Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
It has been another good week’s fishing with 78 fish caught by 30 an-glers, of which 67 were safely released. Thursday was the best day where everyone caught. Fish taking off the top up to 2 feet down. Brian caught 10 fish off the boat on Tuesday using Buzzers and that does seem to be the best method at the moment. Also Damsels, Apaches, Blobs, Black Cat’s Whiskers, Montanas and small black dries worth a try. The Troutmasters fish-off is on Sunday April. The fishery will be open as usual.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Cold winds and rain at the start of the month subsided and we enjoyed near-perfect mild, calm conditions during the last week. After a sluggish start the returns soon started to fill up as fish actively moved closely along the banks, feeding avidly on the food being stirred up there. From midweek onwards there were some further buzzer hatches which created increased activity with some aggressive takes being recorded particularly on small Black Buzzers fished on intermediate lines and sink-tips. Some excellent returns this week include – on the 26th for permit holder Barry Turner with 8 fish from the bank at Dougie’s, all caught on small lure pattern. On the 27th visiting rod David Boardman also recorded 8 fish from the South Lake banks whilst on the same day visiting rod Mick Grant returned 9 fish, caught on black & green or black and red lures or Damsel patterns from the bank. On the 28th the improving conditions saw a great number of excellent returns being submitted. Permit holder Jeff Johnson released all 12 of his fish which were caught from the banks on GRHEs; season permit holder Pat Bur-ton recorded 11 fish and declared “It’s great to be back!”. Permit holder Richard Sunderland returned a grand total of 13 fish, again all caught from the banks on green & black lures and small Buzzers; visiting rods Mr Savage and Mr Ford employed Diawl Bach and Fritz patterns to great effect, returning a very respectable 30 fish and 20 fish respec-tivel; visiting rods Russell Lock and Stephen Dalby also enjoyed a keen day’s sport with 15 and 10 fish respectively; and visiting rod Geoff Tomkinson travelled the South Lake banks and, using Tadpole pat-terns in green and black or olive, recorded a total of 17 fish for his ef-forts. The 29th continued to produce some incredible sport for bank anglers with visiting rods again coming out tops. Graham England fished on a 4-hours permit during the afternoon and recorded a total of 20 fish, all caught on his Holo Cormorant pattern; another 4-hours permit angler, Mr Bailey, also returned 20 fish from the banks of the South Lake whilst visiting rod Bruce Burton released all 13 of his fish which were caught from the banks on a green & black Fritz; season permit holder Derek Spilsbury also enjoyed a few hours’ great sport with 11 fish in total. On Saturday 30th visiting rods Alan Snape and Paul Schonau enjoyed some great buzzer and nymph sport recording 7 and 9 fish respectively from the banks whilst Messrs Murphy and Cotterill returned a total of 21 fish to their boat on the South Lake. Permit holder Terry Dallaway recorded the best fish this week, – a 6lb, naturally grown-on, overwintered blue which was caught from the bank on a Diawl Bach and was safely released back into the water.
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 Bail-iff 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 lures: Cat's Whisker; black & green lures; Montana; Bloodworm; Olive Tadpole.
Best nymphs/wets: Montana; Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach.
Best fish: 6lb blue trout caught on a Diawl Bach from the South Lake bank by Terry Dallaway.
The current rod average is 4.45.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week March 25 – 31 the 259 anglers caught 1033 fish of which 905 were returned.
8lb 4oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, white/green lure, boat
8lb 1oz Steve Quartley, North London, Black Buzzer, boat
7lb 6oz Rob Edmunds, Thrapston
7lb 3oz Steve Quartley, North London, Black Buzzer, boat
7lb 2oz Shane Else, Northampton, Damsel Booby, boat
6lb 4oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Black Buzzer, boat
6lb 2oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Black Buzzer, boat
5lb 6oz Mr Bayford, Keyston, black/green Snake, boat
5lb 5oz Liam Johnson, Rushden, boat
Most bank areas are holding fish while boats doing well in west arm, east arm, and dam. Best patterns are Black or Olive Buzzer, Damsel, Bloodworm, Tequila Blob, Hare’s Ear, Red Diawl Bach. A busy couple of weeks at Elinor. On warmer days there have been some great buzz-er hatches with sizes ranging from 16s - 10s. Bank fisherman found it more difficult on bright days in the clear water but had good sport in overcast light winds. The west arm is holding big numbers of fish with washing-line the best method over the shallower water. The rest of the lake has seen fish feeding deeper with Damsels and Buzzers fished 8- 12 foot down getting the big bags. On most evenings there has been an evening rise to small hatching buzzers. If the wind drops there was a spectacular rise. Small Shipman’s or CDC in darker shades proved effective.
On March 30 – 31, 50 anglers fished the Iain Barr World Bankmasters singles event with competitors from Belgium, Norway and Finland up against UK anglers. The whole lake was pegged with anglers fishing 11 sessions of 30 minutes and doing a complete circuit. Bright sunshine and calm conditions prevailed for most of the match. Dan Swales put in a fantastic performance to catch 15 fish off 9 of his pegs using Dam-sels on an intermediate or a chamois worm under an indicator to scoop £1100 with the top 10 all receiving cash.
1. Dan Swales 15 fish off 9 = 24 points
2. James Stephenson 15 off 7 = 22pts
3. Rob Edmunds 13 off 8 = 21 pts
4. Andrew Scott 13 off 7 = 20pts
5. Dave Nielsen 11 off 7 = 18pts
6. Dean Appleby 16pts
7. Pete Appleby 15pts
8. Graham Willis 12pts
9. Glenn Appleby 12 pts
10. Christian Jadoille 10pts
Sunday 31st saw 17 pairs compete. The wind changed to a brisk NE with an extra three layers of clothing required. 10 sessions of 30 minutes. Damsels, buzzers and assorted Worms fished deep and slow did the damage.
1. Rob Edmunds/Andrew Scott 15 fish from 11 pegs = 26 points
2. Anthony Meadows/David Nielson 16 off 9 = 25pts
3. Dean Appleby/Craig Crompton 15 off 8 = 23pts
4. Glenn Appleby/Pete Appleby 12 from 10 = 22pts
5. Mark Haycock/Phil Shaw-Browne 12 from 8 = 20pts
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Warm and windy conditions this week, size 14 and 16 Buzzers have proved successful throughout this week, other anglers picking up fish on size 20 Olive and Black CDC Shuttlecocks. Despite anglers finding small flies to be most productive, a few anglers have tempted some fish to Daddies. The changeable wind direction has made it slightly challenging this week, however those who persisted have enjoyed some good sport. A nice brown was landed by Brian Lillie this week from Long Crag, it was estimated at 14-15lb. Members of The Cram-lington Renegades visited this weekend, who all caught fish and thor-oughly enjoyed their 8 hour session.
Alec Harvey from Cramlington had some ‘great sport’ safely returning 15 fish to Coe Crag during a 6 hour session using Buzzers. Greg John-son returned 12 fish in 4 hours fishing from the boat on Long Crag, caught using Buzzers and lures. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 16 fish between both lakes using dries. David Dodds released 7 fish to Long Crag using CDC Hoppers, his best fish was estimated at 8lb. John Woodford from Alnmouth released 11 fish to Coe Crag using Buzzers. Julian Bales from Wooler released 23 fish over his two visits this week all caught using dries. Spike Millican from Blyth returned 9 fish to Long Crag using both dries and wets. Chris Nichol from Gosforth had some ‘great fun’ safely releasing 9 fish between both lakes using Apps’ Bloodworms. Keith Laidler from Chester-Le-Street also landed 9 fish between both lakes using lures. Jim Burtle from Newcastle had 8 from Long Crag and 4 from Coe Crag using size 20 CDCs. Brian Bailes had a ‘very good day’ releasing 7 fish to Long Crag. Kieran Holliday re-leased 16 fish to Long Crag using Wicked White Buzzers. Brian Lillie released 10 fish to Long Crag using lures, including a estimated 15lb brown. Mick Brown from Bedlington had a ‘splendid day’ fishing size 14 emergers, landing 19 fish between both lakes. Tony Rowley from North Shields safely released 17 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers over his two visits. Ken Glenton from Ashington safely released 25 fish over his two visits this week, caught using Buzzers, dries and Chamois.
Fly box: Buzzers, CDCs, Apps’ Bloodworms, Hothead Damsels, Hop-pers, emergers and lures. Fishery open daily 8.30am to 8pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Coe Crag Lake will be closed on Saturday April 6 for a Troutmasters fish-off. Coe Crag Lake will also be closed on Sunday April 7 for a club booking. Long Crag Lake will remain open as usual on both of these dates. 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