Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Buzzer madness all week and then suddenly things turned and dries started to be more effective. 62 anglers caught 121 fish of which 111 were returned. Morning and late afternoons plenty of fish are rising. Best catch of the week went to Brian who caught 28 off the boat last Tuesday. Perfect conditions continue.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Above average temperatures early in the week produced a good hatch of buzzers with a few sedges appearing in the evenings. Terrestrial offerings in the form of hawthorn and small daddy longlegs produced excellent top-of-the-water sport to both bank and boat rods. Stomach contents of the spooned fish revealed dark olive buzzers equivalent to a size 12, various terrestrials and even last year’s coarse fry. The current rod average is 6.66. There are so many good returns this week that only a selection appear here: On Monday 7th Ian Buckley returned a total of over 30 fish from the South Lake banks using Buzzers and black lures while permit holder Paul Ryder recorded 18 fish to his boat on the South Lake, all on Black Buzzers. On Tuesday 8th visiting rod Alan Topping saw no action at all until the afternoon when he successfully caught and released 21 fish on Damsel patterns from the South Lake banks. The 9th saw many significant returns amongst which were season permit holder Geoff Allsop with 21 fish caught on Black Pennell or Black Tadpole; Permit holder Terry Dallaway returned 16 fish from the South Lake banks; Permit holder Ian Colclough recorded 19 fish by combining Buzzers with a Booby on the point and fishing from the South Lake banks; visiting rods Mr Hutchinson and Mr Blatchford paired up in a boat on the South Lake to return an impressive total of 41 to their boat, all caught to Buzzer patterns; visiting rod Yousef Dar also enjoyed a successful day’s boat angling with 28 fish to his boat, again Buzzers and lures providing excellent results, while visiting bank rods Geoff Tomkinson (who fished the banks of both North and South Lakes), David Heseltine and David Evans all recorded impressive returns of 27 fish, 25 fish and 17 fish respectively.
The sport continued apace on the 10th with visiting rod Wayne Jordan employing Buzzer patterns to record 18 fish to his boat on the South Lake; visiting Patshull Park rods Adrian Ponder and Richard Snape paired up in a boat and returned 29 fish between them, all caught on Olive Damsels and Buzzers; regular visiting rod Steve Cooper read conditions perfectly and switched from orange lures to green and white and Hare’s Ear nymphs this week and returned 17 fish from the South Lake banks, while season permit holder Roger Goring fished from the banks of the South Lake using Buzzers and recorded a total of 13 fish, amongst them a stunning over-wintered rainbow of 5lb 8oz. On Friday 11th there were further good returns with season permit holder Norman Swinson returning 17 fish from a boat on the South Lake; visiting rods John Graney and Bruce Burton fished from the banks and enjoyed some phenomenal sport releasing all 46 fish caught between them, both anglers choosing intermediate line and black or orange Fritz patterns; visiting rod Peter Roberts also experienced incredible bank sport returning 17 fish, all caught and released, using Buzzer patterns. On the 12th visiting rod John Ruscoe returned 19 fish to his boat on the South Lake, while visiting rods Mick Broadgate and Sam Forrester paired up in a boat to record a total of 21 fish between them all to Buzzer patterns. Also on the 12th we welcomed a group of anglers from Bollington Fly Fishers near Macclesfield who enjoyed excellent sport to their boats with a superb rod average of 10.27. Rounding off an impressive week of sport on Sunday 13th was permit holder Peter Barlow, who used a ‘walk, cast, walk’ tactic around the North Lake banks and recorded a final total of 19 fish, all to nymph and Spider patterns and all safely released. Another group of anglers visited on Sunday for the Colclough Memorial Meet and after a very pleasant, sunny days’ sport their rod average was 10.89. The Troutmasters fish-off for Blithfield also took place on Sunday and this was won by Nigel Hodkinson.
