Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A slow week with low catch numbers across the board from both boats and bank. A couple of anglers did catch 2 and 3 on Black Hoppers but other than that things were quiet, but quite typical for this time of the year. The cooler, windier, cloudy days saw the most activity in the wa-ter – again, quite typical for this time of the year. Blackdyke will be closed for the month of August.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
After the welcome frenzy of recent matches and practice days the res-ervoir has seen normal service resume. This was heralded by the fish becoming increasingly pre-occupied with feeding on pin fry. Numerous fish, especially in overcast conditions, were seen ‘fry bashing’ right across the reservoir. These fish, far from being impossible to catch, ac-tually produced some good returns especially from the boats. The most successful tactics were small fry imitations fished static just beneath the surface. Across the middle of the reservoir dry fly tactics worked well but with only light hatches most fish came ‘blind’ to the fly and it was a case of having patience and confidence in proven patterns.
Continued weekly stocking and a large head of resident fish will com-bine to provide the best chance of sport in the coming weeks. So far this season 16,000 fish have been stocked – a mixture of rainbow, blue and tiger trout.
For those anglers who feel that very windy conditions do not provide profitable sport it is important to remember that this often stirs up food debris from bank edges and along the many shelves and drop-offs. Fish will feed avidly in these spots on windy days and to prove this point, season permit holder Paul Walker returned 19 fish from the banks on a very breezy Thursday 14th, all caught to dry fly tactics. Fur-ther noteworthy returns this week include on the 12th for visiting rod Tim Buckett with 12 fish to his boat, all on dry flies, whilst visiting rods Steve Owen and Chris Howkins recorded 17 fish to their boat on the South Lake. Meanwhile along the banks, visiting rod Ray Edge re-turned a very creditable 16 fish to various tactics. On the 13th there were further decent returns for visiting rods with John Edmondson and Yousef Dar recording boat totals of 10 and 11 fish respectively. Steady returns continued and the week was rounded off by visiting rods Keith Walker and Mick Smith who returned a boat total of 13 fish.
A reminder this week for all syndicate anglers wishing to visit the reser-voir – please book your visit in advance on 01283 840284 before 12 noon. We have recently experienced several anglers just turning up ‘on spec’ resulting in them being disappointed when rods are already allo-cated and they have to pay or there are no boats available.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
All night fishing at Chatton on Saturday June 23. Come along anytime during the evening/night and purchase a fishing permit for however long you would like to fish, no need to book. Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday June 23, 9.30am in the fishing lodge. The day includes fishing permit, coaching and equipment (if required) and lunch. Adults £20, juniors £5. The fishery is open to all anglers on this day, not just the ladies angling club. Best flies this week are dries, Buzzers and nymphs.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 11 – 17 the 161 anglers caught 540 fish of which 395 were returned. Best fish a 6lb 6oz brown on a dry Brown Sedge from a boat in the east arm for Lazloe Boden from Rothwell. He also caught a 6lb 2oz rainbow. A fish of 5lb 7oz was caught by Chris Mitch-ell, from Norwich, on a Damsel. Best bank areas are east arm, brookside, lagoon. Best boat areas east arm, pylon point or down the middle. Best patterns wet or dry Daddy, Suspender Buzzers, Red Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer with red cheeks, Damsel Booby and Tequila Boo-by. A steady week resulted in a 3.35 rod average. Anglers who cracked the method on the damsel-feeders had some good bags during the day. The south or south west wind saw the fishing best at the pylon end of the lake with the east arm holding the most fish. Water tempera-ture is 19.5C and the bank anglers have still got fish in range. Best method has been washing-line on a floater, dries or wets pulled through the surface. Sunday November 11 is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
This week has seen a variable weather situation from mild winds and flat calm conditions to high winds on Thursday and Friday which again petered out over the weekend. The water temperature has slightly fall-en to a stabilised 17C. Pin fry are still in abundance as is the caenis fly so anglers need to adapt the fishing style to suit. Sedge fly hatches are still prolific. The water level of the reservoir is dropping since there is an issue with the cleaning of the water filters from the pumping station on the Dove. The repair to the filters is likely to take another 7 to 10 days and therefore we expect to see the reservoir water level falling in the immediate future. The bank angler will therefore receive a bonus in that large areas of sandy beach will be exposed and accessible. On Monday Mick Read caught 2 on dry flies. Keith Coley and Bob Taft on Tuesday fished in various places across the reservoir and ended the day with 9 fish to the boat. They achieved this using slow sink lines pulling various lures. Paul Walker caught 5 from a boat using Goldhead Buzzers. Messer’s Nadin and Brown bagged 7 fish from a boat on dry Mayflies. Scotty Wilson had 4 fish which he caught on lures in the vi-cinity of 3 buoy. In a morning boat Messer’s Freeguard and Billings caught 5 fish from the aerators using sinking lines and Humungus lur-es.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
During the aftermath of storm Hector, the lakes have provided some outstanding fishing and excellent bag numbers with the strong winds helping to oxygenate the water, despite it making casting challenging. The wind returned to the south west making a refreshing change from the constant cool north easterlies experienced recently. Anglers have landed trout around the 10-12lb mark with good numbers of larger fish coming to the net. At the beginning part of the week the cool mornings provided the best fishing. Rob Hall from Morpeth landed a total of 28 fish over his two visits this week using Buzzers and Klinkhamers. Tre-vor Wadds from Longframlington safely released 18 fish over his two visits, using dries and Diawl Bachs. Morpeth angler, David Kay used lures and dries during his 2 sessions, releasing 23 fish back to Long Crag. Matty Devine from Hadston used Diawl Bachs and lures to safely return 20 fish to Long Crag. He caught two fish into double figures at 12lb and 10lb. Newbiggin angler, Willie Emery returned 14 fish to Long Crag using dries, lures and nymphs with a best fish of 9lb. Bedlington angler Mick Brown used Quilled Buzzers to land 20 fish to 8lb from Long Crag. Steve Dixon from Blyth found dries most successful releas-ing 9 fish in total between both lakes. Mathew Robson from Morpeth had his first visit to Thrunton this week and landed 4 fish using a black nymph. One of his fish was his personal best weighing 8lb. Edward Charlton from Pegswood also visited Thrunton for the first time, landing 5 fish between both lakes. T. Foster from Ashington returned 12 fish to Long Crag using a Brown Shuttlecock. Michael Hall from Cramlington released 10 from Long Crag on Hoppers and Buzzers. Holidaymaker S. Kenchington from Chesterfield had a ‘fantastic day’ returning 10 fish to Coe Crag on a Zulu and Partridge & Orange.
Best flies this week include Spiders, Hoppers, Shuttlecocks, Damsels, Shipman’s, Bunny Leech, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and various other dries. Open daily 8.30am to 9pm (Saturday and Monday 5pm close).