Weekly fishing report 21st July

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 21st  July 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Thornton has suffered this week again as the warm muggy weather pushed the water temperature above 20c we also have an algae bloom

Not surprising morning session 8.00am – 3.00pm is currently fishing best.

Steve Brown fished Monday evening despite the warnings from the lodge that the fishing was going to be tough, not for Steve, small pink snake and 3 hours later 3 fish in the boat

Generally our advice of tough fishing has proved correct with the rod average at 0.6 for the week.

As usually the case a few people find a method that works and produces a few fish, Pete Hunt caught 4 for his mornings visit on buzzers, Andy Lilley caught 3 on Saturday morning again on buzzers with Mark Hunt fishing a team of buzzers off a midge tip to catch his fish.

The blessing for us is the shortening days, every week we will gain 15 minutes of extra darkness its during the cooler darker hours that the water will lose its temperature and get back towards a fish friendly 18c

As we always recommend contact the fishing lodge 01530 230807 for latest updates before you travel

Current rod average: 0.6

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.30pm until 9.30pm (Tickets on sale from 5.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.45pm

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Weekly fishing report 14th July

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 7th July 2019

Tel 01530 230807

With our water temperature creeping above 20c it has for the first time this summer had an impact on the fishing with our rod average dropping to 0.9 The warmer water conditions has also resulted in an algae bloom towards the end of the week

With the warmer water conditions you need to plan your visit for the cooler morning session and be prepared to fish deep as the trout move into the cooler layers.

Floating lines with 16ft – 20ft leaders with black and red buzzer or weighted apps bloodworm fished static or fish a fast sinking line with a sink rate of 6inch per second plus at Thornton the RIO Mainstream fast sinker does the job https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/rio-mainstream-fast-sinking/ with a booby or snake with the shorter snakes currently working best.

We have an offer on the snakes pattern at our online store https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/

Clive Holt fished damsel patterns catching 3 fish with 2 weighing 3lb+ & the third an excellent 5lb. Phil Mee has been using buzzers catching 5 for his visit with Andrew Wilson also using buzzers catching 4 to 4lb

The bank has become hard work as the trout have moved to the deeper water in front of the main dam and around the buoys

Best pattern, Small Pink Snake, Small Olive Snake, buzzer, damsel nymph, weighted bloodworm, apps bloodworm.

Morning session 8.00am – 3.00pm is currently fishing best.

As we always recommend contact the fishing lodge 01530 230807 for latest updates before you travel

Current rod average: 0.9

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.45pm until 9.45pm (Tickets on sale from 5.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.00pm

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Thornton weekly report 7th July

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 7th July 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Special offer- Please check out www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers to take advantage of a great deal on our In house guides top patterns when fishing on the washing line.

July can be a difficult month at Thornton due to its size and summer temperatures, that’s not the case this year as we enjoy the best summer fishing I can remember, & I’ve been at Thornton for 38 years!

Rod average this past week was 2.5 with the morning session generally fishing best with anglers using a variety of methods from floating lines with dries, buzzer & bloodworm pattern fished deep & static to the snake on a fast sinker.

As you’d expect for July the deeper water is generally fishing best from the mouth of the Markfield arm across to the buoys in the main basin

If your fishing buzzers deep you currently need a 16ft – 18ft leader with your flies set in the lower 10ft, ideally a weighted bloodworm or red buzzer on the point with a black or golden olive buzzer on the dropper, the trick is to keep it static, Lee Henfrey has an excellent morning fishing his buzzer & blob static on a RIO Midge Tip Long.

With the snakes which seem to be having more success than boobies currently you need to be fishing a fast sink line with a sink rate of 6inch, 7inch or 8inch a second, fish your snakes off a shortish leader 10ft allow time for the sinker to reach the required depth then either fish them back with a slow figure of eight or as Lee found fishing an Olive snake as fast as he could retrieve it, Lee on his mornings visit was into double figure catch, visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore to see the flies Lee was using.

All Water Member Mark Hunt fished a standard midge tip again fishing his flies deep & static with black buzzers to catch his 16 fish on Saturday morning.

Water clarity, during the brighter middle part of the week we had an algae bloom, it was short lived with clarity improving by the weekend.

Best pattern, Pink Snake, Olive Snake, buzzer, damsel nymph, weighted bloodworm, apps bloodworm.

Morning session 8.00am – 3.00pm is currently fishing best.

Current rod average: 2.5

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 10.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 10.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 10.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 6.00pm until 10.00pm (Tickets on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.15pm

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Thornton Fishery report 30th June 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 30th June 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Special offer- Please check out www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers to take advantage of a great deal on our In house guides top patterns when fishing on the washing line.

With the sun for the next few weeks at its strongest strength its not surprising to see a rise in the water temperature, for most of this week weave opened to a water temperature of 18+c.

Morning session 8.00am to 3.00pm has fished best with the evening session generally patchy, moving one evening, not the next. We are seeing at times large hatches of caenis.

Monday overcast conditions G England caught 8 from the bank opposite the lodge and past lonesome pine, Andy Lilley boat fished a morning session catching 7 trout wit J Scott boat fishing the deeper channel

Of the Markfield arm with a DI5 small black snake, cruncher and buzzers to catch 32 trout.

Tuesday, Bill Stone bank fished catching 8 trout, Carl Bond fished the late evening with buzzer and orange blob to take his 5 trout.

Wednesday and a better day K Greaves & T Devonshire caught 9, P Hunt and J Thomson fished buzzers for their morning session catching 13, Colwick fly fishers fished the evening session generally finding it difficult except for K Saxton who fished buzzers deep to catch 10 trout

Morning session continued to be the most productive session during Thursday and Friday with T Miles catching 6 on damsel patterns & P Moore fishing buzzers and diawls to catch his 6 trout with Peter Wrigley & R Dunster boating 10 between them on buzzers for their mornings visit. Keith Coley & John Bebbington found the winning method with fabs fished deep to catch 20 fish between them, drifting out of the Markfield arm into the main basin.

Saturday and the forecast heat arrived with the anglers out in the morning before the full heat of the day finding the fish, P Mee caught 6 on buzzer and blob, D Mee caught 8 with Lee Henfrey taking a day off from his fishery ranger and guiding duties to fish the morning session at Thornton catching 27 fishing buzzers initially off a 12ft midge tip before changing to a DI7 and snakes.

Sunday and a cooler cloudier day, the morning session fished best once again, P Mee returned for another session catching 11 trout, P Hunt & J Thomson returned for their second visit of the week fishing black & red buzzers deep to boat 19 trout.

Best area is the deeper channel located in the middle of the Markfield arm, in front of the stones & across towards the buoys.

Floating lines with black or red buzzers, bloodworm patterns fished static & deep or sinking lines with snakes, boobies or fabs.

Morning session 8.00am – 3.00pm is currently fishing best.

Current rod average: 2.8

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 10.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 10.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 10.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 6.00pm until 10.00pm (Tickets on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.15pm

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Thornton Weekly Report 23rd June

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 23th June 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Weather Forecast: Were often asked which weather forecast we use, from our experience unfortunately we no longer find the BBC regional one to be accurate enough too many days lost to inaccurate local forecast.

We recommend for Thornton you use XC Weather available as an App on your phone or download to your computer, put in the fisheries postcode LE67 1AR

Fishing Report: With the unexpected cooler water conditions following the unsettled weather for early June and the rise in water levels our excellent sport continues with another good weeks fishing returning a rod average 6.0

Boat, float tube and bank anglers have equally shared the good sport with damsel, buzzer, hares ear, bloodworm, cruncher, diawls and dries all featuring in the returns.

Morning session has 8.00am – 3.00pm has fished the most consistent, the late evening session has been a bit more challenging as the fish switch onto the caenis

Monday P Cross and S Windram fished damsels for their catch of 16 fish during a morning session, Clive Holt & C Chambers fished an evening session with damsels and daddies to boat their 19 fish.

Tuesday & Wednesday were red letter days with those days a, averaging 9.0 A few of the outstanding catches Keith Cowen morning session with damsels catching, T Devonshire & K Greaves for their days visit 40 trout, Robert Menhams morning visit 15 on buzzer and damsels, Carl Bond fished the last 4 hours catching 11 on buzzers. Wednesday Phil Mee caught 30 for his mornings visit with Andy Lilley fishing the afternoon session with orange fab to catch his 18 trout. Bill Stone fished the bank over the newly flooded ground fishing size 14 buzzer to catch his 17 trout

Thursday P Mee returned for another morning session catching 25 trout, All Water Member R Jordan caught 11 on buzzers while Tony Lorrimer used his bunny patterns to catch 17 trout

Friday M Cross & C Sayer boated 11 for their morning visit, Jan Webber fished damsel and bibio patterns for his 11 fish with Scotty Wilson fishing a gold headed daddy and damsel to catch 25. Russ Martin bank fished opposite the lodge and in front of the wood catching 10 trout but losing as many, Mick Hewitt bank fished the same area for the last 4 hours catching 7

Saturday and the weather was brighter which made the fishing a little trickier, R Dunnet float tubed and caught 11 trout, Andre Russell float tubed catching 7 trout with All Water member N Shilton also float tubed and caught 14 trout. Howard Davie took to a boat for his morning session catching 11 on damsels

Sunday P Hunt & J Thomson fished buzzers to take their 13 trout, A Gunby caught 11 for his mornings visit with P Harris & K Mailie catching 16 on buzzers and bloodworm patterns

Water temperature is a cool 16c for the time of year with clarity good. Best areas opposite the lodge, woodbank for bank & boat anglers with the drift across the main basin producing for the boats.

Tom Bird Fishing Tips: With the water warming and the fish rising in the water the washing lining is fast becoming the top method of the moment. To coincide with this Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird has written a blog post to help your catch rate when fishing the washing line which can be found at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk.  To go along with this blog we have also put together the Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line that can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 10.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 10.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 10.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 6.00pm until 10.00pm (Tickets on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.15pm

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Weekly fishing report 16th June

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 16th June 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Rain has bought our level up 3ft+ with clarity remaining good due to the crops in the fields & leaf on the trees controlling the run off, our water temperature at one stage dropped to 11c but is now 14c+ which is ideal for fly fishing.

The increase in the level & cooler conditions switched the fishery on with the rod average for last week 5.8 with some anglers getting well into double figures.

No surprise with the increase in the water level flooding the banks & the vegetation that the trout have moved in to feed on these areas opposite the lodge, wood bank & lonesome pine

Dawsons olive, damsel, buzzer & dries were the patterns that worked best with floaters, midge tip & intermediate being the lines of choice

The caenis are about in increasing numbers during the evening often referred to as the “fisherman’s curse” as the trout move about leisurely sipping them off the surface. Mu approach is to fish from a drifting boats, taper my leader down as far as I dare & fish a single fly, small tups or sparkle gnat.

Rods that caught well last week Phil Mee, A Lilley, N Perkins, H Davies, M Hunt, D Slesser, Szymon, P Hunt

Despite the weather Water clarity is good, the water temperature is an excellent 14c

Water level is 3ft+ down due to the continued work being carried out on the overflow

Compared to this time last year the fishing is excellent don’t let the weatherman put you off.

We have in stock the New Vision EKA fly rods offering excellent value from £99.99 details on our online shop Flyfishstore https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/vision-eka/

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 10.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 10.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 10.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 6.00pm until 10.00pm (Tickets on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.15pm

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Weekly fishing report 10th June 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 10th June 2019

Tel 01530 230807

A mixed weeks fishing, with the rod average for the week 1.9 despite 620 trout stocked on the 29th May with another 620 trout 7th June with another 620 trout due this week.

The evening rise was a bit hit and miss this past week with some really cold evenings for the time of year. The rain with its changeable cooler winds has bought us some benefit with the water temperature a cool 15c for the time of year which will benefit us as we move into the summer

Monday fishing from his tube M Claytton caught 14 trout on size 14 buzzer with J Oakes taking 10 on cats whisker from his tube with the productive area being the woodbank

Tuesday member Mick Glover fished on the drift with green hoppers catching 7 for his mornings visit. Wednesday morning fished well Richard Price fished snakes to take his 5 fish to 5lb8oz, R Gibbon also caught 5 with Phil Moore catching 8 to 4lb2oz.

The wet weather on Friday and Saturday saw few rods out with Jan Webber putting up with the persistent heavy rain on Saturday morning to take 5 on damsel patterns.

Sunday and improving weather saw all the boats out for the morning session 8.30am to 3.00pm, Andy Lilley caught 8 on black UV crunchers, Szymon caught 10, P Mee caught 7 with the corner of the wood fishing best, heavy rain put paid to the late evening sport.

Despite the weather Water clarity is good, the water temperature is an excellent 15c

Water level is 6ft down due to the continued work being carried out on the overflow

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 10.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 10.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 10.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 6.00pm until 10.00pm (Tickets on sale from 5.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.15pm

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Thornton weekly report 26th May 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 26th May 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Thornton is currently 6ft+ down due to the continued work on the overflow. The valve is now closed therefore we shouldn’t see the level reduce by much more.

The week started well with R Menhams catching 12 on hoppers and buzzer , Steve Jordan and Graham Henfrey fished indicators and buzzers to catch 22 with Dave Wilson catching a 5lb. Tuesday Chris Sayer fished black buzzers for his 9 trout Richard Price caught 8 for his mornings visit on buzzer and blobs with Norman Perkins fishing the morning session catching 15 to 3lb8oz again on buzzer.

Middle of the week and buzzers continued to be the best patterns, Keith Walker caught 6 for his mornings session, Mr & Mrs Ryalls fished buzzers to catch their 6 trout with Jamie Scott fishing buzzer and cruncher patterns to catch his 8 fish

Tony Lorrimer used his bunny patterns to catch his 8 fish with tony commenting that all his fish were taken on the drift.

Fishery ranger and guide Lee Henfrey on his day off fished Thornton on Saturday catching 18 trout on a range of lines from a fast sinker to a midge tip and midge tip long

Buzzers were the stand out pattern this week with damsel, crunchers and hoppers also working well. Plenty of damsels starting to show with caenis about in the late evening, I use a tups or Charles Jardine sparkle gnat for caenis feeders

Water clarity is good, the water temperature is an excellent 15c

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.45pm until 9.45pm (Tickets on sale from 5.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 10.00pm

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Thornton Weekly report 19th May

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 19th May 2019

Tel 01530 230807

Thornton is currently 6ft+ down due to the continued work on the overflow. The valve is now closed therefore we shouldn’t see the level reduce by much more.

The low levels aren’t impacting the fishing with the rod average 3.6 for last week.

During any overcast periods the bank is fishing with the area opposite the lodge, corner of the wood & lonesome pine producing to damsel, buzzer & hare`s ears.

Boat anglers are finding fish in the same area as the bank but are also finding fish during the evening on the drift over the main basin.

The Thornton fly fishers match was won by Tony Smith with Martin Vernon second with 5 fish over 3lb+ recorded for their competition

Anglers are enjoying catching the larger fish were introducing with 3 fish over 5lb+ caught by R. Dunster, P Martindale & P Hunt.

We have buzzers, damsels and the first of the sedge we would expect to see the hawthorn fly this week

Water clarity is good

Main gate, lodge & bank fishing open 7.30am

Bank: 07:30 am till 9.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.30pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 3.00pm    Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.30pm until 9.30pm (Tickets on sale from 5.15pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 9.45pm

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Thornton weekly fishing report 12th May 2019

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Thornton Weekly Report

Week ending 12th May 2019

Tel 01530 230807

This current spell of weather, showery with cooler air temperatures are ideal for the midland reservoirs keeping the water temperatures to were they should be for the time of year 12c – 13c perfect for the type of fishing we expect, buzzer, surface activity and reaching for the floating lines, midge tips & intermediate lines

With a rod average 4.7 for the week Thornton is enjoying a good spell of sport with bank, especially if its overcast and boats enjoying the sport.

The same areas have continued to produce for a number of weeks now with bank anglers catching opposite the lodge, corner of the wood and down to the lonesome pine. Boat anglers are catching similar areas but are also finding fish off the stones.

Reasonable hatches of buzzer from small olive buzzers to a much larger black buzzer coming off we would expect to see a few hawthorn flies towards the end of this week

All Water member Paul Havard caught 6 for his visit reporting the smaller buzzer sizes worked best, Neil Pitfield caught 5 for his visit including a 4lb4oz rainbow. Another All water member Jamie Scott found blobs and fabs worked best for him catching fish up to 4lb8oz

Staff Police visited Thornton during the week averaging 6+ for their visit with M Cartlidge leading the way with 18 trout followed by S Owen on 10 with damsel and blobs working best for them

Friday and following a very wet Thursday the reservoir fished well again Mick Cross catching 7 trout to 3lb8oz, J Alcock fished from the bank and recorded 13 trout, S Swinfield caught fish to 4lb4oz

J Veasy bank fished the afternoon session using Diawl Bach to catch 6 trout with Simon Crane recording 4 trout for his afternoon bank session

Saturday was the day of the week Keith Cowen, A Lilley, Jan Webber, M Clay, M Hunt all recording double figure catches with fish of 5lb+ recorded. Damsel, cruncher, buzzer, hoppers were the patterns working best.

Sunday A Gunby returned two rainbows 5lb+, Szymon fishing with his young daughter caught 8, T Smith caught 9 with local angling club Thornton Fly Fishers chairman Dave Leavesley continuing his good season catching 8 off the bank using a damsel.

Floating line & midge tips are working best with damsel, buzzer, cruncher, diawls and hoppers best patterns

Water clarity is good, the work on the overflow continues with the reservoir currently 5ft down

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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