Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Congratulations to Trevor Wadds from Longframlington who, after weeks of trying, eventually caught a Grand Slam: a rainbow, brown, blue and tiger trout, using small dries, Diawl Bachs and Cat’s Whiskers. Trevor caught 10 fish in total. Jimmy Brown from Etal caught a 4lb 8oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake. The fly box this week has been Buzzers, nymphs, Daddies and dries. The Junior Fly Fishing Taster Days started on Wednesday July 26, sessions from 10am to 12, 1pm to 3pm. £20 includes fishing equipment, tuition, fishing permit and keeping a fish. Please visit www.chattontroutfishery.com for further dates and information. Limited spaces are still available for Fishing for Bradley on Saturday August 19. Please ring the fishery on 01668 215226 to book a place.
The fishery closes at 9pm and 10pm on a Friday and Saturday this week. After Saturday July 29, the fishery will be closing every Saturday at 5pm.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week July 17-23 the 121 anglers caught 230 fish of which 171 were returned. Best fish 6lb to Mike Bownes, from Wilsthorpe, on a Tequila FAB; 5lb 2oz for Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Red Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb 1oz to James Wilson, Lutterworth, Damsel, boat. Best bank areas are east arm and boat bay; best boat areas are east arm, pylon point, down middle. Successful patterns include Red Diawl Bach/Cruncher, Damsel, Red Apps’, Candy/Tequila FAB, Hoppers. Another tricky week with the water still warm although anglers are catching fish on cloudier, cooler days. Damsels continue to be the main food source with fish taking nymphs and adults. Boat and bank anglers are finding more fish at the top of the wind where the water is much clearer. Please take extra care during the summer when returning fish. They should be unhooked in the net without removing from the water. Upcoming competitions: Sunday November 12, Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather (bank & boat).
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Water temperature and the weather played a large part in last week’s results, however the indications are that conditions should improve further over the next few days. The aerators/boils have now been running for a couple of months and are holding a lot of fish with plenty showing near the surface. Some of the newly stocked fish have been happy to feed in the upper layers of the water or on dries off the top during the last couple of days, with resident fish being tempted on Di-5 lines and Snakes. The bank anglers have found the fishing very challenging with very few offers, in the evenings a few trout are periodically moving in to the margins and feeding on the fry.
Ian Breadley fished the boils on Monday and took his four-fish limit on Snakes and Buzzers while Draycote manager Kevin Hart took time off for a spot of pleasure fishing and fished a morning session landing seven trout on sinking line and Snakes.
The going on Tuesday was tough but season permit holder D. Murphy was fishing the boils and slipped the net under a lovely 3lb 13oz blue. P. Walker was top rod of the day with eight trout during a last four-hour session on Minkie Booby and intermediate line.
On Thursday Foremark staff hosted a four-hour fishing session for a group from a local business. Six beginners were given a short casting demonstration then went out fishing from a boat with one of our in-house fishery guides for each boat. A good time was had by all catching 10 fish between them. If you are interested in group bookings then call the lodge for more details and our group rates. P. Walker was also back for another last four-hour permit and boated another six fish. Friday fished well around the boils with regular J. Scragg and his boat partner B. Nadin using dry Klinkhamers taking 18 fish between them.
It was a very good day on Saturday for season permit holder R. Cotterill. Fishing a home-tied Cruncher in the boils he netted over 20 fish including a tiger trout and four overwintered fish. Also on Saturday Tony and Ruth were back to have another go. Tony managed eight trout on Hoppers while Ruth took four.
Kevin Hart took advantage of a weekend day off from his Draycote duties to get back out and during a morning landed 23 fish, first fishing near the surface and then changing to a Di-5 line and a White Snake. Derby County AC member M. Jacks fished a last four-hour session and landed 12 fish on a variety of pheasant tail patterns.
The Graham Tagg pairs boat match is on September 17, book early to save disappointment.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Late afternoons and evenings produced the best fishing, when fish could be taken on Daddy Longlegs and dark Hoppers from the surface, or more successfully on a selection of sub-surface nymphs (Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and Montanas) fished on floating and intermediate lines. The best fish of the month was a 3lb 3oz rainbow, caught by Dave Johns from Holsworthy.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A great weekend here at Thrunton hosting the UK Junior Troutmasters Final. Despite the weather, Coe Crag lake produced some excellent sport. There were 3 heats with the top four rods qualifying for the final on Sunday afternoon. Heat 1 on Saturday morning was won by 12-year-old Alex Jaffrey representing Lechlade Fishery with 18 fish, breaking the Junior Troutmasters record for the number of fish caught in one heat. Heat 2, on Saturday afternoon was much closer with 14-year-old Morgan Wyn Jones winning with five fish. Sunday morning’s heat was won with five fish by 13-year-old Elliot Guthrie from Cramlington, representing Grafham Water. We were delighted that three local Thrunton regulars qualified for the final. Well done to Jack Metcalf, Joel Ellis and Elliot Guthrie. After two days of competitive fishing and in the pouring rain, the Final was always going to be close. The tension was high amongst competitors, spectators and parents and every ‘fish on’ was cause for great excitement! After two hours, Morgan Wyn Jones from Eisteddfa Fishery was the well-deserved champion. James Mockridge from Exe Valley Fishery was second, Alex Jaffrey from Lechlade Trout Fishery was third and Mathew Davis from Tan-y-Mynydd was fourth. Thrunton junior Joel Ellis came a very well-deserved fifth in his first major competition. James Heath from Pennine Fishery landed the largest fish, a 5lb rainbow.
The professionalism, sportsmanship and honesty displayed by all of these young anglers was exemplary and a credit to our sport. It was a real pleasure to host this event and meet the stars of the future for the angling world. We would like to thank all the staff at Thrunton and the stewards – Barry Mitchell, Richard Phillipson, Kevin Arkle, Davey Johnston, Tommy Mark and Steve McCann. We would also like to thank the sponsors, Vision, Wychwood, Glasgow Angling Centre, Iain Barr and Andy Richmond who all donated prizes and to the staff at Trout Fisherman magazine for making this a wonderful weekend!
Although conditions through the week were difficult at times, there have been good pleasure catches reported. Willie Emery from Newbiggin returned nine fish on Buzzers; Jim Burtle from Newcastle released 16 on two visits on Shuttlecocks and Buzzers; James Mackie travelled down from Glasgow and used a Brown Hopper to net 11 fish; Ken Glenton from Ashington landed 13 on dries and Buzzers; Eric Caisley from Morpeth returned 18 on Hare’s Ear, nymphs and dries from the boat and the bank; Davy Kay from Morpeth netted 15 from the boat on Orange Blobs; Mick Brown from Bedlington found Diawl Bachs productive, releasing 11 trout back to Long Crag. The angler of the week would have to be 12-year-old Alex Jaffrey, who not only broke the Junior Troutmasters record with 18 fish on Coe Crag, but also landed another eight fish from Long Crag including rainbows of 8lb and 5lb, and a stunning brown while warming up for the final. Top flies are Damsels, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, Hoppers, Shuttlecocks, Buzzers, Hare’s Ears, Black Midas and other dries and lures.
Details of the Angling Trust CAST award programme for junior anglers can be found on the junior section on the Thrunton website. Or contact the Fishery on 01665 574400 or 07795 002607.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending July 21 the 56 rods caught 190 trout for a rod average of 3.1. Another unsettled week which, although keeps angler numbers down, does somewhat bolster the rod average. The legacy of cold, prolonged spring winds has secured better than usual water quality this summer. The fish have been responding to all manner of methods. Try the usual dries, Sedges, Bob’s Bits and foamy Shipman’s Buzzers with deeper fished Olive or Black Buzzers worth a go if nothing showing. Fish still chasing pin fry which are gradually growing and reaching a size where they may be imitated. Plenty of fish along the deeper west bank, to the left of the valve tower to the north-west corner. Don’t avoid the shallower and therefore weedy south bank though, along from the bird hide, sit back and cast short in to the clear lane for the first 10 yards, you may be surprised at the result. Reduced rate evening tickets available up until the end of August from 5pm Thursday to Sunday with fishing until dusk. Close at 7.30pm prompt Monday to Wednesday.