Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A very good week’s fishing. Most bank and boat anglers caught and 3 brown trout made an appearance too. Wet and dry Daddies, Black Hopper, small Black Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, Red Apps’, Tequila Blobs and black/green lures were all working. A washing-line on a floater has been the best method, closely followed by dries in the right conditions. Still a few spaces available for the Fur and Feather event on Sunday December 17. See our Facebook events page or visit www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk for details.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Roy Cape from Bedlington was delighted with his personal best rainbow of approximately 10lb caught from Ross Lake, Roy also caught a lovely 5lb rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. A 5lb tiger trout was landed by Bob Lonsdale from Longframlington on his last cast of the day. Howard Croston returned 8 fish on a White Zonker, including a 5lb tiger trout and a 12-14lb brown trout. Ali Brannigan from Jedburgh returned a 12lb rainbow. Dougie McMurdo from Ashington returned a 9lb rainbow to Chatton Lake using a Black Fritz. George Lumsden from Amble caught 11 fish, returning a 7lb rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake using a Yellow Dancer and a Bloodworm. Chatton fishery will be closed on December 24, 25, 26 and 31, also January 1 and 2, 2018.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Colder weather saw fewer anglers out in boats but the bank fishing continues to be good in most conditions apart from bright, windy days when the fish move further out as the water is so clear. Fish are more widely spread than usual for this time of year with only the coarse bank quiet. In calm conditions, there are large numbers of fish rising to small black buzzers. For the week November 20 – 26 the 89 anglers caught 259 fish of which 184 were returned. Best fish 6lb 2oz and 5lb 12oz to Vince Sparrow, from Aldwincle, on a Mini Cat; 5lb 8oz Pip Weatherley, Oundle, black/green lure; 5lb 2oz Dave Miles, Wellingborough, GRHE; 5lb 1oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, Black Buzzer. Best bank areas are gravel bar, Goodfellow bay, dam, brookside; Best boat spots are dam end, gravel bar, west arm. Best patterns small black/green or white/green lures, unweighted Damsel, Bloodworm, GRHE, and Black Snake. Elinor is open until December 31. Season ticket holders may fish in January from the bank. The 2018 season starts on Saturday February 10. A few better pike were caught by predator anglers at the weekend, best 19lb and 17lb 8oz on Saturday (lures); 16lb 10oz on Sunday (sardine deadbait).
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Another tough week with a diverse set of weather conditions including frosts, gales and the first snowfall of the winter. Water has continued to be drawn off this week which together with the colder weather and drop in water temperatures has produced better angling prospects. A significant number of fry have concentrated in Flamingo Bay and trout have been observed feeding hard on them. The large number of shrimps has been the other principal protein that the fish have been concentrating on, although frustratingly, anglers still continue to report that they are hooking but losing fish whilst targeting them, using either Shrimp patterns or various versions of Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear nymphs. With the aerators switched off, the fish are showing up elsewhere for boat and bank angler alike with the best areas being Hut Point, Verdun’s Point, Flamingo Bay, and towards the lower end of Carvers Arm. The rod average this week was 2.2, although as always, some anglers have been more successful than others.
Best catch this week was taken on Thursday by season ticket holder Paul Walker who landed 7 from the bank in Flamingo Bay using Hare’s Ears patterns. Monday saw DCAC rod Mr R. Gilks land 4 rainbows while bank fishing with two on fry patterns and two on Hare’s Ear nymphs. Also on Monday, Scott Wilson caught 6 including a 3lb-plus blue while boat fishing right down on the wires at the bottom of the Carver’s Arm. This was the same area that Mr Cook fished on Sunday when he took 4 fish on Snakes.
The fishery closed on Thursday November 30 and will be reopening on Thursday March 1. Bookings are now being taken at the lodge for the new season.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week there were 32 rods who caught 92 fish for an average of 2.87. The mixed bag of weather from mild and windy to frosty and very cold saw the number of anglers drop but most that came caught a few fish. The biggest fish of the week was a 6-7lb rainbow caught by M. Frances of Redditch who was fishing Cocks Close from a boat. It was the best of an 18-fish catch taken on green and white lures fished on a floating line and these were safely returned. P. Hemmings of Tamworth caught 8 fish to 3lb, again from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to Minkies fished on an intermediate line. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton caught and released 10 fish from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to his favoured Diawl Bach Nymph on a floating line. Harold Pritchett of Atherstone fished from a boat on Park Meadow and caught and released 15 fish to 4lb using his own Killer pattern. The best area on Cocks Close has been the old boat jetty corner and on Park Meadow, the shallow water to the left of the boat jetty has been the most productive. Top flies are Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, White Minkies, Damsel Nymph, Diawl Bach and Black Buzzer.
