Thornton Weekly report 18 February

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 18th February 2019

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The weather was a little kinder this week, a couple of early morning frosts with the sun clearing that by 9.30am.

Intermediate, mid-range & fast sinking fly lines with black and green lures, orange blob, boobies and damsel have caught with the warmest part of the day 10.30am to 3pm the most productive time to fish with anglers reporting a slow retrieve working best.

The area in front of the lodge & wood is fishing best with the bank anglers enjoying the best of the sport as the trout ran close to the margins along the shallows opposite the lodge.

A few more of our new All Water Members visited this week with Ian Jobe catching 17 off the bank, Dave Slesser caught 11 from a boat with N Shilton taking to his float tube for his 12 trout, with Neil finding some fish in front of the dam, with Mark Hunt catching 9 for his short afternoon visit.

Thornton member P Wrigley fished on the Wednesday and caught 1 but returned on the Thursday and caught 15, Jan Webber decided to fish the bank for his two visits catching 10 & 7 with Pete Hunt catching 11 off the deeper bank at the top of the Thornton arm

Day rods J Perry & P Harding caught 15 to the boat, Bill Ward caught 10 to his boat with L Sorreno catching 12

Couple of club matches this week with Thornton Fly Fishers bank match fishing to a 4 fish limit won by Martin Vernon pushing Richard Dayman to second place. Colwick Fly Fishers fishing a boat competition to a 4 fish limit with the winner I believe was K Saxton.

Reservoir is currently 3ft down if your coming to fish the bank wellingtons or waders are recommended.

Our rod average was 3.9

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.00pm

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Date for your Diary: At Draycote on Sunday 14th April FREE opportunity to try a RIO fly line or SAGE rod of your choice fishing with one of our guides. We have Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn of SAGE who are available to advice & demonstrate casting for Trout, Salmon & Salt water. This day is free, booking essential call the Draycote lodge 01788812018

Weekly fishing report week ending 10th February

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 10th February 2019

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Thornton 2019 season opened on the 1st February. The opening 10 days has given us a variety of weather with ice, strong winds, rain and some mild weather, a proper mixed bag.

As we would expect the majority of the trout were caught opposite the lodge & down in front of the wood for the bank anglers with boats catching in front of the lodge down towards the lonesome pine.

Intermediate, mid-range & fast sinking fly lines with black and green lures, orange blob, boobies and damsel have caught with the warmest part of the day 10.30am to 3pm the most productive time to fish with anglers reporting a slow retrieve working best.

Reservoir is currently 3ft down if your coming to fish the bank wellingtons or waders are recommended.

Our rod average for the first 10 days of the season was 6.5

Following the rain on Sunday it has reduced the clarity as we always recommend you call the lodge for latest updates. 01530 23080

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Thornton 2019 Season

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Happy New Year to you all

Thornton opens for the 2019 season on the 1st February 2019.

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No price increase for 2019

We are taking bookings but as were out repairing boats & undertaking general winter maintenance if you can’t get us on the phone you can email us at lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk with your booking requests.

January Sales

We have an online tackle shop at www.flyfishstore.co.uk as we prepare to restock our shops we do have a Sale & Clearance page which will be updated weekly at www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

New for 2019 is our All Water Membership that allows you to spread your visits across Thornton, Foremark, Draycote & Eyebrook with membership options starting from £480.00
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Dates for your Diary

We will be attending the popular BFFI Fly Tying & Fly Fishing Show on the 9th & 10th February 2019 show info visit their website https://www.bffi.co.uk/

 

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Last Week of the 2018 Season

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 18th November

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That’s the 2018 season drawn to a close.

During our last week of the season fry patterns caught the majority of the catch especially mini snakes although a few rods who persevered with buzzers enjoyed some success

Tuesday John Simpson fished his bunny patterns to catch 6 trout, Wednesday Carl Bond fished with black buzzers to take his 4 fish with J Scott catching 10 on snakes fished on a DI3. Thursday Tut Miles fished with buzzers to catch his 4 trout. Friday and the two top rods A Johnstone with 6 trout & Simon Kolkowski with 5 trout both fished buzzer patterns with D Button arriving to fish the last 4 hour session picking up 3 quick fish on an intermediate and minkie pattern in front of the lodge.

Saturday Richard Dayman and John Kirk caught 8 on snakes, Alison Toon & Brian Sibley caught 5 with Mark Hunt working hard for his 7 trout. Andy Lilly returned a 3lb+ Brown trout

Sunday and the last day of the season Mark Hunt worked hard for his 3 fish returning another nice brown trout.

Our rod average for the last week of the season was 1.5

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Our online store has the tuition dates for 2019 and you can also purchase gift voucher which make an excellent Christmas gift

2019 Season opens 1st February.

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Thornton Week ending 11th November 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 11th November

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Since the 1st October we have enjoyed one of our best autumnal sport for a number of years with the fishery rod average over these past 6 weeks 2.9

As we enter our last week of the season, closing date 18th November, the weather forecast looks favourable.

Brent Hart float tubing returned a brown trout, photo on our www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

The corner of the wood and down past the lonesome pine continues to produce fish during the morning, with green bay and the main car park fishing best from mid morning onwards.

Arthur Olding caught 6 for his mornings visit from the car park and green bay, Martin Vernon caught 4 for his mornings visit from the shallows in front of the wood.

Although the majority of fish are being caught on booby, cats whisker, snakes, blobs and fry patterns some anglers continue to get some success on buzzers and crunchers.

Mark Hunt caught his fish from various areas around the reservoir, catching in the late afternoon drifting down the Thornton arm using his sparsely tied crunchers.

The water is currently gin clear

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW have started the work.

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Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 16.15pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 13.30pm

Last 4hr hour 12.15pm – 16.15pm

 

All anglers offsite by 16.30pm

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Thornton Week ending 4th November 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 4th November

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Rod average of 2.5

Another steady week at Thornton with a 2.5 rod average. The main areas producing are the corner of the wood, green bay and car park with floating, intermediate or slow sinker best. A mixture of patterns are taking fish from buzzers, crunchers to blob, booby and fry patterns.

Jan Webber spooned the fish he caught on Friday and they had being feeding on large buzzers and bloodworm.

Andy Lilley caught 5 trout on a floating fry and an intermediate. John Simpson used his bunny patterns to boat 12 trout taking fish from all over the reservoir. Richard Price fished hoppers and boobies to catch his 6 trout with Tut Miles sticking to his buzzers and crunchers to catch 5 during his mornings visit with Peter Wrigley and Mark Hunt also catching on buzzers, diawls and crunchers.

The fish taking buzzer and nymph patterns are in the shallowest of water in front of the wood and down past the lonesome pine

Mick Adkin caught a 3lb rainbow, Brent Hart 4lb8oz brown from his float tube with Howard Davies catching a huge 3lb1oz perch which took his green pea

The water is currently gin clear

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW have started the work.

2019 Membership if you would like to receive details of the membership options available at Thornton, or details of our New All Water Membership option starting from £480.00 which allows you to visit all our waters during the season email lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 16.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 13.30pm

Last 4hr hour 12.30pm – 16.30pm

 

All anglers offsite by 16.45pm

 

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Thornton Weekly Report 28th October 2018

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 28th October

 

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Rod average of 2.8

 

Thornton is enjoying one of its best October fishing for a long time with last week’s rod average 2.8

 

Bob Menhams fished a Monday morning session using a soldier palmer to catch 5 trout. Tuesday and the wind blew from the west Arthur Olding fished the sheltered water in front of the main car park catching 5 on an intermediate using a blob and booby combination. Wednesday calmer conditions greeted the anglers P Hunt caught 8 while John Simpson fished his bunny patterns to record 14 trout caught from the corner of the wood, green bay and main car park

 

P Hunt returned on Thursday catching 13 trout (21 in two days), Mick Huffer caught 5 from in front of the wood.

 

Friday and the temperature was dropping Keith Coley and John Bebington found the fish catching 17 for their afternoon visit.

 

Saturday and an icy start greeted the anglers, we had to delay the boats going out as the pontoon was icy. By 9.15am the boats were out and despite the cold wind the anglers caught well, P Martindale caught 5, Jan Webber caught 6, Alison Toon & Brian caught 3 each with Mark Hunt using a minkie pattern he ties himself to record 13 trout

 

Sunday and another cold day, well it is late October and to be expected, didn’t stop Steve Swinfield & Steve Zeleny from boating 9 fish

 

With 3 weeks left of the Thornton season, closing date 18th November it’s definitely worth a visit with todays (Monday 29th) rod average 3.5

 

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW have started the work.

 

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Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 16.45pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 13.30pm

Last 4hr hour 12.45pm – 16.45pm

 

All anglers offsite by 5.00pm

 

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Weekly Report week ending 21st October

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 21st October

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Rod average of 3.4

Thornton is enjoying an excellent months fishing, and for me it’s a relief to see a large part of the catch are the resident stock, some looking a bit thin, but at least they survived the heatwave.

Fish continue to run the shallows opposite the lodge past the corner of the wood and down the Markfield arm past the Lonesome pine, they are in water less than a foot deep and are easily accessible for boat and bank anglers.

With the level down 7ft, its exposed large areas of mud, bank anglers at the very will require wellingtons if not waders.

The shallows are fishing best during the morning, with clear water and bright weather they are moving further out during the afternoon. When this occurs some anglers have gone and tried the green bay area and have caught well using intermediate lines

Floating and intermediate lines best with daddies, cruncher, diawl bach, cormorants, blobs, booby and fry patterns, a right mix!

Jan Webber on Saturday caught a 6lb rainbow with Garry Biggam catching a 7lb8oz rainbow on Sunday

Peter Cox fished daddies and caught 10 trout, J Bradley & J Carrier shared a boat and caught 20+, D Poppitt caught 14 off the shallows, dam & green bay on buzzer, blob and fry patterns. Brian Sibley & Alison Toon caught 11 for their visit with Mark Hunt working the shallows and caught 22. Colwick Fly Fishers fished a competition with all 12 members catching and returning a rod average 3.9

With our records indicating over 4000 trout in the reservoir & with an autumnal feel to the mornings we would expect our good sport to continue with our closing date on November 18th

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW confirm the work is due to start this week

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 6.00pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.30pm

Last 4hr hour 2.00pm – 6.00pm

All anglers offsite by 6.15pm

 

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Thornton weekly report 14th October

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 14th October

 

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Rod average of 2.6

With two full days lost to the storm last week and with Sunday very wet & breezy we didn’t have that many rods for the week.

The rods who did venture out are still finding fish in the very shallow water off the corner of the wood with blobs, hare ears, small cormorants, black buzzers and fry patterns all taking fish

Monday Clive Holt and Colin Chambers fished the afternoon session boating 12 trout, Tuesday Peter Wrigley and boat partner Roger Dunster caught 9.

Wednesday was a slower day with D Rowbotham top rod with 5 fish although Dennis Barnes caught fish to 3lb8oz.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday were effected by the storm with Sunday proving to be a very wet day, this didn’t stop J Webber from catching 6 on hare ear and orange blob.

With our records indicating over 4000 trout in the reservoir & with an autumnal feel to the mornings we would expect our good sport to continue with our closing date on November 18th

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW confirm the work is due to start mid October

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

 

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 6.15pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.30pm

Last 4hr hour 2.15pm – 6.15pm

 

All anglers offsite by 6.30pm

 

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Weekly Fishing report 7th October

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 7th October

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Rod average of 5.5

At long last the fishing at Thornton has picked up with an excellent rod average 5.5 for the week

The best area has been the shallows in front of the corner of the wood down towards the lonesome pine with trout in very shallow water.

Floating, Hover and midge tip lines have worked best with orange blobs, cats whisker or nymphs and buzzers fished static

Wednesday Mick Glover fished a static claret nymph and was well into double figure catch as was D Slesser

Thursday and the same area fished again with Pete Hunt, Steve Meachem and Peter Wrigley all recorded double figure catches.

Friday Tut & Betty Miles used diawl bach & buzzers to record 11 trout for their mornings visit while John Bebbington & Keith Coley fished an afternoon session and recorded 20+ trout on diawl bach and hares ear

On Sunday Thornton Fly Fishers fished their single fly competition with every competitor having to use the same chosen fly, Cats Whisker, every competitor caught their 4 fish limit with the winner being Richard Dayman who had a heavier weight

With the water level down and the fish close on the margins the bank is worth a fish, you will require waders and there is obviously with the level down some muddy areas. Bill Nichols caught 3 fish losing many more for his bank fishing visit this week

With our records indicating over 4000 trout in the reservoir & with an autumnal feel to the mornings we would expect our good sport to continue with our closing date on November 18th

The water level is down 7ft as STW have engineering works to be done to the overflow and spillway. STW confirm the work is due to start mid October

Opening Times

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 6.30pm

Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.30pm

Afternoon Boat: 1.30pm – 6.30pm

Last 4hr hour 2.30pm – 6.30pm

All anglers offsite by 6.45pm

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