Saturday, 17 December 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 17/12/11

TROUT FISHING
         Despite the cooler weather kicking in the trout fishing is still very good, for the time of year. Boat anglers are reporting good numbers of  fish, however the bank anglers are really producing some good bags also. The ticket office frontage is the hotspot at present and the fish are still in the shallow water hunting the fry and anywhere there is structure or decaying weed will be a good spot to try as the fry are shoaling tightly with  the onset of winter and are seeking the sanctuary of these areas. Swimming pool, Weather bay, Strickland bay , the ticket office frontage and Stockie bay have all been producing fish or showing signs of fish activity.
         One angler who took advantage of the fry feeding was Peter Scott from Edinburgh, who fished the swimming pool from the boats and took 5 nice rainbows to 4lb+ on sinking line and floating fry imitations.
John Prescott (not the famous left jab Prescott), from Wigan fished zonkers and boobies, again on sinking line tactics in Stockie bay and landed 3 rainbows to 3lb+.
Bank anglers fishing worm outside the ticket office have been doing best of all. Season ticket angler and venue regular Richard Maddox has landed 7 trout in 2 visits. 4 rainbows and 3 browns to 3lb+. Meanwhile Hawkshead Angling Club members Ed Edmundson and Tony Hudson from nearby Kendal landed 1 brownie and 2 rainbows, again on legered worm. The duo also missed countless other bites.
Once again Dave Bell, another HAC member has been getting in on the action taking 2 rainbows and another cracking grown on Brown Trout, which was released over 4lb ( see attached photo ).
Prospects are looking good for the festive period, with plenty of fish still showing and no sign of a freeze up. Please contact the ticket office for all the latest news and advice!

PIKE FISHING
Once again there has been some nice pike reported over the last couple of weeks. HAC member Tim Carswell from Cockermouth legered deadbaits and took a nice brace of toothy critters of 18lb 6oz and 20lb 14oz respectively. Meanwhile Jason Jones from Cleveleys  reported a 22 pounder and 2 back up doubles again to  static deadbaits from the boats. Also fishing deadbait John Hicks from Grange took a 14 pounder from the car park banking.
Fishing lures from the boats Chris Harris, a Big S club member from Lancashire has reported several doubles to 18lb+ and a fine 20lb 8oz specimen.
However the best recent pike was taken, again by a Big S club member John Ashurst who took an impressive 27lb 14oz specimen on a lure fished from the boats ( see attached photo).
The fishery will be open throughout the festive period and for all those customers that can’t make it until the new year we would like to wish you a Happy Christmas and a fantastic rod bending new year, all the best !

Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 1 December 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 1/12/11

TROUT FISHING
The trout fishing is excellent at present and with this mild spell of weather set to continue, prospects for the forthcoming weeks looks fantastic, with good numbers of trout still showing in the lake! The fish are definitely on the fry, big time. Best areas include the ticket office frontage, strikland bay, weather bay and the swimming pool area of the lake. Find the decaying weed or structure and you have pretty much found the fry that the trout are searching for!
Esthwaite Peregrine and England international squad members Alistair Beaumont and Dave Morris fished boobies and blobs and took 7 rainbows to 5lb+ from the boats.
Paul Gratton from Blackpool fished the swimming pool from the boats and landed 4 rainbows to 2lb+ on sinking line and cats whisker’s.
Meanwhile employing spinning tactics Andy Murray from Lancashire took 3 trout to 3lb and a 6lb pike!
As well as the boats, the ticket office frontage from the banking is producing big style. Hawkshead Angling Club member James Timmins took a cracking rainbow of 5lb 8oz on worm.
From the same swim, Anthony James and Chris Lawler, from the Manchester area, fished worm again and landed 6 rainbows to 5lb (see attached picture).
Season ticket holders Richard Maddox and John Gardner have also taken a good few fish from the same area using legered worm. A mixture of browns and rainbows to about the 3lb mark.
However the in form angler at present on the trout front is Hawkshead Angling Club member Dave Bell from nearby Windermere. Over 4 visits, Dave has taken 14 trout. A mixture of both rainbows and browns. Again using a combination of legered and float fished worm, he has taken rainbows to 5lb and browns to a similar weight. Yesterday he produced the goods again. Catching and safely releasing 4 trout. All of which were Brown Trout (see attached picture of the best one- 5lb).

PIKE FISHING
The predator fishing is also good at present with a number of fish being reported from both boat and bank.
Hawkshead Angling Club member Alan Dixon from Ulverston fished the car park banking with deadbaits and landed 3 pike to 16lb.
Meanwhile Big S club members Steve Hincks and Darren Lord from Blackpool have been boat fishing the lake and have reported plenty of doubles taken on a variety of methods, including fly, lures and deadbaits.
Ian Sorvel from Widnes landed a 2olb pike on lamprey section from the boats.
Nathan and Brent Dransfield from Leeds also fished lures from the boats. Using big pike spoons the father and son duo took pike to 10lb+ and 2 trout of 5 and 8lb respectively!
Best reported pike was taken as part of a 3 fish haul by Ian Johnson from Crewe. Ian fished from the boats and landed 2 on float legered static deadbait. However his best fish a 24lb 2oz specimen was taken on a lure!