An important reminder to all anglers this week that on Sunday May 20 we will be hosting an heat of the Scierra Pairs contest and therefore boat availability may be very limited.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Hairy Biker Simon King and his son visited Chatton Trout Fishery this week with instructor Bob Smith and caught a delicious trout for tea! Phil Jones caught a 16lb brown trout using a Red Buzzer during tuition with Bob. Matty Devine from Hadston was delighted with his 10lb rainbow from Chatton Lake. Rob Frame from West Denton caught a nice brown trout. Mick Brown from Bedlington caught 18 fish using Buzzers and returned two double-figured fish. Best flies this week were Buzzers, dries, Diawl Bachs, PTNs, and Cat’s Whiskers. On Saturday June 9, a fundraiser organised by Tracey and Jim Tuck for Little Miss Attitude 'Hope' (Hopes Dream's) will take place. £30 includes fishing and lunch. To book a place please ring 07857 497001 (after 7pm) or the fishery on 01668 215226. Chatton is open 7 days a week, closing at 9pm, and 5pm on Saturdays.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Boat fishing consistently good. Bank fishing well on all but the brightest days. A buzzer bonanza for boat anglers last week with fish coming to straight-line tactics over the deeper water and washing-line over the shallows. Size 12 or 14 Olive Buzzers working best. Bank anglers are having to work harder for their fish during the day but there are plenty rising to keep you interested. The evening rise has been spectacular from around 8.30pm onwards. Big hatches of dark olive buzzers have seen the gravel bar and shallow bay areas bubbling with fish. Water clarity remains superb. As well as buzzers we’ve seen hawthorn fly and the first few mayfly and damsels. Most of the potholes in the road down to the fishery have been repaired!
For the week May 7-13 the 206 anglers caught 1109 fish of which 816 were returned. Best fish: 6lb 12oz to Ralph Barnet, from Diss, on a Red Buzzer, from the boat; 6lb 10oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 6oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 1oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, wet Hopper; 6lb Dave Macquillin, Worboys, Cruncher; 5lb 9oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 8oz Bryan Swain, Brampton, Tequila Blob; 5lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, black/white Buzzer, boat; 5lb 3oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, Olive Buzzer; 5lb Al Steels, Peterborough, Olive Buzzer, boat; 5lb Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Bibio. Best bank areas: most areas holding fish but coarse bank, creek and gravel bar good. Boats - west arm, gravel bar, dam end in a north wind. Best patterns Olive or Black Buzzer, Olive or Red Cruncher, small Damsel, Black or Brown Shipman’s, Black Hopper, small Damsel, Bloodworm.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Thrunton has experienced some exceptional hatches this week, as well as a few anglers reporting sightings of mayfly. At the beginning of the week anglers found that Hoppers and various CDC flies were most successful with the colour black working extremely well. Hatches of hawthorn flies and olives were spotted and small black flies fished just subsurface were definitely doing the trick! In the latter part of the week Buzzers and Diawl Bachs proved very effective. The Ladhope Fishing Club enjoyed their day. The BIFFC Fly Fishing Club also paid a visit, and a good time was had by all as the lakes continue to fish extremely well.
T. Foster from Ashington safely released 12 and 10 fish to Long Crag over 2 visits using Hoppers, Shuttlecocks and Bibios; Dipton angler, Connor Stoddart landed 13 fish, 4 of which weighed in at 11lb 16oz, catching on Daddies, Hawthorn and Suspender Buzzers; Ali Tait from Morpeth and Jim Burtle returned 12 and 10 fish to Coe Crag using dries; Young Harrison Douds used lures to land a total of 12 fish from Coe Crag; Blyth angler Jim Smith safely returned 16 fish to Long Crag using Cat’s Whiskers and Blobs; Jim Gargett from Wideopen used a Shipman’s Buzzer to land 11 fish between both lakes; Ken Glenton from Ashington safely released 18 fish from Long Crag using dries and Buzzers; S. Conway from Netherwhitton used The Devine Dancer to safely release 12 fish between both lakes; Gary Surtees from Blyth returned 12 fish to Long Crag using a Black Beetle and Black Emergers; Lol Seddon used a Black Hopper and Blob to safely release 13 fish from Long Crag; Paul Hird from Sunderland had ‘ a very good day’ netting 12 from Coe Crag on Buzzers; Ricky Usher from Pegswood released 13 from both lakes on Pink Tinheads; Alec Harvey from Cramlington returned 13 to Long Crag on dries and Buzzers; Davy Kay from Morpeth released 16 from both lakes on his home-tied flies; D. Johnson and Scott Fenton from Chester-le-Street had an ‘excellent day’ releasing 16 each from both lakes; Young Jack Metcalf enjoyed his afternoon session returning 11 from both lakes on dries; Mike Kelley from Swarland had ‘great night’ returning 14 from Long Crag on Suspender Buzzers.
Wednesday 30th May – Junior sessions. Please see website for details. Please contact the Fishery to book on 01665 574400 or 07795 002607
Saturday 2nd June – GAIA Day. Four GAIA instructors will offer instruction and guidance to any interested anglers form beginners to experts. Please contact the Fishery to book. 01665 574400 or 07795 002607
Best flies are Shipman’s Buzzers, Hoppers, Emergers, Blobs, Cat’s Whiskers, Dancers, Buzzers, CDC, Hawthorns, Beetles and various other dries. Open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Saturday and Monday 5pm close.