Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Another excellent week although some contrasting results for the anglers. Largest fish went to Martin Smith who caught a 7lb rainbow with a Squirmy Worm on Friday. Three brown trout were caught over the week too. Although fish were rising all over the lake, figuring out what they were feeding on was a bit of a challenge. Most anglers that caught used Buzzers, Snakes and Bloodworms. Again, we were delighted to welcome some new faces and are pleased word is getting out that we have a fantastic, well stocked fishery. Cooler temperatures this week should provide some good conditions. We are open over Easter weekend but if you plan on a late afternoon arrival, we would appreciate a call as cover is being shared. Thank you all for your continued support and custom.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Matty Divine from Hadson had a fantastic session returning an 11lb 4oz brown trout, a 10lb 3oz rainbow, a 5lb blue trout and to complete the grand slam a 6lb tiger trout. Matty returned 18 fish in total and commented on a fantastic day of sport. Stew Younger from Blyth caught 14 fish on a Chatton Squirrel; Andy 'Pandy' Saunders from Newton Aycliffe returned 14 fish using Cats; Peter Davison from New Hartley caught 11 fish using Buzzers and Shamies; C. Lucan (Hoy and Hope member) kept five fish and returned 10 on Buzzers; Stephen Greathead from Chester le Street kept five fish and returned 12 using Buzzers; Gordon Swain from Dipton caught 18 fish using various flies; Rob Frame from West Denton returned 10 fish; David Robinson from Netherton returned 10 fish using a Montana and a Brassie; Bill Henderson from Stakeford kept two fish for a total weight of 12lb using a Diawl Bach. The 'Hoy and Hope' held their friendly competition at Chatton on Sunday and junior member Jack Metcalf landed his first ever tiger trout. Congratulations to the Troutmasters fish-off finalists Sonia Dobson and junior Max Fawcus. Change of date for the Chatton Ladies Angling Club, they are now meeting on Sunday April 23 instead of Saturday April 22, at 9.30am. Bookings being taken for our Junior Fly Fishing Taster day on Tuesday April 18, call 01668 215226 for details. Closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A superb week for boat anglers using Buzzer imitations either straight-lined, washing-line or with a bung. Good bags were taken all over the lake with boats well spread on most days. Anglers have mainly been using assorted variations of Black Buzzers although over the last three days there have been big hatches of olive buzzers. Bank anglers have been more dependent on weather conditions with good catches on cloudy days or when there is not too much wind. The evening rise is happening most nights especially along the lodge bank after 7.30pm with fish coming up to hatching and adult midges. Not easy fishing but great fun.
For the week April 3 – 9 the 205 anglers caught 1357 fish of which 1056 were returned. Best fish 7lb 4oz for Mike Creamer, from Oakley, on a green nymph; 6lb 2oz Steve Lane, Holbeach, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 8oz Clive Trundle, Towcester, boat; 5lb 3oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, black/green lure, boat; 5lb 2oz Derek Benamore, Finedon; 5lb 1oz Steve Parker, Burton Latimer, Green Buzzer, boat; 5lb Steve Lane, Holbeach, Black Buzzer, boat. All bank areas producing fish depending on wind direction. Best boat areas are west arm, gravel bar, boat bay, and dam. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, small Damsel, Diawl Bach, Tequila Blob/Booby, white/green or black/green lures.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Foremark has fished very well this last week even with some warm and very bright days. With the brighter conditions boats are now beginning to do slightly better than the banks. However, the banks are still producing some excellent sport to Black Buzzers and Goldhead Damsels. Several junior anglers have been out with their parents or grandparents and there are some smashing photos on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStoreMr D. Hudson fished from the banks around Verdons Point on Monday and netted 19 trout on Damsels. On Tuesday Thornton season permit holder Mr K. Coley and his boat partner Mr R. Taft boated 24 fish on a variety of dark lures and Mr P. Stringer fished the banks around Flamingo Bay and netted 16 fish. On Wednesday season permit holder Mr S. Wilson was back out in a boat down Carvers Arm along the Ticknall bank near Gorse Bay and brought over 20 fish to his boat on lures. A stocking on Thursday of over 1,000 fish really set the fishing on fire with the fish feeding freely around all the banks from the beech in front of the lodge to the wires including Sun Blest and Bramble bays.
As the weather started to improve on Friday Buzzers and Damsels fished on a floating line brought steady results all day, with plenty of willing fish in Flamingo Bay feeding near the surface. The boats fished well, Mr D. Martin netted 25 fish to his boat fishing PTNs in the morning then turning to Buzzers in the afternoon. Fish of the day goes to season permit holder Mr D. Murphy for a fin-perfect blue trout of around 2lb. Mr Murphy was sharing a boat with Mr S. Wilson and between them they brought over 40 fish to the boat. Mr Meade and Mr Smith got amongst the fish on Saturday boating 35 fish between them.
Sunday, the warmest day of the year so far with bright sunshine and a nice south west breeze, proved to be another super day’s fishing with Black Buzzers taking fish from most areas. Mr I. Bristow netted 22 fish to his boat on Buzzers, Mr S. Wagstaf banked 15 also on Buzzers, Mr R. Preistly fished the banks of Hut Point and landed 11 trout on Black and Green Buzzers
Beginners courses on April 16, and May 27, 9.30am to 3.30pm, £65. Call the lodge on 01283 703202 for more details.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 59 rods caught 360 fish for an average of 6.10 fish per rod. The fishing has been excellent with both Cocks Close and Park Meadow pools fishing well. The warmer weather has seen lots more fly life and fish are moving well particularly on the more overcast periods. Dry flies such as Olives, Hoppers and Sedges are increasingly catching more fish. Small Buzzers and nymphs are also catching. The best areas have been the road bank, old boat jetty and from the boats around the middle willows on Cocks Close. On Park Meadow, the deeper water in the middle and the far side from the boat jetty have been best. The biggest fish of the week was a 12lb 8oz rainbow caught by John Riley of Atherstone who safely returned the fish. It was the best of a 16-fish catch, all taken on Diawl Bachs on a floating line. Dave Bratby of Birmingham fished the bank of Cocks Close and caught eight fish to 8lb using small black or olive Buzzers drifted around with the breeze on a floating line. Bill Greenaway of Stoke Golding caught eight fish to 6lb 4oz from a boat on Cocks Close and these all fell to a small Hare’s Ear Nymph fished on a floating line. On the Park Meadow pool, Allan Bowen of Birmingham caught a 10lb rainbow whilst fishing from a boat and it was the best of a seven-fish catch, all taken on a white and green goldhead lure. The fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Long Crag
It’s been another productive and busy week with many fish coming to the net. Bright, sunny and calmer conditions mid-week put fish much deeper with anglers having to be creative to be successful. However, when cloud cover formed both lakes came alive with fish. Buzzers have again been the most successful fly but Bloodworms and Diawl Bach have also been working well. The Chopwell Chancers held their Ernie Kilgour Memorial Trophy competition and 32 anglers took part on Long Crag. Through raffles and donations £302.50 was raised for Breast Cancer Now. A huge thanks to everyone who took part. The winner of the competition was Ross Dixon who landed four fish for 23lb 13oz. He also won the heaviest fish with a cracking rainbow of 13lb 3oz. Tony Fox was second and Paul Snaith third. Thrunton also hosted a corporate day organised by Bob Smith for a group of sport loving friends.
Catches for the week including Ian Taylor from Longframlington who enjoyed his first outing of 2017 releasing nine fish on PTNs; Rob Hall from Morpeth used Mini Cats to land 10 from Long Crag; Willie Emery from Newbiggin netted 16 including a 14lb brown, an 8lb rainbow and a 5lb blue; Ken Glenton from Ashington returned 14 on dries and Buzzers; Sunderland angler Paul Hird released 18 from Coe Crag on Buzzers; Morpeth brothers Bill and Richard Collingwood had ‘a great day’ releasing 14 and 16 from Long Crag on Lime Green Blobs; Paul Stoddart from Dipton had his best Thrunton day on his first visit in 2017, landing 19 fish on Olive Suspender Buzzers; Dunbar anglers Ian Callow and R. Thomson used Buzzers, Black Spiders, Hoppers and Diawl Bachs to net 18 and 11 from both lakes; Ton Jones from Washington released 11 on green emergers and Buzzers; Mick Brown from Bedlington had a very successful day on Grey Boy Buzzers, returning 20 fish; Howard Croston from Morpeth enjoyed his morning on Coe Crag returning 12 on Buzzers; Peter Walker from Newcastle landed 10 from both lakes on Diawl Bachs, Worms and Bunny Leech; Michael Hall from Cramlington released 10 from Long Crag on Buzzers and CdCs.
Top flies are Buzzers, PTNs, Hare’s Ear, Mini Cats, Bloodworms, Olive Suspender Buzzers, emergers, Yellow Owls, Black Spiders, Hoppers. Open daily 8.30am – 8pm, Saturday 5pm close.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending April 7 the 121 rods caught 442 trout for a rod average of 3.65. Still tremendous fishing this week though the experienced anglers really showed their class when bright spells made things a little trickier mid-week. The surface feeding fish are certainly catchable but at times have proved frustrating and many chose to ignore these and fish deeper with Black Buzzers, Holo Red Diawl Bachs and Organzas. Andy caught a good number in a couple of short sessions during the week with two fish in the 5-6lb bracket released, the key being long casts, 18-20 foot leaders and fish teams of flies almost static. If you would like to book a spot of improver tuition call the fishery office on 01673 878453. New rod licences now come into effect, get yours at https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences/when-you-need-a-licence