Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Light fishing pressure due to the relentless baking heat has resulted in fewer returns this week. However, those intrepid anglers who did venture out found that the fish were quite actively feeding and not, as might be expected, at depth but instead just sub-surface. Cooling easterly breezes may well have played a part in reducing the temperature in the upper layers and despite the dazzling sun and a patchy bloom of algae many trout have been eager to take red, orange or claret dry flies as well as fry-imitating pearly nymphs. Interestingly we have seen a slight rise in the rod average this week (to 2.68), partially due to the double-figured returns enjoyed by several anglers including two very good bank sessions on Thursday and Friday. These dispel the myth that bank angling in such conditions is a waste of time and prove just the opposite!
Noteworthy returns this week include several on the 28th including for season permit holder Trevor Horton who recorded 7 fish to his anchored boat on the South Lake in less than 4 hours using Klinkhamer and Spider patterns; visiting rod Mr Bristow also fished from a boat and returned 9 fish, all caught on Bibio patterns, and visiting rod David Felton fished from the banks and recorded 12 fish – two to dry flies and the remainder to Crunchers fished just sub-surface. A fabulous return came on the 29th for season permit holder Paul Walker who returned a very creditable 21 fish – all caught on dry flies from the banks with the best being a 3lb 2oz rainbow trout, proving that the heat and the sun have not put the fish off at all. On Saturday 30th season permit holder Rod Singer recorded 11 fish to his boat on the South Lake in just 5 hours, this time all were tempted by a small white lure to imitate the juicy fry they were feeding on. Rounding off the week on Sunday July 1 was permit holder George Eardley who returned 9 fish to his boat on a red or claret Shuttlecock CDC during the hottest hours of early to mid-afternoon in bright sunlight. Once again fish were moving just sub-surface and taking off the top of the water.
The annual triathlon held at Blithfield will take place on Sunday July 29. This will not affect access all day but will affect fishing in part of the South Lake for a few hours during the morning.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Many fish over the 5lb mark have been coming to the net this week. Fish have been deep due to the bright conditions. Mick Brown from Bedlington caught 9 fish and returned a hard-fighting 5lb brown trout. Davie Parker from Wallsend returned 10 fish including 3 tiger trout using Buzzers. Tony Robinson from Howtel returned 8 fish, three fish over 8lb, caught on a red-beaded nymph. Best flies are Buzzers, weighted nymphs, Yellow Dancers and dries. All three lakes are stocked weekly.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Difficult fishing during the hot weather and for the week June 25 - July 1 the 76 anglers caught 165 fish of which 131 were returned. Not as many anglers ventured out last week in the high temperatures. Fishing was much harder for boat and bank anglers with a rod average of just over 2. Bank fishing was best early morning. Boat anglers managed to tempt a few over the deeper water even during the middle of the day. The damsel hatch continues with spooned fish containing more adults now along with a few nymphs. Best fish 4lb 4oz to Darren Oram, from Aldwincle, on a Black Snake from the boat. Best bank areas east arm and dam; best boat areas east arm, pylon point and dam. Best patterns
are Damsel Nymph, Red Diawl Bach or Cruncher, wet Daddy, Red Apps and Cat’s Whisker. Sunday November 11 is the date of the Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The weather this week has transformed from the gentle conditions to days of continuous sun with the water temperature rising to around 20C. The wind has been from the east/east north east which has been a major benefit since it has had a major cooling impact. The water extraction rate is high and there has been some fall in the water level of the reservoir. If the hot weather persists then it is probable that the water level will begin to slowly and persistently fall. The extraction rate has created a major undercurrent around the tower and the dam wall which explains the reason for it becoming a major fish attractor with the added benefit of the aerators which are fully operational. The engineers working on the tower have reported observing significant shoals of fry surrounding the tower which have been fed upon by trout.
Given the hot weather, the fishing has been challenging all week although the boats have fared much better than the bank anglers. Lots of fish are being reported on the far side of the reservoir from 3 and 4 buoys down to and around the valve tower. The cascade has also fished reasonably well at times. On Monday, Mr Johnson took 4 fish, as did Scotty Wilson, while on Tuesday Thornton member Keith Coley and his partner Bob Taft landed 12 on lures. Wednesday and Thursday were very difficult but a cooling north-easterly wind on Friday helped to push the rod average up to over 5 with Scott Wilson taking 10 fish on a Black Foremark Tadpole. Saturday was a similar day with all boats catching fish. Ric Saccone recorded the best catch with 11 of which his son, Joe, caught four, the best being over 2lb 8oz. Sunday there was around 10 anglers on the bank and their catch rate indicates the need for a boat while the weather is as hot as it is (1 fish between them) and with the fish being deep places on the bank are very limited. Monday produced good catches for the few that decided to brave the sun and fairly strong winds. Scott Wilson landed 7 fish on a Di-5 sweep with an orange-eyed Booby and Mr J. Lee, a visitor from Canada, also scored 7 on a fast sink intermediate using a variety of lures. Most of these catches were from the dam side of the reservoir from Heron Bay around to the Tower area. Mr Lee on his last drift of the day caught a bonus fish in Flamingo Bay – one he thought was the biggest of the bunch.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Blue skies and scorching sunshine are never a good recipe for fishing, but anglers that braved the heat saw some good sport. Early mornings and evenings have been most productive with dry flies working well in the evenings. Best flies are Buzzers, Hoppers, Diawl Bach, PTN, Griffiths Gnat, Daddies, Spiders, Black Zonkers and various dries. Last weekend we welcomed an enthusiastic bunch of Fishing for Heroes lads as well as the Cramlington Renegades who held a friendly competition. The winner was Adam Calvin with 4 fish for 7.14lb. On Sunday we were joined by members of the Hoy and Hope fishing club and their heaviest bag went to Alec Harvey with 3 fish for 6.8lb, second Gary Surtees with 3 fish for 5lb and third Josh Piper with 2 fish for 3.5lb.
In pleasure catches R. Burn from Blyth released 8 fish including 1 off Long Crag using Blobs and Diawl Bachs; Jim Burtle from Newcastle netted 4 on Coe Crag with Shipman’s Buzzers; Ashington angler Ian Fairgrieve returned 4 to Long Crag with Olive Hoppers working well; John Woodford from Alnmouth returned 5 and kept 2 with a combined weight of 5.8lb on PTN from Coe Crag; Ali Tait had 3 fish in 2 hours off Long Crag fishing Buzzers off the boat; Matt Earl from Norfolk released 1 on Long Crag and 3 off Coe Crag using dries and Black Buzzers; C. Bell from Ashington released 3 with Buzzers working for him; Adam Bound from Cramlington released 3 and kept 4 for 7.1lb from Coe Crag; Adam Calvin from Cramlington kept 4 fish for 7.14lb from Coe Crag; Alec Harvey from Cramlington kept 3 from Coe Crag for 6.8lb; Garry Surtees from Blyth kept 3 fish for 5lb from Coe Crag; John Hepple from Chester-Le-Street had a good day netting 11 fis to Buzzers and dries.
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