Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A quieter week with 29 anglers catching 26 fish of which 23 were released. Boats doing better than the bank but late Sunday afternoon we saw loads of fish moving to the margins after a few heavy downpours. Daddies hatching across the lake and best methods are Cat’s Whiskers, lures, Damsels and Daddy Longlegs patterns. Next restock is mid October but last restock not been touched yet so plenty of fish to be had.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The week started with light and warm winds on Monday and the boats continued to produce excellent returns with the most successful rods employing dry fly tactics. However as we reached Tuesday increasingly strong winds and rain saw light angling pressure but for the few that ventured out there was mostly good sport to be enjoyed with one particularly good boat return submitted. The week continued to be unsettled with intermittent torrential downpours and gusty winds.
The water clarity at the time of writing (Sunday 30th) remains good but with exceptionally heavy rain predicted please ring either 01283 840284 (before 12 noon) or 07974 263338 for the very latest update on conditions.
Creditable returns this week include on the 23rd for visiting rod Mr Cornforth with 12 to his boat on the South Lake. On the 24th, despite torrential rain, visiting rods Mr Hutchinson and Mr Blatchford braved the conditions and recorded a combined total of 20 fish, all caught on Orange Hoppers. Drier conditions on the 25th saw several more great returns with season permit holder Geoff Allsop and visiting rod Roger Perks recording a total of 25 fish to their boat on various patterns including Black Pennell, Diawl Bach and pearly lures with Roger declaring that he still hasn’t blanked in 11 visits. Visiting rods Henry Deakin and Alan Deakin also enjoyed some excellent sport to their boat with a combined total of 29 fish, all caught on small wet flies. The bountiful theme continued on the 26th with season permit holders Pat Burton and Nigel Hodkinson (and Pat’s dog Fudge) returning a boat total of 21 fish, all caught on dry flies including Daddies and Hoppers, while on the same day visiting boat rods Mr Dutton and Mr Preston also recorded a combined total of 21 fish by using various patterns including Daddies, Hoppers, Diawl Bach and GRHE. On the 27th, before the return of the downpours, visiting rods Alan Topping and Bill Robinson returned 21 fish to their boat whilst visiting boat rods Mark Johnson and Chris Salmon recorded a total of 20 during the day. Just to prove that you don’t have to spend all day in the rain there were decent returns this week for several anglers in 4 hours or less including on 23rd for Geoff Allsop (12 fish), on the 25th for visiting rod David Currie (11 fish) and on the 26th for visiting rod Matt Willis (8 fish).
Best areas: drifts across the centre of the South Lake; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay; Gorse Bushes; St. Stephen's; Old Mans; drifts across the centre of the North Lake.
Best dries: Shipman's Buzzer; Claret Bristol Hopper; Orange CDC Hopper; Daddy Longlegs; Shipman's Sugar Lump; Red Hopper.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker; fry patterns.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Claret Buzzer; Hot Head Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Soldier Palmer; Black & Peacock Spider.
Best fish: 3lb 12oz rainbow trout caught on the South Lake banks by Paul Walker.
The current rod average is 4.89.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 23 – 29 the 108 anglers caught 347 fish of which 261 were returned. Best fish 5lb 9oz for Lazloe Boden, from Rothwell, on a Red Apps’ from the boat; 5lb 8oz Ray Ward, Olney, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 3oz Reg Hawes, Sandy, Daddy, boat; 5lb 2oz Derek Benamore, Finedon. Best bank areas are east arm, brookside, boat bay, dam (in a north wind). Boats - most areas holding fish. Best patterns wet or dry Daddy, Black Hopper, Black Buzzer, Red or Black Cruncher, black/green lures, white/black/pink Snake.
A reasonable week with a rod average of 3.2. Plenty of surface activity over most of the lake during cloudy conditions. Good numbers of daddies hatching with anglers catching on both wet and dry imitations. Water temperate has dropped to 14.9C. Heavy rain this week has brought the level up just over a foot. There is a slight tinge of colour which will drop out quickly. Tuesday this week fished exceptionally well despite the clarity with all 11 anglers who braved the dire forecast catching between 2 and 13 fish. Today was harder with sun all day but there still 3 anglers who managed there 6 fish limit and a number of 3s, 4s and 5s.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
As the autumnal conditions become more prolific, catches continue to improve and the larger fish are beginning to show as they feed up for the winter months. Diawl Bachs have again been very productive this week, with the majority of fish being caught on a floating line with a long leader; anything between 16 to 20 feet. The fish have continued to feed on the surface, however anglers have found it quite challenging when trying to imitate the flies due to their small size. Jed Armstrong safely returned 6 fish to Long Crag using Diawl Bachs during his 4 hour session. Lee Rankin from Hadston also used Diawl Bachs and F-Flies to bring 10 fish to the net between both lakes over two visits. M. Clayton had an 'excellent' day, returning 6 fish between both lakes using a Damsel. Howard Croston from Morpeth had a good day on Friday returning 12 to Coe Crag using Olive Crunchers and Diawl Bachs including a lovey tiger and a large blue. Howard and Lucy (Bowden) returned for a short session on Saturday when Howard released 5 to Coe Crag on Diawl Bachs and Buzzers including 1 at 12lb, while Lucy returned 2 one at 4lb and one at 6lb using Damsels. John Pringle from Wooler released 6 over both lakes using Black Buzzers and dries. Rob Hall from Morpeth returned 10 fish to Long Crag using Black Diawl Bachs and Buzzers including a lovely tiger at 4.5lb. Mick Brown from Bedlington released 18 over both lakes using Diawl Bachs. Jamie Potts from Bedlington had a 'mint' day landing 7 fish from Coe Crag using dries and nymphs. Bob Martin used Buzzers and a Dancer to return 7 fish to Coe Crag during his 4 hour session
Fly box: Diawl Bachs, Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers, various dries and nymphs. Thrunton is open daily 8.30am to 7pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk