Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A busy week at Blackdyke, especially over the weekend. Mostly mixed results, some anglers catching almost double figures. Water clarity is excellent despite all the rain. Best methods are small black dries, Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers and fish are showing on the top but taking a few feet under. Malcolm Foreman had the fish of the week on Sunday, a 5lb rainbow on an Olive Buzzer. Sunday April 15 is our Troutmasters fish-off. If you haven't confirmed your place, please call us on 07525 730447. Lunch will be included. Arrive 8.30am for 9am start. For more information please visit our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk or our facebook page.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Unlike some other reservoirs Blithfield is mainly fed by two sources – the River Blithe and the Tad Brook – rather than by controlled, pumped-in water. Therefore, the deluge of rain over the weekend of the Bank Holiday resulted in the reservoir levels rising with an influx cold and coloured water at the start of the week. However, as the week progressed conditions settled and a slight rise in temperatures by Thursday encouraged a good buzzer hatch which resulted in drastically improved sport.
Most rods at this time of year opt to fish from the banks, but it was evident during the latter part of the week that most of the surface-feeding fish (when conditions were conducive) were over the deeper water towards the middle of the reservoir. Bearing this in mind, and as the season progresses, bank anglers may wish to consider the option of a four hour, start any time, boat permit which provides a flexible alternative to their usual days’ sport. Boats can be reserved and paid for at the Angling Office before 12 noon, or with the duty bailiff after 12 noon.
Some excellent returns this week include on Wednesday 4th for season permit holder Rod Singer with a total bag of 10 fish, all released and for visiting rod Guy Eastment who recorded 12 fish, all around 3lb each and again, all safely released. There were several good returns on the 5th with permit holder Kevin Moore taking 7 fish from the South Lake banks, all to small lure patterns; season permit holder Alan Miles recorded a total of 9 fish from the banks, again to lure patterns in either white or green and black; visiting rod Geoff Tomkinson returned a total of 14 fish from the South Lake banks, all caught on an Olive Tadpole pattern and visiting rod Mick Grant also recorded a total of 14 fish including a tiger trout from the South Lake banks, this time using an Orange Tadpole and a black & green Viva to great effect. On the 6th permit holders Norman Swinson and Graham Wood recorded bags of 9 and 12 fish respectively with the best amongst them being around the 3lb mark, while on the 7th the sport continued to be good with season permit holders Rod Singer (again!) and Alan Miles returning 11 and 8 fish respectively, both fishing from the South Lake banks and using small lures. To round off an improved week, visiting rod Mr Allcock recorded 8 fish in just 4 hours from the South Lake banks, again with black & green lures proving to be very useful. On the 8th we also welcomed visiting rods from the Alex Booth Fly Fishers who enjoyed some good sport from the banks with several anglers reaching their 5-fish bag limit. Early indications show that Ian Footman won the meeting, although this is still to be confirmed. The rod average for the meeting was 3.09 based on the returns submitted. The current rod average is 3.17.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The lakes are still coloured due to the heavy rain but it's not stopping quality hard-fighting fish including tiger and brown trout, in the 3lb to 9lb bracket coming to the net. David Robinson from Netherton returned an approximate 7lb brown trout to Chatton Lake. A short fishing session for Matty Divine from Hadston on Wednesday saw him land a lovely 6lb rainbow on a Bloodworm. Evan (aged 9) braved the very soggy weather conditions during tuition with instructor Bob Smith this week, catching his first ever rainbow on a Diawl Bach. Best flies are Buzzers, nymphs, Bloodworms, Montanas and Cat’s Whiskers. The fishery is closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.
Another fun day with the Chatton Ladies Angling Club on Saturday and 3 of the ladies caught fish in the morning, Margaret Ward was top rod catching 3. A few fish were lost. In the afternoon instructor Paul Little gave an informative discussion on fly lines, flies and techniques for cold conditions. The next Chatton Ladies Angling Club meeting is on Saturday May 26. New members welcome to come along on the day.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Water slowly clearing but fishing well in milder weather. For the week April 2 – 8 the 78 anglers caught 284 fish of which 207 were returned. No monsters but 18 fish over 4lb. Best bank areas are shallow bay, gravel bar, lagoon, east arm, dam. Boat boat areas east arm, coarse bank, gravel bar, dam. Best patterns black/green or white/green lures, Black Buzzer, Black Cruncher, Green Diawl Bach, Red Apps’. Wet weather and flooding kept many anglers away. The water level is very high but clarity is improving daily. Only two boats have been out so far this week. On Monday, Richard Honey anchored off the pylon then the lagoon to take 14 fish on a floating line with a white lure. Meanwhile on the bank, Chris Selby also took 14 on a Red Apps’ while fishing shallow bay. Only bank anglers fished today, Tuesday. There was a huge buzzer hatch and fish were rising in the calm conditions although most fish were caught 1-3 foot down. Colin Ashpole had 11, mostly from the lagoon. Alan Rennocks managed 12 from brookside and Jim Nixon had a bonanza with 18 from shallow bay and Goodfellow Bay, many of his fish coming to Buzzers. Elinor is rammed full of fish as there’s been too much stocking and not enough anglers!
Foremark Reservoir, Derbyshire
Another varied week due the ever-changing weather conditions and wind direction. The sun has broken through sometimes which has generated some warmth and resulted in the water temperature slowly starting to increase with this morning’s temperature being 8 degrees Centigrade. The warmer weather has started to see some good buzzer hatches which has meant that fishing imitative patterns has been productive. At the start of the week another 600-quality fish were stocked of average weight 2lb with a further stocking due this week. The bank fishing continues to yield the best results although the boat returns are increasing as the fish are slowly exploring the reservoir apart from that of Flamingo Bay. It is evident that some fish have moved to Bramble bay. Boats have also caught in the cascade and along the dam wall. A nice surprise this week was an osprey taking a trout from Flamingo Bay.
On Tuesday DCAC members Topping and Robinson landed 40 fish in a morning session. Mr Machin caught 16 on size 14 Black Buzzers from the bank at Flamingo Bay. Messer’s Johnson and Ward landed 23 fish between them, again mainly on Buzzers while Mr I. McWilliams caught 15 on Buzzers. Mr Rivett caught 11 on Buzzers on Thursday while Mr T. Cornell caught 4 on Buzzers of which 2 fish were over 3.5lb. On Friday Messr’s Burton and Graney had 42 fish between them on Pheasant Tail Nymphs. On Saturday Tony and Ruth Kirk caught 5 fish between them while fishing the bank on Carvers Arm. Mr Baker during a last 4 hours session caught 7 fish to 3lb, mainly on Buzzers, but one fell to a dry fly. Sunday saw anglers catching on Buzzers and Damsels with Mr Mansell taking 11 and Mr Southgate taking 8, both in a morning session. The afternoon and evening also produced with Mr Eyden taking 12 and Mr Churchill catching 6 during his evening visit.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Two Meadows, Crylla Bay and the North Bank provided the best sport through March, with a variety of lure patterns (Cat’s Whisker, Orange Blob, Baby Doll, Cormorant, Orange Fritz) fished on sinking lines producing the best results. As conditions warmed, Buzzers, Damsel Nymphs and Shrimp patterns started to catch fish, with the afternoons and evenings the best time of day. The best fish caught in the month was a 4lb 11oz rainbow, caught by P. England from Liskeard.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
After a very successful start to the week, anglers found that at the end of the week fishing conditions became more challenging. Despite the impressive fly hatches, it wasn’t always easy to match the hatch. This was mostly down to the size of the fly that was hatching. Thrunton welcomed the Cramlington Renegades this week, Adam Calvin won the competition landing the heaviest fish weighing at 5lb 7oz. We also held this year’s senior and junior Troutmasters fish-off on Sunday, with 21 anglers fishing. A total of 129 fish were landed during the competition with an impressive rod average of 6.14. We had good weather and although there was still a chilly wind at times, the numerous hatches throughout the entire day were great to see. Congratulations to Ross Dixon from Consett who won the senior competition with 16 fish followed very closely by Rob Hall in second place. The Junior competition was won by Elliot Guthrie from Cramlington with 5 fish and in second place was Ryan Foggon. Thank you to all of the competitors and marshals for supporting this Troutmasters event and we are delighted to have both Ross and Elliot representing Thrunton Long Crag at the finals – the best of luck to both of you!
Among the good catches were: Robert Hopper from Durham safely released 8 fish using Buzzers and Blobs; Dennis Hopper, also from Durham, returned 9 fish using Buzzers and Cat’s Whiskers; Tom Donnelly safely returned 5 fish to Long Crag using various Buzzers;
Matty Devine from Hadston had a ‘fantastic day returning 20 fish using Bloodworms and lures. He released a rainbow at 7lb, a brown at 3lb and a blue at 2lb; R. Masters from Ashington used a Cat’s Whisker to safely release 6 fish; Keith Watson landed 20 fish from Coe Crag, using a Damsel and Bloodworms, and 4 of his fish weighed in at 8lb 13oz; Walker angler Ray O’ Connor used Buzzers and nymphs to safely release 7 fish back into Coe Crag; Les Dinsmore from Cramlington returned 11 fish to Long Crag using a Cat’s Whisker; Mick Brown from Bedlington used Buzzers to return 9 fish to Long Crag; Phil Raisbeck safely released 12 fish back to Long Crag using lures; Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 14 fishing Bloodworms; Elliot Guthrie successfully caught and released 19 to Long Crag Lake on Buzzers; David Todd of Newcastle had some “great buzzer fishing” releasing 10 from Long Crag; Chopwell angler Anthony Meadows safely returned 13 to Long Crag; Malcolm Proudlock fishing the Troutmasters released 10 to Long Crag.
Best flies are Buzzers, Bloodworms, Cat’s Whisker, Damsel, Blobs, Black Cat and various dries.
Fishery Hours: Open Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun – 8.30am to 7pm.
Saturday & Monday – 8.30am to 5pm.