Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Whilst there is a tinge of algae to the water it is certainly not unfishable as some of this week’s returns indicate. In fact the rod average has crept up slightly once again and boat anglers are certainly benefitting from better coverage of the water. Margins are incredibly warm at be-tween 16 and 18C. so bank angling is proving to be a wee bit more of a test. Dry flies and nymphs are the most successful tactics along with occasional use of small white lures. Anglers can obtain up to the mi-nute information on water clarity and conditions from the duty bailiffs on 07974 263338 (please note that this number cannot be used to book visits or boats).
Amongst the creditable returns this week are on Monday 2nd for sea-son permit holder David Hollyoak with a stunning 20 fish recorded dur-ing his day-long session from the banks of the South Lake. The 3rd continued with the unusual theme of great sport in hot, bright con-ditions with season permit holder Peter Linney returning 9 fish to his boat, all caught on Daddy Longlegs, Shipman’s Buzzers or Hoppers. Season permit holder Rod Singer recorded a boat total of 14 all caught on small white lures retrieved fairly swiftly. The boat pairing of visiting rods Roger Bailey and David Kettle also returned a total of 14 fish be-tween them using various dry flies including Daddies and Hoppers. An-other boat pairing of visiting rods Howard Homer and David Evans also recorded a boat total of 14 fish including a stunning brown trout all caught on nymph imitations. Visiting rod Les Williams proved that the banks are still fishable when the right tactics are deployed and returned 9 fish in around 4 hours using Klinkhamer and nymph patterns on float-ing line. By midweek temperatures and humidity had begun to rise but there were still decent returns being submitted. On the 4th season per-mit holders Trevor Horton and Dr Ian Greaves recorded 6 fish and 5 fish respectively, both during relatively short sessions from drifting boats. Permit holder John Ruscoe returned 7 fish all to dry fly tactics from a drifting boat on the South Lake whilst the boat pairing of permit holders Graham Wood and Brian Jones recorded a total of 14 fish. De-spite the heat on Saturday 7th the boat pairing of visiting rods Gerald Reidy and Paul Wilkie returned a total of 11 fish, all to Red Shipman’s Buzzers.
A note to all anglers this week regarding sheep grazing along the grassy areas between Old Man’s and Ten Acre Bay. Please drive care-fully, ensure all gates are firmly closed behind you and keep dogs on a lead and under control. Any illness or distress to the livestock must be reported immediately to the duty bailiffs on 07974 263338.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Quality fish coming to the net this week despite the hot bright weather conditions making sport more challenging. Mornings and evenings are the best times of the day to fish, in the afternoons fish are sitting deep (all three lakes are approximately 22 feet). The most constructive method is sinking, intermediate lines or floating lines with long leaders using weighted nymphs, Buzzers, Bloodworms or lures. Very gentle takes from the fish at the moment so a slow retrieve is essential and keep moving around the lakes. When releasing fish do not take them out of the water, leave them in the net in the water and remove the hook. please give fish plenty time to recover.
Trevor Wadds from Longframlington enjoyed two visits to Chatton , catching 14 fish his first visit and 13 fish his second, all caught on a Di-vine Dancer and Blobs. Davie Parker from Wallsend caught 7 fish on Buzzers. Kenny McMahon from Wooler released 5 fish using Blobs. B. Hill caught 7 using Blobs. John Tait from Belford caught 5 fish using Bibios. Members of the Eyewater Angling Club fished at Chatton on Saturday. Congratulations to Fergus Aitchison who won the friendly competition with the heaviest bag and also to Douglas Aitchison on winning the heaviest fish on the day.
Open 7 days a week, closing at 9pm, and 5pm on Saturdays. All three lakes are stocked every week.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
A quiet week due to the hot weather and World Cup fever. Fishing was understandably slow with mornings giving the best opportunity. The water temperature has dropped a little to 22c. Catches will improve as soon as we have a few cooler days. For the week July 2 – 8 the 43 an-glers caught 87 fish of which 66 were returned. Best fish 4lb 13oz to Richard Davis, from Peterborough, on a Hothead Damsel, from the boat. Best bank areas are the dam and east arm. Best boats areas the dam, pylon point and east arm. Best patterns Damsel Nymph, Daddy, Red Diawl Bach, Red Apps’, Black Buzzer and white/green lures. Sun-day November 11 is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Foremark has basked in more or less nonstop sunshine with afternoon temperatures reaching 30C and water temperature rising to 23C. A cooling wind from the east/north east had a cooling impact. Water ex-traction rate remains in excess of 200 million litres of water per day. The cascade is still running as water is extracted from the Dove and pumped to Foremark, but nevertheless we are seeing a daily drop in the surface level in excess of an inch if not more, every 24 hours. The undercurrents around the tower and the dam wall are still attracting a lot of fish with the added benefits created by the nearby aerators which continue to operate. The fishing remains challenging but anglers using tactics appropriate to the conditions have had some very successful days. Boat rod average over the week has been in the region of 3 to 4 fish while the bank anglers have had things very difficult with shallow warm water and marginal weed beds. Lots of fish are being reported on the far side of the reservoir from 3 and 4 buoys and down to the valve tower while for the bank anglers, the pontoons remain the best option as they are holding fry and the angler can cast into deeper cool-er water. The cascade has also fished reasonably well, probably due to the amount of water being pumped into the reservoir.
On Monday, Mr Lee boated 7 fish, as did Scotty Wilson, while on Tuesday Thornton member, Keith Coley and his partner Bob Taft land-ed 13 on lures. Wednesday saw the entire boat fleet booked for a Mid-lands police forces match. This was fished during the middle of the day and to make things even more difficult for the anglers, it was a floating line match, but despite this restriction, the anglers still landed 25 fish. The match was won by Mr J. Goodwin with 4 fish. Scotty Wilson re-turned on Thursday and Friday to boat 12 fish while Mr Marshall land-ed 4. Saturday saw limited numbers fishing, but Brian White landed 4 in a morning session. On Sunday there was only one angler who in a morning session from the boat caught one fish from the aerators on a sinking line using a white lure. Whilst there is no doubt that lures (such Snakes, tubes, fry patterns, Humungus or Fritz) on a sinking line se-cured the majority of the fish it should be recognised that, as the Po-lice match demonstrated, fishing with a ‘bung’ on a floating line with Buzzers 3 to 5 meters down and fished static can be an equally suc-cessful tactic.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Despite the ever-increasing water temperature, and rather challenging fishing conditions the aerators have kept both lakes well oxygenated over the last 12 days, keeping the fish in their best condition. Early mornings and late evenings have proved most successful, as this is when the fish are feeding before the temperatures rise throughout the day. Cloud cover on Sunday provided much-needed respite from the heat with anglers landing good numbers of fish on buzzers, dries and Diawl Bachs. Top rod this week was 14-year-old Harrison Douds with 14 fish from Coe Crag on dries, FABs and Buzzers during an afternoon session. Dennis Hopper used various dries to safely return 5 fish to Coe Crag. Rob Hopper returned 8 fish to Coe Crag using Buzzers and dries, his best fish at 5lb. John Hepple from Chester-Le-Street used Buzzers to safely return 11 fish to Coe Crag. Robbie Robson had a ‘good 5 hours’ landing 4 fish from Coe Crag using Buzzers. Newcastle angler Ian McNicoll released 3 fish to Coe Crag using dries. Guy Ni-cholson from Morpeth and Si Nicholls from Slaley landed 11 between them from Long Crag off the boat using Diawl Bachs. Mick Brown from Bedlington used Diawl Bachs to land 11 fish between both lakes. He had ‘another good day’ catching two fish at 5lb. Bob Armstrong used Buzzers to safely return 3 fish to Coe Crag. Ashington angler Bill Mills used a Bibio to return 3 fish to Coe Crag. Rob Hall from Morpeth used Brown Buzzers to land a total of 9 fish, also landing a beautiful rainbow at 9lb. Tommy Foster from Ashington enjoyed his morning on Long Crag returning 12 on dries but missing quite a few more. Davy Kay from Morpeth released 9 from Long Crag on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Rodney Burn from Blyth also returned 9 on Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Steve Ramsey from Perth enjoyed his first visit to Thrunton landing 8 on FABs and Buzzers.