Press Manor Fishing Lakes, Derbyshire
The lake is fishing really well having been recently stocked. Best methods in the cold weather is to use nymphs at various depths. The dam area is fishing best, and boats are worth a go. Most anglers are catching, especially around the middle of the day, and best advice is to move station, and change methods if you don’t get a take. Open 7 days this week and the cafe is also open.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Despite the mixed and changeable weather this week anglers have still had some great sport. There was some good top of the water action at the beginning of the week with dries, CDCs and Hoppers all working well. Black lures came into their own later in the week as the fish went deeper due to the cold winds. The heavy rains on Tuesday and Wednesday freshened up the lakes but both lakes still remain gin clear with plenty of fish still moving. Willie Farndale from Rothbury had ‘a cracking morning’ on Pink Bloodworms landing 9 fish from Coe Crag; Dougie Johnstone from Marley Hill used CDCs to net 7 from Long Crag; Marc Warren from Eglingham had ‘ a very good day’ bringing 10 to the net from both lakes on Diawl Bachs; Jim Lumsden from Cramlington enjoyed 2 visits, returning 17 in total on Damsels and black and green lures; Willie Emery from Newbiggin released 9 on different coloured lures; Matty Devine from Hadston returned 19 from both lakes, including an 8lb brown and a 5lb blue, on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms; Ken Ward from Cramlington released 11 over 2 sessions on Afghan Beadies; Davy Kay from Morpeth released 9 from Coe Crag on various home-tied flies; Jim Burtle from Newcastle released 8 from both lakes on Cormorants, landing 6 fish in the last hour; Rob Hall from Morpeth had 2 good sessions on both lakes netting 22 fish in total on black and white Bunny Leech variants; Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 12 from Long Crag on Apps’ Bloodworms; Peter Walker from Newcastle thoroughly enjoyed his day landing 10 from Coe Crag on a Bunny Leech and a Thrunton Thrasher; Andy Richmond from Dreghorn enjoyed his short session returning 9 on a Black Bunny Leech. Best flies are Cormorants, Diawl Bachs, some dries, Hoppers, CDCs, Damsels, Bloodworms, Bunny Leech, Thrunton Thrasher and various other lures.
On Saturday December 2, 2017 Long Crag lake will be closed due to a Fritz ‘n’ Flies competition. Coe Crag lake will be open as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience to our regular anglers. Junior Fly Tying on Saturday December 2, 2017. Limited spaces available. Please contact the fishery for further details on 01665 574400 or 07795 002607
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the fortnight ending November 25 the 109 rods caught 308 trout for a rod average of 2.8. Days with some breeze offered great sport for those who dropped on the method, though calmer conditions for parts of the week certainly made things trickier at times. Smaller flies tended to be the general route forward with a small Booby or tiny (size 12/14) FAB on the point and Hare’s Ears or your other favoured nymphs on the droppers fished slowly on a floating line. The better takes come to the nymphs but it’s noted that more takes have come to the attractor on the point.
Seven pairs of angler entered the pairs match for a bit of light-hearted fun, Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin took top honours on the day with a bag of 7 fish for just over 15lb helped by a rainbow of around 7lb landed by Martin about 45 minutes before the end of the match. Second place was taken by Jason Nicholson and Tom McCay with 5 fish, and third were Warren Langridge and Matt Nuttall with a bag of 7 fish. A huge thanks goes to all the anglers for taking part and bringing token prizes.
The last day this season will be Sunday December 17 and the Fur & Feather friendly competition will take place on that day. £20 for an 8-fish limit, no catch & release and weigh in when you’ve got your bag. Toft will be open at 8am and there’ll be a mince pie and can of beer for anglers in the afternoon. No entry fee, just bring a bottle or similar prize for the table.
For the remainder of the season dead bait and lure fishing for pike from the bank will be allowed. All predator fishing must be prebooked. Ticket prices are £15 for a 1 rod ticket of £20 for a 2-rod ticket. There will be no bank predator fishing on our last day to avoid clashing with the Fur and Feather competition.
Next year’s season tickets will go on sale from opening day Friday February 2. Some weekend fishing may be organised throughout January, weather permitting. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates or phone for the latest news.