Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
This week’s fishing has been tough for some with some anglers catching several fish and others none, even fishing on the same day. Variable winds and mild temperatures made conditions quite difficult. Fish seem to be responding to small black dries, Sedges, Buzzers and Black Gnats and are taking just below the surface. Many fish are rising but they don't seem to be too hungry. Restocking and colder temperatures predicted should stir things up. Please remember, you are required to hold a valid fishing licence. All information about the fishery on our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Congratulations to Thomas Keys from Belford for catching his personal best fish this week, a rainbow of approximately 11lb caught on a PTN from Dunnydeer Lake. Despite windy conditions on Saturday Rob Frame, from West Denton, ended up catching on all three lakes, landing 13 fish with a few on/offs as well. His last fish was a superb brown trout of around 7lb. Rob also had rainbows up to 5lb, all fighting fit. Davie Parker from Wallsend also braved the strong winds on Saturday catching 11 fish up to 9lb. Bob Lonsdale from Longhorsley caught a 9lb rainbow from Ross Lake using a home-tied pink Apps’ Worm. Fly box this week has been Bloodworms, Buzzers, PTNs, Cat’s Whiskers, Daddies and various lures. The fishery is closing at 4.30pm this week including Saturday. Still stocking weekly.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week October 23 – 29 the 164 anglers caught 726 fish of which 552 were returned. Better weather last week and plenty of anglers. A fantastic list of big fish were caught with numerous 5lb+ fish not even getting a mention! Boat and bank anglers enjoying excellent sport although most of the bigger fish are coming from the bank. On the calmer days there are huge numbers of fish rising to small black emerging buzzers. Washing-line on a floater has been the best method closely followed by dries in the right conditions.
Best fish 9lb to Gavin Cairns, from Newmarket, on a Cat’s Whisker; 8lb 9oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, Damsel; 8lb 5oz Ian Springett, Harpenden, Grey Minkie; 8lb Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden; 7lb 12oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Buzzer; 7lb 10oz Phil Musgrove, Sawtry; 7lb 6oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden; 7lb 2oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, Tequila FAB; 6lb 12oz Rodger Dickinson, Moulton; 6lb 3oz Dave Roadley, Chapel St Leonards, Damsel, float-tube; 6lb 8oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, Black Hopper; 6lb 3oz Derek Benamore, Finedon; 6lb 2oz Steve Peppiatt, Olney; 6lb Derek Benamore, Finedon. Best bank areas are the dam, Brookside, boat bay, gravel bar, shallow bay. Best boat areas are the dam, boat bay, gravel bar. Best patterns wet/dry Daddy, Black Hopper, small Black Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, Red Apps, Tequila Blob, black/green lures.
Now the clocks have changed the half day ticket is available: 7am-2pm, 12-close.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
After last week’s bad weather, in particular the high winds, we were optimistic that this report would offer some better news. However, Monday came and of the 7 rods who braved the calmer, but still boisterous conditions, only 5 fish were caught. Tuesday was no better and it didn’t matter what was attempted and what areas that were fished. Mr Scudder located small shoals of fish with a fishfinder noting they were 20 feet plus down. Wednesday was a better day for some with Mr K. Hardy taking 4 fish from the bank on Hut Point and Scott Wilson boating 4 on a Di-5 line and a Booby. The fish stocking level is still high compared to previous years and given the time of the year, and hopefully the fish will start seeking food aggressively in the not too distant future. Thursday was yet another frustrating day with anglers reporting a number of taps but the fish unwilling to chase and those fish caught came mainly to static offerings. Friday offered a small amount of encouragement for bank anglers and there was a number of fish caught around Verduns Point but still deep on sinking lines.
Foremark Fly Fishers charity match at Foremark in support of Fishing for Heroes on Sunday October 29 was well supported with £306 being raised for this great cause. The boat winners for the Graham Tagg Trophy was awarded to Martin Smith and Paul Cook who weighed in 5 fish for 8lb 7oz.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week there were 44 rods caught 65 fish for an average of 1.47. It has been another tough week with the fish still shoaling and gorging themselves on daphnia. A few frosts should see sport improve with the fish dispersing and more willing to chase. The biggest fish of the week was a 6lb rainbow caught by Graham Ashby of Fillongley and this was caught off the bank of Cocks Close and came to a goldhead nymph. Ray Inman of Birmingham caught 9 from the bank of Cocks Close fishing on the old boat jetty cutting and he found a few fish willing to chase his Cat’s Whisker lure with fish to 3lb. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton caught 7 from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to his favoured Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. On Park Meadow, Andrew Moulder of Dorridge caught 8 fish to 4lb using a small Claret Buzzer.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
Trout lake still open 7 days a week and Millie is back doing food at weekends. On the trout Lake (open 8.30am) the boats are reporting good bags with bank anglers getting 3 to 6 trout. Best methods are Sedges and Diawl Bachs on a floating line, or pulling on an intermediate. Remember there are at least two layers of trout, those under 2 feet and about 7 feet-plus.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending October 27 the 80 rods caught 215 trout for a rod average of 2.69. Firstly, congratulations to Sutton in Ashfield angler Neil Deakin who represented Toft in the Troutmasters final at Draycote on October 9 and came a very close second to the winner, former world champion angler Iain Barr. A mixed week with fish coming to a few different methods. The general trend and for a chance of a proper specimen is to target Toft’s fry-feeders using Minkies, Minkie Boobies, and Humungus. The traditional back-end lures such as Appetiser, Cat’s Whisker and Baby Doll are also worth a throw. Dries and nymphs are also very worthy of a cast, the washing-line has certainly produced the goods.
Some good fish about chasing the fry with plenty around 4lb-plus showing. Best this week was a weel-mending 8lb-plus rainbow to Steve Tomlinson as part of his 14-fish catch, all returned safely returned. Last week also produced a pike of 24lb 6oz for Chris Ward on a deadbait. Pike anglers can fish deadbaits from the boats at this time of year with prices being the same as the 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.
The Toft Pairs competition will be held on Sunday November 19, entry £60 per pair which includes both pools and a 10-fish kill limit for the pair. To book call the fishery office on 01673 878453.