Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
The continuing changeable weather conditions, including bright sunlight, thunderstorms and heavy rain has again played havoc with the fishing conditions. The reservoir is now nearly full and the water temperature has remained steady at 16 degrees C. The aerators are still not operational and the fish have continued to spread out across the reservoir rather than be focussed around the boils. This has meant that the fishing has been dependent upon the actual weather conditions and as these have fluctuated daily so has the fishing. There continues to be fish spasmodically feeding on the fry within the pontoon basin and off the dam and there are plenty of fish to be found around the sailing club boat, numbers 1 and 2 buoys and the main basin. With the exception of the pontoon, the bank anglers have still found the fishing very challenging, but the signs of the fish starting to feed on the fry bodes well for the future. Dry fly fishing is at the moment providing the best overall catch returns.
On Monday, Mr Scragg caught 9 fish on a Mayfly but Tuesday saw harder conditions with only 2 fish landed. Dull overcast conditions and a light wind on Wednesday coincided with a match organised by the Cheshire Police and the favourable conditions brought the fish on the feed. Their 10 anglers boated 40 fish with top rod being Chris Webster with 9, with Ian Wood taking the best fish of 2lb 8oz. Other anglers on the water on Wednesday benefited from the improved conditions with season ticket holders John Grainey and Bruce Burton catching 13 to the boat using floating lines with either Bibios or black and green fritz. The Wednesday rod average of 3 proved to be the best of the week as unfavourable weather returned adversely affecting catches with the daily rod average falling to between 1 and 1.5 for the remainder of the week. Some anglers managed better than average returns including Mr Beard with 3 on Thursday, Paul Walker taking 3 on Boobies on Friday and Gary Owen who visited us on Sunday afternoon and caught 5 fish on a white-bodied Cormorant fished on a Di-5 line.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
The majority of catches during August were taken either from Stocky Bay or Two Meadows, with late afternoons and evenings the best time to fish. Although few fish were feeding from the surface, the occasional fish could be tempted to rise to Hopper patterns, subsurface Montanas and teams of Buzzers as well as deeper-fished weighted dark patterns including Black Tadpoles and Goldhead Nomads which proved to be the most successful method.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Dry flies and small Buzzers have been the most productive flies this week, highlighting some great top of the water action when conditions were favourable. With the fairly warm water temperatures fish can still easily switch off but just as easily switch back on again, and anglers who had the most success were constantly moving and changing flies. Daddies are now starting to work well, especially in the evenings, but Yellow Owls and Hoppers have also been successful.
Bill Mills from Newbiggin enjoyed his morning landing 10 fish from Coe Crag on White Buzzers and Cat’s Whiskers; Blyth anglers Jim Smith and Spike Millican returned 11 between them on dries and Chamois Worms; Alex Ainslie from Craster netted 6 from Long Crag lake on Bloodworms, as did Peter Fullen on a Dawson’s Olive. Jack and John Metcalf from Newbiggin found Yellow Owls and other dries achieved the most success, releasing 9 fish and 6 from Long Crag over two visits; Ian Hughes from Gosforth enjoyed 2 sessions, releasing 8 and 7 fish from both lakes on Foam Daddies, Black Ants and an F-Fly; Afghan Beadies worked well for both Jim Lumsden and Ken Ward from Cramlington, returning 12 fish between them; Morpeth angler John Williams used Hare’s Ears and Buzzers to land 13 from Long Crag lake; Mick Brown from Bedlington released 17 on midge and various dries; Rob Hall from Morpeth “had a great day”, landing 12 fish on Buzzers from Long Crag.
Best flies are Buzzers, Yellow Owls, Daddies, Bloodworms, Hoppers, F-Fly, Cat’s Whisker, Jujube Midge, Hare’s Ear and Chamois Worms.