Blackdyke Fly Fishery, Norfolk
Very good week’s fishing with the bank and boat doing equally well. Fish remain about 2 feet down and fish are responding very well to Bloodworms, Cat’s Whiskers, small Damsels and Buzzers, black lures and Diawl Bachs. Martin Smith had 20 fish off the bank on Sunday and said he could have had 40 they were that active. Welcomed some new anglers this week too and most ended up with good results. 29 anglers caught 74 fish for a rod average of 2.5. Conditions are set to be great this week so we look forward to some good sport. All information on our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 5 – 11 the 166 anglers caught 758 fish of which 509 were returned. Best fish 9lb 1oz to Paul Laundon, from Bedford on a Hare’s Ear; 7lb 2oz Paul Gillies, Desborough, Orange FAB, boat; 7lb John Oram, Desborough, Orange Blob; 6lb 6oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, white/green lure, boat; 6lb 1oz Paul Gillies, Desborough, Black Booby, boat; 5lb 14oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Red Diawl Bach 5lb 12oz Pete Welch, Boston, Bloodworm; 5lb 8oz Ray Burt, Tunbridge Wells Flyfishers, Black Snake; 5lb 4oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Green Buzzer; 5lb 4oz Geoff Makin, Leighton Buzzard; 5lb 2oz Michael Breeson, Peterborough, boat; 5lb 2oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, Damsel; 5lb David Gwinn, Walgrave, boat; 5lb Philip Baughan, Tugby; 5lb Tim Miller, Skegness, Bloodworm, boat.
Elinor continues on great form for both boat and bank anglers. Lodge end is easily the most productive with the majority of fish being caught in the top two foot. Most methods are working with lures most productive in a wind and nymphs/dries in calmer conditions. Best bank areas are boat bay, dam and brookside. Best boat areas boat bay and dam. Best patterns are Bloodworm, small Damsel, small black or olive Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, wet Hopper, white/green lure, Montana, black, olive or pink Snakes. Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am - 2pm or Midday until dark.
Sunday November 11 saw an excellent turnout of 45 anglers for the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather with an age range of 16 to 90. The match was fished to a 6-fish limit with a 2lb/hour time bonus. 24 bank anglers caught 76 fish and 21 boat anglers caught 52 fish. Six fish over 4lb were weighed in with the best fish of 5lb 4oz to Geoff Makin. A strong SW wind made the fishing trickier. Many thanks to everyone who gave raffle prizes and bought tickets. A brilliant £461 was raised on the day! One of the competitors, Nigel Cheetham, works for local company Scott Bader. They have made a superb gesture of matching this amount so that £922 will be shared by Northants/Warks Air Ambulance & The British Heart Foundation.
Top 15 anglers
1. Mal Broughton, Grantham, 6 fish 21lb 11oz (black/green lure, Olive Snake, boat)
2. Richard Slater, Mawsley, 6 fish 18lb 2oz
3. Mark Haycock, Earls Barton, 6 fish 18lb 2oz
4. Iain Barr, 6 fish 17lb 13oz
5. Geoff Makin, 6 fish 14lb 12oz
6. Brad Gifford, 6 fish 13lb 9oz
7. Stuart Kerr, 6 fish 12lb 9oz (boat)
8. Adrian Wilkins, 6 fish 12lb 8oz
9. Adam Gunby, 6 fish 12lb 6oz (boat)
10. Mark Postles, 6 fish 12lb 2oz
11. Barry Cowland, 5 fish 11lb 10oz
12. Michael Breeson, 4 fish 10lb 6oz
13= Steve Parker, 5 fish 9lb 12oz
13= Ian Donaldson, 4 fish 9lb 12oz
15. Tom Finney, 5 fish 9lb 4oz
Forthcoming Competition: The perfect excuse to get some fresh air between Christmas and New Year. Saturday December 29 there will be a C&R bank competition. £45 entry fee includes fishing. £700 first prize! Full details on Iain Barr Facebook or at the fishery.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Despite the cold wind this week, anglers have had some remarkable catches. During the beginning part of the week, some determined anglers managed to land fish on dries and Suspender Buzzers. However, as the cooler weather becomes more prolific, some anglers fishing deeper in the water were rewarded with some nice bag numbers and larger fish. Davy Kay from Morpeth used Eggstacy to land 9 fish from Long Crag. Jim Burtle from Newcastle had 10 fish also from Long Crag using Bloodworms. Hadston angler Matty Devine had a ‘good day’ releasing 11 to Long Crag using lures and PTNs. Alex Ainslie from Craster returned 5 fish to Long Crag, one of which was a 14-pounder using Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworms. Ashington angler Ken Glenton also had 5 fish from Long Crag using dries. Bedlington regular Mick Brown used Cut Throat Buzzers to land 19 fish between both lakes. Paul Embelton had 15 fish during his 7 hour session on Long Crag using lures. Ian Hughes had an ‘excellent’ evening on Coe Crag landing 8 fish on dries and Suspender Buzzers. Mick Kelley from Swarland also had an ‘excellent’ evening session landing 10 fish between both lakes using Suspender Buzzers. Willie Emery from Newbiggin used Diawl Bachs to land 4 fish from Coe Crag. One of his fish was a magnificent 11.2lb rainbow. Brad Mackie used Bloodworms to land 10 fish from Long Crag; Brad also landed a 10lb brownie. Paul Murray from Westerhope landed his personal best 10-12lb rainbow on Coe Crag using a black lure. Best flies this week are Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Cat’s Whiskers, Zonkers, PTNs, Bloodworms, dries and Eggstacy. Fishery open 8.30am to 4:30pm. On Sunday November 18, Long Crag will be closed for a Fritz ‘n’ Flies Competition. Coe Crag will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Blackdyke Fly Fishery, Norfolk