Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A much improved week of fishing with zero blanks all week. Fish are in the top two feet and with the new delivery last Tuesday, they seem to be evenly distributed around the lake. Best methods are Cat’s Whisk-ers, Bloodworms and Snakes. Several anglers caught decent size fish over 3lb and again, great comments about the condition of the fishery and the quality of the fish - thanks to West Acre Trout Farm. Open eve-ry day over the holiday period except Christmas Day.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Rod average of 4.3 and 22 fish over 4lb for the week December 10-16. The 101 anglers caught 430 fish of which 358 were returned. Best fish
7lb 10oz to Chris Redhead, from Whittlesey, on a Green Mitten from the boat; 7lb 2oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, Blob, boat; 7lb 2oz Pete Welch, Boston, Black Buzzer; 6lb 4oz Mel Dunn, Eye, Damsel; 6lb 3oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Apps’ Bloodworm, boat; 6lb 1oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Apps’ Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 12oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, Black Snake, boat; 5lb 7oz Gavin Cairns, Newmarket, Bloodworm, boat. Best bank areas are dam, boat bay, brookside. Best boat area is lodge end. Best patterns Apps’ Bloodworm, small Black Buzzer, Tequila FAB/Booby, Suspender Buzzer, Black Hopper, small Damsel and olive/black Snake.
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 with plenty rising in calm conditions.
Elinor is open until December 31. Season permit holders only can bank fishing during January. The 2019 season starts on Saturday February 9.
Forthcoming event Saturday December 29 C&R bank competition. En-tries close December 23rd! The perfect excuse to get some fresh air between Christmas and New Year. £45 entry fee includes fishing fees (£30 for season ticket holders), £700 first prize (if 60 entries). Cash prizes for top 5. Tackle prizes for 6th - 10th. Full details on Iain Barr Fa-cebook or at the fishery.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Following another week of cold weather, anglers have braved some extreme conditions and been rewarded with some excellent sport as well as some larger fish. Mini Cats have accounted for a lot of the fish being landed this week; however some anglers during the beginning part of the week had some great sport on small dries and emergers when the conditions were right. Thrunton held another Fritz ‘n’ Flies singles qualifier this week, a total of 21 anglers fished landing 66 fish making a rod average of 3. Results: 1st - John Whitenstall 10 fish from 6 pegs; 2nd - Ross Dixon 7 fish from 4 pegs. Well done to all anglers who took part and thank you to Jim Tuck for organising the event.
Les Dinsmore from Cramlington had a ‘excellent day’ using a Mini Cat to land 12 fish from Long Crag. Les tempted fish of 10lb, 8lb and 2 at 6lb. T. Lannan from Bedlington had 7 from Coe Crag using Buzzers and Bloodworms. Ashington angler Ken Glenton returned 12 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers and Black Gnats. Michael Kelly from Swarland used a Diawl Bach to safely release 14 fish between both lakes. Rob Frame from West Denton had a ‘cold but great’ day using Bloodworms, he safely released 17 fish between both lakes. Pete Da-vison from New Hartley returned 14 fish between both lakes using Cormorants, having a ‘good day’. Josh Piper landed 13 fish over his two visits to Thrunton this week, using a Buzzer. Mick Brown from Bed-lington used a Pink Buzzer to release 20 fish from Long Crag. Morpeth angler, Rob Hall had a ‘good day’ returning 10 fish between both lakes using a Bunny Leech. Jim Lumsden from Cramlington used black and green lures to release 9 fish from both lakes. Jack Metcalf from New-biggin used Bloodworms and Blobs to safely return 11 fish to Coe Crag, his best fish was at 8lb. Fly box this week has been Bloodworms, Buzzers, dries, Diawl Bachs, Cormorants, Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs. Thrunton will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (December 24, 25, 26) and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day (December 31, January 1).
On February 16, 2019, Thrunton will be holding a competition helping to raise money for the England Bank Fly Fishing Team. To book a place please contact the Fishery on 01665 574400.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk