Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Superb week’s fishing yet again and 42 anglers caught 191 fish of which 168 were safely released. Fish have spent much of the week on the top, except on bright breezy, sunny days, but as soon as it clouded over, back they came to the surface. Restock on April 3 really got the resident fish moving and most anglers enjoyed great sport. White lures, Damsels, Buzzers, Blobs, dries and Montanas all worked well. The Troutmasters fish-off took place on Sunday and despite the awful weather (cold and rain), we are pleased to congratulate Martin Smith for winning with 12 fish. Bill McIlroy came second with 9, Danny Drain third with 4, and Richard Winser fourth with 1. A great atmosphere with everyone enjoying the event, so thank you for coming.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
A week of predominantly easterly ‘cool’ winds still produced good returns as continuing buzzer hatches dominated the trout’s menu. However, sport to dry flies was also successful, especially during the afternoons. In flat calm conditions boat fishing was ‘light’ as is usual for this time of year, but some determined souls who ventured out were rewarded with good returns with the most effective tactics in these conditions being floating lines and nymph patterns fished from anchored boats. On Sunday 7th Blithfield hosted 2 bank matches – one for Alex Booth Flyfishers whose rod average, based on declarations, was 2.56. The winner was Ian Footman with a total (including time bonus) of 19lb. The other was for Derby Flyfishers whose rod average was a very creditable 5.8 with winner Clive Wilkins releasing 11 fish.
Notable returns this week include on 1st April for season permit holder Peter Jeffries with 10 fish caught from the South Lake banks, all on white Fritz. On the 3rd season permit holder John Davies reached double figures with 10 fish from the banks on Claret Buzzers with visiting rod Mike Smith also claiming double figures with 13 fish. On the 4th Messrs Savage and Ford once again found the fish with great tactics using Diawl Bachs and Cormorants to excellent effect with 24 fish and 17 fish respectively from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake. On the 5th visiting rods Messrs Cotterill and Wilson paired up in a boat and, using Diawl Bach and Damsel patterns, recorded a boat total of 25 fish, while on the same day visiting rod Graham England returned a total of 16 fish from the banks with Cormorant and FAB patterns proving useful. Another visiting rod, Richard Meigh, recorded 10 fish from the banks on Saturday 6th as the South Lake continued to fish incredibly well.
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.
A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the duty bailiff across the dam at the boat house after this time.
Best areas: Old Man's; Ten Acre Bay; Mary Lou's; Dougie's; Concrete Bowl.
Best dries: Shipman's Sugar Lump; Sedge.
Best lures: Cat's Whisker; black and green lures; Montana; Bloodworm; Olive Tadpole.
Best nymphs/wets: Montana; Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; Claret Buzzer.
Best fish: 6lb blue trout caught on a Diawl Bach from the South Lake bank by Terry Dallaway.
The current rod average is 4.65.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 1 – 7 the 169 anglers caught 959 fish of which 779 were returned. Best fish 5lb 14oz Peter Sharples, Corby, black lure, boat; 5lb 11oz Alan Rennocks, Kettering, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 10oz Peter Sharples, Corby, black lure, boat; 5lb 8oz Pete Jinks, Peterborough, Black Buzzer; 5lb 8oz Mr Brockman, boat; 5lb 6oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, Damsel, boat; 5lb 6oz Luke Maylin, Desborough, Tequila Booby, boat; 5lb 5oz Ray Brown, boat; 5lb 3oz Neville Silver, Godmanchester, Orange Blob, boat; 5lb 2oz Dave Rowell, Peterborough, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, White Snake, boat. Boat anglers had the biggest bags and largest fish last week with many fish feeding in open water. The fish are stuffing themselves on mainly olive buzzers with a few black. Most are around size 14 but a few larger ones are starting to hatch. At the lodge end the boats are fishing buzzer pupae imitations deeper at 8-12 foot deep with good results. In the west arm the fish are much higher with the washing-line the preferred method. Bank anglers covering plenty of water are finding spots where the fish are feeding in range during the day. Mr Bradbeer did a couple of circuits of Elinor on Saturday using small Olive Buzzers and caught 18 fish trying places that often get overlooked. As long as the wind doesn’t blow too hard the famous Elinor evening rise started last week. Shipman’s or CDC Buzzers did well along with Crunchers.
Water temperature is an ideal 9.5C and numerous anglers have commented how hard the fish are fighting.
Best bank areas are gravel bar, east arm, coarse bank. Best boat areas are west arm, east arm, dam. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, Olive Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach, Candy or Tequila FAB, Olive Shipman’s, white/green lures.
On Sunday April 7 Forester Fly Boys had 5 boats. 10 anglers caught 57 fish with Buzzers, Damsels, Blob/FAB taking most fish. Competitors killed 3 fish then catch & release. The bigger fish came on the feed later in the match and had to be returned (thankfully!) Heaviest 3 fish bag: 1. Ian Ashby 5lb 12oz; 2. Colin Forrester 5lb 10oz 3. Paul Mortimer 5lb 9oz; Most fish: 1. Paul Mortimer 12; 2. Mike Edwards 10; 3. Scott Bowman 9.
Sunday May 5th, Geordie Mountford Boat Pairs. Open to everyone. A memorial match to commemorate a superb fly-tyer and all round top bloke. You fish with your partner. 12 fish limit for the boat. 9am - 4pm. Entry fee including fishing permits £70 per pair. Richard Winser has kindly supplied a stunning trophy for the winners along with medals for the top 3 pairs. Tackle prizes will also be on offer. Come and fish a friendly competition at peak buzzer time!
Sunday May 19th Elinor is holding a heat of the Scierra Pairs. Entry forms available at Elinor or www.scierrapairs.co.uk One in four pairs will qualify for the Grafham final on September 8th.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another mixed bag of weather this week, with windy and wet conditions during the beginning part of the week, and dry but cooler conditions as we moved into the later part of the week. Despite the weather we have seen some impressive hatches and some remarkable bag numbers. Some great success has been achieved from using small dries or emergers along with Buzzers throughout this week. The Oddfellows angling group visited Thrunton on Sunday, most of the members landed fish and everyone enjoyed their day’s fishing. Congratulations to Jim Tuck who won the Troutmasters fish-off on Saturday; a total of 8 anglers fished and landed 92 fish between them making a rod average of 11.5.
David Wilson released 5 fish to Long Crag using Griffiths Gnats and Buzzers, enjoying his day. Kevin Stone also released 5 to Long Crag using a Dawson’s Olive and Buzzers. David Kay from Morpeth had two ‘excellent’ 6-hour sessions on Coe Crag using dries, safely returning 30 fish. Jim Lumsden had a ‘good session’ returning 8 fish to Long Crag using a Cormorant. Chris Nichol from Newcastle had a ‘couple of excellent days’ fishing’ landing 28 fish including two double figured fish; all caught using Apps’ Bloodworms, Buzzers and emergers. Josh Piper from Pegswood safely returned 36 fish to Long Crag using dries, during his two visits this week. Lewis Hirst from County Durham landed 14 fish from Coe Crag during his first visit to Thrunton, caught using Apps’ Bloodworms and Zonkers. John Williams from Morpeth safely returned 9 fish to Coe Crag during his 4-hour session using Buzzers. Ray Wood from West Woodburn had a ‘very good day’ landing 8 fish between both lakes using Apps’ Bloodworms and Buzzers. Willy Emery from Newbiggin returned 12 to Long Crag using Buzzers. Marc Cromer returned 11 to Long Crag with Blobs and Bloodworms. Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 20 to Long Crag on Buzzers saying ‘it’s as good as it gets’. Paul Jacques from Alwinton returned 7 to Long Crag using Buzzers and Apps’ Bloodworms. Tony Rowley released 13 to Long Crag on Buzzers, over his two visits this week. Guy Nicholson and John Cowell returned 25 fish between them on the boat, using Bloodworms, Buzzers and dries.
Fly box: Buzzers, dries, emergers, Apps’ Bloodworm, Blobs, Dawson’s Olive and Cormorants. Open daily 8.30am to 8pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close. Long Crag lake will be closed on Saturday April 13 for a club booking, Coe Crag Lake will remain open as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk