Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Strong easterly winds have made conditions tough this week but a few anglers did really well on Buzzers and Bloodworms. Sunday saw the clearest day and the fish went deep after sitting on the surface all week. Martin Smith made light work of it on Saturday talking 21 rain-bows on Buzzers - straight off the top. Slow retrieves worked best. Next restock is Tuesday December 11. Fur and Feather tickets still available for Sunday December 16. Contact 07525 730447 for more information.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Many nice sized fish coming to the net this week from all three lakes. Two double-figured fish were caught. John Tait from Belford returned a 10lb rainbow to Dunnydeer Lake caught on a black and green lure. Pe-ter Davison from New Hartley returned 13 fish including a 12lb rainbow to Ross Lake. Fish mainly being caught in the deep water but the per-sistent dry fly angler has also been catching. Festive holidays opening times: closing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and January 2, 2019. Gift vouchers available at the fishery. Closing at 4pm this week. Still stocking weekly.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week November 26 - December 2 the 88 anglers caught 424 fish of which 342 were returned. Best fish 7lb to Nigel Cheetham, from Thrapston, on a Black Snake from the boat; 6lb Mr Levkouskis; 5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 4oz Neville Sil-ver, Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 2oz Neville Silver, Bloodworm, boat; 5lb 1oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Tequila Booby; 5lb Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Bloodworm, boat; 4lb 11oz Neil Groves, Oundle, olive lure. Best bank areas are dam, boat bay and brookside. Best boat area is the lodge end. Best patterns are Apps’ Bloodworm, small Black Buzzer, Tequila FAB/Booby, Suspender Buzzer, Black Hopper, small Damsel, ol-ive/black Snake.
Bank fishing best in a wind, boats have an advantage on calmer days. Lodge end of the lake continues to hold most fish. This time last year anglers needed to walk to shallow bay and the west arm to catch.
In cloudy conditions the fish are still being taken near the surface with floater and washing-line or dries working. The water is incredibly clear so if the sun is out then the fishing is much harder. Anglers scaling down to lighter leaders and smaller flies have continued to catch. On frosty mornings the afternoons have seen more action. Now the clocks have gone back half day tickets are valid 7am - 2pm or midday un-til dark.
Saturday December 29 is the C&R bank competition. £45 entry fee in-cludes fishing. £700 first prize! Cash prizes for top 5. Tackle prizes for 6th - 10th. Full details on Iain Barr Facebook or at the fishery.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers who braved stormy weather this week had some good sport off both lakes with some good sized fish coming to the net including a 17lb rainbow and a personal best for 1 angler with a lovely 15lb brown. Lur-es have been working best this week with the bulk of fish being caught on Damsels and Apps’ Bloodworms. Dries and emergers working when the conditions are right. Ray 'O' Connor from Walker returned 7 fish to Coe Crag on Damsels; Steve Nobel from Linton also returned 7 to Coe Crag on Damsels; John Williams from Morpeth released 9 on Long Crag and 2 on Coe Crag using various lures, and 8 on a second visit – 5 off Coe Crag including a double hook-up and 1 fish at 12lb. David Keith from Wallsend had a ‘good day’ with 2 off the bottom lake and 4 off the top using Zonkers. Alec Harvey from Cramlington had a ‘great day’ releasing a total of 12 (6 off each lake) using Blobs and Blood-worms. Mick Brown from Bedlington safely released 11 on Long Crag and 7 on Coe Crag using Buzzers. Austin Churm used Tadpoles to get 2 on Long Crag and 5 on Coe Crag. Ray Wood from West Woodburn had a ‘cracking day’ returning 12 to the top lake, Apps’ Bloodworms working well for him. Jim Burtle returned 7 to Long Crag and 2 to Coe Crag on a wet and windy day using Eggstacy Worms. Stew Ritson from Blaydon released 6 fish, including one at 10lb, on Long Crag using Damsels. Matty Devine returned 9 to Long Crag using PTN and lures. All fish were over 3lb with some up to 6lb. Gary Surtees had a ‘windy but good’ day releasing 7 on Coe Crag using Dancers. Fly-fishing coach Bob Smith returned 8 fish including 1 at 8lb on dries and emerg-ers. Graham Stephenson returned 5 and kept 2 for 4.7lb using Hu-mungus and a Micky Finn. Jordan Lisle from Monkseaton returned 6 fish on Long Crag, 1 fish estimated at 16-17lb on black lures. Michael Gaffney from Throckley released 7 and his brother Ian released 10 in-cluding a PB 15lb brown on Long Crag using black lures. D. Middle-mast from Stanley safely returned 16 fish to Long Crag using lures and Buzzers. Brian Lillie from Gosforth landed and released 10 fish to Long Crag using lures. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 4pm.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk