Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Quiet start to the week but then things picked up considerably. The 28 anglers caught 56 rainbows on dries, Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers, Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. Fish were well distributed around the lake but boats and float-tubes did best. Martin Smith caught his largest rainbow yet at Blackdyke, at just over 8lb. Next restocking is at the end of October.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The water level is still being maintained at a constant level which is as a result of Severn Trent having upgraded the extraction capability from the Dove at Eggington. Those who have experienced Foremark in previous years would know that water levels used to generally drop at this time of the year. The week’s fishing has been a roller coaster ride on fish returns, impacted by the balmy prevailing weather conditions notably the ambient temperature and/or the barometric pressure. The area of the reservoir that has produced results is primarily Carvers Arm, noting that the aerators and drifting the centre basin has also been productive. From a bank prospective Flamingo Bay, Sun Bless, Hut Point and Vernon’s Point have produced some results. While the fish appear to be taking the fry, especially in Carvers Arm, the shrimp are moving into the margins with the fish gorging on them. On Monday October 9, the notable catches were by Mr B. Aoin who caught 8 fish from a boat in Carvers Arm on size 14 Klinkhamers, Messer Burton and Graney who took 10 to the boat on Goldhead Black Fritz on floating lines. On Tuesday Messrs Taft and Keith Coley boated 10 fish while Mr Wilson caught 8 fish whilst drifting. On Friday Mr Wilson continued his success, catching 12 in the mid channel of Carvers Arm within the top metre from the surface. However, the best performance of the day, if not week, must be awarded to Mr D. Hudson who caught 5 from the bank in Flamingo Bay on a Minkie Booby on a floating line.
Foremark Fly Fishers have arranged a charity match at Foremark in support of Help the Heroes to be held on October 29. This is both for bank and boat and as an addition to this the Graham Tagg Trophy will be awarded to the best bag of the day since the original match had to be postponed. There will be refreshments after the match in the sailing club.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week there were 63 rods caught 113 fish for an average of 1.80. A slight improvement in the fishing but still not as good as we would want it to be. The fish are still tending to shoal and the unseasonably warm conditions are not helping. The week’s largest fish was a 6lb rainbow caught by Mr K. Harman of Leicester who took it on a Damsel Nymph while fishing Cocks Close from the bank. Harold Pritchett of Mancetter found a large shoal of fish around the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and he used a Cruncher nymph to net 20 fish to 4lb which were all caught and released. Harold found fishing the flies really quick was best. Dave Bratby of Birmingham had 6 fish from the bank of Cocks Close with the biggest going just over 4lb and these all came to a Black Buzzer fished on a floating line. On the Park Meadow pool, Mark Goldney of Coventry had 8 fish to 4lb 8oz which came to hot olive Damsels and Blobs while fishing off the dam wall bank. Imitative patterns accounted for most fish caught this week with Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Crunchers, Damsels and Pheasant Tail 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 or the dam wall from the boat jetty is best.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Fish in the top 3 feet are taking flies either off the top or just below the surface. Best methods are a floating line with a Black Klinkhamer or 2 Diawl Bachs on a cast, either freelined or under an indicator. Definitely worth trying a slow intermediate line with a single Cat’s Whisker, when takes dry up or the sun comes out. Lakes are open 7 days a week, cafe open Sundays with Neil doing the cooking.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Two Meadows and Stocky Bay continued to produce the best sport, mainly for anglers fishing from the banks. While not many fish fed from the surface, they could still be tempted up with Daddies and Hoppers, although the majority of fish were caught on subsurface nymph patterns (Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ears and Pheasant Tails), while Red Blobs and orange lures caught some of the deeper feeding fish.