Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Quite a contrast this week compared to the previous two. Strong winds, cold temperatures meant a quiet week. 21 anglers caught 43 fish of which 30 were returned. Buzzers were the best flies with Daddies, Hawthorns and Diawl Bachs also working. Typically, on cloudier days fish were on the top 2 feet of the lake but as soon as the sun came out, they dropped considerably. Next restock first week of May. The Sum-mer Special starts May 1 and runs for May and June only - £10 (1 fish or catch and release) from 6pm to 9pm.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Another week of settled conditions began with a ‘mini-heatwave’ during the Easter weekend which resulted in residual warmth in the upper lay-ers of water. This provided some excellent bank sport, particularly dur-ing the later afternoon and evening, when fish rose readily to dry flies for short spells. As temperatures began to slowly dip again bank sport remained active although fish were deeper and responding well to both Buzzers and nymphs with Diawl Bach, Pheasant Tails, GRHE and Damsels all proving successful choices. Boat sport has also improved with many boat anglers finding that short drifts into the bottom of the easterly wind along Gorse Bushes and Ten Acre Bay were productive tactics with nymphs again being the trouts’ preferred diet.
Creditable returns this week include on the 22nd for permit holder Paul Ryder with 12 fish to his boat on the South Lake, all caught on Buzzers, while visiting rod Joe McHale recorded 7 fish to his boat with a combi-nation of lures and Buzzers. On Tuesday 23rd season permit holder Trevor Horton returned 13 fish to his boat with Olive Buzzers being the chosen pattern, while on the same day, visiting rods Jamie Kay and Roger Bisby also fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded 22 fish between them, mostly to a Yellow Tag. The 24th continued the productive theme with visiting rod Mr Dungavel returning 17 fish to his boat on Montanas and Damsel Nymph imitations and on the 25th visiting rod Mr Bloxham returned 16 fish, all to white lures. Friday 26th saw visiting rod Stacy Savage record 15 fish from the South Lake banks using Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Cat’s Whisker patterns. Storm Hannah temporarily disrupted proceedings on Saturday 27th but ‘nor-mal service’ resumed on Sunday 28th with season permit holder Phil Hull returning 9 fish, mainly to Damsels, from the banks with visiting rod Fraser Richards enjoying ‘crazy’ sport to record 12 fish, all caught on GRHE or Fritz patterns from the South Lake banks in under 3 hours! Rounding off the day was visiting rod Chris Mills who also found the ‘ever-giving South Lake’ to be living up to its nickname and recording 11 fish to Viva patterns fished from the banks. The best fish recorded this week was a “stunning beauty” of a rainbow trout at 4lb 2oz caught on a Blue-flash Olive Damsel from the South Lake banks by season permit holder Phil Hull.
Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019 – entry forms are available from the angling office and from the boathouse. A quick re-minder that the angling office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays. 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; Watery Lane; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers).
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; Olive Damsel; Prince; Claret Buzzer; Coachman; Teal, Blue & Silver.
The current rod average is 3.78.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week April 22 – 28 the 183 anglers caught 1191 fish of which 925 were returned. Best fish 12lb 12oz to Tomas Maciunas, from Northampton, on a Cat’s Whisker, from the boat; 9lb 14oz Scott Bow-man, Weedon, Black Buzzer, boat; 6lb 6oz Paul Haskey, Rugby, Red Diawl Bach; 6lb 3oz Trevor Partridge, Corby, Red CDC, boat; 5lb 8oz Pete Welch, Boston, white/green Fritz, boat; 5lb 6oz Steve Johnson, Raunds, Olive Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Hare’s Ear CDC, boat; 5lb 1oz Roly Stanford, Finedon, Buzzer, boat; 5lb Tom Boden, boat; 5lb Ray Weekly, Daventry, Black Buzzer, boat; Brown 4lb 9oz Wayne Allen, Stoke Doyle, Diawl Bach, boat. Best bank areas are gravel bar, shallow bay, dam, east arm. Best boat areas west arm, east arm, down middle. Best patterns Black or Olive Buzzer, Bloodworm, small Damsel, Olive Cruncher, Red Diawl Bach, small black or olive dries, white/green lures.
Some prolific fly hatches at Elinor has kept the fish feeding near the surface. Olive and black buzzers in a mixture of sizes, pond olives and alder fly have all been on the menu. Anglers fishing imitative patterns have had the best bags with floater/washing-line or dries the best methods. Although boat fishing has easily been the most productive there have been plenty of fish in range of bank anglers off the gravel bar, shallow bay and lagoon. The best fish of the season so far was caught on Sunday by novice Tomas Maciunas. The 12lb 12oz overwin-tered rainbow took a Cat’s Whisker fished from a boat in the west arm.
Sunday April 21, Kirby Flyfishers had 5 boats and 10 anglers took 39 fish.
1. Tim Ward 6 fish for 14lb 6oz
2. Richard Dayman 6 fish for 12lb 12oz
3. Glenn Foyster 6 fish for 12lb 0oz
4. Frank Parker 6 fish for 10lb 15oz
5. Russ Jackson 6 fish for 10lb 10oz
Best fish 5lb 12oz by Tim Ward
Tuesday April 23, Troutmasters fish off 9am - 3pm, 7 anglers fished with the winner representing Elinor at the Draycote final in October.
1. Paul Haskey 6 fish for 15lb 11oz + 5lb 8oz time bonus = 21lb 3oz
2.Roger Bosence 2 fish for 3lb 6oz
3. Trevor Maycock 1 fish for 2lb 11oz
Paul Haskey fished the coarse bank with a floating line, FAB and 2 Ol-ive Buzzers to bag up by 12.18pm.
Forthcoming competitions - 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.
Sunday November 10, Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Although the conditions at the beginning of the month proved challeng-ing (cold and windy), the fishing picked up as the month progressed and, with plenty of buzzers hatching all over the lake, fish were soon feeding eagerly, with plenty of rising fish in the Marshes area (which could be caught on dry Hopper patterns and Black Gnats). The North Bank, Stocky Bay, Two Meadows and the Marshes produced the best fishing, with anglers favouring banks over boats and averaging 2.7 fish per rod. The majority of fish were caught on lure patterns (Tadpoles, Orange Blobs, Baby Dolls, Vivas and Cormorants), although nymphs (Damsels, Montanas, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers) also proved their worth. The best fish caught during the month was a 3lb 9oz rainbow caught by N. Barron (from Five Lanes), using a Baby Doll. S. Dean (from Downderry) caught the best bag of 20 rainbows up to 3lb, using Orange Blob, Cormorant and Orange Lure patterns. The annual Snowbee team bank competition was held on April 14, in strong winds and icy cold temperatures. Eight teams braved the weather and, in spite of the tough conditions, fish were caught throughout the day and anglers averaged just over two fish per rod. The competition was won by the Kennick B team (Mike Stone, Andy Watson, Chris Bolt and Peter Brown) catching 14 fish weighing in at 20lb 5oz.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Cooler weather and some sharp showers haven’t deterred hardy an-glers this week with some good bags been recorded using Buzzers and CDC's. Anglers have also been landing some decent rainbows in the region of 6lb and a few anglers being lucky enough to land brownies in the region of 5 - 9lb. There have been some rather impressive evening rises where fish have been very active in the top few feet of water this week, and as the temperature continues to rise, warm evenings will be a very prolific time of catching fish on dries and emergers. The Ladhope angling club visited this week who all enjoyed their fishing session.
Rodney Burn from Blyth returned 24 to Coe Crag using Buzzers, lures and PTNs over his two visits. Chris Cooper from Blyth returned 9 fish to Coe Crag using Buzzers and Chamois. Josh Piper from Pegswood re-leased 40 on Long Crag using Buzzers and dries, over his two visits this week. Derek Todd from Morpeth returned 7 to Long Crag on dries. Duncan Passmore from Ponteland released 7 over both lakes with Buzzers, Yellow Owls and Shipman’s. Ronnie Glass from Kelso re-turned 10 over both lakes using CDCs, including 2 rainbows over 6lb and a brown over 5lb. J. Gargett returned 3 and kept 2 fish from each lake for a bag weight of 12lb 2oz using Yellow Owls. Chris Nichol from Gosforth released 12 fish including a grown at about 9lb on Klink’s, Apps and Suspender Buzzers. David Todd from Gateshead released 6 from Coe Crag and kept 2 for 4lb 3oz using CDCs and Buzzers. Reg Jacobs from Blyth released 4 and kept 4 over both lakes for a bag weight of 11lb using Blobs and Shuttlecock Buzzers. Barry Nicholson from Stakeford returned 18 to Long Crag using Buzzers and CDCs. Brian Lavery from Linton returned 7 over both lakes using Para Buzz-ers. Ricky Usher returned 7 and kept 4 from Long Crag weighing 11lb 3oz using Yellow Chamois. Regular Mick Brown from Bedlington re-leased 20 over both lakes using ‘Megs Favourite’. Ken Glenton from Ashington returned 7 to Long Crag using Buzzers and dries. Rob Hall from Morpeth had a ‘good day’ returning 7 fish to Long Crag using Di-awl Bachs and Buzzers. J. Allison used emergers to safely return 18 fish to Long Crag. Morpeth angler David Kay returned 12 fish to Coe Crag. P. Jacques from Alwinton safely returned 9 fish to Long Crag us-ing Apps’ Bloodworms. Greg Lewins had some ‘great sport’ using FAB’s and CDCs, returning 12 fish to Long Crag.
Fly box: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, CDCs, Emergers, Suspender Buzzers, Chamois, Apps’ Bloodworms and Klinkhamers.
Thrunton is open daily 8.30am to 8pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close. On Friday May 10, Coe Crag lake will be closed for a corporate event. Long Crag lake will remain open as usual. On Saturday May 18, Long Crag lake will be closed from 8.30am to 1pm for a Charity Com-petition. Coe Crag will remain open as usual, and Long Crag will re-open after the competition is finished. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.