Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Fishing has been variable over the past week. A variety of natural fly hatches at the moment with dragonfly and daddies making an appear-ance. Fish are about 6 to 8 feet down, but are on the top in the morn-ings and early evenings although it’s unclear as to what they are tak-ing. Some anglers are having very good results while most are not even having a touch. With the warmer weather, the fish are responding by moving into the depths even though the water temperature remains consistently cold. Blackdyke will close for the month of August.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Another dry, settled week saw plenty of visitors to the reservoir. The margins have now started to see an increase in temperatures which has resulted in many fish moving slightly further out over deeper, cool-er water. Although still within a decent cast of the banks, boat anglers have benefitted from the flexibility and coverage a boat can offer and have submitted the best returns this week. The South Lake continues to be the most productive of the two with decent drifts and good wind lanes across the centre and in towards Gorse Bushes and Ten Acre Bay on the prevailing north easterlies. With an ATEFF qualifier heat on Friday 8th, many anglers practised for a couple of days beforehand and enjoyed some excellent sport finding the fish well distributed in the wa-ter.
Creditable returns this week include on the 4th for permit holders Gra-ham Wood and Brian Jones who paired up in a boat and recorded a total of 29 fish between them, mainly to wet flies and Buzzers. The 5th saw many solid returns including for permit holder Eddie Biddle with 11 fish, all safely released; for visiting rod Mark Johnson with 14 fish to his boat caught on various patterns including Blobs, dries and Buzzers with the best of his bag being a 3lb rainbow trout; visiting rods Wayne Jordan and Mick Bowden paired up to fish from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 15 fish using Buzzers and white lures; vis-iting rod and in-form angler Simon Caddy again returned a decent bag to his boat – this time 24 fish, all safely released. On the 6th it was an-other visiting rod, Jeff Mason, who enjoyed great boat sport releasing all 12 of his fish which were caught on various red dry flies. Thursday 7th started cooler and cloudier before brightening in the afternoon. With many anglers fishing a practice for the ATEFF Qualifier there were fur-ther great results, including for visiting rod Nik Tompkins who had trav-elled up from Plymouth with boat partner Dave Minall. On the 8th the Heat got underway at 10am in cool, cloudy conditions and the final winner was Andy Taylor with 27lb (including time bonus). The rod av-erage for the day was over 12 with more than 300 fish caught and re-leased after anglers had weighed-in their 3 fish kill limits. Best fish of the Heat went to Simon Caddy with a rainbow trout of 3lb 5oz. Round-ing off the week on the 10th there were great returns from visiting rods including a boat total of 14 for Clive Wilkins and Keith Smith, with all fish caught on dry flies and all safely released. Regular visitor Rod Tilton returned 10 fish to his boat, again all caught on dry flies and all safely released. With boats being a better option at the present time it is worth noting that a four-hour boat can be hired at any time during the day from 8am onwards. Fishing currently ends at 9.45pm making a day on the water excellent value. Boats can be booked on 01283 840284 between 8am and 12 noon.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A cracking double-figure brown trout was caught by Joe Beattie from Chatton Lake on an Olive CDC. Lawrence Lowden was delighted with a 6lb rainbow caught on a Bloodworm. Best flies are dries, Diawl Bachs, Bloodworms and Buzzers. Thank you to everyone who took part in the 'Hopes Dreams' fundraiser organised by Tracey and Jim Tuck at Chat-ton Trout Fishery on Saturday. Congratulations to young angler Harri-son Doubs on winning the competition. Second was Wullie Emery, third Trevor Wadds, fourth Davie Parker and fifth Jim Tuck. £1368 was raised for a very special little girl 'Little Miss Attitude' Hope.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 4 – 10 the 237 anglers caught 835 fish of which 605 were returned. Best fish 5lb 4oz to Michael Breeson, from Peter-borough, on a Black and Green Tadpole, from the boat; 5lb 2oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, Cruncher; 5lb Jim Nixon, Kettering, Damsel; 4lb 11oz Simon Hill, Nottingham, Damsel, boat; 4lb 8oz Jim Fordham, Bury St Edmunds, Foam Daddy, boat. Best bank areas are dam, pensioners point, east arm. Best boat areas are anchored off dam or down the middle. Best patterns Damsel Nymph, Adult Damsel, Red Cruncher, GRHE, Olive Hopper, Tequila Blob/Booby, Candy FAB.
Fishing was harder last week although the rod average was still a re-spectable 3.5. Fish preoccupied on damsel nymphs and adult damsels and although plenty of fish rising to damsels during the day they can prove difficult to tempt. The evening rise from 9.15pm sees fish taking small black or brown sedges plus hatching buzzers. The recent north-east winds has meant the biggest hatches have been at the lodge end although this may change with the wind finally forecast to change direc-tion on Wednesday. Sunday November 11 is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The wind has been from the north east /east, the water temperature has stabilised at around 18C and it has been overcast with some sunny spells. The water level has risen making some of the bank angling diffi-cult because of the absence of or reduction in shoreline. During the week there was a proliferation of small pin fry and towards the end of the week a wealth of caenis fly put in an appearance. Trout have been on the surface cruising around and scooping up this tiny fly. Although caenis-feeding trout have a reputation for being uncatchable, you do require a stealthy approach. Fish long leaders tapered down to as fine as you dare, fish a single size 14-16 CJ Sparke Gnat or Tups Indispen-sable. There are also some excellent sedge hatches.
On Monday, despite the caenis fly, John Scragg caught 16 fish on Mayfly and Bibios. On Tuesday Scotty Wilson caught 8 fish from the boils and number 4 buoy on Black Shipman’s while Messer’s Coley and Toft recorded 11 fish to the boat on Di-7 lines with lures and Muddlers on a floating line. On Wednesday Paul Ravenscroft caught 13 fish to the boat fishing a Booby Damsel and a Harry Tom from the dam wall and aerators. The best fish was over 4lb with two others over 3lb. John Machin caught 3 fish, 2 of which were over seasoned, 2lb 8oz and 3lb from the bank on Verdun’s Point on Black Midges. On Thursday Mr Beeley caught 5 fish from a boat on Damsel and Black Minkies. While predator fishing Mr Pettini caught 2 pike both around 15lb. On Friday Scotty Wilson recorded 18 trout to the boat fishing from number 3 to number 2 buoys. Mr Scragg caught 10 fish on Mayflies in the main ba-sin. On Saturday Brian White caught 7 fish from the boat near Bramble Bay on a Green Fritz. Ricky Coterrill caught 8 on dry flies while Mes-ser’s Windie and Morrison recorded 10 to the boat mainly on large Black Buzzers. A further pike was caught by D. Aliusman from the vicin-ity of the cascade. The lesson of the week is that despite the caenis fly, fish can be caught from the bank or boat especially with dry flies – Black Mayflies, Black Shipman’s, Black Midges, and Black Buzzers. Lures continue to be successful especially black and green fritz and as always the Booby.