Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
A reminder that the fishery is now closed for the summer and will reo-pen on Saturday, August 31. We would like to send our deepest sym-pathy to Alan Bath’s family and friends. as he sadly passed away this week. He was a loyal Blackdyke customer and wonderful man and we will miss him on the bank immensely.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
With the recent influx of cool rainwater the temperature in the margins has remained unseasonably low, promoting continued excellent sport for bank anglers this week. As is usual for this time of year the top-of-the-water sport to the boats, for which Blithfield is renowned, has been exceptional – even during the brightest, sunniest periods. Drifts over deeper water have produced great sport with resident and early-season stocked specimens. The South Lake remains the most produc-tive with short drifts across the centre of the North Lake now starting to come into their own. With cooler and fresher conditions with some cloud forecast the prospects for the days ahead look to be excellent.
Creditable returns this week include on the 24th for permit holder Jeff Johnson with 12 fish from the banks of the South Lake; visiting rod Mick Wheeldon returned of 14 fish from Rainbow Corner, mainly on lure patterns, while permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood paired up in a boat and recorded 24 fish between them. The 25th dawned cloudy and damp but still produced incredible sport with visiting boat pair Rick Edwards and Malc Capper returning 48 fish to their drifting boat on nymph and lure patterns, while fellow visitors Keith Smith and Clive Wilkins recorded a boat total of 45 fish, mainly to Olive CDC and nymphs.
On the 26th permit holder Dr Ian Greaves returned a fabulous 18 fish to his boat in just 4 hours, all caught on Sedge imitations during the morning; permit holder Phil Sadler also enjoyed the plentiful sport on offer with 19 fish to his boat all on Shipman’s Buzzers. Visiting rods were not denied either with Mick Broadgate and Jez Alcock both re-cording 13 fish each to their respective boats. On the 27th visiting rod Robert Sherratt returned 12 fish from the banks of the South Lake in just 4 hours using a combination of small black dry flies, olive nymphs and small white lures. Visiting boat pairing Paul Ravenscroft and David Locker fished from a drifting boat and returned a combined total of 31 fish. Friday 28th continued to provide superb sport with permit holder John Jones and visiting rod David Morris both returning 12 fish from the banks. Drifting boats again saw the cream of the sport with permit holder Terry Coging and visiting rod Geoff Stanley pairing up in a boat to return 23 fish between them, all on dry flies. Visiting boat pairing Alan Topping and Bill Robinson recorded 39 fish to their boat, all on South Lake. Rounding off another wonderful week and, indeed, month, on Sunday 30th was permit holder Eddie Biddle with 12 fish to his boat all caught on Shipman’s Sugar Lumps.
Best areas: St. Stephen's; Boathouse Bay; Ten Acre Bay; Dougie's; Watery Lane; drifts across the centre of the North Lake; 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 & Peacock Spider; Butcher.
Best fish: 4lb rainbow trout caught on a Black Spider from a boat on the South Lake by Christian Brown.
The current rod average is 6.50.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week June 24 – 30 the 151 anglers caught 586 fish of which 438 were returned. Best fish 12lb 2oz Dave Miles, Wellingborough, Green Diawl Bach; 6lb 8oz Bob Senior, Stamford, boat; 5lb 11oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, Green Diawl Bach, boat; 5lb 5oz and 5lb 2oz Simon King, Finedon, Red Diawl Bach, boat. Best bank areas
are coarse bank, east arm, boat bay, dam (in a north wind). Best boat area down middle. Best patterns Red or Green Diawl Bach/Cruncher, Damsel Nymph, dry Damsel, Black or Olive Hopper, white/green lure. The high temperature on Saturday certainly slowed sport down over the weekend with less fish rising despite the large quantities of damsels hatching. Although the bank fishing has remained slow this week the boats were soon back on form early this week with Alan Rennocks catching 15 fish and Steve Loveridge 9 on Monday in single boats. Tuesday, Derek Benamore and boat partner Graham Kempton shared 18 fish using a Blue-flash Damsel with Black Buzzers on the dropper.
The cooler temperatures this week should see more surface activity. During the morning the fish are concentrating on damsel nymphs but in the afternoon they switch to the adults and can be difficult to tempt. Anglers have had some success using a Foam Daddy or a dry Blue Damsel.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
From a cold wet start and 13 degrees to hot and sunny and high tem-peratures, conditions have not made things easy for anglers this week. Early in the week dries and emergers were working well, anglers found success by going a bit deeper on the hotter days at the end of the week. This month we host the Junior Troutmasters finals (July 20-21), why not come and watch some of these talented young anglers, every-one is welcome. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. Coe Crag Lake will be closed from Wednesday July 17 until after the junior Troutmasters competition. We will also be closing at 6pm on Sunday July 21.
Bill McCarroll from Morpeth safely released 7 fish to Long Crag using Buzzers and CDCs. Barry Nicholson landed 12 fish between both lakes using dries, Buzzers and Tinnies. Bedlington angler Joe Brown had a 'good day' landing his bag limit of 14 fish from Long Crag using CDCs. John Allison released 5 to Coe Crag using Olive Emergers. Brian Lavery from Linton released 7 fish over both lakes using Para Buzzers. Wooler angler Julian Bales released 6 to Long Crag using Grif-fiths Gnat's. Keith Mortimer from Cramlington released 8 to Coe Crag using a Black Woolly Bugger and a White Nomad. Rob Hall from Mor-peth had a 'great day' safely releasing 5 fish between both lakes using dries. Alec Ainslie from Craster landed 4 fish from Long Crag using a Blue Dancer.
Fly Box: CDCs, Buzzers, Damsels, Emergers, Cat’s Whiskers, Griffiths Gnats and Dancers. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk