Week ending 29 October 2017

Anglian Water Fur & Feather matches
These are always popular and great fun – call the lodges now to enter

Ravensthorpe  (boat) 5 November (01604 770875)

Pitsford Water (boat) 11 November (01604 781350)

Grafham Water (bank) 26 November (01480 810531)

Rutland Water (bank) 3 December (01780 686441)

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Paul Pearce with his 3lb 12oz brown, the heaviest brown recorded this week.


We had a great final week of fishing for the 2017 season with lighter winds and sunshine.

The rod average was over 2.5 and many rainbows and browns of 4lbs plus were caught.

Thank you to all those who have supported us this season and we look forward to seeing you all in March 2018.


Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 2.58 with 134 fish caught by 52 anglers.


Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb 8oz caught by Bill Richardson

The heaviest Brown was 3lb 12oz caught by Paul Pearce


Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around the North End,  Main Basin, Fish Tail Creek, the Dam Wall and Buoys 3 & 5.


Methods & Flies

The most successful flies were daddies, blobs, boobies, pink snakes and black & green lures. 

Many anglers have again fished on a drift with both floating and sinking lines bringing success.


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Carsington Sports & Leisure Ltd is sad to announce the passing of Mr John Wilson on Tuesday 24th October 2017.


John was appointed by Severn Trent Water Ltd. as the first ‘Fishery Manager’ at Carsington Water in March 1994 and continued in that role until his retirement in November 1998. 

John continued to fish at Carsington every Tuesday during the season since his retirement and was always willing to give his time, expertise and his wealth of knowledge to all the anglers and staff who got to know his smiling face.

John has continued to support the fishery, now run by Carsington Sports and Leisure Ltd in many ways, especially helping to organise the Spring & Autumn Open Competitions and spreading the word of the fishery to newspaper and magazine editors alike.

He will be sadly missed by us all.


Spring Open Competition

Carsington is a great venue for Fly fishing competitions and following the success of both our Spring and Autumn competitions we are pleased to announce the date for the 2018 Spring Open on Sat 28th April 2018. The Carsington Spring Open competition is aimed at all anglers who enjoy a day’s boat fishing with a friend. It will be an organised event based on two people per boat with an individual bag limit of 6 fish. Prizes will be awarded for the winning pair with the heaviest collective bag and a number of individual prizes. The cost of entry will be £60.00 per pair including permits and petrol boat hire. Book now



It's good to be able to feature those great catches on our weekly reports. We have already received some great shots, thanks to those who have emailed in.

Please don't hesitate to email photos of your catch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Remember to note your name, weight of fish, fly used and area caught.

We always have a camera in the fishery lodge so let us know if your catch is worth a snap!


Fishing Reports

Our weekly fishing reports will be emailed out to those on our mailing list and will be available to view on our website:-

http://www.carsingtonwater.com/Fishing-Reports.html .

If you would like to be on our email mailing list then please let us have your details.


You can also help us with our reports by filling in the fishing catch return forms and putting them in the returns box by the warden’s office, plus any pictures are always useful.


The Fishery is now closed for the 2017 season

Galbraith has today formally announced the sale of Scaliscro Estate, a spectacular mixed sporting estate near Uig, Isle of Lewis, at a guide price of £2.5m.

Extending to about 5,570 acres in total, this lovely property is situated in a beautiful setting on the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, on the shores of Little Loch Roag. Scaliscro is a wonderful Hebridean sporting estate and offers the privilege of obtaining a legendary ‘Macnab’. In addition to red deer stalking, there is grouse, woodcock and snipe shooting, as well as salmon, sea-trout and brown trout fishing.

The seller also owns the area to the north and east, extending to about 5,000 acres. This area is subject to common grazing rights and will be retained by the seller who will grant the purchaser of the estate an exclusive sporting lease for 175 years for a peppercorn rent.

John Bound, a partner with Galbraith, said:

“It is very rare to come across a coastal estate anywhere in Scotland which combines this variety of sport with a privately positioned lodge overlooking the sea.

