Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fishing has been consistent this week with 46 anglers catching 93 fish, of which 84 were released. Some big fish are making an appearance with Martin Smith catching a 6lb 8oz rainbow and several other anglers landing rainbow over 3lb. Boats and banks still having equal success and the fish are taking Daddies, small Buzzers, Corixa and small dries off the top. Water temperature is averaging around 15 degrees and clarity is great. An excellent steady start to the season.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The fish of the week was a 19lb rainbow landed and returned by Marilyn Hobson who used a Ginger Hopper. Geert Jan Van Zen from Longhorsely kept 3 fish weighing in at 20lb 8oz and returned 7 using a Dawson’s Olive. Sport is improving with many big fish coming to the net. Dry flies are attracting brown trout up to 6lb at the moment, or when conditions are required sink-tip or intermediate lines. Matty Divine from Hadston had a Grand Slam on his visit this week, catching a rainbow, brown, blue and tiger trout. Matty caught 18 fish in total returning a 12lb 8oz rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake using Diawl Bachs and lures. Peter Davison from Blyth returned 15 fish on Buzzers and Blobs. Rodney Burn from Blyth caught 10 fish using a Cat’s Whisker and Blobs. Connor Metcalf from Consett caught 10 fish using Bloodworms and Buzzers. The fishery will be closing at 6pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The water level has remained constant this week and has seen the water temperature holding at about 14c. The grass along the bank from Flamingo to the bottom of Sunblest has been cut with the fishery staff out this week removing any problem bushes or saplings. As yet, and it’s due to the rapid rise in the water levels, the fry have yet to move in on the margins in any great numbers, therefore the best of the sport continues to be from the boats. The aerators are on but with the water temperature hovering between 15c to 14c the fish are starting to move out into open water. During the late afternoon fish are feeding off the surface from Bramble Bay down to Gorse Bay with Daddies, Hoppers, small CDC patterns taking these fish. Surprisingly a static fry pattern over open water has also worked with Owen Rivet taking 3 fish on this method for his morning’s visit. R. Taft and Keith Coley fished Carvers Arms with fry patterns subsurface and boated 19 trout. While the outer edges of the Cascade are producing, generally the middle of the Carvers Arm down to Gorse Bay is the better bet.
Successful anglers this week include Scott Wilson catching 9, J, Fogg 7, Paul Walker 6, and John Scragg catching 8 for his afternoon visit. Kevin Hart went out for an hour following his shift at the lodge and boated 4 trout on a floating line and Damsel. On Sunday 13 members of the Alex Booth club fished a competition with the winner V. Byrne catching 5 trout and P. Fleming taking the best fish, a rainbow of 2lb 10oz. Flyfishing for the pike has been slow, a few follows but difficult to get them to commit.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 67 rods caught 135 fish for an average of just over 2 fish per rod. It has been a hard week with the fish shoaling and proving difficult to tempt but there have been a few anglers who have got amongst them and caught well. Fishery stalwart Rod Lacey of Nuneaton caught and released 10 fish while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He caught fish to 4lb on his favourite Diawl Bach on a floating line. On the Park Meadow pool, Richard Lindsey of Staffordshire fished from a boat and caught and released 13 fish to 3lb. Dave McSheffrey of Birmingham caught 6 fish from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to a Black and Gold Buzzer. Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished catch and release from the bank of Cocks Close and used small Black Buzzers to tempt 5 fish. The fish are responding better to small nymphs and Buzzers fished on a floating line with long leaders. Diawl Bach, black, olive or red Buzzer, Bloodworm and even small dries such as Klinkhamer have accounted for the better catches. The lodge corner and old boat jetty have been the most consistent areas on Cocks Close. The far bank and dam wall have been best on Park Meadow.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
There has been some good sport again this week with anglers still using a variety of different flies to attract the trout. Fish are still high in the water and with the cooler autumn weather they are now chasing fry. Anglers have reported that varying the type and speed of retrieve has been most productive. One angler had a superb day on an F-Fly but moving it fast through the water. Buzzers and lures have also worked well. Dennis Hopper from Durham used a Goldhead Buzzer to land 11 fish from both lakes; Robert Hopper also from Durham returned 13 on an F-Fly; Jim Lumsden from Cramlington enjoyed his 2 visits, releasing 10 and 11 fish on a mixture of home-tied flies; Hadston angler Matty Devine netted 14 from Coe Crag on Buzzers and lures; Red Buzzers worked well for Shaun Herron who brought 11 fish to the net from both lakes; Gary Morgan from North Shields landed 11 on white lures; David Dodds from Ashington kept 4 fish for 10lb 3oz and released a further 3 from Long Crag on a Goldhead Daddy; Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 20 from both lakes on an Elk Hair Caddis; Ian Callow from Dunbar had ‘great sport’ on buzzers releasing 11 fish from both lakes; Trevor Wadds from Longframlington landed 9 from both lakes on Buzzers, dries and Bloodworm; Eric Caisley from Morpeth also returned 9 on black dries and nymphs. Flies of the week are Buzzers, nymphs, Caddis, Bloodworm, Goldhead Daddies, and various other dries and lures.