Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Despite the weather with winds gusting at 50mph over several days, fishing actually hasn't been all that bad. There were 10 anglers over the week with 44 fish caught. Martin Cole landed 17 on Friday using small Black Hawthorns. Other good methods were Squirmy Worms, Black Cat’s Whiskers, black lures and Diawl Bachs. The next restock just before the Troutmasters fish-off. Weather is set to improve so fishing conditions are expected to be good. The Troutmasters fish-off is on Sunday April 7 and the fishery will be open as usual.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week March 11 – 17 the 91 anglers caught 385 fish of which 321 were returned. Best fish: brown 7lb 2oz to Scott Bowman, from Weedon, on a boat; rainbow 6lb 12oz Paul Mortimer, Thrapston, Pacock Buzzer; 6lb 5oz Brian Dawkins, Coventry, Pitsford Pea, boat; 5lb 2oz Clive Trundle, Silverstone. Best bank areas are coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar. Best boat areas west arm, dam, gravel bar. Best patterns are
Tequila Blob/FAB, Candy Blob, Red Apps, Red Diawl Bach, GRHE, Black Buzzer, Damsel. Another windy week with the boats only able to go out on Monday and Sunday. A combination of sun and wind made the fishing tricky but there were good catches to be had with plenty of cloud cover. This week looks perfect with fish guaranteed to be feeding on buzzers. Despite the storms the water remains clear.
If anyone is free to help marshal the World Bank Masters competition on Saturday March 30 please contact the fishery on 01832 720786. You will be signing competitors scorecards when they release a fish and ensuring they are using debarbed flies.
The AT TEFF Southern regional bank final on Sunday March 17 was fished by 24 anglers with the top 12 going through to the National final at Ellerdine. Sun and a cold, strong westerly wind made bank fishing difficult with only 50 fish landed. Top 12 qualifiers:
1. Leigh Pond 7 fish from 3 pegs = 10 points
2. Andrew Scott 5 off 3 = 8pts
3. Mark Haycock 4 off 3 = 7pts
4. Craig Barr 4 off 3 = 7pts
5. Dave Johns 3 off 3 = 6pts
6. Gary Morris 3 off 3 = 6pts
7. Andy Taylor 3 off 3 = 6pts
8. Graham Willis 3 off 3 = 6pts
9. Ian Watts 2 off 2 = 4 pts
10. Colin Fitzjohn 2 off 2 = 4pts
11. Graham Watts 2 off 2 = 4pts
12. Joel Bilner 2 off 2 = 4pts
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Strong winds have made it a challenge for anglers who braved the weather this week but those who did enjoyed some good sport, with some good bags being recorded. Black Buzzers and small nymphs have proved to be very successful throughout this week. The weather conditions look to be improving over the next week, which will hopefully give anglers the opportunity to be fishing higher in the water as the fish become slightly more active with the milder conditions. Durham angler Paul Emerson had a good week returning 35 fish in total over 4 visits having success on both lakes using Hare’s Ears, Black Buzzers and Bibios. Paul Day returned 5 fish to Coe Crag using Yellow Dancers, having ‘a cracking day in tough conditions’. Chris Nichol released 10 to Coe Crag using Black Buzzers and Apps’ Bloodworms. Josh Piper from Pegswood returned 4 to Long Crag and 9 to Coe Crag on Diawl Bachs. Gary Surtees from Ashington released 1 fish on Long Crag and 13 on Coe Crag using Apps’ Bloodworms and Buzzers. Ray Wood from West Woodburn released 10 to Coe Crag using Apps, having a 'Brill' day. Colin Smith from Newcastle returned 6 to Coe Crag using Apps, also having a 'Brill' day. Mick Brown said ‘windier the better’ returning 4 to Long Crag and 11 to Coe Crag using Muskins Midge Pupa. David Parker had a 'good' 4-hour session returning 10 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers. Brian Lillie safely returned 7 fish to Long Crag using lures. Fly-fishing coach, Bob Smith released 8 fish to Coe Crag using Buzzers during his 2 hour session. B. Barrowday from Southport returned 10 fish to Coe Crag using Cat’s Whiskers, having a 'good day'. Ian Hughes from Gosforth had a 'great' afternoon session releasing 6 fish to Coe Crag using Hoppers and Cat’s Whiskers. Top flies are Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Hoppers, Cat’s Whiskers, Apps’ Bloodworms and Hare’s Ears Nymphs
Fishery open daily 8.30am to 6pm. Monday & Saturday 5pm close.
Long Crag lake will be closed for the Troutmasters fish-off on Saturday March 23, Coe Crag lake will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Coe Crag lake will be closed Friday March 29 for a corporate event. Long Crag lake will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk