Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Far from ideal conditions at times included bright sun, flat calms and variable wind directions. However, despite this the sport to the boats and, surprisingly for the time of year, the banks has been exceptional. Rising fish have been seen all over the South Lake and during the latter part of the week also across the centre of the North Lake. For new visitors to the Reservoir, a great ‘taster’ option is a 4-hour permit which can start at any chosen time during the day from 8am – fishing currently ends at the posted time of 10pm.
Noteworthy returns this week include on the 1st for the boat pairing of permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood who returned 24 fish to their boat on the South Lake while visiting rod Clive Wilkins enjoyed great sport, again on the South Lake from a drifting boat, recording 18 fish. On the 2nd season permit holder Geoff Allsop fished from the banks of the South Lake and, using combinations of nymphs and dries, recorded 31 fish; fellow season permit holder Peter Jeffries fished from a drifting boat on the same day and recorded 29 fish during the afternoon and early evening – every one caught on a Shuttlecock CDC. The 4th continued to provide excellent sport with permit holders Nigel Hodkinson and Pat Burton (and Fudge the terrier) pairing up in a boat and recording 19 fish between them, all on dry flies. Season permit holder Joe Cravagan also took a boat out during the morning and returned 8 fish, before fishing the bank during a second session later and returning 9 fish. Visiting rods also fared very well with Mark Lee and Pete Eville pairing up in a boat on the South Lake and enjoyed the cream of dry fly sport returning a combined total of 43 fish. Neil Barlow and Ron Powell returned 33 to their boat while Billy Stubbs and Steve Ratcliffe recorded a boat total of 38 fish. Visiting boat angler Yousef Dar recorded more than 30 fish to his boat, all caught on nymphs and Buzzers. Proving that the banks are still producing fabulous sport was visiting rod John Dutton with 27, all caught on a size 14 PTN. On the 5th permit holders Jeff Johnson and John Arnott both returned 12 fish apiece – Jeff from the banks and John from a boat – while fellow season permit holder Brian Langley recorded 14 fish from the banks, all caught on Daddy Longlegs. Visiting rods and boat pair John Chilton and Roy Clarkson also enjoyed great sport drifting on the South Lake and recorded 21 fish to their boat with Hoppers and Shipman’s Buzzers successful. Permit holder Ian White fished from a boat on the 6th, returning 15 fish all caught on Black Buzzers or Claret Hoppers. Rounding off another great week on the 7th were several successful boat pairings. Permit holders George Eardley and Eddie Biddle returned 15 to their boat, all caught on Shipman’s Buzzers and Shuttlecock CDC patterns; season permit holder Phil Sadler paired up in a boat with visiting rod David Woollard and the pair returned 25 fish. However it was lone angler and regular visitor Rod Tilton who fished from a drifting boat using Hoppers to great effect and returned 10 fish in just under 2 hours.
Best areas: Watery Lane; Dougie's; Concrete Bowl; Ten Acre Bay; Gorse Bushes; drifts across the centre of the North Lake; Pastry Point.
Best dries: Shipman's Buzzer; Sedge; Claret Bristol Hopper; Orange CDC Hopper; Shuttlecock CDC.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; PTN; Black & Peacock Spider; Olive Damsel Nymph.
Best fish: 3lb 6oz rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Longlegs from the bank on the South Lake by Brian Langley.
The current rod average is 5.82.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week July 1 – 7 the 161 anglers caught 467 fish of which 355 were returned. Best fish 7lb Mr Lamont, boat; 6lb 7oz Luke Key, Market Harborough, Foam Daddy, float-tube; 6lb 3oz Jurgis Mikalauskas, Peterborough, Damsel, boat; 6lb 1oz Steve Johnson, Raunds, Black/White Buzzer, boat; 5lb 12oz Derek Coombs, St Ives, Green Cruncher, boat; 5lb 10oz George Lyall, Oakham, boat; 5lb 4oz Keith Chapman, Cambs, white/green lure, boat; 5lb Frazer Magee, boat.
Best bank areas coarse bank, east arm, boat bay, dam(in a north wind). Best boat areas pylon point, dam, down middle. Best patterns Red Diawl Bach, Black/Red Buzzer, Damsel Nymph, dry Damsel, Foam Daddy, Black or Olive Hopper, Dandy Blob/FAB, white/green lure.
July and August are usually the trickiest months for trout fishing but anglers still managed a respectable rod average of 2.9 last week. Bank anglers had to work hard for their fish in bright conditions but there were fish caught on Olive Hoppers, Black Hoppers and Foam Daddies. Boat anglers had 4 methods that were successful:dries targeting the adult damsel feeders; FAB with Diawl Bach and Cruncher; long leader and a team of Buzzers fishing over the deeper water; Di-3 or fast glass with a white/green lure or Damsel and Blob on dropper. On a boiling hot Friday, Ray Buckland fished Buzzers deep off pylon point to boat 19 fish. Saturday saw Gordon Curtis land 12 fish on a morning boat off the dam using a Di-3 and lures. Keith Chapman managed 10 on a Di-5 with white/green lures down the middle. Richard Pelley and Tim Sykes shared a boat on Sunday and used dry Blue Damsels around the weedbeds to tempt 13 quality fish. Alan Beech caught 9 using dries in the morning then deep nymphs in the afternoon.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
A mixed bag of weather this week has meant some days were tougher than others with anglers having to fish deeper on some of the hot sunny days and yet still doing well on dries when conditions allowed. Lots of blue damsels are about this time of year so it’s worth trying Damsel patterns on some of the brighter days. This month Thrunton will host the Junior Troutmasters finals (July 20-21). Why not come and watch some of these talented young anglers, everyone is welcome and refreshments will be available throughout the day.
Dave Patterson from Alnwick had a ‘cracking day’ releasing 6 fish using Blobs and Buzzers on Coe Crag. Dave (spike) Millican from Blyth also returned 6 to Coe Crag using dries and Blobs. Jim Burtle from Newcastle released 13 on Long Crag using small Black Shipman’s Buzzers. John Tait from Belford released 8 on Long Crag using Yellow Owls. Kenny Mcmahn from Lilburn returned 5 to Coe Crag using various flies. Ray Percy from Cramlington had a good day returning 13 to Long Crag using Buzzers and Shuttlecocks. Alec Close from Cramlington returned 10 over both lakes, 5 to each using Buzzers and lures. Mick Rich from Chopwell returned 3 and kept 2 for 3lb 13oz from Long Crag.
Mick Brown from Bedlington commented ‘great balls of fire’ releasing 23 fish over a 9 hour session from both lakes including one at 11lb from Coe Crag. David Lees and Arthur Leach from Washington had a good day. David kept 3 for 6lb and released 6 using CDC and Sedges.
Arthur released 5 and kept 3 for 7lb 14oz using dries and Damsels, both were fishing Long Crag. Bob Martin had a 'great morning' returning 7 fish between both lakes using a Blue Buzzer. M. Watson safely returned 11 fish to Long Crag using CDCs. Mike Dyde from Rothbury landed 7 fish from Long Crag using a Black Midas.
Anglers from Wansbeck and Blyth club had a good day - Ruben Pool released 3 and kept 3 for 9lb 8oz using a Bunny Leech on Long Crag. Best fish 5lb. Mick Doherty released 3 and kept 3 for 7lb 5oz using Daddies on Long Crag. Peter Marshal released 1 and kept 3 for 12lb 9oz on Coe Crag. Best fish was 5lb 8oz. Sue Greenwood had 2 for 4lb 8oz on Buzzers from Long Crag. Barry White had 1 for 1lb 12oz. A good day was had by all.
Best flies are CDCs, Damsels, Blobs, Buzzers, Shuttlecocks, Daddies, Shipmans, and Leeches.
PLEASE NOTE: Coe Crag Lake will be closed from Wednesday July 17 until after the junior Troutmasters Final (July 20-21). Thrunton will also be closing at 6pm on Sunday July 21.
Open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire