Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
Steady week with 43 anglers catching 53 fish of which 39 were safely released. Best results off the boats with floating lines. Daddies, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Buzzers, Muddlers and Snakes are the best method. Warmer bright days made fishing difficult even after a large restock. Better fishing weather forecast for this week so we are sure fishing will improve. Coarse fisherman can take advantage of our ‘TRY TO FLY’ offer: 90 minutes tuition, 2 hours fishing thereafter - all equipment provided - £45. Sonny Hall took up the offer and landed a nice fish.
Blithfield Reservoir, Staffordshire
Favourable conditions of warm, light breezes, sunshine and intermittent clouds enticed numerous rods to enjoy the excellent top-of-the-water sport the Reservoir continues to provide. Rising trout in both South and North Lakes were feeding on a mixed menu of terrestrial black beetles, daddy longlegs and buzzers with some now also adding coarse fish fry to their varied diet. With the cooler nights bank fishing has started to improve but by far the best sport is still being enjoyed by the boat anglers. This week we are also delighted to announce the additional stocking of 415 native brown trout, all over 2.5lb, which have been bought with proceeds from the Blithfield Brown Trout Fund. The fish were stocked 2 weeks ago and are now settling into their new home. We remind all anglers to please respect these beautiful native fish and to carefully release them back into the water if they are caught.
Notable returns this week include on the 16th for season permit holder Phil Sadler with 16 fish to his boat, all on fiery brown or red Shipman’s Buzzers; boat pair and permit holders Brian Jones and Graham Wood returned a boat total of 23 fish with Brian also recording the best fish of the week – a stunning 4lb, naturally grown -on rainbow trout which he then released; and some of the Alex Booth Fly Fishers visited for an evening session returning a rod average of 7.5 between 4 anglers in just a few hours. On the 17th visiting rod Dave Currie recorded 12 fish to his boat in just 5 hours by using various patterns whilst fellow visiting rod Pete Eville recorded 17 to his boat on black and red Crunchers. On the 19th visiting rods Messrs Dar and Waseem returned 27 fish to their boat during their all-day session and on the 20th visiting rods Michael Mason and Martin Dixon returned 35 fish, including a brown trout, to their boat by using various tactics. A special mention rounds off this week’s report – on Sunday 22nd Bob Hughes took advantage of a free, 2 hour tuition session to help improve his casting and presentation ability. After practicing the advice for a few minutes afterwards he managed to land a stunning 3lb 8oz rainbow, breaking his duck and providing him with a great outcome on the day.
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; Daddy Longlegs; Shipman's Sugar Lump; Red Hopper; greased-up Soldier Palmer.
Best lures: Orange Tadpole; Cat's Whisker; fry patterns.
Best nymphs/wets: Black Buzzer; Claret Buzzer; Hot Head Diawl Bach; PTN; Cruncher; Soldier Palmer; Kate McLaren.
Best fish: 4lb rainbow trout caught on a dry fly from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Brian Jones.
The current rod average is 3.96.
Elinor Trout Fishery, Northamptonshire
For the week September 16 – 22 the 136 anglers caught 404 fish of which 276 were returned. Best fish 7lb 2oz and 6lb 9oz to Ray Ward, from Olney, on a Black Buzzer off the boat; 6lb 8oz Chris Selby, Yaxley, Pink Snake; 6lb Bob Senior, Stamford, Daddy, boat; 5lb 12oz George Lyall, Oakham, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 7oz Ray Ward, Olney, Black Buzzer, boat; 5lb 6oz Steve Freeman, St Neots, Pheasant Tail, boat; 5lb 2oz Mick Tracey, Bedford, Orange FAB, boat. Best bank areas are brookside, east arm, boat bay, dam. For boat anglers fish are well spread down the middle. Best patterns Black Buzzer, Red Cruncher, Black Hopper, Black Spider, dry or wet Daddy, white/green lures, Pink or Back Snake.
During bright sunshine the fishing was tricky, especially from the bank. Boat anglers continued to catch if they fished 2 - 4 foot down with a floater/midge-tip with a washing-line set-up or an intermediate with lures. When there is cloud cover there are plenty of fish rising to hatching buzzers. Fish are well spread with most areas producing apart from the west arm. The rain this week should allow some daddies to hatch. There continues to be a good number of 4lb-plus fish caught.
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk