Thornton weekly report week ending 18th June

Thornton weekly report week ending 18th June 2017

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70 acre

With the longest day upon us summer has arrived with our water surface temperatures creeping upwards all week.

Monday and Tuesday we were still seeing an evening rise, Clive Holt caught 6 for his evenings visit, Russ Martin caught 3 with Peter Broad fishing a sedge pattern to boat his 4.

Tuesday morning Matt Cairns fished a cdc pattern to catch 4 including a 4lb blue, photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore page, Russ Martin and Bob Obrien returned to fish the evening rise boating 8 trout between them.

By Wednesday the water temperature was starting to rise with difficult fishing conditions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the cooler morning session best. Alex Christodolou caught 4 for his mornings visit, Richard Gibbon went deep to catch his 4 with Mike Cuppit using a medium sinking line with buzzer, diawl bach and a booby to catch his 7 trout

With the warmer conditions over the weekend anglers sensibly opted for a range of sinking lines and fished the cooler morning session. Martin Cay caught 6 for his morning session, Andre Russel, S Frakes and R Dunnett fished from their float tubes catching 14 between, Kev Mailie and P Harris went deep catching 10 trout to 5lb4oz with Mick Huffer catching 6 for his short 3 hour morning session.

On Sunday all anglers followed our advice and fished the morning session again using a variety of sinking lines, Matt Vickers was top rod with 6 while Dave Skudder fished the first 3 hours catching 4

Fish finders indicate the majority of the trout are between 10ft to 20ft with the largest concentration to be found over the deeper water in front of the dam.

Sinking lines with a booby, orange fished best, followed by olive, damsel patterns, small minkies. Some success was had with buzzers fished deep off 20ft leaders.

As it forecast hot for the next few days we recommend anglers fish the cooler morning session and contact the lodge for latest updates and advice

Water clarity: Since the weekend we have a mild algae bloom.

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 1.6

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 10.00pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 10.00pm

Last 4 hours:   6.00pm – 10.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

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Thornton Fishing Report week ending 11 June

Thornton weekly report week ending 11th June 2017

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70 acre

Water temperatures have remained good all week at 15 – 16 degrees.

With the cooler water temperatures the trout have moved back up through the water column with the majority of the trout taken this week in the top 3ft.

Anglers report seeing good numbers of trout feeding, but catching these trout has not been as easy as one would expect.

Nature’s bounty is upon the reservoir angler with trout feeding on Pin Fry, Buzzer of all sizes, Sedges, Daphnia, Shrimp, Damsel to name a few.

What is noticeable currently is small 14 – 16 sparsely tied flies are working best.

Russ Martin fished the evening rise catching 8 trout, Norman Perkins fished green bay area with buzzer and diawl bach catching 17 trout, Andy and Christine Warren fished a morning session boating 6 trout wit R Mansell fishing his own tied damsel pattern to boat 10 fish. On Saturday when anglers reported seeing plenty of trout moving Mark Hunt showed the importance of tying your own flies using his small sparsely tied cruncher to catch well into double figures. Kev Mailie & Pete Harris again showed the importance of small flies using size 16 nymphs and dries to boat 10 fish.

Water clarity is good.

Call the lodge for latest updates

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 2.9

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.45pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4 hours:   5.45pm – 9.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.30pm)

 

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

 

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Thornton Weekly report 4th June 2017

Thornton weekly report week ending 28th May 2017

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70 acre

Another week of continued high water temperatures with the surface temperature between 19 – 20 degrees

Long leaders 20ft+ was the way forward with a heavy if sacrificial buzzer on the point with size 14 buzzer on the droppers working best. A fast sinking line with a booby has also worked with anglers concentrating their efforts to the morning session & the deeper water.

Monday A. Lilley took 9 on buzzer during morning session, Andy and Chris Warren took 6 on Wednesday, Mick Jay took a 4lb rainbow Saturday with Mick Hanson taking 4 all over 3lb on bobbies on Wednesday morning, Saturday Andre Russell took his float tube out and caught  8 with Phil Mee taking 5 on Sunday morning.

Anglers have enjoyed the blues that were stocked with several blues caught to 3.5 lb

Caroline Brown took her granddaughter out for a fishing session with Evie taking her first ever rainbow, well done www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

This morning Monday 5th June with this cooler, stormy weather our water temperature has already started to drop, today it’s at a fish friendly 18degrees, looking at the forecast for the next few days I expect the temperature to drop closer to where it should be for early June somewhere between 16 – 17 degrees

Call the lodge for latest updates

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 1.5

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.45pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4 hours:   5.45pm – 9.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.30pm)

 

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

 

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Thornton weekly report week ending 28th May 2017

Thornton weekly report week ending 28th May 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

The hot spell of weather last week was more like the weather we expect during mid July, not normal weather at all for late May.

By Friday the heat had pushed our surface water temperature towards 20 degrees usually for this time of the year we would be expecting it to be no more than 16 degrees

The trout moved away from the warm surface layers and moved into the cooler water column 10 ft down, were they continued to feed on the buzzer.

Longer leaders 20ft – 25ft with a heavy, tungsten buzzer on the point with buzzer patterns above that fished static was the most successful method.

Damsel have shown in increasing numbers with the first of the pin fry spotted around the pontoon on Sunday afternoon

Best areas as you would expect with last weeks heat was the deeper water with green bay, dam wall & stones fishing well.

Alan Johnstone fished a morning session catching 6 trout on size 14 green buzzers, Adrian Freer used an intermediate and damsel patterns in front of the dam wall to catch his 8 fish during the cooler morning session, K Maile & P Harris fished heavy buzzer patterns on a 25ft leader static catching 16 to the boat.

Thornton Fly Fishers fished their boat pairs competition on Sunday with 7 pairs taking to the water, they averaged 3.5 for their match with two pairs sharing first place weighing in 12 fish for 21lb14oz, the joint winners were Russ Jackson, Jim Retalic & Tim Ward, John Foster, pictures on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

This morning with the cooler conditions our water temperature has started to drop back to were we would expect it to be, with a much cooler forecast for this coming week I would expect to start seeing fish move again during the evening especially from Tuesday onwards.

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New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 2.5

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.45pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4 hours:   5.45pm – 9.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.30pm)

 

All anglers off site by 10.00pm

 

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Thornton weekly report week ending 21st May

Thornton weekly report week ending 21st May 2017

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70 acre

This past week’s heavy rain at times did little to encourage anglers out, however we desperately needed the rain. With crops in the field & plenty of leaf on the trees the rain had no effect on our clarity, with water clarity currently excellent, gin clear.

It’s the time of year when the fish can pick & choose what they feed on with buzzers of all sizes & coming off. Caenis is also starting to feature in the evenings. We are yet to see our first damsel but we are spooning fish that are feeding on damsel nymphs, it won’t be long before we see them.

This past week success on the buzzer was down to size & colour, size 14 & 16 olive buzzers generally fished high in the water, with the washing line working well. Of course there is always an exception with some anglers still catching on epoxy buzzer fished deep.

Trout are spread throughout the reservoir, although the change in wind direction to the south west has seen a greater concentration in the green bay & dam area.

With some caenis showing I often find single tups or sparkle gnat works well, fish as fine as you dare, presentation is the key, look for a low diameter leader, it makes a difference.

Richard Watkins on Monday took our advice and fished green bay catching 12 for his mornings visit, Tuesday Terry Ord caught 16 for his mornings visit on a static cdc with Norman Perkins fishing buzzers to boat 14, Trevor Pegg fished a 14 buzzer catching 18 for his visit. Mark Hunt took a different approach to many fishing the open water of the main basin catching 10 with a dry daddy pattern working for him. Adam Gunby & Rodger Guise fished green bay area, commenting that there were a lot of fish in that area boating 15 trout between them.

Water clarity is excellent with the water temperature perfect at 14 degrees.

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 2.9

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.30pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 9.30pm

Last 4 hours:   5.30pm – 9.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.15pm)

 

All anglers off site by 9.45pm

 

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Thornton Weekly report week ending 14th May 2017

Thornton weekly report week ending 14th May 2017

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70 acre

Towards the end of the week the wind started to swing out of the east to a more favourable westerly, south westerly.

A real mix this last week with trout caught on boobies on a fast sinker to dries on the top and everywhere in between.

Evening rise has been getting better with good numbers of fish moving, especially from the mouth of the Markfield arm across to the main dam

Chris Goodwin & Mick Glover fished in front of the wood boating 18 trout on lime green buzzer, diawl bach & muskins, Trevor Pegg caught 12 to 3lb+ on suspender buzzer. Diawl bach was the fly of choice for Peter Wrigley boating 15 with Mark Perry taking to his float tube for a morning session catching 7 on buzzer, Kev Maile & P Harris fished straight line buzzer to boat their 17 trout. Phill Mee found the fish off the corner of the wood boating 12 for his morning session with S Clay & J Bowman sorting out the fish on the evening rise catching 10 on dries.

A few hawthorn & lake olives still about with caenis starting to show on the warmer evenings. Buzzer in the main is the main food item. Still early for the damsel although a few of the fish spooned are feeding on damsel nymphs, especially fish caught up the arms.

Good forecast this week, Monday & Tuesday some much needed rain to freshen the water, wind in the south, south westerly and daytime temperature between 15 – 18 degrees

Water clarity is excellent with the water temperature perfect at 14 degrees.

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 2.9

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.15pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm /  2.30pm – 9.15pm

Last 4 hours:   5.15pm – 9.15pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 5.00pm)

 

All anglers off site by 9.30pm

 

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Weekly report week ending 7th May

Thornton weekly report week ending 7th May 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Yet another week of cold easterly, with anglers reaching for their intermediate and slow sink lines, although anglers who managed to tuck themselves away out of the wind enjoyed good sport on floating lines with the hawthorn fly active in the shelter of the wood bank

Any evening rise was generally short lived but with a drop in the wind speed on Sunday evening resulted in a good evening rise with Peter Wurm and his son catching 8 trout.

Richard Dayman & John Kirk caught 20 on buzzers with John Simpson fishing small bunny patterns to boat 12, Peter Wrigley caught 18 on buzzers with T Pegg finding a diawl bach worked best for him boating 16, Mark Hunt found the fish to be a bit finicky but a change of approach and a single dry fly fished close in along the wood bank produced 22 fish including a brown

Best areas, wood bank, Markfield Arm & green bay

Water clarity is excellent with hawthorn, buzzer and a few pond olives bringing the fish to the surface.

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 4.2

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.00pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm /  2.30pm – 9.00pm

Last 4 hours:   5.00pm – 9.00pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.45pm)

All anglers off site by 9.15pm

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Thornton weekly report week ending 30th April

Thornton weekly report week ending 30th April 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Cold easterly winds all week took a whole degree off the water temperature, dropping the water temperature to 11 degrees.

Despite the cold winds buzzers were the dominant pattern with the fish feeding hard on the buzzer hatches. With the cold winds buzzer patterns fished on an intermediate or slow sink line worked best with the majority of the fish caught in the top 5ft of water. As you would expect for late April the trout are spread throughout the reservoir although the corner of the wood and Markfield arm are holding goodnumbers.

During the odd evening when the wind dropped away we enjoyed a good evening rise especially in front of the dam and orange buoy area with anglers using a floating line with buzzer, cdc and dries.

Jim Strachan & John Goodwin fished black buzzers and boated 20 trout, Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins fished a slow sinker with buzzers to also boat 20 trout, John Simpson fished mini lures to boat his 20 trout with David Woodall finding plenty of trout in the mouth of the Markfield arm boating 8 for his mornings visit, Peter Wurm concentrated his fishing to the last 4 hours catching 10 during the evening rise. Mark Hunt is a man on a trout fishing mission, fishing the Eyebrook on Saturday morning to win the Troutmasters heat before going to Thornton in the afternoon to catch & release a further 8

Other patterns that have worked during the week, green pea, damsel & blob

During the last few days the hawthorn fly has been blown onto the water especially down along the farm bank.

Water clarity is excellent

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 4.8

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.45pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm /  2.30pm – 8.45pm

Last 4 hours:   4.45pm – 8.45pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.30pm)

 

All anglers off site by 9.00pm

 

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Thornton weekly report 23rd April

Thornton weekly report week ending 23rd April 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Cold wind at times resulted in not as many fish to be seen moving as you may have expected for late April but the fish were still hard on the buzzer but feeding on them 6ft down with anglers using mid range sinking lines, lines that sink between 3 – 4 inch per second producing some of the better catches of the week.

On the milder evenings we saw plenty of fish on the surface during the last hour, although at times they proved a bit tricky to tempt the boats on the drift using cdc patterns or traditional wet fly patterns managed to catch a reasonable amount.

The trout are well spread out throughout the reservoir with the mouth of the Markfield arm, dam wall and orange buoy areas holding good numbers

Best patterns, black buzzer 12-14, damsel and blob

Jamie Scott fished Thornton twice in the week catching 28 fish. Member Bob Jones fished buzzer and damsel to take his 8 fish limit, David Woodall went into the Markfield arm and found the feeding fish taking his limit with Neil Bates taking an 8 fish limit including fish of 4lb and 3lb, Mark Hunt picked up his 3inch second sinker boating 15 on damsel and black buzzer.

Water clarity is good with the surface water temperature between 12 – 13 degrees, we should if the weather allows see an increasing number of fish on the surface with an evening rise.

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 3

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.30pm

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

Last 4 hours:   4.30pm – 8.30pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.15pm)

 

All anglers off site by 8.40pm

 

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Thornton weekly report 16th April 2017

Thornton weekly report week ending 16th April 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

It has at times this past week been bitterly cold out on the water with the air temperature in single digits, however when the wind dropped usually going into the evening it allowed the air temperature to rise and we had, if at times a short evening rise.

Trout are spread well throughout the reservoir with green bay, orange buoy & mouth of the Markfield arm producing best.

With the cooler conditions it was a case of adapting your approach, trout are still feeding hard on buzzer but unlike last week when all you required was a floating or intermediate line this week you fished the same team of flies however it was time to put on the medium sink line ideally with a sink rate of 3 – 4inch per second. The trout were still on the buzzer, but happily feeding 6 – 8ft down.

Chris Sayer and granddaughter Millie caught 12 for their visit with Chris returning a few days later and catching a further 9 trout, Neil Bates took 8 as did Phil Cross fishing buzzers and damsels. John Bebbington caught rainbows of 3lb14oz and 3lb12oz with David Slessor catching a brown of 4lb4oz photos on  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Best patterns, black buzzer size 10-12, damsel, dawsons olive, diawl bach & snake

Water clarity is excellent and with the bright weather bank anglers have done best during the first few hours and last few hours of the fishing day while boat anglers have caught steadily throughout the day.

Boats and float tubers are fishing best with bank anglers catching during the morning and evening. We advise bank anglers to bring waders.

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 3.4

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.15pm

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