Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
It’s been a very good couple of weeks with a rod average of 2.4. Best methods are small Damsels and Daddies, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers and Crunchers. Most fish have been caught about 2 feet down. Restocked on October 9 which will take the lake to excellent capacity. Tim Gaunt-Baker is now a wonderful addition to the fishery team. He teaches fly-fishing to all levels and will be available for lessons at Blackdyke Trout Fishery on Thursdays each week from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Tim is a leading member of the Association of Advanced Professional Game Instructors in Norfolk. Please contact him on 07876 555960 to book or come see him on Thursdays at the Fishery. For more information visit www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A fantastic week of sport with fish up to 16lb coming to the net. Fish have been caught at all depths depending on the weather conditions to nymphs, Buzzers, Bloodworms, lures and Daddies. Neil Purves from Heaton kept a 10lb 2oz rainbow from Dunnydeer Lake on a Cormorant. Wullie Emery from Newbiggin caught 6 fish returning a 16lb 4oz rainbow and a 10lb 5oz rainbow caught on Black Bunny Leeches. Stewart Younger and Blyth returned a 12lb rainbow to Ross Lake. Chatton welcomed the Ashington Kingfishers on Sunday when the cold wind made sport challenging. Congratulations to the winner Steve Kelley with the heaviest four fish bag of 4.15kg, 2nd Alan Richardson 3.85kg and 3rd Keith Row 3.42kg. Heaviest fish was caught by Ian Fairgrieve. Closing at 6pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Last week saw the highest rod average since June. There was plenty of cloud cover which kept the fish near the surface taking buzzers and the odd daddy which was blown onto the water. Sunny/breezy days saw catches much lower with the fish dropping down to around 4 foot in the clear water. For the week October 1 – 7 the 170 anglers caught 788 fish of which 615 were returned. Best fish 10lb 2oz to Christy Scanlon, from Ennis, on a Sparkler from the boat; 9lb 1oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, Orange Blob, boat; 8lb 4oz Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, Damsel, boat; 7lb Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Black Muskins, boat; 6lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Candy Blob, boat; 6lb Barry Chillingworth, Northampton, Damsel, boat; 5lb 8oz Alan Weatherley, Kettering, Blue-flash Damsel, boat; 5lb 4oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, Black Muskins, boat; 5lb Alan Weatherley, Blue-flash Damsel, boat; Brown 5lb 6oz Andrius Papeika, Northampton, Pink Snake, boat. Best bank areas are dam, pensioners point, gravel bar, shallow bay, brookside. Boats - all areas holding fish but lodge end most productive.
Best patterns are wet or dry Daddy, Hoppers, small black or olive Buzzer, Blue-flash Damsel, Red Diawl Bach, Red Cruncher, white/green lure, Candy FAB/Blob. For latest info please telephone the lodge on 01832 720786.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The week’s weather has been predominately cloudy with a few bright periods and with winds for the major part of the week from a westerly direction, but this has varied towards the end of the week. The fish have moved in closer to the banks and some of last week’s stocking have located themselves in and around the cascade. There has been the odd day of heavy frost which has delayed the opening of the pontoon. The water level of the reservoir continues to gradually rise and for the first time the pontoon has been moved in and a section of the temporary walkway has been removed. Never-the-less it will take considerable time to recover the water level to normality.
The top dam wall and the tower including the aerators is still providing a productive location for boat fishing. However, whilst number 1 buoy remains a hotspot most boats have caught on the drift through the main basin. The cascade has produced some significant catches, most of which have been caught near the bank in shallow water. The bank angling continues to improve, the productive areas being the bank/dam wall in front of the lodge, Verdun’s Point and Hut Point. The successful fly patterns have been various lures, Cat’s Whiskers, Damsels, Hoppers, nymphs, fry imitations and Daddies.
At the beginning of the week Scotty Wilson caught 10 from a boat on a CDC Hopper and Nev Steed 4 from the bank. On Tuesday Paul Walker caught 10 from a boat on a Kate McLaren whilst Mr T. Hutchinson caught the fish of the week, a 5lb 5oz brown trout from the top dam wall. Mr J. Fogg on Wednesday caught 5 from a boat from around the tower. On Friday Scotty Wilson landed 15 from the aerators and Paul Walker landed 11, both fishing from boats. On Sunday all the boats were in use, 6 of the boats being used by Foremark Fly Fishers in a Ray Gibson memorial trophy match. Ric Saccone won the competition with 6 fish weighing 13lb, the best fish 2lb 11oz. Our thanks go to Jody for the organisation of the competition. Ricky Cotterill, who was not in the competition, caught 10 from the cascade on nymphs on a floating line. The successful lines were floating, and intermediate /sink tip and the best boat option was to drift.
Weekly stats: Number rods: 83; Trout taken: 74; Number trout released: 105; Total catch: 179; Weekly rod average: 2.2.
On October 28 there is an open competition charity match on the behalf of prostate cancer, fishing from 10am to 3pm, followed by a buffet and a raffle. Please telephone the lodge to make a reservation to support this charity event.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk