Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
It’s been a steady week but disappointing catch numbers with 31 anglers and only 14 fish caught over the week. Fish are showing but they don't seem to be feeding on anything in particular at the moment. Next restock is on Monday September 16 when we are sure they will liven up the resident stock.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
The week has been dominated, in the main, by cool, strong winds which produced difficult boating conditions and light angling pressure. Despite this there were still some creditable returns submitted by the intrepid rods who ventured out. The main feature of the week was the annual South Staffs Water Fly Fishing Challenge to raise funds for Water Aid. The day began with dull, blustery conditions but despite this all of the anglers, many of whom have never fished before, turned out in force to brave the elements with the help of our amazing volunteer ghillies. They fished from 10am until 5pm and teams included those from South Staffs Water and its associated business partners. Following a weigh-in at the Boathouse, the presentations took place at the Sailing Club after a well-deserved fish and chip meal and raffle. The event was a tremendous success with over £10,000 raised for the Charity thanks to the support and effort of everyone involved. A special mention go to our volunteer ghillies – Geoff Allsop, Steve Owen, George Eardley, Rod Singer, Brian Jones, Phil Sadler, Terry Dallaway, John Wellecomme, Kev Slater, Terry Hawkins, Pat Burton and Les Whitehouse – without whose help we couldn’t have managed at all. A huge thanks to you all! We are already looking forward to next year’s event.
Notable returns this week include on Monday 2nd for season permit holder Pat Burton and visiting rod Ivan Cotterill who paired up in a boat and returned a combined total of 12 fish, all on dry fly patterns including Hoppers and Shipman’s Buzzers. On Tuesday 3rd visiting rods John Graney and Bruce Burton fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 12 fish to their boat on yellow fritz patterns; meanwhile on the same day John Goreham fished from the South Lake banks and returned 8 fish on Buzzers and orange lures; and 11-year-old Daniel Vernon fished with his grandad and landed his first trout. On Thursday 5th visiting rods Andrew Esplin and Colin Nesbitt returned 11 fish to their boat. Rounding off the week on Sunday 8th were George Eardley, Eddie Biddle and Eddie’s granddaughter Annaleese Biddle, aged 11, who recorded a total of 13 to their boat with Annaleese landing 4 of them. It was another great week for the younger generation of fly anglers and hopefully they will return many times in future.
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: Oorange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Claret Buzzer; Hothead Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Soldier Palmer; Invicta.
Best fish: 4lb 2o rainbow caught on a Daddy Longlegs from a drifting boat on the South Lake by P. Hemingway.
The current rod average is 2.10.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 2 – 8 the 112 anglers caught 218 fish of which 158 were returned. Best fish 6lb 2oz to Chris Redhead, from Whittlesey, on a Black Buzzer, from the boat; 6lb David Lawson, Kempston, Orange Sedge Pupa; 5lb 1oz Matt Tuck, Yelling, white/green lure, boat; 4lb 12oz Darren Oram, Aldwincle, Pink Snake, boat; 4lb 9oz Tim Green, St Albans, Black Hopper, boat; 4lb 8oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, Black Snake, boat. Best boat areas are pylon point, east arm, down middle, while fish are well spread around the banks. Best patterns Black & Red Buzzer, Red Apps, Black Cruncher, Hare’s Ear, Black Hopper, Foam Daddy, white/green lure, black/green lure, black/white/pink Snake.
A rod average of almost 2 last week was very disappointing. Water temperature has dropped to 15.6C so Elinor should be fishing much better. On a positive note the fish are spread over the whole lake again and there are good numbers of 4lb-plus fish as well as some nice browns being caught. Mornings are particularly slow, afternoons are better, evening fishing generally best. Good hatches of black buzzers from 11am onwards. Despite only 60 fish taken away last week there is another good stocking going in on Friday. Elinor is full of fish and will switch on anytime!
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk