Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A much better week of fishing with fish jumping all over the place. Some anglers caught in double numbers with the boats having more success than the bank. Dries and Daddies on a floating line are having the best results. Thank you to Ely Tri Club for another great event on Sunday. Fishery is open 9am to dusk, 7 days a week. OAPs £15 2 fish, £25 4 fish full day, £18 6hr 3 fish and £15 4 hr 2 fish. Call 07525 730447 to book or for info.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 4 - 10 the 109 anglers caught 323 fish of which 209 were returned. Best fish 5lb 10oz for John Oram, from Desborough, on a Red Diawl Bach, from the boat; 4lb 9oz Dave Crowhurst, Wellingborough, Red Cruncher; brown 4lb 10oz, John Wildman, Peterborough, Red Diawl Bach.
For the week 11 – 17 the 116 anglers caught 516 fish of which 378 were returned. Best fish 9lb 2oz, 7lb 4oz and 5lb 3oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Candy Blob, boat; 5lb 8oz Lazloe Bowden, Northampton, Muddler, boat; 5lb 8oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, Shipman's; 5lb 4oz Shane Else, Northampton, boat; 5lb Dean Yearsley, Northampton, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb Voldemar Rumbahs, Corby, white/green lure, boat; and a further 14 fish over 4lb were reported.
Best bank areas are the dam, lodge bank, gravel bar, east arm. Most areas are holding fish for the boat anglers. Best patterns are Damsel Nymph, Fraser Nymph, GRHE, Red Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer with orange cheeks, wet Daddy, white/green lures, Candy or Tequila Blob.
The rod average rose to 4.4 last week with a combination of cooler and much clearer water switching the fish on the feed. On cloudy days anglers are having good sport pulling flies like Muddlers, Daddies and Blobs through the surface. Dries doing well in calmer conditions. Fish are well spread around the lake with most areas producing, especially the lodge end now. Plenty of resident 3lb-plus fish are being caught (22 fish over 4lb last week). Hopefully there will be some crane flies on the water soon to keep the fish on the top.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The water level has dropped about a foot this week and this, combined with the first signs of autumn, has seen the water temperature holding at about 14.5/15 degrees C. The high-water level is restricting the bank angling capability from an access and casting aspect, but we are working to get the banks cut so as to afford better opportunities for the bank angler this autumn. The increased dam wall access together with the pontoons plus Hut Point and Verdun’s Point, offer some limited bank angling and this will only increase as the water levels continue to drop. The aerators are fully operational and the fish have continued to focus around the boils and surrounding area, especially towards the dam wall. There is still noticeable fish movement in the cascade, but less than that in the aerators. The pontoon basin and the dam wall towards the tower has also yielded some fish. With the additional fish that were stocked last week, the residue stock maintained in the fishery is well over 9,000 fish.
The falling water temperature this week has started to see these fish begin to show more interest in the angler’s offerings and the rod average continues to improve with last week’s average being 4.6, the best day being Friday with an excellent daily average of 7.8.
The strong westerly winds earlier this week has caused problems with 2 days being lost to boat fishing. The remaining days have seen kinder conditions with the winds moderating and swinging to the north and the fish have responded to the better conditions.
Several notable catches have been recorded this week including 11 by Mr Fogg who boated these from the boils on Tuesday, while on Thursday, Mr Beard took 15 on Orange Boobies and DCAC member Paul Walker took 5 from the boils during the afternoon.
On Friday morning, Mr Robinson who was holidaying in the area, visited the fishery for the first time and boated 19 fish on Daddies, while John Scragg landed 10 on a Minkie Booby, this fly also accounting for 7 by Mr Conroy during his last four-hour evening session.
The sport remained excellent over the weekend despite the changeable weather with Mr Elsey taking 8 on Saturday while Sunday saw Glen Moody and Neil Gregory take 13 fish, Mr Webb and Mr Wilkins take 14, and Mr Harvey 9 during his evening session. Best catch over the weekend was the 30 fish taken by season ticket holders Scott Wilson and Ricky Cotterill which included several fish over 3lb, with the best being Scott’s excellent 6lb 8oz brownie taken on a Minkie Booby.
Mr Korniczky targeted the pike in a short morning session on Sunday and was rewarded with 2 fish, the best being over 13lb taken on a fry pattern.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Some better catch rates and bigger fish caught this week, a sure sign that autumn is here with the weather and the water cooling down. Anglers who braved the unsettled weather this week enjoyed some good sport. Fish of the week goes to Paul Pratt who caught a 14lb rainbow on Coe Crag. B. Davis safely returned 5 fish to Long Crag and Coe Crag on Daiwl Bachs; Paul Cranston released 6 to Coe Crag on Buzzers; Davis Kay from Morpeth returned 5 on Buzzers and Chamois from the bank and 12 from the boat on Hoppers; Paul Pratt safely released 9 on Bloodworms, Buzzers and Daddies; Rob Hall from Morpeth returned 5 on Buzzers; Alan Robinson from Lynemouth released 6 on Buzzers; Consett angler, A. Cook released 7 to Coe Crag on Buzzers; A. Rowley from Kelso safely returned 7 to Long Crag on a Williams Fav; John Metcalf from Newbiggin released 7 to Long Crag on lures and Buzzers; Willie Emery safely released 10 on Long Crag using lures and Buzzers; Alan Nixon from Buckingham released 10 on Coe Crag; one of which was ‘Jimmy Hill’, a 13lb brown, using wets and Daddies; Washington angler Arthur Leach landed 10 on Damsels and a Silver Invicta from Long Crag. Thrunton also welcomed The Odd Fellows angling group as well as The Castaways fishing group this weekend. Both clubs enjoyed their day with Chris Howes winning the Oddfellows Club competition and Anthony Abbott second. The Castaways club competition was won by Graham Morton with Eddie Critchlow second.
Best flies are Daddies, Hoppers, various Buzzers, Damsels, PTN, Hare’s Ear, Sedge, Shuttlecock and CdCs.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 15 the 56 rods caught 263 trout for a rod average of 4.69. With autumn confirming that it's definitely arrived sport has stayed on the same lines as last week. There's good sport to be had from both boat and bank with a variety of methods. The best advice is to keep everything in the top 3 feet, floating lines teamed with either dries, Daddies, washing-line tactics, Buzzers and at times Floating Fry have been the standout methods. As always keep on the move if you’re not catching, boat anglers are encouraged to fish on the drift using a drogue if necessary and bank anglers are urged to move every 20 minutes until they find the fish.
As we move towards October we'd expect to see an increase in fry feeding activity and now is the time to either get tying or ordering some of the most popular patterns, as a rule Floating Fry, Minkies and Suspender Minkies, Humungus and Appetisers are amongst the favourites, along with the more modern Snake-type patterns.