Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Over the week, 29 anglers caught 53 fish. Fish are taking little Buzzers (olive and black), dries, Blobs, Black Gnats and Hawthorns. Winds have been very strong and quite frustrating. Hopefully the forecast is more favourable although it is supposed to rain with high seasonal temperatures.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Great quality hard fighting fish coming to the net this week. Instructor Bob Smith had a hard battle landing a stunning double-figure brown trout from Ross Lake. Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Caroline Brown from Longhorsley was delighted with an 8lb 2oz rainbow she caught from Dunnydeer Lake using a Damsel. Eamon Looney from Consett had a good catch from Chatton Lake. Congratulations to the qualifiers in the Fritz ‘n’ Flies heat: Rob Frame, Alan Morton, Billy Braithwaite and Peter Davison. Pairs winners were Alan Richardson and Chris Jarratt, second Trevor Wadds and Robbie Bell. Fishery closing at 5.3pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 31 rods caught 49 fish for an average of 1.58. The fishing is still very difficult at the moment with the fish shoaling around the aerator and the old boat jetty area. The best tactic has been to fish a team of Buzzers and a floating line and fish them quite quickly through the shoal and this has accounted for the better catches. Fishery regular Dave Bratby caught 7 from then bank of Cocks Close and he took them on a Black Buzzer. John Riley of Atherstone caught the largest of the week, a 5lb rainbow while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and this was the best of a 5-fish catch taken on a Klinkhamer dry fly. On Park Meadow, Richard Lindsey of Stafford caught 4 rainbows and 1 brown on an Olive Leech fished on a floating line. The Fishery has been very quiet with the very windy conditions putting off a lot of anglers.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
With Saharan dust clouds, hurricane Ophelia and Storm Brian anglers have had lots to think about this week. With the huge swings in atmospheric pressure the trout have not been settled into a regular feeding pattern. However, those anglers who braved the elements have had some good sport. One angler, Jim Lumsden from Cramlington, landed a 15lb rainbow in the height of the storms. There has, however, always been somewhere on the lakes where the fishermen were protected from the wind by the treeline with fish still being caught on the top.
Neil Schofield from Stanley netted 9 quality fighting fish from both lakes on an Olive Buzzer; Noel McCall from Stanley used a mix of dries and Zonkers to land 9 from both lakes; Kieran Holliday had an excellent day returning 15 on Diawl Bachs; Hadston angler Matty Devine released 19 fish to 9lb on nymphs, Buzzers and lures; Mick Brown from Bedlington used a Woolly Bugger to catch and return 19 to Long Crag; Matt Bradbeer, on holiday in Rothbury, enjoyed his day landing 10 on Diawl Bachs; Pete Davison from New Hartley returned 7 from both lakes on home-tied flies; Mick Kelley from Swarland enjoyed his short session bringing 7 to the net on dries and a Bunny Leech; Al Cross from Alnwick landed 5 from Coe Crag in 2 hours on a Sedgehog; Ian Hughes from Gosforth had a ’brilliant day’ returning 7 from Coe Crag on small black dries; Anthony Meadows from Chopwell released 12 on Diawl Bachs and Chamois Worms; Guy Nicholson used Diawl Bachs and Olive Zonkers to net 12 from Long Crag; Brian Lillie from Gosforth landed 15 to 8lb from boat and bank on olive lures; Jim Burtle from Newcastle netted 7 on a Grey Minkie from Long Crag.
Best flies are Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Chamois Worms, Bloodworms, Olive Zonkers, dries, nymphs and various lures. Fishery open daily 8.30am - 6pm; Saturday 5pm close.