Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
As predicted, and by contrast to a week ago, this past week saw a big improvement. Almost all anglers caught and some had more than five fish in a session. Floating lines with Diawl Bachs, Cat’s Whiskers, black and white Snakes, Blobs and Buzzers were all successful. Peter Humphries caught a beautiful 7lb 13oz rainbow on his first cast of the day and then followed on by immediately catching another 2lb rainbow. Conditions are excellent, water temperature ideal and insect life starting to make an appearance. Follow us on Facebook for more regular updates and news. The website is currently being redesigned so please call the fishery on 01842 829154 or 07525 730447 for information.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has improved this week with Buzzers, nymphs, Bloodworms and lures (black/green and yellow/white) working well. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club had a great day on Saturday with most catching fish. The next get together is on Saturday March 18, and £20 includes fishing, tuition and lunch. The fishery is fully booked on Saturday February 25 for the Fritz 'n' Flies Final Competition. The fishery is closing at 5.30pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week February 13 – 19 the 212 anglers caught 1686 fish of which 1391 were returned. A record-breaking week with an amazing 1686 fish caught including numerous 4lb-plus specimens. Boat and bank anglers having great sport. Lures are still working but each day plenty of fishing coming to nymphs with decent hatches of small buzzers on milder days. Most fish are being caught three to five foot down with a slow retrieve although some boat anglers have caught decent bags fishing nearer the bottom. Water clarity remains excellent with some good buzzer fishing in prospect for the next few weeks. Spooned fish have been feeding well on hoglouse, small buzzers and daphnia along with a few caddis.
Best fish: 10lb 1oz for Clive Trundle, from Towcester, on a Pitsford Pea; 9lb 3oz Roger Carlton, Market Harborough, green/white lure; 8lb 14oz Steve Cracknell, St Neots, Hothead Damsel; 7lb 2oz Andy Lowther, Spalding; 6lb 8oz Al Steels, Peterborough, Olive Buzzer; 6lb 6oz Andy Burgess, Peterborough, boat; 6lb 4oz Keith Whittingham, St Neots, boat; 6lb 4oz Darren Blackshaw, Blatherwycke, Red Cruncher; 6lb 2oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Black Buzzer; 6lb Mark Waring, Alconbury Weston; 5lb 5oz brown for Paul Laundon, Milton Keynes, white/green lure. Best bank areas are the dam, boat bay, brookside, gravel bar, shallow bay, lagoon. Best boat areas the dam end, gravel bar, brookside bay. Best patterns white/green or black/green lures, Orange Blob, Damsel, Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear, Black or Olive Buzzer, Red Cruncher/Diawl Bach.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 69 rods caught 397 fish for an average of 5.75 fish per rod. The much milder weather saw rod numbers increase and they were rewarded with some excellent fishing. Both boat and bank anglers enjoyed good sport with plenty of fish in the 3-5lb range being caught. The largest fish of the week was an 8lb 5oz rainbow caught by Rod Lacey of Nuneaton who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close. He took it on his favourite Diawl Bach pattern on a floating line and he also had a 7lb 2oz fish in his 12-fish haul. R. Ponting of Sutton Coldfield had an 8lb rainbow in a 10-fish catch from a boat on Cocks Close. These all came to a Damsel Nymph fished on a floating line. G. Jones, also of Sutton Coldfield, had another 8lb fish which also came to a Damsel Nymph. Messrs C. and P. Flay of Witherley had a boat on Park Meadow pool and caught 12 between including fish of 5lb 6oz and 4lb 12oz, all caught on a White Fritz lure. Steve Gowan of Knowle fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught 10 fish to 4lb 9oz using Blobs and Buzzers with an indicator.
Top patterns are Cat’s Whisker, Black Tadpole, Goldhead Damsel, Bloodworm, Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer and GRHE with fish now starting to move on the top as well so it won’t be long before the dries will start to work well. The best areas have been the road bank, the sandbank and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close with the middle areas of Park Meadow in the deeper water the hotspot.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The Thrunton fishery record has been broken again this week with ‘Spike’ Millican from Blyth returning a huge personal best 22lb 8oz rainbow from Long Crag lake on a Yellow Dancer. A second good fish at 22lb, also a personal best, was also safely returned by Brian Lowther from Stanley on a Pink Squirmy. Other anglers have also had some cracking fish with Buzzers working particularly well early in the week and as the temperatures rose some fish were taken on dries. On Wednesday trout seemed to go off Buzzers and went deeper and white lures became effective. There have been more browns and blues coming to the net this week with Les Dinsmore netting a beautifully coloured 7lb 8oz brown and Shaun Herron returning a 4lb blue. We were pleased to welcome some of the members of the Fly Patch group on Saturday, all enjoyed their day even though it was rather cool.
Catches this week: Jim Lumsden from Cramlington released seven fish on Buzzers and Olive Montanas from Long Crag; Willie Emery and Alec Harvey made two visits this week returning 17 and 16 all on Buzzers; Terry Carr from Wooler had one of his best days on Bloodworms, tempting 12 fish from Coe Crag; Paul Taylor, also from Wooler, landed eight fish with one at 7lb 6oz on Damsels and Bloodworms; John Cowell from Bedlington returned nine to Long Crag on black dries and Bloodworms; Jim Burtle from Newcastle released eight on Chamois Worms on Long Crag lake; Mick Brown from Bedlington netted 11 with two at 7lb on Wicked White and other Buzzers; Tony Fox from Consett landed eight from both lakes on Buzzers and Bloodworms; Steve Narborough from Dunfermline and Colin Perkins from Pegswood both had success from the boat with eight and nine fish on Buzzers and dries; Shaun Herron enjoyed his short afternoon session returning nine on Blobs and Bloodworms with one fish at 9lb, two at 7lb and a 4lb blue; Morpeth angler Rob Hall enjoyed his free loyalty card session landing 10 from both lakes on Mini Cats; Martin Watson from Chapel House released 14 from Long Crag while straight-lining Buzzers; Stanley angler Brian Lowther returned 13 including his personal best, a 22lb rainbow on a Pink Squirmy Worm; Ali Tait from Morpeth used Buzzers to attract nine fish from Long Crag lake; Darren Frame from Newcastle landed a 16lb rainbow on his first cast on a Wicked White Buzzer and also returned 5lb and 6lb rainbows on a ‘Chris Evans’ Bloodworm. Best flies are Buzzers, Wicked White Buzzers, Cat’s Whisker, PTNs, Bloodworm, Damsels, Yellow Dancers and various dries.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending February 17 the 81 rods caught 266 trout for a rod average of 3.28. A tougher week with some surprisingly pleasant weather thrown into the mix. Similar tactics to last week seem the order at the moment with black and green or white and green lures being a pretty standard route to a few fish. On milder days one or two have fallen to Buzzers and Hare’s Ears teamed with washing-line tactics, and small Booby patterns fished fairly close in have scored as well. The latter part of the week saw good numbers of fish falling to worm-type patterns- especially the red Flexi-floss type. Fishing them under the bung has proved successful allowing anglers to hold the fly at a constant depth. It's good to see that so many anglers have signed up for Toft’s loyalty cards, remember that your 10th visit is a free one allowing you to either a two-fish or a catch and release ticket for free.
For best results at the moment we would advise that you stay mobile. This year’s stock fish are still pretty tightly packed in large numbers and sometimes moving as little as 10-15 yards up the bank can be all that's required to find some success. With more mild weather forecast the onset of some early buzzer hatches could be had and the usual imitations could be worth a shot, remember to change the method or the location if it's not working though.