Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Year on year, June is usually our best month but this month the weath-er has put a real damper on things and so this past week has been one of our worst. When anglers did brave the weather, fishing was actually very good, especially off the boats with dries and Buzzers being the most desired fly. Hopefully the improved forecast this week sees a few more anglers visiting the fishery. David Alexander had 3 fish off the boat on Saturday afternoon.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
In a week where the reservoir level has risen by over 2 feet the water in the South Lake has remained crystal clear with the exception of a small amount of surface algae accumulating on the windward shore. The buzzers continued to hatch with sedges emerging in the after-noons and small, isolated hatches of caenis on calmer evenings. There have also been hatches of pin fry during the past few days and a few of the trout have started to gorge themselves on these rich pickings.
Both the banks and the boats have recorded creditable bags this week for those hardy enthusiasts who have braved the cooler, and at times torrential, conditions. Despite there being no angling reports for a cou-ple of weeks, the reservoir has continued to produce some incredibly good sport. May 19 saw a heat of the popular Scierra Pairs contest with the first pair returning at 10.39am! The heat was won by Martin Dixon and Mark Harrison in a closely fought match which saw the rod average soaring well over 20. On Friday May 24 we hosted a heat of the ATEFF qualifiers where the rod average was a staggering 20.9! The heat was won by Craig Barr who had 66 fish for 99lb 8oz. Satur-day June 1 saw the annual Cancer Charity Day take place. Once again boats sold out within a week and the support for this incredible event was tremendous. The rod average for the day was 6.51 which, when you consider that most of those taking part are non-anglers, is excel-lent.
Notable returns this week include on the 12th for boat pair Steve Trigg and Mike Smith with a total of 57 fish to their boat, all caught on Buzzer and Damsel patterns and safely released; also for boat pairing Alan Topping and Bill Robinson with 24 fish to their boat during the after-noon. On the 14th Dr Ian Greaves fished from a boat for 4 hours and used both Sedge patterns and Black & Peacock Spider to record 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake. On the 14th visiting bank angler Da-vid Felton fished into the wind and recorded 7 fish on Diawl Bach and Cat’s Whisker patterns, while visiting rod Graham Dawes returned a to-tal of 12 fish from the South Lake banks – all caught on Bbuzzers and mall orange lures. On the 15th visiting rod Rod Goldthorpe fished from a boat and recorded 24 fish, all released, caught on dry flies and Cat’s Whisker patterns. Also on the 15th we hosted a meeting for Leeds Fly Dressers who enjoyed some great boat sport during their visit.
On Saturday and Sunday June 22-23 Blithfield will be hosting an ATEFF Youth Squad meeting and also Foremark Fly Fishers on Sun-day 23rd so anglers requiring boats on either day are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
Best areas: St. Stephen's; Boathouse Bay; Ten Acre Bay; Dougie's; Watery Lane; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Pastry Point.
Best dries: Shipman's Sugar Lump; Sedge; Claret Bristol Hopper; Or-ange CDC Hopper.
Best lures: Olive Tadpole; Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker; Orange Cactus Booby.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; GRHE; Olive Buzzer; PTN; Black and Peacock Spider; Butcher.
Best fish: (shared) 3lb 8oz rainbow trout caught on 1) a small lure from the bank on the South Lake by Barry Turner and 2) a dapped dry fly on a boat on the South Lake by Terry Coging.
The current rod average is 4.57.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 10 – 16 the 133 anglers caught 582 fish of which 459 were returned. Best fish 8lb 6oz to Ben Brown, from Finedon, on a Damsel from the boat; 7lb 4oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, CDC Shuttle-cock, boat; 6lb 10oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, Daddy, boat; 6lb 8oz Pete Welch, Boston, Red Cruncher, boat; 6lb 8oz Chris Redhead, Whit-tlesey, Red Buzzer, boat; 6lb 5oz Ben Brown, Finedon, Damsel; 6lb Adrian Wilkins, Spaldwick; 5lb 10oz Steve Owen, Kettering;
5lb 8oz John Oram, Desborough, boat; 5lb 8oz Lazloe Boden, Roth-well, CDC Shuttlecock, boat; 5lb 6oz Chris Redhead, Whittlesey, Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb 2oz Graham Wright, Peterborough, Damsel.
Best bank areas are east arm, coarse bank, boat bay. All areas holding for the boats. Best patterns Damsel Nymph, adult Damsel, Red Diawl Bach, Red Cruncher, Red Apps’, Olive or Hare’s Ear CDC, Foam Dad-dy.
A very wet week kept most anglers away from Monday to Thursday. Despite the heavy rain there has been no flooding and the water re-mains clear and much cooler than this time last year. The rough condi-tions certainly didn’t put the larger fish off with a total of 13 fish over 5lb recorded last week. Vast numbers of damsels are hatching on most days with fish taking nymph and adult. The evening rise continues to feature hatching buzzers and small sedges. Fish are well spread with most areas producing fish and with no high temperatures on the hori-zon the fishing should remain good.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another week of mixed weather, and some challenging fishing condi-tions, but despite the cool northerly wind and heavy rain that dominat-ed throughout most of this week, the majority of the fish have still be taken in the top few inches of water, with small flies being the key to catching fish. CDCs, Pheasant Tails and Spider patterns have all proved successful this week. One angler found a size 22 CDC Emerger to be very productive, at some points only fishing within two rod lengths of the bank. The Ellem Fishing Club visited on Friday for their first club competition at Thrunton. Well done Mr G. A. Fairbairn with the heaviest bag of 9lb 13oz for 3 fish and 3 fish returned, and Robbie Bell who re-turned 5 and kept 3 for 9lb 10oz. Also Mr Gaston who had the heaviest fish at 4lb 11oz. All members had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Carl Nixon from Prudhoe had an 'excellent session as ever' using a CDC Olive Dun to land 17 fish from Long Crag. Wooler angler Julian Bales safely returned 9 fish to Long Crag using a size 16 PTN. Duncan Passmore from Ponteland returned 6 fish to Long Crag using dries.
Bill McCarroll from Morpeth used a CDC Emerger to tempt 5 fish from Long Crag. Si Nichols returned 7 fish to Long Crag using dries and lur-es. Newcastle angler Jim Burtle had a 'windy but good' afternoon ses-sion safely returning 12 fish to Long Crag using mostly a size 22 CDC Emerger. Jim also landed 1 fish in the region of 7-8lb. Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 19 to Long Crag using lures and Buzzers. Arnie Birchinal returned 5 to Long Crag using dries. Kenny Mcmohn from Ilderton released 5 to Long Crag using Black Muddlers. Loll Seddon re-turned 7 to Long Crag using CDCs and lures. Joe Brown from Bedling-ton had a ‘good day’ on Long Crag releasing 14 and keeping 5 for 9lb 8oz using CDCs. Paul Jacques from Alwinton returned 6 fish to Long Crag using dries. Trevor and Mark Wadds from Longframlington safely released 16 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Blood-worms. Les Dinsmore from Cramlington had a good day returning 9 fish between both lakes. Ken Glenton used CDCs to land 10 fish from Long Crag.
Best flies are PTNs, CDCs, Black Pennell, Buzzers, Muddlers and lur-es. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 9pm, Monday & Saturday 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk