Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Excellent week’s fishing with the 30 anglers catching 142 rainbows of which 115 were released. Many anglers caught double figure bags using a floating line off the top. Both boats and banks had equal success with the fish being well distributed over the lake. It was lovely to see the Evans family from Norwich back. They all caught and they also had the best fish of the week, a beautiful 6lb rainbow which was caught by the youngest member of their group. Daddies, small dries and Buzzers all reaping rewards. The fish are fighting well and are very responsive. Alan Bath caught 16 in just under 4 hours. It’s been a great week of fishing and we want to thank anglers for the excellent feedback about the Fishery.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The water level has remained constant this week and has seen the water temperature holding at about 14 degrees C. Bank angling remains difficult from an access and casting aspect, but we are still working to get the banks cut. The increased dam wall access together with the pontoons plus Hut Point and Verdun’s Point are still offering the best bank angling and this will only increase as the fish become more occupied on the abundant fry life around the margins. A number of pike are showing in Flamingo Bay and up the Carver’s Arm in and around Bramble Bay and up near the wires area.
The aerators are fully operational and the fish have continued to focus around the boils and surrounding area, towards the dam wall, by 3 buoy and along the dam wall from the lodge and up to the tower, mainly close to the shore where the fry are lying. A number of browns have been spotted in this area. There is still noticeable fish movement in the cascade, but still mainly in the aerators. The whole week failed to show the improvement experienced the week before but most of that can be put down to the weather as bright sunlight pushed the fish down in the water making dry fly fishing more sporadic, mornings fishing better than later and the rod average for the week was around the 2 mark. With the forecast for the week indicating wet and windy we expect the temperature to drop a little more and that should improve the spread of the fish into the shallower areas and more activity around the bank as the fish start to seriously get at the fry.
The light south westerly winds and sunny conditions on Monday saw a mixed bag of catch returns but Rod and Curtis Grice boated 15 fish between them on a selection of Daddies, Hoppers and Minkies. Tuesday was a day that got brighter as the day went on and the early birds certainly did better. T. and J. Evans fished dries and boated 12 fish between them, season ticket holder J. Fogg had 7, one better with 8 was Scott Wilson who fished a Di-5 and lures and finally Bruce Burton boated 5 fish on a Goldhead Daddy. Wednesday was overcast in the morning and DCAC member Bob Pakes got 6 to the boat and he was the top rod of the day as it got brighter as the day went on and fishing became a lot more difficult. However, staff member Kevin Hart had a couple of hours out over the boils and boated 4 fish on lures as they went down again. Thursday saw quite a bit of rain and the brave few who ventured out, on the whole were quite successful. John Scragg caught 4 on Minkie Boobies on the top. Scott Wilson was the top rod with 8 with most of the fish coming from the cascade area for a change. Friday, a cloudy day, saw 14 out of the 15 rods fishing catch, again the cascade offered some good sport on sunken Daddies and the bank produced a 2lb-plus fish for Mr Hobbs. Saturday was again overcast and the fish continued to spread out with Mr S. Ball catching 5 from against the dam wall. Dave Bailey caught 10 with a Minkie on the top and his boat partner Alan Cooke chipped in with another 5 to the same method. Sunday finished the week off poorly with bright sunshine for most of the day the fishing suffered but the forecast for the coming week is for rain, wind and getting cooler it may be a good time to suffer the changeable conditions and get some good sport, especially as the fry are beginning to look like a tasty snack.
Watch this space as we will hopefully be sorting out a date for the re-arranged Graham Tagg match, a fun match with no pressure at all, with nothing at stake except a trophy and sufficient street cred to last a whole season. For more up to date information call the lodge on 01283 703202.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
The day ticket water Cocks Close re-opened on Saturday and although the expected bonanza failed to happen there were still some decent catches made. Ian Reeve and Richard Reeve, father and son from Rugby fished on Cocks Close and caught 13 between them including a rainbow of 4lb 4oz and a brown of 4lb. These all came to a variety of flies including Hoppers, Cat’s Whiskers and Diawl Bach mainly fished on floating lines. Mr C. Aubrey of Rugby caught the largest fish over the weekend, an 8lb 6oz rainbow in his 5-fish catch and they all came to Cat’s Whiskers. Fishery stalwart Harold Pritchett of Atherstone caught 8 fish to 3lb-plus from a boat on Cocks Close and these all came to Cruncher patterns fished on an intermediate line. The Park Meadow pool remained open throughout the summers and has been in good form for the past few weeks. Last week, John Riley of Atherstone fished from the boat on there and caught 5 fish to 4lb on dry Sedges.
Siblyback Reservoir, Cornwall
The majority of catches during September were taken either from Two Meadows or Stocky Bay, with late afternoons and evenings producing the best sport. Black Hoppers, Daddy Longlegs and Bibios all caught reasonable numbers of surface feeding fish, with fish also taking subsurface Diawl Bach nymphs. Deeper feeding fish were caught on pulled Red Blobs, orange lures and Cormorants.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Cooler weather conditions and a reduction in water temperatures has led to many more fish coming to the net this week. Anglers have had great sport attracting larger rainbows and browns on lures and fry patterns as they begin to feed more readily. Buzzers, however, are still working effectively and some anglers are still having success on dries when the conditions are favourable. We welcomed a group from Miller Homes who thoroughly enjoyed their corporate day and coaching with Steve McCann. The fish of the week was a 10lb brown landed and safely returned by Alex Ainslie of Craster.
Newbiggin anglers Willie Emery and John Metcalf had a good day releasing 10 and 6 on lures; Jim Lumsden and Ken Ward from Cramlington enjoyed two successful sessions returning 18 and 16 on Tenby Terrors, Olives, and Afghan Beadies; Ian Taylor, Richard Collingwood and Paul Pratt each netted 6 from both lakes on Buzzers, PTNs and white lures; Kevin Murray from Red Row had ‘a great afternoon’s sport’ releasing 12 on Green Buzzer and Damsel including a 7lb brown; Neil Schofield from Stanley netted 8 on Olive Buzzers from Coe Crag; Shaun Herron from Ashington landed 8 including a 7lb brown from both lakes on Black Buzzers; Duncan Passmore from Ponteland returned 10 from both lakes on dries and Mini Cats; Jimmy Drew from Wallsend found Fluff Cats were productive releasing 7 fish from Coe Crag; Mick Brown from Bedlington used a Duckfly Hog Hopper to net 19 mainly from Coe Crag; Stew Ward from Westerhope used Red Bloodworms to land 8 fish from both lakes with 2 over 6lb; size 18 Diawl Bachs proved effective for Morpeth angler Howard Croston who returned 9 including 6 browns; Shane Allison from Stanley released 10 from both lakes; New Hartley angler Pete Davison released 14 on Blobs and Buzzers; Davy Kay won the Morpeth Conservative Club friendly competition with 8 fish on Blobs; Arthur Leach from Washington returned 8 to 8lb from Long Crag on a Blue-flash Damsel.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week-ending September 22 the 76 rods caught 599 trout for a rod average of 7.88. An incredible week and with the fish still high in the water and catchable on just about anything sport has seemed easy at times helped by the now cooler autumnal weather. There's something for everyone at the moment whether you be a dry fly, nymph or lure enthusiast. In terms of the most consistent methods dries and washing-line tactics have ruled the roost, fry patterns are accounting for a few too with Floating Fry, Humungus and Snakes all worth a shot. For the surface feeders try small Shipman’s and for washing-line use Diawl Bachs with a small Booby or FAB on the point.
A late season’s pairs match in November is in the planning, if you’re interested please call 01673 878453 to get your name on the list. A winter improvers fly-tying class could also be on the cards, again please call if it's something you might be interested in.