Thornton weekly report week ending 22nd April

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Thornton Weekly Report    Week ending 22nd April

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At last we have enjoyed a week of good weather, water clarity continues to improve and were seeing some of the best buzzer hatches for years with a rod average 4.3 for the week, I hope we can safely say, we have turned the corner!

Monday Pete Hunt continued his good start to the season fishing cats whiskers and buzzer opposite the lodge from a boat to record 7 trout, Norman Perkins fished the bank and caught 10 on buzzer, Clive Holt and Colin Chambers came to fish the evening rise and recorded 8 fish to the boat.

Wednesday John Kirk fished opposite the lodge from the bank with buzzers off a washing line and caught 10, Peter Wurm fished the evening rise and caught 5 again opposite the lodge

Call the lodge for latest update.

Thursday Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins shared a boat and fished down past the lonesome pine catching 21 trout between them to 5lb on a cats whiskers and buzzers, Pete Hunt returned for his second visit of the week fishing a cats whisker and buzzer this time recording 15 trout.

Friday Mick Cross fished the lonesome pine taking 10 fish for his mornings visit, Dave Price & Neil James caught 11 trout to 4lb for their mornings session with anglers reporting “lots of buzzer on the water”

Saturday and the best day of the week with numerous anglers recording double figure catches, Andy Lillie, P Mee, D Slessor, P Harris, D Mailie, Mark Hunt, Mick Huffer with most catching on skinny damsel, olive or black size 14 buzzers & crunchers

Sunday we fished the Troutmasters fish off, all the competitors caught their limit with the final result relying on the time bonus, the eventual winner was Richard Dayman who will fish the Troutmasters final at Draycote on Monday 8th October. Catch of the week was made on Sunday with 83yr old member Pam Shuttelworth taking a boat out to fish the evening rise, fishing Lol`s buzzer she caught a 4lb1oz rainbow photo on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Best areas opposite the lodge, lonesome pine & in the evening the main basin with floating lines small cats whisker, small montana, green pea, size 14 olive or black buzzer & cruncher.

Usually this time of year the farm bank can often hold good numbers of trout

Bank anglers are advised that they require waders to successfully fish the bank at Thornton.

Rod Average 4.3

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 8.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.30pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.30pm – 8.30pm

Last 4hr hour 4.30pm – 8.30pm

All anglers offsite by 8.45pm

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Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered on advice from our insurance company if your guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If your guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and prior to your visit a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.

Weekly Report week ending 15th April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 15th April

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At last it & it feels like we have turned a corner, better forecast & our water temperature nearly 10 degrees. Our Water clarity continues to improve and we have 18inch+ of visibility.

Good, in fact excellent buzzer hatches at times with fish moving all over the reservoir, it will only continue to improve.

Members N James & David Price caught 10 fish for their mornings visit on olive buzzers, Colin Dawn found black buzzers worked best for him catching 6 trout. Members J Bebbington & Keith Coley found the fish close in on the margins catching 9 fish for their mornings visit from various areas.

Over the weekend we welcomed members of the Complete Fly Fishing Forum who were up to fish a competition in the memory of Roy Stroud. Kevin Dewey caught 13 trout to 4lb during his two days fishing, Alan Shearn fished muskins and size 14 crunchers to catch 8. You can see the full report of their visit on their Facebook page: Complete Fisher Forum Facebook

Member N Bates caught 6 for his visit, with M Cross catching a Brown weighing 3lb+ and Brian Sibley catching a rainbow 4lb+

It’s a mixture of flies and lines working this past week with floating lines, midge tips, intermediate & sinking lines with blobs, boobies, red buzzer, green buzzer, black buzzer & crunchers all taking fish. Some of the best results with buzzers & crunchers has been to use a size 14

The sand martins, house martins & swallows have still not arrived in numbers yet, its hoped the warmer weather will at long last bring them to the water, we have at times huge hatches of buzzer but as yet no dry fly evening sport, that could all change this week

Call the lodge for latest update.

Rod Average 2

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 8.15pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.00pm – 8.15pm

Last 4hr hour 4.15pm – 8.15pm

All anglers offsite by 8.30pm

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Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered on advice from our insurance company if your guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If your guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and prior to your visit a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.

Weekly report week ending 8th April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 8th April

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Well that was a tough week again due to the weather and the past weeks heavy rainfall. Tuesday we had water clarity of 5in by Sunday we were closer to 18in. Not surprising few rods fished due to the conditions.

As the weather improved this week our water temperature started to climb, by Sunday we were 8+degrees, what is surprising is the amount of buzzer on the water this week, some of the hatches have been the best I’ve seen in a number of years, with buzzers of all sizes.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday we had fish moving to the buzzers with the majority to be seen over the main basin. What was surprising with the number of buzzers how quickly the trout had become preoccupied on one particular size, a size 14 black buzzer certainly caught more of the feeding fish than a size 12

Float Tube Association visited on Saturday, faced with tough conditions the fishing was never going to be easy, S. Frakes, R. Dunnett, T Parker & T Thomas all recorded a brace each.

With over 3,500 trout in the reservoir and a good forecast for the week which should see our clarity improve further combined with the excellent buzzer hatches we will see an upturn in sport.

Best method, floating line, size 14 black buzzer, bibio, cats whisker

Call the lodge for latest update.

Rod Average 0.8

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 8.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.00pm – 8.00pm

Last 4hr hour 4.00pm – 8.00pm

 

All anglers offsite by 8.15pm

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Notice to all Guides & Instructors

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We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered on advice from our insurance company if your guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If your guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

If you have any questions call Ifor 01530230807 or email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk.

Weekly report week ending 1st April

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 1st April

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This weather!

Looking back over our first 9 weeks, we opened 1st February what a contrast the two months have been, February although cold fished well especially for the bank with February producing a monthly rod average of 4.3

March however with its snow, heavy rain & cold winds was a poor month, with the reservoir blighted by poor water quality for at least 10 days and the general weather conditions keeping rods off the water our month of March rod average 1.3

April is with us the heavy rain these past two days has once again given us poor water clarity, will this weather ever stop?

The answer is in the long range forecast, by this coming weekend we should start to see lighter winds with the temperature starting to climb towards 13 degree with the following week temperatures keeping around the 14 – 15 degree mark, I for one can’t wait.

And to this current weeks report.

It was a case of keeping in touch with the lodge and fishing around the weather, Pete Hunt used an intermediate and cats whisker to catch his 5 trout, Phill Cross & S Windram decided to fish the bank opposite the lodge and caught 10 trout between them to 4lb. Norman Perkins fished the bank down past the lonesome pine in not ideal conditions catching 4 trout, but reported a brief but good buzzer hatch with a few fish to be seen moving to them.

Nev Welsh looking for a new rod took advantage of our demo rods taking a Redington Vice 10ft 7wt out on the water, he thought the rod was excellent and he managed to catch 6 trout during his mornings visit. Saturday morning and with a rising reservoir and rapidly reducing clarity due to the overnight deluge Howard Davies managed to catch a cracking 4lb rainbow photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Rod Average 1.3

Currently our water visibility is poor as always we recommend you contact the lodge for latest updates

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 7.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.00pm – 7.45pm

Last 4hr hour 3.45pm – 7.45pm

All anglers offsite by 8.00pm

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Weekly report week ending 25th March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 25th March

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I for one wont be sad to see the end of March, its been a tough month due to the weather.

What a mixed week, our water temperature started at just above 5 degrees & finished at nearly 6 degrees, our clarity has improved during the week and we currently have 18in – 2ft.

For most of the week the fish were tight, within feet of the bank with most anglers fishing the shallows opposite the lodge.

Monday & Tuesday with the rain, sleet & cold we had one rod fish and he lost two fish. Wednesday Dave Leavesley fished a buzzer pattern taking a 3lb rainbow from the bank, Pete Hunt fished an intermediate line with cats whisker and caught 4 for his mornings visit. Thursday and the bank fished best with Phil Cross catching 5 to 4lb on a cats whisker. Friday was the best day of the week, David Price and N James caught 11 to their boat with fish up to 3lb, Steve Windram had a few hours on the bank and caught two fish to 4lb. Saturday was a mixed day, Dave Simmonds fished the bank and caught 4 for his mornings visit, Peter Wrigley fished the bank for a few hours in the afternoon and returned 3 trout with Mark Hunt taking 6 fish on lures and cdc yellow owl buzzer. Sunday and it proved to be a difficult day, anglers reported seen fish move to buzzer hatches but again they proved difficult to catch, Jim Retallic fishing for Kirby Fly Fishers caught an overwintered 4lb brown.

 

Despite the water temperature struggling to make 6 degrees on Saturday afternoon we had a reasonable hatch of small black buzzers with fish to be seen feeding on them across the reservoir.

 

Despite what the radio & TV are saying about this weeks forecast it isn’t anywhere near as bad, some rain but overall climbing daytime temperatures, one of the online forecasts we use www.xcweather.co.uk by putting in our postcode LE67 1AR it will give you our local weather, we find the to be reasonably accurate to 24 – 48hr ahead

Rod Average 1.2

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 7.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 2.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 2.00pm – 7.30pm

Last 4hr hour 3.30pm – 7.30pm

All anglers offsite by 7.45pm

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Weekly report 18th March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 18th March

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Another week hampered by the weather, its become a regular theme during March!

A lot of dirty water at the start of last week, which has started to clear, with the visibility currently 16 – 18inch and improving daily

With the barometer rising and a much better weather forecast we should see the fishing pick up this week

As always we will update conditions on our websites & social media, however we recommend for up to date updates you call the lodge.

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.30pm

Afternoon Boat: 1.30pm – 6.00pm

All anglers offsite by 6.15pm

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Thornton weekly report 4th March

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 4th March

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Normality returns, looking out of the lodge window this morning there’s very little snow left on the ground with the thaw currently not causing us any water clarity issues, due to the cold of last week we currently have good water clarity.

A handful of anglers braved the conditions this past week with most been rewarded with a fish or two, the rod average for the week was 4.0

The best of the fishing was during the period 12.00pm to 4.00pm with cats whiskers. Mike & Paul Sellors fished Saturday afternoon along the shallows opposite the lodge catching 7 trout between them, on Sunday Mike Harrison fished from a boat from 1.30pm – 5.00pm catching 5 from the top of the Thornton arm, Mark Hunt also fished Sunday from 11am – 5pm along the shallows opposite the lodge catching 7 trout.

As always call the lodge for update

Afternoon session fishing best.

Best Area: Top of the Thornton arm & down along the shallows opposite the lodge along the wood past lonesome pine to the tern raft, trout are well spread, but very close to the bank

Best Method: Floating Line, Midge Tip and cats whisker

Rod average 4.0

Hopefully our fish suppliers who have been snowed in for days will be able to get out delivering fish again this week, Thornton has a delivery scheduled for this week with rainbows up to 3lb been stocked

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers offsite by 5.45pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 25th February

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 25th February

 

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Despite the weather Thornton is enjoying a good start to the season with the rod average this week 4.7

 

Monday G Tomkinson caught 12 from the bank on a white tadpole, Thornton member Dave Leavesley caught 18 in 3 hours off the bank on an appetizer with Draycote member Rodger Kerrison catching 20 from a boat fishing the top of the Thornton arm. Tuesday with a bitterly cold morning few fish were caught in the morning, with a slight air temperature rise at 1pm it all started to happen, Nev Welsh caught 13 between 1pm and 3pm, M Harrison caught 16 between 1pm and 4pm with Alan Topping on the bank catching 8 fish after 1.30pm.

 

Wednesday Dave Leavesley bank fished and caught 20, Pete Evile caught 20+ trout on buzzers with Thornton member D Slessor catching 9 from a boat. Friday and yet another cold frosty morning, staff member and guide Lee Henfrey caught 20+ on a midge tip single fly cats whisker pattern, Thornton member Richard Price caught 10 on a small cats whisker pattern with John Bebbington bank fishing for 3 hours 1pm – 4pm catching 7 from the bank

 

Saturday and the cold weather theme continued, Martin Clay caught 16 opposite the lodge, Mark Hunt caught 14 from the Thornton again late morning early afternoon fished best

Sunday Thornton Fly fishers held their bank match with Richard Dayman taking the prize, report & photo on our www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Afternoon session fishing best.

Best Area: Top of the Thornton arm & down along the shallows opposite the lodge along the wood past lonesome pine to the tern raft, trout are well spread, but very close to the bank

Best Method: Floating Line, Hover, Midge Tip, Intermediate and sinking lines with white & green lures, small green pea, snakes and booby

Rod average 4.7

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 5.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat: 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers offsite by 5.45pm

 

 

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Fishing report week ending 18th February 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 18th February

 

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The week started with a cold blast, ice on the water and a wind that chilled you to the bone. On the Monday the anglers who did venture out caught in the main on boobies with Emad Moaz and Mari Cani taking a limit each on boobies. Tuesday with the cold wet and vey windy conditions we had no rods on the water, on Wednesday season permit Dave Leavesley fished a short 3 hour session from the bank catching 4 on a orange blob before the windy conditions made it too difficult to fish

Thursday and conditions improved, still cold, but the wind reduced. Eyebrook member Ian Jobe caught 11 off the bank down by the tern raft, Thornton member Mike Cupitt bank fished and caught 6 with day rod C Day travelling from Worcester and was rewarded with 9 trout again from the bank. Friday another cold morning with ice on the water, although once conditions improved we recorded a rod average of 3.5 for the day, brothers W Newby & S Newby caught 11, Foremark regular Alan Topping caught 8 from the bank wit N Woolnough catching 7 from a boat. Another cold day on Saturday but we enjoyed our best day of the week Jan Webber & Howard Davies shared a boat and caught 17 down the Markfield arm, Martin Clay also boat fished and caught 10 trout, Steve Owen arranged for a group of the west midlands police to fish, many of them fishing Thornton for the first time, with them all taking to the bank, despite the cold conditions they all nearly caught with top rod C Howkins with 7. Thornton member Mark Hunt caught 13 from a boat with Lee Henfrey returning over 20 trout, photo on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

A few trout on Saturday were taken on the buzzer

Sunday and few rods ventured out, Adam Gunby and Rodger Guise caught 8 for their short session, D Rowbotham caught 5 on a sinking line and white snake with Mick Carrig bank fishing and catching 4 on an olive woolly bugger

Best Area: Top of the Thornton arm & down along the shallows opposite the lodge along the wood past lonesome pine to the tern raft, trout are well spread, but very close to the bank

Best Method: Floating Line, Hover, Midge Tip, Intermediate and sinking lines with white & green lures, small green pea, snakes and booby

Rod average 4.0

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 5.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 12.30pm

Afternoon Boat: 12.30pm – 5.00pm

All anglers offsite by 5.15pm

 

 

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