Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk
To say the weather has been bad for business is an understatement. Consistent high winds all week made conditions almost impossible to fish. Saying that, a few anglers braved the weather and if they fished deep, they had results. More bad weather predicted this week so we will be restocking next week as long as the weather improves. The brand new website at www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk has been launched. New season tickets available that offer unlimited fishing, see website for details. See Facebook for a competition that could win you a free day’s fishing too.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northumberland
For the week March 4 – 10 the 85 anglers caught 441 fish of which 378 were returned. Wet and windy weather kept many anglers away with boats not being able to go out on 3 days. Despite the wild conditions the water remains clear and anglers who did fish had good sport on most days. There have been plenty of fish in the sheltered areas so there is no need to cast into the wind. Despite only 63 fish removed last week there is a further stocking on Friday to keep up the excellent start to the season. Best fish 7lb 14oz Marius, Slough, Black Snake, float-tube; 6lb 9oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 4oz James Stuart, Kibworth, Damsel; 6lb 4oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, white/green lure, boat; 6lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Tequila Booby, boat; 5lb 12oz Mal Broughton, Grantham, Ally McCoist, boat; 5lb 10oz Steven Wright, Cardiff, boat; 5lb 8oz Neville Silver, Godmanchester, Damsel; 5lb 5oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, Olive Snake; 5lb 4oz Clive Trundle, Silverstone, Damsel; 5lb Mal Broughton, Grantham, Ally McCoist, boat; 5lb Chris Selby, Yaxley, Pitsford Pea.
Best bank areas are lagoon, boat bay. Best boat areas west arm, dam, boat bay. Best patterns Damsel, small black/green or white/green lures, Bloodworm, Hare’s Ear, Red Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer, Olive or Black Snakelet.
If anyone is free to help marshal the World Bank Masters competition on Saturday March 30 please contact Ed on 01832 720786. You will be signing competitors scorecards when they release a fish and ensuring they are using debarbed flies.
There are still places available for the Iain Barr World Bank Masters. Saturday March 30 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 and entry forms are available at Iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk or at the Elinor lodge.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
It has fished well at Thrunton this week despite the mixed weather. The changeable weather forecast put some anglers off, however those who braved the conditions were rewarded with some good sport and even a few double figured fish this week. We have seen two hatches of olives this week, which was nice to see despite being at the beginning of March. Anglers have been catching fish at all levels and on various different flies, from dries to lures. Thrunton hosted the TEFF semi final on Sunday, where 24 anglers fished.
• John Tait from Belford returned 8 fish to Long Crag including 2 double figured fish, all caught using Cat’s Whiskers.
• David Kay from Morpeth had a ‘good day’ on Coe Crag returning 18 fish using various lures, David also landed a beautiful double figured brownie.
• Blyth angler, Rodney Burn also had a ‘good day’ fishing lures on Coe Crag, landing a total of 9 fish.
• Mark Harrison landed 9 fish from Long Crag, while practising for the TEFF semi-final.
• Brian Lillie had a good 5 hour session, landing 8 fish from Long Crag.
• Bedlington angler, Mick Brown safely released a total of 20 fish between both lakes using Buzzers.
• Ken Glenton returned 16 fish between both lakes using Buzzers
• Paul Pratt from Chester-le-street released 16 fish to Long Crag using Bloodworms, during his practice session for the TEFF Semi final.
• Peter Crowe landed 15 fish from Coe Crag over his two visits to Thrunton this week.
• Josh Piper from Pegswood released 11 to Long Crag, during his 5 hour session.
• Ray Wood from West Woodburn had a ‘brill’ day using Yellow Lures, releasing 8 fish between both lakes.
• Newcastle angler, Jim Burtle visited Thrunton three times this week, releasing 31 fish to Long Crag using Various
• John Cowell had a ‘great day’ returning 8 fish between both lakes using Bunny Leaches
• Newbiggin angler, Willie Emery had a ‘very good’ day fishing Buzzers landing 8 fish from Long Crag.
• Alec Harvey from Cramlington had some ‘good sport’ while fishing Long Crag releasing 10 fish.
Fly Box: Buzzers, Bloodworms, Bunny Leaches, Blobs, Diawl Bach’s and Various Lures
Open Daily – 8.30am to 6.00pm
Please Note: Long Crag lake will be closed for the Trout Masters Fish off on Saturday 23rd March, Coe Crag lake will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Coe Crag lake will be closed Friday 29th March for a Corporate event. Long Crag lake will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers
Blackdyke Trout Fly Fishery, Norfolk