Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A busy week and almost all the anglers caught two or more fish. Buzzers and Bloodworms are now getting most of the action, fished on a floating line. Banks are very successful, especially the west side. Malcolm Foreman caught a beautiful 6lb 2oz rainbow on Sunday on a Bloodworm. The 2016 Troutmasters fish-off will be on April 1, 2017 at the fishery.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
All three lakes have produced great sport this week, especially over the weekend. Fish taken at all depths with no set pattern standing out. Buzzers, Bloodworms, nymphs and black lures working best. Kevin Stewart from Boulmer was delighted with two rainbows for 8lb 4oz, caught on a PTN. Peter Crowe from Hartlepool caught 17 fish on black lures. Tony Robinson from Howtel kept one fish and returned nine using a black lure and Daddies. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 14 fish on Pink Tinnies. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 18 fish on Tinnies. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend kept four fish and returned six using Diawl Bachs and Bunny Leech. Sonia Dobson from Prudhoe caught 10 fish using Olive Worms. Fishery closing at 5pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Elinor opens for the 2017 season on Saturday February 11 at 7am. With no flooding this winter the water clarity is superb. On calmer days this week there have been good numbers of fish rising to small buzzers. Generally the lodge end of the lake fishes best at this time of year with bank angling more productive than from a boat. The usual early season flies such as black/green or white/green lures always work well although with the incredibly clear water the overwintered fish may well fall to more imitative nymphs such as Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear and Black Buzzer. The preseason stocking of over 1600 fish were silver bars with good numbers of 3lb-plus fish and some big fish up to 11lb 8oz. Although it’s going to be a cold weekend there is not too much wind and prospects are excellent for a good start.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 41 rods caught 189 fish for an average of 4.60 fish per rod. Another good week with plenty of fish being caught from all around the pool at Cocks Close with boat and bank anglers enjoying decent sport. There has been plenty of quality fish caught in the 3 – 7lb bracket. The largest fish of the week was an estimated 8lb rainbow caught by M. Francis of Redditch who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He tempted it with a Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate line. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton also had an estimated 8lb rainbow from Cocks Close on a Diawl Bach. M. Lloyd of Ravenstone had a 7lb rainbow in a five fish catch and these all came to a White Snake. Ian Reeve of Rugby took a 6lb 4oz rainbow in an eight fish catch whilst fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to a Cat’s Whisker fished deep. Steve Gowan of Knowle fished from the bank of Cocks Close and took five including a 5lb 2oz rainbow then released a further six fish. These came to a mixture of Buzzers and Blobs. The best areas have been the lodge corner, the road bank and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close. Pulling lures has been the top tactic with Cat’s Whisker, White Fritz, Black Tadpole, big Damsels and Minkies the favourites. There are also fish to be caught on nymphs and Diawl Bach or Black Buzzer are the top flies for those who prefer the most imitative style of fishing.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
On Three Springs (lake one) fish at the deeper catch and kill end are either near the top chasing Damsels and Cat’s Whisker or deeper down and taking Blobs, Bloodworms and Buzzers. At the catch and release end anglers are better off fishing the margins for brownies. Rainbows here are snapping further out but also patrolling the edge. One day browns are feeding well then next no browns are feeding at all.
Lake two was tougher last weekend after overnight frosts and fish were deep, and most anglers caught between one and four fish each. But midweek saw fantastic sport with fish higher in the water and specimens up to 7lb recorded on fry patterns. One angler caught three browns in 4-6lb range after stalking them in the edge using a When All Else Fails pattern. The Stalking Pond (lake three) producing plenty of rainbows in the 6, 7, 8 and 9lb range plus a few smaller fish every day it’s been fished. Iain Barr was one of many who hooked and lost a big one during his Masterclass last weekend. There’s a TEFF match on the last Sunday of the month, book your spot now.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The Thrunton fishery record was broken this week with a 21lb 11oz rainbow weighed in the net and safely returned by Ali Tait from Morpeth. He caught it on a Black Buzzer from Long Crag lake. He described it as “the best fight he has ever had from a double” and was delighted he could net it as it took him around the aerators twice. Ali also returned fish of 12lb 8oz and 10lb from Coe Crag, all on Buzzers on a midge-tip, and returned a further five.
Despite the blustery weather anglers have enjoyed some good sport with fish hitting buzzers really hard. Peter Foster and Mick Brown had good success on Buzzers letting their line drift across the breeze. Gold and Olive Worms, Dawson’s Olives and Diawl Bachs have also produced some good catches.
Jim Lumsden and Ken Ward from Cramlington enjoyed their day’s fishing with 10 fish to 8lb between them on black and green patterns, while Mark Cromar from Morpeth used Olive Worms, releasing 10 fish from Long Crag. Jim Smith from Blyth and Peter Foster from Newcastle both returned seven fish each on Red and Black Buzzers and Colin Perkins from Pegswood released six on Suspender Buzzers and Apps’ Worms. Bedlington angler Mick Brown released 16 all on Buzzers, and Carl Nixon from Prudhoe landed eight on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. Greg Lewins from Belsay had “a great four hours” releasing eight fish to 7lb from Long Crag on Buzzers, Chamois and Apps’ Worms. Angling friends Colin Fisher and Brian Conaty from Whitley Bay landed six each on Dawson’s Olives. Paul Embleton from Consett returned 11 from both lakes on Buzzers and Worms and Mitch Fawcus from Blyth netted nine from Long Crag from the bank and the boat on Buzzers and Olive Worms.
Best flies are various coloured Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Olive and Gold Bloodworms, green and black patterns, Dawson’s Olive, Cat’s Whisker and Chamois Worms. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4.30pm.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
Big storms and high winds were forecast to hit towards opening weekend but didn’t materialise, which may help to explain the relatively low angler numbers. But still 26 anglers graced the banks and were well rewarded with 175 fish between them, a healthy rod average of 6.7, with rainbows to 7lb. All manner of methods worked well from Cat’s Whiskers on intermediate lines to Buzzers and Diawl Bachs fished on floaters and just allowed to blow around in the gentle breeze. Prospects for the week should be good, even though it’s a little chilly, generally the stockies are keen to feed and never too far out. Toft are introducing a loyalty scheme this year where after nine visits anglers get their 10th free and qualify for 10% discount in the shop for the rest of the season. Details from the fishery.
Westlow Mere, Cheshire
For the week 52 anglers caught 115 fish for a rod average of 2.2. Cold and still conditions put fish down, however once fish were found a number of anglers had good sport. Olive lures, Damsels and small Montana Nymphs were particularly successful in the deeps. The shallows fared better to anglers using small nymphs. Keep up to date on our new website at www.westlowmereflyfishery.co.uk