Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A superb week at the fishery culminating in a great event Sunday, the ATEFF Stillwater qualifier (south). The competitors on the day caught 41 in total but other anglers on the bank also had success. Oliver Jenkinson came first with 8 fish, second was Graham Willis with 4 and third was local angler Joel Bilner also with 4. A special commendation to Lee Cartmail who did a superb job of marshalling, organising and coordinating the event. Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers and Yellow Dancers all did well with Buzzers also in the mix. Alec Urquart had a beautiful rainbow on Thursday coming in at 4lb which he entered into Troutmasters. Mark Jones landed 2 fish on the near side bank on Sunday. We are very proud of the great feedback we had about the quality of fish and the facilities at the fishery and commit to continue to make our fishery a place for a terrific experience.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week February 18 – 24 the 262 anglers caught 1281 fish of which 954 were returned. Best fish 7lb 9oz John Parker, Cambridge, Cat’s Whisker; 7lb 2oz Paul Laundon, Bedford, Blue-flash Damsel; 7lb 2oz Mel Dunn, Eye, Damsel; 7lb Mr Clay, boat; 7lb Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 14oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, Red Apps’; 6lb 8oz John Oram, Desborough; 6lb 8oz Mr Hobson, Damsel; 6lb 5oz Steve Owen, Staffs, Damsel; 6lb Adrian Wilkins, Easton, Snake; 5lb 14oz Dean Igoe, Crowland, Hothead Damsel, boat; 5lb 11oz Noel Doran, London, Goldhead Hare’s Ear, boat; 5lb 8oz Bob Symes, Geddington, boat; plus 10 other fish over 5lb. 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, Apps’ Bloodworm, Olive Buzzer, Black Buzzer. The great weather continued with another busy week. Although lures fished deep and slow continued to catch, anglers using nymphs in the calm, bright conditions have been doing well. Good numbers of fish are rising to small hatching buzzers although most fish are being taken 4-6 foot down. The water remains gin clear so a fluorocarbon leader is a must. Lots of 4lb-plus fish being caught from boat and bank.
There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30th is the individual competition. Sunday March 31 is the pairs match. Thousands of pounds in cash and tackle up for grabs. All anglers are welcome to enter this catch & release event. Rules & entry forms are available at Iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.
For a taste of the the fishing last Wednesday at Elinor take a look at YouTube ‘A great February day at Elinor Trout Fishery.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Some more settled temperatures, but windy conditions have still provided anglers with the opportunity to be fishing high in the water. Dries, nymphs and Buzzers have all proved very successful this week, however other anglers still taking some good bags on lures fished slightly deeper in the water. This week we hosted the Fritz & Flies winter series finals where 32 anglers competed each day for a share of prize money accumulated over numerous heats fished throughout the winter. During the individual final, 165 fish were caught giving a rod average of 5.2, this allowed anglers to be paid £12.50 per fish caught in the final. David Parker and Ryan Mathews both landed 12 fish each, closely followed by David Neilson landing 11 fish giving him second place and third place went to Trevor Wadds who landed 10 fish. During the pairs final 99 fish were caught, making a rod average of 3. Winners were Gareth Tilley and Alan McPhail who bagged £560 between them. Lee Wilkinson and Conor Metcalfe came second taking £420, third place went to Rob Sharpe and David Neilson who walked away with £280, and finally well done to Davy Kay and Rodney Burn who earned £140 between them. Well done to all of the anglers who fished throughout the weekend, and a thank you to Jim Tuck for organising the event and for the kind donation to our junior fund.
Cramlington angler Michael Hall safely released 11 fish to Long Crag over his two visits using dries and lures. Dan Vine from Lanchester returned 9 fish using lures during his 8-hour session on Long Crag. Huddersfield angler Ben Fox used Damsels to return 7 fish to Long Crag. Les Dinsmore from Cramlington landed a total of 6 fish using a home-tied Buzzer. Peter Mathews from Cockfield landed 8 fish between both lakes using various flies. A. Scott also from Cockfield landed 14 fish using Blobs and lures. He also landed two double figured fish, the largest estimated at 18lb from Long Crag. Eric Caisley had a ‘good day’ fishing Suspender Buzzers, landing 6 fish from Long Crag. Gary Hester landed 12 fish over his two visits this week using Buzzers and Bloodworms. Wayne Haddon released 6 fish to Long Crag using a Blue-flash Cat. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington safely returned 11 fish using Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers during his practice session for the Fritz & Flies Final. John Woodford from Prudhoe landed a lovely overwintered rainbow weighing 10lb 12oz from Coe Crag. Wullie Leech landed 6 fish from Long Crag during his practice session also for the Fritz & Flies final, he caught them using lures. Bedlington angler Mick Brown landed 14 fish between both lakes using Buzzers and dries. Conor Metcalfe from Consett used lures and Tinnies to safely release 12 fish between both lakes, while practicing for the Fritz & Flies Final.
Fly box: Dries, Buzzers, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Tinnies, Cat’s Whiskers, Blobs and lures. Open daily 8.30am to 5pm. Long Crag lake will be closed on Sunday March 10 for a TEFF semi-final, Coe Crag lake will remain open as usual. Apologies to our regular anglers for any inconvenience caused.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk