Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
On May 20 the reservoir hosted a heat of the popular Scierra Pairs which saw 15 boat pairs competing for a place in the final on August 26. An outstanding effort by Martin Dixon and Mike Mason saw them bag-up and return to the boathouse within an hour, earning a cracking 12lb time bonus into the bargain. Inevitably they won the heat with a total 34lb 15/16oz. Best recorded fish of the heat went to Richard Delrosso and Neil Beesley at 3lb. Despite the early bagging-up all competitors were then able to continue fishing on a catch and release basis for the rest of the day. The rod average for the actual heat was 5.8 but for the anglers who fished all day the average was much higher. The event showcased the superb sport being enjoyed during the last few weeks. Bank anglers are continuing to record good bags but boats are just starting to come into their own with exceptional sport to dries or nymphs fished on a floating or sink-tip line. The current rod average is 6.24. With the competition season now in full swing, we advise booking boats in advance to avoid disappointment. With this in mind please be advised of these forthcoming events which will affect availability:
Saturday June 2 - annual Cancer Charity boat pairs match, no boats available.
Thursday June 7 – Angling Trust England Fly Fishing practice day, very limited boats available.
Friday June 8 - Angling Trust England Fly Fishing Heat, very limited boats available.
Finally, on Sunday June 10 the Staffordshire Ironman event will once again affect access to the reservoir until 2pm. However, this year, access is available all day via the B5014 from Handsacre, through Hill Ridware and Blithbury.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Chatton regular John Tait from Belford was delighted to catch a double-figure brown trout from Dunnydeer Lake on a home-tied Diawl Bach. Congratulations to Keith Myers on winning the 'Myers' friendly fishing competition on Wednesday, Keith returned 5 fish and kept 4 with a total bag weight of 13lb 8oz, second place went to Stuart Conway keeping 4 fish weighing 11lb 4oz. The Blyth Angling Club held their competition on Sunday. Congratulations to the winner Gary Thompson keeping 4 fish weighing 12lb 2oz, 2nd was Tom Dodd with 4 fish weighing 10lb 2oz and 3rd Steve Taylor with 3 fish for 6lb 4oz. The fly box this week has been dries, Buzzers, Daddies, Hare’s Ears, Diawl Bachs and Yellow Dancers.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week May 21 – 27 the 183 anglers caught 808 fish of which 592 were returned. Best fish 6lb to Walter Kemp, from Chatteris, on a black/green lure from the boat; 5lb 4oz to Bob Walmsley, Desborough, Damsel; 5lb 3oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, Damsel; 5lb 2oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, Red CDC, boat; 5lb 1oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, Red CDC, boat; 5lb Colin Ashworth, Great Linford, boat. Best bank areas are dam, boat bay, gravel bar, east arm. Boats producing well from all areas. Best patterns Damsel Nymph, Black or Olive Buzzers, wet or dry Daddy, olive or hare’s ear Suspender, Orange or Tequila Blob. Boat anglers are enjoying good sport on most days whatever the conditions. Plenty of fish rising during the day although they have been harder to tempt whereas anglers fishing deep Buzzers have had the bigger bags. One angler to buck the trend was Matt Harris who took a boat out on Friday and used dries and emergers to take 40 fish in a mammoth 13-hour session! Matt’s best fly was a size 12 hare’s ear Suspender Buzzer. Bank anglers also had a decent week as long as there wasn’t a combination of sun and wind. The damsel hatch is keeping fish feeding all day and in the afternoon/early evening there has been a prolific mayfly hatch along the Brookside and east arm. Fish have been taking them as they struggle to emerge in the flat calm. A Daddy has been the best pattern to tempt them. The cool north-east wind of last week meant that the late evening rise was sporadic.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The fishery has been subjected to winds from the east/north east which is generally not a favourable wind direction. While this wind direction has particularly affected the bank angler the boat angler has returned some good catches notably in the lee of the dam wall and towards number 3 buoy, Heron Bay and beyond to the Cascade and Gorse Bay. From the bank, when the angler has overcome the strong wind Vernon’s Point continues to be a hotspot. The fish are definitely spread out across the reservoir and appear to be in a large number of pods of two to three fish. Drifting from the boat secures most fish and while lures on sinking lines tend to be the most successful method dry flies are featuring in the recorded catch returns. Supporting this is that sedge, hawthorn and the occasional daddy longlegs are evident in the boats prior to opening the pontoon in the morning. Orange Blobs and Cat’s Whiskers continue to be the most effective flies. On Monday Mr Reid on a boat had 11 fish from the tower/dam wall and near the Cascade. Mr Baker had 9 fish from the same areas on a Booby. On the day after Mr Hill had 11 fish on a Cat’s Whisker and Orange Blob. On Wednesday Messrs Coley and Taft caught 27 to the boat on Muddlers, black and green Zonkers plus Buzzers. Mr Price caught 9 fish on a floating Blob. Mr Harding on Thursday recorded the bag of the week with a catch of 19 fish from the tower to number 3 buoy on a floating line with a Booby and Cormorant combination. Gary Bissell caught 9 fish in a Saturday morning session on Cat’s Whiskers and a Montana Fritz. The pike are still making their presence felt and Mr Cook took an afternoon boat out on Saturday and caught 2. Sunday had fewer rods out and the wind played a significant part in that the catch rate was lower. Mr Skudder from the Burton Mutual Club returned 6 for his visit. The weather took a turn for the worse with the atmospheric pressure rising, indicating the onset of thunder and lightning. As the season moves on please ensure you book your boats in advance so as not to be disappointed.
The next tuition day at Foremark on June 9 is already full but there are places available on courses next month at our other Fisheries. Further details and bookings can be made via www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices or through Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird at Draycote on 01788 812018. The next Foremark tuition day with spaces available is not until the autumn, noting there is a boat fishing day course on Sunday July 8.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The warm weather has continued throughout this week. However due to the north easterly winds anglers found it slightly more challenging to land larger bags. During the latter part of the week the bright conditions led to anglers having to cast well over 25 feet out to find the larger pods of fish. Anglers have also confirmed sightings of mayfly on the water. Both the lakes have been active with hatches of black midge and olives and still some hawthorns. Anglers fishing Shipman’s Buzzers and various CDCs have had some ‘great sport’ and excellent returns with a few more browns coming to the net. Colin Perkins from Pegswood found Diawl Bachs and Griffin’s Gnats to be most successful, releasing 10 fish back to Long Crag. Matty Devine from Hadston safely released 9 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers and lures. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington safely returned 9 fish to Long Crag using Diawl Bachs and dries. Swarland angler R. J. Lee Landed 20 fish over his 2 visits this week from both lakes on PTNs and Black Gnats. B. Lavery from Linton safely returned 7 fish between the 2 lakes using Buzzers, 1 of his fish weighed in at 8lb. Les Dinsmore from Cramlington released 11 fish to Coe Crag using a size 16 Alder fly. Ashington angler Ken Glenton used various dries to land a total of 16 fish from Long Crag. Andy Richmond from Dreghorn used Shipman’s Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Blobs to safely return 20 fish from both lakes. Connor Metcalf and Lee Wilkinson had a “cracking day” with “some superb fish”, returning 13 and 15 on Buzzers, dries, Diawl Bachs and Damsels. Bedlington angler Barry Nicholson returned 18 fish to Coe Crag using a Shipman’s Buzzer. Mick Brown, also from Bedlington, used dries to land a total of 19 fish between the lakes. Davy Kay from Morpeth used small dries to land 9 fish between both lakes. Corey Dow from North Shields released 7 fish and kept 4 for 11lb 5oz from Long Crag. D. Parker released 12 fish into Long Crag using dries.