Thornton weekly report week ending 20th August

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Thornton weekly report week ending 13th August 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

7 0 acre

Monday to Thursday of last week the fishing remained challenging, on Friday we saw the first signs of the fishing starting to pick up, Saturday continued to see an improvement in the fishing with Sunday producing the best days fishing we have enjoyed for some time.

Shorter daylight hours, cooler nights and improving buzzer hatches, especially the claret buzzer hatch, watch the video on our www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore page has all come together to improve our fishing.

Mick Cross & Chris Sayer shared a boat Friday morning boating 6 trout between them, Howard Davies on Saturday fished a home tied claret nymph to catch 7 trout, Sam Cook caught 3 during Sundays evening rise with Mark Hunt specifically fishing Sunday evening for the claret buzzer hatch, he wasn’t disappointed catching 9 trout and losing as many.

Although we are seeing fish moving during the day to buzzers our large claret buzzer hatch is during the last hour.

Best patterns, damsel, claret nymph, cdc hoppers & daddies

Best area, in front of the lodge, drift from the dam past orange buoy to the wood, although with cooler conditions expect green bay to start fishing with the Markfield arm well worth a visit.

With over 4600 trout in the water with improving conditions our sport should continue to improve

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: Our algae bloom is reducing, visibility is around 4ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

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 8.45pm

 

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Thornton weekly report week ending 13th August

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Thornton weekly report week ending 13th August 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

We did need the rain & the cooler temperatures helped drop the water temperature to 18c most mornings.

Despite another stocking of 625 trout bringing the total stocked since the 1st August to 1025 trout our sport remains stubbornly slow.

We are seeing a few fish move in the late evening to small hatches of buzzer.

Carl Bond donned his waterproof gear & went out on a very wet & breezy Tuesday evening catching two but losing a further 6 fish during a 3.5hr spell fishing a red klink and cats whisker.

Mark Hunt worked hard for his 4 trout using a combination of a claret hopper & ginger hopper casting to rising fish which were proving difficult to tempt.

Chris Sayer caught a 4lb rainbow on a fast sinking

With 4700 trout in the water as soon as conditions come good we should see a marked upturn in our sport

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: We have an algae bloom, visibility is around 4ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

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 week ending August 6th

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Thornton weekly report week ending 6th August 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Our water temperature at 7.30am for most of the week was just under 19c degrees allowing us to introduce some fresh stock fish last Tuesday with another stocking due this week.

We still have algae on the water although any breeze is helping to clear it. Despite the stocking it has still been a relatively tough weeks fishing with the rod average at 1.0

Mornings are still fishing best although we are having some fish move in the evening, unfortunetly any evening rise is occurring during the last 15 minutes of daylight!

Most of the fish taken are coming to floating lines with claret emergers, dries or daddies with an intermediate and micro booby, cats whisker and booby.

Steve Windram caught 5 on a cats whisker in front of the main dam, Nev Welsh caught 3 for his mornings session from the same area. Andre Russell too to his float tube catching 3 but reporting plenty of nips and pulls before the hailstones and torrential cold rain forced him off the water. Mark Hunt reported a frustrating days fishing working hard on a variety of methods to eventually boating his 5 fish again enduring the hailstones and torrential downpours.

We will hopefully see our water temperature drop further this week with the cooler weekly forecast they have given for the midlands.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: We have an algae bloom, visibility is around 4ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.00pm

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

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Thornton weekly report week ending 30th  July 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

At last our surface temperature has dropped to 19c with the odd cooler morning opening at 18.5c with a the current forecast for the coming week we should see our surface temperature remain around the 18.5c -19c

On the overcast cooler mornings we have seen fish feeding on the surface with the first of our large claret buzzers starting to show, ironically a good week earlier than expected. You can watch a claret buzzer hatch out on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Saturday was the day when it all clicked, better water visibility, water temp 18.5c with Sreve Frakes in his float tube catching 11 trout on diawls and blobs, Andre Russell & Richard Dunnett also took to their tubes registering 6 between them. Mark Hunt commented he was sure his success was down to fishing on the drift taking 12 fish on a small cats whisker, diwals and blobs. Howard Davies fished in front of the lodge taking 3 on dries and emergers.

The cooler morning session is still best, look for a cloudy morning. If the water temperature keeps around the 18.5c we will hopefully see a few fish starting to move in the evenings.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: We have an algae bloom, visibility is around 2ft – 3ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 9.15pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 3.00pm /  3.00pm – 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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Thornton weekly report week ending 23rd July

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Thornton weekly report week ending 23rd  July 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

The toughest week of the season for the fishing at Thornton, July & high summer temperatures does us no favours. This past week we have recorded surface temperatures of 21.5c at 7.30am & seen them climb to 23c by 5.00pm, not surprising therefore we have an algae bloom. Very little to report as we advised our customers not to fish & have recommended Draycote & Foremark with their cooler aerators as an alternative.

Going forward to this coming week & at long last the weather forecast looks like it’s going in favour of the trout fisherman. Cooler overnight & lower daytime temperature on Sunday & this morning has reduced the water to 19c it’s unlikely to climb much above 19.5c during the day before dropping back to 19c by morning. If the current forecast is correct we could see it closer to the magic 18c by the middle of the week, fingers crossed!

With the water temperature down to 19c we should see our catches improve, especially if the water clarity improves as the algae dies back

Surprisingly anglers who caught fish reported they were higher in the water column than expected with intermediate lines working best with a damsel, cruncher, buzzer & booby patterns.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Its July height of the summer & the water temperatures are part of the fly fishing calendar, some years worse than others. On a plus side for fisheries, the daylight hours are slowly starting to creep back, nights will slowly lengthen, it’s during these darker & hopefully cooler night time temperatures that we will see our daytime water temps improve in favour of the fly fisherman.

Water clarity: We have an algae bloom, visibility is around 2ft – 3ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.

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 16th July

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Thornton weekly report week ending 16th July 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Our water temperature last Monday started high, at 7.30am we recorded a surface temperature of 22 degrees, by the latter half of the week it had dropped to 19 degrees before climbing upwards on Sunday. This morning 16th July it’s back to 19 degrees.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Not surprising therefore on Monday & Tuesday of last week we advised our customers to fish Foremark or Draycote & make the most of their aerators.

Wednesday the first rods ventured out with Russ Martin fishing his wet wickhams pattern taking 3 fish by 12.30pm. Richard Price boated 3 for his morning’s session taking his fish on an olive buzzer and minky.

Saturday provided the best of the fishing with a variety of patterns and methods taking fish. Phil Mee fished a booby on an intermediate to take his 3 fish, Paul Martindale fished the washing line to take 2 and lose a further 2 fish. Mark Hunt was convinced that the drifting boat gave him the edge swapping between a dry hopper & cormorant pattern to take his 5 fish with Brian Sibley taking 4 fish to 3lb8oz

During last week the morning session fished best, we are not currently seeing an evening rise.

For this coming week the forecast is for hot weather Monday & Tuesday, starting to cool on Wednesday with a significant cooler period Thursday through to Sunday, more importantly for all midland fisheries its going to be a lot cooler at night, that’s the period the water will lose its heat!

Its July height of the summer & the water temperatures are part of the fly fishing calendar, some years worse than others. On a plus side for fisheries, the daylight hours are slowly starting to creep back, nights will slowly lengthen, its during these darker & hopefully cooler nighttimes temperatures that we will see our daytime water temps improve in favour of the fly fisherman.

Water clarity: We have an algae bloom, visibility is around 3ft – 4ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates

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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 0.9

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 – 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 9th July 2017

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Thornton weekly report week ending 9th July 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Weather turns hot again, pushing our surface water temp to 23 degrees by the weekend, not great for fishing, not surprising therefore we have had our first proper algae bloom of the year.

Fishing best described as difficult, we have been advising our customer to fish the morning session or go to Foremark or Draycote who benefit from the aerator. With surface temperatures above 20 degrees you won’t get any sort of evening rise at Thornton

We take the water temperature twice a day, 7.30am & again at 5.00pm it can in bright still conditions put on 2 degrees during a sunny bright day in July with its long daylight hours. Our thermometer records the temperature 18in below the surface, its located off the corner of the pontoon over 11ft water.

With customers following our advice few anglers ventured out this week.

Mick Adkin fished a short morning session with a sinking line and a green and black marabou lure to catch his 3 fish, Jan Webber found one of the elusive blues in the deep channel in front of the lodge, Carl Bond fished the deep channel down the Markfield arm and caught his first Thornton brown.

Much, very much improved forecast for the coming week with cooler night, bit more breeze & daytime temperature lower, it should bring down water temperatures across the midlands & improve the fishing.

Water clarity: We have an algae bloom.

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates

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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 0.6

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 10.15pm

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Thornton weekly report 2nd July

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Thornton weekly report week ending 2nd July 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

The cooler forecasted weather did come and certainly helped with surface water temperature starting most days at 17.5 degrees

Most anglers concentrated their fishing over the deeper water located in front of the dam, orange buoy and green bay.

As the cooler conditions continued we surprisingly found a large number of trout had moved into the shallower water at the top of the Thornton arm, Alan Bradford caught two missing other during a short 2 hour session with the trout coming to big red and small G&H sedge. Russ Martin won the Thornton Fly Fishers competition from this area boating 5 trout. Mark Hunt took our advice and went up the arm fishing his sparsely tied cruncher and damsel patterns to boat 11 trout.

John Considine fished the green bay area and enjoyed a red letter day catching 15 on a popper hopper and green diawl bach. Clive Holt caught 7 for his late evening visit with Peter Wurm and his son boating 5 for their last 4 hour session.

This morning we opened to a surface temperature of 18 degrees, looking at the forecast the morning session 8.30am – 3.00pm will fish best.

Lots of damsels hatching, see photographs on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

As always we recommend you contact the lodge, we are in the fortunate position to have other waters we can recommend you fish if we see fit.

Water clarity: We have a mild algae bloom.

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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 1.8

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 weekly report week ending 25th June

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Thornton weekly report week ending 25th June 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

A tough week at Thornton with the heat of the day by Wednesday pushing our surface water temperature to 21+ degrees although a change in the weather, thankfully cooler nights helping by the weekend to bring the water temp back down to 19.5 degrees.

Not surprising therefore that the cooler mornings fished best, with no evening rise to speak of due to the water temperature.

The deeper water in front of the Dam, Green Bay & orange buoy fished best with anglers locating fish from 10ft to 30ft down fishing a range of sinking lines or 20ft+ leaders off a floater.

Kev Maile caught a blue of 5lb6oz along with brown 3lb8oz taken on a 16 olive buzzer fished deep with K Cowen taking 7 on Saturday morning again fished deep.

Orange Boobies, olive boobies along with damsels and small buzzer patterns fished deep produced best

Forecast for this coming week is cooler, showery conditions, great for the fishing, not so good if your planning a BBQ

As always we recommend you contact the lodge, we are in the fortunate position to have other waters we can recommend you fish if we see fit.

Water clarity: We have a mild algae bloom.

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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 1.5

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 weekly report week ending 18th June

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Thornton weekly report week ending 18th June 2017

Tel: 01530 230807

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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