A fantastic week for boat anglers with some large fly hatches that brought the bigger fish on the feed.
April 30th – May 6th
226 anglers caught 1422 fish of which 1121 were returned
9lb 11oz S Millar, Scotland, black buzzer, boat
8lb 8oz Adrian Portlock, Daventry, blue flash damsel, boat
8lb 6oz Jason Cooke, Roade, black buzzer, boat
8lb 4oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat
8lb 2oz Jason Cooke, Roade, black buzzer, boat
7lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, black/green lure, boat
6lb 8oz Greg Potts, Whittlesey, black buzzer, boat
6lb 1oz Luke Key, Market Harborough, black buzzer with gold cheeks, boat
5lb 8oz Steve Windram, Stoney Stanton, boat
5lb 7oz Gavin Cairns, Newmarket
5lb 7oz Phillip Slane, Old Weston, cats whisker, boat
5lb 6oz Terry Caddy, Northampton, boat
5lb 6oz Tim Ward, Kirby Muxloe, black traffic light buzzer, boat
5lb 2oz David Dearman, Peakirk, olive cruncher
5lb 2oz Neil Groves, Oundle, black/green lure
Brown 3lb 6oz Steve Owen, Kettering, hares ear
Bank – coarse bank, lagoon, shallow bay, gravel bar, east arm
Boat – west arm, gravel bar, down middle
black or olive buzzer, olive cruncher, small damsel, olive or hares ear cdc, black hopper, tequila blob/fab, white/green lures.
A much warmer week saw some excellent fly hatches with fish gorging themselves on buzzers, hawthorn fly and alders.
The water is crystal clear again so the warm bright conditions made bank fishing trickier over the bank holiday weekend although Liam Johnson managed 18 from the coarse bank yesterday by fishing his buzzers deep and slow.
Top score on the boats last week was Andy Lane from North London who had 49 on black crunchers in the morning and olive or black cdc in the afternoon. On the same day, Friday, Chris Redhead from Whittlesey had 40 on s14 buzzers.
Prospects for boat fishing remain excellent. Please book boats in advance as Elinor is busy at the moment.
Bank fishing should be easier in the cooler temperatures forecast for later this week.
The latest edition of Trout Fisherman magazine (issue 509) has a centre page feature on Elinor and includes a dvd with Iain Barr and Gareth Jones bank fishing here.
Sunday May 6th
Kirby Muxloe Fly Fishers had 7 pairs fishing a boat match.
A total of 67 fish were weighed in with plenty more returned. Biggest fish 5lb 6oz by Tim Ward
1. Tim Ward/John Foster 12 fish 28lb 3oz
2. Frank Parker/Russ Jackson 12 fish 27lb 12oz
3. Richard Dayman/Malcolm Peck 12 fish 26lb 6oz