Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A decent week’s fishing with bank and boat anglers reporting fish being caught from most areas of the lake. Washing-line with floater or midge-tip lines working along with intermediates and mini lures. Fish were rising on calmer days with Cat’s Whiskers having the best results. Martin Smith caught 14 fish on Friday. On Sunday December 17 Blackdyke will be hosting a 'Fur and Feather’ event, maximum of 20 anglers, £25 fishing including a 2-course lunch. Visit www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk or call 07525 730447 for details or to sign up.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 13 – 19 the 125 anglers caught 319 fish of which 196 were returned. A slightly trickier week with the fish easily spooked when the sun was out in the incredibly clear water. Fishing can be slow early morning but usually improves 11.30am onwards with fish moving in calmer conditions. Plenty of areas are producing with the fish not tightly shoaled yet. Best fish 13lb 9oz for Toby Craig, from Milton Keynes, on a Tequila FAB from the boat; 7lb 3oz to Derek Benamore, Finedon, white/green lure; 6lb 5oz for Roy Jeyes, Kettering, white/green Minkie, boat; 5lb 8oz to Toby Craig, Milton Keynes, Tequila FAB, boat; 5lb 4oz to Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Snake; 5lb 1oz to Trevor Maycock, Northampton, Muddler. Best bank areas are gravel bar, shallow bay, dam, brookside. Best boat areas are dam end, boat bay, gravel bar. Best patterns white/green or black/green lures, small Damsel, GRHE, Black Buzzer, Black Hopper, Tequila Blob/FAB and Snakes.
Pike anglers fished at the weekend. Quite a few jacks were caught along with four low doubles and perch to just under 2lb. Elinor is open until December 31 for trout anglers. Season permit holders only from the bank in January. Opening day for 2018 is Saturday February 10. Half day permits are now available: 7am - 2pm or midday until dark. Brown trout are now out of season. Please return quickly and carefully.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week the 42 rods caught 102 fish for an average of 2.43. The fishing is slowly improving and the frosts of last week have helped. The fish are still shoaling on Cocks Close with the old boat jetty area producing the most fish. On Park Meadow the fishing has been a lot better with fish spread around the pool. Mark Smith fished Park Meadow from a boat and caught and returned 11 fish up to around 4lb and these all came to a Cat’s Whisker. Richard Lindsey of Stafford fished from a boat on Park Meadow and caught 10 fish to 3lb 8oz using Olive Leech and Damsel Nymph patterns. Alec Twaites of Coventry caught 6 fish to 4lb from the bank of Cocks Close and these all came to a Black Tadpole fished on an intermediate line. John Riley of Atherstone caught 5 fish from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to small Buzzers and Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Diawl Bach, Damsel Nymph and Black Buzzer are the favourite patterns.