Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A decent week’s fishing and the 38 anglers caught 124 fish. Fish are feeding heavily on little buzzers (the smaller the better), especially during the morning and late evening. In good fishing conditions, there are many more fish feeding on the surface and they are taking small nymphs, small olive and black dries. Visit our website for regular updates www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk or Facebook.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Many doubles coming to the net this week also fish in the 4lb to 9lb bracket. The Cramlington Renegades enjoyed their club outing on Saturday, great catches from members James Calvin with an 8lb 4oz rainbow and Thomas Blaylcock with an 8lb 9oz rainbow. Members of the Ashington Kingfishers took part in the 'friendly' competition on Sunday. Congratulations to the winner Scott Nellins, second Steven Taylor, third Malcolm Robinson. John Tait from Belford returned a 14lb rainbow to Chatton Lake caught on his second cast. Derek Campbell from Selkirk returned an approx 10lb brown trout to Ross Lake caught on a Black Diawl Bach. The fly box has been PTNs, Diawl Bachs, Daddies, Buzzers, Bloodworms, dries and Cat’s Whiskers. Fishery closing at 6pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery Northamptonshire
For the week Oct 2 8 the 137 anglers caught 661 fish of which 556 were returned. Rod average 4.8. Best fish 8lb to Ian Springsteen, from Harpenden, on a Daddy; 7lb 5oz to Pete Jinks, Peterborough, boat; 6lb 3oz for Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, Red Apps’, boat; 5lb 8oz to Roy Leaning, Broughton, boat; 5lb 4oz for Mr Fairclough, White Snake, boat; 5lb to Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Sedge, boat. Best bank areas are dam, boat bay, brookside. For the boats, all areas producing, especially lodge end. Best patterns Black Hopper/Shipmans, wet or dry Daddy, Black Buzzer, Red Diawl, Damsel, black/green lures, Tequila FAB/Blob. A very good couple of weeks at Elinor with a rod average above 4 and good fishing for bank and boat anglers. With excellent water clarity and a cooler surface layer the fish are active on the surface feeding on black buzzer, black beetles, daddies and sedges (evening). A large number of fish over 3lb showing and all fish are fighting fit. It’s a great time of year to be fishing. Lure anglers also catching, particularly from boats or on windy days from the bank.
Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather is on Sunday November 12, 9am - 3pm. £25 entry which includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). Boat or bank fishing. Open to everyone. 5 boats still available. Proceeds from the raffle will be split between the Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.
Pike Fishing: There will be a maximum of 6 boats per day put aside for pike anglers on the following weekends: November 18 & 19; November 25 & 26; December 2 & 3. Payment will be required in advance. Single angler boat £25, two angler boat £40. Fishing is 7.30am until 5pm. Anglers may use lures or sea dead baits only. Bookings/further info via email or 01832 720786.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Foremark water levels remain high but with the grass along the bank from Flamingo to the bottom of Sunblest Bay being cut last week, the fishery staff have removed any problem bushes or saplings and with more sapling cutting planned for Wednesday the area from the wires down into Bramble Bay should be a lot more accessible for bank fishing. Contractors have cut the available dam wall area improving access and fishing potential and with a number of browns showing in this area there will be some good sport to be had, especially in light of the number of fry showing. Monday was pretty much a wash out with high winds preventing any boats being launched. During the late afternoon there were still fish feeding off the surface from Bramble Bay down to Gorse Bay with Daddies, Hoppers, small CDC patterns taking these fish.
On Tuesday the weather shown some marked improvement and the fish obliged putting in an appearance for John Fogg who boated 11 in the boils area on a black & green nymph pattern (Montana), R. Taft and Keith Coley fished Carvers Arms with fry patterns subsurface and boated 16 trout following on from the 19 they had last week, maybe they are getting the tactics right and Scott Wilson boated 5 on his famous snake. Messers Graney and Burton managed 5 between them. The cascade is holding some fish with all the pumped water coming in, however the outer edges of the cascade are producing but generally the middle of the Carvers Arm down to Gorse bay is still the better bet. Rod average for the day was 3.5
The change in the weather saw Wednesday was a waste of time with only 7 rods braving the elements and only one fish caught between them. Thursday was not a lot better and only 3 rods went out. The pleasing thing was that all 3 rods caught, and star of the show was D. Bevan with 3. Friday was probably the best day with 19 rods on the water. John Scragg boated 6, Scott Wilson 9, and most other anglers achieved a catch even if it was only one. It was good to note that the fish are moving off of the boils area and are spreading themselves around the lake in pods of about 20, in the main basin and up Carvers Arm so a drift was the best approach, some high in the water and in other places a bit deeper making the best approach a willingness to change technique and depths on a regular basis.
Saturday’s weather let us down again but for the first time for a while the bank produced better than the boats, although not brilliant, quite pleasing to see. Sunday saw Foremark Fly Fishers holding the Ray Gibson memorial match with 13 rods fishing and most caught with the eventual winner being M. Smith with 7lb 13oz for his 4 fish being the eventual winner. Other rods saw Mr P. Cooper take 6 fish off the bank on a Black Hopper and Mr P. Bailey catch 8 from his boat on a variety of Daddies.
Foremark FF’s next match is the Fishing for Hero’s tournament to be held on October 29, bank and boat and as an addition to this the Graham Tagg Trophy will be awarded to the best boat on the day after the original match had to be postponed. There will be refreshments after the match in the sailing club. There are only a few boats left so a call to the lodge will secure a place.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 53 rods caught 67 fish for an average of 1.26. Fishing is still very difficult at the moment with the boat anglers finding the shoals doing the best. Mr D. Bayliss had one of the best bags, catching 5 and releasing a further 2 whilst fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He landed fish over 3lb and these all came to Buzzers on a floating line. Harold Lewis of Knowle fished close to the aerator from a boat on Cocks Close and he tempted 5 fish to 3lb 8oz again using small Buzzers on a floating line. Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught four fish to 4lb on dry Daddies. On the Park Meadow pool, Clive Squires of Coventry had 5 fish which came to Black Buzzers while fishing from a boat. Imitative patterns accounted for most fish caught this week with Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Crunchers and Pheasant Tails the pick of the nymphs. The lodge corner and the old boat jetty area on Cocks Close have been best. On Park Meadow, the far bank from the boat jetty is best. A further restocking will take place this week and hopefully this will see the fishing switch on.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending October 6 the 94 rods caught 281 trout for a rod average of 2.99. A steadier rod average than the last couple of weeks, it's fair to say that it's been a little tougher and some certainly found the knack more than others. Some cooler mornings knocked the dry fly sport back a bit and those starting under the surface probably fared better, switching to dry and emerger tactics during the warmer parts of the day. The washing-line teamed with red, green or pearly Diawl Bachs with a small Peach or Cat Booby on the point has been the go-to method. Daddies have enjoyed limited success with more fish choosing to drown them rather than take them properly. The next couple of weeks should see the appearance of more fry feeders, they're just getting started now and should get more keyed in as fish look to put weight on for the winter. Minkies, Suspender Minkies and Humungus are the best patterns to target these fish. To get your names down and express your interest for the autumn pairs competition, the fly-tying improver sessions, boat bookings or other advice please call 01673 878453.