Avington Trout Fishery, Hampshire
Another busy month and it seems that winter is slowly leaving us and spring is in sight. The water is looking incredibly clear and fish can be seen without Polaroids with ease. The temperature is keeping low whilst oxygen levels remain high due to the bright sunshine and this is providing some incredible fighting fish as anglers repeatedly tell us about energetic fish leaping from the water during battles lasting over 10 minutes. With these active fish come big catch returns and we are now seeing regular days of 30 fish coming out, these are mainly falling to olive or brown Damsel patterns. With spring comes the arrival of the longer days and our closing time is now getting pushed back accordingly. As we near the trout season major work is taking place on the carrier in order to make it more accessible to anglers and to also provide more light and flow for the fish. This includes cutting back overgrown hedges and introducing features to increase fly life.
Blackdyke Fly Fishery, Norfolk
Good results this week. Black/green or white/green lures, Blobs and Snakes on a floater or intermediate line work well, as well as Bloodworms. Lodge side of the bank yielding the best results but fish are well distributed. If booking the Wheelyboat in advance, if you then can’t make it please call to cancel so we can offer it out to other anglers. All updated info on Facebook or our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Elinor opens for the 2018 season on Saturday February 10 at 7am. All prices remain the same as 2017. Although the water level is high the clarity is good and prospects are excellent. Generally the lodge end of the lake fishes best at this time of year for the new stock fish but for overwintered specimens it’s worth trying shallow bay, gravel bar or East arm. During the first couple of weeks the bank fishing is usually more productive than boat. Early season patterns such as black/green or white/green lures, Blobs and Snakes on a floater or intermediate line work well although residents may well fall to more imitative nymphs such as Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear and fry imitations. The preseason stocking of over 1,500 fish will include a good proportion of 3lb-plus specimens. There is no need to book for bank fishing but it’s best to book boats, especially from April onwards.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Cold weather and strong winds has given anglers another testing week, though many rose to the challenge and managed some good bags. Cat’s Whiskers and Diawl Bachs have accounted for many of this week’s catches. The aerators have worked well keeping the lakes free from ice in the later part of the week. The fish of the week was landed by Rob Hall, 10lb-plus rainbow from Long Crag on a Yellow Dancer Bill Bonas safely released 5 to Coe Crag using a Black Bunny. Cramlington angler Alec Harvey had two visits this week landing a total of 14 fish, using Buzzers and Zonkers. Willie Emery from Newbiggin used a ‘different fly for every fish’ landing a total of 7 from both Long Crag and Coe Crag. J. Loftus landed 6 fish, 2 of them weighing in at 7lb using a Cats Whisker. Bob Smith from Morpeth had a ‘good challenge’ safely releasing 7 to Long Crag using Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Ken Glenton from Ashington had ‘a good day’ returning 7 to Long Crag on a Diawl Bach. Bedlington angler Mick Brown safely returned 9 using Buzzers. Alan Robinson from Lynemouth visited twice this week landing a total of 10 on a Chewing Gum Worm and Diawl Bach. Morpeth angler Rob Hall caught 13 fish over his 2 sessions this week, using Chamois, Buzzers and Yellow Dancer’s. One of his fish was a 10lb-plus. Bill Bilbrough safely released 7 on a Cat’s Whisker. Mick Kelly from Swarland returned 5 to Coe Crag using Buzzers. Martin Gaffney landed 6 fish on Blobs and a Black Pennell. P. Embleton returned 7 to Long Crag using various flies.