Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Busy week with mixed results. The 51 anglers caught 63 fish of which 52 were safely released. Most anglers were feeling the frustration with a lot of takes but not really landing. So many fish showing and on cloudier days Buzzers and dries are working well. Martin Smith caught a beautiful 5lb rainbow and a couple of other anglers also had fish over 5lb. No boats are available on Friday June 7 as Blackdyke will be hosting a corporate day, but will be open as usual.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week May 20 – 26 the 244 anglers caught 994 fish of which 777 were returned. Lots of surface activity whatever the weather last week. Damsel nymphs and adult damsels are keeping the fish occupied during the day. Large hatches of small sedge and buzzers in the evening. Although boats are having the biggest bags there are plenty of fish in range of bank anglers, especially on the coarse bank. Dry fly had the most success closely followed by floater/washing-line. Over the deeper water straight-lined nymphs are working with a Bloodworm or small Damsel on the point with Diawl Bach and Cruncher on the droppers.
Best fish 6lb 5oz Matt Skinner, Rushden, Red CDC, boat; 6lb Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Red Buzzer, boat; 5lb 2oz Anthony Scott, Wellingborough, Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb Theresa Chambers, Spalding, boat, plus there were 15 other fish over 4lb. Best bank areas are coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar, shallow bay, boat bay. All areas holding fish for the boats. Best patterns are Damsel, Olive or Black CDC Shuttlecock, Bloodworm, red or plain Diawl Bach, Black or Olive Hopper, Foam Daddy.
Over the the weekend there was a good turnout of anglers from completefisher.com Alan Shearn was top dog with 6 fish on Saturday and 18 on a breezy Sunday. Alan fished dries with assorted colours of Bob’s Bits and small Klinkhamers. Kevin Dewey was the most consistent float-tuber. Chris Cook, under instruction from his dad, finally managed to catch a fish.
Leighton Reservoir, North Yorkshire
Mixed weather, some wind, some rain and some sun but the good news is that the water level at Leighton has been fairly consistent, dropping slightly and then rising to almost full. At the moment the water is a good fishing height, plenty of bank space along the dam wall and good access on both sides. With the slightly warmer weather giving rise to varied fly life hatching during the day, the fish are rising readily. Great catch returns have been coming in with quite large numbers of fish being returned, the new catch and release ticket seems to be working well. Notable catches for this month so far include Darren Frame returning 34 including 2 at 4lb and 1 at 15lb; Graham Power had 23, biggest 9lb; Michael Connorton and Andy Grabham both put back 28 fish each; and P. Nesbitt returned 23 with his biggest being 18lb. Successful flies are Coral Blob, Damsels, Black Nymph, Black Zonkers and Kate McLaren. The days have now stretched out and closing time is 9pm. Evening tickets start from 4pm which makes for a good few hours of fishing.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Varying weather conditions, have made the fishing slightly challenging this week, however we have still seen some impressive sport and some excellent bag numbers. During the middle part of the week, due to the cooler conditions, lures and small nymphs fished on an intermediate line proved very successful, accounting for most of the fish being caught. However, moving towards the weekend some anglers managed some impressive bag numbers of small dries. The Fishing for Heroes visited on Friday with all of the veterans having an 'enjoyable day’s fishing'. Thanks to Paul West for coaching and organising the event.
Stewart Younger returned 9 fish to Long Crag using FABs and Dabblers.
Cramlington angler Ken Ward had some 'great fun' safely releasing 10 fish to Long Crag using Cats and Dancers. Neil Jones from Holystone had a 'great day' using black dries, returning 8 fish between both lakes. Hadston regular Matty Devine returned 15 fish between both lakes using Diawl Bachs and lures. Paul Pratt landed 10 fish between both lakes, including a rainbow estimated at 7lb, using Buzzers. Richard Haug safely released 6 fish between both lakes also using Buzzers. Richard also landed a brown at 4lb and a rainbow at 6lb. Julian Bales from Wooler returned 8 fish to Long Crag using dries. Longframlington angler Trevor Wadds released 7 to Long Crag using a black dry fly. Terry Toner landed 9 fish over two visits, 4 fish weighing in at 7lb. Terry caught them all using Buzzers and Bloodworms. D. Coxon returned 9 fish to Coe Crag including 1 at 8lb and another at 4lb, using Shipman’s Buzzers. Graeme Robbie had a 'fantastic afternoon' landing 11 fish from Long Crag using Hoppers and dries. D & S. Bilbrough also had a 'fantastic' day’s fishing landing and safely returning 25 fish between them, using Fritz and Sedgehogs. Mick Brown from Bedlington had a 'good day' returning 20 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers, also landing a rainbow at 7lb. Josh Piper from Pegswood released 20 fish to Long Crag using dries, also landing a nice brown and a rainbow at 5lb. George Shanks returned 9 fish to Coe Crag over his two sessions this week all caught using dries and Buzzers. J. Armstrong from Morpeth released 12 to Coe Crag including 1 at 7lb using Squirmys. A. Leach released 5 and kept 3 for 9lb 10oz from Long Crag using dries and Yellow PTNs. Rob Thompson from Dunbar released 6 to Long Crag using dries and Buzzers. Ian Callow returned 9 also using dries and Buzzers. Ken Glenton from Ashington returned 17 to Long Crag using CDCs and Buzzers. Ray Percy returned 8 to Long Crag using F-Flies and Griffiths Gnats. Greg Lewins from Belsay returned 11 to Long Crag using CDCs and Buzzers. Jim Burtle from Newcastle returned 10 to Long Crag using Shipman’s and Sedgehogs. Steve Dixon from Blyth returned 6 to Long Crag on dries. Joe Brown returned 7 and kept 2 for 5lb 15oz from the same lake using Shuttlecock Buzzers. Mick Kelley from Swarland released 14 to Long Crag on Black Suspenders.
Top flies this week include Buzzers, black dries, Dabblers, FABs, Bloodworms, Diawl Bachs, Cat’s Whiskers and Dancers.
Fishery open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and 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. Apologies for any inconvenience caused to our regular anglers.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk