Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Blackdyke’s fishing season reopens this Saturday August 31. The fishery is open 9am til dusk. Restock is on Wednesday August 28. For ticket options and prices, please visit our website www.blackdykeflyfishing.co.uk All prices remain unchanged since April, 2017.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
For those bank anglers planning a visit it must be said that with water temperatures in the margins becoming warmer bank fishing is now more difficult although not impossible, with the best sport in the evenings. For boat anglers the most productive drifts have been across the middle of the South Lake with a focus on ‘wind lanes’ whenever present. Dry fly tactics have been most successful especially when conditions were overcast but even during bright, sunny days sport has been particularly good in the top 2 feet of water to ‘pulling’ tactics using nymphs and attractors.
Following our feature on encouraging youngsters into the sport we are delighted to include 2 great returns from the ‘next generation’ this week – on August 21 Tyler Shaw came fishing with his granddad Steve and during a 2-hour evening boat session successfully caught 2 fish for 5lb 8oz on an Orange Hopper. Then on Sunday 25th, 11-year-old Annaleese Biddle fished with her granddad Eddie and landed 3 fish on Shipman’s Buzzers, during their boat session. Well done to both and we certainly hope they will enjoy coming here in future.
Notable returns this week include on the 21st for permit holders and regular boat pair George Eardley and Eddie Biddle with a combined total of 18 to their boat, all caught on dry flies on the South Lake; visiting boat pair Terry Walford and Mick Cartlidge returned 38 to their boat using various tactics throughout the day including dries, Blobs and Boobies on a fast retrieve; and visiting rods Chris Howkins and Steve Owen also paired up in a boat and returned a combined total of 21 fish mainly to attractor patterns. On the 22nd conditions became a little more difficult - season permit holders Nigel Hodkinson and Pat Burton fished from a boat together on the South Lake and recorded a total of 17 fish to the boat, all on dry flies including Orange Daddy and Orange Hopper; on the same day visiting rods David Heseltine and Alan Greenhalgh heeded the advice given about fly choice and returned 12 to their boat on the South Lake all on Soldier Palmer patterns – a pattern that has performed particularly well here this year when fished as a dry fly.
On the 23rd season permit holder Phil Sadler fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned 13 fish on Shipman’s Buzzers with the best being a stunning rainbow of 3lb; visiting rods Mr Robertson and Mr Millard also fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned a boat total of 15 fish, caught on a variety of patterns including Hoppers, Buzzers and attractors; and visiting rod Neil Chandler recorded 12 fish to his boat, all caught on either Yellow Owl, Bob’s Bits or Hopper Poppers. Rounding off the week on the 25th was visiting rod Mr Buckly who fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned 20 fish using Shuttlecock CDC, Daddy Longlegs and attractor patterns.
Please note – on Friday September there will be no boats available at all due to a Water Aid Charity event taking place.
Best areas: drifts across the centre of the South Lake; 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 9oz rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Longlegs from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr J. Harris.
The current rod average is 2.72.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 19 – 25 the 116 anglers caught 324 fish of which 255 were returned. Best fish 5lb 1oz for Paul Mortimer, from Thrapston, on a Black Buzzer off the boat; 4lb 14oz Jim Grayson, Coventry, Black Shipman’s, boat; 4lb 8oz Phil Musgrove, Sawtry, Damsel. Best bank areas east arm, coarse bank. Best boat areas pylon point, east arm, down middle. Best patterns Black & Red Buzzer, Red Apps’, Black Cruncher, Black Hopper, white/green lure, Black Snake. At the start of the week there was a decent improvement in catches. When wind direction allowed, bank anglers caught well in the east arm. The heatwave over the Bank Holiday weekend was bound to slow bank sport although boat anglers did remarkably well if they were prepared to fish deeper in the cooler water. Nigel Cheetham caught 16 on Saturday using a FAB with two heavy Black/Red Buzzers giving them plenty of time to sink. On Sunday, regulars Andrius and Tomas shared 22 fish to their boat using a mixture of Blobs and Snakes. Gary Ashman landed 8 on deep Buzzers. Tuesday, Andy Coleman landed 6 by lunchtime-using mainly Buzzers. It looks as we’ll have lower temperatures towards the end of this week.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The cooler water temperature has really helped the fishing as the week has progressed, anglers have had some great sport on or near the surface. Early mornings and late afternoons have been the most productive time to be fishing. Fry imitations have also taken some good numbers of fish this week, with patterns like Appetisers and Mini Cat’s being most successful. Diawl Bachs have produced some good-sized fish this week, with 2 anglers keeping 4 fish each for in excess of 14lb.
Ponteland angler Duncan Passmore returned 4 fish to Long Crag using both dries and wets. Jim Smith from Blyth used CDCs to safely release 4 fish also to Long Crag. Regular angler Trevor Wadds from Longframlington used lures and Diawl Bachs near the surface to land 17 fish from Long Crag over two days. Brian Strong from Lesbury enjoyed his fishing lesson with angling coach Steve McCann, he landed 2 fish using Daddies and missed a few more. Vaghn Hemy landed 4 fish for 14lb 4oz using Diawl Bachs on Coe Crag. David Ewart also used Diawl Bachs to keep 4 fish for 14lb 6oz, his best fish being a 5.12lb rainbow.
Mick Brown from Bedlington used Damsels to safely return 1 fish to Long Crag having a 'good day'. Kevin Richardson used Daddies and Shipman’s to safely release 4 fish to Coe Crag during an evening session.
Fly box: CDCs, Daddies, Diawl Bachs, Shipman's, wets, Buzzers and lures.
Open daily 8.30am to 8.30pm. Monday & Saturday 5pm close.
Thrunton will be holding a Junior Competition for children aged 13 and under on Friday August 30, the competition will run from 6pm to 8pm so please arrive for registration at 5.30pm.Prize giving will be from 8pm onward. To book please email or ring the fishery on 01665 574400. Coe Crag lake will be closed from 6pm for two hours, to run the junior competition, apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk