Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Although the water has become tinged with algae and bright, sunny skies have prevailed the fishing has remained good. The most successful anglers have employed dry fly tactics and even on the brightest days fish were willing to rise. A prime example of this was the boat pairing of permit holders George Eardley and Eddie Biddle who set out at 1pm, during the hottest, brightest part of Sunday 24th and using only dry flies on floating lines, recorded a very creditable total of 16 fish to their boat. Visiting anglers are reminded that the fishery offers the option of a 4 hour permit (start any time) for only £15 – this provides a generous 3 fish kill limit with unlimited catch and release.
Creditable returns this week include on the 18th for permit holder Graham Wood with 9 fish to his boat. On the 19th 10 seemed to be the magic number with 10 fish recorded for permit holders Pat Burton (dry flies from a boat), Roger Goring (Buzzers) and Eddie Biddle (dries and Buzzers) whilst the boat pairing of Rod Singer and Peter Jeffries (Shipman’s Buzzers) returned a total of 10 fish to their boat. On the 20th it was again permit holders who produced the best returns. Kevin Slater enjoyed a few hours in a boat and recorded a total of 8 fish, all safely released, while John Henshall and Colin Smith returned 10 fish to their boat. On the 22nd visiting rod John Edmondson recorded 8 fish, all caught on dry flies from a drifting boat. Visiting rods Jeff Mason and Richard Meigh fished together from a boat on the South Lake on the 23rd, returning 13 fish to the boat, all to dry fly patterns. The 24th saw permit holders Geroge Eardley and Eddie Biddle pair up to return 16 fish to the boat, all caught on dry flies in bright sun. Visiting rod Mike Smith also enjoyed great sport to his boat with a total of 8 fish which were all caught on Claret Shipman’s Buzzers.
A reminder this week for all syndicate anglers wishing to visit the reservoir – please book your visit in advance on 01283 840284 before 12 noon.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Chatton Ladies Angling Club member Alison Anderson caught a nice fish on a nymph while Matty Divine from Hadston caught a lovely rainbow on a Bloodworm. Ken Glenton from Ashington caught 10 fish including a 10lb rainbow which he returned to Dunnydeer Lake using Bloodworms and dries. Ian Purves from Alnwick returned an approximate 9lb brown trout to Ross Lake. Rob Frame from West Denton commented on the 'great sport' after catching 18 fish on Hare’s Ear Shipmans. D. Elliott from Birgham kept 2 fish and returned 7 using CDC Buzzers. Julian Bales from Wooler returned 10 fish. Dougie Purves from Newcastle kept 3 and returned 7 using a Dawson’s Olive. Steve Bilborough from Cramlington caught 8 fish on nymphs. Geoff Hobson from Holborn caught two tiger trout on dries. Best flies are dries, nymphs, Bloodworms and Buzzers.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 18 – 24 the 176 anglers caught 608 fish of which 414 were returned. Best fish 7lb 2oz to Sam Mallett, from Norwich, on a Cruncher from the boat; 5lb 7oz to Phil Gardner, Luton, Blue-flash Damsel, boat; 5lb to Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, brown dry, boat; 4lb 10oz for Paul Laundon, Bedford, olive nymph. Best bank areas are east arm and gravel bar. Best boat areas are east arm and pylon point. Best patterns Damsel Nymph, adult Damsel, wet or dry Daddy, Red Apps, Olive or Red Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach. Last week fished ok with a rod average of 3.4. With the high temperatures forecast this week the fishing is sure to be harder. The water was 21C on Tuesday, so please take extra care if releasing fish. Mornings tend to be best now with the evening rise not always happening if the surface layers are too warm. The massive damsel hatch continues which at least keeps some fish on the surface on even the brightest days.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The weather has been basically sunny with gentle winds and the temperature has gradually risen to be extremely hot at the weekend. The water temperature slowly increased to 18C. An injection of 1100 plus fish happened on Thursday which was good since at this time the water temperature was marginally under 17C and all the fish were successfully stocked and swam away vigorously. The pin fry are still in abundance and are visible in all areas of the reservoir. There have been several sightings of the trout, if not perch, apparently corralling the fry and the trout creating major water disturbances and jumping whilst gorging on the fry. The area around the top dam wall on Friday was also reported to be covered with a carpet of green spiders. Flocks of terns are being observed feeding on flies on the wing over Flamingo Bay and outside the Lodge. The water level of the reservoir has slowed since the filters have been manually cleaned as a stop-gap exercise until the filter cleaning mechanism on the pumping station on the Dove can be effectively repaired. The aerators around the tower have been fully operational.
