Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The 39 anglers caught 89 fish over the week of which 64 were released. Fish are taking little Buzzers (olive and black), along with dries, Blobs, Black Gnats and Hawthorns. Winds have been variable and a little frustrating. Fish are feeding on the top and with the new stock going in last Friday they have been very active. New website is live at www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk Several closures over the coming weeks for corporate events which will be announced on the website and Facebook.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fantastic week of dry fly sport. CdCs, Buzzers, Hawthorns, Mayflies, Black Gnats, Olive Snatchers Spiders and Hoppers all catching fish. Bloodworms, Montanas and Yellow Dancers have been working when fish are deep. The annual friendly competition organised by Davie Myers from Eglingham was held on Wednesday May 10. The winner of the heaviest bag was David Woods with four fish for 17lb, second Keith Myers four fish for 15lb and third Tony Dunn four fish weighing 13lb 8oz. The trophy for the heaviest fish was collected by Keith Myers with an 8lb 3oz rainbow. The Tweedmouth and Spittal Angling Club visited on Sunday May 14. Heaviest bag winner on the day was Michael Sinton with four fish for 10lb 8oz. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club meet on Saturday May 20 at 9.30am. Fishing permit, lunch, tuition (if required) at a cost of £20. The fishery will be open to all anglers on this day. Fishery closing at 9pm this week including Saturday evenings.
Change of date for the all-night fishing at Chatton trout fishery - now on Friday June 16 instead of Saturday June 17.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Another week with big numbers of fish rising. On most mornings there were plenty of fish to cast at, the afternoons quieter, then a good late evening rise. Spooned fish have been feeding on assorted sizes of black or green buzzers, pond olive nymphs/emergers, damsel and daphnia. On Tuesday evening there was the first of the mayfly hatch, and along the whole of the Brookside Bank there were more mayfly then ever seen at Elinor. Prospects for dry fly and imitative patterns remain excellent with great water clarity and milder temperatures. For the week May 8 – 14 the 228 anglers caught 1065 fish of which 780 were returned. Best fish 9lb 5oz to Liam Johnson, from Higham Ferrers, on a Damsel off the boat; 6lb 11oz John Lashbrooke, Corby, Diawl Bach; 6lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, Olive Buzzer; 6lb Mr Dickens, Northampton, green/white lure, boat; 5lb 10oz Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, green/white, boat; 5lb 5oz Voldermars Rumbas, boat; 5lb 4oz Trevor Maycock, Northampton, Damsel; 5lb 3oz Derek Benamore, Finedon; 5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Diawl Bach; 5lb Bob McCarthy, St Albans; 4lb 14oz Roger Bosence, Corby.
All bank areas producing fish, best boat areas are the west arm, east arm, gravel bar, down middle. Best patterns small Damsel, Olive or Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Green Cruncher, Olive CdC, Black or Olive Shipman’s, Apps’ Bloodworm, green/white lures, Tequila Blob/Booby.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Foremark has continued to fish well with the fish still holding in the bays and down Carvers Arm. Buzzers and Damsels have produced most of the fish this week. Some anglers have, however, been having some success on Hawthorns, FABs, Black and Green Montana and Foam Corixa. Water levels are now up and still rising and the water clarity is excellent. Top rod on Monday was S. Emery with six fish from the bank. John Mack and his boat partner Cathy landed 13 trout on Tuesday on Buzzers and Diawl Bach with green checks while Derby County Angling Club member Neil Cozens banked 18 fish on Buzzers.
On Wednesday Chris Winfield from Derby County Angling Club fished Black Buzzers and banked nine trout during a morning session. Season permit holder D. Berven fish from the banks on Thursday and netted 11 trout, as did B. Bateman using Damsels and Diawl Bachs. Season permit holder S. Wilson took more than 20 fish trout to his boat in Flamingo Bay.
Friday was the turn of season permit holder Chris Shreeve to get amongst the fish from the bank netting 18 fish on a Di-3 line teamed up with an Orange FAB and a Damsel. Mr Cozens was back on the water and took 22 fish on Buzzers including a 3lb 12oz rainbow.
G. Martin had a spell on the banks on Saturday and landed 17 trout on Buzzers and Damsels. S. Wilson also took a boat out on Saturday and fished Flamingo Bay and Sun Blest Bay and again landed over 20 trout.
Sunday saw G. Owen take 25 trout to his boat on Diawl Bach and FAB while season permit holder R. Cotterill netted 15 to his boat including a nice 3lb-plus blue. D. Baker had a good day from the bank in the morning landing nine fish on Blue-flash Damsels. He then fished from a boat in the afternoon and took another 12 fish on a combination of Damsels and Buzzers.
The Graham Tagg pairs boat match is on September 17, book early to avoid disappointment.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 75 rods caught 285 fish for an average of 3.80 fish per rod. The fishing has been challenging with lots of fish moving on the top but becoming increasingly harder to tempt. Small imitative patterns are best with Diawl Bach, Suspender Buzzer, Hopper, Olives, Superglue Buzzer and Tups Indispensable the pick of the flies. Fish are moving all over both pools but the best areas have been the lodge end of Cocks Close and the far side from the boat jetty on Park Meadow. The largest fish of the week was a 7lb 8oz rainbow caught by Mark Goldney of Nuneaton. He was fishing from the bank of Cocks Close and tempted it along with seven other rainbows on CdC Emergers and Buzzers. Alex Kerr of Nuneaton had his limit of five fish and released a further six including a rainbow of 6lb 8oz from Cocks Close. Again Buzzer was the successful fly. Paul Fleeman of Redditch had a good day from a boat on Cocks Close, catching and releasing over 20 fish to 5lb on small Klinkhamer dries. On Park Meadow, French visitor Michael Luke caught a 7lb fish on a small Buzzer fished on a floating line. Alan Bowen of Birmingham had seven fish which included a rainbow of 5lb and a brown of 4lb-plus from a boat also from Park Meadow which came to small Black Buzzers on a floating line. The Fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Some cracking top of the water sport with small black dries being by far the best fly of choice. Most fish were caught high in the water, even during the bright sunny spells. With some good hatches of hawthorns drifting across the lakes anglers found trout were tempted by Black Gnats, Shipman’s and Spiders. The fish were found fairly near the margins as lots of insect life was being blown onto the water from the surrounding vegetation. There has also been quite a number of blues and browns coming to the net with anglers reporting some quality larger specimens being landed. Paul Cranston enjoyed his week off work, and in two visits landed 16 and 14 fish to 8lb from both lakes on Black Buzzers and Black Midge. Willie Emery landed 16 to 13lb on dries and naturals while Alan Stead from Blyth returned 12 on Black Gnats and Cat’s Whiskers. Wallsend angler Jimmy Drew returned 16 fish from both lakes on Foam Beetles and Bunny Leeches. Ken Glenton from Ashington netted 14 fish to 14lb on Black Gnats and Shipman’s while Terry Jobling from Berwick returned 12 on Buzzers and dries. Matty Devine had “another fantastic day”, releasing 20 from both lakes on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms, as did Mick Brown on Flashback Buzzers. Tom Jones from Washington returned 13 fish to Long Crag on Black Buzzers and Shipmans. The Hopper brothers from Durham landed 22 fish between them with Dennis returning a 13lb 8oz brown on CdCs and Buzzers. Dunbar anglers Ian Callow and R. Thompson netted 18 on black dries and Buzzers.
Trevor Wadds from Longframlington returned 15 fish, all on small black dries, from both lakes. Tony Rowley from North Shields enjoyed two sessions, releasing 21 in total on nymphs and Buzzers and had a brown, blue and rainbow on both occasions. Gareth Beagrie returned 11 from Long Crag on a Blue Zonker. Si Nichols from Slaley used Shipman’s and small Black Buzzers to land 16 fish. Howard Croston from Morpeth had “fantastic sport” on Black Gnats and Hawthorns, releasing 17 fish. Lee Wilkinson and Brian Hockaday from Consett landed 16 and 10 from both lakes on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Michael Hall from Cramlington had 19 fish on two visits on Hoppers and Black Buzzers.
Best flies are Buzzers, Hawthorns, Hoppers, Shipman’s, Black Gnats, CdCs, PTNs, Diawl Bachs, Spiders, Beetles and other small dries.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week the 90 rods caught 523 trout for a rod average of 5.81. Better weather and lighter winds made for a quick turnaround in sport following the less flattering previous week. Many fish came to anglers Buzzer patterns and other nymphs fished predominantly on floating lines. Olive Buzzers seemed to be the best colour with evening sport being dominated by either fiery brown or hare’s-ear type shuttlecock patterns. On brighter days the usual Blobs or even Snake patterns have managed a few, but it's fair to say that those preferring the imitative game have fared much better. This year boasts the best numbers of big full-finned overwintered fish that Toft has ever seen, as such your tackle needs to be able to cope with the demands Strongish leaders are a must as is a careful approach to playing the fish. Anglers fishing from the bank have enjoyed the most success though the boats have certainly had a decent share.