Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The fishery has now reopened and first restock is on Monday September 10. Water temperature is reducing steadily and is currently around 18C about 6 feet down and the clarity is excellent. Some early morning and early evening rises with a lot of natural fly hatching (dragonflies, blue damsels and midges). Fishery is closed on Sunday, September 16 until 2pm for a corporate event. Summer evening special is available until September 30. The caravan is available for accommodation. See website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk for details.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The week started fairly slowly but cooler evenings and cloudy days produced a gradual improvement in conditions and by Friday afternoon excellent sport was enjoyed by the boat anglers in the South Lake. A warm, light south westerly breeze saw a good buzzer hatch and the trout responded with fish moving well on the naturals and a fall of small black beetles. Some fish, however, were still pre-occupied with feeding on the coarse fish fry high in the water. A pleasing aspect of the bags recorded this week was the excellent condition of the resident stock fish with several fin-perfect, large tailed rainbows over 3lb amongst the returns but all were topped by a simply stunning 4lb ‘bar of silver’ blue trout.
Noteworthy returns this week include on the 27th for season permit holder Paul Walker with 6 fish from the banks including 2 tiger trout and a 3lb 8oz rainbow, all caught on a small white lure during a few hours in the evening. On the 30th season permit holder John Arnott recorded a naturally grown-on 3lb rainbow trout amongst his bag caught on a Claret Hopper from a boat on the South Lake. The 31st saw a few decent returns being submitted including for permit holder Brian Jones and Graham Wood who paired up in a boat to return a total of 13 fish between them whilst visiting rod Neil Chandler recorded a total of 9 fish to his boat on the South Lake. On the same day permit holder Nigel Hodkinson and his boat partner returned a total of 9 fish in just a 3 hour afternoon session, all caught on dries and with two fish over 3lb amongst the bag. On Saturday 1 September visiting rod Mick Broadgate returned a total of 7 fish to his boat, including a stunning brown trout of 2lb 11oz, all caught on floating line with Daddy Longlegs and CDC patterns. The sport improved greatly on Sunday 2nd with permit holder Norman Swinson returning a total of 13 fish to his boat on the South Lake with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow. Season Permit holders Pat Burton and Nigel Hodkinson fished from a boat during the afternoon and returned a total of 22 fish to their boat including a stunning 4lb blue trout caught on a Daddy Longlegs by Nigel. Rounding off an excellent day was visiting rod David Currie with a total of 8 to his boat, including a feisty tiger trout, all caught on a Sparkler lure.
Best areas: drifts along the entrance to Ten Acre Bay, 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, Sparkle Booby, Coral Blob, Silver Booby.
Best nymphs/wets: Invicta, Bibio, Pearly PTN, Mallard & Claret.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The two-day Angling to Save Tiny Lives event was held at Chatton Trout Fishery on Saturday September 1 and Thrunton Long Crag Trout Fishery on Sunday September 2. The successful fundraiser was organised by Alec Harvey and Carl Nixon for Tiny Lives (Special Care Babies) at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. The atmosphere on the day was amazing, 48 anglers took part in the fun competition. It was great to see the junior anglers taking part and they all caught fish. Many fish were caught and a couple of double figured fish were unfortunately lost. Congratulations to the junior winner Jack Metcalf catching a 9lb rainbow. Senior winners were Gareth Tilley 7lb 4oz, 2nd Davie Parker 7lb 1oz and 3rd Josh Piper. Lunch was a delicious spread of home cooked baking by Alec Harvey and his family also Paul Pratt and a big thank you to all the other bakers for the tasty contributions towards the buffet. The generosity and kindness shown has been overwhelming. Thank you to everyone who donated prizes, bought raffle ticket and gave donations. £1862 was raised on Saturday and with the two days fundraising and online donations the amount raised is over £7000. Thank you also to Balloon Emporium NE from Seahouses for the wonderful Tiny Lives balloon display. The fishery is closing at 8pm this week and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Fishing is challenging on bright days but much better with cloud cover. For the week August 27 - September 2 the 138 anglers caught 294 fish of which 188 were returned. Best fish 7lb 4oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, boat; 7lb Chris Selby, Yaxley, Black Hopper; 6lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, Black Snake, boat; 6lb 2oz Finbarr McSweeney, Rushden, Grey Duster; 5lb 8oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, Black Snake, boat; 5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Snake, boat. Best bank areas
are dam (in a north wind), boat bay and east arm. Boats doing well down middle. Best patterns are Black Snake, Cormorant, Hare’s Ear, wet Hopper, Black Buzzer, Black Shipman’s. Elinor is ready to explode anytime now with a cooler forecast. On cloudy days there is plenty of surface activity with dries, washing-line or lures pulled near the surface taking fish. Many more bigger fish are being seen and caught. Water clarity continues to improve.
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 Reservoir, Derbyshire
Monday and Tuesday of this week afforded the anglers some excellent conditions since it was cloudy with some breeze that gave a reasonable ripple over the water. The water temperature was maintained at 17C. From Wednesday onwards, the water temperature increased to 18C and sunny spells prevailed. The catch returns reflected the change in the weather and the water temperature. The water level continues to fall and access to the pontoon is being achieved by a temporary footbridge extension. The surprising return this week was that fish were caught from the bank at Hut Point and it appears that the fish are feeding on fry in the shallower water. This was also confirmed by a bank angler who was fishing of off the dam wall albeit he did not land fish but lost one. The recommended hotspots for boats are still holding good based on the catch returns noting that the cascade has started to feature. To reiterate the areas are number 1 buoy to 2 buoy the aerators and across to number 3 buoy. Whilst floating Muddlers and small Boobies/Blobs pulled through the surface ripple have been effective the additional flies to consider are Daddies, Damsels, Hare’s Ear nymph, Red Diawl Bach, and various lures. The cascade has also provided some trout sport noting there is also a profusion of perch within the same area.
On Bank Holiday Monday Mr Skudder, a Burton Mutual and Thornton member, caught 4 fish off the top of the water on Boobies and Hare’s Ears. Karl Reiter caught 2 fish using a Blue-flash Damsel and a Daddy Longlegs. 4-hour boat angler Mr Jared caught 1 on dry flies close to the dam wall half way to the tower from the pontoon. Tuesday was a great day and the rod average for 7 rods was 5.9. The notable catches were all from a boat with Paul Walker catching 12 on Damsels and dry flies, Mick Reid returning a catch of 7, and Messrs Coley and Taft catching 17 on Muddlers and Daddies. Thursday a bank angler caught 2 from Hut Point and 6 fish were caught from a boat by Scotty Wilson fishing the aerators. Friday saw the return of Paul Walker, a Foremark member, who fishing from a boat landed 6 fish on wet flies and Buzzers. Interestingly there has been significant swallow /swift activity over the reservoir at infrequent times during the day. On Friday Chris Gardner caught 3 fish from the cascade on a Green Fritz with a yellow tail.