Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Much better weather last week with plenty of anglers visiting the fishery since the restock on Monday. The 39 anglers caught 31 rainbow of which 24 were released. Boat and bank anglers enjoying excellent sport. Early mornings and mid-afternoon see the most fish rising. Washing-line on a floater has been the best method closely followed by dries, Cat’s Whiskers, Damsels and Bloodworms.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week October 30 - November 5 the 145 anglers caught 663 fish of which 558 were returned. Elinor continues on great form with a rod average of 4.6 and numerous quality fish. Best fish 9lb 3oz for Finbarr McSweeney, from Rushden, on a Damsel; 9lb 1oz Gary How, Invicta Fly Fishers, Black/Green Tadpole; 8lb 8oz Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, white/green lure, boat; 8lb 2oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, Black Hopper; 8lb 1oz George Brock, Corby, Montana; 7lb 8oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, Damsel; 7lb 4oz Brian Carter, Peterborough, green/white lure; 7lb 2oz John Oram, Desborough; 7lb Bob Senior, Stamford, Olive Hopper, boat; 6lb 8oz Mr Key, Market Harborough, Black/Green Zonker; 6lb 7oz Roger Bosence, Corby, Tequila Blob; 6lb 7oz Alan Briggs, Invicta FF, green/orange lure; 6lb 6oz Chris McLeod, Invicta FF, Damsel; 6lb 4oz John Oram, Desborough; 6lb 2oz Bernard Robinson, Duddington, Black Pennell; 6lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle; 6lb 1oz Roger Bosence, Corby, Diawl Bach; 5lb 15oz John Thomson, Corby, Hothead Damsel, boat; brown 6lb 4oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Buzzer.
Best bank areas are dam, brookside, boat bay, gravel bar. Boat areas are lodge end, boat bay, shallow bay. Best flies are Black Hopper, Daddy, Black Shipman’s, small Damsel, Red Diawl, Black Buzzer, GRHE, and lures in white/green, black/green, Tequila FAB, Sunburst Blob. On cloudy days the bank is fishing best although boats are scoring well on brighter days. Floater or midge-tip with a washing-line is generally the best method although some anglers are taking fish on lures using intermediates. Water clarity is superb and prospects are good for the upcoming Fur & Feather.
On Saturday November 4, 14 members of Invicta Fly Fishers braved the wet conditions and caught 69 fish. Winner was Gary How with 13 fish; 2. Mark Searle 9; 3. John Brown 7; 4. Jeff Hickson 7; 5. Matt Willett 6; 6. Chris McLeod 6.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 52 rods caught 76 fish for an average of 1.46. It has been another tough week on the trout fishery with the fish still playing hard to catch, although there were signs of an improvement at the weekend with the much cooler conditions. The biggest fish of the week was a 5lb rainbow caught by Harold Pritchett of Atherstone. He was fishing from a boat on Park Meadow and caught this along with 7 other fish on a combination of Damsels and Crunchers. Kevin Brookes of Tamworth had 5 fish to 4lb using Ace of Spades lures from a boat on Park Meadow. Mr P. Sweatman, visiting from Bristol, fished Cocks Close and caught 6 fish using mini Cat’s Whiskers and Orange Daddy Longlegs. Alex Kerr of Nuneaton also caught 6 fish from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to Minkies and Cat’s Whiskers. The first frosts of the winter will help Cocks Close regain some form and the shoals should start to disperse.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Both Long Crag and Coe Crag lakes have fished well this week with more settled weather. There has been lots of fish moving with many still being tempted by dries. Anglers have reported some nice double-figure fish coming to the net and also many quality fish in the 4lb to 8lb range. Black lures have been successful and nymphs and Damsels have also accounted for quite a number of trout. Morpeth angler Davy Kay enjoyed his session landing 14 from both lakes on various lures; Duncan Passmore found Yellow Owls productive returning 9 fish to Long Crag; Robert and Dennis Hopper from Durham released 13 between them from both lakes on Damsels and Diawl Bachs; Newbiggin anglers Willie Emery and John Metcalf released 15 and 8 to 12lb on various lures including pink and white; Jim Burtle from Newcastle enjoyed his 2 visits, releasing 14 and 6 from both lakes on dries; Alex Ainslie from Craster landed 11 on White and Green Fritz; Blyth anglers Jim Smith and Spike Millican had a great session returning 11 and 7 on Shipmans, lures and CDCs; Andrew Lee from Amble landed a 12lb rainbow on a PTN; Alan Morton from Ashington released 9 from both lakes on Bloodworms; Mick Brown from Bedlington netted 16 on Buzzers from Long Crag lake; Rob Hall from Morpeth had ‘another good day’, returning 10 on a White Bunny Leech; Andy Campbell from Newcastle released 8 on Cat’s Whiskers; Andy Richmond from Dreghorn had 2 productive days, landing 20 and 15 on Olive Minkies and Fruit Salad Blobs; Alec Harvey from Cramlington returned 7 including fish of 6lb and 8lb on dries and lures.
On Sunday November 12 Long Crag lake will be closed for the Fritz ‘N’ Flies competition. Coe Crag will be open as usual. Apologies to all our regular anglers.
Junior Fly Tying day on Saturday December 2, 2017. Please contact 01665 574400 or 07795 002607.