Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Another excellent week at the fishery and it’s not all about large bags of fish (although there were some of those too!). It has been most en-couraging that no fewer than 4 of our more senior visitors were ac-companied by their grandsons. Blithfield takes a pro-active approach when it comes to introducing youngsters to our sport and offer free fishing to beginners (under 16), free tuition (book in advance) and free tackle hire to youngsters under 16.
Occasionally some anglers opt not to fish on days that may be more conducive to good sport but instead enjoy the challenge of fishing when the forecasted conditions are a wee bit more difficult. This was the case on Friday 9th when few ventured out on a very wet and windy day – however 2 intrepid visitors braved the conditions and enjoyed excellent sport recording over 30 fish to their boat during an afternoon session. They were also delighted to report sightings of an osprey and a peregrine falcon on the South Lake during their visit.
Other noteworthy returns this week include on Monday 5th for permit holders and regular boat pairing of Brian Jones and Graham Wood with a combined boat total of 19 fish and for visiting rod R. Calvert who returned 28 fish to his boat on the South Lake using FABS and Red Di-awl Bach patterns. On the 6th season permit holder Joe Cravagan re-turned 11 fish to his boat in just a few hours’ sport whilst visiting rod Pete Eville paired up in a boat with Mark Lee and during the day-long session they recorded a combined total of 52 fish with all caught on Soldier Palmer and Shipman’s emerger patterns. On the 7th in fresher conditions permit holders George Eardley and Ed Biddle fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded more than 50 fish to their boat with every one caught on Shuttlecock CDC or Shipman’s Sugar Lump patterns; visiting rods Messrs Taylor and Stretch returned 27 fish to their boat; visiting rods Clive Wilkins and Mark Henderson recorded a combined boat total of 36 fish; visiting rods Messrs Rudge and Bowden returned 25 fish to their boat and visiting lone angler Keith Smith rec-orded 15 fish in a 6 hour session with all caught on claret dries on the South Lake. Thursday 8th continued the buoyant sport with permit holders Nigel Hodkinson and Pat Burton returning 37 fish to their boat, all caught on dry flies; visiting rods Geoff Stanley and Terry Coging re-turned 14 to their boat; visiting rod Dougie Snape fished alone on the South Lake and recorded 17 fish to his boat by using Daddy Longlegs, Soldier Palmer and Shipman’s emerger patterns to great effect and vis-iting rod Yousef Dar returned 38 fish to his boat, also on the South Lake.
Best areas: Watery Lane; drifts across the centre of the South Lake; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay; Gorse Bushes; St. Stephen's; Old Mans; drifts across the centre of the North Lake.
Best dries: Shipman's Buzzer; Claret Bristol Hopper; Orange CDC Hopper; Shuttlecock CDC; Shipman's Sugar Lump; red-butt Bristol Hopper.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Soldier Palmer; Invicta.
Best fish: 3lb 8oz rainbow trout caught on a Hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Joe Cravagan.
The current rod average is 5.29.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 5 – 11 the 74 anglers caught 185 fish of which 156 were returned. Best fish 5lb 13oz to Trevor Maycock, Northamp-ton, Griffith’s Sparkle Gnat; 5lb 8oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, Red Di-awl Bach, boat; 5lb 3oz Stephen Pope, Luton, Black Hopper, boat. Best bank areas are east arm, coarse bank, gravel bar. Best boat areas py-lon point, east arm, down middle. Best patterns Black Hopper, red/black Diawl Bach, Black Buzzer, Bloodworm, Foam Daddy, Tequila FAB/Blob, black/white/olive Snake.
The strong winds at the weekend kept rod numbers lower. However the wind and rain has helped to cool the water further. At midday today at 2 foot down the temperature is 18.9C. This is lower than usual for mid-August and should see the fish switching back on much earlier this season rather than last year when things didn’t improve until late Sep-tember. Damsels continue to hatch in good numbers. It’s also pleasing to see the return of some buzzer hatches especially during the even-ing. Elinor has continued to stock during the summer and has built up a good head of fish. For example, last week’s anglers took away only 29 fish and Thursday saw a stocking of 233 rainbows. Please take extra care when returning fish, especially during the summer. Leave the fish in the net while still in the water and remove the fly without touching or gripping the fish.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Cooler conditions and heavy showers have provided some great fish-ing conditions, however only some of the bravest anglers were willing to persist throughout the stormy weather, and have been rewarded with some excellent bag numbers. Four anglers from Galasheils landed 32 fish between them on Saturday during the torrential rain, however this shows you shouldn't be put off by the weather. Buzzers and dries have again accounted for most of the fish.
Gosforth angler Ian Hughes used Daddies and Hoppers to safely re-turn 3 fish to Long Crag having a 'nice day'. Jim Farquhar from Ashing-ton had a 'great day' netting 5 fish from Long Crag using Olive Buzzers and Klinkhamers. Four anglers from Galasheils, Mike Blackwood, Dave Bouard, Craig Brown and Frank Daly, safely released 32 fish between them using Cormorants and Hoppers, having a 'brill but wet day'. Bed-lington angler Mick Brown used various Buzzers to land 15 fish be-tween both lakes. Ray Wood from West Woodburn safely released 4 fish to Long Crag using Cormorants fished on an intermediate line. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington used dries, lures and Diawl Bachs to safely return 4 fish between both lakes. Peter Peutherer used emergers to land 5 fish from Long Crag, having a 'steady afternoon'. Angling coach Bob Smith safely returned 5 fish between both lakes us-ing PTNs and Daddies. Joe Brown from Bedlington released 4 and kept one for 2lb using Shuttlevock Buzzers on Long Crag. On his second visit this week Ian Hughes from Gosforth released 6 to Long Crag and 2 to Coe Crag using Hoppers and Cormorants.
Fly box: Buzzers, Klinkhamers, Daddies, Hoppers, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs and PTNs. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire