DECEMBER 2017

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Thornton week ending 31st October

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Thornton weekly report week ending 31st October 2017

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Another mixed weeks fishing for Thornton with no two days fishing the same as the daily rod average lurches from +2 to -1 no pattern whatsoever.

 

Phill Moore fished Tuesday morning catching 5 trout and reporting plenty of pulls, Phill returned next day and fished exactly the same but blanked, typical of the way its fishing, no pattern! D Timms and T Green fished Thornton for the first time in a while and were rewarded with 7 fish on sinking lines and booby, Steve Norman went out with his new fast sinking line and caught 5 fish to 3lb while his boat partner caught 2 with the largest a fine conditioned rainbow of 4lb8oz. Keith Coley and John Bebbington caught 8 on fast sinking lines drifting across the middle. Steve Jordan returned for his second visit of the week and recorded 6 trout on fast sinking lines.

 

Again this week the trout remain in the deep water with few around the margins, we could do with a week of noticeable cooler weather to bring the fry into the margins and hopefully the trout will follow.

 

Current stock level 3,941trout

 

Our water temperature is 13c with good clarity.

Rod average for the week was 1.1

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 5.00pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 12.30pm /  12.30pm – 5.00pm

 

All anglers off site by 5.30pm

 

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Thornton week ending 15th October

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Thornton weekly report week ending 15th October 2017

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Fry time as minkie booby and fry patterns worked best this past week

The fish been caught on fry patterns are not where you would expect them to be with the majority taken on minkie boobies and boobies on a fast sinking line down the middle of the arms or the drift from the dam to the wood, this is despite the fry moving into the shallows and around the boat pontoon this week

Colin Meads recorded 7 for his mornings visit, Bob Jones caught 8 on a variety of boobies with Keith Coley and John Bebbington fishing fast sink lines on the drift over deeper water boating 14 in just over 4 hours. Steve Orton also enjoyed a short 4 hour visit coating 6 on fry patterns fished deep in front of the dam. Mick Cross and Chris Sayer fished a morning session boating 13 trout.

With Thornton entering its last month of the season, closing date Sunday 19th November we could do with some cooler evening temperatures to encourage the trout into the shallows after the fry.

Our water temperature is 14c with good clarity.

Rod average for the week was 1.2

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 6.15pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 1.30pm /  1.30pm – 6.15pm

Last 4 hours:   2.15pm – 6.15pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 2.00pm)

 

All anglers off site by 6.30pm

 

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Thornton report week ending 8th October

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Thornton weekly report week ending 8th October 2017

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This last week I think we can say were in that autumnal transition period as the trout start to turn their attention from the decreasing fly hatches to the fry.

 

Our water has cleared with visibility easily 6ft+ with large shoals of fry easily visible around the pontoon with fish starting to smash into them. Interestingly the fry feeding activity is at its best after 1pm

 

Andy Lillie caught 4 for his visit on a sinking line and booby, Clive Cattell caught 3 for his 4 our afternoon session on a booby, John Simpson had fish up to 3lb on his home tied bunny, Jem Langley used ph tails and diawls to take his 4 fish with Chris Sayer and Mick Cross boating 5 on boobies for their morning session.

 

Richard Dayman caught and returned a5lb8oz brown photo on www.facebook.com/flyfishstore

 

Thornton continues to hold over 4000 trout we should see more of them turn onto the fry with the shorter daylight hours and cooling temperatures

Rod average for the week was 1.2

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 6.30pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 1.30pm /  1.30pm – 6.30pm

Last 4 hours:   2.30pm – 6.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 2.15pm)

 

All anglers off site by 6.45pm

 

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Thornton weekly report 1 October

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Thornton weekly report week ending 2nd October 2017

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A much better week for Thornton with the rod average of 3.0

 

Generally the afternoon & evening are fishing best with trout been taken on floating, hover & intermediate lines with daddies, buzzer & small cdc fishing best, although every day that goes by we are seeing an increasing number of fish falling to fry patterns.

 

Neil Bates fished a muddler during a breezy afternoon session boating 8 trout, Clive Holt continues to catch well in the late afternoon on suspender buzzer & traditional wet flies boating 7 for his session returning a few days later & boating a further 9 trout, Mark Johnson & Tim Cant caught 11 on their visit to green nymphs, Peter Wrigley recorded 8, John Simpson continued his good form with his bunny patterns boating 10 with Norman Perkins catching 11 on buzzers.

 

Mark Hunt caught 14 for his visit on crunchers, we wish Mark the best of luck at the Troutmasters Final being fished at Draycote Water 9th October

 

On Saturday we fished the Steve Parton memorial competition with float tubers fishing against boat anglers, thanks to Andre Russell of the float tube association for arranging this annual match, Float tubers won with 9 anglers catching 26 fish with the boat angler team catching 18.

 

Best line: Floating, Hover, slow intermediate

Rod average for the week was 3.0

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 6.45pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 1.30pm /  1.30pm – 6.45pm

Last 4 hours:   2.45pm – 6.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 2.30pm)

 

All anglers off site by 7.00pm

 

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Thornton report week ending 24th September

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Thornton weekly report week ending 24th  September 2017

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Our algae bloom is just about gone, with our water temperature at 15c all week not surprising therefore that dries, emergers, suspender buzzer and muddlers worked best.

 

We are seeing an evening rise with the afternoon session into the late evening fishing best.

 

Richard Dayman won the Thornton Fly fishers pensioners competition with a 4 fish limit followed closely by Len Hill who caught 3. Geoff Over who fished with Len but wasn’t in the competition could easily have won catching 7 trout on yellow daddies and small claret hoppers

 

John Simpson fished an afternoon session catching 6 trout on his bunny flies with George Jackson catching 6 for his afternoon visit. Clive Holt fished from a drifting boat using traditional wet flies to boat his 6 fish with R Mansell finding smaller flies the better was his route to success boating 12 during a last 4 hour session with most taking a small sedge pupa pattern.

 

There are some fish up the arms on the fry, however the majority are still been caught in the main basin and towards the corner of the wood.

 

Best line: Floating, Hover, slow intermediate

Rod average for the week was 2.0

Date for your diary

To be held by kind permission of the family: Steve Parton Memorial Competition 30th September

Andre Russell of the British float tubing association is once again arranging this light hearted competition, float tuber team fishing against boat angling team, to enter contact the Thornton lodge or Andre Russell

Light refreshments, (hot dogs) will be provided after the weighing

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 7.00pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.00pm /  2.00pm – 7.00pm

Last 4 hours:   3.00pm – 7.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 2.45pm)

 

All anglers off site by 7.30pm

 

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Thornton weekly report week ending 17th September

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Thornton weekly report week ending 17th  September 2017

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Water clarity is improving daily with visibility 4ft+ with our water temperature down to 15.5c It’s had an autumnal feel to it all week.

With the cooler conditions and rapidly improving water quality the majority of the trout are being caught on floating, midge tip, hover or intermediate lines with fry patterns, small emergers, hoppers and daddies taking fish. Its noticeable this past week that the majority of trout were caught during the second half of the day with a good at times excellent late evening rise.

For the early September fry feeders concentrate your efforts to green bay, stones, corner of the wood & the weed beds down the arms, for fish on the buzzers in the main basin but again the arms are well worth a look.

Clive Holt fished a late evening session and caught 12, John Simpson caught 11 for his visit with Andrew Wilson fished another late evening session catching 6 on buzzer and claret bumble, Mark Hunt decided to fish the evening rise and caught 18 using a hover line and small cormorants.

Anglers reported fish were prepared to follow a daddy, popper hopper or muddler moved through the surface but were generally taking short, exciting sport nevertheless.

Rod average for the week was 2.5

Date for your diary

To be held by kind permission of the family: Steve Parton Memorial Competition 30th September

Andre Russell of the British float tubing association is once again arranging this light hearted competition, float tuber team fishing against boat angling team, to enter contact the Thornton lodge or Andre Russell

Light refreshments, (hot dogs) will be provided after the weighing

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 7.30pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.00pm /  2.00pm – 7.30pm

Last 4 hours:   3.30pm – 7.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 3.15pm)

All anglers off site by 7.45pm

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Thornton week ending 10th September 2017

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Thornton weekly report week ending 10th  September 2017

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This past week’s rod average 2.0 would have been much higher if only our algae bloom would drop out of the water, visibility is improving and is currently 2ft – 4ft, search out the areas upwind were the water will be at its clearest.

The majority of the trout taken are on floating or intermediate lines with a good rise enjoyed on a few evenings this past week. Anglers report plenty of fish following or coming to the fly to only turn away at the last moment.

Fish were seen all over the reservoir this week although the largest concentration is still to be found in front of the dam wall and across the main basin.

Steve Jordan and boat partner Steve Norman fished hopper to boat their catch of 11 trout, Val & Mick Jay fished a morning session with sedge patterns to catch 5. Norman Perkins caught 9 for his visit with Andrew Wilson fishing an evening session boating 4 trout during the evening rise on muddlers and buzzers. Sunday evening Peter Wurm fished the evening rise catching 5

Thornton Fly Fishers fished their boat pairs competition with eventual winners Nigel Harvey and Richard Dayman, report and pictures on facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Rod average for the week was 2.00

Our water temperature is 16.5c and is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

Date for your diary

To be held by kind permission of the family: Steve Parton Memorial Competition 30th September

Andre Russell of the British float tubing association is once again arranging this light hearted competition, float tuber team fishing against boat angling team, to enter contact the Thornton lodge or Andre Russell

Light refreshments, (hot dogs) will be provided after the weighing

 

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 7.45pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.00pm /  2.00pm – 7.45pm

Last 4 hours:   3.45pm – 7.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 3.30pm)

All anglers off site by 8.00pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 3rd September 2017

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Thornton weekly report week ending 3rd September 2017

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A bit of a strange week with the reservoir fishing better during the early part of the week when our rod average was 2.1 however over the weekend and possibly down to the algae it did not fish well with the overall rod average for the week dropping to 1.4

Monday Jan Webber fished booby and damsel patterns catching 14 trout on the drift from the dam to the wood. Steve Windram and Phil Cross shared a boat catching 10 on blue flash damsel. Jan Webber returned to fish on Saturday but found conditions more difficult taking 5 trout to the same successful method he used on Monday.

The water temperature has slowly dropped during the week with the surface temperature by the end of the week at 18.5c, we continue to have an algae bloom which should start to drop out with the cooler overcast conditions forecast for this week.

As we move into September we can expect the buzzer & dry fly fishing to pick up with daddies featuring in the catches, also expect to find a few trout on the fry amongst the weed beds of the arms.

Rod average for the week was 1.4

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

Date for your diary

To be held by kind permission of the family: Steve Parton Memorial Competition 30th September

Andre Russell of the British float tubing association is once again arranging this light hearted competition, float tuber team fishing against boat angling team, to enter contact the Thornton lodge or Andre Russell

Light refreshments, (hot dogs) will be provided after the weighing

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.00pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm /  2.30pm – 8.00pm

Last 4 hours:   4.00pm – 8.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 3.45pm)

All anglers off site by 8.15pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 27th August

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Thornton weekly report week ending 27th August 2017

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Sadly I have to start this weekly report with the sad news of Louis Conway death. Louise had fished at Thornton for over 30 years and was a regular sight on the water with his boat partners Mick Cross & Geoff Willis. His Irish wit & charm will be missed by all at Thornton.

Monday through to Friday our water temperature was around the 18c mark with anglers in the main catching on cdc, dries, daddies & buzzer with a reasonable evening rise for the anglers fishing the last 4 hours. The trout seemed to be well spread throughout the reservoir with anglers catching over the deeper water in front of the dam and along the shallows of the Thornton & Markfield arm.

Saturday & Sunday we were back to a very warm late August weather which quickly pushed our water temperature back up to 20c+, surprisingly some anglers still caught on emergers & dries although a number of anglers enjoyed good sport using sinking lines & boobies.

Steve Jordan and Steve Norman returning to fly fishing caught 14 for their mornings visit using cdc patterns and a muddler, Norman Perkins fished buzzers to catch his 10 fish with Colin Chambers & Clive Holt fishing the last 4 hours and boating 5 on the same evening Carl Bond fished the last 4hr boating 5 on a claret buzzer

Geoff Over and Len Hill caught 8 for their mornings visit on dries and emergers. Jack Hives fished a dry daddy to catch his 5 trout with Steve Windram finding his cats whisker pattern is still working boating 8 for his mornings visit.

Andy Lilly fishing during a bright spell in the weather caught 5 on a booby. Stuart Thomson caught 7 for his short 3 hour afternoon visit with Mark Hunt found fish hard against the weedbeds up the top of the Thornton arm, although he caught on emergers some of these fish were already on the fry.

Rod average for the week was 1.9 pegged back by the bright, hot conditions on Saturday & Sunday.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: Most of the week was 4ft however with the bright weather over the weekend our visibility has reduced to 1ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.15pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm /  2.30pm – 8.15pm

Last 4 hours:   4.15pm – 8.15pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.00pm)

 

All anglers off site by 8.30pm

 

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