On Monday Paul Walker caught 4 fish which was the best bag from the bank on Klinkhamers. Mr C. Beard caught 9 from a boat on Tuesday on a small sparkly Booby on an intermediate line from the top dam wall. On Friday Scotty Wilson caught 15 on a Di-7 line again on a sparkly Booby on the top dam wall particularly near the valve tower. This was the best catch of fish for the week. Mr A. Topping on the same day caught only 2 fish but had numerous tugs and pulls. Mr R. Saccone had 3 fish from a boat as did Tony Kirk who caught on a Viva Amber Hopper. On Sunday, the hottest day of the week, a significant amount of fish was showing all over the reservoir and the collective opinion was that it was hard to induce any fish to take the fly.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
There have been plenty of midges on and above the water and, with fry in the margins as well, the fish have been active across the fishery, with fish regularly topping in Crylla and the Marshes. Weekly rod averages have been up to 4.1 fish per rod, with the most productive areas including Two Meadows, Stocky Bay and the Marshes. Successful dry patterns included Hoppers, Bibios, Black Gnats and Hawthorns, while Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and Pheasant Tail Nymphs all consistently caught sub-surface feeding fish. Jamie Coleman caught the best fish of the month – a 3lb 8oz rainbow, as part of an astonishing bag of 25 fish using a Buzzer while fishing from the bank.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another changeable week with some stiff breezes and the odd shower has had anglers searching their boxes for ‘the fly’ to best suit conditions with some succeeding and enjoying some cracking sport. On Monday we welcomed a group of children from Chernobyl who are here thanks to a charity that helps children from disadvantaged families in Russia. As it was very windy, Steve and Chris set the rods up with Daddies and showed the boys how to roll cast, and even though there was a bit of a language barrier the lads were managing to put out a decent line. Most of them had fish on at some point, although in the rush of excitement we never got one to the net!! The boys all enjoyed themselves and even sang a song of happiness to show their appreciation.
Towards the end of the week when the wind dropped and the temperatures soared, anglers who ‘mixed it up’, changing flies frequently and lake position had the best results. Regular angler Alec Harvey landed 14 fish on dries and Buzzers during one session and 10 on dries and Muddlers on another. Paul Pratt from Ouston returned 14 to Coe Crag using dries, Buzzers and Bloodworms. Lol Seddon of Cramlington netted 7 on Long Crag and 6 on Coe Crag. On Thursday, Lol had a good afternoon on Long Crag netting another 5 on dries. Gosforth angler Ian Hughes successfully returned 6 fish to Coe Crag catching on Black Hoppers and Buzzers. Ken Ward from Cramlington had a good day fishing using his own Beadie fly, returning 6 to Long Crag. Rob Hopper from Durham had 15 off Long Crag and 2 off Coe Crag with dries, lures and Buzzers. Peter Kerr from Longhorsley had a great evening returning 6 to Long Crag fishing a Griffith’s Gnat. Jimmy Gargett from Wideopen fished both lakes returning 5 and keeping 4 for a bag weight of 8lb. Eric Carmichael from Rowlands Gill returned 8 fish catching on Popper Hoppers, Buzzers and Diawl Bach. Craig Auchinachie returned 6 to Long Crag using Blobs and Diawl Bach. Cory Dow from North Shields had his ‘best morning yet at Thrunton’ returning 10 and keeping 4, best one at 11lb. During an evening session later in the week Cory netted another 6 on nymphs and Hoppers, keeping 4 for 9.7lb. Matty Devine from Hadston netted 20 from Long Crag with Diawl Bach, Buzzer and Devine Dancer working well with fish in the 6–8lb bracket. I. Santos from Blyth also had a good day with 16 fish taken on Buzzers and Devine Dancer. Mick Brown from Bedlington fished both lakes and netted 20 ‘hard fighting fish’ using a Raving Nymph, safely releasing one at 15lb. Vaughan Hemy from Whitley Bay had 6 from Long Crag and 4 from Coe Crag with Diawl Bach and Black Nomad doing the trick. Vaughan kept 2 off each lake for a bag weight of 17.8lb and released 1 at 9lb. Steven Wardell netted 5 off Coe Crag with Diawl Bach, Buzzers and Dawson’s Olives. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington had 5 fish using Diawl Bach and Blobs. John Pringle from Wooler had 6 off Long Crag and 2 off Coe Crag all on dries. Martin Watson had a great Sunday 5-hour session fishing flies static and changing often, bringing 15 fish to the net over both lakes, Crunchers working well.
Best flies are Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Klinkhamers, Crunchers, Hoppers, nymphs and Bloodworms.