Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
It’s been a tough week with really high winds making it difficult for both bank and boat anglers. Fish still seem to be congregating in the middle of the lake about 2 to 4 feet down but it’s been hard to anchor the boats in the high winds. Still decent numbers with a rod average of just over 2, but again, boats better than the bank. Cat’s Whiskers, Daddies, Bloodworms and Damsels all yielding results.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week October 22 – 28 the 110 anglers caught 565 fish of which 440 were returned. Best fish 7lb 4oz to Darren Oram, from Aldwincle, on an Orange Blob; 6lb 5oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, White Snake; 6lb 2oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, Orange Blob, boat; 6lb 2oz Pete Welch, Boston, Bloodworm; 6lb 1oz John Marshall, Raunds, black/green lure, boat; 5lb 8oz Joshua Parker, Cambridge, White Apache; 5lb 5oz Jason Burns, Lilford, boat; 5lb 1oz Roger Bosence, Corby, boat. Best boat areas are boat bay and dam. Best boat areas are boat bay, dam, and gravel bar. Best patterns are Bloodworm, small Damsel, small Black Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, wet Hopper, white/green lure, Orange/Tequila Blob, Snakes. The rod average reached 5 last week with bank anglers matching and, on some days, beating the boat anglers. The lodge end of the lake is easily best with few fish show-ing past shallow bay on the lodge bank or further than brookside bay. A mixture of methods continue to catch from dries to Snakes, mainly fished in the top 4 foot. The biggest catches are being taken by anglers using a floater with a Booby or FAB on the point and small Buzzers and Diawl Bach on the droppers.
Fish are in superb condition and fighting hard. Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am - 2pm or midday until dark.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
This week the weather can be said to be autumnal. While the begin-ning of the week was reasonable with some drizzle it dissipated into a cold northerly wind ending with the unfavourable easterly wind. With the change of wind direction and winds of 10-17mph there was a major chill factor. Despite this several anglers braved the conditions and on Sunday Foremark Fly Fishers held a charity match on behalf of pros-tate cancer which was combined with the Graham Tagg trophy. There was an excellent turn out for these matches despite the weather condi-tions. The water temperature is continuing to drop and is now indicat-ing 11C. The water level is rising, albeit gradually, but it will take con-siderable time to return to any meaningful level.
The bank area in front of the lodge is proving a hotspot despite the ad-verse weather conditions and unhelpful wind direction. Verdun’s Point has also been productive. The best boat area has been the cascade whilst there continues to be success near the aerators and dam wall and around number 1 buoy. On Tuesday Paul Walker caught 7 fish on Damsels in the vicinity of number 1 buoy. On Wednesday Messrs A. & M. Parker caught 5 on Orange Blobs drifting near the cascade using Di-5 lines. On Thursday Mr Lancini landed 4 fish to the boat from the cascade using an intermediate line with a Cat’s Whisker on the point and a Daddy on the dropper. Brian Bateman caught 4 fish from the beach in front of the lodge again using an intermediate line on Damsels and Snakes. On Friday Mr Welch caught 4 on a Black Snake while Paul Walker landed 9 fish on Damsels, and Scotty Wilson had 6 to the boat using Minkie Boobies. On Saturday, despite the cold difficult weather, Mr M Cook a pike angler, caught an 18lb fish close to the tower.
Joe Saccone won the individual Charity match with a combined weight of just over 4lb for two fish, whilst Messrs Smith and Redfern were the combined winners of the Graham Tagg trophy. Peter Clough did not fish in the competitions, which was a pity as he caught 3 fish from the beach in front of the lodge using a RIO Gold floating line and a Black Hog Hopper on the dropper and a black and green fly on the point. The fish took the dropper fly in preference to the fly on the point.
Weekly stats: Number rods: 70; Trout taken: 50; Number trout re-leased: 32; Total catch: 82; Weekly rod average: 1.2.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk