Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A few anglers had some takes this week but fishing has been tough. Some action on Bloodworms, Snakes and Buzzers. New stock delivery on December 11 which will hopefully stir things up a bit. Regrettably, The Fur and Feather event on December 16 has been cancelled. We have tried to contact a few anglers that are registered but do not have everyone’s phone numbers. If you are booked in, please accept our apologies. A new event will be scheduled in the New Year.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week December 3 – 9 the 89 anglers caught 377 fish of which 321 were returned. Best fish 7lb 4oz Matt Harris, Cambridge, Snakelet; 7lb John Oram, Desborough, white/green lure; 6lb 3oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Bloodworm, boat; 6lb Darren Oram, Aldwincle, white/green lure; 5lb 7oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 6oz Shane Else, Northampton, Black Buzzer, boat; Brown 4lb 8oz Matt Collerson, Northampton, Blob. Best bank areas are dam, boat bay, brookside. Best boat area is lodge end. Best patterns are Apps’ Bloodworm, small Black Buzzer, Tequila FAB/Booby, Suspender Buzzer, Black Hopper, small Damsel, olive/black Snake. A good number of 4lb-plus fish getting caught. On frosty mornings the fishing can be slow early and switching on later. Bank anglers having the best sport on breezy days. Boats a definite advantage in bright still conditions. The action continues to be at the lodge end. Fish are either crashing into roach or perch fry or sipping small hatching black buzzers. The majority of fish are being caught in the top two foot.
Elinor is open until December 31. Season permit holders only can bank fishing during January. The 2019 season starts on Saturday February 9. Next stocking December 21. Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am - 2pm or midday until dark.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers have had to brave the stormy conditions this week, however those that did have had some “good sport” and some anglers also reporting “savage takes”. Long Crag has produced some good bag numbers this week as well as some decent sized fish around the 12lb mark. Bloodworms have proved to be a very successful, some anglers fishing them on a fast retrieve, others using a slow twitching retrieve. This week with the temperatures dropping just below freezing, all 5 aerators were on keeping both lakes ice free through the cold snap.
Alex Ainslie from Craster used lures to safely release 5 fish to Long Crag and 2 to Coe Crag. Paul Pratt had some “good sport” returning 10 fish to Long Crag using Bloodworms and lures. Cramlington angler, Alec Harvey also had some “great sport”, again using Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs, landing a total of 14 fish between both lakes. Willie Emery from Newbiggin also had 14 fish from Long Crag using lures and Bloodworms. Josh Piper used Bloodworms to safely return 16 fish to Long Crag. Hadston angler, Matty Devine had some “savage bites” using lures and Bloodworms landing a total of 20 fish. Matty landed a lovely 3lb brown and his best fish was at 12lb. Alan Morton from Gosforth safely released 6 fish between both lakes during his 5 hour session using Bloodworms. Mick Brown from Bedlington landed and returned 20 fish between both lakes using Buzzers. Mick also landed a lovely 16lb rainbow from Coe Crag. Ken Glenton from Ashington released 8 fish to Long Crag using dries. Greg Lewins from Belsay returned 5 to Long Crag using Apps’ Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs. Nick Hart from Conset released 16 to Long Crag and 2 to Coe Crag using Apps’ Bloodworms. Michael Kelly from Swarland released 9 over both lakes using emergers and Diawl Bachs. Rodney Burn used Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworms to return 10 fish to Coe Crag. Davy Kay from Morpeth returned 16 over both lakes using lures.
Best flies are Bloodworms, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Blobs and dries. Open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
Festive closing days: Thrunton will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (24th, 25th, 26th December) and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (31st December, 1st January).
Please note: Sunday December 16, Long Crag will be closed due to Fritz and Flies competition, Coe Crag will be open as usual.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk