Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Despite the interchangeable weather and some very cold temperatures, this past week has seen excellent fishing especially since the restock on January 10 with one angler catching 17 fish on dries. An assortment of flies off the top are catching, along with the usual Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers and Blobs but the fish are responsive to pretty much anything. Sunday saw the Small Water Bank match qualifier when an impressive 96 fish were caught by 11 anglers under very wet conditions. First place went to Bart Farmer, second Bill McIlroy, third Jeff Wilkinson, and fourth Craig Barr who had already qualified. Bart and Jeff also won the pairs.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Veterans from the Fishing for Heroes charity visited last week and were given expert tuition by Lucy Bowden, Andy Richmond and Paul West. A successful day’s fishing was enjoyed by all. First time angler Paul Docherty from Cumbernauld netted his first ever trout on the fly, a cracking 4lb 2oz rainbow from Coe Crag lake on a Pink Puddle bug. Andy Richmond had been monitoring the weather and analysing conditions for a few days and tied appropriate flies for the veterans to use. Some of the veterans had travelled from all over the North and Scotland and were delighted when they began catching some good fish. The conditions had been challenging during the week with fish reacting to the stormy weather, so it was pleasing to see their smiling faces when they returned for lunch to a roaring log fire in the lodge.
The weather forecast dominated events this week with Tuesday being most anglers preferred choice even though, despite the BBC forecast, Wednesday proved to be very productive for some. There were two personal bests this week with Colin Perkins from Pegswood netting a 15lb rainbow from the shallows of Long Crag on a Pheasant Tail Nymph and Andy Richmond landing a 14lb brown, also from Long Crag on a neon hackle Minkie. Both fish were safely returned. Fish that were landed were caught within the top four to six feet of water but the actual depth varied considerably depending on the weather on the day with the flies used also being as diverse. Best patterns included Zonkers, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, PTNs, Puddle bugs, Minkies, Buzzers, and various lures. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
Westlow Mere Fly Fishery, Cheshire
For December the 240 anglers caught 891 fish for a rod average of 3.4. Best methods saw the deeps producing to intermediate and sinking lines with Damsels, small Cat’s Whiskers, Corixa and Montana. Shallows providing consistent sport on floating lines and Crunchers, Damsels and Diawl Bachs. Weekly returns for week-ending January 15, 2017 saw the deeps providing good bags of fish to all methods and small lures producing the better fish. Shallows gave good sport on small nymphs and long leaders on floating lines. A couple of browns to 5lb were caught on Elk Hair Sedges.