Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Another good week and most anglers caught using seasonal patterns such as black/green or white/green lures, Blobs and Snakes on a floater or intermediate line. More imitative nymphs such as Bloodworm and fry imitations are also working well. Angler of the week award had to go to Martin Smith who landed 20 rainbows on Friday with the best fish being 5lb (entered into Troutmasters). It is cold but it’s crisp and clear and the fish are responding very well to these conditions.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It's been a fantastic week of sport with quality hard-fighting rainbows, blues, browns and tiger trout all coming to the net. Many double-figured fish have been caught including a beautiful brown trout of approximately 12lb by Jimmy Drew from Wallsend. Braving the elements Matty Divine from Hadston landed 12 fish including an 11lb 9oz rainbow and a 6lb 7oz tiger trout, all from Chatton Lake caught on a Divine Dancer. James Carr from Blyth returned a lovely 11lb 10oz rainbow and a 14lb rainbow on Saturday. Ali Tait from Morpeth returned a perfect conditioned 7lb rainbow to Ross Lake. Peter Matthews was delighted with an approximate 4lb tiger trout from Chatton Lake. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday February 17 at 9.30am in the fishing lodge. New members welcome. The fishery is closed at 5pm this week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Opening weekend, February 10 & 11 saw a cold, wet and windy start to the season but excellent catches and 45 anglers caught 451 fish of which 357 were returned. No monsters were landed but numerous between 3lb and 5lb. Best bank areas were the dam, brookside, gravel bar and shallow bay. Best boat areas the dam and shallow bay. Best patterns are black/green or white/green lures, Orange Blob, Candy Blob and Bloodworm. Floating or intermediate lines took most fish over the weekend that seemed to be holding at 2-4 foot. When the sun came out on Monday combined with a cold wind the fish went deeper and catches were slower.
Although many good bags were taken at the dam end there have been fish taken from the whole of Brookside today. Lures should continue to dominate catches for the first couple of weeks. A good tip is to hang your flies for a few seconds at the end of the retrieve. With the water level high anglers are catching very close in when cloudy.