Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Great week’s fishing with most anglers having some action. Fish are taking off the top with a lure, Black Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels all doing well. The Festive Fur and Feather event is on Sunday December 17, a full day’s fishing plus a hot two-course lunch £25pp. Call 01842 829154 for info or visit our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk for details.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It's been a fantastic week of sport with rainbows up to 14lb, brown trout up to 10lb and hard-fighting blue and tiger trout coming to the net. Tony Rowley from North Shields returned a 14lb rainbow to Chatton Lake. Peter Temple from North Shields returned his personal best fish, a 10lb 2oz rainbow to Chatton Lake. Mike Blackwood from Galashiels caught 11 fish on Cat’s Whiskers including a 10lb 12oz rainbow. David McNally from Blaydon enjoyed his visit catching 8 fish, one brown trout of around 10lb and 3 of the rainbow at 5lb-plus. P. Blyth from Cramlington returned an approx 10lb rainbow to Chatton Lake. David Wafter from Wallsend caught a 6lb 10oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Yellow Apps’ Bloodworm. Geert Jan van Zon from Longhorsley was delighted with a 6lb 4oz rainbow caught using a black and green lure. The fly box this week has been Buzzers, nymphs, lures and even dries when the conditions have been right.
Anyone who would like to try flyfishing can come along to Chatton Fishery on Saturday November 18 and join in with the Chatton Ladies Angling Club, £20 includes fishing, lunch and tuition (if required). We are meeting in the lodge at 9.30am. The fishery is open to all anglers on this day.
The Fishery will be closing at 4pm this week including Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 6 – 12 the 141 anglers caught 470 fish of which 284 were returned. Fishing was slightly harder last week although the rod average was still a respectable 3.3. Bank fishing outscored the boats in general. On cold mornings, the fishing was slow with sport picking up from 11.30am onwards. Lures took plenty of fish with the usual colour combinations of white/green and black/green favourite on floaters, midge-tip or slow intermediate lines. On calmer days, there are plenty fish rising to small black midges. Some fry-feeders have been seen off the dam. The run of big fish continued with good numbers of 4lb-plus silver bars.
Best fish 8lb 6oz to Brian Carter, from Peterborough, on a white/green lure; 7lb 3oz Brian Carter, Peterborough, olive nymph; 6lb 13oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Bloodworm; 6lb 8oz Mike Creamer, Oakley, GRHE; 6lb 8oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, black/green Tadpole; 6lb 6oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, black/green Tadpole; 6lb 4oz Darren Trumper, boat; 6lb 3oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, boat; 6lb Voldermar Rumbahs, Corby, white lure, boat; 5lb 12oz Keith Nicholson, Tunbridge Wells, Black Tadpole; 5lb 8oz Mr Blackshaw, Cruncher; 5lb 2oz Andrew Lebish, Linton, Pitsford Pea; 5lb Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, boat. Best bank areas are dam, Goodfellow bay, gravel bar, shallow bay, Brookside. Best boat areas are dam end, gravel bar. Best patterns
small Damsel, Black Buzzer, Foam Daddy, Bloodworm, white/green or black/green lures.
Elinor is open until December 31. Half day permits are now: 7am - 2pm, Midday – dark. Brown trout are now out of season, please return carefully.
On Saturday November 11, 10 anglers from Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishers held a bank match and caught 42 fish. Results: 1. Keith Nicholson 5 fish 12lb 4oz; 2. Keith Lawrence 5 fish 11lb 3oz; 3. Martin Gray 5 fish 10lb 12oz; 4. Ian Watts 5 fish 10lb 4oz; 5. Ray Burt 5 Fish 9lb 10oz.
On Sunday November 12, the fishery hosted the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather and the 29 anglers caught 67 fish with 6 fish over 4lb. A cold, strong NW wind made the fishing difficult although sport did improve for some in the afternoon. Bank anglers did best with 6 limits. Only one boat angler got in the top 10. Results: 1. Matt Tuck 6 fish 19lb 13oz (gravel bar, Bloodworm); 2. Ian Donaldson 6 fish 17lb 6oz; 3. Dave Roadley 6 fish 15lb 6oz; 4. Darren Oram 6 fish 15lb 4oz; 5. Richard Slater 6 fish 14lb 9oz; 6. Paul Haskey 6 fish 14lb 7oz; 7. Geoff Alsop 5 fish 10lb 12oz; 8. Vince Sparrow 4 fish 10lb 4oz (boat, gravel bar, White Snake); 9. Pete Welch 4 fish 8lb 3oz; 10. Keith Fairey 2 fish 5lb 4oz. Best fish 6lb 13oz Matt Tuck. £315 was raised from the raffle for the British Heart Foundation and the Air Ambulance. Many thanks to everyone who supported the event.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 49 rods caught 104 fish for an average of 2.12. There has been an improvement in sport on Cocks Close with most anglers catching a few fish over the weekend. The colder conditions are making shoals disperse and fish are move willing to chase lures now. The biggest fish of the week was a 5lb rainbow caught by Dave Bratby of Birmingham who regularly fishes the bank of Cocks Close. Dave used small Buzzers to tempt this and four other fish and he used a floating line. John Salisbury of Warwick won the Packington Fly Fishers bank match with a limit of 5 fish caught on Damsel Nymphs fished on an Intermediate line. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton tried his luck on the Park Meadow pool this week and caught 10 fish which were all safely returned and they came to his favoured Diawl Bach pattern fished on a floating line. The best areas have been the high bank and the old boat jetty on Cocks Close and the deeper water in the middle of Park Meadow. Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Ace of Spades, White Fritz, Damsel Nymph and Black Buzzer have all accounted for a few fish this weekend.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Best method in the cold weather is to use nymphs at various depths. The dam area is fishing best, and boats worth a go. Most anglers are catching, and best advice is to move station. Opening times will be reviewed next week, so look at website and Facebook page for details. The fishery will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and one other day. If a group of 4 or more book in then the fishery will open, so worth a call if the weather is good.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending November 10, the 55 rods caught 239 trout for a rod average of 4.34. A nice rod average this week though it has to be said anglers were a little thin on the ground. Those that can handle the cooler spell enjoyed some nice sport with high quality fry-feeders enjoying fry patterns and nymphs. Andy decided to have a bash on Tuesday and managed an impressive 18 trout taken on mainly a floating line with a Minkie Booby on the point and 2 red-ribbed Hare’s Ears on the droppers fished nice and slowly. A Hare’s Ear often works this time of year when fish are grubbing about in reasonably shallow water. It’s almost vital to have some kind of fry pattern on the leader now to spice things up a bit. There’s lots of big fish still showing up so make sure you use a leader strong enough to cope with them.
Pairs match is this Sunday (November 19). To book please call the fishery office on 01673 878453.
For any pike anglers wishing to have a go Toft allows dead-baiting from the boats at this time of year with prices being the same as catch and release trout prices - plus the boat price. This permits fishing with 1 rod, anglers wishing to use 2 rods can purchase an enhanced ticket at £20 instead of the £15 1-rod ticket. All pike fishing must be booked prior to arrival.