Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
July is a difficult month of the year and having had consistent warm temperatures, it is understandable that fishing has been difficult. Some anglers have been successful with Blobs but in general dries and Damsels seem to be what they are feeding on, if anything. Please take extra care when releasing fish into warm water. All anglers should keep the fish in the net and not remove it from the water while unhooking. We have a barbless/debarbed hook policy. No closures for the remainder of July but to remind you, we will be closed for the month of August. All updates on Facebook or www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A fun couple of hours of evening sport was had by the Felton Scouts this week. Sport was challenging due to large hatches of caenis but junior angler David Coulson was delighted with his fish. A big thank you to instructor Barry Mitchell, Dawn Dixon and Janice Robinson for their time. There was a great turnout for the All Night Fishing on Friday. The weather was very kind with anglers enjoying a fun night of sport. Congratulations to the qualifiers from the Bank ATTEFF heat on Sunday: Gareth Tilley, Carl Nixon, Alec Harvey, Craig Crompton, Trevor Wadds and Rob Sharpe. The rod average was 3.5. Cosmo Scott (aged 13) from Singapore had some tuition with instructor Barry Mitchell and caught two fish from Ross Lake using a PTN and a Black Buzzer. Owen Palmer (aged 9) from Berwick-upon-Tweed was also successful again. Great angling Owen. A charity fishing competition will be held at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday August 19 in aid of Bradley Lowery who sadly passed away with neuroblastoma last week. All funds will go to Neuroblastoma Fund. Prizes for winners and raffle available, raffle tickets on sale at the fishery. Entry is £35, lunch and barbecue at end of competition included. Competitors can continue fishing until 10pm. Contact the fishery to book a place 01668 215226. Rules: one fly and no indicators.
Fishery closing at 9pm this week - 10pm on Friday and Saturday.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The warmer weather made for challenging fishing but it has not stopped the fish from feeding on the surface, with most success being within the top three feet of water. Mike Dyde from Rothbury caught six from from Long Crag using a Black Midas; Jim Burtle from Newcastle landed nine fish on a variety of dries; Tom Miller from Gosforth netted 10 on Black Hoppers and Sedges during a productive evening session; N. Schofield from Stanley landed six using Black Buzzers and a Red Diawl Bach; Duncan Passmore from Ponteland caught eight across both lakes with a Yellow Owl; Mick Brown from Bedlington landed 22 from both lakes using a Rainbow Warrior, and Stu Ward from Westerhope caught six on Hoppers and Bloodworms. Brothers Mitch and Cory Dow from North Shields caught 15 between them on Hoppers and olive dries; Pete Davison from New Hartley netted 10 on Coe Crag with Buzzers.
It was a pleasure to welcome the Morpeth Chantry Trout Ticklers on Saturday and top rod was Adam Straughan from Stakeford. Many thanks to Barry Mitchell, Sid Dixie, Bob Crook, Kevin Arkle and Lance Burton for their expert guidance. Our junior summer flyfishing instruction sessions will be starting first week of the school holidays; we will be offering starter sessions for beginners as well as Angling Trust CAST awards. Please see the junior section of the fishery website for dates and details, places will be limited. Bookings being taken now; contact the fishery on 01665 574400. Best flies are Hoppers, Buzzers, Bloodworms, Sedges, Damsels, Diawl Bach, Blobs and various dries.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending July 7 the 89 rods caught 254 trout for a rod average of 2.85. While it’s a touch tricky at times (that's nothing unusual for this time of year), those that take on board the offered advice have fared noticeably better than the rest. Far too many anglers want to stay in one spot for too long. While this can work on easy early season fish it really does limit your chances of success now that we're into the summer months. Good numbers of fish are now out over the deeper water and the pick of the sport has been from drifting boats. Dries have again been the way forward with Shipman’s, Sedges, Beetles and emergers all worth a cast. Browns and olives appear to work far better than the brighter reds and oranges. The washing-line can be a good second option with flies such as a Candy Floss Booby and UV Cruncher taking a few fish. Those fishing in deeper water from the boats shouldn't rule out a faster sinker on bright days, an Orange Blob can be a great fly to provoke a response when pulled fast. Water quality remains excellent and clear, anglers are urged to approach weedy areas with care and enjoy some brilliant sport around the back of the weed beds with some fantastic quality fish, many in the 2lb 8oz to 3lb class, putting in an appearance.