Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Very good week’s fishing yet again although we didn't have any anglers over the weekend due to very high winds. 36 anglers caught 60 fish with 43 safely returned. Small dries, lures, Blobs and Black and White Snakes all working well. Coarse fisherman Sonny Hall took advantage of the tuition special offer and caught a rainbow trout off the boat using a Black Buzzer. Next restock Friday May 10.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The majority of season permit holders and visiting rods here are ‘pleasure’ anglers who employ floating line tactics with imitative nymphs or dry flies. However, during the early part of the season (the water temperature is still a cool 9˚C) this is somewhat limiting to the number of fish caught. Therefore, it is interesting to note the methods employed by the match-oriented anglers who visited us this week where sinking lines with lures or nymphs are the ‘norm.’ and fast retrieves are essential. The colossal bags recorded certainly highlighted the potential of Blithfield and prove that even when ‘no fish are moving’ there are still plenty there to be caught deeper down. Sometimes switching tactics and having the confidence to try something different in the colder conditions can pay dividends. It won’t be long until the imitative approach will come into its own when we start to experience warmer temperatures and the reservoir will produce the ‘top of the water’ sport that it is renowned for.
We welcomed 2 match meetings this week. Bollington Fly Fishers enjoyed some incredible sport with a meeting rod average of 16.2! Worcester Fly Dressers also held a combined bank and boat ‘social’ which resulted in a rod average of 7.38 between them.
Other notable returns this week (and there were many!) include on the 29th for visiting boat pairing John Davies and Mark Edwards who spent a day using John’s Welsh Witch lures to quite incredible effect returning 93 fish between them. On the 30th further excellent returns were submitted with season permit holder Trevor Horton who fished from a boat for 4 hours and recorded 20 fish caught on combination of GRHE, Buzzers and Spiders with the best of these being a 3lb 4oz rainbow; permit holder Steve Thyer recorded a total of 40 fish to his boat on the South Lake using a Blue-flash Olive Damsel lure with his best of the session being a 3lb 2oz rainbow; season permit holder Paul Walker fished during the evening for just about 3 hours and returned 20 fish – some of which had ventured into just 4 inches of water, while visiting rod Ian Jennings returned 17 fish, all caught on Buzzer patterns from the South Lake banks. Wednesday 1st continued to produce incredible results with permit holder Kevin Moore recording 18 fish from the banks; permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood fished from a boat and recorded 31 fish between them; visiting rods also enjoyed the rich pickings with Gary Freegard returning 25 fish from the South Lake banks using Buzzer/Booby combinations; Mr Hutchinson recorded 15 fish to his boat from both North & South Lakes on lures and nymphs while Yousef Dar also used lures and nymphs to great effect and returned 32 fish to his boat on the South Lake. On the 2nd permit holder Alan Deakin recorded 20 fish from the South Lake banks on orange lures while visiting rods Paul Jones and R. Biddle paired up in a boat and returned 45 fish between them using Buzzers, Crunchers and FABS, and Mike Oliver fished from the South Lake banks with PTNs and Buzzers in combination to record 18 fish, all gently and safely released. On the 3rd two regular Blithfield visitors Iain Baddeley and Paul Bentley fished from the South Lake banks and in between swigs of tea and lashings of cake recorded 16 fish and 18 fish respectively. Rounding off a stunning week of sport on the 5th were visiting rods from both Bollington Fly Fishers and Worcester Fly Dressers. Tim Gilchrist and Mrs Clare Gilchrist were the most outstanding boat pair for Bollington with 83 fish to their boat during the day whilst for Worcester Andrew Worthington returned 28 fish to his boat and Barry Jones recorded 19 to his. The best fish recorded this week was to permit holder Steve Thyer with a 5lb 8oz approx. rainbow trout caught on a Blue-flash Damsel from a boat on the South Lake.
Best areas: Old Man's; Ten Acre Bay; Mary Lou's; Dougie's; Watery Lane; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers).
Best dries: Shipman's Sugar Lump; Sedge; Black Bristol Hopper.
Best lures: Montana; Bloodworm; Olive Tadpole; Blue-flash Olive Damsel.
Best nymphs/wets: Montana; Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; Olive Damsel; Prince; Olive Buzzer; Coachman; Teal, Blue & Silver.
The current rod average is 6.26.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 29 - May 5 the 230 anglers caught 1145 fish of which 869 were returned. Best fish 6lb 8oz Paul Gillies, Desborough, FAB, boat; 6lb 2oz Bob Senior, Stamford, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 2oz Chris Holland, Church Langton, Damsel, boat; 5lb 8oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, boat; 5lb 2oz Ray Ward, Olney, Olive Shipmans, boat; 5lb Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb Mr Goodwin, boat. Best bank areas are gravel bar, shallow bay, lagoon, coarse bank, east arm. Best boat areas - whole lake fishing well. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, Red Cruncher, Olive Cruncher, Foam Daddy, Black Hopper, Yellow Owl, Olive Shipmans, Black or White Snakes.
Another week of fish surface feeding on buzzers and pond olives with also a few hawthorn fly around. The west arm continues to be the area with the most fish rising throughout the day and evening. All areas of the lake are holding fish though. Dries took plenty of fish. On Monday, Luke Key enjoyed great sport catching 20 fish on small Yellow Owls and Jason Ball managed 28 in an evening session on assorted dries. Washing-line on a floater also continues to work well. Anglers using lures had success on Black or White Snakes on an intermediate.
Boats are in demand at the moment. Please book in advance.
Sunday May 5, Geordie Mountford Memorial Pairs, 9am - 4pm. 12 boats took part fishing to a 12 fish limit for the boat. Weather conditions were excellent with a light wind and plenty of cloud. First boat back to the jetty at 11.17am was Steve Johnson/Matt Tuck. They fished the west arm with a floater, washing-line, FAB and Buzzers. The winners, Dave Etty/Ollie Mills also fished the west arm and bagged up at 12.16pm with bigger fish.
1. Dave Etty/Ollie Mills (12.16pm) 31lb 11oz
2. Steve Johnson/Matt Tuck (11.17am) 31lb
3. Mike Edwards/Ian Ashby (1.36pm) 30lb 11oz
4. Scott Bowman/Richard Winser (1.37pm) 28lb 14oz
5. Trevor Pywell/Alan Veal (11.53am) 28lb 5oz
6. Alan Brighton/William Baron (2.46pm) 24lb 13oz
A fantastic total of £302 was raised for Sue Ryder, Peterborough.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk