Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
August has been a busy month with good catches being recorded, although not doubles, which remained shy. It is perfectly possible that they have been pricked, an experience which often takes a long time to forget. A number of anglers reported stalking some very big doubles in each of the three lakes, but were unable to get the fish to take the fly. One double that did grace the bank was caught by Pat using a Czech Nymph. A number of anglers reported doubles being spooked by large or unnatural nymphs, so it looks as though they will need some real skill to catch. There have been some beautiful brownies caught. Colin Beddoe caught a beauty of 9lb 12oz, and Richard Francis one of 9lb 2oz.
Lakes 1 and 2 have had the weed cutting boat this month and the fish respond well to the agitation in the water, with bag limits being hit daily, and fish responding to dry flies and Hare’s Ears.
The overhanging trees in lake 1 have been trimmed so that they are no longer touching the water, which makes for better stalking and playing fish much easier.
A consignment of blue (very blue) trout are currently in the grow-on ponds for future stocking.
Otters have been a headache recently, not only do they eat fish, but they terrorise them and many die through stress. A few hundred metres of electric fence have been installed, along with CCTV and sports cameras. At any time of year you will be able to see 35 to 45,000 trout of various sizes in the grow-on ponds, ensuring that despite predators, there are more than enough for anglers.
Angler numbers have been markedly up over the holiday period, against the trend of the past few years, when numbers have decreased. To whet the appetite, September has started with a bang with doubles already being caught.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
First week open and the season is off to a slow but decent start. Large restock on Friday which stirred things up a bit and although the weather has been quite changeable the water clarity and temperature have been consistent. Most anglers have managed to catch from both the bank and off the boats using Daddies, Buzzers and Damsels and although the fish are very active, especially since the restock, we are still trying to figure out what they are taking most successfully. Blackdyke is open for business 9am til dusk but closed on Sunday September 17 until 1pm for a corporate event. The fshery’s website address is www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.ukPhone number 01884 2829154.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Barry Henderson from Consett caught his first-ever tiger trout that put up a good fight and when released started feeding straight away. Great to welcome the Prison Officers England versus Scotland friendly competition and the Ladhope Fishing Club from Galashiels. Great sport in the mornings and evenings but challenging through the day. Buzzers, Pheasant Tails, Hare’s Ears, Daddies, Hoppers and various lures have been working. Fishery closing at 7.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The water level in the reservoir is continuing to increase so much so that it is at a level that hasn’t been observed by many for around 10 years. However, the water temperature is indicating a slow fall to 15/15.5 degrees C. The high-water level is restricting the bank angling capability from an access and casting aspect – the bank vegetation being a major limiting feature. The fishery is fully aware of the issue of bank vegetation and is negotiating to get the banks cut to afford a better opportunity for the bank angler. The increased dam wall access obtained this year together with the pontoons, both for the lodge pontoon and the Sailing Club pontoon, plus Hut Point and Verdun’s Point, still does offer some limited bank angling opportunity
The aerators are still fully operational and the fish have continued to focus around the boils and in the vicinity surrounding the aerators, especially towards the dam wall. The cascade has been in full flow and some noticeable fish movement is apparent but less than that in the aerators. The pontoon basin and the dam wall towards the tower has also yielded some fish.
An additional 525 fish of around a kilo in weight were stocked on 7th September resulting in over 13,000 fish stocked this year and giving one of the highest level of residue stock maintained in the fishery for some years. There were a few brown trout incorporated in the stocking. The level of stocking and the falling of water temperature bodes well for the fishing soon.
The rod average increased last week from less than one from the previous week to over two for the past week.
The wind direction has been basically westerly, primarily overcast with some sunny periods and of course with intermittent rain. The wind speed has been moderate which has created some blustery conditions which has not assisted casting capability.
Some of the notable catches have been logged by Scott Wilson with 14 on Monday and over 20 on Friday, mainly on Daddies. Ricky Cotterill caught 16 on Monday on Crunchers and Sedgehogs. Mr Todd caught 3 pike to over 8lb plus a trout from Flamingo Bay on a Perch Fry pattern. John Scragg caught 7 along the dam wall from the fishery pontoon whilst drifting towards the tower on an intermediate line using a Snake.
This week saw the first time visit from the Leeds branch of the Fly Dressers Guild. Notably Mr M. Wood of the Guild caught 21 fish on a green chartreuse Hare’s Ear and Daddies, while Mr Lee caught 10 on Sedgehogs and Daddies. We received the following pleasing comment: “It certainly is a well-run fishery, set in very beautiful surroundings. We certainly did catch a shed load of fish. Thirty-eight fish caught for the four of us. Thanks to Ifor Jones and his staff for a cracking day’s sport”.
The best flies for the week were Daddies and Sedgehogs on floating lines and the fishing hotspot was the aerators.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers have had to work hard for their fish this week with unsettled weather making for some difficult fishing. Varying tactics and moving around the lakes to find feeding fish proved to be most successful. Matty Devine from Hadston managed to land 12 on Long Crag and a 10lb brownie on Coe Crag using lures and nymphs. Bill Mills from Newbiggin caught 5 using Cat’s Whiskers. Davy Kay from Morpeth landed a total of 15 over 2 trips including 10 off the boat using lures. Mick Brown from Bedlington caught 9 on Beetle Juice and Hoppers. Paul Cranston caught 5 using Buzzers on Coe Crag.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 8 the 72 rods caught 340 trout for a rod average of 4.72. A more autumnal feel this week signifies a huge improvement in sport with everyone getting more action and some anglers doing very well indeed. All manner of methods accounted for a few fish with dries and washing-line tactics doing the bulk of the damage. Once again the majority of the fish are really high in the water so foamy Shipman’s Buzzers on both point and top dropper positions with perhaps a small nymph in the middle is a sensible way to get amongst them. Hoppers and Daddies can command an important place on a leader at this time of year, the damper mornings this week have certainly helped a few naturals to appear.
A few fish have started to take interest in the fry and small Suspender Minkies have accounted for a few fish and should continue to do so for the rest of the season. With a decent number of bigger than average fish about, the back end of the season looks like it's going to be an exciting one. Don't fish too light or you could find yourself losing one or two successful patterns. Some nice fish out this last week and Caistor angler Jim Blythe caught a nicely mended 5lb brownie.
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