Blackdyke Fly Fishery, Norfolk
The first Airflo Bank Masters heat is on Sunday February 15, entry forms from the fishery or at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk
Apps’ Bloodworms, Yellow Dancers and Damsels are all working well.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish have been caught approximately six feet deep with floating and intermediate lines, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Cat’s Whiskers and Bunny Leeches using a very slow retrieve. Chris Hodgson, from Berwick-upon-Tweed, enjoyed his best day’s fishing catching 18 fish in total, one being a 5lb 4oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on an Orange Bloodworm. Various black flies also worked well. Black lures were working for Rob Frame, from West Denton, with him landing 16 fish in total. Trevor Wadds, from Craster, caught nine fish on Bloodworms and Zonkers. Len Broxson, from Tanfield, kept four fish and returned nine on a Cat’s Whisker. Michael Cothay, from Stanley, kept four fish and returned three, also on a Cat’s Whisker. Matty Divine, from Hadston, caught 12 fish on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. George Maddison, from Bedlington, caught eight fish on Bloodworms. Malcolm MacKenzie, from Cramlington, caught nine fish on Cat’s Whiskers and Red Bloodworms. David Fisher, from St Boswells, had a “superb” day’s fishing, keeping four fish and returning 14, mainly on a Pink Millennium Bug and a black and green lure. Fishery closing at 5pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Elinor opens for the 2015 season on Saturday February 14 at 7am. Water clarity is superb and prospects for the start of the new season are excellent. Many season ticket holders took advantage of fishing Elinor from the bank during January with numerous double-figure bags. Along with a stocking of almost 2000 fish and a forecast of milder weather, Elinor is worth an early season visit. Some permit prices have increased slightly, many are unchanged. Details can be found at elinortf.co.uk/Ticket%20Prices.htm For the first couple of weeks bank anglers usually catch more than boat anglers. Either a floater or intermediate line is all you need from the bank with a slow retrieve using black/green or white/green lures, Apps’ Bloodworm and GRHE. Elinor will be holding the Iain Barr/Airflo Bank Masters Final on Sunday April 19 with the chance to win £2000 and many other prizes. The final will be filmed by the Sky Sports 'Tight Lines' programme. Qualifying heats at Elinor will be on March 14 and April 5. Full details and entry forms at www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On lake one this week intermediate lines and Blobs fished very slowly are achieving maximum bags of up to 15 fish a session. Anglers are also catching on PTNs, GRHE and Montanas. On lakes two and three Daddy Longlegs, particularly rubber-legged versions, Blue-flash Damsels, Yellow Dancers and Mini Cat’s Whiskers are accounting for bags of up to eight fish. Heaviest fish was just touching 11lb but most are in the 4-6lb range. Work on the lodge with changing room, kitchen, log burner and comfy seating is nearly completed.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending February 6, the 42 rods caught 288 trout for a rod average of 6.86. On opening day anglers were greeted with biting cold breezy weather, but the few that turned out enjoyed great sport. DCAC rod Ray Jeffery headed up proceedings with a fine catch of 21 fish. Lincoln angler John Steels, in just the start of his second season, landed rainbows of 8lb 6oz and 7lb 12oz, both on opening day. Plenty of 3lb-plus reported and Retford angler Eric Caley caught a cracking brown of 8lb 7oz. Top methods during opening week started off with fast glass and Di-3 lines teamed with Tequila Blob, Humungus, Black Tadpole and Cat’s Whisker. As the week progressed many anglers changed to floaters with nymphs, small lures and also the washing-line with Hare’s Ears and Diawl Bachs worthy of a place in the cast. With some finer weather forecast catches should remain good. Free hot drinks in the lodge to keep comfortable at this cooler time of year.