Thornton Fisheries Report 16th Feb 2020

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 16th February 2020

Monday and its poor weather forecast, strong winds & sleet had us recommending anglers didn’t visit with everyone heeding our advice, Tuesday was the same with no rods out on the water.

Wednesday and conditions looked better with water clarity 12in+ however looks can be deceiving with the rods who fished in Wednesday returning a blank.

Thursday morning and following rain during the early hours the clarity was reduced further, a few members did venture out but with a small rise in the reservoir level which reduced the clarity further we took the decision to advise anglers not to fish on Friday and due to the storm Dennis forecast for Saturday we cancelled those boats also.

Sunday morning following heavy overnight rain from storm Dennis we arrived onsite to find the water level was as high as we have seen it for several years with the influx of water reducing the clarity. I doubt clarity will be good enough to fish much before this Thursday.

Poor week fishing effected by both major storms.

As always, we recommend you call the lodge before you travel for latest updates 01530 230807

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RIO & SAGE Day

March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon

Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions

Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Thornton Beginner Course Saturday 22nd February cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 5.30pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 5.30pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 1.00pm – 5.30pm

Last 4 Hr – 1.30pm – 5.30pm

All Anglers Off Site – 5.45pm

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Weekly Fishing Report Thornton 10th February 2020

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 9th February 2020

First full week of the season produced a weekly rod average of 4.8 with some individual days returning an average of 7+

When fishing catch and release please ensure you de barb the flies your using.

Monday boats again enjoyed the best of the sport using DI3 and DI7 sinking lines, the key to success was fishing sinking lines with orange lures, cats whisker, green pea, blobs and boobies. Lee Henfrey caught up the Thornton arm fishing 40yds off the bank. R Cotterill and S Wilson boated 18 fish for their visit.

Tuesday and better conditions saw an upturn in the sport with a rod average of 7+ with the fish been a bit more spread out along the Thornton arm, wood bank and into the Markfield arm. All Water member Ian Jobe bank fished off the corner of the wood with a floating line and weighted nymphs to catch his 9 trout. Steve Windram fished up the top of the Thornton arm with a DI3 and orange lures catching 22 trout. Rodger Dunster and Peter Wrigley boated 15 trout for their visit with Arthur Olding catching 10 fish for his visit

Wednesday the weather dropped a bit cooler with a ground frost greeting the anglers, again the DI3, DI7 lines produced best with the corner of the wood to the lonesome pine fishing well. Kevin Hart shared a boat Rodger Kerrison boating 19 between them. All Water member Clive Moore on his first visit to Thornton caught 17 trout with another All Water member Dave Slessor catching 10. Dave Leavesley banked fished catching 6 trout on a weighted black and green tadpole & appetizer.

Thursday a sharp ground frost greeted the anglers with the frost on the pontoon not clearing before 9am resulting in the boats not going out until the pontoon and boats were considered safe by the fishery staff. Not surprising the sinking lines caught best again with Bob Middleton catching 21 for his visit , All Water member Ed Douglas visited Thornton for the first time catching 14 trout with P Harding fishing a small white and green snake to catch his 14 trout using a DI3.

Friday and you could sense a change in the weather A Topping bank fished using a midge tip and hot head damsel to catch his 8 trout, R Middleton and D Lovegrove shared a boat catching 22 on yellow blob, orange and yellow humongous, black and gold humongous and coral booby. Saturday and the wind was starting to pick up Phil Mee caught 11, Lee Henfrey also caught 11 with Mark Hunt recording 16 with at least 3 overwintered fish. We have seen a few more overwintered fish caught this week with the majority in excellent condition and weighing 3lb+

Sunday due to the storm the fishery was closed, we seem to have missed the worst of the rain, the level is up a little with some colour running along the shallows, although no where near as bad as expected.

As always contact the lodge for updates 01530 230807

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RIO & SAGE Day, Limited Free guiding spots available call Tom 01788 812018 to book your spot.March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Thornton Beginner Course Saturday 22nd February cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 5.15pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 5.15pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 12.30pm

Afternoon Boat – 12.30pm – 5.15pm

Last 4 Hr – 1.15pm – 5.15pm

All Anglers Off Site – 5.30pm

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Their next club competition is the Thornton Bank Match Sunday 16th February details on the club website

 

 

2020 Opening weekend 1st & 2nd February

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 2nd February 2020

Windy conditions greeted the opening day anglers, with bank and boat anglers fishing the shelter they could find within the Thornton arm opposite the lodge. The second day of the season provided better conditions allowing anglers to fish the popular areas.

After 18 month of low water levels anglers were greeted with a full Thornton reservoir with the surface & it’s a sign of a mild winter with our water temperature at 7+degrees which is 2degrees higher than we would expect for the time of year. Water clarity is good

6.9 rod average for the opening two days with the Thornton arm down to the willows producing best from the boats although All Water member Neil Shilton caught 13 from his float tube (see photo on Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore ) With the mild conditions anglers caught fish throughout the day.

Sinking lines, in particular the DI3 type of sinking lines produced best with an array of lures working, from orange fritz gold heads, cats whisker, black and green tadpole, blob.

Boat bookings for Wednesday, Friday & Saturday have limited availability, to avoid disappointment we recommend you call the lodge and pre book your boats. If you’re coming to fish from the bank we recommend you bring waders

Over the weekend notable catches were recorded by Keith Cowen, Jan Webber, Chris Sayer, Tom Morris, L Serrano, Mark Hunt, Simon Zabrzenski, J Batts, Steve Lewandowski, M Draper & Rodger Kerrison.

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

RIO & SAGE Day March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon. Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Thornton Beginner Course Saturday 22nd February cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

British Fly Fair Show. We have a stand at the British Fly Fair www.bffi.co.uk/ on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February. Tom Bird & Ifor will be on hand to discuss our 2020 fishing season at Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook. We will have special show offers over the weekend including a show only special promotion on the RIO Fathom range of sinking lines rrp£74.99 show promotion £49.99

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 5.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 5.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 12.30pm

Afternoon Boat – 12.30pm – 5.00pm

Last 4 Hr – 1.00pm – 5.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 5.15pm

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Their next club competition is the Thornton Bank Match Sunday 16th February details on the club website, new members welcome

Thornton 20th January 2020

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Thornton Opens 1st February 2020

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Boats for opening day are fully booked, If your coming to fish the bank be sure to bring waders

Early season the fish usually hug the bank opposite the lodge, down in front of the wood towards the lonesome pine, the bank can at times out fish the boats

Typically early season it will be intermediate to sinking lines producing best to your early season patterns, green pea, cats whisker, tadpoles, blobs & boobies.

Not surprising following the completion of the work to the overflow with so much rain since October the reservoir is currently full

Water visibility is at least 2ft & with this current colder frosty weather is improving daily

We have had to increased the 1 Fish, 4 Fish & 6 Fish permits by 50p, details via the link  2020 Fishing Prices

Members should have received their membership cards, if you haven’t contact the lodge

Gate & Lodge open from 7.30am

Boats available from 8.30am (as long as the boats & pontoon aren’t icy!)

 

 

Thornton January 2020

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Thornton Fishery News 7th January 2020

 

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2020 Opening Date 1st February

Bank Fishing & Lodge opens from 7.30am with boats available from 8.30am

Following a mild wet winter we will enter the 2020 season with the water level at the full mark, first time for a couple of seasons.

Bank fishing is usually excellent at Thornton during February, March & early April although we always recommend you bring waders.

Thornton Membership

If you’re a Thornton season permit holder for the 2020 season your membership cards have gone in the post you should receive them in the next few days

SALES Page https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/ we have clearance & discontinued items on our sales page, most items 25% off

Local Angling Club, Thornton Fly Fishers have set out their winter programme, fly tying evenings etc details on the clubs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/ They meet at the Thornton Working Mens club.

The club also has a website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com/

Thornton Fishery News

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Thornton Fishery News 9th December 2019

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2020 Opening Date 1st February

We are taking bookings for the 2020 season with group discounts available for angling clubs & associations.

2020 Membership  Details on membership at Thornton www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/prices/1020-2/ & our All Water Membership www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/   Further details email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Our Gift Vouchers are the perfect gift & can be redeemed across our three waters Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook. Casting Tuition, Beginner Days & Guided Fly Fishing sessions are also available to purchase at our online shop Fly Fish Store www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/gift-voucher/

OPEN MORNING On Sunday 15th December Ifor will be holding an open morning at the Eyebrook Lodge from 10.00am – 12.30pm an opportunity for to come and discuss our plans for 2020 across our waters & the advantages offered by our membership options

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Local Angling Club, Thornton Fly Fishers have set out their winter programme, fly tying evenings etc details on the clubs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/ They meet at the Thornton Working Mens club.

The club also has a website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com/

Thornton fishery report 10th November

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 10th November 2019

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And yet more rain.

With the reservoir starting to get some level of clarity we had yet more rain towards the end of the week which once again raised the water level bringing with it reduced clarity.

As we enter our last week of the 2019 season & looking at the forecast it doesn’t in all honesty look great, if your booked to fish we recommend you contact the lodge for latest updates.

As last week we recommend you visit our sister water Draycote, their clarity is good as the water is pumped into there, current rod av 3.9 you can call Draycote 01788 812018

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

 

2020 Membership

 

Details on membership at Thornton www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/prices/1020-2/ & our All Water Membership www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/   Further details email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

 

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 4.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 4.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 1.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 12.30pm until 4.30pm (Tickets on sale from 12.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 4.45pm

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Local Angling Club, Thornton Fly Fishers have set out their winter programme, fly tying evenings etc details on the clubs Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/ They meet at the Thornton Working Mens club.

The club also has a website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com/

Weekly Report 3rd November

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 3rd November 2019

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Not a great deal to report, the clarity was starting to improve during the early part of the week with anglers starting to find a few trout mainly on lures & then we had the rain on Friday & Saturday!

The reservoir is once again overflowing down the spillway with visibility less than a foot on Sunday morning.

Today the level is starting to drop & return to its “Full” level although it may take a day or so to achieve that.

Clarity is the biggest issue its still less than a foot, I always think we need 14inch minimum.

Anyone who has a boat booked with us this week should contact the lodge & allow us to advise you. I would recommend you visit our sister water Draycote, their clarity is good as the water is pumped into there, the rod average on Sunday was 5.0 you can call Draycote 01788 812018

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

2020 Membership

Details on membership at Thornton www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/prices/1020-2/ & our All Water Membership www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/ Further details email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 4.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 4.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 1.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 1.00pm until 5.00pm (Tickets on sale from 12.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 5.15pm

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Thornton Weekly Report 13th October

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 13th October 2019

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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

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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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