Anyone wishing to join Hawkshead Angling Club for the 2012 season should contact the secretary Dave Armstrong , by telephoning 01946 691889 or email mrdarmstrong@sky.com. The annual fee is £135 for adults and £31 for juniors and entitles you to 12 months unlimited fishing on beautiful Esthwaite Water. Remember it doesn’t matter where you live as there is now NO eligibility boundaries!

Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 17 November 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 17/11/11

TROUT FISHING
The water clarity is now better than it has been since May and fish are feeding well, despite the falling temperatures. Hatches of small buzzer are evident and fish are feeding on the surface, albeit delicately. The fry have been the trout’s main target as they shoal tightly ready for the onset of winter and the best tactics have been the sinking line and fry pattern approach!
One such angler to employ these successful back end tactics is season ticket holder Jim Miller who used a Di-3 line in conjunction with cats whiskers from the boats to take 4 rainbows to 3lb+. Also Tom Nelson from Consett took a nice 4lb rainbow on similar tactics from the boats, plus 4 other back up fish. (see attached picture).
Worm and spin anglers have been doing consistently well also. Andrew Coates, who usually is a seasoned competition fly angler fished from the bank off the boathouse stretch with son Zac and took 3 rainbows to 3lb on worm.
Another bank angler Dave Bell a Hawkshead Angling Club member fished just outside the ticket office and caught 4 nice rainbows on legered worm.
Meanwhile season ticket rod John Gardner also fished worm, but this time from a boat and recorded 2 rainbows and 1 cracking over wintered brownie of 3lb+.
Richard Maddox from Barrow in Furness fished spinner from the boats to record 5 rainbows to 4lb 5oz ( see attached picture)

PIKE AND COARSE FISHING
The pike fishing continues to be good with many reports of double figure fish falling to deadbaits and lures. The fish are still mainly getting reported from the shallower spots on the lake, however this should change with the onset of winter as fish seek out the deeper stretches and follow the bait fish.
Grant Pearce from Darlington had a session to remember taking 3 double figure pike to 22lb on lures and static deadbaits from the boats.
Also Peter Johnson from Hexham took a 21lb snapper and 2 jacks on static deadbaits from the banking off the car park.
Prospects for the pike fishing over the forthcoming weeks looks promising as the biggest fish always show themselves between December and March!
Also on good form at present is the coarse fishing. Shaun Barrett and John Pearson from Leigh in Lancashire caught 30lb+ of Roach and Perch, some of which were over the 2lb mark on swim feeder and maggot from the popular and productive boathouse banking. Remember the coarse fishing permits to fish for the Roach and Perch are only £10 per day, however this price is not applicable to the Pike fishing.
For up to the minute information telephone 015394 36541 or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For all other information log onto www.hawksheadtrout.com.

Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY – REPORT 25/10/11

TROUT FISHING
Although the weather has been generally mild over the last few weeks, the fishing has been a bit tricky at times. Surface activity has been minimal, despite sporadic hatches of small buzzers and sedges. Best results have been encountered employing sinking lines and fry patterns such as cats whiskers, zonkers, minkies and floating fry. The fish have been close to the surface and worm fished 8 feet deep has also been producing the goods as well as spinners. Boat fishing has once again been the best approach, however the banking opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank have been throwing up a few fish also. Recent catch returns have included some very nice fish caught indeed!
Season ticket holder Jim Miller from Keswick has taken 5 trout on his last two visits. Fishing worm and fly (booby fished on an intermediate line ) from the boats, Jim has taken 4 rainbows to 4lb+ and a corker of a Brown Trout at approximately 5lb, which was returned to the water safely, ( see attached picture ).
Bob Bradley from Grange Over Sands had a day to remember taking a beautiful grown on Brown Trout of 5lb 12oz, plus 5 rainbows to float fished worm, from the boats. ( see attached picture ).
Another season rod that has been getting in on the action is Bill Shortall from Southport who took a nice brace of fish on worm from the boats. Bills best fish was a fine 4lb+ rainbow. ( see attached picture ).
Venue regular Richard Maddox, from Barrow in Furness had a belting rainbow on worm from the boats. Richard landed and weighed the fish at 7lb 3oz. He then put it back into the water to wash it and it shot off before he could get a good grip of it. Richard has now put a bigger priest on his Christmas list. Haha, nevermind Richard these things happen and you still came in to tell me with a smile on your face!
Providing the mild weather continues, prospects are looking good for the forthcoming weeks!

PIKE FISHING
The pike fishing season has started well, despite the mini heat wave experienced at the beginning of the month. With water temperatures quite high for the time of year the pike were in an obliging and aggressive mood, hitting and following lures as opposed to readily picking up static baits. This trend has continued throughout the month with some nice pike reported!
First up, Carl Berry from Blackpool took to the boats and nailed two double figure pike on lures from the boats. Carls fish weighed 14lb and 18lb respectively.
Also Jason Lunn, a big s club member from Morecambe took an 18lb snapper from the boats. This time to static smelt. Jason also had a good first day on the lake recently, sharing 4 pike to 15lb on lures with in house guide Dave Coleman.
Neil Titley from Essex also fished with Alex, our other in house guide and landed 5 pike to 18lb, again from the boats and again the bulk of the fish fell to lures!
For up the minute information log onto facebook or telephone us on 015394 36541.

Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 28/9/11

With autumn fast approaching, the lake continues to fish extremely well. The fish are now officially back near the surface, however there are still a few fish getting caught as deep as 15 feet. Mornings and evenings still seem to be the best times for surface feeding with good hatches of buzzers and sedges provoking a lot of activity. When conditions are right, its well worth presenting daddies and hoppers too! The bulk of the fish though are being taken on the intermediate and sinking lines, in conjunction with fry patterns and damsel nymphs. Best areas from the boats include the weather buoys and boathouse stretch on the eastern bank in the North basin and the cages and ticket office frontage in the South basin. Best bank fishing is still the boathouse banking on the eastern shore and the point opposite the ticket office.
Season ticket holder John Johnstone from Surrey caught 5 rainbows from the boats in front of the ticket office. John employed sinking line and zonkers to take some beautifully conditioned fish to 4lb 1oz [ see attached picture ].
Another season rod who is finding the fish is John Gardner. He caught 16 rainbows over 5 visits from the boats on a combination of fly and worm, with his best fish tipping the scales at 2lb 8oz! Meanwhile Jim Miller has taken 18 rainbows and browns to 3lb+, over 4 visits! Richard Maddox has landed 8 in two visits, again to a combination of fly and worm. Also Tony Topup took 1 brownie and 4 rainbows on worm and fly!
Jim Ratallic from Leicester fished a floating line and damsels from the boats to record 8 rainbows to 2lb+.
Worm and spin anglers have really been getting stuck into some great action of late too. Mark Blaylock from Carlisle fished from the boats and took 4 fish on mepps spinner, with his best fish a stunning looking blue trout of 3lb 12oz.
Jamie Hilton from Leigh took 3 rainbows on spinner to 4lb from the boats [ see attached picture ].
Meanwhile Reg Bright from Dumfries took 4 rainbows to 4lb 8oz on spinner from the boats [ see attached picture ].
Volodymyr Chystakov from London experienced a bank session to remember and took 6 rainbows from the ticket office banking on spinner to 2lb+.
The final of the 2011 Esthwaite Water Open Pairs competition was contested at the weekend with 24 anglers weighing in 65 trout for a total weight of 109lb 4oz. In third place Adam Larbalestier and Ben Bayliss weighed in 8 fish for 12lb 15oz. In second place John Henshall and Mike Laycock weighed in 8 fish for 14lb 1oz and in first  place Tom Nelson and Jon Henderson stormed the field of opposition and weighed in 9 fish for 14lb 13oz. Well done to those boys and a full report will follow soon!
For up to the minute information telephone the fishery on 015394 36541 or follow us on Facebook or Twitter!

Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 1 September 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 1/9/11


During the latter part of August, Esthwaite fished extremely well again. What used to be considered as the ‘Dog Days’ of summer has been proved over the last few years to be a  thing of the past, with better fishing experienced during July and August, than say June. With are first wave of warm weather coming as early as April this year and the lake stratifying much earlier than usual, it has been a peculiar year to say the least!
Anyway back to the fishing and as I write this report cooler weather has been dominant over the last couple of weeks and with longer colder nights, the water is cooling slowly and encouraging the fish closer to the surface for longer periods during the day and fly fisherman are starting to reap the rewards of this with some cracking sport reported. There are still huge hatches of olive and fawn buzzers, along with sedges and damsels and when the fish are up on the top, daddies and hoppers are also worth a try. When the fish are not free rising try fry patterns on a sinking line for best results!
Season ticket angler Bill Hethrington from Barrow took 5 rainbows to 3lb+ on sinking line and lures from the boats.  Another season ticket angler who has done well on fly is good ol’ Jim Miller from Keswick, he also took 5 rainbows to 5lb 8oz. Jim’s fish were all taken on cats whisker and blob combo’s. Richard Maddox continues his good run with 22 rainbows and browns over 3 visits . His best fish was a rainbow of 5lb 8oz and all ‘Dickies’ fish came from the boats, on a combination of tactics, including fly and worm!
Hawkshead Angling Club members Geoff Gregory and Jamie Timmins also took to the boats for an afternoon and evening session and landed 21 rainbows and browns to 3lb 8oz. All Geoff’s and Jamies fish were taken on worm and spinner!
Season rod John Gardner has also been consistent, recording 17 rainbows and browns over 3 visits to 4lb 8oz. Again John’s fish were taken on a combination of fly and worm fished from the boats [ see attached photo ].
Grant Hart from Darlington also had a superb 4lb 2oz rainbow on a spinner fished from the boats [ see attached photo ].
Best areas on the lake continue to be the weather buoys in the North basin and the cages area in the South basin. Best bank fishing is still from the point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the Eastern bank!
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 16/8/11
The excellent fishing continues here at Esthwaite, despite some unsettled weather over the last week or so. Fish can still be found deep in the water column, however better numbers of fish have been taken closer to the surface. First thing in the morning and last thing at night has seen good surface presence as the trout take full advantage of hatching damsels, buzzers and sedges. Fry feeding is also in full swing and seems to be frenetic when the fish are gorging on the huge shoals, which are now packing themselves into the shallow bays! Once again some truly superb bags, have been reported over the last couple of weeks.
Hawkshead Angling club member Shaun Hunter had a day to remember. Fishing from the boats Shaun took 16 Rainbows to 3lb+ on worm fished at 15 feet deep. Also fishing similar tactics John Gardner has taken 25 rainbows and browns over 2 visits. John’s best fish is a 4lb rainbow.
Season ticket angler Bill Hethrington from Barrow had a good day on the spinner, taking 6 rainbows to 3lb+, from the boats!
Dave Wragg, from Derby took a 3lb 8oz rainbow, plus 11 others, on worm from the boats. [ see attached picture ].
Kristian Mead, Tim Smith and Adam Dlugoszewski from Northamptonshire all fished worm, deep from the boats and landed 6 rainbows to 2lb 8oz.  [ see attached picture ].
Meanwhile John Price from Essex fished fly and took 5 rainbows and 2 browns on fast sinking line and lure combo’s from the boats. John tempted his catch on boobies and nymphs fished washing line style!
Kaleb Patterson, aged 12 from Bolton fished with his dad from the boats and took 2 rainbows on float fished worm.
Best areas include the weather buoy, right up to swimming pool in the North basin. Meanwhile the cages and strickland bay are the best areas in the South basin, with the ticket office frontage also producing good numbers of fish. Best bank areas continue to be the point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the eastern bank.
If anyone wants to join Hawkshead Angling Club, for the 2012 season which has now got NO geographical boundaries for eligibility, please contact the club secretary Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116 or email alex@garishglobes.co.uk. Membership is £135 for adults or £31 for juniors and members qualify for a 60% discounts on the boats.
For up to the minute information follow us on Facebook and Twitter. For our latest report and all the information you need log onto http://www.hawksheadtrout.com/.

Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Thursday, 4 August 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 4/8/11

The fantastic fishing continues here on Esthwaite Water with some truly outstanding catches reported! Huge hatches of olive buzzers, along with hatches of sedges and damsels have provided some hectic surface sport, especially early mornings and late in the evenings. When the sun is high in the sky, the fish have been dispersing off to deeper water to feeding on the daphnia, however those anglers that adapt to the conditions and understand the daily pattern have been recording some excellent sport for the time of year!
England youth star John Macintosh fished the North basin around the weather buoy and landed 6 browns and rainbows to 3lb+, employing a Di-7 and Kelly greens, blobs and nymph combo’s. Also Peter Johnson from Fife in Scotland took 7 rainbows to 2lb+, fishing a fast sinking line and minkies, again from around the weather buoy in the North basin!
The best method though, by a long chalk lately has been worm fished deep from the boats. Either around the cages or in the middle of the North basin, over the deeper stretches of the lake!
Mark Stangrom from Harrogate fished from the boats and recorded 5 rainbows to 4lb 8oz, fishing worm, 15-20 feet down.
Meanwhile season ticket holder John Gardner from Morecambe has been taking the place apart. Over 3 visits John has landed 23 brown’s and rainbow’s. John took rainbows to 3lb and returned a cracking grown on Brown Trout of 5lb 8oz. All John’s fish were taken on fly and worm from the boats!
Also fishing worms deep, Shaun Peacock, Kevin Peacock and Terry Day from Preston landed 10 rainbows to 4lb 12oz from the boats. Mr Evans a visiting angler from Ipswich took 5 rainbow’s again on similar tactics.
Venue regular  John Blenkey from Newcastle also experienced a fantastic days sport taking 3 rainbow’s to 4lb on worm from the boats [ see attached picture ].
However star of the show was Harris Golden aged 6 from Manchester, who took this cracking brace of rainbows to 2lb 12oz, fishing spinner, from the boats with his dad [ see attached picture ].
Bank anglers are experiencing some good sport, however the best swims at present tend to be the point opposite the ticket office and the boathouse stretch on the eastern bank. There have been good reports from both of those areas and worm fished deep under a sliding float have been the successful tactics!
For more information log onto our website www.hawksheadtrout.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute information!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 20/7/11
Cooler, wet weather has improved the fishing no end. The lake is clearing well now and fish are up in the water once more. Early mornings and late evening time has seen the fish feeding hard at the surface, where hatches of olive buzzer’s, sedges and damsels have been extensive. However during the day, be prepared to fish deep again, especially if the sun comes out. Pulling tactics will score heavily on fast sinking lines, in conjunction will flies such as cats whisker’s, blobs and boobies! Finding the depth is critical when targeting the daphnia feeders!
One angler who has been very successful fishing early mornings is John Gardner from Morecambe. Over 3 visits John has fished from the boats in the North basin and taken 14 rainbows and browns to 3lb+. John fished from the boats and took all his fish on an intermediate line and gold head lime green lure. John also took a few fish deep on worm, when the fish disappeared from the surface! Good angling!
Jim ‘Dusty’ Miller is also getting into the fish taking 12 rainbows and browns, again to 3lb+, over 2 visits. Jim also took all his fish from the boats and on similar tactics to John. However all Jim’s fish were taken in the top 6 feet of water.
Visiting angler James Day from Northamptonshire, fished around the weather buoy in the North basin and took 4 rainbow’s to 4lb+ from the boats. James employed a Di-5 line and cats whisker combination!
Also visiting from Italy Federico Buccelli and Giampaolo Grimaldi took 5 rainbows between them. All the fish were taken on worm and all in the 2-3lb range, fishing 20 feet down from the boats.
Best bank fishing is off the point opposite the ticket office or the boat house stretch on the eastern bank. Indeed Stuart Law from Bala in North Wales fished sliding float and worm off the opposite point and took 7 rainbow’s and 1 brownie. The best rainbow tipped the scales at 5lb 2oz!
The children are starting to break up from school and have been fishing with their usual enthusiasm. There has been some very nice fish taken too! James Hyde and Jamie wood from Doncaster, fished around the cages area and deep water fishing 15 – 20 feet down with worm to take these 3 crackers [ see attached photo ].
Also Matthew Whitehead, 8 years old from Carlisle fished similar tactics to  take this cracking rainbow. [ see attached photo ].
However star of the  show was 3 ¾ year old Joe Tansey, who took his first ever trout, while fishing with his dad. The fish was again on worm from the boats. Look at his face – hooked for life! [ see attached photo ]
Heat 6 of the Masterline Walker and Pure Fishing sponsored Esthwaite Water Open Pairs competition was contested last week. Four pairs fished the heat and two qualified for the final to be held on Sunday 25th September. In second place Bob Swann and Colin O’brien weighed in 3 rainbows for 6lb 10oz. In first place the reigning pairs champions from 2010, Peter Crowe and Ernie Craster weighed in 5 rainbows for 11lb 15oz. Well done to both pairs. Peter and Ernie certainly had it cracked that day, marking off 20 feet of line and fishing deep with cats whiskers. They took 5 solid fish to earn their place, once again in the grand final!
For up to the minute information telephone 015394 36541. For all other information log onto www.hawksheadtrout.com
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M – Fishery manager


Friday, 8 July 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 8/7/11
The water clarity is gradually clearing and sport is improving no end, however the fish remain deep, very deep and are still feeding on the daphnia blooms. The fly anglers are finding it tricky, with Di-7’s and Di-8’s fished in conjunction with lures such as cats whiskers and blobs from the boats, that are encountering the best sport. Early starters and late finishers are encountering some brief windows of surface action as fish come up for hatches of buzzer and sedges. Worm fished 20-25 feet down though is by far the most productive method at present, with some superb sport reported, especially from the boat fisherman.
Indeed Gavin and Neil Tomaselli from the North East took 4 cracking rainbows to 3lb on deep fished worm from the boats [ see attached photo ].
Also fishing the same method season ticket angler John Gardner from Morecambe took 8 rainbows to 4lb+ , again from the boats.
Sam Towers from Windermere experienced a hectic session, catching 9 rainbows to worm fished at 25 feet depth from the boats.
Also fishing the same deadly method, from the boats, season ticket holder Richard Maddox took 6 rainbows to 3lb 8oz.
Meanwhile Jonathon Higgins from Stourbridge fished boobies on a fast sink line from the boats to take 3 rainbows to 4lb+ and a 2lb brownie.
The last heat qualifier of the open pairs is to be fished on Saturday 9th July. Anyone wishing to fish the heat should contact the fishery to book a place. The entry fee is £35 per angler and the sponsors Masterline Walker and Shakespeare are giving away a Rovex reel case worth £19.99 to each contestant, so don’t miss out !
The last discounted tuition day also takes place this weekend Sunday 10th July , however it is fully booked. However if there are  any groups of 6 anglers that want  to participate in an additional tuition session, please contact the fishery and a separate day can be arranged.
Hawkshead Angling Club still have a few places left for the 2011 season . The club which is affiliated to Esthwaite Water Trout Fishery charges £135 for adults and £31 for juniors. Once you are a member you qualify for a 60% discount on boat prices at the fishery ticket office. If you would like to join but not until 2012 then please phone Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116 or email alex@garishglobes.co.uk and put your name down on the waiting list!
For the very latest information on the fishing telephone the ticket office on 01539436541.
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 21/6/11
An algal bloom has provided some tough conditions lately, especially for the fly anglers. Worm fishing is by far the best method at present and spinning tactics are also producing the fish. The fish have been gorging themselves on daphnia and have been tricky to locate. Fishing deep with cats whiskers and blobs have been the most productive method, however some days, intermediates and slow sinkers have been finding the fish. Best areas at present include the weather buoy and grubhole in the North basin. Meanwhile Strickland bay and the cages fishing best in the South basin, especially in front of the ticket office! Top of the water fishing has been restricted to either end of the day. Hatches of buzzer and sedges have been good, but you really need to be out very early or late to experience any sort of surface feeding.
Season ticket holder Richard Maddox has taken 14 fish in 3 visits from the boats. Richard took a combination of Rainbow’s and Brown’s to 4lb+ on cats whiskers and sinking line tactics. [ see attached picture ]
Also season rod John Gardner took 2 Brown’s and a Rainbow on cats whiskers and montana’s from the boats! Meanwhile Bill Hethrington took 3 fish to 3lb + on the fly from the weather buoy.
Worm anglers are experiencing the best sport at present with Greg Parkinson from Manchester taking 7 cracking fish to 4lb+ . Greg and his party of lads took all there fish from the boats on float fished worm!
Visiting anglers John Ellwood and Andy Franklin from Blackpool fished from the boats and took 4 rainbow’s to 4lb 2oz, again on the worm!
Star of the show this week however was young Lois Richardson , aged 5 from Dalton who took his first fish ever in the form of a 3lb rainbow from the ticket office banking on float fished worm. The youngster was over the moon and has persuaded his granddad to bring him again this weekend. Well done Lois, a cracker for your first fish! [ see attached picture ].
Heat 5 of the Masterline Walker and Pure Fishing sponsored Open Pairs competition was contested last weekend. In second place Peter Moore and Paul Wyatt weighed in 1 rainbow for 2lb and in first place John Henshall and Mike Laycock weighed in 1 rainbow for 2lb 6oz. Both pairs now go through to the final to be held on the 25th September. Heat 6 will be held on Saturday 9th July, anyone wishing to fish the last heat should contact the ticket office on 015394 36541. Full details will be sent out with entry forms!
There are places left on the discounted tuition day on Sunday 10th July. Anyone interested should contact the ticket office to book your place. The price is £10 for each participant.
There are still a couple of places left in Hawkshead Angling Club, which now has NO geographical boundaries. The club is restricted to 100 members, so be quick to telephone the secretary Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116 or email alex@garishglobes.co.uk. If you would like to join but not until 2012, let her know and you will be put on the waiting list and contacted in the new year!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 7/6/11
What a mixed bag of  weather we have experienced over the last couple of weeks. Ten degree air temperatures on many days and chilly winds and then a miniature heat wave at the back end of last week with temperatures pushing 28 degrees for a day or  two. The unsettled weather  has had its effects  on the fishing with catches being up and down, with some quiet days and then some very productive days indeed! Hatches have been inhibited by the cooler weather, however when the  mild/ warm conditions prevailed good hatches of buzzer’s, olives, damsels and alders have been coming off in numbers. Also terrestrials such as daddies, hawthorns and beetles have been numerous. The coarse fish fry are shoaling now in numbers, adding to the veritable larder that the trout have at this time of year.
Best recent catches, include season ticket angler Richard Maddox who took 12 rainbow’s and 2 brownies to 4lb+. All Richard’s fish fell to an orange fritz goldhead fished from the boats. Also Jim Miller took 45 fish in 3 visits including  brown’s and rainbow’s to 4lb+. Again all Jim.s fish were taken from the boats with a Di-3 line and cats whisker, blob and diawl bach combinations!
Raymond Fisher took 6 fish , again from the boats on a sinking line and lure combo. Meanwhile England Youth squad member John Macintosh took a brace of rainbows to 3lb 12oz [ see attached picture ], fishing Di-7 and a booby. Eric Brown from Cockermouth also took a cracking ‘bow of 3lb 8oz!
Worm and spin anglers have also been catching some cracking fish with Dr Fayyaz Musa from Huddersfield fishing a  worm from the boats to record 4 rainbows, biggest a 4lb 10oz beauty [ see attached photo ].
Half term saw the  kids back at Esthwaite Water. Making the most of their holidays and having a whale of  a time with some super catches reported. James Liu [13], Joe Kay [13], Lottie Basterble [8], and Lilly Basterble [9], from Surrey, all caught fish with the supervision of the  fisheries staff, from the ticket office banking and all using worms for bait! [ see attached photo ].
Last weekend saw heat 4 of the 2011 Masterline Walker and Pure Fishing sponsored Open Pairs competition take place and 14 anglers weighed in 13 rainbows for a total weight of 31lb 12oz. In second place Ben Bayliss and Adam Larbaleistier weighed in 2 rainbows for 6lb 14oz. In first place Jon Turner and Brian Shields weighed in 5 rainbow’s for a total weight of 11lb 9oz. Both pairs now qualify for the final in  September and both pairs represent the fishery at national level as part of Peregrine team Esthwaite. Well done lads, good luck for the final! The next heat is on Saturday June 18th. Please telephone or email to book a place and receive entry forms and a set of rules!
The discounted tuition days still have places available. There are still places left on the FREE juniors day on Sunday 12th June. Also there are places left on 25th June and 10th July. Please contact the fishery to book your place!
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 18/5/11
The recent fishing on Esthwaite has been a bit tricky over the last few days with cold air temperatures and heavy rain putting the fish down, however before the unsettled weather arrived the fishing, especially top of the water fishing was out of this world. We have experienced excellent hatches of buzzers, olives, damsels, sedges and alders. With falls of daddies and hawthorns thrown in to the equation, providing a myriad of fly life and the conundrum as to which fly to choose. When conditions have been right the top of the water and dry fly fishing have been absolutely fantastic.
Two anglers that really had a day to remember on the dries were Mike Laycock and Bob Swann who fished from the boats and took 30+ fish to 4lb + on a variety of methods, however the bulk of their  haul were taken on dries such as daddies, hoppers, cdc’s and buzzers. [ see attached picture of Mike Laycock with an over wintered fish of 4lb 1oz ].
Ernie Craster and Kevin Henderson from Stockton also had a great day from the boats landing 15 fish to 3lb+ on floating and intermediate lines and blob combinations.
Venue regular and season ticket  holder Jim Miller took 34 brown’s and rainbows to 3lb+ in two visits,on cats hisker, diawl bachs and damsels. All Jim’s fish were taken from the boats! Also another season ticket angler that has been getting in on the action was Bill Mckenna who also boat fished and had 10 fish to 2lb+. Bill’s fish were all taken on a variety of lures from the boats.
Hawkshead Angling Club member Sean Whitaker fished for 4 days from the boats to take 31 fish on a variety of flies, including cats whiskers, hares ears and diawl bachs.
Meanwhile Peter Lang took 10 browns and rainbows to 3lb+ on worm and spinning tactics from the banking opposite the ticket office!
The 2011 Esthwaite Water Tackle Shop Challenge took place last week and the competition was won by Dave Hunt and Scott Graham from Northwest Angling Centre who weighed in a brace of rainbows for 3lb 8oz. Well done lads!
Also heat 3 of the Esthwaite Water 2011 Open Pairs competition was won by Jim Tuck and Graeme Bell who weighed in under tough conditions, two rainbows for 3lb 9oz. Also qualifying for the final in September were John Henderson and Tom Nelson weighing in 1 rainbow for 1lb 50z. Well done to both of these pairs who prevailed on the day and despite the hard fishing conditions.
We still have places left on our discounted tuition days. The June 4th day is now fully booked, however we still have places left for the 12th June, 25th June and the 19th July. Please ring 015394 36541 for further details.
Also Hawkshead Angling Club still have a few places left for the 2011 season. This club is affiliated with Esthwaite Water and membership is restricted to 100 adult members and unlimited on the juniors. There is now NO geographical boundary, so anyone can join. The cost is £135 for adults and £31 for juniors. For further details contact the secretary Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116 or email alex@garishglobes.co.uk.
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 3/5/11
The fishing over the Easter period here at Esthwaite has been fantastic, the lake has really burst into life now. Water clarity is excellent, despite the good run of sunny weather experienced over the last couple of weeks. Even though we had bright weather the fish remained up in the water and given the right conditions buzzer , olive and alder hatches have been extensive. Hawthorn flies have also been common place also, but the best  top of the water fishing has been experienced at either end of the day, when light levels have been lower. During the day, best tactics have been to use floating, intermediate or slow sink lines, in conjunction with nymphs and buzzers. Damsels, hares ears, diawl bachs and crunchers have all featured well on the catch returns! With lures such as cats whisker, sparklers and boobies also doing well on the sinking line tactics.
Esthwaite Peregrine member Jon Turner had a cracking day from the boats, landing 14 browns and rainbows, with the majority of fish falling to black booby and olive cormorants! Meanwhile Alan Hutchinson and David Wilding from North Wales also experienced great sport, taking13 fish between them to 3lb 8oz from the boats on sinking  line and straggler cats. Ron Thompson from Bristol also had a day to remember on the boats, taking  15 fish on diawl  bachs and  damsel nymphs, fished in  conjunction with  an intermediate line!
Season ticket anglers have also been latching into  good numbers of fish with Jim Miller from Keswick taking 5 fish from the  boats and John Gardner and Richard Maddox taking 33 fish over 3 days on a range of flies including buzzers, gold  head nymphs and cats whisker lures fished from the boats. Richard took the best rainbow in the form of a  cracking over wintered specimen of 4lb+.  John however took the best brownie estimated to be in the 4-5lb bracket. Johns fish was released to fight another day!
Any method anglers have also been experiencing fantastic sport, indeed H.A.C member Shaun Hunter fished from the boats to record a 20 fish haul on float fished worm!
The area just outside the ticket office has also been providing excellent sport for the kids over the Easter break. 9 year old Chloe Jacks and 6 year old Mia Jacks took 7 trout between them on legered worm. Meanwhile 16 year old Josh Allis from Melton Mowbary took a fine Brown Trout off the boat jetty  on worm [ see attached picture ].
Hawkshead Anglers are still recruiting for the 2011 season. Telephone Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116, however be sure to be quick as membership for the club is restricted to 100 adult members. Remember there is now NO geographical boundary for the eligibility for the club, so now you don’t have to be a local!
There are also boats still available for the third heat of the Masterline Walker and Pure Fishing sponsored Esthwaite 2011 Open Pairs competition, Please contact the fishery for more details and entry forms. The heat takes place on Saturday 14th May.
For up to the minute information log onto http://www.hawksheadtrout.com/ or telephone on 015394 36541.
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 13/4/11
Spring is now officially here. The weather has been mixed, but generally mild and the lake is fishing extremely well to all methods and from both the boats and the banking.
Buzzer hatches have been plentiful as have olives and sedges. Alders are also starting to hatch in number.The best of the imitative fishing has been at either end of the  day. However there are some days were conditions have been perfect with fish rising freely all day! Indeed someone who enjoys the imitative approach is Ian Jones from Swarthmoor. Ian fished the north basin around the Hostel Beck and Grubhole area from the boats and took 5 rainbows to 3lb+, all on Ptn’s and buzzer patterns.
Also fishing fly Will Horne from Scotland took 5 rainbows to 3lb 8oz again from the boats. Will’s fish were taken on Yellow Dancer’s and Hare’s Ear’s.
Meanwhile venue regular Jim Miller from Keswick landed 9 rainbows to 3lb+ from the boats on damsel and cruncher nymph combinations.
Season ticket angler John Johnstone had a week to remember. John fished various fly patterns, including lures and nymphs to take 52 fish in 8 days fishing from the boats. Most of John’s fish were rainbows, to 3lb 2oz, however 16 fish were browns to 2lb 8oz.[see attached picture of one of Johns rainbows].
Bank anglers have also been experiencing superb sport with H.A.C members Geoff Gregory and Jamie Timmins from Barrow in Furness taking 20 fish to 2lb 8oz from the car park area of the lake.
Also fishing from the car park James Nicholson from Cleator Moor took 2 rainbows and then had an experience he will never forget when he hooked into a whopping 27lb pike, taken accidently on worm and sweetcorn combo’. Full credit to James for actually managing to get the leviathan in on 6lb line!
On the competition front reigning pairs champ’ Peter Crowe won the Esthwaite Water Troutmasters fish off weighing in 6 rainbows for a total weight of  12lb 9oz. Peter now goes onto to represent the fishery at the grand final, held at Grafham Water next month. Good luck Peter, I am sure you will do us proud!
Last weekend heat 2 of the Esthwaite Water 2011 Open Pairs Competition took place, with 12 anglers weighing in 15 rainbows for a total weight of 27lb 8oz. On a bright sunny day conditions were tough and this reflected in the situation at the weigh in. In second place Blythe Palmer and Richard Landsbury weighed in 4 fish for 6lb 10oz and in first place were the worthy winners and the engine of the England Youth squad, duo John Macintosh and James Atkinson who weighed in 5 rainbows for 8lb 8oz. Both pairs now go through to the final in September [see attached picture]. The next heat of the open pairs will be on Saturday 14th May. Please telephone the ticket office on 015394 36541 to reserve a place.Each contestant receives a Rovex reel case worth £19.99.
Hawkshead Angling Club still have a few places left for the 2011 season and there is now NO geographical boundary for membership eligibility. The cost is £135 for adults and juniors are £31. Please contact club secretary Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116 or email alex@garishglobes.co.uk. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone to join this fantastic club and indeed to fish the beautiful Esthwaite Water.
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Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

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ESTHWAITE WATER TROUT FISHERY REPORT – 23/3/11
What a fantastic start to the season we have had, with many double figure bags reported throughout March so far. The weather has been generally kind, with prolonged periods of mild conditions prevailing. Buzzer hatches have been exceptional for the time of year and fish have been up in the water and feeding with gusto. Nymphing tactics have also scored heavily, as well as the usual early season favourite lures such as viva’s, cats whisker’s, tadpoles and boobies! The southern end of the lake is most productive at present, with the car park end of the lake fishing extremely well from both bank and boat. There are also good numbers of fish being reported  from Weather Bay and the swimming pool, up in the North basin.
Brothers Danny, John and Tommy Black from Wigan experienced a session to remember, landing over 50+ rainbows between them to 3lb+. All fish were taken from the car park banking on legered worm tactics. Also fishing the car park Ray Hatton from St Helen’s took 10 rainbows to 2lb 8oz, again on legered worm. Meanwhile Hawkshead Angling Club member Geoff Gregory from Barrow in Furness also took 10 fish to 3lb on a recent visit.
The season ticket anglers have also had a great start to the season with many reporting their best start for many years. Indeed Jim Miller from Keswick took 6 rainbow’s to 2lb 8oz fishing Stockie bay. Jim’s haul was taken on his old faithful cats whisker from the boats. Bill Mckenna also had a cracking day from the boats, taking 7 fine conditioned fish to a variety of different flies.
Open Day, on Sunday March 13th was a resounding success, with a real buzz in the air as anglers ventured out for the start of the new season. The camaraderie and jokes were flying about all day and the days events were very successful. Fourteen anglers fished Heat 1 of the Masterline Walker and Pure Fishing sponsored Esthwaite 2011 Open Pairs competition. There were 82 fish weighed in for a total of 163lb 4oz. In second place Dave Morris and Alistair Beaumont weighed in 12 rainbow’s for 26lb 3oz and in first place Mike Frith and Mike Henshall weighed in 12 rainbow’s for 27lb 5oz, including time bonuses. Both pairs now go through to the final in September.
Our discounted tuition session was fully attended and it was refreshing to see people learning to fly cast on the far banking. Some of these people had never fished before and some were progressing on from bait to fly fishing. For any interested parties the next organised day will be on April 17th, please contact the fishery for bookings and more information.
John Macintosh and James Atkinson, both England Youth Flyfishing team members and Esthwaite regulars conducted an excellent fly tying demonstration in the tackle shop that kept everybody enthused and free food and drink was available to make this an exceptional day for everyone concerned.[see attached photo ]
The 6th annual Chaplow’s cup, any method fishing competition was held last week and saw 21 anglers weigh in 32 fish for a total weight of 56lb 8oz. This was a fantastic day, with some really good sport reported. In third place Andy Chaplow weighed in 3 fish for 5lb 7oz. In second place Mark Fellar weighed in 3 fish for 5lb 1oz and the overall winner of the 2011 Chaplow’s cup was Mike Potter who weighed in 3 fish for a total weight of 6lb 2oz. Well done that man! [ see attached photo ].
Hawkshead Anglers are now recruiting for the 2011 season. The cost to join this Esthwaite affiliated club is £125 per year and there is now NO eligibility boundary.Members benefit from a 60% discount on boat hire at the fishery. Please call the club secretary Emma Macintosh on 015394 36116 or email alex@garishglobes.co.uk.
For up to the minute information log onto our website www.hawksheadtrout.com or telephone 015394 36541.
Best Regards
David Coleman M.I.F.M
FISHERY MANAGER