Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Very windy week led to disappointing results, a vast contrast to the week before. Friday was the best day where most anglers had high single figures. Best method: Bloodworms, Hare’s Ear, and dries, off the top and just under the surface. Water temperature quite cold at 14C, and clarity excellent despite the wind.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A mixed week of sport depending on the weather conditions. Fish are being caught at all depths, dries subsurface or weighted nymphs and lures in the deeper water. Four anglers braved Storm Ali on Wednes-day and they all caught fish! Brian Scrowther from Stakeford caught 8 fish in total bringing a 9lb and 6lb rainbow to the net on Chatton Lake using a Goldhead Hare’s Ear. Congratulations to the winner of the Chopwell Chancers competition, David Welsh catching the heaviest fish in the competition a 6lb 5oz rainbow. Heaviest bag winner was David Crabtree with a bag total of 10lb 9oz. The raffle raised £169 and with David Welsh kindly donating his winning to the Tiny Lives Charity the total raised was £193. Geoff Short from Wideopen was delighted to land a 12lb rainbow on Chatton Lake caught on his first cast using a Daddy. Glen Appleby from Durham caught 14 fish on Black Zonkers and dries. Jimmy Drew from Wallsend caught 10 fish on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Jamie Potts from Bedlington caught 9 fish. Andrew Taylor caught 16 fish on Buzzers. Matty Divine from Hadston caught fish on all lakes releasing15 fish using Bloodworms, lures and nymphs. Peter Da-vison from New Hartley caught 10 fish using Buzzers. Brian Davis from Dudley landed 11 fish on a Black Tadpole. Fishery closing at 7pm this week, and 5pm on Saturday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
Water clarity good and down to 13 degrees. Fish are active and hun-gry. Three days of strong winds last week meant only 77 anglers ven-tured out. There are some good buzzer hatches taking place now with plenty of fish rising in cloudy and or calmer days. In sun/wind the good catches are coming from 3-4 foot down. Fish are being caught from most areas. After the recent rain there are plenty of daddies hatching. Either a NW or SE wind direction will see these getting blown onto the water from the surrounding fields. For the week September 17 – 23 the 77 anglers caught 206 fish of which 148 were returned. Best fish 6lb 8oz to David Hall, on a white lure, from the boat; 5lb 2oz to Pete Welch, Boston, Candy FAB; 5lb 2oz for Bob Symes, Geddington, Blue-flash Damsel; 5lb 1oz to Graham Carter, Retford, Daddy Longlegs. Best bank areas are dam, boat bay, brookside, east arm, gravel bar. Best boat areas - all areas holding fish but dam end most productive. Best patterns are Black or Olive Buzzer, Red Diawl Bach, GRHE, wet or dry Daddy, Black Hopper, Tequila FAB, white/green lures.
Pike Fishing: Elinor will be holding three weekends when anglers can fish for pike from boats - November 24 & 25, December 8 & 9, Decem-ber 22 & 23. Fishing is 7.30am until dark with lures or sea deadbaits only. Payment in advance to secure booking: Single angler boat £27.50, two angler boat £45. Bookngs/further info by email or tele-phone 01832 720786.
Foremark Trout Fishery, Derbyshire
The fishing continues to improve as the cooler autumnal weather set-tles in, although the fishery has suffered at the hands of the two storm fronts that passed through the UK this week resulting in the fishery be-ing closed on Wednesday and Friday. In-between the storms, the weather has been primarily cloudy with some rain and light winds from the south west. The water temperature is holding steady at 15C and has been at this level for most of the week. Despite the cooler weather and the apparent drop in demand, the water level in the reservoir con-tinues to drop. A slight advantage though is that several of the normal fish-holding areas are now being revealed allowing a careful assess-ment of the underwater topography which will be invaluable when the levels returned to normal.
The best fishing areas remain the main basin from number 1 to num-ber 2 buoy and beyond to the aerators and number 3 buoy, including number 7 buoy off Hut Point to the top dam wall. Fishing on the drift remains the most effective fishing tactic and when the wind has been reasonably high, the use of a drogue to slow the drift is recommended. Hut Point and Verdun’s Point remain the most favourable spots for the bank anglers although the beach in front of the lodge is holding fish. In the main basin, the fish appear to be in the top two or three feet of the water, allowing the use of floating, midge-tips or intermediate lines, coupled with dries, washing-line tactics, wake patterns or fry patterns. Small shrimp patterns on the dropper are worth trying.
On Monday, season ticket holder, Mr Reid took 7 fish on Daddies dur-ing an afternoon session, while DCAC member Mr Bradley took 4 as did Mr Stroud who fished dries from the bank in the deeper water off Hut Point. On Tuesday the rod average rose to 4.5 with DCAC member Alan Topping taking 4 fish while Paul Walker netted 11 on Damsels. Adverse weather then affected the fishery from Wednesday onwards although Mr Downie and his boat partner took advantage of the slight respite on Thursday and were rewarded with 6 fish to their boat. Satur-day saw the weather return to something resembling normality alt-hough spells of heavy rain swept through during the afternoon. How-ever, fish were still caught , with Scotty Wilson recording the best catch taking 6 fish on White Muddlers whilst drifting away from the boils to-wards the dam wall. The heavy rain and gales forecast for Sunday didn’t materialise although few anglers took advantage of the last-minute change in the weather. One that did was season ticket holder, Mr Hemmings who fished from the bank in front of the lodge during the morning and landed 4 on a team of Diawl Bachs and Blobs. Weekly stats: number rods: 24; trout taken: 18; number trout released: 39; total catch: 57; weekly rod average: 2.4.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Following the aftermath of Storm Ali, the strong winds during the mid-dle part of the week, rejuvenated both lakes adding oxygen and fresh water whilst giving the natural fly life a good stir up. This brought the ‘lakes to life’ after the long, warm and drawn out summer we have had. Bloodworms have been prolific flies this week as well as Diawl Bachs and other small nymphs proving successful in the changeable weather. A large number of double figured fish have been landed this week by various anglers. Duncan Passmore from Ponteland used a Bloodworm to land 10 fish between both lakes. Matty Devine from Hadston had 2 visits to Thrunton this week, releasing 40 fish using olive nymphs. Matty also safely returned a fish estimated at 15lb from Coe Crag. S. Baker had a 'good day' landing 18 fish over 2 visits from Long Crag us-ing Sedges. Ross Goulden from Newbiggin used Zonkers to safely re-turn a total of 10 from Coe Crag, Ross also landed a magnificent 15lb rainbow. Alex Ainslie from Craster landed 10 fish from Long Crag using Cat's Whiskers and Dawson's Olives. West Woodburn angler Ray Wood used Diawl Bachs and Damsels to safely return 8 fish to Long Crag.
Stu Younger had a ‘brill’ day returning 16 fish between both lakes us-ing Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. His best fish was estimated at 9lb.
R. Thompson found Daddies to be most successful returning 10 fish to Long Crag. I. Callow also found Daddies very successful landing 11 fish from Long Crag. Anthony Meadows had a ‘brilliant day’ returning 11 fish to Long Crag. Regular Mick Brown from Bedlington had ‘anoth-er helluva day’ returning 20 to Long Crag on Oil-slick Buzzers. Martin Gaffney returned 8 fish to Long Crag using Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 16 fish on Long Crag with Diawl Bachs and Bloodworms. Chris Walder had a good day re-leasing 8 and keeping 4 weighing in at 10.5lb using a Green Buzzer on Coe Crag. John Durkan from Lemington returned 6 to Long Crag us-ing Diawl Bach and Bloodworms. Guy Nicholson used Diawl Bachs and dries to land 9 fish between both lakes. Flybox: Bloodworms, Sedges, Olive Nymphs, Zonkers, Cat’s Whiskers, Dawson's Olives, Daddies and Diawl Bachs. Open daily: 8.30am to 7.30pm. Saturday and Mon-day 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk