Tiny fly lures giant Ravensthorpe trout

This superb 11lb 2oz rainbow trout was the highlight of a great day’s sport on Ravensthorpe Reservoir for Andy Kress.

It fell to a small black dry fly, which Andy, from London, only chose to use after seeing another boat on the Northamptonshire venue take a hefty 9lb trout on the same pattern.

He said: “Ravensthorpe has been one of my favourite fisheries for the last 20 years and I have put the time and effort in and tend to catch well there. On my latest visit I was on a boat with my 12-year-old lad, over in Catwalk Corner when a nearby boat took a 9lb fish on a small black dry.”

“I had taken a 2lb fish on a Diawl Bach but the fish were shy. I set up a new leader on 6lb mono, put a small black dry on the point, a red Diawl Bach on the mid dropper and a new Kj Sus Buzzer on the top dropper.”

“About 10 minutes later I had a steady take and knew I was into something special. The fish kept its head down and I did not see it for over five minutes. When I got a first glimpse I realised it was a ‘double’ and after another five minutes, some powerful runs and angry head shaking, my lad slipped the net under the fish.”