Thornton Weekly Report 13th October

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 13th October 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Good sport continues at Thornton it’s a case of watching the weather and picking the good weather days, we use XC Weather app put in Thornton post code LE67 1AR we find its pretty good with the 24hr to 48hr period.

The reservoir level continues to creep towards the full mark, less than a foot to go to achieve that.

Anglers have found fish over the newly flooded banks along the Thornton Arm, wood bank & down the Markfield arm, at times the fish have been tight on the margins on other occasions 20ft off.

Floating lines and intermediates have worked best although on occasion a fast sinker has also worked, its transition time of year when we see fish still on the buzzer but also a few are turning onto the fry not surprising therefore it’s a real mix of flies which worked this past week, Snakes, boobies, cats whisker, green pea, damsel, buzzers, cdc and dries.

Monday Dennis Barnes caught 4 for his mornings visit, Tuesday Arthur Olding caught 4 for his mornings visit. Wednesday Richard Price caught 6 with Dave Leavesley catching 6 from the bank with P Walker going one better catching 7 from the bank. Thursday Kevin Last bank fished using a sinking line and booby to catch 3, Terry Miles fished a fritz damsel gold head pattern down the Markfield arm to catch 8 trout before the increasing south westerly winds made it too uncomfortable to fish.

 

Friday and a slower day with Chris Sayer being top rod for his mornings visit and 5 trout. Much better day on Saturday, calmer conditions, Jan Webber caught 6, Brian & Alison caught 9, Mark Hunt caught 10 with Jason Pusey taking a morning off from his Eyebrook duties to catch 8 trout at Thornton. Sunday and yet another wet day Keith Cowen was top rod hooking 10 trout and landing 6 for his mornings session.

If your coming to fish the bank we recommend you bring waders.

Water clarity is still good with a good.

Current rod average: 2.5

As always we recommend you call the lodge for latest information 01530 230807 if your coming to fish the bank you will require waders

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 6.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 6.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 2.15pm until 6.15pm (Tickets on sale from 2.00pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 6.30pm

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Thornton Weekly Report week ending 6th October 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 6th October 2019

Tel 01530 230807

It certainly rained at the beginning of last week, enough rain to raise the water level by 6ft during a 48hr period.

We are lucky that the fields along our two feeder streams have not yet been ploughed, resulting in less dirty water running off the land and into the reservoir. Our water clarity therefore remained good enough for anglers to catch fish all last week.

With the rising water levels covering the previously exposed banks and vegetation the trout have moved onto these newly flooded areas and are currently running along the shallows opposite the lodge, wood bank and around the corner down towards lonesome pine

Tuesday during the heavy rain S Wright banked fished and caught 5 on a floating fry, with J Fry and T McInally fishing the last 4 hour from the bank off the corner of the wood catching 8 on white muddler, Silver butcher.

By Wednesday we were 6ft up with water clarity a good 2ft+ K Saxton caught 9, K Prowting caught 11 with D Pritchard catching 6 all in front of the wood fishing over the flooded vegetation with montana, viva and small snakes.

Friday C Sayer and M Cross shared a boat catching 18 for their mornings visit, Dave Slessor caught 12, C Holt caught 11, J Scott caught 21, S Meachem 6 with P Wurm catching 8 during a short 3 hour late evening session. A variety of patterns worked, buzzer, hares ear, lures, damsel with a floating, Intermediate or DI3 line best.

The weekend continued to fish well with the water clarity continuing to improve with a good 4ft of clarity. Again the shallows opposite the lodge, wood bank, lonesome pine fished best although a few fish were caught from the stones and green bay

Jan Webber caught 11, M Clay caught 9, Mark Hunt 17, S Thompson 7, Szymon caught 10 with Russ Martin catching 5

Current rod average: 3.4

As always we recommend you call the lodge for latest information 01530 230807 if your coming to fish the bank you will require waders

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 6.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 6.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 2.30pm until 6.30pm (Tickets on sale from 2.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 6.45pm

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Thornton Weekly report 28th September

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 29th September 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Much Improved. Thornton has started to fish again with a high number of fish which have been in for months showing, these are fish of 2lb+ with the rainbow great tails, super fit looking fish with photos on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

We are seeing good numbers of fish feeding on the surface with buzzers & sedges on the water, the main area were seeing the fish move is in front of the valve tower, green bay & down along the stones.

Floating, midge tip or intermediate lines best with small diawls size 14, hoppers, cdc, daddies & blue flash damsel patterns

The heavy rain has increased the water level by at least 2ft, however clarity remains good due to there being plenty of stubbles in the fields and no plough. The increase in the level has started to flood the bank vegetation that grew during the summer, I would expect the wood bank to start drawing fish which should start to produce some sport for our bank anglers, we recommend if your coming to fish the bank you bring wellingtons or waders.

Clarity is good, very little algae on the water, water temp 17c

Current rod average: 2.8

As always we recommend you call the lodge for latest information 01530 230807

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 7.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 6.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 2.45pm until 6.45pm (Tickets on sale from 2.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 7.00pm

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Thornton weekly fishery report 22nd Sept 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 22nd September 2019

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Cooler water conditions and with the algae reducing, still there but nowhere near as bad as the week before, we are seeing an improvement to the fishing with a rod average 1.8 for the week

Morning generally best although we are seeing some fish moving in the evening with some large buzzer hatching.

The deeper water in front of the dam, main car park, green bay and stones are the areas to fish with anglers either on fast sinking lines, midge tip or floating lines.

Mark Hunt recorded 17 trout during his two visits catching on dries, cdc and diawl bach. Jan Webber caught 3 for his mornings visit fishing along the stones with buzzer and yellow minkie booby. P Hunt also fished along the stones catching 5 on buzzers and boobies with Peter Wrigley fishing buzzers to take his 3 trout during a mornings visit. Peter Broad fished boobies and diawls to catch his 4 trout again during a morning visit.

With the cooler conditions and improving situation with the algae we will be stocking again this Monday 23rd.

Our water level is currently 6ft down

Current rod average: 1.8

As always we recommend you call the lodge for latest information 01530 230807

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 7.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 7.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.00pm until 7.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 3.00pm until 7.00pm (Tickets on sale from 2.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 7.15pm

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Weekly fishing report 15th September

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 15th September 2019

Tel 01530 230807

The cooler evening has helped to drop our water temperature to 17c, the algae however stubbornly refuses to go which continues to impact on our sport

A slight improvement to the fishing this week although at Thornton its still sinking lines with booby & snakes while Draycote & Eyebrook with little or no algae are enjoying dry fly sport.

The drifts from the car park, valve tower & green bay across the main basin are the areas to concentrate with anglers covering the water on the drift or back drift catching better than the anglers on anchor

With the boobies on a sinking line a shorter 6 – 8ft leader with orange boobies best with a longer leader best if your fishing snakes

Mornings is best, a few fish are moving in the evening although the algae is hampering any rise

Current rod average: 1.2

As always we recommend you call the lodge for latest information 01530 230807

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 7.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 7.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 7.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 3.30pm until 7.30pm (Tickets on sale from 3.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 7.45pm

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Weekly Fishing report 1st September

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 1st September 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Water temperature remained stubbornly high at 20c+ although as I write this report the cooler conditions since Sunday is starting to see the temperature drop if a little slowly.

Algae bloom persists which isn’t helping us at all.

Generally, the deeper water in front of the main car park, dam wall & green bay is the area to try, but there doesn’t seem to be any consistency, an area that produces a few fish one day seems devoid of fish the next.

As reported last week on Monday Simon caught 7 on a booby fast sink line for his morning’s session fishing from the valve tower to green bay, John Thompson & Pete Hunt fished twice during the week catching 7 on sinking lines booby on the drift over the deeper water. All of the fish caught during the week were during the morning session.

As the water temperature drops we should start to see our clarity improve and more importantly be in a position to restock as we move into the autumn

Current rod average: 0.8

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.00pm until 8.00pm (Tickets on sale from 3.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.15pm

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Thornton Weekly Fishing report 25th August

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 25th August 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Generally a tough week our water temperature remains stubbornly at 19c with the mini bank holiday heatwave not helping.

Mornings were the best time to fish with the main car park, dam wall and green bay the only areas that produced.

You required a sinking line or a long leader 18ft+ on a floater to catch any fish with claret buzzer, cats whisker and orange blob, fab or booby

Richard Price photo on our social media pages www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/ or www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  fished a floating line with claret buzzer static on a long leader to catch 3 trout for 8lb from the main car park area. Stuart Thompson fished the same area again with a floating line and long leader with a cats whisker and black buzzer to also take 3 trout with John Thomson fishing a sinking line with a Fab to take his 3 trout and a 2lb perch

Szymon fished bank holiday Monday catching 7 on a sinking line and orange booby from green bay area.

We have an algae bloom which isn’t helping matters with our water level currently down 5ft due to the ongoing work to the overflow. We are advised the completion to the work should be mid to late September

Current rod average: 0.8

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.15pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.15pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.15pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.15pm until 8.15pm (Tickets on sale from 4.00pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.30pm

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Thornton Weekly Report 21st August

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 22nd August 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Similar tale to last week, fishing remains slow.

Some rods are picking up fish with Mark Hunt fishing last Friday in very wet & breezy conditions finding fish moving in Green Bay catching 6 on cdc buzzers & daddies.

 

Most anglers who caught fished snakes, booby & cats whiskers as we currently have an algae bloom, if we have a breeze it is blowing it all to one end of the reservoir.

Water temperature is starting to drop with it currently at 19c in the morning

As we hosted the John Horsey comp at Draycote last weekend we have moved some boats as they were required for the competition, this will temporarily reduce the Thornton boat availability, please call the Thornton lodge to book a boat before you travel.

Current rod average: 0.8

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.30pm until 8.30pm (Tickets on sale from 4.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.45pm

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Thornton weekly report 11th August 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 11th August 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Few anglers out this week as they took our advice due to water temperature, algae and stormy weather.

A few fish were taken and were pleasantly surprised by the size and quality of the trout caught with Mr Ashman taking a 4lb rainbow & Mrs Warren taking a 3lb+ rainbow both in excellent condition.

Surprisingly the larger trout were taken in the shallower water off the corner of the wood, with Mat Vickers picking his two fish up in front of the main car park over deeper water.

Snakes, booby and cars whisker were the patterns that caught the fish.

On Thursday we saw the first of the claret buzzer on the water, a buzzer we expect to see at Thornton during August.

Water temperature is starting to drop with it currently at 19c in the morning with the current forecast it will be somewhere between 18c & 19c by the middle of the week

As were hosting the John Horsey comp at Draycote this weekend 17th & 18th we have moved some boats as their required for the competition, this will temporarily reduce the Thornton boat availability, please call the Thornton lodge to book a boat before you travel.

Current rod average: 0.8

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 8.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 8.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 2.30pm    Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 4.45pm until 8.45pm (Tickets on sale from 4.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.00pm

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Thornton fishing report 28th July 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 28th July 2019

Tel 01530 230807

That was a tough week at Thornton, our surface water temperature 18inch down during the mini heatwave hit 21c at 7.30am peaking at 24c by 3.00pm, with our water level down by 6ft+ making the hot conditions that much worst we took the sensible decision to stop catch and release until conditions improve. We also have had an algae bloom during the week.

Anglers generally took our advice not to fish with us this week or visited our larger waters Eyebrook & especially Draycote with its aerator been a bonus this past week

The very few anglers that fished generally fished the morning session.

Not surprising therefore snake, booby on a fast sinking line or a long leader 16ft+ with the flies on the lower 8ft of the leader with patterns such as weighted apps bloodworm on the point, buzzer or small blob on the dropper

It’s a relief therefore that the weather cooled on Saturday 27th with much cooler air temperatures and persistent heavy rain on Sunday 28th seeing the reservoirs level rise by over 1ft which will help reduce our water temperature.

The current long range forecast for the next fortnight is for generally cooler, showery & breezy conditions, not great for the farmers trying to get the harvest in, but for the fisheries throughout the country a welcome relief & will only help the general fly fishing conditions.

As we always advise please contact the lodge before travelling for advice on conditions & general sport.

Current rod average: 0.6

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.15pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.15pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.15pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.15pm until 9.15pm (Tickets on sale from 5.00pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.30pm

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