Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The fishery reopened on Saturday August 31 and it was great to see so many anglers returning to the banks. Sadly, the fish weren't feeding at all. The water is still very warm so they remained around the aerators and although they were showing, nobody actually managed to catch anything. As a result, from previous experience, it was decided not to restock on the 28th as the weather was still too warm and so that restock will take place later this week or early part of next, depending on the temperature of the water. The fishery will be closed on the morning of Sunday September 8 for a corporate event but it will reopen at 2pm.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
As the week drew to a close we bade farewell to a very kind summer which has seen exceptional rod averages at Blithfield for July and August. A blisteringly hot Bank Holiday Monday was soon followed by blustery conditions and torrential downpours by midweek produced mixed results for the sport. However, drifting boats continued to record good returns from across the centre of the South Lake with great evening rises reported from Thursday onwards. The banks remain a wee bit slower whilst marginal water temperatures are still on the warm side. A settled forecast and the cooler evenings predicted for the week ahead will undoubtedly see the start of some buoyant, Autumnal ‘back-end’ sport with excellent prospects once more.
Creditable returns this week include on Monday 26th for permit holders Phil Sadler and Steve Thyer who recorded a total of 19 fish to their boat on the South Lake, all on Shipman’s Buzzers, and for visiting rods Martin Griffiths and Gary Wright who returned a combined total of 14 fish to their boat with Yellow Owl featuring amongst the flies employed. On the 27th visiting rod Tim Russell returned 9 fish in just 3 hours on the South Lake whilst on the 28th visiting rods Messrs Tucker and Robinson recorded 28 fish to their boat with orange goldhead patterns featuring strongly in their set-up. Following the rain, an incredibly good day of sport followed on the 29th with permit holders Nigel Hodkinson and Pat Burton returning 28 fish to their boat on Hoppers and Daddy Longlegs; season permit holders Steve Cherrington and Roger Aston recorded a combined boat total of 24 fish; visiting rods Messrs Allison and Foulds recorded 18 fish to their boat with a variety of patterns including attractors, Crunchers, Hoppers and Diawl Bach; visiting rod John Calvert returned 9 fish to his boat in just 3 hours with CDC Hoppers and Daddy Longlegs producing great sport. Visiting rods Clive Wilkins and Keith Smith declared it ‘a great day’s fishing’ with 43 fish to their boat using dries and emerger patterns. On the 30th visiting rods Roy Clarkson and John Chilton recorded 14 fish to their boat while on the 31st visiting rods John Goodwin and Mark Rose returned a total of 42 fish to their boat on a variety of patterns. Rounding off the week was visiting rod Mr Richards who recorded the best fish, a full tailed, naturally grown-on 3lb 9oz rainbow trout, caught from a drifting boat on a Fritz nymph.
Please note – on Friday 6th September there will be no boats available at all due to a Water Aid Charity event.
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: 3lb 9oz rainbow trout caught on a Fritz nymph from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr Richards.
The current rod average is 4.56.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week August 2 - September 1 the 95 anglers caught 298 fish of which 227 were returned. Best fish 7lb 2oz to Steve Lane, from Spalding, on a white/green lure, from the boat; 6lb 3oz Mitch Brown, Northampton, Red Diawl Bach; 5lb 6oz Mitch Brown, Northampton, Foam Daddy; 5lb George Lyall, Oakham, GRHE, boat. A brown of 6lb 2oz was landed by Mitch Brown, from Northampton on a Foam Daddy. Best bank areas are east arm and coarse bank. Best boat areas are pylon point, east arm, and down middle. Best patterns Black & Red Buzzer, Red Apps’, Black Cruncher, Black Hopper, Foam Daddy, white/green lure, Black/White/Pink Snake.
Monday and Tuesday were quiet as the mini heatwave continued. However there was an improvement in catches towards the end of the week so that the rod average was a respectable 3.1. Lower night temperatures have helped the water drop to 18.5C (Wednesday). Weedbeds are starting to break up and water clarity continues to improve. Fishing should get better each week from now on. Most of the damsels have now hatched with buzzers being the main food source along with snails and daphnia. The best catches have generally been from 10.30am onwards. Although there are decent numbers of fish rising the best boat bags have come to anglers fishing Buzzers or lures fished 6-8 foot down.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
As the temperature begins to drop, the fishing has improved. During the beginning part of the week anglers had to fish deeper to achieve the better bag numbers. However, moving towards the end of the week, a lot of the fish being landed were much higher in the water column, with later evenings providing some good sport for those fishing dries. We held our Junior Competition on Friday evening, and despite the strong winds all of the juniors had action, either hooking into fish and losing them or missing them on dries. Harry Knox took first place landing 3 fish, second place went to Michael Humble and third place went to Aiden Young. Overall the conditions this summer haven't made it easy for the Juniors, however their casting and tactics have improved massively, so well done to everyone who has taken part.
In general pleasure catches Rodney Burn from Blyth fished Diawl Bachs deep to safely return 6 fish to Coe Crag, during the bright conditions. Brian Lillie landed fish estimated at 7lb and 6lb from Long Crag using a PTN. Pete Askew landed 3 fish from Long Crag during his evening session, keeping two fish for 4.9lb caught using Hoppers. Arnie Birchinall used a Damsel and dries to release 5 fish to Long Crag. Arnie landed one fish estimated at 6-7lb and another at 9-10lb. Bedlington angler Mick Brown used an Olive Meg’s Favorite to return 17 fish to Long Crag having an 'excellent day'. Kenny McMahon from Illderton used dries, Buzzers and lures to safely return 7 fish to Long Crag. Ray Wood from West Woodburn landed a beautiful 7lb 12oz brownie from Coe Crag. Mick Kelly from Swarland used Daddies to return 5 fish to Long Crag during his evening session. E. Charlton safely returned 4 fish to Coe Crag.
Fly Box: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Daddies, Hoppers, Damsels and various other dries and lures. Fishery is open daily 8.30am to 8pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk