Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
38 anglers caught 124 fish over the week. Fish are feeding heavily on little buzzers, especially during the morning and late evening. As far as imitations go, the smaller the better. In good fishing conditions, there are many more fish feeding on the surface and they are taking small nymphs, small olive and black dries. Phil Jewby had best numbers off the Wheelyboat, catching 14 on Sunday using small Black Hoppers. Best bank angler was Mr Davison with 12 fish in one session. All but a few anglers left having caught, and again some are trying the fishery for the first time. New website now live at www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk Several closures over the coming weeks for corporate events which will be announced on the website and Facebook. Next restocking end of April.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Exceptional week of sport with all three lakes fishing well. Fish have been taken at all depths depending on the weather conditions. Buzzers working in the mornings and dries in the afternoon, large hatches of olives showing on Dunnydeer Lake. Many double-figured fish coming to the net, also hard-fighting tiger trout and blue trout. The Ashington Kingfishers visited on Saturday and their friendly competition was won by Steve Kelly, second Keith Rob and third Scott Nellins. Adam Calvin returned a 12lb rainbow to Ross Lake, also returning a 3lb and a 5lb brown, landing 18 fish in total. Alan Morton also returned a double-figure fish. The Cramlington Renegades also visited Chatton on Saturday and had a great day of sport. Callum Shipley, age 17, from Blyth, caught his first ever double, an 11lb 3oz rainbow which he returned to Chatton Lake. On Callum’s second visit to the fishery he caught five fish, keeping a 6lb rainbow and a lovely blue trout. A beautiful tiger trout was safely returned by Andy Richmond from Irvine, while Billy King from Gateshead was delighted with a lovely 12lb rainbow from Chatton Lake. Chatton Chaser team member Rob Frame from West Denton caught a nice brown trout. Rob and Stew Younger both completed their quadruple challenge landing a rainbow, blue, brown and tiger in one session. Rob returned 18 fish and Stew returned 10 fish including a 6lb tiger.
The Fishery will be closing at 8.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday. The next meeting of the Chatton Ladies Angling Club is on Saturday May 20.
The Team England Fly Fishing National Bank Final Individual and Pairs Competition is being held at Chatton Fishery on Saturday and Sunday May 6-7. The fishery will be closed to the public on these days and will be closing at 5pm on Friday May 5 due to the competition. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A busy week with excellent fishing from the boats. Bank anglers had to work harder but had decent catches in good conditions. In total the 242 anglers caught 1122 fish of which 742 were returned. Lots of fish rising during the day as well as the evening with fish taking hatching buzzers, pond olives and alder fly. Dry flies are taking plenty of fish now along with washing-line tactics. The fish continue to be in sparkling condition with plenty of 4lb-plus rainbows and 2lb-plus overwintered browns being caught.
Best fish 10lb 2oz for Darren Oram, from Aldwincle; 8lb 2oz Ray Ward, Olney, green/white lure, boat; 7lb Gundars Birzins, Corby, black/green lure, boat; 6lb 10oz Ray Ward, Olney, green/white lure, boat; 6lb 6oz Luke Mason, Glinton, black dry, boat; 6lb 3oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, PTN; 6lb 2oz Derek Coombs, St Ives, Damsel, boat; 6lb 2oz Ed Blain, boat; 6lb Dave Thompson, boat; 6lb Liam Johnson, Wellingborough, Dry Daddy, boat; 5lb 15oz Les Cooke, Black Snake; 5lb 14oz Pip Weatherley, Oundle, boat; 5lb 8oz Mr McKaye, Dartford, Damsel, boat; 5lb 6oz Paul Laundon, Bedford, Pink Apps’.
Best bank areas are gravel bar, shallow bay, brookside, and dam. Best boat areas are gravel bar, west arm, east arm, and down middle. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, Olive Cruncher, GRHE, small Damsel, Olive Shipman’s, white/green lure, Pink Apps’ and Black Snake.
On Saturday April 15, 11 anglers from the British Float Tube Association fished a competition and caught 49 fish. Winner was Carl Ward with six fish 15lb 14oz; 2nd Martin Mayers six fish 13lb; 3rd Ric Dunnett six fish 12lb 11oz; 4th Andre Russell six fish 11lb 14oz; 5th Steve Frakes six fish 10lb 9oz.
The Manor Farm Flyfishers (boat) competition on Sunday April 23 saw five anglers catch 22 fish. Winner was Mick Tracey with six fish for 15lb 12oz (best fish 4lb 15oz); 2nd David Durrant six fish for 15lb 7oz (best fish 4lb 10oz); 3rd Steve Morey six fish 11lb 11oz; 4th Hiroshi two fish 4lb 6oz; 5th Stuart Walsh two fish 3lb 9oz.
The Fly Dressers Guild Spring Bank Competition on Sunday April 23 saw 19 anglers catch 75 fish. Top bag went to Chris Reeves with 12 fish 33lb 14oz; biggest fish 5lb 15oz for Les Cooke; Top Team of 3 - Surrey branch with 27 fish.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Foremark’s excellent start to the season continues with the fish turning onto the buzzers over the last couple of weeks. The blue trout have shown up well and are now showing down most of Carver’s Arm. The biggest blue so far was caught by Jim Retalic of Kirby Fly Fishers during a match on Sunday, a 5lb 5oz beauty. Bramble and Sun Blessed Bay have fished very well for bank anglers this week with fish still showing in Flamingo Bay and Verdon’s Point. Boat anglers have had some frantic sport along the Ticknall bank from just below the cascade down to the wires. Buzzers fished either straight line or on the washing-line has been the favoured method. Season permit holder Mr R. Cotterill took over 20 fish to his boat on Monday using Green Buzzers down Carver’s Arm, while Mr A. Heawood had 10 from the bank.
Tuesday was the day to be on the banks with 20 rods giving a rod average of 9.8. Season permit holder Mr P. Walker banked just under 40 fish from Bramble Bay on Olive Buzzers and red-head Damsel. Thornton member Mr K. Coley and his boat partner Mr R. Tafft took 36 fish to the boat using various lures fished deep. Mr D. Hussey fished the bank on Wednesday and caught 20 trout including a fin-perfect 4lb blue trout again on Buzzers. Derby County Angling Club Member Mr D. Ashford also fished the bank taking 15 trout.
Thursday, it was Mr F. J. Lancina’s turn to get amongst the fish tacking 20 to his boat during a morning session. Mr D. Hurt landed 11 trout on Black and Red Buzzers from the bank.
Olive and brown buzzers worked well for Mr S. Wilson on Friday, again with over 20 fish to his boat, while Mr P. Walker was back on the banks of Bramble Bay for the second time in a week and netted anther 30 fish on Buzzers. He also landed a nice perch. Saturday was another super day with the rod average over 9 for 27 rods. Mr R. Parnell netted 30 fish on Buzzer from the banks around Bramble Bay. Mr D. Dodd was back again and took another 28 fish to his boat on a mix of Buzzers and Cat’s Whisker. Kirby Fly Fishers had a boat match on Sunday with 15 rods taking a total of 88 fish for a match average of 5.8. Mr J. Retalic was the winner and took the best fish, a 5lb 5oz blue trout. Some of Thornton fly Fishers came for a day out and it was Mr D. Leavesley who came out on top with nine fish including a nice 3lb rainbow. While out on the banks Vince Aronica, fished FABs and Buzzers to land 29 fish. Glen Moody and his boat partner Mr M. Harrison boated 68 fish.
Beginners courses on 27th May 27, 9.30am to 3.30pm, price £65. Book early to avoid disappointment, call the lodge on 01283 703202.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 90 rods caught 365 fish for an average of 4.05 fish per rod. The busiest week of the year so far on the trout fishery and most anglers had good sport with lots of fish moving on the surface. Two anglers had the largest fish of the week which was a 10lb rainbow, one was caught by fishery regular Rod Lacey of Nuneaton who fished from a boat on Cocks Close and he used his favoured Diawl Bach pattern on a floating line. Ray Ball also had a 10lb rainbow from Cocks Close on a black and green lure. He was fishing in the Packington Fly Fishers Jubilee Cup and won the competition with a total weight of 19lb 1oz. All eight anglers caught their five fish limits. Another regular visitor Ian Reeve of Rugby had a 6lb 9oz rainbow in his eight-fish bag caught while fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and his boat partner M. Currall also of Rugby had a 5lb 4oz rainbow in his 11 fish catch with all their fish falling to Montana Nymphs. Messrs Frost and Gloyns of Coventry shared a boat on the Park Meadow pool and caught 12 fish to 4lb between them with a Goldhead Damsel catching most of their fish. The best areas have been along the road bank and the wires bank on Cocks Close and there have been fish moving all over Park Meadow but the dam wall is the most productive area.
Hawthorns and olives have been hatching over the pools for days and the fish are coming to these, so CdC Emergers, olive dries and Suspender Hawthorn patterns have been catching off the top. Buzzers, Damsels and Bloodworm are also catching a few fish.
A large stocking of rainbows went in during the weekend to guarantee good sport over the next few weeks. The fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Bright sunshine and cool northerly winds meant challenging conditions at times for anglers. Fish have been taken on dries but many are feeding subsurface on colder brighter days. Despite this the weather hasn’t stopped anglers from reeling in impressive amounts of fish. Bedlington angler Mick Brown had a ‘magic day’ when he returned 15 fish on Long Crag and another on Coe Crag on his Buzzers. Doug Carr of Warbottle used Damsels on Thursday to catch 12 fish. Dennis Stephenson from Bolton released six on Long Crag using Shipman’s Buzzers. Paul Hird, from Sunderland, had a successful day on Buzzers catching eight fish on Thursday. Howard Croston had a very good day on Wednesday where he caught 11 fish on Pond Olives.
Tommy Dickson from Dunbar did well on Egg Flies and Beetles, returning 12 fish on Coe Crag. Ashington angler Ken Glenton had a good day on Bibios and Buzzers, catching 10 fish on Long Crag. Stu Ward from Westerhope had a successful session using Hoppers to tempt six fish – with a four-fish bag of 12lb 5oz and one at 4Ib 9oz. Blyth angler D. Millican brought in seven fish on CdCs and Yellow Owls. Ray Percy from Cramlington did well on Black CdCs and Hoppers landing 10 fish. Mick and Alison Tedesco enjoyed their weekend stay at Bracken Cottage and brought 18 fish to the net on Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. Nick Hart from Stanley released nine from Long Crag on Buzzers. Wallsend angler Jimmy Drew landed 10 from both lakes on Diawl Bachs and Black Bunny Leech, also netting his biggest fish ever, an estimated 20lb rainbow. Nine-year-old William Wood caught his first ever fish on a fly, a 4lb 2oz rainbow on a size 16 PTN. Alec Ainslie from Craster used a Bloodworm to net an 8lb 10oz rainbow from Long Crag.
Thrunton’s Level 4 CAST junior anglers all caught fish on Wednesday, including 13-year-old Jack Metcalf who enjoyed his day where he caught seven fish on Coe Crag using dry flies. There was also a very successful junior coaching day with Steve McCann and many anglers experiencing the thrill of landing fish. Thrunton also welcomed the Morpeth Conservative Club and the Norham & Ladykirk Anglers for a friendly competition. Davy Kay won the Conservative Club with six fish and Davy Blythe from Ladykirk netted four for 17lb 6oz on Peacock Quill Buzzers to win the Gordon Wharton Cup.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending April 21 the 88 rods caught 436 fish for a rod average of 4.95. A return to form this past week as temperatures pulled back to more seasonal levels and winds were mostly favourable. Static Buzzer and nymph fishing remains king with ‘static’ being the key word. Get the wind behind you or be prepared to walk along the bank with a side wind to keep things straight and basically ‘chuck ‘em out and leave ‘em!’ Washing-line set-up very good with a small Booby or Blob on the point with Buzzers or Diawl Bachs on the droppers. Be prepared to fish a dry too as there are plenty of terrestrials around at the moment with the hawthorn fly just beginning to show. Best fish this week was a 5Ib 8oz rainbow to Ian Gedney on a Green Buzzer.
With longer evenings now in prospect the evening tickets will return in May and will run through to the end of August. Strictly from 5pm, a catch and release ticket will be £10 and a two-fish ticket £12. Toft closes at 7.30pm prompt Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so no reduced tickets on those days.
The Toft Newton Cup on April 9 saw 20 anglers take part in challenging conditions of bright sun and a breeze that picked up more than expected. A total of 42 fish were weighed in. Winner was Ron Gent with four fish for 5.088kg, Warren Langridge second with a limit bag of six fish for 4.666kg and Martin Introna leaving it late managing four fish in his last peg to make a six-fish limit bag for 3.960kg.