Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
It has been an excellent week and it was great to see so many new anglers at the fishery. Many caught in double numbers and Stan Brown caught a beautiful 5lb rainbow on Tuesday on a White Apache. For the week 125 fish were caught by 41 anglers. Fish are showing all over the lake so both the banks and boats have had good results. Best methods are Black Hawthorns, Apaches, Squirmy Worms, Black Cat’s Whiskers, Montanas and Diawl Bachs and fish are in the top 5ft. Next restock is just before the Troutmasters fish-off which is on Sunday April 7. The fishery will be open as usual. Weather is expected to be good and ideal for fishing.
Season tickets are now available. If you don't want to wait until September 1 for unlimited visits Blackdyke will make the offer available for April, May and June, 2019 for just £52 a month. Contact Niki on 07795 571371. This pro rata offer is only valid until the end of this season, June 2019). Normal commencement September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Heavy rain and strong winds heralded the start of the 2019 season sending waves crashing over the dam wall for the first 3 days. This, combined with a considerable influx of cold, coloured water from the rivers produced a tough start for some. During the following days the water clarity improved and on warmer, less windy, days fishing improved and some good bags were recorded. Towards the end of the week in flat calm conditions large numbers of rising fish were seen all across the South Lake feeding on terrestrial cow dung flies and the start of the buzzer hatches. Some early chancers have caught on dry flies but the majority of fish are responding well to Montana, black and green lures, small Black Cormorants and Cat’s Whiskers on intermediate lines. A steady retrieve is certainly a good tactic to employ in these early days of spring with fish closer in to the banks and feeding avidly.
The initial pre-season stocking of 4,000 fish and a continued weekly stocking policy, combined with a significant head of resident fish, should ensure improving returns if the conditions remain favourable.
Notable returns this week include on the 19th for permit holders Derek Cope and Mick Cope with both recording fish of 4lb-plus from the South Lake banks. Mick just sneaks best fish of the week with a 5lb rainbow caught on a Cat’s Whisker and safely released. Permit holder Alan Deakin recorded a total of 7 fish from the South Lake banks, all caught on Black Buzzers and lures. The 20th saw further improvements with season permit holder Peter Jeffries returning 15 fish – all caught on small white lures from the South Lake banks. The 21st was opening day for non-permit holders and proved fruitful for Bruce Burton and John Graney with a total of 27 fish to their boat in near perfect conditions, again black & green lures proving the top patterns. On the same day season permit holder Alan Miles bagged up with his 8 fish limit from the South Lake banks and visiting rod G. England found that a black & green Cormorant was a perfect choice, recording 7 fish in total. Winds swinging to the northwest on Friday and Saturday saw slightly cooler conditions but season permit holder Phil Sadler still managed a decent 6 fish from the banks and season permit holder Barry Walker recording 7 in total.
The North Lake is currently closed to non-season permit holders until May 1 but the sport on the South Lake can be enjoyed by all.
Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019. Entry forms are available from the Angling Office and from the Boathouse.
Best areas: Old Man's; Ten Acre Bay; Mary Lou's; Dougie's; Concrete Bowl.
Best lures: Cat's Whisker; black & green lures; Montana.
Best nymphs/wets: Montana; Black Buzzer.
Best fish: 5lb rainbow trout caught on a Cat's Whisker from the South Lake bank by Mick Cope.
The current rod average is 2.46.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week March 18 – 24 the 270 anglers caught 1231 fish of which 914 were returned.
8lb 2oz Mel Dunn, Eye, damsel
7lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, black buzzer, boat
7lb George Brock, Corby, bloodworm
6lb 5oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, olive buzzer, boat
6lb 5oz Dan Roberts, Rushden, bloodworm, boat
6lb 3oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, black buzzer
6lb 2oz Mr McNamara, Peterborough, boat
6lb 1oz Dave McEwan, Sandy, red apps
6lb Mr Wenman
6lb Ivor Fisher, Peterborough, black buzzer, boat
5lb 14oz Steve Johnson, Raunds, neon buzzer, boat
5lb 14oz Dave Rowell, Peterborough, black buzzer, boat
5lb 10oz Dave Rowell, Peterborough, boat
5lb 8oz Ryan Quinn, Corby, blueflash damsel, boat
5lb 8oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, damsel, boat
5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, hothead damsel, boat
On Saturday March 23 the Invicta Fly Fishers held their Norman Shipley Memorial bank match. A bright day with an overnight change in the wind direction made bank fishing difficult and the 20 anglers caught 53 fish.
1. Steven Brennan 10 fish
2= Paul Heavens 6 fish
2= Mark Searle 6 fish
2= Graham Bodsworth 6 fish
5= Gary How 4 fish
5= Tony Smith 4 fish
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Milder weather and some slightly more settled conditions, resulted in some excellent bags being recorded. At the beginning part of the week there were some very impressive hatches, where size proved to be key when matching the hatch. However when the wind increased, fish would move to feeding subsurface on buzzers, spiders and small nymphs. CDCs and Black Gnats accounted for the majority of the fish caught on the surface this week. This week we held our Troutmasters fish-off, it was a 6-hour competition on Long Crag. 10 anglers fished, 2 of which were fishing in the junior section attempting to qualify to fish the Troutmasters UK junior final at Thrunton in July. 64 fish were caught making a rod average of 6.4. A big well done to Phil Green who qualified for the seniors, and also to Ryan Foggon who will be fishing for Thrunton during the Junior Final. Thank you to our marshals; Jim Foggon and Andrew Lister for helping on the day. Members of the North East Ladies angling club, visited Thrunton on Sunday all thoroughly enjoying their fishing session.
The Ashfields from Brampton all had a ‘great’ 3 hours landing 12 fish between three anglers, all caught using Buzzers. Blyth angler Reg JAcobs landed 23 fish between both lakes using Buzzers and lures, also having three ‘great days’. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington safely returned 23 fish to Long Crag using dries over his two visits this week. Alan Morton from Gosforth released 10 fish to Long Crag, all caught using Buzzers. Kevin Dinning had an ‘electric morning’ returning 14 fish between both lakes using Buzzers and Spiders. Newcastle angler, Jim Burtle had a ‘great day on dries’ releasing 12 to Long Crag using Yellow Owls. Ken Glenton had a ‘good day’ using Black Gnats and Buzzers to release 28 between both lakes over his two visits. Andy Gorman from Morpeth had a ‘good afternoon’ landing 8 fish between both lakes using an Olive Cruncher. Brothers,Corey and Mitchell Dow kept 4 fish each, one bag total at 14lb the other at 16lb. Mitchell had the best fish weighing in at 6lb 15oz, all caught using Fritz. Peter Kerr from Longhorsley had an ‘outstanding afternoon’ landing 12 fish in 4 hours using a Black Emerger. P. Jaques from Alwinton landed 18 fish between both lakes using CDCs. Derek Hare had a ‘brilliant day’ fishing small nymphs and catching 19 fish between both lakes. Derek and David Todd both landed 12 fish each from Long Crag using dries and nymphs, most of their fish were in the region of 5-8lb.
Fly box: Buzzers, Spiders, Black Gnats, Yellow Owls, Crunchers, Fritz and Hothead Damsels. Open daily 8.30am to 6pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.