The challenging terrain amidst dramatic scenery provides the perfect backdrop for truly wild walked up sport for grouse, snipe and woodcock. The deep peat hags also provide exciting stalking ground.#

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With around three miles of coastline, the estate offers access to good sea fishing, lobster potting and of course wonderful sailing. There are also excellent opportunities for salmon, sea-trout and brown trout fishing on a number of beautiful lochs making Scaliscro a really great all-round estate.”

Scaliscro Lodge is approached via a two-mile private road. Overlooking the loch, and situated on an elevated site well within the estate, the lodge offers breathtaking views of the hills of Uig and Harris.  In addition, there is a row of three inter-connected cottages which are currently used as a single house. There are also useful outbuildings, including a large portal framed shed providing essential indoor storage, stock housing or workspace. There is also potential for a small hydro scheme.

Below the lodge is a jetty/slipway, and there is another slipway at the head of Little Loch Roag. It is possible to waterski and sail in the loch, or to venture further out to sea by RIB or yacht from moorings directly below the lodge.

A video of Scaliscro estate can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/223317403/20be3e49bf

For further details and viewing please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What - Dry Fly Championship Team England Fly Fishing Fundraising

When - 16th September 2017 10am-6pm

Where - Draycote Water


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Another £320,000 is being made available this summer to the Angling Improvement Fund (AIF) to support angling facilities and access improvements on rivers and at angling venues around the country.

From Beginner to Advanced

Their experienced team of instructors is on hand at the Game Fishing Centre seven days a week to deliver the very best in fly casting instruction and game fishing tuition. Whether you are an absolute beginner, an improver or an experienced angler looking to sharpen up before a trip, they can tailor a lesson to your exact requirements, from single and double-handed disciplines to advanced techniques and boat fishing.

They also offer a varied portfolio of day and residential courses throughout the UK and, in conjunction with Farlows Travel, across the globe. These are designed to be fun and to allow you to hone existing skills and learn new ones in great company and great surroundings – with a chance of catching some great fish too!

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Features and Benefits

The location is 5 minutes from Junction 12 on the M4 and only half an hour's drive outside London. Theale train station (on the Great Western Mainline) is just next door. Their school is easily accessible from anywhere in Southern England or further afield.

The location is perfect for tuition and with Haywards Farm Lake there is a 12-acre venue with casting platforms both above and below the water, allowing you to perfect every cast from a single-handed overhead to the more technical snake rolls and snap T’s.

The casting instructors: Chris, Matt, JT and Robin can take you through all you need to improve your casting and your fishing enjoyment and success.

Plus, the tuition area is just a short walk from the Sportfish Reading store which offers you the perfect opportunity to try a range of equipment with an instructor before you purchase.


Address: Fishery Hut, Haywards Farm, Station Rd, Theale, Reading RG7 4AS

Phone: 0118 930 3860

The Angling Trust has signed an important Information Sharing Agreement with the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit, setting out the framework and protocols for the sharing of information and intelligence in a legally compliant, secure and responsible way.

The agreement was signed on the 18th July 2017 by the Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Support Service’s Intelligence Manager, retired West Mercia Police Detective Inspector Gary Thomas.

The FESS is funded by freshwater rod licence income and is staffed by eight retired angling police officers who, in addition to delivering the popular and highly successful Voluntary Bailiff Service, coordinate a multi-agency response to fisheries crime, increasing the support available to the Environment Agency and police.

National Enforcement Manager Dilip Sarkar MBE said: "Whilst to many this will simply be the 'small print', this is actually a massive forward step and further evidence that the FESS is increasingly becoming a robust and recognised partner in the fight against fisheries and wildlife crime. This is a great piece of work by Gary Thomas and our partners at the NWCU."

Intelligence Manager Gary Thomas said: "The sharing of information and intelligence between the various partners tasked with protection of our wildlife is key to protecting fish and fisheries. This helps confirm patterns in fisheries and wildlife crime, and identify offenders – enabling operational resources to be effectively deployed.

