Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A very good week and the 48 anglers caught 114 rainbows of which 98 were released. Despite the warmer weather, overnight cooler temperatures allow the water to remain nice and cold which the trout love. Buzzers (black and white), Orange Blobs under an indicator and dries all yielding results. The newly renovated three bed caravan will soon be available for anglers. Call 07525 730447 for rates.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A fantastic week of sport using Hoppers, Spiders, F-Fly, Hare’s Ears, Bibios, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Black lures and yellow lures have also been working. Rob Frame from West Denton had a great session on Sunday catching 18 fish using a Shipman’s Buzzer. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington caught 8 fish, returning an 11lb 3oz rainbow to Chatton Lake caught on a Diawl Bach. A junior flyfishing taster morning is on Wednesday May 30, 10am to 12noon. Please ring the fishery to book a place on 01668 215226. A fundraiser for ‘Little miss attitude’ Hope will take place on Saturday June 9. The friendly fishing competition, organised by Tracey and Jim Tuck, costs £30 which includes fishing and lunch. Limited spaces are available - to book a place or to donate flies or raffle prizes please ring 07857 497001 (after 7pm) or ring the fishery 01668 215226. Closing at 9pm this week and 5pm on Saturdays.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Boat anglers catching well on Buzzers and Damsels. Bank fishing more difficult in hot weather. Most of the potholes in the road down to the fishery have been repaired! For the week May 14 – 20 the 243 anglers caught 872 fish of which 624 were returned. Best fish 6lb 8oz to Danny Whitehead, from Oundle, on a black/green lure; 6lb 4oz Scott Bowman, Northampton, Olive Buzzer, boat; 5lb 15oz Graham Jarvis, Norwich, Damsel, boat; 5lb 2oz Bob Senior, Peterborough, Buzzer, boat; 5lb 1oz Tim Charles, Brighton, Black Buzzer, boat. Best bank areas are lagoon, east arm, gravel bar (evenings), dam (in a north wind). Best boat areas anywhere down the middle for deep nymphing, west arm for dries. Best patterns Olive or Black Buzzer, Olive Cruncher, Damsel, Red Diawl, Red Apps’, Candy Blob, white/green or black/green lures.
Boat anglers continue to catch well on buzzers fished deep and slow although it’s not been quite as easy as the preceding two weeks as the fish are well spread over the lake with no real hotspots. The warmer weather has got the damsel hatch in full swing. The fish concentrate on the nymphs during early summer so it’s worth trying a small unweighted olive nymph or a Damsel twitched back in the top two foot if you see splashy daytime rises. The evening rise sees fish back on hatching buzzers with Shipman’s and small Hoppers scoring. Anglers can fish until an hour after sunset which means 10pm at the moment. The last hour can be a spectacular sight but also frustrating with fish moving everywhere. There were more mayfly hatching this year than in previous seasons with the afternoons producing good numbers from the dam and Brookside. Bank anglers have struggled on some days in the hot weather. However the water is very clear and only 15 deg so this will only be a temporary blip until we get some better fishing conditions.