Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
The much anticipated restock should stir up the resident stock and improve catch results. We are aware that many anglers have been disappointed but as you can appreciate the weather hadn't helped the situation and we had to be mindful for the benefit of the trout as to when we restocked. Good news is, even though the weather has been warm, overnight lows have helped reduce the temperature of the water which will be great for the new stock coming in.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 9 – 15 the 167 anglers caught 456 fish of which 341 were returned. Best fish 9lb 12oz to Brian Coe, from Kettering, on a black/green lure from the boat; 6lb 8oz Nigel Cheetham, Thrapston, Pheasant Tail, boat; 6lb 7oz Simon King, Finedon, Cat’s Whisker, boat; 5lb 7oz Steve Johnson, Raunds, black/white Buzzer, boat; 5lb 3oz Mick Moseley, Rushden, Hothead Damsel, boat; 5lb 1oz Mike Bownes, Wilsthorpe; 5lb Simon King, Finedon, Cat’s Whisker, boat. Best bank areas are boat bay, east arm, dam, coarse bank. For boat anglers fish are well spread down the middle. Best patterns Black Buzzer, Black Cruncher, Daddy, Black Hopper, white/green lure, black/white/pink Snake.
The start of last week continued to be difficult but there has been a marked improvement since Friday with some particularly good boat bags at the weekend. Fish are widely dispersed for both bank and boat anglers. Bank sport improvement was mainly limited to cloudy conditions but the boats are taking fish in all weather. Buzzers on a floater or Snakes on an intermediate were the wildly differing top methods. Now the damsel hatch has finished the main food source is black buzzers. On warmer days fish have been taking dock beetles blown onto the water. The ground has been too solid to allow many daddies to hatch yet. The cooler water has seen the fish fighting extremely hard again and there continues to be good numbers of 4lb-plus specimens showing.
Siblyback Lake, Cornwall
Water levels are still low at Siblyback, exposing a lot of soft, muddy shoreline, and anglers are advised to fish the banks with care. The fishing has continued to be challenging, although the occasional hatch of small black buzzers produced some good sport using a floating line with an intermediate polyleader and a slow figure of eight retrieve. A few fish were tempted to the surface to take a dry Spider Midge, although a sub-surface Montana generally produced the best results.
Thrunton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
Another mixed week of weather but cooler mornings have seen plenty of fish moving in the margins as they chase sticklebacks in preparation for the winter months. Lots of fish still being taken on dries, Daddies in particular proving productive. Anglers have had some good sport in all levels of the water, however as the cooler weather becomes more prolific, we will begin to see some of the larger fish begin to show. Phil Green safely returned a 12lb rainbow, which he has entered into this month’s Troutmasters. The North East Ladies angling group visited on Sunday, most landed at least one fish despite the strong cool wind. Milline Groom fishing club visited on Sunday, and 13 fish were landed between the 5 members, best fish at 4lb 3oz, so all of the members had a 'good day'. In other catches, Bill Potter and his granddaughter Sienna landed 4 fish using a Cat’s Whisker. Phil Green safely released 7 fish between both lakes using Damsels and fry imitations, including a rainbow at 12lb. Brian Scrowther used Diawl Bachs and Buzzers to bring 4 fish to the net from Coe Crag. Trevor Wadds from Longframlington had 1 fish from Long Crag and 10 from Coe Crag using dry flies and Bloodworms over 2 visits. Brian Corkwill from Gateshead had a ‘good but hard day’ returning 12 to Coe Crag on Buzzers. Patrick Scott had an ‘excellent’ day on Coe Crag returning 2 lovely browns and keeping 3 rainbows for a bag weight of 8lb using Foam Daddies. Colin Smith from Gateshead returned 5 to Coe Crag using Popper Hoppers and Buzzers. Ray Wood from Westwoodburn returned 6 to Coe Crag using Buzzers. Jeff Wilson also released 6 to Coe Crag using Damsels. Arnie Birchinal from Blyth released 7 to Long Crag using Yellow Rubber-Leg Daddies. Jim Birtle from Newcastle released 10 over both lakes using a combination of Crunchers and Diawl Bachs fished very slow. Michael Hall returned 7 to Long Crag using dries, Buzzers and lures. Paul Hird from Sunderland released 12 on Coe Crag using Buzzers. Julien Bales from Wooler returned 6 to Long Crag using dries and Buzzers.
Fly box: Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Daddies, CDCs, Cat’s Whiskers, Damsels and Bloodworms. Open daily 8.30am to 7pm. Monday and Saturday 5pm close.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk