Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Over the last fortnight 86 anglers caught 197 fish of which 149 were safely released. Several good sized fish over 5lb reported. Best methods are Buzzers, dries, Bloodworms, Blobs and Mayflies. The summer special runs until the end of June and the fishery is closed July and August. Season tickets starting September 1 are on sale now. Unlimited fishing £520 for unlimited fishing for 10 months.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week May 20 – 26 the 214 anglers caught 1029 fish of which 778 were returned. Best fish 6lb 3oz to Derek Hiscocks, from Cardiff, on a Cruncher off the boat; 5lb 7oz Ray Ward, Olney, Blue-flash Damsel, boat; 5lb 5oz James Drage, Walsall, Damsel, boat; 5lb 1oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, boat; 5lb Keith Chapman, Cambs, boat; plus 14 other fish over 4lb. Best bank areas are coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar, shallow bay, boat bay. All areas holding fish for boat anglers. Best patterns are Yellow Owl, black dries, Bloodworm, Red or Green Diawl Bach, Damsel, Olive Snake. The beginning of last week saw Elinor’s good form continue. However the strong winds over the Bank Holiday weekend affected boat catches with anglers struggling to get good presentation during the day until calmer conditions in the evening. Damsel nymphs are keeping the fish occupied during daytime along with buzzers and mayfly. During the evening rise fish are feeding on small hatching buzzers and sedges. It’s pleasing to see more anglers fishing dry fly this season.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Anglers are still managing to get some decent bags this week despite the bright sunshine and showers. Still lots of fish being caught on dry flies with Shuttlecock Buzzers working well. When the fishing became slightly more challenging anglers had to regularly adapt to the changing conditions, small nymphs and Buzzers proving very successful. A few evenings this week saw some hatches of caenis, which as most anglers know, replicating these insects is virtually impossible. However we have seen some impressive hatches of olives, which has provided some excellent sport for some anglers. On Thursday evening we hosted a talk featuring Australia’s leading saltwater fishing guide Gavin Platz. It was very informative and a good night was had by all. Many thanks to Gavin and Hardy’s at Pure Fishing and to all that came on the evening.
Richard and Andrew Lee landed 41 fish between them over two sessions, all caught using dries, nymphs and Buzzers having a ‘great days fishing’. Morpeth angler David Kay returned 24 fish between both lakes using various lures and dries over two visits. Jim Lumsden from Cramlington had a ‘good day’ releasing 8 fish to Long Crag using Cormorants. Mitchell Fawcus safely returned 14 fish to Long Crag using dries. Alwinton angler Tony Irving had a ‘great’ morning’s fishing landing 11 fish from Long Crag using Chamois. Regular angler Trevor Wadds from Longframlington released 21 fish to Long Crag using black dries over two visits. Chris Nichol from Gosforth landed 6 fish between both lakes using dries, Buzzers and Apps’ Bloodworms. Joe Brown from Bedlington had a ‘good evening’ session using CDCs landing 8 fish from Long Crag. On another visit Joe landed 8 fish and kept 1 for 2lb 6oz on Shuttlecock Buzzers. John Thompson landed 7 fish using Diawl Bachs. D. Blythe returned 9 fish over both lakes using Diawl Bachs. Julian Bales from Wooler had some ‘great fishing’ returning 16 to Long Crag using CDCs PTNs and dries. D. Billbrough returned 6 to Coe Crag using Fritz and Zonkers. S. Billbrough returned 19 to Long Crag using Cats, Diawls, PTNs, and Blobs. Mick Brown returned 20 to Long Crag including 2 doubles, 1 at 13lb and 1 at 15lb, using Black Gnats and Buzzers. C. Grey from Felling returned 15 to Long Crag enjoying a ‘good day’s fishing’ on nymphs and dries. Jim Burtle from Newcastle had two days ‘cracking sport’ returning 12 one day and 18 the next on Black Shipman’s over both lakes. Mick Kelley from Swarland released 7 to Long Crag during a 3 hour evening session using Suspender Buzzers. Les Dinsmore from Cramlington returned 12 to Coe Crag using a Dark Olive Dun. Ken Glenton returned 13 to Long Crag using dries. Blyth angler Rodney Burn released 11 fish between both lakes using PTNs, Diawl Bachs and Brandlin Bloodworms. Nathan Bryant from Gateshead returned 8 fish between both lakes using Buzzers. Greg Lewins from Belsay safely returned 10 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers, FABs and Apps’ Bloodworms.
Fly box this week: PTNs, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, Cormorants, Apps’ Bloodworms, Chamois and various dries. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday & Saturday 5pm close. Please note: Coe Crag lake will be closed on Friday June 14 for a club event. Long Crag lake will remain open as usual, and Coe Crag will reopen from 5.30pm onwards. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk