Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Despite the sunshine and warmer temperatures, fishing remained very good. 41 anglers caught 92 fish with 66 being safely released. Most of the time fish were on the top as there was a consistent surface ripple with a light breeze. It’s Buzzers all the way plus dries, Black Snakes, Cat’s Whiskers and Hawthorns all working well. Both bank and boat anglers enjoyed good sport. Another week where Blackdyke welcomed new anglers so keep sharing and telling your friends. Next restock first week of May. Don't forget, for anyone new to fly-fishing, there is a great special offer of 90 minutes tuition with Tim Gaunt-Baker plus 2 hours fishing, all equipment included, £45. For bookings, call 07525 730447.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Having said goodbye to the cold of the spring easterlies we welcomed the warmth of south easterlies coming in from southern Europe which in turn produced more favourable angling conditions. Bank fishing is still providing the best of the sport although boat anglers are starting to see an improvement in returns as water temperatures rise slightly. Once again there were a large number of double-figured returns with Buzzers and nymphs being the trout’s temptation with a few coming to dry flies in the late afternoons and evenings. At the start of the week we welcomed a group of anglers from the Northwest Fly Fishers who enjoyed some excellent conditions and produced a meeting rod aver-age of 6.75 between them.
Noteworthy returns include on the 16th for permit holder Phil Roper with 12 fish from the banks, while visiting rod Mr Savage once again graces the report with a very creditable 22 fish and visiting rod Jez Al-cock recorded a total of 14 fish, all caught from the South Lake banks. On the 17th permit holder Ian Colclough returned 13 fish to various patterns including Buzzers, Blobs, Boobies and Montana from the banks, and fellow permit holder Harry Deakin recorded 14 fish. On the same day boat anglers enjoyed decent sport with Messrs Heseltine and Greenhalgh recording 25 fish to their boat and Mark Evans return-ing 19 fish, all 44 fish caught on Buzzer patterns. Drs Graham and Turnock used Diawl Bach and Cat’s Whiskers to great effect with a total of 23 fish between them. Continuing the theme on the 18th season permit holders Derek Spilsbury and Phil Sadler both recorded 12 fish apiece from the South Lake banks while fellow season permit holder Steve Cherrington fished for a few hours during the evening and re-turned a total of 14 fish all caught on Hoppers. Visiting rods also fared well with Mr Dunlevy recording 16 fish, all caught on Diawl Bachs, and Steve Owen returning 15 fish from the banks. Rounding off yet another productive week on the 21st were visiting rods Mr Cotterill who re-turned a not-so-unlucky 13 fish, again all tempted with Diawl Bachs from the banks, and Mr K. Flint who spent 4 hours in a boat during the morning and used a Lime-green Buzzer to return 12 fish.
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 Satur-days (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the duty bailiff across the dam at the boathouse 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; Red Bristol Hopper.
Best lures: Cat's Whisker; Montana; Bloodworm; Olive Tadpole.
Best nymphs/wets: Montana; Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; Claret Buzzer; Green Buzzer.
Best fish: 5lb 8oz rainbow trout caught on a Buzzer from the South Lake banks by Roger Goring.
The current rod average is 4.35.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 15 – 21 the 230 anglers caught 1275 fish of which 1025 were returned. Best fish 12lb 6oz Andy Lane, London, Olive Buzzer, boat; 11lb 2oz Jim Nixon, Kettering, Black Buzzer; 7lb 8oz Tre-vor Partridge, Corby, Olive CDC, boat; 6lb 12oz Gary Ashman, Peter-borough, Damsel, boat; 6lb 3oz Pete Welch, Boston, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 2oz Pete Welch, Boston, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 2oz Mitch Sharman-Else, Northampton, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb John Oram, Des-borough, Blob, boat. Dean Barker fly-fished for pike from a boat and had a cracking 22lb 8oz specimen. Best bank areas coarse bank, east arm. Best boat areas west arm, east arm, dam. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, small Damsel, Olive Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach, Olive Shipman’s, Olive or Black CDC/Suspender, white/green lure.
A busy week at Elinor with the warmer weather bringing some great buzzer hatches. Bank anglers had to work hard for fish with the sun and incredibly clear water pushing fish at full casting range until the evening rise. Boat anglers had a stunning week with fish feeding through most of the day and evening with numerous double figure bags. Washing-line with a floater was the best method although many fish were also caught on dries. Anglers who targeted the dam end con-tinued to catch best by fishing Buzzers or Damsels deeper whereas most other areas saw fish in the top two foot. Many of the buzzers now are a good size with size 10 or 12 imitations working. The fish are in fantastic condition with 3 and 4lb specimens regularly taking anglers down to the backing.
Forthcoming competitions: Sunday May 5, Geordie Mountford Boat Pairs. Open to everyone. A memorial match to commemorate a superb flytyer 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 win-ners 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 19, 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 8.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
After cold start to the week fish were still moving and feeding high up in the water, as the weather gradually warmed up lots of fish have been feeding off the top, even so matching the hatch has also proved to be a challenge but anglers who succeeded have enjoyed some good sport. Small foam beetles were very successful on Saturday as the fish were feeding heavily on those, Buzzers and CDC Emergers have also been working well this week. Plenty double figured fish have been landed this week on both lakes.
Joe Brown from Bedlington had some good sport on Long Crag, re-leasing 7 fish and keeping 2 for 4lb 3oz on his first visit using Ship-man’s Buzzers, and releasing 4 and keeping 2 for 4lb 5oz on his sec-ond using Shuttlecock Buzzers. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 5 to Long Crag and 11 to Coe Crag on Apps and dries. An-drew Schreiner from Morpeth returned 8 to Coe Crag using FABs and Buzzers. Brian Lavery from Linton returned 3 fish to Long Crag and 5 to Coe Crag using Yellow Owls. Jimmy Richardson released 3 and kept 2 for 4lb on Coe Crag also using Yellow Owls. Wooler angler Julien Bales returned 10 to Long Crag on small dries. Paul Hird from Sunder-land returned 17 to Coe Crag, having a ‘cracking day’ on Buzzers. Mathew Robson from Morpeth used PTNs and lures to net 10 on Long Crag. Bob Smith returned 12 over both lakes with size 16 CDCs. Tre-vor Wadds returned 8 over both lakes on his second visit using dries. Friends Ian Callow and Rob Thompson from Dunbar returned 8 each on Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Spiders. Si Nicols releasd 16 from the boat using Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Greg Lewins from Belsay re-leased 14 also from the boat using Bloodworms and Blobs. Father and son J. and M. Walker returned 11 fish between them to Long Crag us-ing Damsels. Ricky Usher released 7 and kept 3 for 12lb 7oz using Buzzers, Shammies and Crunchers. Rob Hall from Morpeth released 9 on Coe Crag including fish of 10lb and 6lb on Buzzers. Jamie Scott from Alnwick had 22 on Long Crag on Buzzers and Blobs over his two visits. Mick Brown from Bedlington also used Buzzers to safely release 20 to Long Crag. Josh Piper released 20 over both lakes using various flies. Andy Richmond used a PTN and a Blob to landed 19 fish between both lakes. Stu Ward returned 14 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers and Chamois.
Peter Walker used a Montana to land 13 fish from Coe Crag. Mick Gal-lagher from Ellington released 7 on Long Crag using Buzzers and CDCs. Sonia Leyden, June Avery and Elain McCully from the Ladies Invicta Fly Fishing Club fished Coe Crag, releasing 18 fish between them on Buzzers, CDCs and Bibios. John Allison returned 16 to Long Crag with foam emergers. Chris Pearson from Newbiggin released 10 on Coe Crag using Bloodworms and Buzzers. Barry Nicholson from Bedlington released 12 on Coe Crag using Buzzers and CDCs.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk