Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
No significant change from last week and boats are yielding better results than the bank and you have to fish deep. Cat’s Whiskers are the most successful flies, but Damsels and Daddies are working well too. The 31 anglers this week caught 24 fish. Mr Curtis had 9 fish off the boat on Saturday. Chris Cullen caught a beautiful 3-pounder off the jetty. Blackdyke is having ongoing mobile phone issues so may change their number in the near future - please see their website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk for details. The landline number is 01842 829154 (please leave a message).
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The recent periods of heavy rain and high water have had an insignificant effect on the water clarity of the South Lake. Therefore this has once again produced another week of excellent sport, mostly to the boats. However with the trout starting to show an interest in the coarse fish fry gathering in the margins bank fishing has started to improve. As a general note the fish are still in the top 2 feet of water so the current advice is not to fish too deep and as the day warms up expect sport to the dries of Floating Fry patterns.
Following the recent stocking of brown trout we have, unsurprisingly, seen an increase in the number of browns being recorded on return cards in the past week or so. We would like to remind all anglers that brown trout must be released unharmed and we expect them to be treated with respect and handled as little as possible to minimise stress and damage. We welcome you to take photographs of these stunning fish when you catch them but please keep them in the water and in the net wherever possible.
Notable returns this week include on Monday 30th for visiting rods Clive Holt and Colin Chambers who recorded 11 fish to their boat during an afternoon session. On the 2nd season permit holder Geoff Allsop enjoyed superb sport with 21 fish to his boat on the South Lake using small pearly or black and red lures; visiting rods Bruce Burton and John Graney also recorded 17 fish to their boat, one of which was a stunning 5lb-plus male brown trout caught by John Graney on a Yellow Fritz. On the 3rd visiting rods Mr Dar and Mr Waseem recorded 19 fish to their boat using lures. On Friday 4th visiting boat pair Bill Robinson and Alan Topping also returned 19 fish to their boat, including 3 browns which were safely released. Excellent returns continued to be submitted on the 5th with visiting rods Messrs Booth and Greatbatch returning 23 fish to their boat on dry and wet flies; visiting rod Chris Howkins and permit holder John Wellecomme fished together for the first time and recorded 21 fish to their boat on lure patterns; visiting rods Stuart Hartland and Ian Hartland returned 17 fish to their boat on wet flies, Daddy Longlegs and Claret Shipman’s Buzzers; visiting rod Mick Broadgate recorded a not-so-unlucky 13 fish to his boat on the South Lake using Daddy Longlegs and CDC patterns to great effect.
Best areas: drifts across the centre of the South Lake; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay; St. Stephen's; Old Mans; Mickledale Bay.
Best dries: Shipman's Buzzer; Hopper; Daddy Longlegs; Shipman's Sugar Lump.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker; Floating Fry.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Claret Buzzer; Hot Head Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Black Pennell.
Best fish: 5lb brown trout caught on a boat on the South Lake by John Graney.
The current rod average is 4.29.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 30 - October 6 the 126 anglers caught 311 fish of which 244 were returned. Best fish 7lb 2oz to Danny Tolton, from Kettering, on a Pitsford Pea off the boat; 6lb 12oz Dave Miles, Wellingborough, Red Cruncher, boat; 5lb 9oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat; 5lb 6oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, White Snake, boat; 5lb 6oz Jim Davis, Luton, Foam Daddy. Best bank areas are east arm, brookside, boat bay, dam (in a north wind). Best boat areas - most areas producing fish. Best patterns are wet or dry Daddy, Black Hopper, Red Cruncher, small Black Shipman’s, Hares Ear, black/green lure, Candy Booby, white/black Snake.
Another wet week with many anglers only fishing a few hours. Luckily there has been no further flooding and the water although at a high level is clearing quickly. A rod average of 2.4 is not as good as expected in October but it’s pleasing that fish are being caught from most areas of the lake. Despite the rain there are only a few daddies on the water, but anglers continue to catch on wet and dry imitations.
Elinor will be holding two weekends when anglers can target pike from boats: November 16 – 17 and November 30 /December 1. Six boats available each day, 7.30am until dark. Lures or sea deadbaits only. Payment in advance to secure booking. Single angler boat £27.50. Two anglers in a boat £45. Bookings/further info by email or telephone 01832 720786.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk