Elinor Fishery April 24th, 2023

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        Elinor Weekly Fishing Report Saturday 15th – 21st April 2023

        127 Anglers caught 290 fish of which 243 fish were returned.

        There were prolific fly hatches at Elinor on Saturday, which kept the fish feeding near the surface; on the menu were olive and black buzzers, in a mixture of sizes along, with the Alderfly. Sunday the Alex Booth Fly Fishers held their annual Spring bank match, a tough day due to the changing wind – there were plenty of fishing of fish showing in the margins, although difficult to tempt! Congratulations to Mike Smith who won the match, proving they could indeed be caught, using a combination of olive and black foam shipman’s buzzers.

        Due to the ever changing, but predominately Easterly wind most of week, the conditions were challenging. On Monday Ivor Fisher had a lovely 7.2lb in his bag of 5, caught on an olive buzzer and on Thursday Stephen Illingworth got the measure of the bright sunshine and strong winds, catching 6 on buzzers 10ft down under an indicator. Those anglers that fished imitative patterns had the best bags with a floater/washing line or dries being the best methods. Boat fishing is the most productive, although there have been plenty of fish in range of bank anglers from the Gravel Bar, Shallow Bay and Lagoon and under the wires through to the East Arm. I am sure you will join us in hoping for some settled spring like weather, which maybe looming on the horizon; there have been the first sightings of the Osprey and the familiar sounds of the cuckoo!

        Best Fish
        7.2lb Ivor Fisher – Olive buzzer
        6lb G Mason – Blisworth
        6lb Mark Cutworth – CDC Dry
        5.3lb Andrius – Northampton
        5lb Mr Turner – Bedford

        Best Patterns
        White/green lures, yellow dancer, black/green lures, blue flash damsel, red apps, green apps, red/black diawl bachs, bloodworms, olive or black buzzers, black crunchers, dry shipman’s, black crippled midge, foam daddy’s, black olive CDC , yellow owls, black hoppers, and red hoppers.

        Best Areas
        Bank- Shallow Bay, Gravel Bar, boat bay, dam, Brookside – Brookside Point
        Boat- Gravel bar, Shallow Bay, Lagoon, Brookside – Brookside Bay

        Water Temp – 13.5 degrees
        Next Stocking – Friday 28th April

        Polite notice – please can all anglers park in the car park, unless you have hired a boat. The sheep are back in the field please close all gates and dogs to be kept on leads – thank you for your co-operation.

        Fish of the week Ivor Fisher’s stunner – caught on an olive buzzer.

        Black CDC and the yellow owl great flies for catching off the top.

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