"The FESS will be actively pursuing further Information Sharing Agreements with other key enforcement agencies for the benefit of the angling community in the fight to protect fish and fisheries. This professional, joined-up approach, harnessing modern policing methods, can only mean good news for responsible, caring, anglers – but bad news for criminals and those who cheat on angling."

Chief Inspector Martin Sims, Head of the UK National Wildlife Crime Unit said: "With the widespread training of the Voluntary Bailiff Service, with which our Unit has assisted, I am really pleased to see this agreement signed. With the significant number of extra eyes and ears out in the countryside as Volunteer Bailiffs, this agreement makes good sense in assisting the free and legally compliant flow of wildlife crime information and intelligence being passed directly to the Unit  so that we can progress it in a timely manner with respective police forces.

"I would like to thank Dilip Sarkar and Gary Thomas of the FESS, and Helen Bulmer in my team for progressing this."

Further information:

Please contact Gary Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Support Service Intelligence Manager

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       Mob: 07984 857886

Useful links:

Angling Trust Fisheries Enforcement Support Service

UK National Wildlife Crime Unit

You need a rod licence to fish for salmon, trout and freshwater fish in England and Wales, and can be fined up to £2,500 for fishing without one. Buy online here

Dave Reynolds (Left) collects the 2017 Veal’s Spring Cup from Dave England (Veals)

Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishers Association (BRFFA) in conjunction with Veal’s Fishing Tackle hosted their

2017 Spring Cup match on Bristol Water’s Chew Valley Lake 7th May.

Pupils from six primary schools across  Sussex enjoyed a day of exploring fishing and wildlife themed fun on 26 April at Arlington Reservoir in East Sussex , taking part in a range of activities from pond dipping to hedge laying.

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The day, organised by South East Water and The Countryside Alliance Foundation’s Fishing for Schools initiative, was the first of what it is hoped will become a regular event at this idyllic reservoir, which is a designated Local Nature Reserve and offers some of the finest trout fishing in the South East of England. Fly fishing and wildlife conservation are the only activities allowed at the site which is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Emma Goddard, South East Water’s head of environment said: “It was a fantastic day. The children were all so engaged. We really hope this is the start of an ongoing relationship between ourselves and local children. If we have inspired just one of the children who attended to learn more about the environment it will all have been worth it.”

And Charles Jardine of Fishing for Schools added: “I love being part of these days. The children arrive perhaps not knowing anything about fishing or the ecology of our wetlands but they get so enthused and go away wanting to know more. That’s what these days are all about.”

The schools taking part were Alfriston School in Polegate, Chyngton Primary from Seaford, Cross-in-Hand CEP School, Grovelands Community Primary School, Oakwood Primary from Eastbourne and West Rise Junior School in Langley.

In all, 50 children took part in sessions on fly tying, fly casting, pond dipping, hedge laying, fish-themed art and watched freshly caught trout being prepared and cooked.

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Mandy French of Chyngton School said: “The children had a fabulous time. They really enjoy these sort of activities and if we had the chance to come again with another year group we would leap at it.”

Jenny Lewis of Grovelands Community Primary said: “I was amazed at the concentration on the children’s faces as they watched and took part in the activities. They particularly enjoyed the pond-dipping - it has been a wonderful day of exploration.”

Angus Scott of West Rise School said: “The boys learned so much today and had a fabulous time – none of them had tried making a fly or casting before.”

Lindsey Hudson of Alfriston School said: “It’s been really interesting to find out just how much is involved in fishing, and the hedge-laying demonstration was fascinating. Many of the children live close to the reservoir but were not aware of all the wildlife here.”

James Smither, one of the pupils from Cross-in-Hand School said: “I really enjoyed the fly tying and casting best - and eating the trout. I already take part in coarse fishing but I’ve not casted before – it was really fun.”

Emma Taylor from Oakwood School said: “The pupils loved the cooking with trout and the pond dipping and catching newts. They asked so many questions and will go back to school with lots more knowledge.”

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