Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A week of mixed results, but despite the warmer weather, when the fish were rising, anglers were catching. Best times are mornings and late afternoons as the fish go off during the warmest part of the day. Temperatures set to drop which should improve a full day’s fishing. Best methods are Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers, black and olive dries and Diawl Bachs. Next restock Monday April 30th.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
A continued rise in temperatures during the week saw an increase in insect activity and fish movements. Those fish that had been lurking in the depths for some time began to move upwards into the warmer layers of water spurred on by the plethora of buzzers hatching out and the rich feeding that awaited them at last. Anglers who used an attractor on the point and Buzzers or nymph patterns on droppers saw the most significant sport with many double-figured returns being recorded, particularly from midweek onwards. Orange or green have still featured as key attractor colours whilst black or red Buzzer patterns have tempted many of the larger trout this week. The effects of a few days’ warm weather have been quite amazing and very welcome!
Excellent returns this week include on the 16th for visiting rod Geoff Tomkinson with a total return of 20 fish from the South Lake banks, all caught on olive or black & green Tadpoles. The 18th proved to be the most productive day of the week for many anglers as the temperatures peaked at 26˚C with permit holder Henry Deakin recording a total of 14 fish on small wet flies and Diawl Bachs; Season permit holder Peter Jeffries returned a total of 17 fish from the South Lake banks, all caught on small orange and white lures. Best of the visiting rods on the 18th were David Felton who returned an impressive 21 fish from the South Lake banks, all to Montana variations while Fred Salt recorded a total of 15 fish, again on the very productive South Lake, this time using a small Cat’s Whisker. The incredible upturn in sport continued on the 19th with further double-figure returns including for visiting rod Phil Roper with 16 fish all caught on black and green lures, with the best being a cracking 4lb overwintered rainbow; visiting rod Steve Cooper recorded the best bag of the week with his 27 fish, all caught on orange and green Tadpole patterns from the banks of the South Lake; visiting rod Phil Williams returned a total of 18 fish, including a stunning brown trout and 2 very shiny blues, all of which were tempted by an Apache lure or a Red Buzzer and visiting rod Mick Grant released all 17 of his fish, caught on various patterns including green and white lures, Viva, Diawl Bach and Buzzers from the banks of the South Lake. On the 20th further decent returns were recorded by permit holder Graham Wood who released 10 fish and visiting rod Peter Roberts who released all 14 of his fish – all of them caught on Buzzer patterns from the South Lake. On April 21 visiting rod Stan Edinburgh recorded a total of 19 fish from the South Lake. Also on the 21st we welcomed a group of anglers from Leeds Fly Dressers who paired up in boats for the day and based on the returns submitted achieved a very creditable rod average of 4.8.
The North Lake will open to all anglers on May 1 this year although some tracks around its perimeter are very waterlogged with high water levels still posing one or two issues for bank anglers. The tracks around the South Lake are all now open, making it easier for bank anglers to access the different areas to suit the prevailing winds. The current rod average is 4.33.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Diawl Bachs were working for Matty Divine from Hadson who returned 14 fish including a 12lb 8oz rainbow to Chatton Lake. Nicky Stenhouse caught a 5lb rainbow using an Orange Bloodworm and returned 9 fish in total. It was great to welcome the Ellem Fishing Club (the oldest fishing club in the world) on their first outing this year. Congratulations to Ian Gaston landing a 6lb 8oz rainbow and receiving the Glendale Medal. The Oddfellows Fishing Club held their friendly competition at Chatton on Sunday.
Fantastic catches this week with anglers catching on Buzzers, dries, nymphs, Bloodworms and lures. A great day for Ken Glenton from Ashington catching 15 fish on Buzzers, and his best fish was an 8lb 8oz rainbow. Instructor Bob Smith from Morepth returned 15 fish on Buzzers, dries and nymphs. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington returned 14 fish on Blobs, Buzzers and lures. Davie Bilborough from North Gosforth returned 17 fish including a 10lb rainbow. Steve Bilborough from Cramlington returned 18 fish using Buzzers. Bruce Goodwin from Coldstream caught 10 fish on dries and Buzzers. Steve McMorn from Berwick returned 12 fish using Buzzers. Julian Bales from Wooler returned 10 using black/green patterns. I. Stuart from Newcastle caught 10 on a Black and Green Dancer. Thomas Keys (Busha) from Belford was delighted at catching his first tiger trout on a black lure. Josh Piper from Morpeth returned 10 fish using Buzzers. Gareth Tilley from Lanchester caught 11 fish using Apps’ Bloodworms and Buzzers. Stew Younger from Blyth returned 10 fish on a Bloodworm.
Fishery closing at 8.30pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fshery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 16 – 22 the 208 anglers caught 1187 fish of which 891 were returned. Best fish 8lb 2oz to Jason Cooke, from Roade, on a Black Buzzer, from a boat; 5lb 12oz Roy Brown, Rushden, Damsel, boat; 5lb 9oz Paul Laundon, Bedford, Green Diawl Bach; 5lb 8oz Leigh Gregory, Crowland, Green Quill, boat; 5lb 5oz Liam Johnson, Rushden, Buzzer, boat; 5lb 4oz Shane Else, Northampton, Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle; 5lb 1oz Liam Johnson, Rushden, Buzzer, boat; 4lb 14oz Mr Wilson, Melton Mowbray, GRHE; 4lb 2oz brown to Will Childs, Lowick, Black Buzzer. Best bank areas are coarse bank, lagoon, shallow bay, gravel bar. Best boat areas are west arm, gravel bar. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, Black Cruncher, Red or Green Diawl Bach, small Damsel, Orange Blob.
An excellent week for both bank and boat anglers with the water clear again and some huge buzzer hatches. Size 12 Buzzers with red or white cheeks either straight-lined or under a bung is the best method although plenty of fish are also coming to small unweighted Damsels, Crunchers and Diawl Bachs. Most areas are producing fish although top quality specimens are being taken from the coarse bank and west arm. A few fish are rising on calmer days and evenings.
On Wednesday April 18, the Troutmasters fish-off was won by Scott Bowman who will represent Elinor at the Draycote final in October. Results: 1. Scott Bowman 5 fish 8lb 14oz; 2. Roger Bosence 2 fish 5lb 5oz; 3. Toby Craig 2 fish 3lb 11oz.
On Sunday April 22 Manor Farm Fly Fishers had a boat outing and 6 anglers caught 23 fish with some quality fish landed. Top bag was Mick Tracey with 6 fish weighing 22lb 8oz including a 4lb 10oz rainbow on a Bloodworm.
The Fly Dressers Guild held a spring bank event and while only 10 anglers competed they caught 78 fish. Best fish was 4lb 4oz by Malcolm Price. Top bag was Les Cooke with 4 fish weighing 8lb 14oz plus a further 8 fish released.
The latest edition of Trout Fisherman magazine (issue 509) has a centre-page feature on Elinor and includes a DVD with Iain Barr and Gareth Jones bank fishing at Elinor.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
This week has proven to be a roller-coaster ride of weather conditions which has been reflected by the water temperature. The water temperature at the beginning of the week was 9C, then fell to 8C and at the end of the week was 12C. The warm bright days did not seriously impact the fishing since the average fish per day per rod was in the region of 5 all week. The warmer days produced some good buzzer hatches, but significant evening rises were not evident.
A further 640 fish were stocked on Wednesday and from the reports the lodge pontoon demonstrated good fish returns which indicates that some of the newly stocked fish have not sought refuge in Flamingo Bay. The boat returns are on the upturn while the bank fishing continues to yield good results. By using a fish-finder, it seems the fish have now found their way to Bramble Bay and down towards the wires. There are good indications of fish in front of the gorse bushes and up to the Cascade. However please check the condition of the water being pumped ie whether it is clean or dirty water. To be a potential hotspot the Cascade needs to be pumping clean water. The fish-finder generally indicated that the fish were in the deeper water near the bank but at 2 to 3 metres down. On Wednesday, a cuckoo was heard for the first time this year.
On Monday Mr D. Hudson caught 10 fish from a boat while Mr K. Stringer also caught 10 on a Cat’s Whisker and Buzzers. On Tuesday Mr R. Gent caught 14 on FABs. Two boats each found fish in Heron Bay just above the Cascade. The anglers in these boats, G. Davies, A. Preece, and Dominic and Denis de Souza caught an average of 7 fish between them. They caught on Buzzers and Damsels either straight-lined or by a washing-line. In a morning session Mr B. White caught 11 in Flamingo Bay on a Green Fritz lure on an intermediate line. The best fish was a rainbow of approximately 5lb. Mr Chilton of DCAC caught 12 in Flamingo Bay on Buzzers. On Saturday Mr R. Miller caught a 4lb 12oz rainbow off Verdons Point on a Buzzer. Fishing from a boat on the drift from the sailing club bay across the front of the lodge past buoy 1 Mr P. Calvert caught 15 fish on Buzzers fished on a washing-line. Tony Kirk caught 16 fish from the bank from Verdons Point down to the power lines on size 16 Black Buzzers. Mrs R. Kirk caught 6 fish from Bramble Bay on Buzzers /Damsels. Kirby Fly Fishers fished their club competition on Sunday with 13 rods averaging 4.2 with the eventual winner John Foster.
Weekly stats: Number rods: 184; Number trout taken: 249; Number trout released: 512; Total catch: 761; Weekly rod average: 4.1.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
After the first few signs of summer started to show, so did some of the larger brownies and blues with some fish being landed weighing more than 18lb. Anglers found dries, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers most successful, but on the bright sunny days lures were popular as the fish went deeper. This week Thrunton welcomed the Ladykirk & Norham anglers who thoroughly enjoyed their day with a rod average of 5.90. Gordon Wharton won the Gordon Wharton cup for the heaviest bag, 4 fish for 12lb 13oz. John Foreman and Dean Cockburn both netted 12 each on March Browns and Bob’s Bits. We were also pleased to entertain 8 generous anglers who bid, at auction, for the lunch and fishing day for the Breast Cancer Now charity. Everyone had a great day. Thank you to everyone for their support and generosity.
Alec Harvey from Cramlington safely released 14 fish using dries and Buzzers; Gateshead angler David Todd had some “brilliant sport” returning 20 fish using dries and Buzzers. He landed an impressive 8lb rainbow, 4lb blue and a 3lb brown; D. Halliday from Kelso safely released 10 fish in Long Crag using Diawl Bachs; Matty Devine from Hadston used Diawl Bachs and lures to land 20 fish, catching his personal best brown weighing 18lb 2oz; Father and son, Simon and Elliot Guthrie landed 15 and 19 fish from Long Crag using Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and dries; D. Millican from Blyth safely released 12 fish using Diawl Bachs, lures and Montanas; Michael Hall from Cramlington landed 23 fish over his 2 visits this week, he caught them on Buzzers and lures; Blyth angler J. Smith caught 7 fish on Diawl Bachs, with one, a 14lb rainbow; Ross Dixon and Matty Darroch returned 12 and 15 on Apps and Buzzers; Ricky Taylor from Penicuik released 16 from both lakes on a Yellow Fritz; Andy Richmond from Dreghorn netted 20 mainly from Coe Crag lake on Tequila FABs and Buzzers; Mick Yeomans from Norham enjoyed his day netting 16 on dries; Rob Hall from Morpeth landed 20 from both lakes over 2 sessions on Dancers and Buzzers; Davy Kay from Morpeth released 14 from Long Crag lake on his home-tied flies; Brothers Mitch and Cory Dow returned 12 and 27 over 2 visits on Midge and Spiders; P. Snaith safely released 16 fish to Long Crag using a Beaded Cat’s Whisker; Mick Brown from Bedlington landed his personal best of 20 fish from Long Crag using Buzzers; Jim Lumsden safely released 15 fish to Long Crag, best fish at 11lb using various olive and white flies,” and Ken Ward returned 14, having his best day this year.
Best flies are Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, PTNs, Montanas, Bob’s Bits, CDCs, various lures and dries.
On April 28, Long Crag lake will be closed to anglers as we host the Chopwell Cup. Coe Crag will be open as usual. Apologises to our regular anglers.
Fishery hours: Open Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sun 8.30am to 8pm;
Saturday & Monday 8.30am to 5pm.