Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Blustery winds, heavy rainfall and rising water levels made fishing difficult from Wednesday onwards this week. The good news, however, is that the Reservoir is now full-to-overflowing which bears well for the ‘back-end’ autumn sporting prospects. Weekly stocking continues and when the weather settles, which is the forecast for this week and next, the excellent fishing enjoyed so far this season looks set to resume. Dry fly tactics should prove productive for some time yet – often well into October here at Blithfield. For up-to-the-minute advice, especially before planning a trip, please call the duty bailiffs on 07974 263338.
Notable returns this week (before the weather turned against us) include on the 12th for permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood with a combined total of 17 fish to their boat on the South Lake; and for visiting rod Tez Livin who returned 13 to his boat, also on the South Lake. On Tuesday 13th it was visiting rods who enjoyed some great sport ahead of the change in air pressure with Clive Wilkins and Mark Henderson recording a boat total of 21 fish, mainly to red Half-hogs; Pete Eville and Mark Lee spent a day on the South Lake and returned 44 fish between them using Red Cormorant and Soldier Palmer patterns to great effect; John Goodwin and Tim Strachan recorded a combined total of 16 fish to their boat with tan Hoppers performing very well; and Richard Meigh and Tom Porter returned 15 fish in a leisurely few hours’ sport on a boat on the South Lake. Torrential rain for most of the day on Wednesday meant few anglers ventured out but on Thursday 15th there were 8 fish apiece for visiting boat anglers Mick Broadgate and Steve Owen. On the 17th, in very breezy conditions, Messrs Booth and Nixon paired up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded 11 fish between them, while on the same day season permit holder Mick Cope returned the best fish of the week – a stunning 4lb 5oz rainbow, caught from his boat on a Hopper.
It was noted this week that a visiting angler was trolling from a boat on the South Lake – we would like to remind all anglers that this practice is strictly forbidden at Blithfield.
Best areas: 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; greased-up Soldier Palmer.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Claret Buzzer; Hothead Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Soldier Palmer; Invicta.
Best fish: 4lb 5oz rainbow trout caught on a Hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mick Cope.
The current rod average is 3.51.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 12 – 18 the 90 anglers caught 201 fish of which 137 were returned. Best fish 4lb 11oz to Peter Jenkins, from Ashford, on a Black Diawl Bach off the boat; 4lb 3oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Black Snake, boat; 4lb 2oz Philip Slane, Old Weston, Black Hopper. Best bank areas are east arm and coarse bank. Best boat areas pylon point, east arm and down middle. Best patterns Black Hopper, Daddy, small Black Buzzer, black/red Cruncher, white/green lures, black/white/pink Snake. Water temperature has now dropped to 18C which is excellent for August. The algae is subsiding with clarity improving each day.
Last week’s rod average was just over two so hard fishing for most anglers. Washing-line with small Black Buzzers on the dropper has been the best method closely followed by Snakes on a slow intermediate.
Dry Black Hopper has been best for bank anglers. The fishing is sure to improve within the next couple of weeks as the fish come out of their summer inactivity. Plenty of work filling potholes has been completed on the track down to the lake.
Forthcoming Competition: Sunday November 10, Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather. Entry fee £25 (£5 for season ticket holders) includes fishing fees. Same price for bank or boat anglers. Please book boats in advance. 9am - 3pm, 6 fish limit then 2lb an hour time bonus. Prizes for top 10. Proceeds from the raffle will be shared between the Air Ambulance and the British Heart Foundation.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Water levels at Siblyback are now down to about 50 percent, exposing a lot of soft, muddy shoreline and anglers are advised to fish the banks with care. The fishing has been challenging, with no surface-feeding fish, and fishing deep lures early in the morning produced the best results. Boats allow anglers to access the cooler, deeper waters.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another mixed bag of typical British summer weather with sunshine and showers has kept some anglers at home this week. Next week looks as though it may be a bit more settled. This week we held our first junior session of the summer and although conditions were not great the juniors all enjoyed their day with a couple of fish lost and one landed. The 'Hoy & Hope' Angling Club visited on Sunday, the conditions didn't make it easy for them, however over 30 fish were landed between 11 anglers. Jaime Potts took first place with a bag weight of 10lb 1oz, second went to John Metcalf with 6lb 8oz and third was Jack Metcalf with 6lb 6oz. Paul Emerson on holiday and staying in Bracken Cottage released 24 fish from both lakes over the week during mainly evening sessions using Hare’s Ear Buzzers and Sedge. Will Jameson from Bedlington returned 7 fish to Coe Crag using Buzzers. I. Robinson returned 7 to Long Crag using Diawl Bachs. Tom Jones from Washington retuned 3 to Long Crag and 3 to Coe Crag using Daddies and dries. Alan Stead from Blyth released 4 to Long Crag and 1 to Coe Crag using Parachutes. Jamie Potts released 3 and kept 2 for 5lb 10oz from Coe Crag using Buzzers. Mick Brown from Bedlington returned 9 to Long Crag and 5 to Coe Crag using PTN and Hare’s Ears. Rob Hall from Morpeth returned 11 to Long Crag using a Goldhead Daddy. Josh Piper from Pegswood landed 9 fish from Long Crag during his club competition. Fly box: Buzzers, Daddies, Hoppers, PTNs, Hare’s Ears, Diawl Bachs and various dries. Thrunton is open daily 8.30am to 9pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire