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The following relate to w/e October 21:
Blackdyke Trout Fishery, Norfolk
An excellent week’s fishing since the last restock. Floating lines are best at the moment. Boats very successful with the bank proving to be a little harder. Fish are taking off the top. Cat’s whiskers, dries and a variety of Blobs seem to be the favourite but fish are responding well to almost anything. A total of 85 fish were caught throughout the week. A 4lb rainbow was amongst the mix and was caught by Simon Smith. On Sunday October 23, Eyebrook tackle shop will be on site and there will be a small open day with raffle prizes and food served all day.
Chatton Trout Fishery, Northumberland
The easterly winds made sport more challenging this week but sport has improved greatly over the weekend. The fish of the week was a 10lb rainbow, caught and returned to Chatton lake by George Burton from Ashington. He caught it on a Fiery Dancer. Simon Robinson from Newcastle caught 14 fish on Bloodworms and Cat’s Whiskers. Stu Younger from Blyth returned 13 fish using FABs. Rob Frame from West Denton caught 12 fish using lures. Brian Davis from Dudleuy caught nine fish on Blobs. Gordon Swain from Dipton kept one fish and returned nine using lures. Ali Tait from Morpeth caught 17 fish. Ken Glenton from Ashington caught nine fish using Blobs and Bloodworms. David Astbury from Embleton kept two fish and returned 14 using Bloodworms and a Cat’s Whisker. Busha Keys from Belford had his best free day’s fishing (using his full loyalty card) catching six fish in three hours. Best flies were Buzzers (olive, black and brown), Diawl Bachs, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, March Browns, Bloodworms, Damsels and lures (yellow and white or black). Reminder of our Junior Fly Fishing Taster Session being held in the October half term holiday on Tuesday October 25 – sessions from 10am to 12 or 1pm to 3pm, please ring 01668 215226 to book a place. The fishery will be closing at 6pm this week.
Forbes of Kingennie, Tayside
It has been a really changeable week with cold east winds and clear skies to start with followed by a couple of days of heavy rain. The rain did the whole fishery the world of good, pushing through lots of fresh cold water that really stirred up the fish. On Sunday there was a fundraising competition for the Scottish Stillwater Fly Fishing Team for their international in Wales coming up next week. The rain the days before were potentially going to make it hard with coloured water but it cleared through quickly and the competitors were met with fine conditions in the morning followed by some nasty showers in the afternoon. The fish clearly didn’t mind as by the end of the day the 17 competitors had landed an incredible 321 fish between them, giving a rod average of 18.8! Tyler Hay pushed ahead and finished first with a catch of 30 fish from seven pegs. Second was Kevin Neri with 24 fish from seven pegs. Third place was taken by Robert Mclay with 23 fish from seven pegs. There were 170 fish caught from the Boathouse and 151 from the Burnside. There were lots of big fish caught during the day with the best rainbow estimated at around 12lb with lots in the 5-8lb range, Chris McAllister had the best brown estimated at 5lb. The best method on the day was the bung with a mix of Squirmies, Cat Bugs and Blobs taking a lot of fish. Different coloured lures on a slow glass also did well.
The catches were fairly consistent all through the week on the fly ponds with all the usual methods taking fish. R. Soave had four for 9lb from the Burnside on a Nomad. Mr Wales put back 14 on a Black Blob in the Boathouse.
The Woodside is still fishing really well with the fish spread out all over the pond. This week the 71 anglers landed 129 fish for a total of 148lb with the best caught by Mr Chalmers weighing 6lb 6oz.
Packington Trout Fishery, Warwickshire
Last week 56 rods caught 228 fish for an average of 4.07. The fishing has definitely improved over the past week with some cooler weather seeing the fish on the move more and responding well to various tactics. Black Buzzer, Diawl Bach, Black Tadpole, Goldhead Damsel and Cat’s Whisker have been the top flies fished on floating or slow sinking lines. The largest fish was a 7lb-plus rainbow which was safely caught and released by regular visitor Dave Bratby of Birmingham who was fishing from the bank of Cocks Close. He tempted it on a small Black Buzzer fished on a floating line. Paul Flanner of Worcester fished from a boat on Cocks Close and caught and released more than 20 fish to 5lb and these all fell to black and green nymphs. Rod Lacey of Nuneaton fished the Park Meadow pool and caught 13 fish to 5lb on a Diawl Bach on a floating line. Mr G. Fraser of Birmingham fished a short afternoon session on Cocks Close catching a total of seven fish and these all came to Black Buzzers. The best areas have been the high bank and the old boat jetty corner on Cocks Close and the shallow water on the far side of Park Meadow.
Swanswater Fishery, Stirlingshire
Despite easterly winds, cool nights and periods of rain and drizzle, the fish were still in the top three feet of the water and the fishing remained pretty good all week. There was a lot of sport to be had with the golds chasing flies, with some anglers reporting seeing two or three fish at a time after the same fly. Small lures fished just under the surface on a fast retrieve were receiving a great deal of interest and were definitely the most productive method. Favourite patterns included Dancer, Cat’s Whisker, Humungus, Damsel, PTN, Hare’s Ear, Buzzer and Bloodworm. The fish remained well spread out around Swanswater with as many caught downwind as upwind and the channel in front of the island being one of the better areas. The Fishery is still open from 8am to 6.30pm every day.
Les Cooper, from Dunblane, caught three fish for 11lb 4oz including a 5lb 4oz rainbow; Rab Bonar, Alloa, five for 15lb 8oz; Iain Whitelaw, Dunipace, five for 13lb 12oz; Danny Doherty, Denny, five for 13lb; Billy Muir, Penicuik, five for 12lb 12oz plus three caught and released; John Kearney, Broxburn, four for 12lb 4oz plus eight caught and released; George Dobbie, Glasgow, four for 12lb 4oz plus three caught and released; Frank Barr, Falkirk, four for 12lb plus two caught and released; Greig Donaldson, Alloa, four golds for 9lb 4oz; Willie Nyguist, three for 10lb 4oz; Robert Park, Lennoxtown, three for 9lb; Robert Nimmo, Stirling, a gold and a blue for 6lb 4oz; Gary Waugh, Cumbernauld, caught and released 17 including a rainbow of around 8lb; Dave Pearson, Argyll, caught and released 10, including four brown trout.
Thornwood Springs Trout Fishery, Essex
Lake one saw great fry-bashing all week with Cat’s Whiskers, Dancers, Nobblers and Baby Dolls producing fish. Also try a Minnow Muddler on the surface with fast strips, best at evening time. The other end of the lake for brown trout is all about deeper down black nymphs and Suspender Buzzers. Lake two is fishing well to Snakes and lures on all lines, and also to Daddies, Hoppers and Shipman’s as well as Suspender Buzzer or Sugar Cube Buzzer. Big browns to see along the margins daily now with some very big ones! Lake three fish are mainly deep and taking Snakes and leech-type patterns.
Toft Newton Trout Fishery, Lincolnshire
For the week ending October 14 the 77 anglers caught 276 fish for a rod average of 3.6. Another good week with the rod average down a little but this was more down to shorter sessions rather than a slow down in the fishing – some heavy downpours often curtailed fishing time. The fish really are now in pre-winter feed-up mode and are fry bashing. You don’t need to stand for many seconds before you see some activity, especially around the usual fry hotspots of the boat ramp and valve tower areas. Season ticket angler Martin Rowson from Wrawby managed 37 fish up to 4lb-plus in his last two visits, using a Minkie/Booby and two Buzzers washing-line combo. The perch are also on song at the moment, with fish to 3lb reported. They really are worth catching on the fly and respond well to the same tactics as the trout. Toft is open seven days from 7.30am until at least mid December with a possibility of fishing right through this year. Let us know what you think.
Witton Castle Lakes, Co Durham
After things picking up last week sport has been much quieter this week – no doubt due to the increased activity on the river with reports of large salmon being caught. Some dedicated and patient anglers did turn up to test the waters with the best angler of the week being T. Ross with a bag of four fish and also the best fish of the week with a fine 3lb rainbow. Black and Olive CdCs have been the most successful fly, along with Dawson’s Olive and a late appearance on the sheets for Snakes.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The top pond Road Bank has proved effective during the week, with some good catches being made. NRFFA committee members John Mcindo with two fish weighing in at 2lb 14oz and 2lb 10oz, Phil Harper with a trout of 2lb 11oz and Brian Wareham with a fish of 3lb 14oz, all used a combination of Cat’s Whisker and Booby lures, Another 3lb specimen was landed by new member Peter Dent. Roger Martin caught two fish, again from the Road Bank, with Ken Bowring adding another fish to three landed from the bottom pond. The bottom pond also saw Dave Arlotte catch three fish. A brace of trout went to Association president Martin Williams on the Association boats. Craig Bowles took a limit of eight fish including two good specimens of 3lb 2oz and 3lb. A three fish boat catch was also recorded by Shaun Cotterell and Lindsey Kirkwood. Members are reminded of the increased fish kill limit of a six fish total from the two ponds. At the weekend the top pond continues to provide the majority of catch returns, with general treasurer Gwyn Davies taking an excellent catch and release limit of eight fish when he fished around Swan Bay and along the Tump. Gwyn’s catch included a brown trout estimated at just under 2lb plus a rainbow of 2lb 8oz. All of his fish were caught on a Corixa pattern. The rest of the catches from the top pond came from around the Inlet with Roger Martin landing three fish and a two fish return being made by John Mcindo, Richie Young and Nigel Burge. Most effective method used included a sinking line plus a weighted lure, with Boobies and goldheaded Damsel Nymphs taking most fish. The bottom pond has proved far more challenging, and whilst plenty of fish can be seen in Pipe Bay and Farmhouse Bay most anglers have found them difficult to catch, the exception being Ken Bowring, who again used his vast experience to take two fish. The post season work party has been confirmed as Saturday November 5 from 10am onwards.
Thrunton Trout Fishery
There has been some cracking sport at Thrunton this week with zonkers, damsels and chaimois worms working very well. With the changeable weather and cooling winds anglers have had to look slightly deeper for fish with the colour of the fly also being unpredictable from day to day. Some anglers have still been successful on buzzers and dries.
The fish of the week was safely returned by Alec Harvey with a 16lb 4oz rainbow caught on a zonker. We again welcomed the Morpeth Trout Ticklers on Saturday with Barry Mitchell and his fellow coaches introducing 13 youngsters into the sport of Fly Fishing , they thoroughly enjoying their morning learning new skills. On Sunday we were visited by the Fishing for Heroes charity who enjoyed a Sunday roast and instruction in the art of Fly Fishing. Conditions were wet and chilly and it was great to see all catching fish. Thanks again to coaches, Lucy Bowden and Andy Richmond who did a sterling job!
Alec Harvey from Cramlington had ‘a fantastic day’ releasing 13 on damsels, zonkers, crunchers and worms to 16lb 4oz. Bedlington angler Bob Stewart had his ‘best day for years’ netting 13 on yellow dancers while Dennis Stephenson from Crawcrook found a cats whisker successful landing 11 from both lakes. Jim Smith from Blyth returned 10 from Long Crag on zonkers, montanas and buzzers and Steve Kelly from Guyzance enjoyed his first days fishing for almost a year returning 9 on buzzers and small black dries. Matty Devine from Hadston enjoyed 2 sessions this week releasing 20 from both lakes on both visits including a stunning 6lb blue and Newcastle angler Peter Forster released 13 from Long Crag on cast whiskers. Newbiggin anglers Willie Emery and Cecil Douglas enjoyed their session returning 16 and 10 on pink minkies and hoppers with Willie landing another double figure fish. Gregg Johnson from Ashington returned 12 from the boat on Long Crag on a white fritz. Consett anglers Anthony Meadows and Gordon Swain both had a good day returning 20 each on tequila blobs and various home tied flies. Mick Brown from Bedlington released 17 from Long Crag on buzzers and damsels. Lee Wilkinson and Connor Metcalf from Consett both netted 16 from both lakes on blobs, zonkers, chamois worms and damsels. Andy Richmond from Irvine returned 20 from both lakes on yellow chamois and black minkies while Howard Croston landed 10 on a black nymph including 7 browns. Mikey Fullerton and Eamon Looney from Consett landed 13 and 16 from both lakes on chamois worms, blobs and black bunny leechs.
Fly Box:- damsels, buzzers, cats whiskers, blobs, yellow dancers, chamois worms, zonkers, fritz’s, minkies and the occasional dry fly.
There will be a Junior Pairs competition on Friday 28th October 2016 on Coe Crag from 9.00am – 12.00pm. Please check Junior section on website for more details.
November 19th – Junior Fly Tying with Paul Griffin. Please contact the fishery to book your place or check the website
Fishery Hours:- 8.30am – 6.00pm daily. Saturday – 5.00pm close