Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Slowly but surely the water temperature has started to fall which in turn has promoted a modest buzzer hatch and produced spasmodic periods when the trout have been taking naturals from the surface. Other trout are continuing to chase the abundant coarse fry, mostly over the deeper water but occasionally venturing into the margins – a sign of improving sport for the bank anglers perhaps? During days with lighter winds returns to the boats proved to be good but squally, blustery days were less productive. Hopefully we have turned the corner from the ‘dog days’ of August and with stocking scheduled to continue combined with a very large head of resident fish prospects are predicted to be excellent.
Creditable returns this week include on the 20th for visiting rods Malcolm Capper and Neil Thomas who caught and released 8 fish from their boat on the South Lake. On the 21st season permit holder Nigel Hodkinson and his boat partner spent a few hours in a drifting boat on the South Lake on a very sunny afternoon and returned 13 fish, all caught on Daddy Longlegs and Hoppers. On 22nd permit holder Nor-man Swinson fished from a boat during the afternoon and recorded 7 fish with the best being a stunning, large-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4oz. On the same day season permit holder Pat Burton returned 12 fish to his boat – his best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow – with all caught on Shipman’s Buzzers and Hoppers during some excellent top-of-the-water sport. Also fishing on a very productive 22nd were permit holders Graham Wood and Brian Jones with a very decent return to the boat of 20 fish. The 23rd saw further good returns with season permit holding brothers Derek Cope and Mick Cope fishing from a boat on the South Lake to record a total bag of 7 fish all caught on Hopper. On the same day season permit holder Peter Jeffries returned 7 fish to his boat, this time caught on a combination of small Coral Boobies and Daddy Long-legs in around 4 hours of sport. The best of the few bank anglers on the 23rd was season permit holder Maurice Dewey who also recorded the best fish of the week amongst his bag, a fabulous 3lb 8oz rainbow trout caught from the South Lake banks on a small PTN. The current rod average is 2.0.
Best Areas: drifts along the entrance to Ten Acre Bay, drifts into Wa-tery Lane, drifts across the centre of the South Lake, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only), Old Man's.
Best dries: Red or Claret Hopper, Red or Claret Shipman’s Buzzer, Claret & Pearl Hopper, Daddy Longlegs.
Best lures: White Minkie, Black Taddy, Coral Blob, Silver Booby.
Best nymphs/wets: Invicta, Soldier Palmer, Pearly PTN, Mallard & Clar-et.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Sport has really switched on this week with lots of fish being caught on all three lakes on various methods: Diawl Bachs on midge-tips, inter-mediate and floating lines using various lures and when overcast dries including Daddies are working well. Paul Pratt from Chester-le-Street caught 9 fish on a Black Buzzer. Tom Russell jnr from Earlston caught 13 fish on dries and Buzzers, returning a 9lb rainbow. Tom Russell snr from Earlston returned 10 fish on dries. Dries were working for John Boyle from Hawick returning 10 fish. Michael Dodd from Gosforth re-turned 9 fish using Buzzers and lures. Mark Wadds from Longframling-ton caught 14 fish on Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs. Ken Glenton from Ashington returned 16 fish including an 8lb brown trout using dries and Diawl Bachs. Lee Cartmail from Middlesbrough caught 14 fish using nymphs. Andrew Taylor from Chester-le-Street returned 11 fish using Buzzers. The fishery will be closing at 8.30pm and 5pm on Saturday. Angling to Save Tiny Lives Fundraiser is on Saturday September 1 at Chatton Trout Fishery and on Sunday September 2 at Thrunton Trout Fishery. Raffle tickets can be purchased from both the fisheries.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 20 - 26 the 102 anglers caught 238 fish of which 176 were returned. Best fish 5lb 8oz to Peter Ertle, from Blunham, on a Damsel; 5lb 6oz to Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe, Black Hopper; 5lb for Lester Bishop, Bishops Stortford, Black Hopper. Best bank areas are east arm, creek, boat bay, dam. Best boat areas- east arm, pylon point, down middle. Best patterns are Black Hopper, Hare’s Ear, Cormorant, Red Diawl Bach, white/green Tadpole, Black Snake. Better fishing in the cooler conditions last week. Water temperature is down to 17.5C, weed is dying back and the algal bloom receding. Although the fishing is not easy there has been a big improvement over the last 10 days. Good numbers of fish rising, especially early morning and the fish are well spread over most areas of the lake. More of the resident big fish are starting to show now. Most fish are being caught in the top 2 foot. There should be even better sport over the coming week with the favourable weather forecast.
Sunday November 11 is the date of the Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather competition. Boat and bank anglers are welcome to enter, £25 entry fee includes fishing fees (£5 for season ticket holders). 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
The weather continues to be compatible to the flyfisher being basically overcast with some sunny periods and rain. The water temperature has held at a maximum of 18C and has slightly declined towards the end of the week to 17C. Despite some rain and the continued pumping in of water from the Dove the water level of the reservoir continues to fall. The temporary bridge to the pontoon is being extended to cope with the falling water and anglers are reminded to take care when using the bridge since there are some steps incorporated. The cascade is still running, although it is flowing into shallow water, and when flowing with “clean” water rather than discoloured does produce fish. There are still strong undercurrents in the vicinity of the tower, which is where the significant amount of water is extracted to cope with the demand. Sev-ern Trent indicated that when the filters of the extraction point were cleaned there were large amounts of shrimp and small perch in the fil-ters. The undercurrents, in combination with the nearby aerators, and surrounding area continues to be an attractive area for fish.
The hotspots as confirmed by the use of the fish finder is still holding good. Number 1 buoy to number 2 buoy up to the tower and towards number 3 buoy is still producing catches. However, the fishing is not easy and the best technique so far indicated is a small Booby or Cruncher pulled through the surface ripple to create a wake. Flash Damsels, Blobs, and Soldier Palmers have also been effective. On Monday Scott Wilson caught 8 fish using a floating line and Crunchers. Mick Reid on Tuesday caught 3 fish on a Red-flash Damsel, while Messrs Rudge and Price had 2 fish apiece on Minky Boobies and a floating Blob. On Thursday Owen Rivett caught 2 fish. On Friday Paul Walker caught 3 fish on a Soldier Palmer while Scotty Wilson had 4 fish on a Blue-flash Damsel using a midge-tip line.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another mixed bag of weather conditions proved challenging for some anglers earlier in the week but as things have gradually cooled fishing has improved with more of the larger fish making an appearance. Thrunton welcomed the Cramlington Renegades this week, congratulations to Adam Bound who landed the largest fish at 5lb 5oz, also well done to Adam Calvin who had the heaviest bag weight at 11lb 6oz. An-glers from the Hoy and Hope Club also enjoyed their day at Thrunton, Gary Surtees was the winner with 6 fish, however the heaviest fish goes to John Metcalf who landed a beautiful 3lb 12oz fish. Anglers net-ting big fish this week include Jonathan Lister from Longhorsley who netted a lovely 18lb rainbow on Coe Crag during a junior lesson with Steve McCann. Mick Brown released a 15lb rainbow off the same lake and Steve Noble from Linton released a nice 8lb rainbow off Coe Crag. Dave and Corey Dow from North Shields had fish of 6lb 2oz and 6lb 15oz respectively, Ross Henderson from Dipton released a nice 8lb rainbow on Long Crag on his first visit to Thrunton. Don Lake used a black diawl bach to tempt a 6lb 5oz fish from Long Crag fishing into the wind. Thrunton Juniors had their final casting instruction session with Steve McCann, before they take part in their annual pairs competition. Rob Hall from Morpeth released 25 fish over two visits this week, 13 during his first visit using Diawl Bachs and Shipmans, 12 on his second using Diawl Bachs. Kevin Dinning from Newcastle released 15 fish on Coe Crag using dries and Buzzers. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend safely returned 4 fish using Yellow Owls and Shipman’s Buzzers. David Frater from Bo’ness released 4 fish on Sedges. Ian Hughes returned 4 fish to Long Crag and 1 to Coe Crag. Jack Metcalf from Newbiggin released 4 fish using Blobs on Coe Crag. John Metcalf also from Newbiggin safely returned 1 fish to Long Crag and 4 to Coe Crag. Willie Emery landed 2 fish from Long Crag 4 fish from Coe Crag using Buzzers. Mick Brown released 18 on Long Crag; one of his fish from Coe Crag was a 15lb rainbow. PTNs and Diawl Bachs worked well for Mick. Ross Dixon from Chopwell landed 6 fish from Long Crag. Anthony Meadows safely re-leased 13 fish also on Long Crag. Tommy Stephenson from Rowlands Gill released 1 and kept 4 weighing in at 7.4lb using Buzzers. Alec Harvey released 2 and kept 4 for 6lb 2oz on dries and Diawl Bachs. Open daily 8.30am to 8.30pm. Saturday and Monday 5pm close.