Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Although the heat and humidity have reduced terrestrial activity to a minimum there have been some buzzer hatches and with an abun-dance of coarse fry to feed on the majority of fish have continued to cruise about and feed in the top few feet of water both early mornings and into the evenings. On cloudier days the offering of claret or fiery brown dry flies has proved successful. While spotting fish movements in the water has been challenging at times, patience and confidence have certainly paid off. Amongst the noteworthy returns this week are permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood with 10 to their boat on the South Lake on Monday 30th. On 31st, visiting rods Tony Smith and Simon Peck paired up in a boat and recorded 16 fish between them, all caught on dry flies and Bob’s Bits. On Wednesday 1st Messrs. Jones and Wood again enjoyed decent sport with a boat total of 13 fish, while on Friday 3rd visiting rod Yousef Dar returned 9 fish to his drifting boat. Certainly not all doom and gloom this week with several anglers return-ing bags of 5 or more fish in just 4 hours’ sport and even bags of 4 and 5 fish being recorded from some parts of the banks despite the high temperatures. Water clarity remains mostly moderate and weekly stocking has continued to provide fresh fish due to the close proximity of the on-site fish farm. With cooler, fresher conditions forecast for the week ahead the prospects will improve. The current rod average is 1.65.
Best areas: drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into Watery Lane, drifts across the centre of the South Lake, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only), Old Man's.
Best dries: Orange CDC Hopper, Red Hopper, Red or Claret Ship-man’s Buzzer, Caret Bob's Bits, Claret & Pearl Hopper, Daddy Long-legs.
Best lures: small white marabou lures, Black Taddy, Yellow Blob.
Best nymphs/wets: Bibio, Invicta, Soldier Palmer, Pearly PTN, Pearly Diawl Bach, Cruncher.
Best fish: John Henshall, 2lb 8oz rainbow, Red Shipman's Buzzer, drift-ing boat on the South Lake.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Fish are being caught in the deeper water using lures or Blobs. Dry flies with a slow retrieve are working well in the mornings and evenings or when overcast. A number of tiger trout have been caught this week as they appear to be feeding in the margins. Important to give fish plenty of time to recover when being returned to the water. Thank you to instructor Barry Michell for organising another successful Game An-gling Instructors Association Open Day at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday. Tuition, casting demonstrations and an informative and in-teresting talk from instructors Vera and Bob Carlson on Saltwater Flats Fly Fishing. Thank you to everyone who attended. The Chatton Ladies Angling Club are meeting on Saturday August 11, a fantastic opportuni-ty to give fly-fishing a go. Meet in the lodge at 9.30am and new mem-bers welcome. The fishery is open to all anglers on this day, not just the ladies fishing club. Reminder of the Junior Fly Fishing Taster Days, every Tuesday throughout the school summer holidays. Please visit www.chattontroutfishery.com for further information. Fly box this week are Buzzers, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Spiders, Hoppers, Sedges, Daddies and lures. All three lakes are stocked weekly. The fishery closes at 9pm and 5pm on Saturdays.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
The 77 anglers caught 85 fish of which 77 were returned. Best fish 4lb to Andrew Lebish, from Linton, on a GRHE. Best bank areas are- east arm and creek. Best boat areas east arm and pylon point. Best pat-terns Daddy, Red Diawl Bach, Red Apps, Damsel, GRHE, and Black Snake. Fishing continued to be hard during the hot weather. The fore-cast points to temperatures in the low 20s for the rest of the week which will help lower the water temperature along with cooler nights.
Sunday November 11 is the date of the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to en-ter. Entry fee £25 includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket hold-ers). Fish 9am -3pm, 6 fish limit, 2lb/hour time bonus. Proceeds from the raffle will be split between the Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
Monday saw the continuation of last weekend’s rain which finally stopped early Tuesday morning and with the reappearance of the sun, the start of another hot dry week. The rain resulted in a reduction in the water temperature which stabilised at around about 19 to 20 degrees, dependent upon the wind direction and strength. Severn Trent are con-tinuing to extract water from the River Dove and move it to the reser-voir so that they can meet the high demands from consumers for wa-ter. The cascade is still running and there are still strong undercurrents in the vicinity of the tower which is where the water is extracted. These undercurrents, in combination with the nearby aerators, are still attract-ing significant numbers of fish but they are still proving difficult to catch. As the fishing remains very challenging, the staff took to the boats in the week with a fish finder to try and find where exactly the fish were holding up and hopefully enable the anglers to enjoy some sport.
On Wednesday we utilised a fish finder to locate the hotspots for fish and only partially covered the reservoir. Most of the fish were located at depth, some 6 to 10 metres down and in fact deeper than this in the deeper areas of the reservoir with some fish circa 2 metres down. The major hotspots were from where the Sailing Club launch is moored go-ing towards number 1 buoy and in a line towards number 2 buoy and then from there through the aerators and around the tower. However, please note as previously stated the fish are deep and lying in the cooler water. The depth at the tower for the fish is greater than 10 me-tres but please be aware some fish, considerably less than those at depth, are within 2 to 3 meters down. Another area of interest is that around number 7 buoy, off Hut Point where there is a deep zone which is holding significant numbers of fish. Carvers Arm is progressively get-ting shallower with the decrease in water level. Hence the cascade, whilst still flowing, is not holding fish since the outlet and the Ticknall bank side is not indicating significant fish. However, opposite the cas-cade say two thirds the way across the reservoir towards the Lodge bank, and probably over the original river bed the water deepens, and significant numbers of fish are indicated. Other areas of the reservoir will be progressively covered with the fish finder and a further report will be included in the following weeks.
As the fishing remains stubbornly challenging (albeit slightly better than last week), the number of rods for the week has remained low with an-glers mostly recording only a single fish taken. Some though have bucked the trend and have had reasonable sport. Season ticket holder Paul Walker took 6 fish on Tuesday, 5 of which took a Kinkhamer near buoy 1. Scott Wilson managed 2 on a deep lure from the boils. Mr Win-field and his boat partner managed 3 in their Thursday morning ses-sion while on Saturday, Mr Bilsborough and his boat partner Mr Os-borne landed 7 during their morning session, Blue-flash Damsels fished on a Di-3 in the boils doing the trick for them. Sunday was the hottest day of the week with temperatures in excess of 80 degrees, but young Connor Redfern repeated his exploits of last week and was again top rod. Connor fished in the boils with a fast sinking line and a Tequila Blob and had several takes of which he landed 2 fish.
Leighton Reservoir, North Yorkshire
Although the lack of water in the reservoir is not so good for angling, the catch returns are looking OK. Mr Thwaites returned 8 fish; Mr Broad returned 14 between 2.5lb and 4.5lb using Black Fritz, olive lur-es, and Spiders. Mr Snowdon kept fish of 1lb, 2lb and 3.5lb and went on to return a further 12 up to 2.5lb. Eric Carmichael had a great day, returning 21, his preferred flies were a Blue-flash Damsel and a Black Zonker. Mr Holmes netted 2 at 2.5lb. Mike Rawson returned 7 which were between 2 and 3lb. Mark Hammond returned 5, biggest being just over 4lb. Mr Mondal used a Cat’s Whisker to attract his 11 and Ken Nattrass used a White Fry and a Dry Sedge to land his 15, the largest being 4lb.
Leighton will be represented at the Lowther Show weekend, August 11-12, on the fishing row in tent 7. It’s a great country show with lots of angling stands and displays in the arenas. By now a few of you will have met Michael, he is our new assistant replacing Debs who has left to work on the west coast of Scotland. He is settling in well, and fishes quite a bit, so you may see him on the bank.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A well needed cool and wet start to this week has allowed the water temperature to finally decrease; the fresh water has resulted in some anglers reporting fish ‘stripping them to their backing’. However, as the week progressed the warmer weather returned, late evenings proved successful with anglers taking most fish on dries. Anglers found ‘match-ing the hatch’ with small Black Gnats and Sedges worked remarkably well throughout the week. Our juniors enjoyed taking part in the second week of CAST awards at Thrunton. Many thanks to Barry Mitchell for coaching the juniors.
B. Richardson safely released 7 fish to Long Crag on his first visit to Thrunton this week, he caught them using a F-Fly. Gosforth angler J. Nichol found Klinkhamers and Buzzers to be most successful, releasing 5 fish between both lakes. T. Jobling from Berwick used dries to safely return 4 fish to Long Crag. Robert Hopper used dries and Diawl Bachs to safely release 6 fish between both lakes. William Leitch returned 5 fish to Coe Crag using Daddies. J. Tait also used Daddies to return 4 fish to Coe Crag. J. Robson had some ‘excellent top of the water sport’ using a Elk Hair Caddis, he landed 3 fish between both lakes. Kelso angler Ronnie Glass used Hoppers and wet flies to land 10 ‘beautiful fish’ from Long Crag lake. Newcastle angler Jim Burtle landed 4 fish between both lakes using a Damsel. R. Percy from Cramlington safely released 6 fish to Long Crag using a CDC. Simon and Raymond White from Northern Ireland landed 4 fish from the boat using various CDC’s having a ‘great day’. Trevor Wadds used Diawl Bachs to net 4 from both lakes. Michael Hall from Cramlington enjoyed his evening session on dries returning 5.
Mick Kelley from Swarland released 5 on Hogs from Long Crag. Best flies are Daddies, F-Fly, Klinkhamers, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Hoppers, Damsels and Elk Hair Caddis.
Thrunton is welcoming all anglers to help raise money for The Tiny Lives Charity on September 2. There will be a raffle and prizes for the 3 heaviest fish caught. Donations and raffle prizes will be gratefully ac-cepted for this fantastic charity. Limited spaces remaining, please con-tact the fishery on 01665 574400 for more information.