Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
With the constant strong wind early in the week, there were fewer anglers out, but those that did visit had decent results. By contrast, the sizzling temperatures over the weekend changed things but despite the heat, anglers were still catching and the fish were still really active on the surface. Some large fish too with three being entered into Troutmasters. An abundance of damsels hatching with fish taking both nymphs and adults. Best methods have included dries, floating line with a washing-line or pulling lures near the surface. Klinkhamers, Olive Buzzers, Hare’s Ear and Damsels the best flies. Blackdyke is closed this Sunday June 25 for a corporate day.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The 'All Night Fishing' was a great success on Friday night. Weather conditions were perfect with lots of top of the water action. A slight breeze before dawn slowed sport a little for some anglers but when daylight broke people were straight back into fish. Over 50 anglers signed in before 12 o'clock and many more arriving in the early hours. Too many great catches to mention but congratulations to Ali Tait from Morpeth for the Grand Slam, catching a brown, blue, rainbow and tiger trout. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught an 8lb tiger trout, Peter Davison from New Hartley returned an 8lb brown trout. The atmosphere on the night was fantastic and due to anglers requests we will be holding another 'All Night Fishing' on Friday July 7.
Kate Middleton was delighted with a hard-fighting 5lb blue caught from Ross Lake on a small dry. Steve Noble from Linton landed a rainbow of around 5lb from Dunnydeer lake using a small black dry.
Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday June 24. Everyone very welcome to come along. The fishery will be open to all anglers on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Bank fishing has been very difficult in the heatwave with early morning giving the best chance. Boat anglers who fished the deeper water down the middle kept the rod average up by either targeting the damsel-feeders with nymphs or dries or fishing in the deeper, cooler water off pylon point with Buzzers or Apps’ Worms on a long leader. On a very hot Sunday Matt Tuck caught 18 fish on Black Buzzers fished deep and slow and Alan Rennocks tempted 10 on Pink Apps’ or Red Cruncher while out in a morning boat. Water clarity remains good and a return to lower temperatures should help the bank fishing. For the week June 12 – 18 the 158 anglers caught 662 fish of which 529 were returned. Best fish 6lb 4oz for George Mason, from Northampton, on an Olive Buzzer, from the boat; 5lb 13oz Jack Munro, Crieff, Blue-flash Damsel, boat; 5lb 8oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, Blue Damsel; 5lb 3oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, Pink Apps’, boat; 5lb 2oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, Pink Apps’, boat. Best bank areas are the dam, east arm and lagoon. Top boat areas are pylon point, east arm and down middle. Best patterns are Damsel Nymph, dry Damsel, Brown Hopper, Black or Olive Buzzer, Red Cruncher, Pink/Red Apps’.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 38 rods caught 105 fish for an average of 2.76. The extremely hot weather at the weekend saw sport become very hard but prior to that the fishing was good. The best fish of the week was a 5lb rainbow which was the best of a six-fish catch caught by Dave Kimbrell of Coventry who was fishing from a boat on Cocks Close and Dave caught them all on a Buzzer. Mark Goldney of Nuneaton caught eight fish during Sunday’s heatwave and he used Cat’s Whisker and Blobs fished deep while fishing from the bank of Cocks Close and he caught around the wires bank. Harold Lewis of Knowle also caught eight fish and these all came to Buzzers fished on a floating line from a boat on Cocks Close. The fishing will close on Cocks Close pool at the end of June for the summer break. Park Meadow will continue to be open for day tickets and members and anybody interested should call the office on 01676 522754 to get further details. The Fishery is open from 8am until dusk.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Bright sunshine and warmer weather has made it more of a challenge for anglers this week. There has been some prolific hatches of sedge and spinners leading to some decent dry fly sport. Damsel flies are now beginning to show so imitations should work well in the coming weeks. There are also many stickleback cruising the margins of both lakes
which has led to Pinfry Diawl Bachs working well. It was great to see so many keen young anglers from Tanfield School (Stanley) continuing their flyfishing education coached by Steve McCann. Thank you to Len Broxton for organising the trip. We would like to thank the Aqua Contractors from Moffat who have done an excellent job completing a very successful summer weed cut.
Alec Harvey from Cramlington released eight from Long Crag on Buzzers and dries; Sam Osbourne from Newcastle had ‘great fun again’ returning nine on dries and Black Buzzers; Joe Beattie from Edinburgh netted nine on CdCs; Paul Stoddart from Dipton landed eight from Long Crag on Black Buzzers; Simon Guthrie from Annitsford brought 11 to the net on two evening sessions on dries and Diawl Bachs; Jim Burtle from Newcastle released nine on dries; Mick Brown from Bedlington enjoyed his all-day session returning 22 on various Buzzers and dries; John Barnes from Guidepost returned seven fish to 10lb from Coe Crag on lures; Ricky Taylor from Penicuik used a Black Badger to net nine from both lakes; Dicky Bean from Chopwell returned 10 on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers; Lol Seddon from Stakeford and Davy Kay from Morpeth landed a 12lb rainbow and a 10lb brownie respectively from both lakes. Top flies are Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, dries, CdCs, F-Fly, Montana and various lures.
Bookings are now being taken for our summer Junior Flyfishing sessions, both introduction sessions to flyfishing as well as continuing with the Angling Trust C.A.S.T awards. Please check out the website for details.