Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Busy week at the fishery. A well-attended corporate event on Friday and excellent day fishing on Sunday. Despite the warm weather fish have been taking off the top all week and responding well to black dries, Black Buzzers, Damsels, Hawthorns and Mayflies. Unsurprisingly, they go slightly off the feed mid-afternoon but are back on for the evening rise. Dean Burton caught 11 fish in three hours on Sunday and Nigel Tranter caught 12. Take advantage of our evening special: 18:00 - 21:00 £10, one fish running until the end of July. Some closures in June for corporate events so keep an eye on our website and Facebook for updates, Blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week May 22 – 28 the 176 anglers caught 555 fish of which 372 were returned. Best fish 6lb 1oz to Gerry Catania, from Bedford, on an Orange Hopper from the boat; 5lb 9oz to Roly Stanford, Finedon, boat; 5lb 2oz for Alan Calver, Oundle, boat; 4lb 14oz to Tim Davis, Taunton, G&H Sedge, boat; 4lb 12oz for Mal Broughton, Grantham, boat. Best bank areas are dam, gravel bar, boat bay, east arm. Most areas producing fish for the boats, but over deeper water is best in hot weather. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, Cruncher, Red or Black Diawl Bach, Damsel, Brown Midas, Olive or Brown Shipman’s, white/green lures, Black or White Snake.
A more difficult week with the mini heatwave from Monday to Saturday although fishing is back on great form since Bank Holiday Monday with huge numbers of fish feeding on the surface taking damsels, buzzers and sedges in the evening. Boat anglers who used a long leader and Buzzers fished slow or static over the deep water continued to catch. On a hot Friday Barrie Cowland managed eight fish and Chris Holland 10 while many struggled and Matt Tuck caught 30 on deep Buzzers while anchored off Pylon Point on Saturday.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 51 rods caught 81 fish for an average of 1.59 fish per rod. The hot and bright weather has really had a detrimental effect on the sport this week with the fishing hard through the middle of the week. When it was overcast the fish were more willing to feed and it improved. The largest fish of the week was a 9lb rainbow caught and released by Harold Pritchett of Nuneaton who was fishing on the Park Meadow pool from a boat. Harold caught a total of 11 fish using small Black and Green Tadpoles. Harold Lewis of Knowle caught five rainbows to 4lb from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to Buzzers and Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Les Bagnall of Birmingham also caught five from a boat on Cocks Close and these came to Damsels fished on a floating line. The best areas have been the wires bank and from the middle willows back towards the lodge on Cocks Close with Park Meadow fishing best from the middle of the dam wall to the far side from the boat jetty.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending June 2 the 100 rods caught 435 trout for a rod average of 4.35. A great week with a variable success rate for some, those that managed to crack the code did rather well and one or two found it a touch trickier. The best advice we can give is to pay attention to the environment, there's a lot of natural food about just now and as such selecting the right type of imitation can increase your chances significantly. Along with good buzzer hatches we've also had massive numbers of sedges this last couple of weeks, in the evenings tan or pale green Caddis patterns have enjoyed lots of success with other patterns such as Shipman’s Poly Buzzer ever reliable and worthy of a few fish. Those preferring the nymphs have done well with Hare’s Ear, Muskins, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. It's worth experimenting with a copolymer leader to keep the flies higher in the water instead of the usual fluorocarbon which can at times sink too deep.
Water quality remains excellent and we'd urge anglers to keep on the move as sometimes this can put you in front of fish that simply want to have it your way. The best of the sport has been found from the banks though those wishing to fish from boats should target the back of the weed beds on the south bank. Regular rod Clive Hudson managed a few fish this week on a small yellow palmer type of pattern. The usual suspects of Wickhams, Silver Invicta and Soldier Palmer could make a good wet-fly team.