Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
As we experience another week of excellent sport the Fishery’s policy to stock at weekly intervals has been paying dividends, especially as we approach the ‘dog days’ of August. This ensures that fresh stock fish planted from around the banks, when combined with the large head of resident fish, will provide the best chance of continued sport. Another advantage here at Blithfield over many other venues is that the stock fish are reared on site and therefore only travel a very short dis-tance – a great benefit especially in hot and humid conditions, keeping stress on the fish to a minimum.
Water clarity and levels remain good providing excellent conditions for continuing first class sport to both boat and bank anglers alike.
Noteworthy returns this week include on the 15th for season permit holder Pat Burton who let his boat drift on the South Lake and recorded 18 fish with every one caught on a Hopper pattern; regular boat pair and permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood returned a com-bined total of 20 fish, all caught on dry flies, as did visiting rods Richard Edwards and Malcolm Capper with Yellow Owls performing particularly well. On the 16th visiting rods David Heseltine and Mark Evans also fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a combined total of 14 fish to the boat; and visiting rod Doug Snape returned 10 fish to his boat, all on small black dries. The 17th dawned sunny and warm with high milky cloud just helping conditions enough. Season permit holder Rod Singer recorded a boat total of 12 fish caught on various Buzzer patterns while visiting rod Pete Eville once again makes the angling re-port with a creditable 18 fish to his boat caught on Diawl Bach and Shuttlecock CDC. On the 18th season permit holder Dr Ian Greaves fished from a boat on the South Lake for just 4 hours and returned 11 fish on Sedge and Daddy Longlegs imitations. Season permit holder Geoff Allsop recorded an excellent 26 fish to his boat, mainly on the South Lake, by employing various small patterns on floating lines. Sea-son permit holder Peter Jeffries returned a superb 21 fish to his boat on Shipman’s Buzzers and CDC patterns; visiting rod Phil Dixon treated a 92-year-old boat partner to a few hours on the South Lake and rec-orded a phenomenal boat total of more than 42 fish; visiting rod Peter Stacey recorded 20 fish to his boat, and proving that the banks are still worthy of a look were season permit holder Steve Cherrington with a return of 14 fish, all caught late in the day during a short session on dries and visiting rod Steve Heath with 15 fish caught during the day, again all on dry flies. The 19th also saw excellent bank returns pro-duced with visiting rod Alan Bailey recording 13 fish from the South Lake banks caught on Daddy Longlegs, Shipman’s Sugar Lumps and various CDC patterns during an evening session. Visiting rod S. Forrest recorded 9 fish including a stunning 6lb rainbow caught on a dry fly. Rounding off yet another superb week of sport on the 21st were permit holder George Eardley who returned a not-so-unlucky 13 fish to his boat on Shipman’s Sugar Lumps while visiting rod Sean Wagstaff fished from the banks and recorded 15 fish caught on dry flies and Buzzer patterns.
Best areas: Watery Lane; Dougie's; Ten Acre Bay; Gorse Bushes; St. Stephen's; Old Mans; drifts across the centre of the North Lake.
Best dries: Shipman's Buzzer; Sedge; Claret Bristol Hopper; Orange CDC Hopper; Shuttlecock CDC; Shipman's Sugar Lump; Red-butt Bris-tol Hopper.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Soldier Palmer.
The current rod average is 5.02.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week 143 anglers caught 301 fish of which 248 were returned. Best fish 6lb 2oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, Black Bits, boat; 5lb 5oz Graham Dawson, Leicester, Foam Daddy. Best bank areas east arm, coarse bank, dam (in a north wind). Best boat areas are pylon point, entrance to east arm, down middle, dam (in a north wind). Best pat-terns
Damsel Nymph, dry Damsel, Damsel Booby, Red Diawl Bach, Red Cruncher, Black/Red Buzzer, White Snake, white/green lure.
As expected the hot weather has made sport increasingly hard. Last week’s rod average of 2.1 is likely to be even lower this week. Morn-ings are your best chance before the water warms up too much. Don’t forget that boats are available to go out from 7am. Please take extra care when returning fish. Leave the fish in the net while still in the water and remove the fly without touching or gripping the fish. Best results have been to target the damsel feeders on the surface or fish at 6-10 foot down the middle where the water is cooler. Although there is some algae there is plenty of clearer water to fish at the top of the wind. Many thanks to the good number of anglers who are still visiting Elinor during the difficult conditions.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Surprisingly, in spite of the high temperatures, anglers have preferred to fish from the banks, with the North Shore, Crylla, West Bank and Two Meadows the most popular areas. In spite of some insect activity on the surface, and fish showing off the North Shore, anglers have mainly found success with subsurface patterns – either Diawl Bachs on an intermediate line, or brighter lures (such as Cat’s Whiskers and Ba-by Dolls) fished on a sinking line. The larger fish were generally not in-terested in feeding and a 2lb rainbow caught by Mr K. Chear was the best fish caught during the month.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
This week Thrunton hosted the 11th annual UK Junior Troutmasters Final, with 27 juniors taking part and 12 able to qualify for the final. It was a close competition for some of the anglers, with only 2 fish be-tween qualifying and not. All of the talented anglers showed such great etiquette and sportsmanship between each other and throughout the competition. The weather over the weekend was very changeable, es-pecially the wind which was at times quite swirly and this made for some challenging fishing conditions.
The winners of the individual heats were: George Clarke (Draycote Water), Wilbur Leoviriyakit (Woolaston Trout Fishery) and Ethan Welch (Tan-y-Mynydd Fishery). These heat winners and the other qualifiers went on to fish in the final. They knew it wasn’t going to be an easy 3 hours of fishing, with the bright and breezy conditions. However all of the juniors were understandably enthusiastic about hopefully being crowned the 2019 UK Junior Troutmasters champion. It was great to see all of the juniors giving it 100 percent effort throughout the qualify-ing heats and during the final right until the final whistle. It was very close competition with 1st and 2nd place being decided by the time of which their second fish was caught. However we are very pleased to announce Sam Shepherd from Exe Valley fishery is the champion this year, very well done Sam. Prizes were also given to the runners up Ethan Welch, Charlie Southworth and Lee Gilruth, and to the most consistent angler who was George Clarke of Draycote Water. Charlie Southworth of New Mills Trout Fishery took the award for the best fish landed over the weekend, a beautiful 4.5lb rainbow.
GAIA provided casting tuition and awards over the weekend, and the coaches were all very impressed with the standard of both casting and general angling. We would like to thank all of the parents and children for attending the event, and also a big thank you to Samantha and Ian Toombs from Trout Fisherman for organising and running the event. Finally a thanks to all of the marshals: Barry, Richard and Kevin from GAIA, Tommy, Davey, Pete and Kyle from New Mills Trout Fishery who gave up their weekend to help at the competition. Also thanks to the Thrunton Team, Tom, Chris and Julie for helping to make the weekend run so smoothly.
The event was kindly sponsored by Royal Wulff, and prizes given by Iain Barr and Glasgow Angling Centre. It has also been great to see so many spectators coming to watch the national competition, and support those fishing.
Fly box: PTNs, Daddies, Buzzers and various lures. Open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire