all around the lake now. The warm weather has seen some impressive buzzer hatches. Most fish are being caught 4 - 7 foot down. The best method on calm bright days is to use an indicator with buzzers at both 4 and 7 foot. On days with a light breeze straight-lined buzzers with a Diawl Bach or cruncher on the top dropper has also worked well. Only a few fish are rising daytime but in the evening a few fish are showing on the surface in the shallow bay/gravel bar area. Elinor's spectacular evening rise should be underway by mid-April. If we get more wind then the daphnia feeders can be caught with an intermediate line and white/green or orange lures.

 

Sunday April 1st saw Mid Northants Trout Fishers hold their early season bank match at Elinor.

A frosty morning gave way to a lovely sunny but calm day. Not ideal fishing conditions but the 22 competitors fished well and caught 116 fish.

 

1. Simon Lehane  12lb 3oz

2. Barry Jones  11lb 10oz

3. Stuart Eggleton  11lb 0oz

4. Steve Johnson  10lb 13oz

5. Tim Barley  10lb 9oz

 

Next Stocking: April 2nd, 5th, 6th.


March 19th - 25th

 

236 anglers caught 1149 fish of which 725 were returned

 

Best Fish

8lb 11oz  Graham Pollard, Nottingham, black buzzer, boat

7lb 6oz  Brian Wright, Leicester, black buzzer

 

Best Areas

Bank- Brookside, coarse bank

Boat - west arm

 

Best Patterns

Black or brown buzzers, red Diawl Bach, goldhead damsel, white/green lures.

 

A lovely settled week of weather. The light winds encouraged some large buzzer hatches. All areas of the lake are holding fish now. Small lures and damsels are worth trying early morning but as soon as temperatures reach double figures then switch to buzzer patterns either under an indicator at 3 and 6 foot or a team of straight lined size 10 or 12 buzzers. On sunny days the big catches came from boats. Mark Footitt from Colsterworth and boat partner Julian Barker anchored their boat in the West arm on Sunday and caught 55 between them! The early season evening rises will be starting very soon as long as the wind is not too strong.

 

Competition Results

Wednesday March 21st

The Troutmasters fish off was won by Phil Wagstaff from Eye who caught 6 fish for 11lb 7oz. Best of luck to Phil who will represent Elinor at Grafham on May 14th.

 

Sunday March 25th

44 anglers fished the Airflo World Bank Masters heat and 112 fish were caught and many more lost on barbless hooks. The fishing was harder than expected but in a close but fair match plenty of local anglers featured in the top 9 who will fish the final at Elinor on May 20th for the £2000 first prize.

 

1. Harvey Mobbs, Castle Ashby, 7 fish from 5 pegs  12 points

2. Adam West, Castle Ashby, 6 from 4  10pts

3. Brad Gifford, Kettering 6 from 4  10pts

4. Roy Swinfield, Oadby 5 from 5  10pts

5. Bob Barr, Peterborough 6 from 3  9pts

6. Ian Pow, Milton Keynes 5 from 4  9pts

7. Tim Joyce, Essex 5 from 4  9pts

8. Matt Tuck, Huntingdon 5 from 4  9pts

9. Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard 5 from 3  8pts

 

Best Patterns on the day were black buzzer, damsels and apps bloodworm. Cliff Waters dropped in to take some photos of the action. They can be found at www.fishypics.co.uk.

 

Forthcoming events

Sunday May 6th is the date of the Tommy Wood memorial trophy. 9am - 4pm

 

This friendly roving bank match is free entry to everyone. As usual in memory of Tommy competitors may only use buzzers and a floating line. Its a fun day with all proceeds from the raffle going to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

Next Stocking: March 26th, 28th (browns), 30th.


March 12th - 18th

221 anglers caught 1063 fish of which 652 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 15lb 7oz  Colin Graham, Brigstock, red Diawl Bach

  • 10lb 1oz  Mr Thompson, Barnet

  • 8lb 3oz  Jim Wood, Stevenage, black buzzer

  • 6lb 0oz  Alan Weatherley, Kettering, damsel

  • 5lb 11oz  Mark Footitt, Colsterworth, black buzzer, boat

  • 5lb 8oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, white/green lure

Browns

4lb 10oz  Mr Thornton, Bedford, goldhead damsel

3lb 4oz  Mr Bradbury, Kettering

36 fish caught over 4lb

 

Best Areas

Bank -  whole of Brookside, dam

Boat - lodge end, gravel bar

 

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, red Diawl Bach, grhe, apps bloodworm, damsel, yellow dancer.

 

The most productive method was determined by the weather. On cold days the fishing was much harder and the fish stayed deeper feeding on immature damsels, shrimp and hoglouse. During milder weather there were some large hatches of small black buzzers which the fish immediately switched on to. Bank anglers generally caught more than boats. There is no need to wade out far at the moment. Mid-morning onwards has usually seen the best fishing.

 

Next Stocking: March 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th.

 


March 5th - 11th

 209 anglers caught 1107 fish of which 682 were returned

 

 Best Rainbow

  • 11lb 0oz  Mr Allan, Spalding

  • 10lb 4oz  Mr Jacobs, Barton Seagrave, fritz damsel

  • 9lb 11oz  Tony White, Oxford, black buzzer

  •  43 fish over 4lb caught

Best Brown

5lb 0oz  Phil Caress, Stanground, goldhead damsel

 

Best Areas

Bank - dam, brookside, boat bay

Boat - lodge end

 

Best Patterns

cats whisker, yellow dancer, goldhead damsel. bloodworm, black buzzer, red diawl bach. Lures worked well on an intermediate during the morning especially when there was a ripple.

 

On calmer days the fish were much trickier in the gin clear water. Black buzzers with red cheeks under an indicator was the best method with fish taking at between 2 and 6 foot down. During warm afternoons there were even a few fish feeding on the surface with a red cdc or claret hopper both taking fish. Buzzer fishing should be superb in the next few weeks. Make sure you use a fluorocarbon leader as it makes a huge difference.

 

Next Stocking: March 12th, 16th, 19th.


Feb 27th - March 4th

228 anglers caught 1340 fish of which 883 were returned 48 fish over 4lb 

Best Fish

  • 13lb 8oz  Matt Harris (photograph to the right), Cambridge, Cruncher

  • 10lb 1oz  Graham Wright (photograph shown below), Deeping Gate, cruncher

  • 9lb 0oz  John Allen, Spalding, tequila blob, boat

  • 8lb 9oz  David Wilson, London, pheasant tail

  • 8lb 4oz  George Brock, Corby, gold head damsel

  • 7lb 8oz  Phil Cross, Northampton, bloodworm

  • 7lb 6oz  Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel

  • 6lb 6oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy, black buzzer

  • 6lb 3oz  Mr Thomson, Spalding

  • 6lb 0oz  Peter Bridges, Market Harborough

 

Best Areas

Brookside, dam, boat bay, goodfellow bay, gravel bar

Best Patterns

Godhead damsel, cats whisker, orange blob, black buzzer, red Diawl Bach, cruncher, olive ptn, apps bloodworm

A busy week with the weather enticing plenty of anglers until it turned wet and cold on Sunday. The lodge end of the lake is still best but the fish are spread over a reasonable area.

On most days, especially in calm conditions nymphs out fished lures. Best method was either a floater or slow intermediate with a damsel or black buzzer on the point and Diawl Bach/ cruncher on the dropper.

Lures are working on rougher days when large clouds of daphnia are getting pushed close to the windward shore. As well as daphnia, spooned fish have been feeding on small black buzzers, hog louse and immature damsel nymphs.

Bank fishing has generally been slightly more productive than boat this week. There are still some places left in the Airflo World Bank Masters heat at Elinor on Sunday March 25th.

Entry is £25.00 and competitors receive a fly line and fly selection worth £50.00 for entering! Full details at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk. Ex World Champion Iain will be at the heat to give advice. There are plenty of anglers entering who have never fished a competition before so don't feel intimidated and give it a go.

Next Stocking: March 5th, 9th, 12th


Opening Weekend February 25th & 26th  2012

135 anglers caught 1215 fish of which 692 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 13lb 0oz  Tony Pointer, Corby, black cat

  • 11lb 6oz  Geoff Scane, Peterborough, dawsons olive

  • 9lb 9oz  Phil Wagstaffe, Eye, damsel

  • 8lb 1oz  Geoff Scane, Peterborough, dawsons olive

  • 7lb 8oz  Fen Oakley, Sudborough, black/green booby

  • 7lb 4oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, black/green fritz

  • 7lb 0oz  Mr Akam

  • 6lb 14oz  Nick Rowan, Brampton, black/green lure

  • 6lb 14oz  Khurram Rana, Whitton, boat

  • 6lb 8oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, black/green fritz

  • 6lb 6oz  Dave Dakers, Langham, black/green lure

  • 64 fish over 4lb caught

Best Areas

Bank - dam, boat bay, Brookside

Boat - lodge end

Best Patterns

Assorted black/green lures, gold head damsel, cats whisker, red or pink apps, red Diawl Bach. The weather was fantastic for the opening weekend and the fish played ball. Nearly half the fish caught were over 2lb and fighting fit.

Black and green was easily the best colour combination and it took stockies and overwintered fish. Most fish were caught 2-4 foot down apart from the dam where some were caught deeper. Anglers who persisted with nymphs caught well but not as quickly. This will soon change as the fish wise up to the lures in the extremely clear water. It will be worth trying buzzers from now on, black with red cheeks being the favourite early season. Unusually for February the boats did nearly as well as the bank as long as you found some water of 10 foot deep or less. The deep areas didn't produce. Water levels have come up in the last three weeks and Elinor is now less than a foot off normal levels.

Next Stocking: Feb 27th, March 2nd, 5th.


2011 Season

November 6th - 13th 2011

162 anglers caught 588 fish of which 215 were returned.

Best Fish

  • 14lb 1oz  Charlie Abrahams, Digswell, blob, boat

  • 8lb 7oz  John Williams, Wolverhampton, cruncher

  • 8lb 0oz  Charlie Abrahams, Digswell, apps bloodworm, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  Phil Caress, Peterborough, damsel

  • 6lb 6oz  Alistair McCrae

  • 6lb 3oz  M. Nicholson, Tunbridge Wells, boat

  • 6lb 0oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough

  • 5lb 10oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon

  • 5lb 8oz  Paul Styles, boat 

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, lodge bank

Boat - lodge end 

Best Patterns

Cruncher, Diawl Bach, wet or dry hoppers, white/green lures, Montana, apps bloodworm 

The mild weather is keeping most of the fish near the surface. A real mixture of methods and patterns are working as long as the flies are kept in the top 2 foot. The lodge end of the lake is now the best place to fish. Plenty of out of season browns being caught up to 3lb, especially by bank anglers fishing near the tree lined areas. 

Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather  November 13th

Unusually this event was fished in temperatures of 18 degrees! 18 bank and 24 boat anglers took part. The last two years has seen bank anglers have a clear advantage in this match but this year 6 out of the top ten fished from a boat. 6 boat and 6 bank anglers had their six fish limit. 42 anglers caught 123 fish

  1. Charlie Abrahams, Digswell, boat  31lb 3oz  ( inc 14-1 and 8-0 )

  2. Graham Herbert, Leicester, boat  18lb 9oz

  3. John Tomson, Corby, boat  14lb 14oz

  4. Stuart Kerr, Leicester, boat  14lb 6oz

  5. Graham England, Leicester, bank  13lb 11oz

  6. John Pointer, Corby, boat  13lb 10oz

  7. Bart Farmer, Great Shelford, boat  11lb 12oz

  8. Mark Postles, Bedford, bank  11lb 6oz

  9. Fen Oakley, Sudborough, bank  10lb 12oz

  10. Steve Johnson, Raunds, bank  10lb 7oz 

A total of £541.20 was raised for the British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Many thanks to the generous anglers who supported the event.

Next Stocking: Nov 14th, 18th.


October 24th - November 5th 2011

269 anglers caught 960 fish of which 588 were returned. 

Best Fish

  • 13lb 5oz  George Brock, Corby, white/green lure

  • 6lb 12oz  Walter Kemp, Chatteris, orange booby, boat

  • 6lb 9oz  Graham Johnson, Norwich, cruncher

  • 6lb 2oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer

  • 6lb 0oz  Finbarr McSweeney, Wellingborough 

Best Areas

Bank - dam, Brookside, pensioners point

Boat - most areas holding fish now. 

Best Patterns

cruncher, black spider, small olive buzzer, suspender buzzer, egg flies, minkies, white/green or black/green lures. Plenty of fish rising during the mild spell, especially on calmer days. Most fish being caught on or near the surface. Fish will take lures on windier days but imitative patterns scoring best in calmer conditions. Boat and bank equally good now.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be on Sunday November 13th

Fishing is 9am - 3pm.Tackle and Organic meat prizes for top ten anglers. Open to boat and bank anglers. Entry including fishing fee is £25 for boat and bank anglers(£5 for season ticket holders). All proceeds to The British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance. Please email or phone the lodge to book your boat or bank entry.

Next Stocking: Nov 7th, 11th, 14th, 18th


October 3rd - October 23rd 2011

337 anglers caught 966 fish of which 585 were returned

Best Fish

  • 9lb 2oz  George Piccaver, Farcet, black buzzer, boat

  • 8lb 4oz  David Rudge, Teeton, boat

  • 8lb 1oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, pink apps

  • 7lb 2oz  Phil Caress, Stanground

  • 7lb 0oz  F. Edwards, St Albans, boat

  • 6lb 8oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, yellow dancer

  • 6lb 4oz  Roy Brown, Rushden

  • 6lb 2oz  Robert Lenton, Milton Malsor, white/green lure

  • 6lb 2oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, pink apps

Best Areas

Bank - Brookside bank, dam

Boat - most areas holding fish now

Best Patterns

white/green lures, Montana, olive or black buzzer, cruncher, apps bloodworm.

Elinor is clear and completely free of algae now. Fish are being caught in most areas. Best method has been a floater or slow intermediate to keep your flies in the top 18 inches. Bank fishing should be as good as from a boat for the rest of the season now the water is cooling down.

The Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather will be on Sunday November 13th

  • Fishing is 9am - 3pm

  • Tackle and Organic meat prizes.

  • Open to boat and bank anglers. Entry including fishing fee is £25 for boat and bank anglers(£5 for season ticket holders)

  • All proceeds to British Heart Foundation and Air Ambulance.

Please email or phone the lodge to book your boat or bank entry

Next Stocking: Oct 28th, 31st, Nov 4th.


August 21st - September 4th 2011

238 anglers caught 690 fish of which 411 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 11lb 8oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, apps bloodworm, boat

  • 6lb 11oz  James Gray, Harrow, black hopper

  • 5lb 1oz  Dan Farrell, Wellingborough, boat

  • 4lb 14oz  Ray Goodfellow, Kettering 

  • Brown 3lb 13oz  John Wheeler, Welham Green, muddler 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, brookside, coarse bank

Boat - east arm, pylon point 

Best Patterns

Black hopper, grhe, red or pink apps, red or green Diawl Bach, daddies, orange blob.

The weed is dying back now but unfortunately some algae has returned to many parts of the lake which has made the fishing harder.

Clearer water can be found at the top of the wind. Fish are rising most of the day in the east arm and down the middle. Best method has once again been dries, hoppers or cdc. Otherwise, washing line with a booby or daddy on the point and Diawl Bach and hares ear on the droppers. Some fish will also chase and take a fast stripped blob through the surface. 

Nest Socking: Sept 9th, 12th, 16th


August 7th - 20th 2011 

262 anglers caught 852 fish of which 504 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 10lb 2oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, orange blob, boat

  • 7lb 12oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, Diawl Bach, boat

  • 7lb 7oz  James Mitchell, Nottingham, black hopper, boat

  • 6lb 14oz  Trevor Smith, Wellingborough, damsel

  • 6lb 3oz  Dan Evans, Cambridge, apps bloodworm, boat

  • 5lb 6oz  A. Percival

  • 5lb 2oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black hopper 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank

Boat - east arm, down middle 

Best Patterns

black or olive hopper, daddies, red Diawl Bach, olive buzzer, red cdc, orange blob 

The last two weeks at Elinor have been difficult but there has been a big improvement since Saturday 20th. The rain and cooler weather last week has seen most of the algae vanish. This weekend there were numerous grown-on 2lb+ fish, including some browns, caught which although lean fought very well.

Dry fly has still been one of the best methods, especially hoppers and CDC's. Otherwise a washing line with a floating line with a daddy or booby on the point and Diawl Bach on the dropper has been working well. Some fish are now willing to chase a blob.

Next Stocking: August 22nd, 25th, 29th.


July 10th - 24th 2011

267 anglers caught 811 fish of which 442 were returned

Best Fish

  • 11lb 3oz  Reg Bellham, Northampton, black/green lure

  • 8lb 8oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, blue wullf

  • 8lb 4oz  Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough, damsel, boat

  • 7lb 1oz  Mr Murphy, boat

  • 6lb 11oz  Graham Wells, Chelmsford, daddy, boat

  • 6lb 6oz  Len Smith, Stanstead, apps bloodworm

  • 6lb 2oz  Gary Langford, Derby, apps bloodworm, boat

  • 6lb 0oz  Gary Turner, Blakesley, float tube

  • 5lb 12oz  Andy Hakes, Leighton Buzzard, boat

Best Areas

Bank - brookside, lagoon, boat bay, dam(in a north wind)

Boat - east arm, down middle

Best Patterns

Damsel, apps, daddy, red Diawl Bach, black/green or white/green lures

Catches are extremely variable at the moment with some days the rod average over 5 and on others under 2. The southern end of the lake has been best for both bank and boat anglers apart from in a northerly wind.

Fish are on the surface most of the day taking damsel nymphs in the morning then in the afternoon turning their attention to the adults. Best method seems to be washing line or dries. Higham Ferrers Flyfishers enjoyed a productive outing on Saturday July 16th.

6 anglers caught 34 fish

1. Richard Kirk 6 fish 11lb 8oz

2. Jamie Coker, 5 fish 9lb 11oz

3. Richard Webb, 6 fish 9lb 9oz

4. Kevin Hughes, 6 fish 9lb 8oz

5. Fred Raitt, 5 fish 8lb 11oz

6. Martin Wiggins, 6 fish 7lb 0oz

Best fish 3lb 9oz Jamie Coker

Next Stocking: July 25th, 29th, August 1st


July 3rd - 9th 2011

146 anglers caught 513 fish of which 308 were returned. 

Best Fish

  • 10lb 8oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, grhe

  • 10lb 4oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black hopper

  • 9lb 4oz  Mark Britton, Brington, olive hares ear

  • 8lb 1oz  Mr Hennessy, Houghton Conquest, red Diawl Bach

  • 7lb 7oz  John Carpenter, Coventry, damsel, boat

  • 7lb 4oz  Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, black muddler 

Best Areas

Bank - dam (in a north wind), east arm, lagoon

Boat - down middle 

Best Patterns

grhe, red Diawl Bach, damsel, black or olive hopper, white/green lures 

The water is much clearer now. Changeable wind directions have meant the fish are switching on in different areas of the lake. Fish are rising throughout the day to damsel nymphs and adults.

Cooler weather has really improved the bank fishing since Wednesday 6th with anglers enjoying good dry fly sport. 

Higham Ferrers Flyfishers had a boat competition on Wednesday.

8 anglers caught 42 fish

1. Neil Tebbutt 6 fish 11lb 8oz (inc best fish 3lb 12oz)

2. Eddie Spencer 5 fish 9lb 12oz

3. Richard Webb 6 fish 9lb 11oz

4. Mark Frost 6 fish 9lb 9oz

5. Roger Attley 6 fish 9lb 6oz   

Next Stocking: July 12th, 15th, 18th


June 19th - July 2nd 2011

321 anglers caught 886 fish of which 495 were returned

Best Fish

  • 12lb 2oz  Arthur Matcham, Barton Seagrave, s14 olive buzzer, boat

  • 10lb 4oz  Martin Denton, Moulton, black buzzer, boat

  • 8lb 0oz  Mr Montali, Rushden

  • 6lb 13oz  John Grice, Derby, damsel

  • 6lb 8oz  Bill Stewart, Corby

  • 6lb 8oz  Phil Duggan

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, coarse bank, lagoon, pensioners point

Boat - deeper water down middle

Best Patterns

damsel nymph, dry damsel, daddies, olive CDC, red Diawl Bach, black/green or white/green lures

The hot weather has made the bank fishing difficult with anglers doing well if they catch 2 or 3 fish in a day. Boat anglers catching well fishing the deeper water. Best methods have been either targeting rising fish with dries or damsels or fritz lures on an intermediate. The algae has spread around the lake with the varied wind directions but is only a problem on flat calm days. A steady breeze soon pushes it to one end of the lake.  Next Stocking: July 4th, 8th, 11th


June 5th - 18th 2011

353 anglers caught 991 fish of which 514 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 12lb 2oz  Mel Dunn, Eye, orange blob, boat

  • 11lb 2oz  Terry Sibbald, Wellingborough, Montana

  • 10lb 4oz  Jimmy Kelly, Corby, boat

  • 9lb 3oz  Chris Wilson, London, damsel

  • 7lb 9oz  Paul Haskey, Rugby, white zonker

  • 7lb 8oz  George Brock, Corby

Best Areas

Bank - Brookside, east arm, coarse bank

Boat - east arm, down middle 

Best Patterns

Damsel nymph, dry damsel, small olive cdc, black buzzer, green Diawl Bach, bloodworm, orange or tequila blob. Large hatches of damsels. Nymphs working well in the morning with fish taking dry adults during the afternoon. Fish are on the top all day in most conditions. 

The lodge end of the lake is quiet at the moment probably due to a small algal bloom. Best methods apart from damsels is washing line with Diawl Bach's and hares ear suspended by a cruncher booby or suspender buzzer. Blobs fished on a slow intermediate also doing well. Evening rise to buzzers and sedges is still good as long as the wind isn't too strong. 

Next stocking: June 20, 24, 27.


May 23rd - June 4th 2011

314 anglers caught 1165 fish of which 637 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 12lb 8oz  John Pickstock, Great Oxendon, Wickhams, boat

  • 11lb 4oz  Pete Welch, Boston, cats whisker

  • 10lb 11oz  Ivan Dow, Peterborough, black buzzer

  • 9lb 14oz  Roy McLester, Grendon, diawl bach

  • 8lb 8oz  Ian Douglas, Houghton, black buzzer

  • 7lb 9oz  Jason Davison, Stevenage, olive cdc

  • 7lb 0oz  Mark Footitt, Colsterworth, black buzzer, boat

  • 6lb 10oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, black buzzer

  • 6lb 2oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, bloodworm

  • 6lb 1oz  Graham Dixon, Newark, damsel 

Best Areas

All areas holding fish 

Best Patterns

Day - damsel, olive Fraser, red or green Diawl Bach, black buzzer, daddies, cruncher booby, cats whisker

Eve - black or brown cdc, hoppers, sedge pupa, wickhams 

Constant strong winds made the buzzer fishing difficult but the fish are still feeding on the surface most of the day. Best method has been washing line with a cruncher booby or olive booby with Diawl Bach's or crunchers on the  droppers. On warmer days the damsel hatch is in full swing with fish taking the nymphs and adults. There is a real variation in colour of the nymphs from tan to a bright metallic green. On most nights there has been a spectacular evening rise with fish taking hatching buzzers and sedges. When the calmer, warmer days finally return it will be worth fishing epoxy buzzers during the day as well as damsel imitations. The mayfly hatch. especially in the east arm will also be worth targeting. 

Next Stocking: June 6, 10, 13


Two weeks May 8th - 22nd 2011

372 anglers caught 1149 fish of which 730 were returned

Best Fish

  • 10lb 8oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston, small ptn

  • 10lb 2oz  Brian Swain, Brampton, damsel

  • 10lb 10oz  Trevor Partridge, Corby, red cdc, boat

  • 9lb 5oz  Peter Zinny, black/red fritz, boat

  • 9lb 0oz  Jim Nixon, Kettering

  • 8lb 10oz  Mr Pappleton, Gt Irchester, Zulu, boat

  • 8lb 9oz  Jason Spolton, Kettering, damsel

  • 8lb 7oz  Jimmy Kelly, Corby, boat

  • 7lb 14oz  Ian Douglas, Houghton, black buzzer

  • 7lb 4oz  Peter Roper, Haynes, boat

  • 6lb 13oz  Derek Smith, Cambridge, green diawl bach

  • 6lb 5oz  Stuart Found, Spalding, black buzzer, boat 

Best Areas

Bank - east arm, brookside, goodfellow bay(evenings)

Boat - all areas holding fish if wind allows  

Best Patterns

red or green Diawl Bach, ptn, grhe, cruncher, black buzzer, black hopper, cdc buzzer 

With the recent strong winds the rod average has been lower with anglers struggling to fish many areas of the lake.

Plenty of surface activity throughout the day with fish taking damsel nymphs. If the the wind drops in the evening there have been some spectacular rises from 8.30pm onwards. During the early part of the rise try emerging buzzers in size 14s and then wet or dry sedge patterns towards dark.

Next Stocking: May 24, 27, 30


May 1st - 7th 2011

214 anglers caught 833 fish of which 481 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 9lb 15oz  J. Elderton, Earls Barton, damsel

  • 9lb 11oz  Ben Piper, Cambs, boat

  • 9lb 6oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley, damsel

  • 8lb 0oz  Mr Kennewell

  • 7lb 8oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston

  • 6lb 15oz  David Carson, Lincoln, black buzzer, boat

  • 6lb 7oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy, black buzzer

  • 6lb 7oz  Glenn Harwood, Chelveston

  • 6lb 6oz  John Scott, Corby, damsel

  • 6lb 4oz  John Wildman, Peterborough

  • 6lb 0oz Mrs T Ocock, Spalding, boat 

Best Areas

Bank - dam, brookside, east arm

Boat - east arm, gravel bar, down middle 

Best Patterns

Black buzzer, bloodworm, red or green diawl bach, damsel, cats whisker, black hopper 

The buzzer fishing is back on good form now the wind is back in the South with good catches on epoxy buzzers during the day and emerger and dry imitations during the evening rise.

Quite a few mayfly are hatching along with pond olives and the first of the damsels. 

Sunday May 8th Tommy Wood Memorial Bank Match

20 anglers caught 54 fish. Conditions were windy with plenty of sunshine so not ideal for a bank match using floating line and buzzer patterns.

1. Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, 6 fish 10lb 13oz

2. Gordon Anthony, Whittlesey 6 fish 10lb 4oz

3. Fen Oakley, Sudborough 6 fish 9lb 11oz

4. Dave McEwan, Sandy 6 fish 8lb 3oz

5. Dave Jarrett, Peterborough 3 fish 7lb 10oz 

A total of £481 was raised for Sue Ryder, Peterborough. Many thanks to everyone who supported this event. 

Next Stocking: May 9th, 13th, 16th


April 24- 30th 2011

206 anglers caught 788 fish of which 425 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 12lb 15oz  Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel, boat

  • 10lb 9oz  David Smith, Wales, suspender buzzer, boat

  • 10lb 8oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, daddy, boat

  • 9lb 7oz  Tony Bill, Cambridge, black/green lure, boat

  • 8lb 12oz  Paul Dunstan, Towcester, red lure, float tube

  • 8lb 7oz  Tony Bill, Cambridge, black/green lure, boat

  • 8lb 4oz  Tony Bill, Cambridge, black/green lure, boat

  • 8lb 0oz  Sean Marriott, Market Harborough, boat

  • 7lb 4oz  Harvey Mobbs, Castle Ashby, olive buzzer

  • 6lb 13oz  John Dillon, Sheffield, GRHE

  • 6lb 10oz  David Price, Coventry, black buzzer

  • 6lb 8oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley, black buzzer

  • 6lb 8oz  Alan Weatherley, Kettering, bloodworm

Best Areas

Bank - dam, lodge bank

Boat - all areas holding fish 

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, cruncher, grhe, red or green Diawl Bach, pink apps bloodworm, orange or sunburst blob 

The strong ENE wind over the past few days has made fishing tougher although the rod average was still respectable. Bank anglers only comfortable fishing area was the dam and it fished well especially when there was cloud cover.

Not as many buzzers hatching this week. Best method has been a damsel on the point with a cruncher/grhe/Diawl Bach on the dropper fished at 4-5ft when bright or nearer the surface when cloudy.

When the calmer/milder weather returns the buzzer fishing will be superb.

No worthwhile evening rise last week as there were limited hatches. 

Sunday May 8 Tommy Wood Memorial

9am- 4pm  Floating line and buzzer imitations only

Free entry!  All proceeds from raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough.

Next Stocking: May 2, 6, 9


April 17th - 23rd 2011

171 anglers caught 714 fish of which 403 were returned

Best Fish

  • 12lb 0oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley, s14 blakestone buzzer

  • 11lb 8oz  Jon Panter, Moulton, black buzzer

  • 10lb 12oz  Michael Bownes, Stamford, goldhead damsel

  • 10lb 8oz  Mick Johnson, Peterborough, white/green tadpole

  • 10lb 4oz  Pete Welch, Boston, black buzzer

  • 9lb 9oz  Alan Calver, Oundle, goldhead damsel

  • 9lb 1oz  Jim Nixon, Kettering

  • 8lb 7oz  Dave Williams, Whittlesey

  • 8lb 2oz  Bill Stewart, Co0rby

  • 7lb 12oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy, damsel

  • 7lb 9oz  Peter Shaw, Peterborough, boat

  • 6lb 14oz  Bill Stewart, Corby

  • 6lb 8oz  Jason Spolton, Kettering, Damsel

Browns

3lb 8oz  Alan Weatherley, Kettering, brown hopper

3lb 5oz  John Dyson, Oxford, black hopper

2lb 8oz  Alan Weatherley, Kettering, brown hopper

2lb 4oz  Dave McEwan, Sandy

Best Areas

Bank - dam, pensioners point, brookside

Boat - all areas fishing well 

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, red or green diawl bach, black or brown hopper, orange blob. A good week for specimen fish for bank anglers and big bags for boat anglers. The hot weather meant the bank fishing got harder but there were still plenty of fish taken early and late in the day.

Boat anglers have enjoyed some great buzzer fishing. Top pattern has been a s10 or s12 black buzzer with red cheeks. Best depth has been anything between 2 - 6ft depending on wind and light conditions. Sun and wind together has sent the fish deeper.

On calmer days the rising fish have been taking emerging black or green buzzers, pond olives and alders. Most evenings there is a rise. Dry fly sport has been productive in the last hour with small hoppers and cdc.

Sunday May 8th  Tommy Wood Memorial

A friendly roving bank match. Floating line and buzzer imitations only. Free entry! 9am - 4pm Everyone welcome. All proceeds from the raffle go to Sue Ryder, Peterborough

Next Stocking: April 25, 26, 29, May 2 


April 10th - 16th 2011

146 anglers caught 471 fish of which 287 were returned

Best Fish

  • 9lb 5oz  Mick Heasman, Tunbridge Wells flyfishers, buzzer

  • 9lb 2oz  Tony Dighton, Cambs, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  Mr Cardy, Wellingborough, olive buzzer

  • 7lb 7oz  J. Dolby, Kings Lyn, black buzzer

  • 7lb 4oz  Graham Jenkins, Birmingham, black hopper

  • 7lb 0oz  Mr Dilley, Wellingborough

  • 6lb 5oz  John Owen, Kettering

  • 6lb 4oz  Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, black buzzer, boat

  • 6lb 4oz  Mr Green

  • 6lb 1oz  Dennis Shannon, Wellingborough, apps bloodworm

Best Areas

Bank- dam, brookside

Boat - all areas holding fish

Best Patterns

Black or olive buzzer, bloodworm, Diawl Bach, grhe, small damsel, orange blob

A great week for buzzer fishing especially when the weather warmed up at the end of the week. Pond olives also put in their first appearance on Wednesday. Although there are plenty of fish rising the best bags of fish are being taken on s12 or s14 buzzers 3-6 foot down either under a bung or straight line.

Most evening there is a localized evening rise in Goodfellow bay and shallow bay with fish coming very close to the bank.

Even the small fish are really fighting well now.

Prospects look good for the next few weeks for some great imitative fishing.

Next Stocking

April 18th, 21st, 22nd, 25th 

Competition news

On Saturday April 16th Elinor held a Greys National bank heat

Individuals Top 5

1. Ed Foster 7 fish

2. Terry Phillips 6

3. Andy Taylor 6

4. Dave Franklin 5

5. Brad Gifford 4     

Teams

1. Team Marton 14 fish

2. Elinor 14

3. Misfits 5

12 anglers caught 42 fish with at least as many again lost on barbless hooks. Nearly all fish taken on buzzers or bloodworm


April 3rd - 9th 2011

167 anglers caught 594 fish of which 323 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 9lb 8oz  Steve Wyant, Market Harborough, black/green tadpole, boat

  • 9lb 4oz Ian Benbow, Woodford, red Diawl Bach

  • 8lb 1oz  Mr Steels, Dogsthorpe

  • 7lb 9oz  Pete Welch, Boston, traffic light buzzer

  • 7lb 8oz  George Brock, Corby

  • 7lb 3oz  David Johnson, Oxford, black buzzer

  • 6lb 4oz  Jim Boag, Over, boat

  • 6lb 2oz  G Smith, Leicester, black buzzer

  • 6lb 0oz  Mr Mosser, Peterborough, black buzzer 

Best Areas

Bank - Brookside point, dam, gravel bar, shallow bay

Boat - gravel bar, west arm, dam 

Best Patterns

Black & olive buzzer, Diawl Bach, grhe, black hopper, orange blob 

In the bright, warm conditions the boats fished consistently well with straight lined size 12 buzzers taking the best bags. Bank anglers did well in cloudy conditions or early morning/evening when the fish are feeding very close in.

Fish are feeding heavily on daphnia off the dam and buzzers around the rest of the lake.

Best dry fly for the surface feeders has been a black hopper. 

Competition News

April 6th Troutmasters fish-off

1. Pete Welch, Boston 6 fish 16lb 12oz (inc 7lb 9oz rainbow), brookside, black buzzer

2. Steve Johnson, Raunds, 6 fish 16lb 1oz brookside,orange blob, intermediate

3. Alec Twaites, Coventry, 6 fish 14lb 5oz  brookside, black/green lure 

4. Phil Wagstaff, Eye, 6 fish 12lb 2oz dam, buzzers

5. Bob Walmsley, Desborough, 6 fish 11lb 6oz, east arm 

Congratulations to Pete Welch who will represent Elinor at the grand final on May 9th at Grafham. Sunday May 8th is the date for the Tommy Wood Memorial bank match. Floating line and buzzer imitations only. All proceeds to Sue Ryder Peterborough. All are welcome to enter this relaxed competition for a great cause. 

Next Stocking: April 11th, 15th, 18th


March 20th - 26th 2011

206 anglers caught 784 fish of which 427 were returned

Best Fish

  • 11lb 8oz  Phil Wagstaff, Eye, damsel

  • 10lb 7oz  Geoff Scane, Peterborough, silver humungus

  • 9lb 8oz  John Cooper, Oundle

  • 9lb 1oz  Phile Wagstaff, Eye, damsel

  • 9lb 0oz  Jason Spolton, Kettering, damsel

  • 8lb 10oz  Keiran Bonas, Oakley

  • 8lb 8oz  Alec Baillee, Leicester, olive nymph, boat

  • 8lb 7oz  Gerry Calver, Oundle, orange sparkler, boat

  • 8lb 2oz  Stuart Bergman, Milton Keynes, sunburst blob

  • 8lb 1oz  Jim Nixon, Kettering

  • 8lb 0oz  Neville Silver, boat

  • 7lb 5oz  Graham Swainston, Irthlingborough, black buzzer, boat

  • 7lb 4oz  D. Mason, Northampton, boat

Best Areas

Bank - all areas holding fish

Boat - west arm, gravel bar 

Best Patterns

black buzzer, cruncher, small damsel, bloodworm, montana, cats whisker. 

A warm week really got the buzzers hatching. Lures are still working well in the morning but from 11am its worth fishing a team of black buzzers either straight line or under a bung at 3ft.

When the wind drops down there are plenty of fish rising especially in the west arm although they are not east to tempt. 

Next stocking: March 28th, 31st, April 1st, 4th


March 13th - 19th 2011

192 anglers caught 822 fish of which 503 were returned

Best Fish

  • 12lb 5oz  Mel Dunn, Eye, lime green damsel

  • 9lb 0oz  Mark Chance, Sawtry, cormorant booby, boat

  • 8lb 14oz Mark Chance, Sawtry, cormorant booby, boat

  • 8lb 2oz  Steve Wyant, Market Harborough, black/red lure, boat

  • 8lb 2oz  Derek Benamore, Finedon, boat

  • 8lb 0oz  Mel Dunn, Eye, lime green damsel

  • 7lb 9oz  Mr Lucas, Eye Green, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  George Piccaver, Farcet, green/white lure, boat

  • 7lb 5oz  David Wison, Coventry, black buzzer

  • 6lb 8oz  George Piccaver, Farcet, green Diawl Bach, boat

  • 6lb 7oz  Mr Kempton, Wellingborough, boat

  • 6lb 6oz  James Clark, Ringstead

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, west arm, coarse bank

Boat - west arm, gravel bar

Best Patterns

Damsel, black buzzer, gold head hares ear, Montana, cats whisker

Elinor trout are feeding heavily with good hatches of small black buzzers on most days especially at the warmer calmer end of the lake.

Best method has been a team of s12 or s14 buzzers fished either straight line or under an indicator. Most fish being taken 18" - 3ft down.

Small damsels on a floater have also taken good bags including the biggest rainbow of the season so far of 12lb 5oz caught from the west arm pylon point.

When the wind is not too strong there are plenty of fish rising but they are difficult to tempt on dries.

Boat and bank anglers having equally good sport on most days with fish well spread around the lake.

Next Stocking: March 21st, 25th, 28th


March 6th - 12th 2011

165 anglers caught 597 fish of which 342 were returned 

Best Fish

  • 10lb 8oz  Michael Daymond, Leicester, cats whisker, boat

  • 10lb 3oz  Mick Bownes, Stamford, goldhead damsel

  • 10lb 1oz  Carl Lord, Wellingborough, black/green lure

  • 8lb 2oz  Ken Nicholls, Farcet, boat

  • 7lb 8oz  Carl Lord, Wellingborough, black/green lure

  • 7lb 6oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, damsel

  • 7lb 5oz  Bryan Swain, Brampton, damsel

  • 7lb 4oz  Mr Wood

  • 6lb 12oz Roy Hubbard, boat

  • 6lb 10oz Jason Spolton, Kettering

  • 6lb 9oz Mr Gillies 

  • 6lb 8oz John Lane, Milton Ernest, bloodworm, boat

  • 6lb 7oz Glen Honan, Tansor, ptn

  • 6lb 5oz Mr Kempton, Wellingborough, boat

  • 6lb 0oz Glen Harwood, Chelveston

Best Areas

Bank - lodge bank, coarse bank, dam

Boat - anchored off lodge bank, west arm

Best Patterns

Small damsel, black buzzer, bloodworm, montana, cats whisker 

Variable weather last week at Elinor. On the windy dull days the bank fished very well. On calmer, bright days the boat anglers did best. Plenty of buzzers starting to hatch now spring has arrived and the odd fish even being caught on dries on milder days although most fish are being taken 2-3ft down.

The fish are still well spread around the lake with all areas worth a try. Black or olive buzzers should be the most consistent immitative patterns over the next couple of weeks.

Next Stocking: March 14th, 18th


Feb 28th - March 5th 2011

186 anglers caught 682 fish of which 386 were returned

Best Fish

  • 9lb 8oz  Nick Wade, Kettering, damsel

  • 9lb 2oz  Mike Creamer, Oakley, damsel

  • 8lb 0oz  Ian Parsler, Kettering, black/green lure

  • 7lb 3oz  Garth Mitchell, Cosby, black/green fritz, boat

  • 7lb 0oz  Arthur Matcham, Kettering

  • 6lb 14oz Andrew Warnock, Rugby, black/green lure

  • 6lb 12oz Colin Wagner, Corby, damsel

  • 6lb 10oz Derek Benamore, Finedon

  • 6lb 3oz  Bob Darby, Yardley Hastings, fritz damsel

  • 6lb 0oz  Barry Akam, Market Deeping, black/green lure

  • 5lb 15oz Geoff Dawkins, Leicester, black/green lure, boat

Best Areas

Bank - dam, gravel bar, coarse bank

Boat - boat bay, gravel bar, west arm

Best Patterns

Montana, cats whisker, small damsel, bloodworm, black buzzer, red or green Diawl Bach

Along with the usual early season lures, plenty of fish are being taken on nymphs now. The top 2 foot is the best depth to concentrate on although the fish have dropped deeper on the rare brighter days.

Boat anglers are having bumper catches anchored 60-100 yards off the lodge bank. Fish are showing up all over the lake but the cold NE wind meant that the coarse bank was rarely fished last week. Buzzer hatches have started already, especially on the calmer days and prospects look very good for nymph anglers over the next few weeks with the water remaining extremely clear.

Next Stocking: March 7th, 9th, 10th, 14th.


Feb 26th & 27th 2011

124 anglers caught 915 fish of which 537 were returned

47 fish over 5lb 

Best Rainbows

  • 11lb 14oz  Matt Tuck, Huntingdon, white/green tadpole

  • 9lb 9oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, red buzzer, boat

  • 9lb 8oz  Richard Winser, Cambs, damsel

  • 9lb 2oz  Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, black/green tadpole

  • 9lb 0oz  Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, black/green tadpole

  • 8lb 8oz  Dave Meekes, Northampton

  • 8lb 2oz  Nick Keller, Kettering, bloodworm

  • 8lb 2oz  Phil Longstaffe, Market Harborough

  • 7lb 11oz  Nathan Greer, Weldon, orange blob

  • 7lb 10oz  Kieran Bonas, Oakley

  • 7lb 9oz  Ray Goodfellow, Kettering

  • 7lb 8oz  Pete Welch, Boston, green/white lure

  • 7lb 8oz  Ken Waller, Long Sutton, red buzzer, boat

  • 7lb 3oz  Brad Gifford, Kettering, pink apps

  • 6lb 9oz  Brent Murgatroyd, Milton Keynes

  • 6lb 8oz  Dave Meekes, Northampton

  • 6lb 7oz  Michael Watts, Newport Pagnell, damsel

  • 6lb 6oz  Glynn Mansfield, Peterborough, viva  

  • 4lb 8oz Brown  Glynn Mansfield, Peterborough, viva 

Best Areas

Bank - dam, goodfellow bay, brookside, coarse bank

Boat - anchored off lodge bank, west arm 

Best Patterns

Black/green or white/green lures, damsel, bloodworm, grhe, red buzzer. 

A great start to the 2011 season despite the cold and at times wet weekend. Fish were well spread over the whole lake with only the deeper water down the middle failing to produce. Best method was a slow retrieve on floater or slow intermediate with most fish being caught surprisingly high in the water at 1-2ft. 

When the wind dropped completely late afternoon there were a good number of fish rising, especially in the west arm. Boat anglers did better than normal with good catches coming from 50-100yds off the bank as well as close in.  Numerous specimen fish caught with a good mix of overwintered and new stock fish. 

Next Stocking: March 1st, 4th.

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