Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Finally the bank fishing has started to catch up with the boats and good sport was enjoyed by most anglers this week with fish moving to the margins. Best methods are dries, Hare’s Ears, Buzzers, Red Diawl Bachs and black/green or white/green lures. Simon Smith caught a lovely 3lb 8oz rainbow on Sunday which will be entered into Troutmas-ters.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
As we enter the final couple of weeks of the 2018 season we have fi-nally seen a favourable change in weather and water conditions which has resulted in a great boost to the sport and rewards for those patient anglers who persevered in trickier times. Plenty of fish have been caught closer to the margins, especially on the South Lake, with some stunning examples as close in as 3 feet from the water’s edge. Fry feeding is foremost now as trout focus on bulking themselves up before winter sets in and fry patterns certainly performed well. However wet flies in the form of Bibio, Black Pennell and Black & Peacock Spider al-so produced great bags whilst the best brown trout this week was caught on a dry sedge imitation.
Notable returns this week include on 31st for visiting rod Robert Ar-rowsmith with 5 fish caught on wet flies within 4 hours from the South Lake banks. On the same day, visiting rod Mr Machin fished in Ten Acre Bay for a few hours until dusk and returned a stunning 3lb 8oz brown trout amongst his bag, caught within 6 feet of the bank on a Sedge pattern. On Thursday 1st visiting rod Mick Grant recorded 6 fish from the banks – this time all caught on small black & green lures and Boobies. On the same day season permit holder Alan Miles returned a full-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4oz amongst his bag. On Friday 2nd season permit holder Paul Walker fished from the banks for little over an hour and recorded 5 fish, with many more takes, the best of which was a 3lb 4oz rainbow. Paul was back at it again on the 4th with another 4 decent fish, the best of these being a 3lb 8oz rainbow, again all caught from the banks. Rounding off the week were visiting rods Ray Edwards and Trevor Bagnall who both enjoyed a good day’s sport with 6 fish apiece, the best of which was a 3lb rainbow for Trevor.
Best areas: Ten Acre Bay, Gorse Bushes, Old Man's, Watery Lane, Dougies, Mickledale Bay, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only).
Best dries: Claret & Pearl Hopper, Daddy Longlegs, greased-up Bibio, Sedge.
Best lures: White Minkie, White Booby, Black & Green Viva.
Best nymphs/wets: Bibio, Black Pennell, Bob's Bits, Black & Peacock Spider.
Best fish: 3lb 8oz brown trout caught on a Sedge from the South Lake bank by Mr Machin; 3lb 8oz rainbow trout caught on a fry imitation from the South Lake bank by Paul Walker.
The current rod average is 2.75.
A reminder that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including syndicate anglers, on Friday November 1 and to permit holders on Fri-day November 23.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A great week of sport with lures being very productive along with weighted nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms, Buzzers and even dries picking up the odd fish. Dougie Purves from Newcastle kept 4 fish and returned 10 on a black lure. Julian Bales from Wooler returned 14 fish on an Olive Fritz. Phil Milburn from Morpeth returned 16 fish on lures. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington caught 16 fish on lures and Blobs. Steve McMorn from Berwick enjoyed a couple of visits this week return-ing 16 fish on his first visit and 12 on his second, all caught on lures. Geert van Zon from Longhorsley kept 1 fish and returned 11 on a Yel-low Dancer. Callum Shipley from Blyth had a fantastic day catching 9 fish on an Olive Damsel and dries and returning an 8lb brown trout. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 14 fish on Buzzers. Ian Callow from Dunbar returned 12 fish on a Black Dancer and Cat’s Whisker. Wullie Emery from Newbiggin caught 10 fish using lures. Jack Metcalf from Newbiggin returned 10 fish on lures. Jamie Potts from Bedlington caught 11 fish also on lures. The Fritz ' n ' Flies heat was held at Chat-ton on Saturday. Congratulations to the Pairs qualifiers - Gordon Smith and Arthur Moore. Individual qualifiers were Davie Parker, Johnny McMahon, Trevor Wadds and Gordon Smith. Fishery closing at 4.30pm this week, including Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week October 29 - November 4 the 171 anglers caught 848 fish of which 720 were returned. Best fish 6lb 2oz to Steve John-son, from Raunds, on a Bloodworm; 5lb 14oz Alan Briggs, Invicta Fly Fishers; 5lb 12oz Roger Kerrison, Daventry, Green Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb 11oz Khurram Rana, London, Hopper, boat; 5lb 10oz Barry Read, Northampton; 5lb 9oz L. Arnold, Northampton, Cruncher, boat; 5lb 8oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, Orange Blob, boat; 5lb 3oz L. Arnold, Northampton, Minkie, boat; 5lb 1oz David Cairns, Newmarket, Hopper, boat; 5lb Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Tequila Booby.
Best bank areas are boat bay, dam, brookside. Best boat areas boat bay and dam. Best patterns are Bloodworm, small Damsel, small Black Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, wet Hopper, white/green lure, Orange/Tequila Blob, Snakes.
Boat and bank anglers did equally well last week with boats better in calm conditions and the bank edging it in a good wind. Fish remain in the top two feet with washing-line the most consistent method. Dries and Snakes also scored well. Fish are mainly feeding on small black or olive buzzers with a few trout showing interest in the good head of roach and perch fry.
On Saturday November 3, Invicta Fly Fishers fished the bank for their Arthur Sexton Trophy and 16 anglers caught 89 fish for a rod average of 5.5 despite the breezy conditions. Washing-line with Red Diawl Bach was the best method. First Chris McLeod 15 fish, 2. Gary How 12 fish, 3= Dayood Sheik 11 fish and Keith Gilchrist 11 fish, 5. John Brown 10 fish, 6. Alan Briggs 8 fish.
This Sunday, November 11, is the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. Prizes for the top 10 anglers. Everyone welcome.
Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am - 2pm or midday until dark.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Autumnal weather continues to be the norm this week, although last weekend’s bitterly cold spell, which was caused by a strong northerly wind, continued into Monday and affected the fishing early on. Condi-tions started to improve on Tuesday with warmer overcast weather and the wind swinging to a westerly direction. The nights though continued to be cold with some overnight frosts, some of which were quite hard. The water temperature has stabilised at around the 10 degrees mark degrees. The water level continues to rise but it will take considerable time to return to more normal levels. The bank area in front of the lodge is still proving to be the most productive area for the bank an-glers despite the unhelpful wind direction some days. Verdun’s Point has also been worth a try when the wind has been right. The best are-as for the boats have been around number 1 buoy, the cascade and the dam wall along to, and behind, the valve tower. As expected for this time of year, the most productive times appear to be a from mid-morning through to mid-afternoon.
On Tuesday Paul Walker caught 4 fish on Damsels in the vicinity of number 1 buoy while Mick Reid had 3 in the same area. On Wednes-day Gordon Richards landed 4 fishing in the cascade while Mr England fished from the beach in front of the lodge and used a small Humungus to land his limit. Thursday proved more difficult although Owen Rivett and his son took 4 to the boat using White Minkies. Paul Walker re-turned on Friday and landed another 9 fish on his favoured Damsels, while Peter Elgar fished from the beach in front of the lodge and landed 6 fish, White Minkies on an intermediate being his preferred tactic.
Only 3 trout anglers ventured onto the water on Saturday with only 2 rainbows coming to the net – one on a Minkie Booby, the other to a white lure. An afternoon pike boat drew a blank. Despite being relative-ly mild in terms of air temperature, there was a distinct chill factor to the southerly wind on Sunday and during the morning the fish seemed un-responsive. However, this changed in the afternoon, probably with fish feeding during the warmest part of the day. Three boats with Colwick FF anglers located feeding fish over on the cascade, Heron Bay & Heron Point. They fished Boobies deep on Di-5 and 7 sinking lines relatively tight to the shoreline to land a total of 21 rainbows between them. Best of the 3 was the boat of Josh Wheeler and Bob Johnson who both landed their 4-fish limits. Mr Jack’s boat fished the last couple of hours and was rewarded with a fine brace of rainbows. He covered and hooked a moving fish bankside of No1 Buoy on a Cormorant which proved to be an angry 3lb silver bar.
With only three weeks to go there is clearly some good back-end sport to be had, so don’t be tempted to put the tackle away too soon.
Weekly stats: Number rods: 44; Trout taken: 36; Number trout re-leased: 31; Total catch: 67; Weekly rod average: 1.52.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Mornings and evenings continue to be the most productive times to fish, and with plenty of midge activity on the water (particularly in the eve-nings), and a lot of surface-feeding fish off the North Shore. Two Mead-ows has produced consistently good fishing, with fish coming up to take Hoppers, Black Gnats and Ants, and Black and Peacock Spiders. Buzzer patterns fished at various depths have proved effective, especially in teams with a Damsel Nymph or Montana on the point.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Thrunton has had a mixed bag of weather this week, cold northerlies and bright afternoons. A few fish still remain high in the water, with an-glers still catching on dries. However most flies are being taken subsur-face; Yellow Dancers, Cat’s Whiskers, Diawl Bachs and small nymphs accounting for a lot of the fish caught. Fly Patch held a Fishing for He-roes fundraiser this week at Thrunton, 17 anglers fished in the compe-tition and 55 fish were landed. First place went to Ross Dixon landing 7 fish, second was Gareth Tilley also landing 7 and third place went to David Neilson landing 6 fish. Thanks to Andy Richmond for organising the event.
In other catches this week Pete Davison had 13 fish from Long Crag using various Worms during his 6 hour session; Choppington angler D. Pickles had a 'good day' safely returning 10 fish to Long Crag; Alex Rowley from Kelso used nymphs to release 14 fish to Long Crag, hav-ing a 'excellent' day; Martin Gaffney from Ashington safely returned 15 fish between both lakes over his two visits to Thrunton; Morpeth angler David Kay used lures to safely release 12 fish between both lakes; Graham Stephenson had a 'spot on' afternoon landing 8 fish using a Pink Zonker; Les Dinsmore from Cramlington used a Cat’s Whisker to release 8 fish to Coe Crag. His best fish was 6lb. Jim Smith safe-ly returned 12 fish between both lakes; Jim also managed a double hook up and an 11lb-plus rainbow to the net. Spike Millican safely re-turned 13 fish to Coe Crag during his 6 hour session; Young Thomas from Ponteland landed a beautifully conditioned rainbow during his 2 hour coaching session with Bob Smith; Phil Green safely released 9 fish between both lakes, one of which was a 17lb rainbow; Andy Rich-mond from Dreghorn released 20 fish during his 8 hour session using lures. Fly box: Cat’s Whiskers, Yellow Dancers, Diawl Bachs, Hare’s Ears, Buzzers, PTNs, Zonkers and Daddies. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4.30pm.