Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A good week and the 33 anglers caught 42 fish of which 36 were safely released. Not much change in terms of method with dries and Buzzers still yielding results with a few anglers trying black and white lures too. Fish are well distributed and with the cloudy weather they were staying in the top 2 feet most of the time. A reminder that Blackdyke will be closed for July and August and will reopen Saturday August 31. Season ticket kicks off from September 1 and offers unlimited fishing from September to June, 2020 for £520. Blackdyke is an excellent winter fishery so take advantage of this offer.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The weather has once again played an important role, however it continues to be a positive one as the temperatures remained on the cool side and the rod average has crept up as a result of some excellent returns from both the boats and the banks. Dry fly top-of-the-water sport now dominates the tactics with pearly nymphs a close second – these mimic the pin-fry that are now abundant. Blithfield hosted 2 very successful events on the 22nd and 23rd. The first, held over both days, was the ATEFF Youth Squad meeting which saw some incredibly talented youngsters from around the country enjoying a taste of dry fly sport from the boats. The rod average for Saturday alone was 7.4 with Sunday’s result still awaited at the time of writing. The future of our sport relies on our ability to encourage and coach younger anglers and here at Blithfield we are keen to support this. A huge thanks to Craig Barr, Andy Taylor and the ATEFF Youth Team for the vital roles they are playing and for the time they give to this superb initiative. The second event hosted was on Sunday 23rd where we welcomed Foremark Fly Fishers back to Blithfield where they enjoyed some great boat sport with a rod average between them of 7.64. Winner of the match was Dixie Baxter with 10lb 4oz, mainly caught on Claret Hoppers, with Rich Miller in second and Ric Saccone third. Rich Miller had the largest fish of the match at 2lb 8oz. Our thanks again to all who took part.
Further notable returns this week (and once more, these are just a selection of many) include on the 17th for permit holder Jeff Johnson with 20 fish from the South Lake banks, mainly caught on Black Shipman’s Buzzers, while permit holder Pete Jeffries took 15 fish to his drifting boat, again all caught on dry fly patterns. On the 18th permit holder Norman Swinson recorded 16 fish to his boat whilst permit holder Pat Burton returned 14 fish to his boat. Visiting rod and dry fly enthusiast Tim Buckett returned 15 fish to a drifting boat on the South Lake, also recording the best fish of the week, a 5lb 6oz full-tailed rainbow. The 19th saw the continuation of the superb sport with permit holder Joe Cravagan returning 14 fish; permit holder Graham Wood recorded 27 fish to his boat, all of them safely released. Visiting rods Gary Freegard and John Billings paired up in a boat to return 29 fish between them, with many more lost at the net. On the same day visiting rod Ian Jennings fished from the bank and used Buzzer patterns to great effect with a total of 30 fish returned. Visiting rod Steve Heath recorded a creditable 26 fish from the South Lake banks on the 20th whilst the following day permit holder Trevor Horton returned 17 fish, all caught on Buzzer and Hopper patterns. Visiting rod Mr Chapman used Olive-green Hoppers from his boat and recorded 14 fish and visiting rod Geoff Tomkinson found Olive Damsel and Black Buzzer imitations were a perfect choice as he returned 32 fish from the banks. Finally this week, referring back to the youth anglers, Harrison Douds visited the reservoir on the 21st for a practice day before the squad meeting at the weekend and returned an incredible 58 fish to his boat, all on dry flies. This young angler truly is a credit to the sport and one to watch in the future.
Best areas: St. Stephen's; Boathouse Bay; Ten Acre Bay; Dougie's; Concrete Bowl; Watery Lane; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Pastry Point.
Best dries: Shipman's Sugar Lump; Sedge; Claret Bristol Hopper; Orange CDC Hopper.
Best lures: Olive Tadpole; Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker; Orange Cactus Booby.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; GRHE; Olive Buzzer; Pearly PTN; Black & Peacock Spider; Butcher.
Best fish: 5lb 6oz rainbow trout caught on a Claret Hopper from a drifting boat by Tim Buckett.
The current rod average is 6.67.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 17 – 23 the 209 anglers caught 891 fish of which 678 were returned. Eleven fish over 5lb last week with many more seen taking Damsels off the surface. Best fish 6lb 12oz Lazloe Boden, Rothwell, Red Diawl Bach, boat; 6lb 9oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Bloodworm, boat; 6lb 4oz Terry Barley, Wellingborough, Damsel; 6lb 2oz Richard Hunt, Irchester, Tequila FAB, boat; 5lb 15oz Dave Rowell, Peterborough, Klinkhamer, boat; 5lb 6oz Clive Trundle, Siverstone, boat; 5lb 4oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, CDC Hare’s Ear, boat; 5lb 3oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Pete Welch, Boston, Red Cruncher, boat; 5lb 2oz Mike Edwards, Nether Heyford, boat; 5lb 1oz Ken Nicholls, Farcet, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb Gil Mundin, Earls Barton, Sunburst Blob, boat.
At the end of June last year the water temperature had hit 23C. This week the water is hovering around 18C which has kept the fish feeding most of the day and spread over most of the lake. Bank fishing is still ok with anglers doing well on Hoppers, Foam Daddy and small Damsel Nymphs. Boat anglers are also catching on dries as well as washing-line with Diawl Bach or Cruncher on the dropper. Some fish were caught by fishing deeper down the middle on white/green lures or a team of Epoxy Buzzers. Best bank areas are gravel bar, east arm, coarse bank. All areas holding fish for the boats.
On Sunday June 23 Kirby Fly Fishers held a boat pairs competition and 10 anglers caught 35 fish. Best fish 4lb 11oz for Tim Ward. The winning pair of Richard Dayman and John Foster caught 12 fish weighing 27lb 2oz.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A variety of weather conditions allowed anglers to enjoy some varied sport at all depths. Some anglers finding mini lures fished on a sinking line to be successful, while others found Buzzers fished in the top few feet of water to be deadly during the beginning part of the week. During the slightly warmer weather, both CDCs and Daddies took their fair share of fish. Jed Armstrong from Morpeth landed 16 fish between both lakes using a Wicked White Buzzer fished at 2 feet. Ian Alexander from Chester-le-Street safely returned 5 fish to Coe Crag using Blobs. Longframlington angler Chris Deathe had a 'great afternoon' and landed 6 fish from Long Crag using Buzzers, PTNs and Daddies. Jim Burtle from Newcastle had a 'good day' safely returning 6 fish to Long Crag using dries. Paul Pratt safely released 6 fish between both lakes using various flies. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington used dries and Blobs to land 5 fish from Long Crag. Craster angler Alex Ainslie safely released 6 fish between both lakes using a mini Cat’s Whisker. Julian Bales from Wooler using a CDC to safely return 5 fish to Long Crag. Tommy Mark from Brampton using Sedges and Hatching Olives to safely return 13 fish over two visits this week. Tommy also landed a beautifully conditioned 6lb brownie. Gateshead angler David Todd used dries to land 8 fish between both lakes. Rob Hall from Morpeth had a 'great day' returning 15 fish to Long Crag using Hoppers and F-Flies. Mick Brown from Bedlington safely released 18 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers. Austin Churm landed 8 fish from Long Crag.
Best flies are Buzzers, PTNs, Daddies, Black Beetles, Cat’s Whiskers, CDCs and Hoppers. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk