Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
An excellent week at the fishery. The restock on Tuesday really stirred things up with some really great results. Great to see Iain Barr on our bank guiding/coaching Joel Bilner who will be attending the TEFF Bank Match this Sunday. Ian had 15 fish, all safely released. Morning and afternoon had the best of the action. The week since Tuesday there were more than 130 fish caught. Damsels, Buzzers, Bloodworms and anything olive all working well. TEFF Bank Match this Sunday.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week February 11 – 17 the 245 anglers caught 1462 fish of which 298 were returned. Best fish 10lb 6oz Mick Roche, Great Addington, black/silver Humungus; 8lb 4oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat; 8lb 1oz David Chappell, Westoning, Blue-flash Damsel; 8lb Mr Herridge, Essex, boat; 7lb 4oz Paul White, Northampton, Cat’s Whisker; 7lb 4oz Pete Welch, Boston, Black UV Booby; 7lb 2oz Roy Swinfield, Leicester, Black Buzzer; 7lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat; 6lb 12oz Sean Roe, Kettering, black/green lure; 6lb 12oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat; 6lb 9oz Derek Benamore, Finedon, Olive Snake; 6lb 8oz David Chappell, Westoning, Blue-flash Damsel; 6lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Yellow Dancer, boat; 6lb 8oz Mr Curtis, Peterborough, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 7oz Mel Dunn, Eye, white/green lure; 6lb 5oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, boat; 6lb 4oz Tony Cefai, Fordham, Tequila FAB.
Best bank areas are lagoon, dam, boat bay. Best boat areas west arm, dam, boat bay. Best patterns white/green lures, Olive or Black Snakes, Damsel, GRHE, Red Diawl Bach, Bloodworm, Olive Buzzer.
A busy week in the mild February conditions. Catches were generally excellent although bright sunshine made the bank fishing harder in the clear water as the fish moved further out. Thursday and Friday were tricky but Saturday once again excellent in overcast light winds. Nymphs are catching as many fish as lures with anything olive working. A few fish rising in calmer water but most fish are 3-5 foot down. Anglers are catching from both ends with only the east arm quiet. Prospects remain good with a great chance of catching a 4lb-plus specimen. Next stocking
February 18 and 21.
For a taste of the fishing last Wednesday at Elinor take a look at YouTube ‘A great February day at Elinor Trout Fishery’.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Continued milder conditions throughout this week, has provided anglers with the opportunity to tempt some of the fish up to dries. Other anglers found various lures to still produce some decent bag numbers. Buzzers and Diawl Bachs have also been picking up fish, which are feeding subsurface. Despite the warmer air temperatures the wind chill can still make it feel rather cold. The temperatures are set to rise this coming week; so we may begin to see some nice early evening rises. Thrunton held a TEFF friendly competition this week, where 29 anglers travelled from as far as Cumbria to help raise some money for the England Bank Team. Alec Harvey from Cramlington won the friendly competition and David Parker landed the first fish of the day. The competition was scored using a playing card system, where the best poker hand wins. Prizes were also given to anglers who were dealt a Joker from the deck of cards. Thank you to all anglers who attended the event and Lee Cartmail for organising the event.
Trevor Wadds from Longframlington enjoyed his three visits to Thrunton this week, safely returning a total of 20 fish using Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs. Morpeth angler, David Kay landed 17 fish between both lakes over his two visits, all caught using lures. Duncan Passmore from Ponteland released 6 fish from Long Crag using dries at the beginning part of the week. D. Nunn used an Amber Bloodworm to safely return 6 fish to Long Crag, having a ‘nice day’. Julian Bales landed 7 fish from Long Crag. Jordan Lisle used various lures to safely release 8 fish to Long Crag. Rob Hall from Morpeth returned 30 fish over his three visits to Thrunton using Buzzers. Ken Glenton from Ashington used a Black Gnat to land 11 fish from Long Crag. Barry Teasdale caught 6 fish from Long Crag using Buzzers and Diawl Bachs having a ‘great day’. Bedlington angler, Mick Brown had a ‘canny day’ returning 18 fish between both lakes also using Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Peter Kerr had a ‘nice afternoon session’ landing 7 fish from Coe Crag also using Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Blyth angler, Rodney Burn landed 11 fish from Coe Crag using Blobs and Bloodworms.
Fly box: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Black Gnats, Bloodworms, small dries and various lures. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 5pm. Please note: The Fishery (both lakes) will also be closed on February 23-24 for a Fritz ‘n’ Flies competition. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk