Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Even though sport has been typical for this time of year with anglers having to work for their catches, there have been many big fish coming to the net. Dean Cockburn from Norham caught a 10lb rainbow from Ross Lake; Robert Hedley from Guidepost was delighted with a 9lb 4oz rainbow from Chatton Lake, caught on a Diawl Bach; Bob Lonsdale tempted an 8lb 4oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a size 16 grey nymph; Sonia Dobson from Prudhoe returned a stunning brown trout of approximately 12lb from Chatton Lake using a Red Bloodworm; Murray Lamb (aged 10) from Edinburgh was thrilled with his catch from Dunnydeer Lake. The best flies have been nymphs, Bloodworms, Hoppers, Shipman’s, Daddies and various lures.
The Fishery is closing at 9pm this week (including Friday evening) and 5pm on Saturday. All three lakes are spring-fed, stocked every week and are weed free. A rod licence is not required at Chatton Trout Fishery.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Water temperature and the weather played a large part in last week’s results, however looking at the thermometer this morning it is showing 16C and the indications are that may improve further over the next few days. 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 beginning of the week, and there were more fish scheduled to be stocked on Tuesday 1t. Bank anglers have still found the fishing very challenging with very few offers, but in the evenings a few trout are moving in to the margins and feeding on the fry.
Paul Walker fished the boils on Monday and took 6 fish. In fact, everyone who came on Monday caught at least 2 fish making the rod average for the day 3.2. The going on Tuesday was tough but although there were a number of dry nets among the 18 rods who came top honours went to Gary Owen who fished a version of dapping to take 12 fish around the boils in his last 4-hour session all on dries.
Thursday saw Mr Walker back at the fishery at 3pm until 6.40pm in which time he netted 9 fish on a slow sink intermediate with a number of different flies finishing the session on a floating line with a pink-eyed Woofta.
Friday was a poor day with the weather offering no assistance but Saturday was a different outcome all together with Tony Kirk taking 8, Malc Parker getting 10 as did Dermott Murphy, but top of the pile was Ricky Cotterell with 15 taken on Hoppers, Crunchers and a white lure.
Sunday was not the best day with a number of heavy showers running through the area but Mr Easton and his brother landed 9 to their boat and M. Jacks accounted for a further 6 on a Pheasant Tail with the best going 3lb.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The changeable weather has made fishing more challenging again this week. With heavy rain and persistent, swirling winds anglers have had to be more selective with fly choice and techniques. We held our annual summer holiday Junior sessions with some new youngsters to the sport and our regular Juniors working through their Angling Trust CAST awards. Check the website for details of further sessions. It is always good to see new anglers in the sport but even better when they catch their first fish. Michael Moorhead and his son Ryan both caught their first ever trout on a fly and Jan Dyde from Rothbury was delighted to net her first Thrunton trout.
Robert and Dennis Hopper from Durham used CdCs and Buzzers to land 14 fish between them; Si Nicols from Slaley enjoyed his evening, returning 14 fish on dries and nymphs; Guy Nicholson from Gosforth released 11 on dries from both lakes; Jim Burtle and Ray Wood landed 6 each on dries and Buzzers; Morpeth angler Eric Caisley found Hare’s Ears and CdCs to be productive returning 8 fish to Long Crag; Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 17 from both lakes on Quilled Buzzers and Damsels; Rob Hall from Morpeth landed 8 from both lakes on a Chamois Worm and Yellow Blobs; Tommy Foster from Ashington had a ‘great evening session’ returning 8 fish on a Brown Hopper; Tom Jones from Washington used a Greenwells Glory and Brown Buzzer to release 9 from Long Crag; Pete Davison and Davy Kay both netted 7 on Buzzers and Blobs; Mike Dyde from Rothbury landed 7 on a Black Midas and Buzzers.
Top flies are Buzzers, nymphs, Diawl Bachs, CdCs, Damsels, Sedges, PTNs, Blobs and various other dries.